Slipknot: Before I Forget Meaning
Song Released: 2005
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Before I Forget Lyrics
Stapled shut, inside an outside world and I'm
Sealed in tight, bizarre but right at home
Claustrophobic, closing in and I'm
Catastrophic, not again
I'm smeared across the page, and doused in gasoline
I wear you like a stain, yet I'm...
I'm probably wrong on this, but here's my opinion:
It's basically about how the past still existed, no matter if it's 1 day ago or 10,000 years.
"I'm smeared across the page, and doused in gasoline" - You're born, you're "smeared" through your lifespan, and you die, or are "doused in gasoline". "Gasoline", is refering to how death may be painful.
"I wear you like a stain, yet I'm the one who's obscene" - You're defined by your past, and your family's past. If they did something wrong, you may also be branded crazy.
"I was the world before I am a man" - Possibly refering to how before you were born, there were decades before you of generations, and everyone (in a religious view) is related to you. Considering that, the human race covers the earth.
"I was a creature before I could stand" - We were all babies 9and young children) at one point. Heck, people the world fears the most were once babies, and no one knew what effect they'd have on the future.
"I will remember before I forget" - Before you forget something, you remember. Much events of the past were lost, but that doesn't mean they don't exist.
I would interpret the rest, but you get the jist of it. A lot of the remaining lines also may seem the same.
But that's just my opinion.
anonymous Nov 2nd, 11:08pm report
Oh my God, y'all...it's really a simple f*cking song...it's about the past. Y'all, honestly, you make thinking harder than it really is. Incredibely, incredibely stupid. -_-"
anonymous May 19th, 2012 5:22am report
"I was a world before i am a man" I feel like he's saying he was part of the world before he was born. He had a deep effect on the world and what it's come to before he was ever brought into existence. " I was a creature before i could stand" Their were "Creatures" in the world causing chaos and hate in the world and he was a part of that before he was even able to change it. Basically his fate has already been sealed because the human race always fall back to their in line progress through life.
anonymous May 2nd, 2011 5:58pm report
I think this song is about feeling claustrophobic in a situation between the right and the wrong things you need or you have to do. "My end, it justifies my means". The notion of good and evil become relative, because, the end is good but the means did not
anonymous Apr 28th, 2011 4:43pm report
My personal opinion is that this song is about unrequited love.
"I wear you like a stain, yet I'm the one who's obscene"
He wants to keep memories before he forget it,before he forget that he used to love.
It justifies my means
All I ever do is delay
My every attempt to evade
The end of the road and my end
It justifies my means
All I ever do is delay
My every attempt to evade
THE END OF THE ROAD!
anonymous Mar 14th, 2011 3:47am report
Lol wow.. I just kinda wanted to know exactly what the meaning behind the song meant not necessarily what everyones opinion was lol but it defiantly gave me a laugh especially the whole abortions thing I mean seriously? Wow.. Lol
anonymous Mar 3rd, 2011 3:04am report
I agree with the person that said that this is a anti-abortion song.
The fist verse
"Stapled shut, inside an outside world and I'm Sealed in tight, bizarre but right at home Claustrophobic, closing in.
I think is talking about a fetus, sealed inside a place that is strangly home, kinda sounds like in you mom's belly.
And then theres other parts too like.
"I was a creature before I could stand"
before you could stand you where a baby, but you where still you. There are other things in there too. But that is just what I took from it.
anonymous Jan 30th, 2011 1:03pm report
I think it is about evolution. It is about him hiding the fact that he was a ape or the dirt below his feet. It also correlates to the fact that he calls himself a maggot, it's to remember he was regular until evolved into something more. I mean if he was regular everyone would treat him like crap. So, by a stain he means that the old him is a stain compared to the new him.
anonymous Dec 7th, 2010 12:50pm report
once again. a christian based song. the i am a world before i am a man part is about how adam was created from dirt and so are all of us. i was a creature part is saying that we are all born sinners
I'd have to say this song is trying communicate the importance of individuality and being unique as well as the importance of a destination, rather than the journey or way to get there.
The song is basically saying we all evolve, and the end result is what matters, not how we get there. This can be seen in the line "My end, it justifies my means".
The evolution of a person's personality and who they are can be seen in the lines "I am a world before i am a man, i was a creature before i could stand"
It is important to remember who you used to be, even if that person is long gone, and that is seen in the line "I will remember before i forget", which follows up the previous two lines.
It also tells of how it doesn't matter how bad the world is, you must evolve into who you truly are. No matter how people interpret you, how weird or bad they think you are, you should be who you are, and evolve into that person. This can be seen in the lines "Stapled shut, inside an outside world" (a chaotic, hypocritical world) "sealed in tight" (stuck in there) "claustrophobic" (also stuck in the small area and mindset of people) "yet I'm the one whos obscene" (saying that he is normal, or not even that bad, but everyone thinks that he is the worst, most obscene person).
This shows that you must escape the prejudices and discrimination and hate from other people, and just be who you are, evolve into who you really are.
anonymous Feb 3rd, 2010 2:04pm report
Not every song has a meaning behind it. So maybe this is one of those songs. Where you can get your own meaning from it. With a sing like that you can reach tons of people. Each persons meaning can make them a stronger/better person. So I think there's no intended meaning for this song.
anonymous Nov 26th, 2009 11:15pm report
My interpretation of the song is trying to avoid the end of their lives.......and not forgetting where they came from. But then again, that's just what I think. However we interpret it.......we still relate to it. And if you don't understand it, but like it anyway.......then you probably have an idea of what the song is about, but you can't really put it in words.
DarknessRend Nov 10th, 2009 11:30pm report
The albums throwback to regrets. It's about in trying to make themselves known they lost a little of themselves in sheer professionalism. Also, I think is about how Corey was still so young and confused when they and him where thrown into their own little spotlight...and he is saying that he never really had a chance to work things out with himself and he won't forget that...even though the face he wears onstage was spawned faster than he was inside..and that all the choices he makes determine how his life is and he tries to avoid the stopping point...he wants to keep on going.
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