Korn: Coming Undone Meaning
Song Released: 2006
Coming Undone Lyrics
When my brain's tickin' like a bomb
Guess the black thoughts have come Again to get me
Sweet bitter words
Unlike nothing I have heard
Sing along mocking bird
You don't affect me
Deliverance of my heart
anonymous May 7th 2006, 23:15 report
I think this song is about the inside of jonathen's mind is all twisted from being the lead singer and his childhood, and what not but anyway, hence the line 'keep holding on while my brain's tickin like a bomb, against the black thoughts have come, again to get me' and then he is tired of the posers of the world, hence the line 'sing along mocking bird, you don't effect me' then the lines 'i thought my demons were my friends, getting me in the end their out to get me' might be a possible betraiel of someone in his life, maybe a family or band member... It might also have some refrence to his horrible child life 'since I was young I've tasted sorrow on my tounge' then he wants the pain to stop 'trigger between my eyes, please strike, make it quick now' and then he has second thoughts about suicide, but it turns out to be a failure 'looks like I'm not getting better'... maybe a possible drug usege on 'head is lighter then a feather' or maybe he just overdosed....
the chorus, I think, is talking about his anger is taking control over him, and its makin him come undone....
that took like 10 miutes to type, but its just my opinon.... comment bout it, tell me what yall think!
anonymous Feb 11th 2008, 20:38 report
I belive this song is about going insane "keep holding on, when my brains tinking like a bomb guess the black thoughts again to get me" ticking like a bomb could mean that even though he is surpressing all of these feelings he's is still going to explode sooner or later "what looks so strong so delicate" even though he puts up a strong front even the smallest discomfort can set him off "joke, joke again, I thought my demons were my friends getting me in the end, they're out to get me" this , I think, shows paranoia, pushing him to think that even his own friends are trying to be rid of him "wait I'm coming undone irate I'm coming undone too late I'm coming undone" he is say8ing it is already too late to save him or themselves from this happening, the weels are already set in motion and it is too late to stop "wait I'm starting to suffocate and soon I anticipate I'm coming undone" he is losing sll that he is, his friends, his family, and his sanity and he can see this happening but he can't stop it all in all this brings me to the same conclusion that the song is about going insane
anonymous Mar 19th, 20:34 report
I honestly thought this was a sexual song until I read the lyrics. Lol my bad. XD
anonymous Dec 13th 2012, 14:20 report
if you read through it quickly it sounds like it's a guy that gets the "release" before the orgasm. :/ i know it's whack, but that's what it sound like to me.
anonymous Nov 20th 2012, 11:25 report
The "Illuminati" is not the Illuminati this isn't an interpretation only truth they are Christians and atheists whom control all the real Illuminati are satanic followers of Christ or Lucifer that are rising to rebel against this great evil so the meek will finally have a home without being slaves ;Just trying to help the truth be heard fight or forever be slaves
anonymous May 21st 2012, 00:13 report
When I wrote Coming Undone, I had been writing songs for many years starting at the age of 15 in 1983. I started writing songs for Def Leppard (see Come Undone), INXS, Duran Duran (see Come Undone), Motley Crue and Kiss. "Bitter words" is something I used at times in other forms like when I wrote "Bitter Tears" for INXS and then "Bitter Sweet Symphony" The Verve. Being from Alabama I was inspired to use a reference To Kill a Mockingbird by Alabama Harper Lee. I am Amy Lee and the lead singer of the band I named Evanescence uses my name as her stage name.
anonymous May 4th 2012, 07:28 report
Anyone who has experienced in their life, understands quite well.
DELIVER IT TO MY HEART.
Not the entire song meaning, but sort of a theme for other metaphors, ideas, etc.
But oh yeah, he who has experienced it can listen to the song once, and know.
John Drake Cooper Nov 19th 2011, 19:37 report
Put simply the song is the epitome of the struggle to maintain a grip on a reality that is unravelling before your eyes, no matter what you do.
"Head lighter than a feather" is maybe referring to the escapism that comes a moment before that grip is lost and the mind shuts down...
anonymous Aug 21st 2011, 22:06 report
Not sure if it was meant to but it perfectly describes how it feels to slip into a bi-polar or schizophrenic episode,i always feel better when I listen to this song.it reminds me of how far I have come since my last episode. I think its about how your own mind can be your worst enemy n sometimes trusting your own thoughts/the voices in your head gets ya in trouble n no gun can protect ya from that unless u give in to the bad thoughts and end your life in order to find peace.
anonymous Jun 21st 2011, 21:02 report
Its pretty simple really.. he's about to lose it.. breakdown and snap.. love the longwinded analysis tho..
coming un done is about when your life goes to hell and you feel confused like every thing is falling apart. when we found out that my stepdad raped my little sisters last year i coudn't think straight. all i knew was that i was going to kill him in the most brutal way possible. i know that feeling.
than u jonathan
anonymous Feb 8th 2010, 00:19 report
I think this song is about killing yourself. he says "since I was young ive tasted sorrow on the toung, but its sweet sugar gun does not protect me. this is saying that even though he has experienced alot of sadness is doesnt make sadness any easier to deal with. He also says " thats right, trigger in between my eyes, please strike, make it quick now." the trigger means Death and he is encouraging it. the line "What looks so strong so delicate" means that he can hide his suicidal thoughts and noone else will know his troubles. Awesome song anyway
anonymous Jul 12th 2009, 19:19 report
This is just my interpretation.. So take it as you want it.
"Keep holding on
When my brain's tickin' like a bomb
Guess the black thoughts have come Again to get me"
As most of you said it's about losing control of himself.
Trying to keep his thoughts together while paranoia rears its head.
"Sweet bitter words
Unlike nothing I have heard "
Suspecting that someones opinions and words have double meaning..That it sounds friendly but is in fact hostile or demeaning.
Real problem being that he cannot be sure which meaning is real.
"Sing along mocking bird
You don't affect me "
Unable to deal with words with double meaning he decides to ignore them.Not let them effect his opinion.
Deliverance of my heart
Be deliberate "
Saying that he is giving out his emotions,giving a warning to be straightforward.no double meanings. and to be carefull with your words.
the chorus is talking about him opening himself and his feelings(coming undone)the tone of the song and the words tell you that it is something very hard for him to do.The outside appearance of strenght of character indiference to outside opinion is false.The inside is delicate and words affect him greatly.Enough to suffocate and try to stop in coming undone.
"Choke choke again
I thought my demons were my friends
Getting me in the end
They're out to get me"
Connected to the chorus I think it means trying to open to someone but realising that some people who he considered friends prove otherwise in delicate times.So he chokes all those feelings back.The whole song is saying that the burst is inevitable. but he is keeping it for someone else.
"Since I was young
I've tasted sorrow on my tongue
And this sweet sugar gun
Does not protect me "
That event of betrayal happened while he was young and the denial and strong shell he created (sweet sugar gun) is just a temporary solution.
Trigger between my eyes
Make it quick now "
He needs to let it out fast, can't take it anymore.
Expresing that he cannot keep it together much longer.He needs to come undone.
"I'm trying to hold it together
Head is lighter than a feather
Looks like I'm not getting better
Not getting better "
Having doubts about it.Not knowing if he should go all the way or keep going as he was.But that way he won't get any better.
The song ends with the chorus.Opening up in the end for better or for worse.
anonymous Jul 9th 2009, 06:17 report
First I would like to say to the person who talked about the sex slave thing, you sir, are a moron of the highest caliber, how you got "sex slave" out of a song about a person clearly going insane, is beyond me, the song is about him being in a world of shit while he was a child and how things arent exactly looking up for him now, like in freak on a leash, that's about him being screwed over by the music industry, coming undone is about him tryin to not go insane, which him fighting a losing battle, he's slowly losing his grip on sanity despite how hard he's tryin not to
anonymous Sep 7th 2008, 13:44 report
He's stressed somewhat depressed. Had a shitty childhood and everything's getting to him. He's in the midst of a breakdown.
anonymous Jul 26th 2008, 02:27 report
I think this song is about overcoming drug abuse and the battle that rages inside people when they are addicted to a substance, but are trying to stop.
"I thought my demons were my friends."
anonymous Oct 26th 2007, 17:32 report
I think you're mostly right except that it's not necessarily about Jonathan specifically
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