Korn: Twisted Transistor Meaning
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Song Released: 2005
Twisted Transistor Lyrics
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,...
mar8d08virginia Apr 29th, 2006 4:12am 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.
KoRnFrEaK313 Jan 26th, 2007 1:56am 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.
This song is not about transistors. It is about the life that women who spend their lives at concerts and clubs lead.
there is a comparison between 2 things here: the music, and the transistor. The woman is a socket (or whatever, I don't now the elictrical term) and the music is the transistor. a transistor is something that you INSERT, thus the line:Hold it between your legs." the "wind" is that windy sound that amps make when you plug in a guitar cable. It is all a sexual allusion.
"A lonely life, where no one understands you
But don't give up, because the music do "
this shows the lonely life that these girls lead, where they think that no one loves them. a lot of people submit themselves totally to music becuase they have no one else to submit to (fall in love with).
"Your scream's a whisper"
as the music gets louder, which is what she wants (eg, turn it up! turn it up!) it eventually consumes her, and gets so loud that her screams are drowned out.
"And as your tears fall on
Your breast, your dress
Vibrations coming through "
this part talks about how she has become part of the music, and ceases to exist. It is like when you put a liquid in another liquid: it becomes part of the other liquid. Her tears give proof to this. Sound makes vibrations, and because her tears make vibrations, that means that she is sound itself, she ceases to exist.
i don't understand this part :
"Hey you, hey you, this won't hurt a bit
This won't hurt a bit, this won't hurt
Says who? Says who?
Anesthetize this bitch
Anesthetize this bitch, anesthetize!
Just let me be
Between you and me don't fit "
maybe someone can fill me in
anonymous Nov 23rd, 2014 11:28pm 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"
anonymous Nov 23rd, 2014 11:26pm 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"
anonymous Oct 18th, 2013 10:00am 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.
greeenkaos Aug 28th, 2013 8:47am 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.
"HOLD IT BETWEEN YOUR LEGS, TURN IT UP, TURN IT UP"
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)
"JUST LET ME BE BETWEEN YOU AND ME DON'T FIT"
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".
anonymous Jan 25th, 2012 1:54pm 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.
anonymous Mar 24th, 2011 3:11pm 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.
anonymous Dec 2nd, 2010 12:44pm 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
anonymous Sep 21st, 2010 9:29pm 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.
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.
anonymous Nov 22nd, 2009 11:17pm report
This song ain't about booty is about transistor, ya dig?
This interpretation has been marked as poor. view anyway
anonymous Aug 25th, 2009 8:31pm report
Alright, you at the top... I would have, WOULD HAVE, believed your story, but..
"Hold it between your legs, turn it up, turn it up"
WHY WOULD SHE HAVE A RADIO AND HOLD IT BETWEEN HER LEGS WHILE TURNING IT UP!?!?
No, if she had free hands to turn the radio up, she would have free hands to hold the radio. And why do you believe, if this was about a radio in between her legs, that it is strictly music-related? As if you were in denial... It's quite possible that she was using the music or bass of vibrations WHILE masturbating. It doesn't have to be strictly music or sex, why can't it be she's having sex and is using music to drown out her moans? Or, hell, using the bass's vibrations as a turn-on. Some people need to be more open-minded when interpreting...
anonymous Jun 13th, 2009 6:50am report
Its a simple song people its a severely depressed girl who trys using music to make her better but we al know music is depressing and he is telling her don't listen just cause its saying fuck you don't absorb everything its saying what the hells wrong with and she is also using drugs to keep herself calm hence the this won't hurt a bit part
anonymous May 3rd, 2009 5:02pm report
well the hole thing with the girl is what the song is about but the actual meaning to the song is in the song
"A lonely life, where no one understands you
But don't give up, because the music do
its saying that the music will be with you
johnothen davis even said this
"You know that feeling when you're alone in your room, you feel bad and nothing around you seems to be going well then suddenly when you turn on your radio, you are immediately 'deep in the music'. That's exactly the subject of Twisted Transistor with the lyrics: "A lonely life where no one understands you but don't give up because the music do"
anonymous Feb 7th, 2009 2:14pm report
There is no crazy ass deep meaning to this song! It about life sucks and music will always be there for you!
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