"Before I Forget" as written by Nathan Jonas Jordison, Corey Todd Taylor, Paul Dedrick Gray, James Donald Root, Michael Shawn Crahan, Christopher Michael Fehn, Mickael Gordon Thomson, Sidney George Wilson and Craig Alan Jones....
Go!

Stapled shut, inside an outside world and I'm
Sealed in tight, bizarre but right at home
Claustrophobic, closing in and I'm
Catastrophic, not again
I'm smeared across the page, and doused in gasoline
I wear you like a stain, yet I'm the one who's obscene
Catch me upon all your sordid little insurrections,
I've got no time to lose, and I'm just caught up in all the cattle

Fray the strings
Throw the shapes
Hold your breath
And listen!

I am a world before I am a man
I was a creature before I could stand
I will remember before I forget
Before I forget that!

I am a world before I am a man
I was a creature before I could stand
I will remember before I forget
Before I forget that!

I'm ripped across the ditch, and settled in the dirt and I'm
I wear you like a stitch, yet I'm the one who's hurt
Pay attention to your twisted little indiscretions
I've got no right to win, I'm just caught up all the battles

Locked in clutch
Pushed in place
Hold your breath
And listen!

I am a world before I am a man
I was a creature before I could stand
I will remember before I forget
Before I forget that!

I am a world before I am a man
I was a creature before I could stand
I will remember before I forget
Before I forget that

My end
It justifies my means
All I have to do is delay
I'm given time to evade
The end of the road is my end
It justifies my means
All I have to do is delay
I'm haven't time to evade
The end of the road!

I am a world before I am a man
I was a creature before I could stand
I will remember before I forget
Before I forget that!

I am a world before I am a man
I was a creature before I could stand
I will remember before I forget
Before I forget that!

I am a world before I am a man
I was a creature before I could stand
I will remember before I forget
Before I forget that!

Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
Yeah, yeah, yeah, oh!


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"Before I Forget" as written by Christopher Fehn Chris Fehn

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  • +11
    Song MeaningPeople need to stop thinking that Corey's only writing very personal songs about himself, and concentrate on the way they've written the lyrics which (even though it reflects events in his own life), anyone can relate to:

    This seems to be what people are confused about:

    "I am a world before I am a man
    I was a creature before I could stand
    I will remember before I forget
    Before I forget that!"

    Most people have interpreted it as being about evolution xD... LOL SlipKnoT's songs are almost always very 'personal' or based on feelings alone. It CAN be interpreted that way, but it has too many loose ends. I should mention first that evolution is -very- similar, metaphorically, to a human being growing up. In my opinion, anyone who has just reached 'adulthood' from adolescence (your teenage years), can come to realize what that meant, and it's really something:

    "I was a creature before I could stand" = Easily interpreted: When you were a baby, you were self-centered, self-indulgent, and didn't necessarily 'think', you just did what you felt like, no matter what it was. 'Creature' is a metaphor for this. I've mentioned this first because it's just plain obvious.

    "I am a world before I am a man" = This one's my favorite from this song, and to be honest, it's one of my favorite quotes, ever. I know I sound far-fetched here, but seriously this one line perfectly describes through metaphor: you growing up into an adult, and what that really means. When you're an adolescent (teenager), you have a psychological trait called 'tunnel vision', which isn't actually a tunnel-limited vision, but a way you perceive the entire world around you. All adolescents have this, and it makes you feel as if 'life would last forever', and you don't understand that life is in fact 'short' until you lose this trait when you become an adult. In this case, "world" is a metaphor for how you see yourself as an adolescent: you feel as if you WILL be exactly what you want to be in life (this one varies, and at least a few do), and you're constantly 'image-conscious' and 'self-conscious', wanting to 'have a certain identity', and wanting to be recognized as "someone" rather than "no one". Most of all though, you have your very own, opinionated perception of the "world" around you. (I'm aware I'm describing a rebellious teen, but seriously, this is a Slipknot song). In other words, you're a 'world' as a teenager, but anyone who has actually 'grown up' definitely knows that to be a "Man" in the modern world, you eventually need to 'let go' of those thoughts and accept the system: now you're no longer a "world", you're PART of it :].

    To be honest, this song's helped me understand what it takes to -actually- grow up, and everyone's gotta check this out, if you still doubt the meaning I've given:

    It's got a VERY similar name, and pretty much -exactly- the same meaning xD...


    ------------------------------------------------------------
    Mudvayne - "Forget To Remember"

    What have I done?
    Where have I come from?
    When I burnt the backs with the sun through a glass did I seal the loss that's become me?

    Feeling undone
    What have I become?
    When I turned my back on you I turned my back on myself and became this machine

    Thoughtlessness
    Selfishness
    Hopelessness
    Arrogant

    I feel it on the inside
    Twisting and contorting
    Memory has shaped me once again

    Still feel you on the inside
    Biting through and stinging
    Will I ever forget to remember?

    Shadows in the sun
    Filter through us
    Still wrestle the demons that arrested me as a child
    Confession rejected
    We grow up
    To give up
    People step on the cracks for wounds owed paid back
    Through the words of surrender

    Emptiness
    Loneliness
    Listlessness
    Worthless

    I feel it on the inside
    Twisting and contorting
    Memory has shaped me once again
    Still feel you on the inside
    Biting through and stinging
    Will I ever forget to remember?

    Can you save me?
    From myself
    From these memories
    Can you save me?
    From myself
    From these memories

    Surrender
    To the shadows
    Haunting inside
    Bleed through you
    Surrender to the secrets...inside
    Lies within you

    I feel it on the inside
    Twisting and contorting
    Memory has shaped me once again
    Still feel you on the inside
    Biting through and stinging
    Will I ever forget to remember?

    Can't feel you on the inside
    Set down the bag and left it
    Lost memory has left me
    One again
    Open up the inside
    Admission for the cleansing
    Now that I've forgotten to remember
    ------------------------------------------------------------
    Compare them and see for yourself:
    "Before I Forget"/"Forget To Remember"
    "I am a world before I am a man, I was a creature before I could stand. I will remember before I forget."
    "What have I become? When I turned my back on you I turned my back on myself and became this machine."
    "Memory has shaped me once again. Still feel you on the inside. Biting through and stinging. Will I ever forget to remember?"

    "Still wrestle the demons that arrested me as a child
    Confession rejected
    We grow up
    To give up"
    ..."I am a world before I am a man"

    :]
    metalnineon March 28, 2011   Link
  • +3
    General CommentAre you guys all forgetting that slipknot fans are called "maggots"? By saying he was a "worm" before i am a man, hes saying that before he got into the bussiness, before anyone gave a fuck about him, before people knew him, he was the original "maggot".

    By saying "Before i forget" hes saying that he wont ever forget that hes a maggot at heart, and no matter what anyone says, the "maggot" following always comes first in his life.

    Also, in the firsty verse i think hes talking about how when hes dealing with people hes closed up, and "stapled" shut. But when he is with the "maggots" he can be himself and be normal.
    linkinpark8474on March 06, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General Commentthis song, to me, is about just being true to yourself, remembering your roots, being humbled, just being true to yourself and that no matter what shit happens, you can get thru it yourself, fuck everyone else, the only person that matters is you!
    That's what I get from it.
    reck_666on May 25, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe song is about rising above the bullshit and being a person, not a human. Its about saying what you mean and meaning what you say. Zero bullshit. BTW the music is originally used from Carve. Mainly the opening riff.
    Shagrathon January 25, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAwsome song ,i think it's about being true to yourself and not forggeting the people who made you become what you are today

    "i will rember before i forget
    before i forget" which i think means that he will rember who helped him before he forgets them

    the above was probaly all wrong but hey that's what i think it means and yeah this song's good i'm not a big slipknot fan but yeah i must say that some of their songs rock
    _Pheoniex_on June 12, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"Stapled shut... Sealed in tight... Claustrophic... Catastrophic" - something just occurred to me. I think the song relates to the masks they wear. Corey's new maskhas staples running down it, he's sealed into it tight, and he's getting claustrophic of it all. Slipknot's new album is about bringing out human emotions, so perhaps this is Corey's way of saying the mask's becoming more human-shaped now, like the Vermilion death masks.
    AsItBeganon June 22, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentHe's saying all these things that make him sound better than everyone else...but then he reminds himself that he's really not...

    ok how I take it
    there's a girl, yeah
    and there's this guy, yeah
    and the girl likes the guy
    but he doesn't deserve her
    sometimes I think I deserve her
    this song reminds me that I have to earn her
    I am a worm before a man
    I am a creature, until I can stand
    I don't deserve her until I earn her
    no one does
    Cheep_Laboron October 03, 2008   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationThe song is about how Corey was so young when Slipknot was launched into success and that he forgot who he was in all the fame. This song is kind of his way of burying this skeleton in his closet for good.
    deadb4on January 27, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti agree with deadb4. if youve seen the video they arent wearing their masks, and thats why.
    JoeyJordisonon April 18, 2009   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningI believe that the song is about the maggots out there who are truly dedicated, and the band is showing appreciation:
    I am a world before I am a man
    I was a creature before I could stand
    I will remember before I forget
    Before I forget that!

    In my mind this is the thank-you to the fans.
    I am a world before i am a man - All they are are what the fans built them up to be. Famous worldwide. And they recognize this before they would take any credit or to be cocky about it.

    i was a creature before i could stand - Before the band could strongly stand with the fans support, they were local. This is pretty self-explanatory.

    I will remember before i forget - Again, very self explanatory (well, in my mind), They will remember where they came from, all of their struggles, hopes, let-downs, successes and fails, and they will remember what the world has done for them, before they forget it all, and get lost in the glory.

    Stay true maggots.
    tylerspurrellon December 08, 2010   Link

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