What does Pulse of the Maggots mean?

Slipknot: Pulse of the Maggots Meaning

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Pulse of the Maggots Lyrics

This is the year where hope fails you
The test subjects run the experiments
And the bastards you know, is the hero you hate
But cohesing is posssible if we strive
Theres no reason, theres no lesson
No time like the present, telling you right...


    #1 top rated interpretation:
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    Feb 1st 2006 !⃝

    This song was written by the band's vocalist, Corey Taylor, after there was much controversy that the band would break up. Before the coming of their album "Volume 3: The Subliminal Verses" The band was highly stressed and close to falling apart. But the band worked together and wrote this song to show it's relationship with it's fans, and that It would always have their back and would stick together just because of the fans.


    #2 top rated interpretation:
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    Feb 11th 2006 !⃝

    Finally someone who knows something about SLipKnOT.


    #3 top rated interpretation:
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    May 13th 2006 !⃝

    C'mon people! Just thank SlipKnoT that they wrote a song for the maggots!

  4. kooljohn176
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    Dec 24th 2018 !⃝

    A song that for me is about the part of us, who are the 'Influencial People' of this western world mentality who throughout time symbolically,metaphorically,biologically and psychologically became the Invaders[Maggots] of the mind,body and soul. Where once long ago have corrupted and finally destroyed the ''One'' O.W.O[old world order] BODY Of THe Great TARTARIAN Empire's history of our loving God's given technology that HAS BEEN STOLEN by these Parasites[maggots] of this world. Only to be replaced by this current, but ignorant western civilization that's unfortunately influenced by these Parasites[maggots] and their invading forces that threw MUD SLIDES in our eyes long ago. By which and with who ''artificially'' replaced just about everything that once was natuarally true and good positive energy with a bad and parasitic negative energy that's the ''pulse of the maggots'' who don't believe in preserving anything,especially the ''salt of the earth'' kind of men, sort of speaking, but just want to egotistically feed themselves to the bone and destroy everything without a trace that was good and holy upside down into the chaotic new world order that We are finding ourselves in now, thaught by their pseudo-science and fake news kind of je[w]suit thaught religion that can make one unbalanced,dizzy and sick without understanding why.

  5. anonymous
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    Sep 11th 2011 !⃝

    Multiple times, Corey Taylor has been asked about this song, and he always says the same thing; loyalty to the fans.

  6. anonymous
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    Jul 10th 2011 !⃝

    Shouts and praises of the children of satan!! Am i right Coley TAylor?? this song is dedicated to Satan.. none other else.. =)


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  7. Metalhead666
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    May 30th 2011 !⃝

    This song is about the metalheads out there (maggots) and the ones who rise up and fight up against the constant opposition of those who want to get rid of our music.
    Slipknot is a strong rallying point for all the metalheads, moshers or whatever you would like to call us (i'm fairly certain i've been called a mop head before but oh well) and i guess this too is a song for us to rally along.
    Where did i get this, what some might call bizzare, song interpretation from? Because that's how this song reaches out to me and i'm sure plenty of others.

  8. anonymous
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    May 1st 2011 !⃝

    I agree with the revelion thought but I don't see "us" as the maggots, I see it more as the literal movement (pulse) in the metaphorical rot (maggots)

  9. anonymous
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    Apr 4th 2011 !⃝

    Well, considering that a lot of slipknot's songs tend to revolve around the subject of suicide, and generally how shit life is/can be, that is in their previous 3 albums before Vol.3 Subliminal verses. i feel that this song perhaps shows the other side. A LOT of slipknot's fans suffer with debilitating and painful suicidal thoughts, so i think maybe the lyrics in this particular piece are intended to inspire against these thoughts, by letting the sufferers know that they ARE NOT ALONE: "coheseing is possible if we strive","say it again, say it again: WE WONT DIE!". about slipknot's loyalty to their fans "we fight, for the ones who can't fight". about Corey/slipknot relating and opening up to his/their fans "this isnt just a way to be a martyr, i cant walk alone any longer". however, i feel that the title claims that if it wasn't for the writing of and the lyrical content of this particular song, that maybe some extra may have taken their lives. we slipknot fans in reference "maggots"... here corey/slipknot is literally claiming to the "pulse of the maggots". you will notice how he references the fans and the band separately "I( "we(

  10. anonymous
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    Mar 23rd 2011 !⃝

    We we are the pulse of the maggots....slipknot fans are otherwise known as maggots therefore they are saying we keep out fans going even through our struggles as a band and that we will not dissapoint our fans....or thats my interpretation

  11. anonymous
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    Feb 6th 2011 !⃝

    Why are you dumbasses posting, who cares it rocks? That defeats the purpose of this website you fucking idiots. It sounds anti-government to me but I don't follow the band drama, so it could be about staying together as well, I just listen to all their songs.

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  12. anonymous
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    Dec 17th 2010 !⃝

    I always thought it was about war, and the maggots are people and he's fighting for freedom.

  13. anonymous
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    Feb 5th 2010 !⃝

    I think this song means to forget everything that doesn't matter. all this shit like government and religion is just a waste of time. we shouldn't have to listen to anyone or follow their rules. we shouldn't have to prove ourself to anyone. also their vocals coming from Corey Taylor mean like sticking together with the fans this song is like bringing the fans into the band. Having them get on the stage and scream an yell and rebel. listening to this song makes me want to run around screaming in peoples faces "WE WONT DIE".

  14. anonymous
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    Feb 5th 2010 !⃝

    This song has not just one theme but multiple themes and people can view songs different ways. this song is mainly about being against reglion, being against government, and not letting anyone else tell you what to do or control what you. its about standing up for what you believe and following your dreams. read between the lines and you can find that out for yourself. but thats just one persons opinion. you can think whatever you want.

  15. anonymous
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    Dec 30th 2009 !⃝

    It's saying that they fight the fuckers of this world the mother fuckers that copy everyone else and bully people who are different . But they don't literally fight them they fight them through there music there fighting for maggots like us . So it's pretty much saying we fight for our fans and we don't give a shit what you think of us

  16. anonymous
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    Nov 26th 2009 !⃝

    I think this song is a maggot anthem. That all maggots should stick together.......

  17. OllieMETAL
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    Nov 18th 2009 !⃝

    What >I< think this song is about is that we are all maggots, followers of SlipKnoT, and if we all stick together, we won't die; ie. They won't split up. This was partly a song for us-The Maggots, but it could also have a billion different meanings in there. It also talks about how they will fight for us and we should fight for them as well quote"I fight for the ones who can't fight, and if I lose, then at least I tried!!"

  18. DarknessRend
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    Nov 10th 2009 !⃝

    The song for the fans, letting them know the band still cares and will never be so wrapped in themselves that they ignore the fans. Just basically the anthem for the third cd, a song dedicated to us once again basically saying even though they were gone for a while...they are still there and they are back and they are still pulling for all the fans out there, and no matter what they always will be there for us.

    -Corey Taylor

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