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Slipknot: Dead Memories Meaning

Song Released: 2008


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Dead Memories Lyrics

Sitting in the dark I can’t forget.
Even now I realize the time I’ll never get
Another story of the bitter pills of fate
I can’t go back again,
I can’t go back again

But you asked me to love you when I did
Traded my emotions for a...

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    #1 top rated interpretation:
    Ihatemyfuckingname
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    Jan 7th 2013 report

    They write it. The meaning is what it does to you. Helping you get through life. Or even getting through the day. I was going to attempt suicide. I was listening to them. And one sentence changed my mind.

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    DarknessRend
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    Nov 11th 2009 report

    "Without naming names, it's the story of my last 10 years. I've been holding onto these things for the last 10 years, I've decided its just time to let them go.... "

    -Corey Taylor

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    anonymous
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    Nov 26th 2009 report

    I feel that this song is about a relationship that really wasn't real.......or a relationship that didn't end well. I'm assuming so many things......basically a relationship that wasn't good because they didn't really love each other.......

  4. anonymous
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    Nov 4th 2018 report

    I think this song is about Corey realizing that we have no hope as spiritual beings to really choose heaven or hell because we are dead. His dreams aren't dreams, they are memories of when he was living.
    We have no hope, and he is coming to that realization.

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  5. anonymous
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    Jul 24th 2014 report

    This song was written as tribute to Paul Gray, who died June 21st, 2010.

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  6. anonymous
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    Jan 7th 2013 report

    Definitely written by Corey Taylor on the past relationships in recent years, how he is looking back on memories(times) when he thought the love was real, but in reality the other half treated him poorly, and definitely played with his emotions, Corey Taylor has also written about it before, in Stone Sour's music as well. James is very clever with his guitars, fitting the moment and sending off the right vibes.

  7. Whitie910
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    Jan 5th 2013 report

    To me, this song is about letting go of the things you have been dwelling on. Whether it's the death of someone close to you or righting a wrong, its all about getting things off your chest.

    "I will never survive with dead memories in my heart"
    He can't live the way he wants to without moving on.

  8. anonymous
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    Mar 6th 2011 report

    At first it had a different meaning but now that Paul Gray has died the rest of the band hear this and think of him Dead memories meaning the good times they had with him. R.I.P Paul Gray 1972-2010

  9. anonymous
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    Aug 3rd 2010 report

    I think some people have some good interpretations, but the song is about having loved someone. "You told me to love you and I did" and than something went extremly wrong "so when I got away I only kept my scars" meaning he had to escape and when he did he had the scars of the relationship

    "Dead VISIONS IN MY BRAIN" AND "DEAD MEMORIES IN MY HEART" HE CANT FORGET OR LET GO HOWEVER YOU WANNA LOOK AT IT THE FEELINGS THAT HE had given her only for her too hurt him soo bad that he is scarred from it

  10. JohnnyLoco
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    Dec 1st 2009 report

    This song is basically about the transformation that the band has gone through from their old albums to the new album. It explains the whole reasoning behind changing their masks and style of vocals. Dead Memories meaning all the old memories of the band have died and they are building new memories.

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  11. acassity01
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    Sep 1st 2009 report

    this is actually about all of the relationships that they have had over the past 10 yrs or so and just looking back on things so they can finally forget them and move on.

  12. Mister_Sir
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    Aug 7th 2009 report

    I think this is about a bad relationship that one of the band members has had, and how it changed them, and how they lost all that they had before.

    Sitting in the dark I can’t forget
    Even now I realize the time I’ll never get
    (He can't forget everything that happened in that relationship)

    Another story of the bitter pills of fate
    I can’t go back again,
    I can’t go back again
    (Another story how fate can make bad things happen)

    But you asked me to love you when I did
    Traded my emotions for a contract to commit
    (How she asked him to love her and he did, and he gave everything for her love)

    And when I got away I only got so far
    (When we left her, he didn't get far)

    The other me is dead,
    (The old him is gone)

    I hear his voice inside my head
    'We were never alive
    And we won’t be born again'
    (He hears the old him telling him it was a stupid idea. That him and the girl were never going to work out, and they won't work out if he tries again)

    But I’ll never survive
    With dead memories in my heart
    (But he'll have to just grin and bear it as he can't go on if he holds all of his old memories close to him)

    You asked me to love you when I did
    Tied my soul into a knot and got me to submit
    (Showing a different story, this says that she forced him to love her, or possibly tricked him into it)

    So when I got away I only kept my scars
    (When he left her, he only kept the bad memories)

    The other me is gone,
    And now I don’t know where I belong
    (The old him is gone, and now he doesn't know what to do and where to go)

    Dead visions in your name
    Dead fingers in my veins
    (All the good things he had have died in her name)

    EPIC SONG!

  13. anonymous
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    Jul 23rd 2009 report

    I think this song is about Coreys emotions about being in Slipknot and Stone Sour. "Dead Memories" refers to Stone Sour.

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  14. anonymous
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    Jul 20th 2009 report

    Doesn't sound like a band getting famous, to me it kinda sounds like a relationship going bad, hence "you asked me to love you and I did" but that doesn't sound very slipknot-ish so I'm not sure

  15. anonymous
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    Jul 1st 2009 report

    This song is about when bands go from underground to famous how everything changes and how the people around you change from close friends to total strangers without faces changing hence "dead figures in your name" even if I'm wrong I got one thing right SLIPKNOT MELTS FACES

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  16. JohnnyLoco
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    Jun 28th 2009 report

    This song is about the transformation that the band has gone through, hence the new masks. The main topic Corey is focusing on is the things he has done in the past that he wants to forget, being those dead memories. Its mainly about turning over a new page.

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