There's no earthly way of knowing
Which direction we are going
There's no knowing where we're going
Or which way the wind is blowing
Is it raining? Is it snowing?
Is a hurricane a-blowing?
Not a speck of light is showing
So the danger must be growing
Oh, the fires of hell are glowing
Is the grisly reaper mowing?
Yes! The danger must be growing (Faster! Faster!)
For the rowers keep in rowing (Faster! Faster!)
And they're certainly not showing (Faster! Faster!)
Any signs that they are slowing (Faster! Faster!)
Stop the boat.


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  • +2
    General Commentmarilyn manson has a thing about willy wonka, he thinks that willy wonka represents indulgence, beacuse willy wonka made choclate and all and choclate is an indulgunce we all know is bad for us but we do it any way, and he thinks that is a eupahamism for sex and lust, as we shudnt do it but as we are all proof of by just being here we still do, so he used the track because of his "thing" about willy wonka, also it is a very scaryy song, and he is an exhibitonist who wanted to look like a scary person, what better way to do it then to give every one night mares?!
    theorgymasteron April 15, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commentits actuly a quote from marilyn mansons fave movie Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory
    alienravenon April 04, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThat is correct because in his book satanism, the religion, isnt about worshipping a red, 2 horned, tailed mythological bullshit tough guy, it's about worshiping yourself and by indulging in whatever you want (ex. chocalote, candy..... Willy Wonka) you're worshiping yourself.
    DagoBoyon June 13, 2003   Link
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    General CommentIcedEarth and doesn't it have to do with some part of Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory??


    of course it duz its the famous quote where they are all on the boat (which manson had for dope hat video) from willy wonka and the chocolate factory
    mansonjunkieon October 19, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI don't think this song was meant to have a whole lot of meaning.. it was in the whole "Cat In The Hat", "Alice In Wonderland"-y era of Marilyn Manson.. and doesn't it have to do with some part of Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory??
    IcedEarthon January 05, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentPersonaly, i feel that oyu have to look at it a bit more, you can't have a deep song with the meaning just floating on the surface for you to pick up, now can we? To me it's a statement on the direction society is going, basicly we can't really tell, everyhting is going to pot, but no one will change their ways no matter their side, and they don't look to be changing anytime soon, and all their continued action is doing is escalating the problem.
    screwion January 22, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWell, I'm interested in your Wonka interpretation...it makes me happy.
    Akashaon May 04, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's current society ( e.g early 90s ) and manson's childhood interwinding
    ZeroGeneratoron December 08, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentactually, its not orignally from willy wonka. it, as well as many of the things wonka says in the movie are literary quotes. i don't remember who wrote it, but manson slightly altered it. it appears in the book charlie and the chocolate factory, except most of it was cut out.....pretty much all the "scary" parts of it that are in the movie.
    slumberlifeon December 18, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI like Screwi's interpretation. I can definately see it from that angle.
    DustinBeyetteon February 23, 2005   Link

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