People=Shit

LYRICAL LOITERINGS OF A LISTENER Series

Thoughts, ideas and reactions provoked by song lyrics. The series is also featured on Clink Music Magazine.

What is Slipknot? A band. But not just a band. Slipknot is modern metal’s most masochistic machine. Slipknot is a philosophy; a metaphor for human nature. The masks, the mania and the music are symbolic of man’s maggoty malignancy. Feeding on the rancid rottenness that runs rampant through the mind of society, putrefying every thought and action; Slipknot make art out of that which disgusts.

People = Shit

Here we go again, motherfucker!!!

Come on down, and see the idiot right here
Too fucked to beg and not afraid to care
What’s the matter with calamity anyway?
Right, get the fuck outta my face
Understand that I can’t feel anything
It isn’t like, I wanna sift through the decay
I feel like a wound, like I got a fuckin’
Gun against my head, you live when I’m dead

One more time, motherfucker

Everybody hates me now, so fuck it
Blood’s on my face and my hands, and I
Don’t know why, I’m not afraid to cry
But that’s none of your business
Whose life is it? Get it, see it, feel it, eat it
Spin it around so I can spit in it’s face
I wanna leave without a trace
‘Cause I don’t wanna die in this place

People equal shit
People equal shit
People equal shit

People equal shit
(Whatcha gonna do?)
People equal shit
(‘Cause I am not afraid of you)
People equal shit
(I’m everything you’ll never be)
People equal shit

It never stops, you can’t be everything to everyone
Contagion, I’m sittin’ at the side of Satan
What do you want from me?
They never told me the failure I was meant to be yea
Overdo it, don’t tell me you blew it
Stop your bitchin’ and fight your way through it
I’m not like you, I just fuck up

come on motherfucker, everybody has to die
come on motherfucker, everybody has to die

People equal shit
People equal shit
People equal shit

People equal shit
(Whatcha gonna do?)
People equal shit
(‘Cause I am not afraid of you)
People equal shit
(I’m everything you’ll never be)
People equal shit
Ride the light

People are shitty. Fact. Shawn Crahan says “We are what we are, we just waste and we ruin and we corrupt, and we destroy.” Man is like a disease, infiltrating and destroying that which was given us to nurture and nourish.

We live in age that glorifies man; we revel in our accomplishments and bask in the glory of our own awesomeness. It’s called narcissism. And it’s not a new concept. For eons, artists have been interpreting the myth of the beautiful Narcissus, who was divinely punished for his exceptionally cruel despisal of those who fell in love with him. Forced by the gods to fall in love with his own reflection, Narcissus pined away alongside the pool and, succumbing to his sorrow, finally perished. In all honesty, empathy eludes; the guy deserved his fate.

Myths are allegorical representations of ancient society. Much like fairytales and folklore, myths served to maintain models for behaviour as well as social structures and institutions. The myth of Narcissus teaches society of the dangers of self-love, which leads to sorrow and even death – literal and figurative. We don’t cut Narcissus a break yet we afford ourselves the luxury of forgiveness?

Oscar Wilde modernised the myth of Narcissus in The Picture of Dorian Gray – a cautionary tale of supernatural horror, similar to the legends of old. The author’s biting wit allows for an acute social commentary on the plague of narcissism that has laid claim to soul of society. Dorian Gray ‘sells his soul to the devil’ in exchange for immortality. Free to live a life of debauched decadence, Gray embraces the joy of pleasure-seeking hedonism. Gray’s sins and age are etched onto a portrait of his likeness; a portrait that becomes so gruesomely disfigured that when faced with the picture of his soul, Gray stabs his painted image in a bid to destroy it. In so doing, he ends his own life. Art, a reflection of society, emphasises the novel’s greater metaphor, which is that the portrait serves as a literal translation of the degeneration of man’s mentality, much like the masks worn by Slipknot. Rather than masks that hide the truth, the masks of Slipknot reveal the truth. They are a collective reflection of an inner corrosion that is, on the face of it, hidden by clothes, cream and corsages. The masks are raw, bloodcurdling, discernible and provocative. They are hate personified.

Slipknot is a visceral perpetuation of the age-old myth of narcissism. Slipknot exists in direct contradiction to the veneration of man. Through music and image, the band confronts listeners with their egotism. Slipknot challenges society to keep it real whilst being poignantly aware of the fact that society will do no such thing. It is a horrific irony that brings to light the futility of our own existence. And our desperate need for redemption.

Metal is a genre that invokes the extreme. Unsubtle in its ideology, metal massacres mediocrity with carnal ferocity. It is a tool that incites rebellion and anger. In its uncompromising acknowledgment of moral decay, metal is often unappreciated and misunderstood. Slipknot embraces and embellishes the audacious authenticity of metal, with unashamed aggression. The band makes a point. And it’s not an easy one to hear.

Source: Rantchick.com – Dorian Gray Syndrome

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