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I cannot disguise,

all the stomach pains

and the walking of the cranes

when you, do come out

and you whisper up to me

in your life of tragedy

But I cannot grow

till you eat the last of me

oh when will I be free...


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    Apr 17th, 2006 4:59pm report

    the song is about drug addiction and how it eats you up inside sucking away your life like a tapeworm and at the end of the song the person is going to die from drug overdose Sitting in my room with a needle in my hand the the name needles refers to needle injected drugs such as heroin


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    Apr 13th, 2006 4:11am report

    this song is appealing to the people of america and other parts of the world to realise that the goverment suck and they are butt fucking all of us the government is described as a tapeworm that controls you "my tapeworm tells me where to go" "my tape worm tells me what to do" "pull the tape worm out of your ass" take the government out of your life! the government is the tapeworm which is described as a parrasite, if the shoe fits.........


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    Feb 24th, 2013 2:50pm report

    This song is speaking directely of the goverment. " I cannot grow, till u eat the rest of me o when will i be free ", meaning u cannot grow in knowledge of the bad doings of the government until they do, or say something that pushes the persOn to understanding that the governments wats fuckin up our lives, things u hear on the news like disasters are eating at us. And governments the tapeworm/ drug trying to control peoples lifes by getting them to believe in one relgion, believe in one union, believe in one dictator, and getting addicted drugs by sending people to war like vietnam, bribe n brainwash people believing they are fighting for a hopeless unity, making them do the governments dirty work then sending them back more fucked up then ever. Choose to belive in wat u want and have ur own voice, the one of independence.


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    Mar 19th, 2012 3:53pm report

    In my opinion, when he says ''My tapeworm tells me what to do'', he's like somebody who doesn't want to be part of the life the government made for us (because it is a life of robot) but there is no other type of life, so we have no choice to live like that, or oppose, but there isn't enough people who have open eyes to this to revolt against the whole governments.


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    Apr 27th, 2011 4:10am report

    Everything described in this song point to heroin/opiate addiction. "All the stomach pains" referring to the terrible pains you receive when you don't get your drugs. Being addicted to that stuff is just like a tapeworm, you have to constantly feed it. What is it really doing for you in the long run? You must pull the tape worm out of your ass my good sirs.


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    Apr 22nd, 2011 4:43am report

    If you don't know the meaning to this song you must be special. The song means whatever you want it to mean, thats why its art.


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    Sep 12th, 2010 9:49pm report

    I think toxicity is an album that describes how fxxked up our worl really is... needles perhaps tells the story of a drug addict who knows it is bad for him(I cannot deny all the evil traits and the filling of the crates)
    but yet he still does it. When he says "When you, DO come out" like saying he can be perfectly fine and the addiction comes from out of nowhere and interrupts his life. Pull the tapeworm out of your ass part means "Get rid of it". When he says pimpin majesty means the addiction comes dressed up as a nice thing till eventually the person will kill
    themselves with drug overdose.


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    Dec 18th, 2009 12:30pm report

    Personally, I believe this song is about how people claim to be intoxicated during murders by drugs and instead of the drug abuse charges being added to the murder charges,it is used to abolish a little bit of the punishment of the murder. "my tapeworm tells me where to go/ what to do." The tapeworm is the drugs. Drugs mess you up, and so do tapeworms, but neither tell you where to go and/or what to do. "pull the tapeworm out of your a**" is pretty much saying: get over it, you can control yourself while intoxicated just like you can pull a tapeworm out of your a** (it is a fact that you can pull out a tapeworm in that manner, even though it is disgusting.)"I'm sitting in my room with a needle in my hand waiting for the tune of some old, dying man," obviously, this is the point where they're abusing drugs, and want someone to die. I'm only 13, please rate.


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    Sep 4th, 2009 9:38am report

    My original interpretation of this song was psychic vampirism - that is causing someone to pity you in order to control them. The singer is hopelessly in love with a person he knows is despicable, and cannot stop obeying them. They are like a parasite. But on reflection I think the whole junkie idea is probably better.


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    Apr 19th, 2009 4:25am report

    I would think this song is about the addiction to drugs and how they lead peoples lives and control them. Example: tapeworm tells me what to do.


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    Oct 30th, 2007 10:45am report

    It is quite obvious this represents the drugs in solitary confinement. When it says the tomb of some old dying man, that man is referring to Daron (who is singing that part at this point) when he dies of his o.d.


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    May 24th, 2007 5:33am report

    I know this song is about a junkie, but when I first heard this song I thought the tapeworm was a girlfriend who was a bitch. I thought it was one of the only songs with SOAD talking about girlfriend problems.


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    Dec 16th, 2006 12:55pm report

    i think that this song is about people living off of other people like my sister lived off my cousin and she ran her cell bill up to 1000$. That's a lot of money for a cell bill. A tapeworm lives off of someone and they are tellin' you too kick the damn person out.

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    Oct 9th, 2006 10:40pm report

    Haha when I saw this song live daron said "this song is called straight out of your fucking ass"


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    Aug 21st, 2006 8:29am report

    Its about Kurt cobain, the tapeworm is courtney love who was known to sometimes control Cobain and Kurt Cobain was known to suffer from very bad stomach pains. At "i'm sitting in a room, with a needle in my hand" daron changed needle to shotgun on stage , which is how Cobain comitted suicide. Needles represents the drugs Cobain injected himself with.

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    Jul 24th, 2006 7:34am report

    I'm thinking it's about drugs. I'm just wondering what, "just waiting for the tomb of some old dying man" means. I thought it meant that doing drugs makes your age go up faster.


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    Jun 26th, 2006 6:55pm report

    This song has 2 meanings to it the first one is about the goverment described as a parasites but you give the goverment power by the stupid american drug addict so the tapeworm is not only the goverment but also the american drug user.

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