Scissors

Songfacts®:

  • Running 8:23, this beastly banger from Slipknot's first album is a pure expression of rage and energy. The word "Scissors" never shows up in the lyric, but relates to the opening lines:

    I play doctor for five minutes flat
    Before I cut my heart open
    And let the air out


    It's a very dark song written from a deranged point of view, which is Slipknot's bailiwick. Like watching a horror movie, it a way of confronting and releasing the demons inside us. Live performances of the song were a rather visceral experience.
  • The lyrics were written by lead drummer Joey Jordison, but the words at the end of the song were completely improvised by lead singer Corey Taylor.
  • This is the last song on Slipknot's self-titled album. On the CD, about 3 minutes after the song ends, a hidden track called "Eeyore" plays. These hidden tracks became unhidden in the streaming era. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Nick - Paramus, NJ
  • Slipknot is an unlikely success story: a 9-piece group from Iowa playing very aggressive music. When Songfacts asked if he was surprised that this whole thing worked, Slipknot drummer Chris Fehn (#3) replied: "I wasn't. The songs are just too good, and the players are just too good. It was like it was meant to be. And then when you throw in our stage presence and the things that we do on top of that, it was just kind of like a no-brainer that this band is gonna be as big as it was, to me. I mean, we'd still be doing it if it wasn't. I just knew it from the beginning, that this band was going to be something special, and the world needed something like this." Asked about a particular song he feels is very strong, Fehn said: "The song 'Scissors' off of the first record is sick, man. It's just so incredibly nightmarish and such an awesome song to play live."
  • Reflecting on this track in a 2020 Knotfest interview, Corey Taylor said it's his favorite Slipknot song. "I love it because every time we would play it, the whole second half was improvised. We played at each other, free form, free prose, everything. It was violent and gorgeous," he explained.

    "Nothing will ever replace it for me - when we stopped playing it live, I had a hard time enjoying our sets for a very long time," Taylor added.

Comments: 14

  • Duje from CroatiaCorey bring that song back on next tour next year
  • Zack from Noblesville, InI played doctor for 5 minutes before I cut my heart open to the let the air out.
    BAD@$$ SONG!!
  • Nikki from Pheonix, AzNo dude it totaly makes sense, because halfway through the talking afte whoever throws up he says 'Just pretend it's pudding or somthing'
  • Devorak from Baltimore , MdYes bubba, Slipknot took a time machine 8 years into the future and recored 2 girls one cup. Here's your sign.
  • Geoffrey from Titusville, FlIt sucks that they haven't played it live more often, but it definitely has been performed live more than once. The lyrics at the end though in concert never live up to whats recorded on the album.
  • Broc from Ass, MeBubba, how could that possibly be the audio of Slipknot watching 2 Girls 1 Cup, when this song came out in 1999, and 2 Girls 1 Cup didn't come about til at least late 2007.
  • Bubba from Reno, Nveeyore at the very end of the track is just the audio recording of the band watching the video 2 Girls 1 Cup
  • Ashley from Zephyrhills, Fli LOVE his song!!! its odd and the beginning where he is singin..."i play doctor for5 miniutes flat..." is my mos favoritest part
  • Jerimias from Nuuk, GreenlandThis song makes me feel... psychopatic.
    Love it!
  • Rj from Rushville, NeLOVE IT!!! sooo slipknot...
    Sucks theyve only played it live once... But it crazy....
  • Tyler from Des Moines, Iabest slipknot song, fun to play on drums
  • Mike from Lisbon, NdI love this song. Its filled with a mixture of emotions and insanity, and it is by far one top five songs on the album. I love how it starts off quiet and how it enters into the insane screams.
  • Yorick from Amsterdam, Netherlandsthe section where you hear the puking is actually a test to see if the new bandmember (Chris Fehn) is good enough to join the band, and is sick enough. They watch a porn-movie with poop-sex in it. If you listen it closely you can hear them say things about it.

    The bonus track Eeyore is about a man at concerts they know from the local-places they played that always beated up girls and little kids.
    Also is said that the song is made cause they were in the studio and they were watching television and they suddenly saw Winnie the Pooh, they got inspired by Eeyore.
  • Jeff from Dayton, OhAfter scissors ends theres a lot of silence then you hear something about someone puking. ive never actually listened to the whole section where they're talking, but i think its shawn. I read somewhere it was initiation.
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