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Betrayal, Fear and Sadness - Slipknot's Duality Lyrics

Updated on August 14, 2020
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A song impacts us differently. What may seem to be powerful and moving for someone may not be the same for the other person. And probably the reason why there are debates between genres. But to value everybody’s art and just celebrate the work that the artist put into the creation, the best thing to do is leave the hate and appreciate talent.

Slipknot is one of the most influential heavy metal bands in existence. While other groups that grew with them have mellowed down, Slipknot remains consistent. It continues to deliver fascinating music—intelligently finding its ways to the cracks of pop and electronics from the Beibers to the Swifts.

Aside from the most recognizable percussions and metal riffs, a very noticeable component of their songs is the poetry within the lyrics. And how one paragraph of words explains a life story.


Duality

“I push my fingers into my eyes.

It's the only thing that slowly stops the ache.

But it's made of all the things I have to take.

Jesus, it never ends, it works its way inside”


The chorus talks about the pain that we all have. The negative emotion that we all go through in life. And the struggles of preventing those emotions from affecting us.

  • Anger from betrayal
  • Fear of judgment from society

  • Sadness over the passing of someone you love dearly.

Betrayal is a devastating experience

It is when someone you trust cheats and lies to you. Betrayal can also be perceived as a scheme. Which means they planned to hurt you. It is a process where the thought of conscience intervened but was not able to prevent the hurting they have caused. It makes betrayal very painful because, during the act, you become irrelevant to that person.

Betrayals are served differently for everyone. For some, it was by the greed of money and others from the lure of lust. Aside from anger, betrayal can clutch other negative emotions to us. It can cause self-doubt and low self-esteem. This negativity can damage our productivity and contaminate our perception of society.

The society we are raised in is continually judging us

Society judges us on our appearances, on our social stature, and even the way we speak. Discrimination over appearance is a common selfish action. It is when society measures our worth through their own definition of a perfect image. Society can also be judgmental on our placement in terms of wealth—words from someone who is wealthy matters more from a common person. And even injustices occur more to those who have less than to those who have more. Lastly, even our voice and our speaking receives judgment and discrimination. Languages are tagged to a race. And our society devalues races that have less social power.

The passing of someone you love is heartbreaking

It is like taking a piece of your being out of your body. Death of someone you care about and love is excruciating. The people you value are components of your soul as a human being. Though the process of dying is normal, our heart and brain cannot immediately deal with the passing as the love and memories of that person is tightly connected to us. The passing can also bring feelings of regret, that we could have shared more meaningful memories with them. But now it is too late.

Embracing the Pain

These negative emotions surround us. Betrayal, fear, and sadness exist. They can either focused on us, and it is around us. Some are brave enough that they can handle even a mix of these emotions. But sometimes, to better ease the pain, we close our eyes to avoid seeing images of torture. We want to avoid seeing and feeling these emotions so much, as the song mentions, “ I push my fingers into my eyes.” As a short absence of betrayal, fear, and sadness provides our much-needed relief. (It's the only thing that slowly stops the ache).

But what we must understand (But it's made of all the things I have to take) that the pain we experience, no matter how heart-wrenching (Jesus, it never ends, it works its way inside), is a normal response to a breathing society. And being alive at this moment is a gift. We are given the opportunity to improve ourselves, which many are not able to enjoy.

And rather than being pinned down by grief. Be more aware of the blessings that are around. Start from being alive. Start to value that you have this life. Then work your way up to see your worth. Learn to move forward. Take control of your emotions. Rise from betrayal. Conquer your fear and determine your own future.


This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Erl Sua

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