"Overneath The Path Of Misery" as written by and Jeordie White Brian Hugh Warner....
Stare into my Kodack room
Jackhammer eyes never thought you'd see the asphalt
Crack, crack, crack like a black eggshell
Don't ever say I never warned you from the start
Don't ever say I never warned you from the start
You're not a shovel and I'm not your dirt

Is there any way to unswallow my pride
Can I fuck myself down
While I die you can kill the father
Dad is missing an E

No Macbeth confessed Oedipus
No longer present tense
No Macbeth confessed Oedipus
No longer pre-sentence

No, no, no, no, no reason
No, no, no, no, no reason
No, no, no, no
No reason

I am overneath
I am overneath
I won't regret letting you live
Even if you forgot what you never saved me from
So I say whatever or for never
For, for, for, for fallen for never
For, for, for, for fallen for never
For, for, for, for fallen for never

Whatever
The rape of Persephone was choreographed by all the wrong Greeks
The rape of Persephone was a marketing scheme
Rape, rape, rape Persephone
Rape, rape, rape Persephone
Rape, rape, rape Persephone
Rape, rape, rape Persephone

I am overneath
I am overneath
Overneath overneath
Unbeloved
Cannot be low

From the top of my lungs
To the bottom of my heart
I scream

At the chasm in between
And the path of misery

Overneath overneath
Unbeloved
Cannot be low

From the top of my lungs
To the bottom of my heart
I scream

At the chasm in between
And the path of misery

I am overneath
I am overneath

No no no no no reason
No no no no no reason
No no no no no reason


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"Overneath the Path of Misery" as written by Chris Alan Vrenna Brian Hugh Warner

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  • +3
    Song MeaningNow that the OFFICIAL lyrics are available, I can now reassess about the song after much confusion caused by the unofficial lyrics in the past:

    [I also base all of my analysis on interviews with Manson in the passed 6 months]

    Born Villain is the coming off of The High End of Low, about his finding the way to being himself again after all the circumstances of life clouding his judgment as to who he wanted to be in life.
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    "Stare into my Kodak Rome jack-hammer ice eyes"

    This seems to signify all he's been through in the past, and all the circumstances that confused him about who he wanted to be in life. As he speaks to the person opposite him, he wants them to understand his struggles.
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    "I never thought you’d see the asphalt crack, crack, crack like black eggshell."

    This line reminds me of a line in the song White Knuckles they did back in 1990:

    "Smack dab flat on my back, and the solid ground began to crack. I took her down, and down, and down, and down. I lost my breath. I thought I'd drown."

    It has a similar theme. In White Knuckles, he would depend on his loved ones. But now, in Overneath the Path of Misery, its the other way around. He wants to be someone his loved ones can depend on.
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    "Don’t ever say I never warned you from the start. You’re not a shovel and I’m not your dirt."

    This kind of follows the theme from 15:

    "Not letting you win won't satisfy me, I'll teach you about loss. If you don't know what forever feels like, I'll show you what it feels like without it." - "I don't need you, I'll say it to myself. But it doesn't mean I won't need somebody."

    So, once again, its about him breaking himself of his dependence on others.
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    "Is there any way to unswallow my pride. Can I fuck myself down?"

    Before, he would have to swallow his pride to become dependent in order to properly love someone. Now, since he no longer confuses love with dependence he wants to "unswallow" his pride to gain back his confidence in himself to love someone and stay independent at the same time.
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    "While I die you can kill the father. 'Dad' is missing an 'E.' "

    With I Ching being a big theme in this album, I think that has something to do with this line.

    ☰ is the symbol for "the creative one." It means force, strength. The head. The father.

    I think in this line, he's talking about his change; and saying that while he changes, he must "kill" the circumstances that had caused him to be what he had become.
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    "No Macbeth confessed Oedipus, no longer present tense."

    He is saying that despite all the confusion [since the GAG era] that he's moving on from who he'd become because of all the circumstances that caused it, and he's becoming "who I knew I could be." (From an interview)

    MacBeth is a Shakespearean reference, to a play he did about a man, MacBeth, who killed his father to become king and further murdered to maintain his power.

    So its like the previous line, also a Shakespearean reference to the same play, where he must "kill" all the circumstances which were clouding his judgment as to who he wanted to be, stripping his life down to restrict himself so he has time to think for himself.
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    "I won’t regret letting you live even if you forgot what you never saved me from. So I say whatever or for never."

    Once again, coming off the previous album. Letting go of the past, all the ones who he felt had let him down; as he realises he shouldn't have depended on them in the first place.
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    "The Rape of Persephone was choreographed by all the wrong Greeks. The Rape of Persephone was a marketing scheme. Rape rape rape per so phony."

    Here, he seems to be talking about his victimisation with the Columbine incident; realising he was never a victim at all, and that what he'd become to escape that was a facade of sorts that he used to run away from that.
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    "High and overneath, overblown, unbeloved; I cannot be low"

    This just about reviews the song as a whole. This is about his feelings while he's been what he realised he didn't like he'd become, and about his overcoming those feelings and stripping his life down to restrict himself in order to think for himself. He's coming to the fruition of becoming confident in who he's always wanted to be.
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    "From the top of my lungs, to the bottom of my heart--I scream at the chasm in between, and the path of misery."

    This wraps up the song, and is about coming out of his shell once again and facing his fears once again in order to achieve this next internal transformation.
    TryingToBeHumanon April 26, 2012   Link
  • +1
    Lyric CorrectionCorrections:

    Why die when you can kill the father?
    Dad is missing an E


    I am Overneath*
    SysteMMon March 02, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI actualy can't figure any meaning for this lyrics :S
    The onely thing I get is that in the Born Villain trailer, the guy Marilyn is fighting with is his grandfather, the one that he says was a perverted, and after he say "the wages of sin is death" he kills him with a gun with a crucifix on it. I had to watch the video lots of times to realize that guy was his grandfather xD

    ZimZum.
    ZimZumon April 08, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General Comment“And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
    The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!
    Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player,
    That struts and gets his hour upon the stage,
    And then is heard no more. It is a tale
    Told by and idiot, full of sound and fury,
    Signifying nothing. ”
    - William Shakespeare
    Stare into my Kodak Rome
    Jack-hammer ice eyes
    I never thought you’d see
    the asphalt crack, crack, crack
    like black eggshell
    Don’t ever say I never warned
    you from the start
    Don’t ever say I never warned
    you from the start
    You’re not a shovel
    and I’m not your dirt
    Is there any way to unswallow
    my pride?
    Can I fuck myself down?
    Why die,
    when you can kill the father?
    Dad is missing an ‘e’
    No Macbeth
    confessed Oedipus,
    no longer present tense
    No Macbeth
    confessed Oedipus,
    no longer present tense
    No no no no no reason
    No no no no no reason
    No no no no no reason
    High and overneath
    High and overneath
    I won’t regret
    letting you live
    even if you forgot
    what you never
    saved me from.
    So I say ‘whatever’
    or fornever
    for for for for for fornever
    for for for for for fornever
    or for for for for fornever
    ‘whatever’
    The Rape of Persephone
    was choreographed by all the wrong Greeks
    The Rape of Persephone
    was a marketing scheme
    rape rape rape per so phony
    rape rape rape per so phony
    rape rape rape per so phony
    rape rape rape per so phony
    High and overneath
    High and overneath
    overneath
    overneath
    overblown
    unbeloved
    cannot be low
    overneath
    overneath
    overblown
    unbeloved
    cannot be low
    from the top of my lungs
    to the bottom of my heart
    i scream
    at the chasm in between
    and the path of misery
    from the top of my lungs
    to the bottom of my heart
    i scream
    at the chasm in between
    and the path of misery
    High and overneath
    High and overneath
    No no no no no reason
    No no no no no reason
    No no no no no reason
    thrwmyhrtawy.on April 09, 2012   Link
  • 0
    Song MeaningI think this song is a coming off of the last album. Where before The High End of Low, he confused love with dependence and confused desire with weakness; after The High End of Low he didn't confuse those things together anymore. And that's where Born Villain picks up.

    "Stare into my Kodaсhrome jackhammer eyes."

    Kodachrome, as we all know, uses a range of subtractive colors--as opposed to using light--so the more colors you add it becomes black.
    ---

    "I never thought you’d see the asphalt crack like a black eggshell."

    This line reminds me of a line in the song White Knuckles they did back in 1990:

    "Smack dab flat on my back, and the solid ground began to crack. I took her down, and down, and down, and down. I lost my breath. I thought I'd drown."

    It has a similar theme. In White Knuckles, he fell for her and depended on her. It was a woman he could fear. In Overneath the Path of Misery, its the other way around. He is now a man she can fear.
    ---

    "Don’t ever say I never warned you from the start. You’re not a shovel and I’m not your dirt."

    This kind of follows the theme from 15:

    "Not letting you win won't satisfy me, I'll teach you about loss. If you don't know what forever feels like, I'll show you what it feels like without it." - "I don't need you, I'll say it to myself. But it doesn't mean I won't need somebody."
    ---

    "Is there any way to unswallow my pride. Can I fuck myself down?"

    Before, he swallowed his pride to become dependent on who he's with. Now, he's taking it back.
    ---

    "While I die you can kill the father. 'Dad' is missing an 'E.' "

    With I Ching being a big theme in this album, I think that has something to do with this line.

    ☰ is the symbol for "the creative one." It means force, strength. The head. The father.

    I think in this line, he's talking about his change; and saying that while he changes, she can "kill" the part of him that caused him to be what he is now.
    ---

    "No Macbeth confessed Oedipus, no longer presentence."

    In this line, it is neither "present tense" nor pre-sentence.

    The word used here is presentence:

    Presentence is when someone investigates the history of an accused person, on trial for crime before sentencing to determine whether or not the case could be deemed as less serious in order to lighten the sentence, or the could investigate that history and see if the case could be deemed as worse than thought in order to increase the sentence.

    Assuming we all know who Macbeth is, and what the Oedipus complex is:

    In this line, he is saying that despite all the things he's done in the past that he's past looking back on them and has "no reason" to ever do so again; just like Macbeth.
    ---

    "I am overneath" is pretty self-explanatory, I think...
    ---

    "I won’t regret letting you live even if you forgot what you never saved me from. So I say whatever or for never."

    Once again, coming off the previous album. Letting go of the past, including his past relationship.
    TryingToBeHumanon April 12, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General Commentfornever forever
    delyla_blueon May 01, 2012   Link
  • 0
    Lyric CorrectionI corrected the lyrics using the BornVillain.com posting.
    MoeGunzon May 05, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think scd2104 was close to what it meant. I believe that this song, like many other songs by Manson, was inspired by Evan(she's a girl), whom he met when she was nineteen, so he was much older than her, not unlike the relationship between Hades and Persephone. They started to date and he brought her into his life.
    "Jackhammer eyes never thought you'd see the asphalt
    Crack, crack, crack like a black eggshell"
    I believe that his life is the crack in the asphalt that she fell through, and when she fell she got trapped and absorbed into his life.
    In this metaphor, she is Persephone and he is Hades, and the rest of the world that believes he is a bad influence are the Olympic gods.
    RainDogson October 17, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI thought that he was saying "Kodachrome". Which is color film from Kodak. and I thought that it was a cool way to describe eyes. I could be wrong though, people mis-hear lyrics all the time.

    When I listen to this song, which is my new favorite, I think about Life not really having a meaning. This could be the residual effect of the Shakespeare soliloquy or the repetitious"No Reason" or just my own thoughts coming to a head.

    My favorite line is when he asks "Is there any way to un-swallow my pride? Can I fuck myself down?"
    I have been feeling that way for quiet sometime and that is just perfect. For years, I have walked on egg shells and held back for the sake of others and I'm done with it, but it is a difficult transition to make.
    noosereadyon March 26, 2013   Link
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    General Commentwhile i die you can kill the father dad is missing an E.in the word dead if move out
    the E it remains dad.the missing E.many believe that words did not create random but there is hidden explanation.
    invalidzon May 04, 2013   Link

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