"Skin Ticket" as written by Michael Shawn Crahan, Craig Alan Jones, James Donald Root, Sidney George Wilson, Paul Dedrick Gray, Christopher Michael Fehn, Corey Todd Taylor, Nathan Jonas Jordison and Mickael Gordon Thomson....
Zero and zero is nothing but zero
Cancer and people conspire together
Running and running and going forever
Collected and sampled, starving for zero

Come see my cage, built in my grain

Minus the inside and minus the circle
Inhabit the riddle and fill in the hovel
Wherein and herein, between us and near us
Zero and zero is nothing but zero

Come see my cage, built-in migraine

Keeping myself alive
Through your empathy


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"Skin Ticket" as written by Michael Shawn Crahan, Craig Alan Jones, James Donald Root, Sidney George Wilson, Paul Dedrick Gray, Christopher Michael Fehn, Corey Todd Taylor, Nathan Jonas Jordison, Mickael Gordon Thomson

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    General CommentI'm pretty sure Corey's band number is 8 not 0. I think Sid Wilson is 0, but i could be wrong about that.
    1nfL4m3Sw3TrUsTon October 31, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti believe this song comes down to the history of the real natural being, and looks and the though of the Fruid concept of the ego, super ego and the "id", which i get from the quotes correy uses, " Inhabit the riddle and fill in the hovel " which is a direct quote to idipus rex (i think thats the spelling) but if u know about it all take it into account.

    Or it could just be about the way everyone in society strive to be something but in the end they die and turn to nothing so it all comes back to a cycle of nothing (zero). which makes a bit of sense when you look at the song "left Behind".
    KiLLOggSon March 10, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentPurity, all over again...replace "my grain" with what it sounds like on the record (my GRAVE) and you'll know what i mean
    hell_i_call_my_headon April 16, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIts a cry of humanity, for people of society who are pathetic, and corey recognises himself as one of these, the last 2 lines are so powerful, keeping myself alive through your empathy!
    chriswyatton May 17, 2002   Link
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    General CommentIts a cry of humanity, for people of society who are pathetic, and corey recognises himself as one of these, the last 2 lines are so powerful, keeping myself alive through your empathy!
    chriswyatton May 17, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI agree with the latter part of KILLogS bit about it being people in general trying to be something but in the end they die and become zero with nothing accomplished apart from a wasted life. The line:
    "Come see my cage - built in my grain" - (the turning point)
    He is inviting us to see what is trapping him - his cage - and adds that it is built in 'his' grain...grain maybe symbolising the small part - his life in relevance to the world. He is trying to show us how not to be zero. A ticket from him to a higher understanding. He sees himself as too far gone to be recovered. He’s sees himself as a martyr, suffering by living a condemned life, and eventually becoming zero, while teaching us what he has learned to try and show us what matters in life - and not to waste it.

    The other rather enigmatic lines, I think mean something too:
    Minus the inside and minus the circle
    Inhabit the riddle and fill in the hovel
    This may mean that a circle is nothing without the inside, maybe being an analogy to society - the inside being us. Then goes on to say ‘ inhabit the riddle and fill in the hovel’ - since being able to inhabit the riddle is obviously abstract maybe he is using a type of alliteration to contrast the impossible nature to what he is trying to achieve - condemning us once again to zero. I mean maybe he is saying inhabit the hovel and fill in the riddle - hinting that the way to escape zero is to go back to primitive nature - be animals once again and then, maybe you’ll see what life is really about - being able to solve the riddle. This is escaping society - linked to the circle metaphor.

    Then he talks about himself being a martyr again….a saint and says:
    "Keeping myself alive...
    through your EMPATHY"
    This could mean that we have to keep his spirit alive - not to forget him once he is dead - so his life wouldn’t have meant ‘zero’ - his life wasn’t to waste - because he has achieved something - helped his maggots in seeing straight.
    Paradoxical Martyron May 17, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song. In fact I love all of Slipknot's freaky, scary songs like this one, Gently, Prosthetics and Tattered And Torn. The band members piss me off with their incessent ranting, 'I hate the world. The world hates me. The world is shit.' But I do like some of their songs especially this one, it gives me goosebumps! :cool:
    Harry Manbackon May 21, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMAGGOTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    mushroom_man187on May 24, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentFOOLS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Harry Manbackon May 27, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBecause we feed on their music. Joey came up with that.
    AntichristSuperstaron May 27, 2002   Link

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