Gently, my mind escapes
Into the relaxing world of pleasure
A pleasure that'll take my mind
Off the reality of my life
My past life, life as I know it now

And whatever may come
It slowly disappears
To somewhere in the back of my mind
It will remain there until I wish to retrieve it

Yes, I will stay here for a while
For I need the break, a break from the pressures of life
When everything that lays in the palm of life's hands
Life's hands

This moment's incredible, it's out of this world
Too bad, I must always leave it
That's life, that's life, that's life, that's life
Yes yes yes yes oh, yes

Lyrics submitted by The Spoony Bard, edited by RamBahadur

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    i would have to agree with "NO ONE IMPORTANT" and "ADAMIZER" because in a sense we all have our own little world of our own, to take us away from depressing things or reality that literally sucks dick. i could understand how it could be interpreted as him using drugs and explaing the euphoria.......but i think its the whole making his own reality and sacluding himself. thats what i think

    heathyron May 16, 2002   Link
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    Corey's voice has a much greater range. he can actually sing, he can scream better, and he has a better way with expressing emotion in his songs, but that doesn't change the fact that the MFKR version is the original, and the original is always the more meaningful. I don't know what this song means to Corey, but as the website will tell you, the song is about the escape to Umbra. It's not about drugs, and it's an indirect way of expressing the feeling of escaping reality into your own world. We all have our own words we escape to. It's human nature. Without those worlds, we would be lost.

    In my opinion, as far as the actual music is concerned, the original is much better. The guitar has more melody, and the lead in harmonic from song 1 (Slipknot) adds to the spirit of the song. although the song has the addition of full-force synth in the Iowa version, the original was much better in composition.

    When a band switches members, despite if the new members are better or worse at what they do, the spirit of the band changes. It's inevitable. Even if they can play the old songs the same exact way the old member did, there is no way they could write with the same creativity. And unless the member that is removed or decides to leave is a complete ass the the rest of the band or to his/her fans, the fan-base feels they have lost something when a member is gone. If fame had come to Slipknot before they reformed the band, they may not be nearly as huge as they are today. In my opinion, switching members after MFKR was the best thing they could have done, but there is no way they can replace the spirit of Gently, no matter how many times they remake it.

    ~  Pixie
    Pixie Samaon February 03, 2007   Link
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    Ok, if you guys want to hear something REALY interesting, find a recording of the pre mfkr bassement sessions. You hear them make this song from scratch!! Its split into two parts from two sessions. The first one goes on for 20 mins as they get the riff going (as far as I know, this is the earlyes recording of the band, possibly one of the first times they have played together),and the second one (12 mins) they do the vocals. For a big slipknot fan, its facinating music.

    Iowa $evenon July 31, 2007   Link
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    It's about escaping into the Umbra, which is a second dimension in the role playing game of which the original members are such huge fans. Grey Wolf Werewolf something. All of MFKR is about that. Ask Anders, he'll tell you.

    adamizeron May 14, 2002   Link
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    first of all....dave 2069 is just a stupid fuckin pothead...and its about how he's created a fake reality for himself so he doesnt have to deal with the bull shit of life

    no one importanton May 14, 2002   Link
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    i agree with heathyr, its about corey taking himslef to his own place where he doesnt have to feel the pain, however something always takes him out of it, but thats life, its what happens, this song is for everyone that does this

    chriswyatton May 17, 2002   Link
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    Sweet fuck. Corey didn't write this song, Anders did. It's about the was like a special skill some players had in their role playing game. They went there to heal and whatnot. It seems like he's talking about relaxing and letting his mind go but it's completely and totally about that certain aspect of their game.

    adamizeron May 23, 2002   Link
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    your right....alot of people sort of assume that he wrote the was on their first album MFKR. Same with tattered and torn. Anders was the original vocalist in slipknot but then the whole group parted ways and the only two people that remained were the percussionist, shawn crahan and the bassist paul. ~heather~

    hea-thyron May 23, 2002   Link
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    the original vocalist sucked, he sung it with no feeling or anything, what a fuckwit

    chriswyatton May 29, 2002   Link
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    i like them both......this song is absolutly amazing... ~heather~

    hea-thyron June 18, 2002   Link

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