"Orchids" as written by and Joel/rand Ekman....
You hold me inside your iris
Like a terminal stain on life
You condescend to my primal brain
And twist me around like a knife
Can't begin to explain
The feelings I have restrained
Don't ask me how I am
Because you're too busy planning your epitaph
Let me tell you

Don't, try to be the one, person
Who has stayed, just to say
They never left me!
Aggravated, complicated, someone say it
God, I never learn

You keep me hidden behind a curtain,
An audible human display
You feed me orchids to give me courage
And keep me in line with disdain

Can't begin to explain
The feelings I have restrained
Don't ask me how I am
Because you're too busy planning your epitaph
Let me tell you

Don't, try to be the one, person
Who has stayed, just to say
They never left me!
Aggravated, complicated, someone say it
God, I never learn

I have nothing left for you
You left me with nothing

I live at arm's length and die a little,
Between your constants by day
I want my soul back before it's over,
I can't even wish you away

Can't begin to explain
The feelings I have restrained
Don't ask me how I am
Because you're too busy planning your epitaph
Let me tell you

Don't, try to be the one, person
Who has stayed, just to say
They never left me!
Aggravated, complicated, someone say it
God, I never learn

I never learn!


Lyrics submitted by kellio

"Orchids" as written by Josh Rand Joel Ekman

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  • +2
    General Commentnice work corey taylor! i love slipknot, and this really shows alot more about corey. one of the most well-rounded singers out there. its usually you can sing, not scream, or scream and not sing. but this mother fucker has proved everyone wrong. hes great at both!
    hopesfallfanon September 10, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI think I'm going through exactly what this song is trying to say. Orchids are philosophically phallic symbols: they represent sex, and the seeds can be ground into a highly-intoxicating drug. I think the meaning is that Corey/the object of the song is addicted to someone, maybe for sexual gratification or just to feel wanted, yet he knows no good will come of it, and he can't help it.
    AsItBeganon June 22, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt's about someone who doesn't really like him but stays around just to keep him happy, but its had the opposite effect instead. They tell him what he wants to hear ("you feed me orchids...") but they're actually planning how to ditch him. The line "I never learn" implies that it keeps happening to him and he falls for it every time. Great song, Stone Sour are amazing.
    kellioon July 25, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThey kick ass!!..they are amazing!! this song is one of those songs that hits close to home...but still kicks!!!
    Punk-o-drummeron July 31, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentythis is so much like me, like kellio said its about people sticking around just to keep him happy, just to say they were there, they "feed me orchids" or compliments to make me happy, but its just empty and makes the pain worse. And as this song, I never fuckin learn, never....
    allenmiller247on August 05, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think it has something to do with the way i think. no one does anything for anyone else no matter how hard they try to convince themselves they are. like, the person coreys talking about makes him believe they care care for him when all theyre doing is making themselves feel better by not leaving him like everyone else did. kinda like his own way of saying dont pity me.
    themosquitogodon August 07, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIf you like this song, you will definetly like this song: Slipknot - Prosthetics
    KoRnKid51on August 10, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis band is awesome. i cant believe its actually corey. he is a great song writer and should make songs like this more often.
    stoneknot666on August 17, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song reminds me of people who are two faced for some reason, people who'd rather compliment u but then disrespect you in the same way, if that makes any sense. Corey's voice is perfect for this song. Oh and ummm can u guys tell me which band name you prefer
    Hoover or Far From Yesterday. Thank you.
    OpEnWRISTSon August 17, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentit means the the opposite of what all are saying. it is really him doing it to someone else. he never learns, he keeps doing it. he wants to leave them but he doesnt know how... thats just my person opinion. i never actually heard the song yet. i am just viewing lyrics first. corey taylor doesnt always make sense. sorry all you fanatics.
    i just don t understand ....
    nesteaon August 31, 2002   Link

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