the ants are in the sugar
the muscles atrophied
we're on the other side, the screen is us and we're t.v.
spread me open,
sticking to my pointy ribs
are all your infants in abortion cribs
I was born into this
everything turns to shit
the boy that you loved is the man that you fear
pray until your number,
asleep from all your pain,
your apple has been rotting
tomorrow's turned up dead
I have it all and I have no choice but to
I'll make everyone pay and you will see
you can kill yourself now
because you're dead
in my mind
the boy that you loved is the monster you fear
peel off all those eyes and crawl into the dark,
you've poisoned all of your children to camouflage your scars
pray unto the splinters, pray unto your fear
pray your life was just a dream
the cut that never heals
pray now baby, pray your life was just a dream
(I am so tangled in my sins that I cannot escape)
pinch the head off, collapse me like a weed
someone had to go this far
I was born into this
everything turns to shit
the boy that you loved is the man that you fear
peel off all those eyes and crawl into the dark,
you've poisoned all of your children to camouflage your scars
pray unto the splinters, pray unto your fear
pray your life was just a dream
the cut that never heals
pray now baby, pray your life was just a dream
the world in my hands, there's no one left to hear you scream
there's no one left for you



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    General CommentYes the video has something to with "The Lottery" which is the main concept of only the video. In his autobiography he mentions this song and why he wrote it. After several years apart, Chad, Brian's best friend asked him to come to his wedding. Brian was hesitant because he hadn't seen him for a long time and he hasn't seen everyone that was back home. Since he was already involved in his music career he was outcasted. So when Brian showed up to the wedding everyone looked at him differently and he wasnt the innocent little boy he used to be so they fear him actually. The concept of stoning makes Brain a scapegoat of everyones fears and what better way to get rid of their fears than to kill what is causing them. I hope this makes the song more clear.
    KiLLkinGADaMon October 29, 2008   Link
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    General Commenti'm not a fan of marilyn manson anymore, but behind the theatrics, i think he has something really great to offer. and "man that you fear" is one of those special offerings. for me, this song is the epitome of despair. it still makes me feel the same way now as when i first heard it years ago.
    ltjpezgirlon April 14, 2002   Link
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    General CommentIt really is a great song, the lyrics being self-explanatory in many ways. One point that people stumble on: "Are all your infants in abortion cribs?" just refers abortion as in rejection of one's child - not necessarily murder thereof. This is also shown in "Disposable Teens", in that he "survived abortion", and so forth.
    Akashaon May 04, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThe video, now that I've seen it, is extremely well done (I'd say it's even better than Coma White), with the theme of puritanical condemnation of himself on account of modern christians. The symbolism in the very end eludes me, however.
    Akashaon May 09, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI think this is one of his best songs(even though all his songs are great!) it just has that leval of anger--it just makes you wonder a little bit!! its a kick ass song!!!
    Nothingman3001on May 20, 2002   Link
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    General Commentsong is about manson becoming a god and the video as well .... cause the boy that u love is the man that u fear (its not about his mom fearing him its a symbolic thing to christ cause your suppose to fear god and all and manson being a god that u now fear) and in the video it has manson having this girl put oil on his feet (well before christ was crucified he had a female put ontiment on his feet) soo see its symobolic..... but manson was stoned.... like in the old days that they did that
    MissVladTepes17on May 23, 2002   Link
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    General Commentthe only thing I have to say about this is:

    What the hell are those computer voices saying? Something about dreams being destroyed?
    maveric4728on May 26, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDoes anyone know if the video for this was based on the short story, "The Lottery"? It sure seems like it.
    watchthefireworkson May 26, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI think you are right on the "manson becoming a god" thing, but I think the song goes a little beyond that. He had a hard childhood that he still resents his family over, but he still realizes that he was loved and that they tried to do what they thought was right for him (even though that was trying to convert him into a "normal" person). So he was "the boy that you loved." But now, because of his notoriety and influence, he is "the man that you fear"... Parents are afraid of him now because of the influence he wields over their children. So in the video, he is stoned because they fear his power to corrupt....the same as what happened to Jesus, actually, despite Manson's (and my) anti-religious views. The parallels to the crucifiction of Christ are all intentional, meant to show that we always kill the things we love, because love leads to power, and we fear those in power.
    DarkSilveron May 26, 2002   Link
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    General CommentMissVlad's explanation sounds the most likely, but i think darksilver makes a good point about killing things we love. the video shows a trailer park and someone blindfolded and spinning around and pointing to manson's trailer everyone in the park seems to be afraid of him, but he dresses up and everyone follows him to a graveyard. this is definitely the most symbolic of all his videos, and it gives me a really wierd vibe, but i don't completely understand it
    GodHatesACowardon May 27, 2002   Link

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