Hello readers! Today I’m going to be analyzing what is one of my favorite songs, “Snuff” by Slipknot.
I’ve never been a big Slipknot fan. But, man this song is something special. Don’t get me wrong I like them and all, but I’m not much of a metalhead.
But I can’t think of anyone hates this song. Fan or not, it’s just a great song.
First, let me go over what the song about. It is about a girl the lead singer (Corey Taylor), fell madly in love with. She helped him through a lot and he thought she was the love of his life just to realize she doesn’t feel the same way.
Bury all your secrets in my skin, come away with innocence and leave me with my sins. The air around me still feels like a a cage. And Love is just a camouflage for what resembles rage again.
This is honestly the hardest part of the song to analyze. The verse sends a lot of mix communications.
The best way I can describe it is that this is just Corey talking the girl. Telling her to tell him all her secrets so they have none, and that when she does they will be no feelings no matter what the secrets are and she will come away with innocence. Leaving him with his own sins and problems, he couldn’t judge. The whole air around me still feels like a cage is I believe the girl talking to him saying that, this isn’t love because I don’t feel at complete peace with you. Love is just a camouflage for what resembles rage, meaning that what is actually seen as love is just anther way to get your heart broken.
So if you love let me go, and run away before I know. My heart is just to dark to care, I can’t destroy what isn’t there. Deliver me into my fate, if I’m alone I cannot hate. I don’t deserve to have you. My smile was taken long ago, if I can change I hope I never know.
This chorus is in the perspective of the girl. She is telling him that she doesn’t want to be with him. That if he truly loves her he will have to let her go and run off in the dark before she sees him cry and breakdown. She’s telling him she would care if she wasn’t so dark in the heart and that because of that she doesn’t deserve to have him. The smile was taken long ago lyric is just a fill in explaining his sadness, and then she comes back at him with “I i change I hope I never know.” Meaning if I could ever see myself with you, I hope I never know because I’m not in love with you.
I still press your letters to my lips. And cherish them in parts of me that savor every kiss. I couldn’t face a life without your life. But all of that was ripped apart when you refused to fight.
The girl feels bad because she doesn’t feel the same way, and frequently sends him her love through letters and messages but it just makes it harder for Corey. He tells her that he could never see himself living without her, but than stating the fact that the idea of that would be gone forever.
So save your breath, I will not hear. I think I made it very clear. You couldn’t hate enough to love, is that suppose to be enough? I only wish you weren’t my friend, then I could hurt you in the end. I never claimed to be a saint. My Own was banished long ago, it took the death of hope to let you go.
This is pretty self explanatory. He tells her that she should save her Apologies because they only make him hurt more. And that you couldn’t hate what you did enough to love me. He then states that he only wishes she wasn’t his friend and he still didn’t care about her, so he could get her back. The claimed to be a saint lyric is her telling back to him saying I’m not perfect. And he comes back with, you don’t know how hard it is to move on from you. My own self was banished long ago when you broke my heart. And it took the death of all hope to let you go.
It is at this point the music breaks down into piercing acoustics and a sick guitar solo.
So break yourself against my Stones. And spit your pity in my soul. You never needed any help, you sold me out to save yourself. And I won’t listen to your shame, you ran away your all the same. Angels lie to keep control, my love was punished long ago if you still care don’t ever let me know. If you still care don’t ever let me know.
This is the angriest lyric in the song, unlike the other ones confessing his love. At this point he is asking for pity of course and lashing out telling her you never needed me. You used me and only “helped” me to get what you want and desire. And I won’t listen to your fake shame, because you ran way when things got tough. You don’t actually care about me, you betrayed me. My love and kindness towards you was taken advantage of, and because of you it was punished long ago. And if you still care don’t ever let me know. I don’t need to be hurt again. You don’t care for me, you just want my money and love.
Any ways, thanks for reading. Check out the song, it represents the concept of betrayal perfectly.
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Snuff (Definition – torture), which is exactly what a failed relationship and rejected Love feels like.