"You've Seen the Butcher" as written by and Chino/carpenter Moreno....
Don't wanna take it slow
I wanna take you home
And watch the world explode
From underneath your glow

I wanna watch the way
You creep across my skull

You slowly enter
'Cause you know my room
And then crawl your knees off
Before you shake my tomb

I wanna watch you close
I need to see for sure
And then the tape is on
Who do you think we could show

I wanna watch the way
You creep across my skull

You slowly enter
'Cause you know my room
And then crawl your knees off
Before you shake my tomb

I wanna watch the way
You creep across my skull

You slowly enter
'Cause you know my room
And then crawl your knees off
Before you shake my tomb

You enter slowly
You know my room
You crawl your knees off
And then you shake my tomb


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"You've Seen the Butcher" as written by Abran Cunningham Abe Cunningham

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  • +4
    General CommentThis song is very sexual in nature. It is present in the structure and execution of it collectively.

    The person you show during the act of sex, can be a person you choose to be. Much like all other instances of existence, it can either be an act or be real. This entire album I feel, deals with the concept of opening up and being comfortable with who you are in all regards.

    Having said that, this track in particular deals with the very bare element of being more attracted to the act as apposed to the person putting on the act. Impression is something that a person seems put great thought into as a way of gaining acceptance or connection (physically, mentally) and although the person is hidden beneath the persona they put on, it is something you have to appreciate and work with before they will allow you to see the person underneath.

    In a casual sex relationship, over time, regardless of whether you want it to or not. The physical act soon starts to hint at emotional bond and breaks a person down to reveal true emotional feelings through very physical acts. The Butcher, in my opinion is the person who unintentionally starts to break down the other.

    MrDillingeron April 13, 2010   Link
  • +3
    General Comment Wow' I can't believe no one has seen the meaning. It's about the spawning of serial killer who makes snuff films...the subject has made frequent "buys" from a prostitue. This John knows there is no taking it slow as well as, he is taking her home. He has had this desire for some time now. The compulsion to take a life. To watch the world explode from underneath your glow is a metaphore for the exact moment the killer plunges the knife or strangles his victim. it is not mentioned which is his m/o. He has yet to develop his technique. It's his first kill. From underneath your glow...the taking of her life. Her life aura leaving. To watch her kreeping across his skull is to explain this drawn out meticulously planned killing. he has thought about ,planned, and desired this for some time.
    For her to enter the room slowly and to crawl her knees off and knowing his room all speaks of the planning this took.
    She has been here before, She knows his likes and dislikes. Duh.. he has paid her for the other encounters. As wierd as his demands are she will sucumb to his request... he is the customer and is paying for his "fantasy"
    This killer is filming his first experience.I want to watch you close I want to see for sure. This killer is getting off on seeing this person die.Being it was his first killing and snuff film, He mistakingly recorded himself.. prompting who do think we will show. He is asking this dead girl in a sick joking way.As to his avoidance of including himself in the film.
    kevinra77on April 17, 2011   Link
  • +3
    General CommentI agree with pretty much everything kevinra77 stated. The lyrics speak of a man's plans to kill a woman to fulfill his sexual and sadistic desires.

    However, I don't believe it's a prostitute that the narrator is talking about. I believe it's an innocent girl who wants to take the blossoming relationship slow, as stated by the narrator's disapproval of those intentions in first couple lines.

    I love the line, "...you shake my tomb". It's great imagery of her stimulating his desire to kill by awaking the skeletons (or demons) in that 'tomb'. I believe that part of the song also links to the lines, "..I wanna watch the way, You creep across my skull", referring to the skull of the skeleton in that figurative tomb he speaks of. Therefore, put all together: he wants to feel what it's like when she awakes his skeletons/demons by shaking the tomb and provokes the murderous side of his personality by creeping across the skull of the skeleton in that tomb.

    Very cool song..
    ShallowDepthon July 16, 2011   Link
  • +2
    General CommentAs many have said, this song is just pure sex. The singing, the music, the lyrics just make you want to fuck. Basically, he's just describing a scenario of a woman enticing him (crawl your knees off, creep across my skull) almost in a dancey way before having sex "shake my tomb" (tomb is also considered a place where someone lays...aka a bed..aka having sex on a bed.

    This is why I love Chino and the deftones. So great at expressing the varying types of raw emotions and urges when it comes to lust and sex.
    morodrimon April 01, 2011   Link
  • +2
    Lyric CorrectionLyric Correction?

    I always thought he said
    "I want to watch the way, You creep across my skull"

    instead of " I want to watch the rain, You creep across the night sky."

    Thats just what I hear in the acoustic youtu.be/…
    Alurcoon January 21, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIn the fist verse he talking about how a girl is very sexually attractive, but she is fake. She is not being herself, she's being a clone of herself that she made. All Chino wants is this girl for her clone. But is trying to see if it's really her he likes or if it's her clone. They have obviously been together for a little while because she "slowly enter, because you know my room". I think she knows that he might be on to her, so she tries being more sexy by crawling towards him sexually before "shaking his tomb" or his bed, where he rests. "I want to watch the rain, " I believe means he wants to watch her to see if she's just spring rain or a storm. He says he's starting to like her so he wants to watch her close, he needs to see for sure who is under her exterior (tape). "I need to see for sure" then the girl says "Who do you need to see?" and he says "Under the tape is who". You know. Then he says "Who do you think we could show?" saying like is there anyone you have to be yourself around, possibly meeting her family or something. That is what I am gathering from it. The title itself is "You've seen the Butcher" almost like this girl has seen a plastic surgeon for fake breasts and some botox or something. You know. I love the song.
    JonFry81409on March 31, 2010   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationI think this song literally follows the title - you've seen the butcher, AKA, you're a piece of meat. You're one of those irresistible types who people know are just attractive and want to fuck, but are completely lacking in personality and other aspects that make you lovable. You have to CRAWL and be on your knees to maintain attraction, because beyond the physical attraction there is nothing there. You are the type who would end a relationship in a heart beat if you saw something 'better'. I only think this because it completely reminds me of a girl at my work who just broke one of my managers hearts. He didn't see through here guise, but everyone else did. She is a purely physical being, and beyond that there is nothing - just a piece of meat.
    WatsonGon May 26, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis song is most definitely about chino making a sex video with a girl. he's so into this girl and turned on by her that he wants to be able to watch her have sex with him. it's also about how he's going to be the director of said video as well.
    pagodakickson September 24, 2010   Link
  • +1
    My OpinionI think it's about a dude who has just asked out a girl that he is into and they go on one date so far and it's awesome but, big surprise, she wants to go slow. So this is where the song picks up; the guy's fantasy about drilling this chick, there is some absolutely beautiful imagery for the scene too
    Onslaughteron April 15, 2012   Link
  • +1
    Lyric CorrectionOkay can someone edit the main lyrics? I'm confused, is it "I want to watch the rain, you creep across the night sky" or "I want to watch the way you creep across my skull"? The second one makes more sense and if that's the correct lyric (like 80% of the comments are saying) then can someone please correct it.
    loversbecometrendson May 14, 2012   Link

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