"The Virus of Life" as written by Michael Shawn Crahan, Paul Dedrick Gray, Corey Todd Taylor, Mickael Gordon Thomson, Christopher Michael Fehn, Craig Alan Jones, Nathan Jonas Jordison, James Donald Root and Sidney George...
(Yeah)

I can see you but you can't see me
I could touch you and you wouldn't even feel me
Wait a second and you'll settle down
I'm just waiting, 'til you really let your guard down
You're relaxed, you're sublime, you're amazing
You don't even know the danger you're facing
If I'm quiet, I'll slide up behind you
And if you hear me I'll enjoy trying to find you

I've been with you all day
I'm trying to stay calm
I'm impatient and it's really hard to breathe
I'm going to empty you and fill you in with me

Just keep the violence down
Not yet, don't make a sound
Oh god I'm feeling it
It's reaching fever pitch
My skin is caving in
My heart is driving out
No mercy, no remorse
Let nature take it's course

Watching, bring me to my knees
Waiting, I am your disease
Lover, set my symptom free
Covered, you won't feel a thing
You can't feel a thing

(Shh, wait, shh, no, wait, wait, no, shh, wait, wait, not yet, no, wait, wait)

I'm sweating through my veins
I'm trying to hold on
It's unbearable, it's almost worse for me
I'm gonna tear you apart and make you see
Make you see!

Watching, bring me to my knees
Waiting, I am your disease
Lover, set my symptom free
Covered, you won't feel a thing

This is the virus
The virus of life
This is inside us
The crisis, the knife
This is the virus
The virus of life
This is inside us
The crisis, the knife

It's almost time to play
It's time to be afraid
I can't control the pain
I can't control in vain
Oh god I'm ready now
You're almost ready now
I'm gonna love you now
I'm gonna break put you down
I see you in the dark
I see you all the way
I see you in the light
I see you plain as day
I wanna touch your face
I wanna touch your soul
I wanna wear your face
I wanna burn your soul

Watching, bring me to my knees
Waiting, I am your disease
Lover, set my symptom free
Covered, you can't love me

This is the virus, the virus of life
This is the virus, the virus of life
This is the virus, the virus of life
This is the virus, the virus of life

This is the virus, the virus of life!
This is the virus, the virus of life!
This is the virus, the virus of life!
This is the virus, the virus of life!


Lyrics submitted by paper_doll_decay, edited by Atomicketchup

"The Virus of Life" as written by Christopher Fehn Chris Fehn

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  • +2
    General CommentOkay, first off, nobody that I saw really touched on this: It's all things that are conclusive with a Stalker Rapist I'll elaborate

    I can see you but you can't see me - (He's hidden in her house and hidden very well.)
    I could touch you and you wouldn't even feel me - (He's able to be around her while she sleeps)
    Wait a second and you'll settle down - (She'd stir a little, then go back to resting)
    I'm just waiting 'til you really let your guard down - (Wait for her to really relax then pounce)
    You're relaxed, you're sublime, you're amazing - (Just enjoying the view)
    You don't even know the danger that you're facing - (The fact that she can't detect him with her)
    If I'm quiet, I'll slide up behind you - (Wants to get closer)
    And if you hear me, I'll enjoy trying to find you - (Enjoys the chase)


    I've been with you all day - (Self Explanitory)
    I'm trying to stay calm - (Getting excited)
    I'm impatient and it's really hard to breathe - (Wants to get closer, can't control self)
    I'm going to empty you and fill you in with me - (Screw her hardcore possibly after killing her. I can take Empty You as meaning draining her of her blood)
    Just keep the violence down - (Starting to calm again)
    Not yet - don't make a sound - (Continuing to calm self down)
    Oh, God I'm feeling it - (Really wants to go for her)
    it's reaching fever pitch - (Really really wants to go for it)
    My skin is caving in - (Feeling Cold)
    My heart is driving out - (Heart beating, excited and anxious)
    No mercy, no remorse - (Just gonna wreck shit)
    Let nature take it's course - (Do what he would have done back in caveman days whenever he wanted a lay)
    NoobTooberon February 03, 2010   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationOk, it's obviously written from the perspective of a stalker/predator and shares several similarities with Prosthetics. Most of the lyrics point to this conclusion. The lyrics specifically talking about disease ("this is the virus of life") seems to be about the predator's "sickness" or disturbing behavior being linked with his very existence and identity. He's alive, and thus he's a sick human being. The two are inseparable. He can't be cured...
    lowrideron July 14, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis drum beat and his voice is kind of reminiscent of "Prosthetics" The lyrics also sound like they are tied into that song"i can see you but you cant see me"
    cearammon June 23, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is about a virus creeping up on someone and slowly and paitently killing them. this is probably one of my favorite slipknot songs the beat and stuff is so perfect.
    slipknotfan41492on October 21, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is probably one of the best songs on the album.. slipknotfan41492 and cearamm.. you seem to have my feelings word for word
    666_kill_me_666on November 02, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis has to be one of my favriote songs on Vol. 3.

    Creepy, just the way I like it. :)
    SlipknotFanon November 04, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThink of this song as if it is through the eyes of an emotion, like love. Love is the virus of life. It can see you but you can't see it. No matter what you say or do to escape it, it lives. Lover-Set my symptom free means that someone needs to be there to set the love into motion. Love is a bitch.
    oKySPon November 10, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentoKySP - Excellent explanation.

    This is a kick-ass song.
    xX18ShadesofGrayon November 25, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentArt thou simple-minded beings mentally ill? 'tis clear as day that this song is of intercourse...sex.

    stupidity...ick
    slipknot is godon December 05, 2004   Link
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    General Commenti thought this song was about sex 2 but after reading okysp's meaning - i agree with it. personally i find slipknot songs quite hard 2 understand coz i get millions of ideas in my mind about what the songs are about. but yea- as crazy as it sounds i really think this is about love creeping up on u, but like the bad side of love or sumthing like that, i dunno tho thats just an idea
    wendlleson December 25, 2004   Link

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