Slipknot: Iowa Meaning
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Relax...it's over,you can never leave
I take your second digit with me... Love...
You are...my first,I can barely breath
I find you fascinating
You are...my favorite,lay you down...
anonymous May 9th, 2018 5:16am report
I just started to read "The Postman always rings twice", like a couple of pages and this song come to my mind...
anonymous Nov 27th, 2016 11:05am report
@Joshua Robert Arthur, the line "I take your second digit with me" does not refer to the victim's age, but to her middle finger - "digit" in this case meaning "finger". This is one of the first clues that the subject of the song may be a corpse.
anonymous Sep 9th, 2016 9:16pm report
I can hear a "Scarlett!" scream, so i can imagine who this song is directed to. He always had an obssession over his ex. wife, Scarlett. I think Corey is describing the agony of the thought of letting go, somehow. At that part of the song, where it sound like they're playing random stuff, i think Corey feels psychothic (as in the thoughts in his head happen rapidly), like schizofrenia in reverse. I am sure this is about Scarlett. PS: look at the cover-up tattoo of her name ffs...
anonymous Jun 26th, 2016 6:43pm report
Corey said in a interview the thought process behind this song was about "doing something fucked up to corpses", this could be raping a victim then mutilating the corpse, or necrophilia killing then raping something or someone. Its about a sick deranged serial killer that does fucked up things to his dead victims!
anonymous Feb 26th, 2013 2:57am report
Its about fucking IOWA ..............
Actually, Corey has told the story of recording this song. During the recording he stripped naked, broke glass, and started cutting himself to make his screams more life-like.
He also said this song is about taking a dead woman's body and coveting it/making it his own creation
anonymous Dec 25th, 2012 12:11pm report
Guys, during his Seven Deadly Sins tour, he said himself that it's about "spending time" with a corpse.
anonymous Dec 20th, 2012 12:05pm report
Like Prosthetics, Killers Are Quiet, Purity, and the Virus of Life, this is a similar song theme. In my opinion, it is the best of the "stalk and kill" tunes, and is pretty explicit when it comes down to it. I can see where some may think it is about leaving one's past or identity behind, but I think that is reading too deeply. Once again there is no "right" or "wrong" answer, but those possibilities seem to be stretching for something that just doesn't seem to be there. Anyway, the song is most likely about a troubled man who seems to follow necrophilia. Perhaps it is a continuation of Purity. Meaning, instead of from her point of view it is from the killer's, and what he perceives as loving is actually murder and defilement("I will kill you to love you"..."so blue, so broken, your eyes are full of bleach"). It is a novice murderer ("you are my first, I can barely breathe"... "you are my favorite"), and he may see killing as a rescue or doesn't fully comprehend the gravity of death ("lay you down to sleep") but he does feel a need for love, security, and acceptance which he can only find in a dead lover ("it's all I can do to stop...love"..."you can never leave"). Thus, leading to his overall conflicted feeling of insecurity but also a desperate want for control and manipulation which he probably never had, either as a child or an adult. Or perhaps, a fear of rejection from a corpse, he lashes out, which seems to match the increased tempo at the end ("I can tear you apart, I can recombine you. All I want is to covet you whole, you belong to me..."). You might ask why Corey Taylor or Slipknot wrote this, and the answer would be a deep, chaotic bond expressed to all the maggots or incoming fans. Many of Slipknot's followers are those interested in 'unique' and (perhaps) 'disturbing' areas and feel rejected or cast away by a society that does not seem to understand them. Thus, with this song, Slipknot is relating the feeling of overall madness, desperation, and a need for control that are common characteristics of psychopaths and (some) maggots; therefore invoking feelings of community and appreciated vulnerability that is accepted and encouraged in the Metal (especially Slipknot) scene. Also, it's just a Disasterpiece, and probably my favorite off the entire album.
anonymous Mar 11th, 2012 3:53pm report
Am I the only one hearing inspiration from the Hannibal series? Not trashing it...love this song!
Joshua Robert Arthur Jul 3rd, 2011 7:47pm report
I think this song is about a guy being in love with a child under the age of ten. Because everyone can agree the song is about a guy that kills the girl he loves because he doesn't want her to leave him and he cannot be rejected if she is dead... "I will kill you to love you".The reason I think this girl is under the age of ten because of the lyric "I take your second digit with me", meaning her age is under the double digits.... I mean this is just my opinion, I am speculating... but corey was really fucked up when he recorded this song
anonymous May 28th, 2011 5:53am report
and where is that picture on blackgoat ??
i can't found it pls whole link if you can
anonymous Mar 23rd, 2011 3:36pm report
Its about a serial killer and rapist who was most likely abused as a child and that is the result of his behavior. Just before the breakdown, "you can't leave" probably maternal problems. We know Corey had some serious issues with his family. Its a good song and its creepy. Like the part where he just mumbles "Oh no." like her realizes he did something wrong.
anonymous Feb 9th, 2011 2:50pm report
This song is about a man that's obsessed with a girl. He's also possessive and aggressive! idiots.
anonymous Feb 1st, 2011 2:29pm report
I saw this song as what people go through when they move on in life. Leaving one's childhood behind and hating it and wanting to snuff it out of one's memories. hence the lines: relax its over, i fill your mouth with dirt, you belong to me, you can never leave, etc. It is difficult to remember memories that you love and then wanting to snuff them out of your life.
THe passage "lay you down to sleep", "I find you fascinating", and "its all i can do to stop" are very revealing and have brought up some different sights of life in me.
The paper doll is often used to represent childhood. Wanting to tear it apart is wanting to forget it and destroy it no matter how precious it is.
"you belong to me, i will kill you to love you" are quite shocking lyrics and i came to terms that i can relate to this song.
anonymous Sep 24th, 2010 9:47pm report
you see, im sick of people believing corey is "inspired" to wirte this stuff...have any of you felt at the edge of maddness? seen the world through diffrent eyes and see the sick and the weak around you? this song is sung in maddness, and tells of truth and wild ramblings that can only be interpruted in coreys mind. for example, he says i nthe song "it cuts us" and "it tears us aprat" hes, to me, is talking of something that seperates us and kills us off. call me crazy, but then again, you have to be in the edge of maddness to think that way eh?
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