"Hell Is Chrome" as written by and Mikael Jorgensen Jeff Tweedy....
When the devil came
He was not red
He was chrome and he said

Come with me
You must go
So I went
Where everything was clean
So precise and towering

I was welcomed
With open arms
I received so much help in every way
I felt no fear
I felt no fear

The air was crisp
Like sunny late winter days
A springtime yawning high in the haze
And I felt like I belonged
Come with me

Come with me
Come with me
Come with me
Come with me
Come with me
Come with me
Come with me


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"Hell Is Chrome" as written by Mikael Jorgensen Jeff Tweedy

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  • +2
    Song MeaningI think the meaning is pretty clear here, Jeff Tweedy loves Firefox and thinks it is a much better browser than Chrome even though Chrome is really stable and secure and fast. He just likes Firefox better.
    freeradicalson March 13, 2014   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis sort of reminds me of myself...finding love and comfort in the people and places anyone would truly least expect. this guy found acceptance in hell. noone does, usually... i found love in a teacher i can never tell. i find comfort in dark closed spaces... i find truth in the very ugliest of hearts. ofcourse i find everything that needs to be found in the people and places and truths noone ever wants to look.
    emreeon September 27, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI know a lot of songs can be about drugs, but this one really seems to me like it is. Just like the peer pressure to doing it and then how he 'felt no fear' and everything. idk, maybe its just me...
    Plus I heard Tweedy's big on the drug intake.
    gho4lyfeon September 28, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Commentps. the album rocks. all of it. period. they just went in a new direction. that whys i love wilco, they arent afraid of change.
    wilcokidon February 16, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti have to say i'm not sure if i agree with the drug interpretation. also, tweedy quit drugs. it might be about that, now that i think about it. maybe, it's pretty vague, could be about anything.
    BorrowedTuneon October 20, 2004   Link
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    General Commentalso, the first time i heard this record, i heard "at least that's what you said" then this song and i was like wow, maybe wilco finally made a truly timeless awesome record. and then was terribly, terribly disappointed with about 2/3 of the other songs. oh well.
    BorrowedTuneon October 20, 2004   Link
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    General CommentTo me this song is about the record labels and how misleading everything can be when an artist first gets into a record deal. The devil being an executive in a suit, hence the chrome reference. Clean and neat looking. He went where everything is clean and towering to the top of one of the big buildings these companies are in. They helped him in every way and made him felt like he belonged there. Made him feel no fear. I just always took it as a reference going back to the Reprise dropping, but to each his own.
    cherryghost41on January 06, 2005   Link
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    General Comment"i was like wow, maybe wilco finally made a truly timeless awesome record"
    AKA YHF? I do agree that much of the rest of this album was a disappointment,
    five_to_oneon February 06, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentive listened to this song alot and the whole album and all that, and i just put my own meaning in this song, the thing is that the lyrics arent really sad or depressing or anything, but the tone of the song is. the lyrics now mean to me my transition into college (its now my second year) but i came here and was accepted with the openest of arms and its like apradise here, and today it is a sunny late winter day, and it just got me thinking....
    wilcokidon February 16, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI first was looking at the lyrics to "Theologians" when I realized that the "standing still in the past" ties well to being "a notion, all emotion". So I went over to the lyrics of "Hummingbird" and found the "deep chrome canyons of the loudest Manhattans" where "no one could hear him" (i.e. he was unnoticed, lost in the crowd) parallelled "Hell is Chrome".

    in "Hell is Chrome" the devil (who is not red, he is chrome) takes him "where everything was clean/so precise and towering"--obviously a city. However, when he gets there he "was welcomed with open arms/ [he] received so much help in every way / [he] felt no fear / the air was crisp / like sunny late-winter days / springtime yawining high in the haze / and I felt like I belong"--so he fits in and people notice and care about him. However, notice who took him there. He is WITH THE DEVIL when all these people welcome him and help him.

    So basically the two songs are meant to be looked at together (possibly along with "Theologians" but the connections are a little fuzzier). He goes to a city and is forgotten, but later goes with the devil (perhaps a record company exec like cherryghost41 said, or any other powerful yet amoral person) and he is a celebrity, he is noticed, he is important, he "felt like [he] belong[s]". I think it's maybe an indictment of society for not caring about people when they aren't famous or powerful. The famous and powerful aren't perfect either ("Spiders (Kidsmoke)"). The poetry here blows me away.
    ultraspamboyon February 25, 2005   Link

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