there's not much left to love
too tired today to hate
I feel the empty
I feel the minute of decay
I'm on my way down now I'd like to take you with me
I'm on my way down
I'm on my way down now I'd like to take you with me
I'm on my way down
the minute that it's born
it begins to die
I'd love to just give in
I'd love to live this lie
I've been to black and back
I've whited out my name
a lack of pain, a lack of hope,
a lack of anything to say
there is no cure for what is killing me
I'm on my way down
I've looked ahead and saw a
world that's dead
I guess that I am too
(chorus)
I'm on my way down now, I'd like to take you with me...


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Minute of Decay song meanings
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  • +4
    General CommentI interpret the song as a person struggling to keep themselves outside the bounds of 'normal'. A person trying to be an individual but struggles because they can not relate to those around him/her.

    Quite simply, these verses DEFINE apathy. He/She can cannot relate to their surroundings and resorts to isolation. No hopes, no aspirations, no feeling. Lets face it, individuality has become the "road less traveled". He/She is being drained and blames the rest of the world for taking the easy route and fitting in.

    Thanks for reading.
    ThinkingCapon September 05, 2008   Link
  • +3
    General Commentjust one word; apathy. This song is about not caring anymore
    hell_i_call_my_headon April 10, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAt the beginning, the raspy sound is Manson saying "This is my most vulnerable moment". If you've read his book (The Long Hard Road out of Hell), there's a rather beautiful description of what it was like to write The Minute of Decay. It's near the back, under 'Traitors to Kin'.
    Silver Darknesson March 05, 2003   Link
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    General CommentI think that this song is about when he was writing/recording the Antichrist Superstar album in New Orleans, he had a breakdown and then fund out that his girlfriend at the time, Missi Romero, was pregnant and that she was going ot be having an abortion.
    "there's not much left to love
    tootired today to hate
    I feel the empty"
    Those lines show that he has had the breakdown and has no emotions to do anything,
    "I'm on my way down now, I'd like to take you with me"
    Those lines I think are about that he thinks he is dyng inside "on my way down now" and that because of the abortion, he is killing the baby "I'd like to take you with me"
    "the minute that it's born
    it begins to die"
    Those lines describe the abortion because the minute that the baby is brought out of the womb they begin to kill it.
    "I'd love to just give in,
    I'd love to live this lie"
    Those lines mean that he doesn't want to baby, but he feels guilty killing it so he would love to just give in to himself and raise it, or "live this lie" because the baby was an accident or a "lie"
    And then the next lines again describe his breakdown that he was having at the time.

    P.S. To PoopyTheClown, when you say "not every fucking song is about cocaine", his break down was actually caused by a cocaine overdose. Just thought I'd point that out.

    Cheers.
    MrManson1996on December 14, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is beautiful, "I've whited out my name", in my opinion, is in reference to the fact his current persona is the exact opposite of his childhood persona, Brian Warner.
    SDarknesson June 03, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentit is alike to as is my life at present, has not remained alternative more than living a lie, but I have accustomed me to it that no longer bothers me, something like that
    hateuon July 23, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentERR silver darkness you need your fact straight you are referring to the song "Tourniquet" in which he says those words backwards at the start.The whiting out of his name refers to his cocaine addiction.This song to me is about just feeling an empty & your vision only sees death & despair yet there is still something keep hold of you,stoppign you form leaving this world.
    VampireTwiggYon March 23, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI'm still trying to tie this song in with "1996" it doesn't direclty connected like the previous few songs.

    Cool song though.
    Muzzyon April 06, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentlet's see...

    the whole album is about him transforming from a worm into a man--and a rock star at that..

    maybe this is the the point where fame comes crashing down all around him?

    what goes up must go down.
    keyyoooon May 16, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI like this song... thats all there is to it! i like the line "i'd love to just give in, i'd love to live this lie"
    Its good...
    ghoulish_girlon October 18, 2004   Link

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