"The Red" as written by Peter Loeffler, Joseph Loeffler and Samuel Loeffler....
They say freak,
When you're singled out,
The red,
Well it filters through.

So lay down,
The threat is real,
When his sight,
Goes red again.

Seeing red again,
Seeing red again.

This change,
He won't contain,
Slip away,
To clear your mind,
When asked,
Who made it show (who made it show),
The truth,
He gives into most.

So lay down,
The threat is real,
When his sight,
Goes red again.

So lay down,
The threat is real,
When his sight,
Goes red again.

So lay down,
The threat is real,
When his sight,
Goes red again.

Seeing red again!
Seeing red again!
Seeing red again!
Seeing red again!
Seeing red again!
Seeing red again!
Seeing red again!
Seeing red!

They say freak, when you're singled out,
The red, it filters through.


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"The Red" as written by Joseph Loeffler Peter Loeffler

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  • +2
    General CommentI was puzzling that chorus for that reason, glad I'm not alone it thinking/knowing it's wrong. But this song is awesome, and Chevelle needs all the press they can get, so it's ALL good. As for the meaning of the song, I think it's about school, not just childhood. Think about it for a second, all the pressures of being singled out by the other kids for being short, fat, a rebel, a skater, a minority, a Catholic, a Satanist, a Wiccan, an anything that's not a white kid of Anglo-Saxon descent about 5'8 or taller with perfect teeth. Classificiations that single people out are evil becuase they piss people off. And that's where "The Red ... filters through." My take on this song is simple.
    Dan Damnitallon June 20, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General Commenti absolutely love this song.. To me it means how mad u can be before breaking. Before u get really mad u see red and the threat is what u are capable of doing when ur sight goes red....
    bringtheworldtoanendon July 08, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General Commentyea they just made a video for the song... just saw it today on much music... the video kinda sucked but chevelle still rules (check them out in the surf move Momentum, Under the influence its amazing)
    WafeMeMyFriendon July 23, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General CommentAnger Anger Anger, Thus The Video, Red is the color for anger, so when your site goes red, everything you see, you just want to hurt. i have anger problems and this is how i identify with this song
    MetalIsTheRealGodon October 23, 2008   Link
  • +2
    Song MeaningPete Loeffler, the lead singer of Chevelle, stated in an interview regarding the song and video that "The Red" is a commentary on frustration and anger in general - becoming so upset that you literally are seeing "red". The video makes this fairly clear as well; Loeffler is a speaker at an anger management seminar, and is watching the anger in the attendees build up throughout the song.
    xaratheruson September 11, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIts about a guy who is different and it makes him to hear what hurtful things people say to him.:they say freak when your singled out" because he isn't accepted. The red actually represents the danger of him bottling his emotions anf finally letting them all out at once. "lay down the threat is real" sounds like a hostige situation and "when his sight comes red again" is almost as if he is a sniper. but it means his anger coming back out from constant harrasment of being differet. and" who made it show" is refering to the bullies that picked on him to build up his anger."he can't send to most" means that he's anger but doesn't actually do anything he gets mad but thats it, he just lets it "fiter through"
    musicmaniac123on December 14, 2007   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningPersonally I beilieve the song is about someone with angry problems.
    If anyone has seen the video you'd know that is starts off with the singer going into a rehab/anger management room.

    "They say freak when you're singled out"
    Is talking about someone making fun of the person/singer.
    "the red well it filters through"
    Th red is referring to his anger, and it filinting through means that he can't hold back anymore.
    "So lay down the threat is real When his sight goes red again"
    Self explanatory.. More or less a warning to people to not piss him off.
    "When his sight goes red again"
    Basically he's losing control of his angry. You're suppose to see red when you get really really mad.


    Shearison February 12, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentKeep pushing people... eventually, you'll fuck with the wrong person who just so happens to have given up on life and lost their damn mind. May God help you if you do mess with that poor soul. The threat is real. a person can only go through so much and hold so much rage and anger and depression inside before it filters through and shows itself...and it's not fun for anyone anymore
    sgninaemgnoson February 17, 2009   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationI didn't read through all of these comments, as that would take a while.
    However, from the comments i did read, i'd just like to say, that i don't think this song is necessarily about anger from any one thing.
    A lot of the comments i read seemed to believe that this song was based on childhood, or schooling, but i feel as if this song could be about anger towards any subject.
    I do believe the red is anger, but the feelings described in the song could be shown towards most, if not all situations.
    InsomniacDreamson October 23, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThis song totally reminds me of what it's like to live with someone who has anger issues. The person with the issues feels like a freak because they can't control the anger and the person living with them basically has to run for cover when the rage stikes.
    indianwyndon December 02, 2011   Link

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