"Vermilion" as written by Paul Dedrick Gray, James Donald Root, Mickael Gordon Thomson, Michael Shawn Crahan, Christopher Michael Fehn, Sidney George Wilson, Nathan Jonas Jordison, Corey Todd Taylor and Craig Alan Jones....
She seems dressed in all the rings
Of past fatalaties
So fragile yet so devious
She continues to see it
Climatic hands that press
Her temples and my chest
Enter the night that she came home
Forever

Oh (she's the only one that makes me sad)

She is everything and more
The solemn hypnotic
My dahlia, bathed in possession
She is home to me

I get neverous, perversed when I see her it's worse
But the stress is astounding
It's now or never she's coming home
Forever

Oh (she's the only one that makes me sad)(she's coming alive, she's coming alive)

Hard to say what caught my attention
Vixen crazy, aphid attraction
Carve my name in my face, to recognize
Such a pheromone cult to terrorize

I won't let this build up inside of me
I won't let this build up inside of me
I won't let this build up inside of me
I won't let this build up inside of me

(Yeah)

I'm a slave, and I am a master
No restraints and, unchecked collectors
I exist through my need, to self-oblige
She is something in me, that I despise

I won't let this build up inside of me
I won't let this build up inside of me
I won't let this build up inside of me
I won't let this build up inside of me

I won't let this build up inside of me
I won't let this build up inside of me
I won't let this build up inside of me
I won't let this build up inside of me

She isn't real
I can't make her real
She isn't real
I can't make her real

She isn't real, I can't make her real
She isn't real, I can't make her real


Lyrics submitted by NeutralPunkGuy, edited by jakeman1397, KatThing, Dovah117

"Vermilion" as written by Corey Taylor Christopher Fehn

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  • +11
    General CommentI believe that this song represents a certain lonliness, not a stalking, in which the lyricist is creating an idea of someone in his head, and he is becoming so obsessed with this idea that he actualy starts to think it is real, that would explain the whole "The only one that makes me sad" lyric, in the sense that he gets nothing from her, and the "She is something in me, that I despise" in the sense that he starts hating her, and towards the end he tries to tell himself that "She isn't real" and that he "Can't make her real", it's basically a manisfestation of lonliness. That's just the way I see it though, it has nothing to do with stalking...that would be The Virus of Life and The Nameless...
    evildeadaliveon June 07, 2004   Link
  • +3
    My Interpretation"She seems dressed in all the rings
    Of past fatalities
    So fragile yet so devious
    She continues to see it"

    She is not a real girl. Something symbolic. Something ancient. Something fatal. Something imaginary.

    "I get nervous, perverse, when I see her it's worse
    But the stress is astounding
    It's now or never she's coming home
    Forever"

    But he sees her. In real life. This means he identifies his imaginary woman with a woman who actually exists. But she "makes him sad", because the real girl and the imaginary girl will never be the same.

    "I am a slave and I am a master"
    The way his imagination works. He's free to create in his mind, but he's also controlled by his insticts.

    "I won't let this build up inside of me"
    But he's not psychotic yet. He knows that he must keep himself sane, or something terrible will happen.

    (countinued in Vermilion, Pt. 2)

    ronnierocketon September 26, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI think this song is about someone he is making up to love. He is lonely and he creates the perfect woman for himself, but it drives him crazy because he can't make her real.
    Maggot212on October 08, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General Commentwell...i know most of you think that this song is about either being lonely or about a stalker but i see this song in a different point of view.

    I think this song is about a man who had a wife/gf and she ended up breaking up with him.

    At first, he states that this woman was the world to him. He became nervous everytime that he saw her and that nothing was more important to him than her. He also states that he rests in her and that he is his home.

    Because he is thinking about this past relationship, like any other person he takes a pause and states that thinking about her only makes him sad because he though she was perfect for him until proven wrong.

    Next he states that he doesn't understand why he got so obsessed with her and that his love was one without lust. Then he says that they should carve his name into his face...like..stating that he is blind and that he does not see the truth. It is then followed by saying that being in love (pheromone cult) hurts a lot and that it terrorizes him.

    Next he says that he is a slave to this depression but at the same time he is the master and that he can do anything that he puts his mind into. It is then followed by himself, in an angered tone, that he can forget about her and that he only needs himself and what he has inside of him (his love for her) is what he despises because it is what keeps on killing him.

    He then says that he wont let it build up inside of him. Probably meaning that he wont let the depression continue and that he will put an end to this depression that he has due to her leaving.

    Lastly, he concludes the song saying that the girl that he once thought was perfect never really existed stating that she wasnt what he thought she was and says that he cant change her to be that perfect girl.

    Well guys, thats my opinion. I know many of you will disagree but hey, its an opinion.

    Later... stay (sic)
    vermilionslipknoton June 24, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General Commentto me, it's about this girl that he thinks is perfect in every way but is angered and saddened because there is no way that she can exist because there is no such thing as a perfect person.
    ChigoXIIIon January 28, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think he is talking about being totally obssesed with someone, but trying to convince yourself that you are not, and it becomes thecase, that the only way you can beat the obssesion, is to think of the person as not existing. I don't think Corey is actually saying that she isn't real, only that he will make her not real to him.
    quiffpornon June 30, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThere is an old greek Mythos that talks about a man obsessed with statue making, he builds a statue in the likeness of athena and falls in love with it, this is folly, he then dissapears or something like that. This is a kind of realization of that mans error, perhaps it is about realizing an obsession and abolishing it before it gets out of hand.

    just a though...
    I am mitnickon July 01, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentPeople think this song is about stalking. No, its not. Its about when youre really lonely. When youre really lonely and need a girl nearby, sometimes you “make” one in your imagination. You talk to her and do her. Corey is apparently very lonely. Sure, he has lots of friends, but he doesn't love anyone. This song is about how he realizes that the girl he created isn't real, and he can’t make her real. When you “make” the illusion in your mind, you feel happy and loved, when in reality all it does is push you into deeper despair. He may have seen the girl on the street and liked her a lot, and maybe he “made” his girl look like her, but this song is about loneliness, not stalking.
    BOFHon November 20, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis song is about being in love with someone who hurts u emotionally ..... when i first heard this song i was completly in love with this guy who was basically using me and leading me on and i wanted soooo much to not love him and to make myself believe that he didn't love me. "i won't let this build up inside of me" "she isn't real" "when I see her its worse " etc....
    thornoftheroseon February 07, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentFirst off...not all the lyrics are correct...what the fuck is that? Secondly, I believe the song is about this women who is real but at the same time is only a fantasy in his mind. Something he can never achieve. To him nothing else exists except his obsession...her. He hates her because he can't have her. But he loves her so he can't kill her. She gives him tainted sanity...but without her he becomes a danger. She seems to be a still moment in time as all other life blurs by her. He wants her so badly he could kill, but he knows he can never have her...because if he did...he just may kill her...
    pariah919on February 18, 2005   Link

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