"Gently" as written by Craig Jones, James Root, Sid Wilson, Mickael Thomson, Chris Fehn, Corey Taylor, Nathan Jordison, Paul Gray and Michael Crahan....
Gently my mind escapes into the relaxing mode of pleasure
A pleasure that will take my mind off the reality of life
My past life
Life as I know it know
And whatever may come it slowly disappears
To somewhere in the back of my mind
It will remain there until I wish to retrieve it

Yes I will stay here for awhile for I need the break
A break from the pressures of life
And everything that lay in the palm of life's hands, life's hands

This mode is incredible
It's out of this world
Too bad I must always leave it
But that's life

That's life, that's life, that's life


Lyrics submitted by The Spoony Bard, edited by RamBahadur

"Gently" as written by Michael Shawn Crahan Michael Crahan

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    General CommentCorey's voice has a much greater range. he can actually sing, he can scream better, and he has a better way with expressing emotion in his songs, but that doesn't change the fact that the MFKR version is the original, and the original is always the more meaningful. I don't know what this song means to Corey, but as the website mfkr1.com will tell you, the song is about the escape to Umbra. It's not about drugs, and it's an indirect way of expressing the feeling of escaping reality into your own world. We all have our own words we escape to. It's human nature. Without those worlds, we would be lost.

    In my opinion, as far as the actual music is concerned, the original is much better. The guitar has more melody, and the lead in harmonic from song 1 (Slipknot) adds to the spirit of the song. although the song has the addition of full-force synth in the Iowa version, the original was much better in composition.

    When a band switches members, despite if the new members are better or worse at what they do, the spirit of the band changes. It's inevitable. Even if they can play the old songs the same exact way the old member did, there is no way they could write with the same creativity. And unless the member that is removed or decides to leave is a complete ass the the rest of the band or to his/her fans, the fan-base feels they have lost something when a member is gone. If fame had come to Slipknot before they reformed the band, they may not be nearly as huge as they are today. In my opinion, switching members after MFKR was the best thing they could have done, but there is no way they can replace the spirit of Gently, no matter how many times they remake it.

    ~ Pixie
    Pixie Samaon February 03, 2007   Link
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    General CommentOk, if you guys want to hear something REALY interesting, find a recording of the pre mfkr bassement sessions.
    You hear them make this song from scratch!! Its split into two parts from two sessions. The first one goes on for 20 mins as they get the riff going (as far as I know, this is the earlyes recording of the band, possibly one of the first times they have played together),and the second one (12 mins) they do the vocals.
    For a big slipknot fan, its facinating music.
    Iowa $evenon July 31, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is about escaping to the freedome of drugs. He talks about the 'mode of pleasure' and 'its outta this world... too bad i must always leave it'... Life is hard and drugs form an escape route, unfortunately they only last a while, and you soon need more and more of them to have the same effect...
    dave_2069on February 01, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWell composed song..
    Pharmicopiaon April 20, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI like the MFKR version better than the IOWA version. That is all I have to say.
    Egghead15229on April 26, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's about escaping into the Umbra, which is a second dimension in the role playing game of which the original members are such huge fans. Grey Wolf Werewolf something. All of MFKR is about that. Ask Anders, he'll tell you.
    adamizeron May 14, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentfirst of all....dave 2069 is just a stupid fuckin pothead...and its about how he's created a fake reality for himself so he doesnt have to deal with the bull shit of life
    no one importanton May 14, 2002   Link
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    General Commenti would have to agree with "NO ONE IMPORTANT" and "ADAMIZER" because in a sense we all have our own little world of our own, to take us away from depressing things or reality that literally sucks dick. i could understand how it could be interpreted as him using drugs and explaing the euphoria.......but i think its the whole making his own reality and sacluding himself. thats what i think
    heathyron May 15, 2002   Link
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    General Commenti agree with heathyr, its about corey taking himslef to his own place where he doesnt have to feel the pain, however something always takes him out of it, but thats life, its what happens, this song is for everyone that does this
    chriswyatton May 17, 2002   Link
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    General CommentSweet fuck. Corey didn't write this song, Anders did. It's about the UMBRA...it was like a special skill some players had in their role playing game. They went there to heal and whatnot. It seems like he's talking about relaxing and letting his mind go but it's completely and totally about that certain aspect of their game.
    adamizeron May 23, 2002   Link

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