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Song Released: 2005

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Twisted Transistor Lyrics

Hey you, hey you, Devil's little sister
Listening to your Twisted Transistor
Hold it between your legs
Turn it up, turn it up
The wind is coming through
Can't get enough

A lonely life, where no one understands you
But don't give up,...


    #1 top rated interpretation:
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    Apr 29th 2006 report

    Transistor is what they used to call a radio back in the 60s. The song is entirely about music. It's not about dildo's, although an allusion is made between them. And there is a dialogue between the girl and the narrator; there isn't just one person speaking here. The narrator is commenting on how dark, twisted music is alleviating the pain and loneliness that this girl and everyone in the world feels. When no one understands you, you have your music, your "radio/transistor" to turn to ...the image of this girl with a radio between her legs gives us her sense of desperation, intimately letting the music "in." She's at her breaking point, finally understanding what everyone gets eventually - the world sucks. So she turns to music for comfort. It moves her emotionally, "reaching and inside you forever preaching." She shares in the anger of the music...the world has fucked her over, and she can say "Fuck you too." She can scream now in her silent, private, and personal rage, comforted by the fact that the music understands her pain. But despite all of this loneliness, the narrator and the music makes her realize you have to fight back or, "the world will eat you if you let it." But for right now, turn to music to ease your suffering and it won't hurt anymore. She cries out to be anesthetized, degrading herself at the same time.


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    Dec 19th 2007 report

    If any of you disagree with me I'll kick your ass, cause I heard this straight from the mouth of the man himself - Jonathan Davis.

    It's about how people are fucking like, rejected by society and they feel alone and they find comfort in the knowledge and the music. It's like the music is saving their life, and it's the only thing understands them.

    Twisted Transistor is kind of like how Korn's music is. It's life-saving for some, hundreds can relate to it and JD gets all these letters and emails and shit saying "god it if wasn't your music, I'd have killed myself".

    In my opinion, to sum it up, it's about the life-changing effect and power that music has.


    #3 top rated interpretation:
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    Jan 26th 2007 report

    Okay folks, for the last time, this fucking song is NOT about vibrators!! Vibrators have nothing to do with music... This song is about music and the people that get too involved with it and it's fucking up their lives. 'Twisted Transistor' and parts in the song such as 'hold it between your legs, turn it up, turn it up,' are metaphors to the music. The 'twisted transistor' is music; that's what these people use to relieve their tensions (i.e. people use vibrators to relieve sexual tension). So if you take this song literally, don't. It's all one big metaphor.

  4. UnknownAzzwipe
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    Oct 20th 2021 report

    This didn't age well. Especially with regards to newer dildos with their advanced functionalities. Another factor to keep in mind is Korn's purpose in keeping the songs auditory and not providing lyrics. This purpose being that everyone has their own interpretation no matter how similar they may seem. The only real way I see someone having the same viewpoint as another is if they were some type of twin. :/

  5. anonymous
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    Aug 1st 2021 report

    Koran said in an interview the beauty of music is that it lets the listener interpret the lyrics however way they wish. And that’s why they don’t put the lyrics in their albums because the words do not matter as much as the meaning you get from it. So they don’t want their songs to be literal and have just one meaning. Music is art and art is seen differently depending on the perspective of the viewer. It’s whatever the mind allows you to imagine making the meaning of the song infinite and limitless.

  6. anonymous
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    Jun 24th 2021 report

    It's not about no Boobies it's about transistors , the girl(devil little sister) turn his radio frequency boton and search for his music .

  7. anonymous
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    Aug 11th 2020 report

    Please, can some one tell me what they are chanting in the intro? I can’t find this answer any where.

  8. anonymous
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    Sep 9th 2017 report

    Hey you, devil's little sister: She is a sinner

    Hold it between your legs: Yes, a vibrator. Not a radio.

    Twisted Transistor: Still not a radio. Masturbation is being used to transition her from girlhood to womanhood.

    A lonely life when no one understands you: The narrator uses the girls insecurities to get her to have sex with him.

    This won't hurt a bit: The narrator convincing the girl that sex won't change her.

    Says who, says who, anesthesize this bitch: the narrator knows just how much he is going to damage the girl.

    This but between you and me don't fit: no condom.

    The only music in this story is sex. Stop trying to take everything so literally. Also consider that the rest of the album is about sex, violence and other strong, primal emotions. In what world does a song about music fit with the rest of that?

    This interpretation has been marked as poor. view anyway
  9. anonymous
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    Jan 12th 2017 report

    Haha, it about how music affects your mind and thinking.

    Hold it between your legs - let it fuck you.

    A lonely life where no one understands you, but music do(es).

    Reaches inside you, preaches - infects you with belief, but those you want to hear.

    Just let me be. between you and me, don't fit - the moral, be yourself. Don't be corrupted by entertainment.

  10. anonymous
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    Nov 23rd 2014 report

    i think its about how music takes over your body. dnt read into it too much. its not about shoving a phone up your ass or rape. if you don't like my translation... like KoRn would say it. "FUUckk you Toooo"

  11. anonymous
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    Nov 23rd 2014 report

    i think its about how much takes over your body. font read into it too much. its not about shoving a phone up your ass or rape. if you don't like my translation... like KoRn would say it. "FUUckk you Toooo"

  12. anonymous
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    Oct 18th 2013 report

    Well, I myself take it as (partially because of something from YouTube), this girl, she doesn't have many friends and all that, then she finds this other person who befriends her. But this new 'friend' is a little bitch and is convincing her to do all this stupid stuff, but in the end, she realizes how messed up the world is and finds her escape from it through music. Dunno, just what I think.

  13. greeenkaos
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    Aug 28th 2013 report

    In short, I enjoy this song as a layered sort of perfection in the various ways it's possible to interpret parts or as a whole.

    But for starters it's clear to me that 'twisted transistor' is primarily the person/listener, not a radio

    Yes, in the FIRST stanza, 'twisted transistor' refers to a radio. But this is simply to to draw a picture... that literal radio is just a jumping-off point for the fantabulous layers of the song, which to me sing about:

    there is a higher TRUTH in all things, perfectly entwined in even the most 'base' or primal aspects of this world, like MUSIC.


    This line is referring to how we choose to utilize ourselves, our capabilities as living Transistors, in either lowly/base ways (like gratuitous empty sex), or higher/liberating ways (realizing the dynamics of how the world works)... we, the listener are the transistor, every moment capable of choosing the less or more liberating perspective.

    but whatever we choose, there is a 'higher' message that is so powerful it comes directly through the music (MUSIC DO MUSIC DO), so even if you "HOLD IT BETWEEN YOUR LEGS" and "TURN IT UP, TURN IT UP", the higher message about liberation from the stifling aspects of this world are "REACHING INSIDE YOU FOREVER PREACHING"

    for one brief example: "HANG ON YOU, TWISTED TRANSISTOR" is part of a dialog, as is "FUCK YOU TOO" a response from the person/the twisted transistor.

    the 'Twisted Transistor' is the PERSON being sung to (the listener), who in some parts responds:

    "HEY YOU HEY YOU, THIS WON'T HURT A BIT",or "HANG ON YOU, TWISTED TRANSISTOR" is the MUSIC speaking to the person/listener.

    "SAYS WHO? SAYS WHO? ANESTHETIZE THIS BITCH" is the person, the twisted transistor also responding (with their shadow aspect that doubts and gets distracted by lower perceptions)


    In summary,


    is a reference/clue to the layered perfection the lyrics themselves.

    ~Sometimes it's the darkest/lowest bits in life by which we come to know the more liberating perspectives, or higher Truths. But if we put those lower doubts/obsessions/fears between us and our TRANSISTOR, well, it stays twisted until "FINALLY YOU GET IT".

  14. anonymous
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    Jan 25th 2012 report

    It's about music, sex-obsessed stupids.

    How it comforts and can help you feel NOT alone about your feelings when the world's being a bloody btch.

    There. :/

  15. anonymous
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    Mar 24th 2011 report

    its about having a phone stuck up your ass, and there being no explanation. you don't know how it got there, as it pulses its vibrations through your anus. the "music" is referring to the fact that the phone is playing music because the person calling is a complete and total dick, and decided that it would be funny to play "The Bad Touch" over the phone, because that's what Carl Lindon does in his spare time. You feel alone because most people don't get in situations were phones are jabbed up their ass.

  16. anonymous
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    Dec 2nd 2010 report

    If you think this song is about sex, you are one messed up person, because this song is about a radio, and the turning to it when the world seems screwed up around you and you can't do anything about it. The FACT that "the music do" is about how it (the music, not sex, tard) understands and takes the person in, as a way to cope for the messed-up-ness of the world

  17. anonymous
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    Sep 21st 2010 report

    twisted is another way to say turn or flip right? well transistor means radio or music. filp the song to find its true meaning. go to youtube... its there.

  18. insanity
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    May 14th 2010 report

    I think that this song is very different because it has a completly different meaning than all the other songs. A song about the power of music, one of the greatest things ever invented, and definatly improved by korn. Thank for helping me all these years jonathan davis.

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