Marilyn Manson: The Fight Song Meaning
Song Released: 2001
The Fight Song Lyrics
the passing of everyday human events
Isolation is the oxygen mask you make
your children breath into survive
But I'm not a slave to a god
that doesn't exist
But I'm not a slave to a world
anonymous Jun 8th, 2007 6:20am report
I'm not Marilyn Manson, but here it goes anyway. The beginning of this song talks about the horror of human activity and how we must literally make our children breath isolation so they are not killed, or suffocated, by man. By saying he is not a slave to a god that doesn't exist, is simply his version of declaring his independence of an idea people build their lives around. He will not be a slave to an idea that he believes, or perhaps doesn't know, exists. This is quite a profound statement as many people could not function under this pretense, and also a bit of a slap in the face as he declares himself free of something others will continue to be trapped by.
The second verse is the idea of how people examine things. Good deeds tend to be looked at with closed eyes, and not remembered. However, the more bad we become, the more stained in peoples minds we become. This is why bad behavior leaves a scar in the minds of many, which is a symbol of a permanent reminder of disfigurement.
"You'll never grow up to be a big rockstar celebrated victim of your fame" is, in my opinion, what Mr. Manson was told as a child and now that he is, he realizes he is praised in a way that victimizes his life. A celebrated victim is really quite ironic.
"Just cut our wrists like cheap coupons, and say that death was on sale today" is not hard to decifer, but very clever in the way it was put together. by using the phrase cheap coupons, it puts a value of human life at the level of a cut that is not really worth the time spent doing it, to get a shitty outcome of saving a few cents. and also it is something that is done over and over again just to expect the same pitful outcome. by death being on sale today, this is simply a way of saying dying came much eaiser today than its pricer risk of yesterday.
The line "the death of one is a tragedy, the death of a million is just a statistic" was actually not written by marilyn manson, but by stalin. and how true this is. we dwell on the tragic death of one, however, when many suffer the same fate, they lose their identity and simply become a number. Humans can only possibly deal with massive deaths in this way-by taking away the humantity of of victims, and simply turning them into a number.
this song was written by a brillant artist, who I believe, i, nor no one else, cannot interpret 100 percent correctly. manson is not just trying to express his distaste for people who build their lives around a concept, but challenging them to think in nontraditional ways, and come up with their own ideas. Hope this helps a little!
anonymous May 26th, 5:32am report
Love how atheists sing about a God they don't believe in. If you don't believe he exists why make God the subject of your music? To mention God is to give God thought. Therefore he must exist to some extent.
anonymous Aug 21st, 2017 8:11pm report
Believe the Protagonist is saying by ''the fight song'' to fight out of suppression, where one is being suffocated in their family that's also trying to survive in a NIHILLISTIC society and culture, caused by a bad religion that could make one feel all chocked up. So, then one becomes a converted ''black sheep of the family'' as the saying goes. Forwanting to rebel like a black son that learned to keep smiling while fighting ''the fight'' for what he came to believe in, all on his own. One can understand this breakaway, if one was/is raised by a bad form of Judeo- Catholic, Mormon,et., etc., religion. Which can become superstitiously fearful and idiolistic for one, if not thaught to be understood and learned properly. Afraid that this kind of Christianity will lead someone into a spiritual NIHILLISM form of death. So then this fear of flight or fight response could be a copout that can keep someone out. TO just become or say that he's an Atheist[anti-religion] person that came to the conclusion for sure to believe in anything that is ''imagined'' except that exists a God. But on the overall this song sounds to me the Protagonist is playing a more of a ''secular Humanist'' Who was afraid that the religion of Christianity will Empty Himself into the NOTHINGNESS of NIHILLISM. Because it seems to me the protagonist does believe, though in the ''Human-Superman'' god of NEITZCHE to be used in the fight to overcome himself that i think he believes exists. Unless the Protagonist thinks he's so dead and lonely to the point that he actually feels that he doesn't exsist anymore.
anonymous Dec 27th, 2012 12:20pm report
This song is an anti-religion song. 'I'm not a slave to a god that doesn't exist.' He is bluntly stating that he is not a slave to any god. You can twist the lyrics to fit your own meaning however you want but the song is ultimately an anti-religion song. Plus Marilyn Mason is an atheist. Get over it. Plus 'a' god could be any God, INCLUDING the judeo-christian god. The Judeo Christian god isn't the only god refered to as 'God' as opposed to 'A God' within it's own culture.
anonymous Jan 14th, 2012 1:12am report
Marilyn Manson is an atheist, I don't get where you got the idea that he wasn't.
DisposableCartman May 4th, 2008 5:47pm report
Well, we could take it about this song from Mr. Warner himself.
In various interviews about Holy Wood, he said that "the Fight Song" fit into Holy Wood because it had to do with the storyline. In other words, Adam in Death Valley, knowing there's a better place.
Manson stated that this song was about "thinking that the grass is greener somewhere else.", indeed Adam thinking about Holy Wood.
But when played live once, he said this was for "every father who said you weren't good enough, and every preacher who said you were going to hell".
Just throwing it out there.
anonymous Oct 17th, 2007 10:31pm report
Well when he says stuff like "im not a slave to a god that doesn't exist" that doesn't mean he's talking about god as in jesus or the bible, he could be talking about how a lot of people's gods are things like money, power, fashion, popularity which are things a lot of people live there life around. He's a agnostic (a lot of people think he's a athiest) (he also said in a interview that he believes in evolution but he doesn't think we could get this far without some sort of higher being)
at the beginning he says "and isolation is a oxygen mask you make your children breathe in to survive" which may mean that parents sensor there children from whats really going on in the world like war, death, poverty ect.
he says "and when we are good, just close your eyes, so when we are bad well scar your minds". This is exactly what A LOT of people do. people like parents the media and the general population. The world tends to focus on everything bad and it makes the world just seem like a very dangerous place. The US is a nation of fear.
all in all I think this song is about how the media makes the world feel like a dark place and that everyone should be afraid. The media almost never focuses on good things so it feels like good things never happen. I also think that the reason why he yells fight all the time is because he wants to start some controversy and make people think and actually stand up and say something. just like he says "We live in a society of victimization, where people are much more comfortable being victimized than actually standing up for themselves."
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