"Snakes" as written by Tobin Esperance, Jacoby Shaddix, Jerry Horton and David Buckner....
I got a problem with the snakes that are crawling
Through my area when the darkness has fallen
Momma told me that they love to bite
They'll stab you in the back, no shame that's right, what, what?
I keep my distance cause they're making me crazy
And stealing from me, you know those fuckers are lazy
My blood boils fat turns to oil
Step the fuck back, or you'll get buried in soil
Over drama, or you could sleep with the fishes
My clutches are tight and I'll take your last wishes
One for the money, two for your girl
Three for your life now I fucked up your world

Do you like how it feels to be bit
In the neck by a snake that kills
Do you know how it feels to be stabbed in the back
Then watch the blood spill
Do you like how it feels to be bit
In the neck by a snake that kills
Do you know how it feels to be stabbed in the back
Then watch the blood spill

It's kinda funny how you're running your mouth man
You're caught in a lie and there's no way out, come on
Betray your friends and your peeps and your family
Living like a snake, living like a bloody thief
Check my speech cause it's deep like the sea
From me to y'all and then from y'all back to me
Danger, danger, I slay snakes like a ranger
Military style fears God, not a stranger
Now tell me whose crew slicker? Mine's sicker
Get on your knees, you'll be a dick licker
One for the money, two for your girl
Three for your life now I fucked up your world

Do you like how it feels to be bit
In the neck by a snake that kills
Do you know how it feels to be stabbed in the back
Then watch the blood spill
Do you like how it feels to be bit
In the neck by a snake that kills
Do you know how it feels to be stabbed in the back
Then watch the blood spill

Do you like how it feels?
Do you like how it feels?

Do you like how it feels to be bit
In the neck by a snake that kills
Do you know how it feels to be stabbed in the back
Then watch the blood spill
Do you like how it feels?
Do you like how it feels to be bit
In the neck by a snake that kills
By a snake that kills
By a snake that kills


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"Snakes" as written by Jerry Horton Tobin Esperance

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  • +1
    Song Meaningsnakes = a metaphor for gangs/criminals (or just bad people in general). The song is about Jacoby's hatred for these thugs/gang members. This makes a lot of sense as he grew up without much money and likely in the ghetto.

    "I got a problem with the snakes that are crawling
    Through my area when the darkness has fallen"
    -gangs and criminals mostly operate at night

    "Momma told me that they love to bite"
    -parents are always advising their kids to avoid gangs and criminal activity because they are dangerous....like a snakes bite

    "They'll stab you in the back, no shame that's right, what, what?
    I keep my distance cause they're making me crazy
    And stealing from me, you know those fuckers are lazy
    My blood boils fat turns to oil"
    -displays his distain towards criminals

    "Step the fuck back, or you'll get buried in soil
    Over drama, or you could sleep with the fishes
    My clutches are tight and I'll take your last wishes
    One for the money, two for your girl
    Three for your life now I fucked up your world"
    -describes the mindset of a gang member or thug: killing and stealing without boundaries

    The chorus reemphasizes Jacoby's hatred for criminals, and the second verse is another perfect description of the mind of a gang member. These lyrics are far superior to anything that Papa Roach has ever written. Of course, Last Resort gets all the publicity, yet songs like Snakes and Revenge are what really deserve the attention on Infest.
    shnoogumson March 28, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is about People who fuckin' turn on you in a second and stab you in the back...
    PapaRoacher_5kon April 27, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwow....nice one
    halffaston June 13, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentJudging from your last posts, I figure you being incredibly sarcastic with that last one... So I'm just going to say a couple things...

    1. Go to hell...

    2. Ntah!
    PapaRoacher_5kon June 13, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentStabbed in the 'neck'. Not back.
    skacore_dudeon July 06, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentNo, bit in the neck is a reference to, of course, a snake bite. I'm pretty sure if you get bit in the neck by a venomous snake it's a lethal blow, you're dead almost immediately. I think what's being said here is "since you fucked me over, I'm going to fuck you right back worse then you'd ever imagine."
    ScyKillon January 29, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song to me really expresses anger towards people who pretend to be your friends, then in an instant, fuck you over and stab you in the back! The snakes part, though, is kinda confusing to me, but I'm sure someone will reassure me. Still a bad ass song from Papa Roach back in the day...
    spartansjaseon May 01, 2007   Link
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    General CommentIVE GROWN TO ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS SONG!! I LOVE THE BEGINNING CUZ U CAN MOSH ALOT TO IT WHEN BUCKNER HITS THOSE TOMS AND THEN SLAMS THE CRASH CYMBAL ITS A SEA OF MOSHES!! ITS ONE OF MY 5FAVORITE PAPA ROACH SONGSNOW..
    Gettheledoutstyleon July 28, 2007   Link

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