DEMON SEED

1
it keeps growing 
and i can feel it breathe 
i have been trying 
to behave myself
it keeps growing 
and i can feel it breathe 
i have been trying 
to tolerate you

2
well i am reaching the point
yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah

3
i thought maybe
i thought this would go away
but it continues
the only constant
every day
stronger

4
i will use my voice 
and i will use my fist 
to destroy 
everything i can

5
now i know 
what this is all about
now i know 
exactly what i am

6
these is a seed 
inside of me
that makes me




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  • +1
    General CommentIt clearly has a lot to do with not being able to deal, cope -- whatever you wanna say -- with the stitution and people at hand. I know I can relate to this song. :: serious nod. ::
    exacerbatingon May 05, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti think it refers to the devil inside each of us, or the duality of man.
    zee deveel 17on May 09, 2008   Link
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    General CommentRuiner, I know it's your interpretation, but I think you're far off.

    "it keeps growing
    and i can feel it breathe
    i have been trying
    to behave myself"

    This thing inside of him is growing and he's aware of it's presence.

    "it keeps growing
    and i can feel it breathe
    i have been trying
    to tolerate you"

    Pretty self explanatory. He's trying his hardest to remain neutral.

    "well i am reaching the point
    yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah"

    Everyone has that point at which they just snap, and he's inching closer and closer to that point.

    "i will use my voice
    and i will use my fist
    to destroy
    everything i can"

    He's right at that boiling point and he's choosing a side.

    "now i know
    what this is all about
    now i know
    exactly what i am"


    He finally understands what is going on and his role in it

    "these is a seed
    inside of me
    that makes me"


    He's accepting it.


    Literal translation, but that's what I get.
    SigSaueron June 13, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"3
    i thought maybe
    i thought this would go away
    but it continues
    the only constant
    every day
    stronger"

    I don't hear this part anywhere in the song... ?? is it just me?
    ThoR294on July 22, 2009   Link
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    General CommentJust my personal take on this song obviously but here's what I think he's thinking as he writes..

    "it keeps growing
    and i can feel it breathe
    i have been trying
    to behave myself
    it keeps growing
    and i can feel it breathe
    i have been trying
    to tolerate you"

    This is from a 3rd person perspective simply talking about himself. Hair keeps growing from his head, his scars heal, he's still alive as he knows it because his body grows, etc. He is watching/experiencing the creation that he sees/is. He is trying to behave himself not necessarily out of fear of God, whom he is realizing he is at least a part of as the whole "God", but in cooperation with the thing(s) around him that he has created/is creating/is. He's trying not to be violent which could make his life worse though the impulses are great, life gets boring enough to think about it, & he can justify it.

    "well i am reaching the point
    yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah"

    I believe he's referring to the story of God breathing life into Adam as depicted by Michelangelo's painting "The Creation of Adam" which illustrates God pointing/reaching to Adam. He is "reaching the point" in two polar opposite ways; the point of creation & the point of ultimate destruction. The words "well i am" symbolize the names "William" (the "will of God"), "Michael", & "Adam". The meaning of the name Michael is the question "Who is like God?" & Adam is described as being created in God's likeness; so answers to "Michael" are "Adam" & "William" (well "i am"). Reznor is realizing what he is. He is at once everything; he is God reaching Adam (human that he is) giving him life, the demon seed planted by him inside himself, Adam reaching back at the pointing God, the will of God, & you ("Matthew" which means "Gift of God") whom he has created & is trying to tolerate, etc. He has figured things out.

    "i will use my voice
    and i will use my fist
    to destroy
    everything i can"

    By being forced by himself to live as a human ((what I am - "William", "Matthew", "Adam") "Michael") in a seemingly imperfect world, he is promising himself to destroy everything just as he has brought upon creation from himself.

    "now i know
    what this is all about
    now i know
    exactly what i am"

    He has thrown himself into humanity from absolute Godliness as an experience for realization from no prior knowledge. Having no memory of thoughts/experience before his humanity, he has realized he is the Almighty God still stuck in human form by himself. The word "exactly" symbolizes the name "Zachary" which means "the Lord remembers" (he now knows that he is like God because he IS God & won't/can't forget); the word "what" symbolizes the name "Matthew" (his gift to himself i.e. you); "what i am" symbolizes the name "William"; "i am" symbolizes the names "Michael" & "Adam". He is the omnipotent Demon Seed of & inside himself & everything else that may seem not to be him/you/me/them/us.

    "a seed
    inside of me
    that makes me"

    Any questions?
    LouieTheLipon April 17, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think it makes most sense if you interpret the previous three songs in conjunction with this.

    I know, a tetralogy seems outlandish, but hear me out here.

    So it begins with Lights in the Sky, which can easily be interpreted to be about sacrificing your own love to stay with a significant other who has lost feelings for you. I'm not going to go deep into this, because it's not the songs page. Moving on.

    Based on that, Corona Radiata can be interpreted as the feeling of pretending to consign yourself and be okay with the fact that you love someone who doesn't love you back. It haunts you. Seriously, its something I've been through. It's always in the back of your mind, you dwell on it.

    Following that, The Four of us are Dying has a sound that indicates (to me at least) self loathing. Sort of wrestling with yourself about going back on your own word. The narrator can't handle the relationship any more. He keeps pushing down his reservations though. They manifest in Demon Seed...

    In Demon Seed, he has hit the breaking point. He can't handle his own self loathing or his resentment of his "Love". This starts to bleed out in a destructive manner. Whether physical abuse, self harm, or just straight up homo/suicide, is open for interpretation. But something very destructive has come of this and he just doesn't care about the consequences anymore.

    To me, The Slip is almost an alternative take on The Downward Spiral. This time it's being less about drugs, and more about mental illness, I.e. bipolar disorder and depression
    Kod1ak7on February 22, 2016   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIn The Great Destroyer the person is talking about how he hopes no one realizes his "limitless potential". I felt like that song was saying that the real destroyers of everything was humans, which basically is true.

    I kind of wonder if The Slip is about one of those good guys that tries to deal things peacefully during Year Zero, but in the end realizes the only thing he can do is resort to violence to solve problems. Otherwise he is going to get killed, because art really solves nothing.
    scarecrow826on June 09, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwell im thinking hes talking about that Zeit Geist shit, or whatever, something about how we are all going to have to use little ID chips under our skin

    "it keeps growing
    and i can feel it breathe
    i have been trying
    to behave myself"

    Its taking over him, and behaving himself is the only way to stay in check with the law/government cause apparently if your ID tag doesn't work or you do something THEY don't want you to, they can cut it off, and when you are ID'd and nothing comes up you can be tried as a terrorist or just killed.


    "it keeps growing
    and i can feel it breathe
    i have been trying
    to tolerate you"
    hes been trying to stay in line

    "well i am reaching the point"
    hes almost going to snap(obviously)


    "i thought maybe
    i thought this would go away
    but it continues
    the only constant
    every day
    stronger"

    he feels that he 'could' get used to it but its just getting harder and harder everyday (and i think this is where "Everyday Is Exactly The Same" comes into play)


    "i will use my voice
    and i will use my fist
    to destroy
    everything i can"
    he feels that he HAS to take a stand, and change things


    "now i know
    what this is all about
    now i know
    exactly what i am"
    well heres what i think, in the song from 3:33 to 4:14 hes been drugged or brainwashed into forgetting what he was supposed to do, and he know knows what his "purpose" is

    "there is a seed
    inside of me
    (keeps growing)"
    hes realizing again that the seed(Chip) inside of him keeps taking over and i think it might start all over again (the process)

    well thats what i think and i did notice there were some lyrics up there that weren't really in the song but oh well
    The_Ruineron June 14, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think it's basically about the speaker's anger towards something, and how it keeps getting stronger but he's trying to contain it.
    notatallmanon June 20, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentRosemary's Baby!
    farbeyondrepairon June 28, 2008   Link

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