Slipknot: Eyelass Meaning
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I'm hearing voices but all they do is complain
How many times have you wanted to kill
Everything and everyone - Say you'll do it but never will
You can't see California without Marlon...
anonymous Mar 25th, 2010 3:10am report
Yes, it is correct tht Corey got the line "you can't see California without Marlon Brando's eyes" from a homeless man who was apparently a little loose in the head. After listneing to the beginning of the song a little closer, however, I found that the lyrics of the first verse are a schizophrenic reference: "I'm hearing voices, but all they do is complain. How many times have you wanted to kill?" then later in the song the lyrics are "It's all in your head, it's all in MY head, it's all in your head" To me it seemed that this line was expressing the idea that the homeless man Corey had seen was indeed schizophrenic, and Corey saw a bit of himself in that man. In other words, the absense of his father has somewhat turned Corey schizo. I must also point out that at the end of the song there is the screaming of "Look me in my brand new EYE!" which I think may be a metaphor for father, as Corey's found a new fatherly figure or a stepfather to take the place of his real father who is gone. By saying "Look me in my brand new eye, Mother F*er" he's telling his dad, who he obviously strongly dislikes, to look and see that he's found someone to look up to.
I absoloutly love this song.
anonymous Feb 28th, 2006 2:31pm report
Ok. This is just something I heard from someone. You know "hearsay". But this song is mainly about his father. His father abandoned him ( I am my father's son, but he's a phantom, a mistery and that leaves me nothing. Many times have you wanted to die. Its too late for me, all you want to do is get rid of me.) and he shows his anger towards his father for leaving him right in the middle of growing up as a teenager. And he doesn't understand why his fater (who is portayed as Marlon Brando) left him. He can't see what his father felt. Thats why he sings "You can't see California without Marlon Brando's eyes". I can't see the way that my father saw things....
Well see what you think
NickjBenton Jul 5th, 2015 7:38am report
This is not a literal translation. There are some dual meanings in this interpretation. Think outside the box. The father is our Creator. The eye is our "third eye"( hints track # 3), the reference to his brain in the first verse(pineal gland), the majority of the population in the world are typically
"eyeless". Freak on my antics and give me a choice?(freewill).
anonymous Oct 17th, 2014 10:02pm report
Corey Taylor heard a homeless man yelling "You can't see California without Marlon Brandos eyes" somewhere. He thought it sounded cool so he decided to use it as a chorus.
Serjrewind Mar 22nd, 2011 3:33am report
While Corey Taylor was in New York he was walking through the streets when he heard a crazy hobo yelling "you can't see California without Marlon Brandos eyes!" this made most of the song lyrics.
I have also read that it is about Corey Taylor's father leaving him while he was growing up as a teen."I am my fathers son, he's a phantom I'm a mystery and that leaves me nothing. How many times have you wanted to die. All you want do is get rid of me." self explained
anonymous Aug 29th, 2008 8:19pm report
This song is about the fact that he never knew his father, I can really relate to that as I have never known mine either "I am my fathers son, but he's a phantom, a mystery and that leaves me nothing!" is showing us how it is essential that he knows his heritage.
anonymous Aug 23rd, 2007 8:12pm report
This song is basically one big rant from Corey to his father, who he never knew. He's voicing all the emotions he felt during his childhood that he had never been able to voice before.
I read somewhere that he felt the absence of his father gave him no identity and he spent his younger years feeling really hurt and angry about not knowing who he was. "You can't see California without Marlon Brando's eyes" was a line he heard a schizophrenic shouting. I think that this applied to how he felt about being no one, that he needed to know who he was before he could truly understand his life. The lyrics don't need much explaining really, just have a read with that in mind and you'll get the picture. One thing I think when I read them - he must have been one angry guy.
anonymous Mar 4th, 2007 3:58pm report
The song is about Corey's hatred towards his father for leaving his family. (He has recently reunited with his father)
anonymous Feb 22nd, 2007 2:54pm report
There are a few interpretations of the song Eyeless. When Slipknot came to New York for the first time, which was when they signed on the dotted line with Roadrunner, they ran into a schizophrenic man who was running around yelling the phrase "You can't see California without Marlon Brando's eyes!" That was the main inspiration for the song.
Eyeless is also about Corey's father, as seen in the phrase "I am my father's son, cause he's a phantom, a mystery, and that leaves me NOTHING!"
This interpretation has been marked as poor. view anyway
sicslipknotxx Apr 14th, 2006 4:17pm report
This song is about Corey never knowing his father. "you can't see california without marland brandos eyes" came from so bum running down the street screaming out marland brando. The subconscience line was taken from a techno song. The song is saying 'don't try to see things that aren't there'.
anonymous Feb 22nd, 2006 2:59pm report
I love this song with the passion. Yea your right about the guy screaming you can't see california without Marlon Brando eyes, it was a schizophrenic and decided to put it in the song, I think its awesome, but they have better songs tho
anonymous Feb 11th, 2006 2:27pm report
Eyeless is about the most stupid thing. They couldn't think of anyother songs so they went to New York To Finish There Album and on the street he (Corey) heard a bum screaming " You Can't See California Without Marlin Brondos' Eyes!" he thought it was so funny that he brought it up and turned it into a song.
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