"Iowa" as written by Nathan Jonas Jordison, Corey Todd Taylor, Craig Alan Jones, Michael Shawn Crahan, Christopher Michael Fehn, Paul Dedrick Gray, James Donald Root, Mickael Gordon Thomson and Sidney George Wilson....
Relax, it's over, you belong to me, I fill your mouth with dirt
Relax, it's over, you can never leave
I take your second digit with me, love,
You are, my first, I can breath
I find you fascinating
You are, my favorite,lay you down to sleep
It's all that I can do to stop, love,
So blue, so broken,paper doll decays
I haven't left you yet
So cold, subversive, your eyes are full of bleach
Tomorrow, I will go away again, love,
You are mine, you will always be mine, I can tear you apart
I can recombine you
All I want is to covet you all
You belong to me
I will kill you to love you.(love)

Lyrics submitted by lemonie_fresh, edited by PurpleHaze96

"Iowa" as written by Corey Taylor Christopher Fehn

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  • +4
    General CommentThis is my favourite slipknot song. It reminds me of purity a bit (the story behind it)
    I think the song starts after the climax - the murder.
    "Relax...it's over"

    The guy now has her all to himself because no one can take her away from him now that she is dead. (Now that she is dead, no one else will want to love her. He can)
    "you belong to me"
    When he ‘fills her mouth with dirt’ he could be burying her (as in purity - but purity was alive - and fictional) Or he could be bringing such a perfect icon down to his level. He is personalising her. Making her so that no one else will want her because she is his toy now - his love; his fantasy.
    "I fill your mouth with dirt"

    The line; "I take your second digit with me... Love...", may be referring to the wedding finger (second from the end) digit meaning finger. Because she now belongs to him and she can’t belong to anyone else - the wedding finger being the symbol. He is trapping her from being with some one else by killing her; burying her and removing the symbolic representation of partnership. Either literally removing the finger or just metaphorically speaking it emphasises the guys possessiveness need to feel that she will always be his.

    The fascination with the dead body becomes intense (he might think she is still alive - like in Psycho?) ;
    "You are...my first,
    I can breath
    I find you fascinating
    You are...my favorite,
    lay you down to sleep
    It's all that I can do to stop...Love..."
    Showing that he was driven to kill her for his long dying love for her - he realised she was unatainable. He can "breath" maybe showing that he shows no remorse for his actions.
    Other lines might just represent the guys love and fascination growing.

    The lines;
    "So blue...so broken,
    paper doll decays
    I haven't left you yet
    So cold... subversive,
    tour eyes are full of bleach"
    Might show his reactions to her in weeks to come. He now feels sorry for her; he might not be as attracted to her; his love may have weakend a bit because of her appearance. She was such a pretty icon now ‘broken’ and polluted like him. Paper doll decays is an analogy just going over the line above. She was a beautiful girl that he fantasised over now she is rotting and decaying and she isn’t what he expected of her now that she is twisted like him. He tells the corpse that he hasn’t left her yet - showing that he was tempted to leave her.
    "so cold… subersive " shows that he thinks she has tricked him with her looks; she led him on hinting at a better life with undying love; he thinks of her as twisted and treacherous making him fall in love with her. He is blaming it on her.
    Her eyes are full of harm. He is describing her as being evil.

    The end of it shows that he prefers to lust after people and stalk them because he is living in a fantasy but as soon as he tries to make it reality the girl isn’t what he expected making her subversive for leading him on?

    Anyway the song makes me horny - I don’t want to have a relationship like that - but I like twisted music.
    Paradoxical Martyron May 22, 2002   Link
  • +3
    General Commentit is correct that he sung this song naked and was cutting himself, stripped down to the bone, this song is about you are always better than someone who fucks with you, most likely in a relationship, corey realises he has the power and nothing can stop him
    chriswyatton May 17, 2002   Link
  • +3
    General CommentGood God, people. In an interview Corey said the song is about living in Iowa. How it can seem so bleak and desperate, like you could get stuck there forever. You people who drew sexual context out of it just need to get laid.
    adamizeron May 23, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General CommentNobody feels catatonic over this song? Obviously none of you have ever been close to a rape victim. The bottomless despair you feel for the one who was raped and tortured... this song brings all those feelings back up to me. I only listen to this song when i cut myself. I think thats what Corey was trying to get at. He was trying to make you feel horrible, and scare you away from that mental progression. It didnt seem to work though, you people just wanna fuck to it.
    execute meon October 10, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI like the song - i no the lyrics are fucked up but they are about a film (bone collector i think) what he did whilst singin it was mad - he stripped off totally butt naked, sliced himself up and sung it bleeding and everythimg.
    Survived Abortionon May 15, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commenterr..sorry about the essay.lol. I got a wee bit carried away. Relax...it's over.
    Paradoxical Martyron May 22, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commentyou know something-youre absolutley right but i just hate seeing a perfectley good band that shouldn't be hated being dissed. because 1.) they're not racist 2.) they don't diss other bands in their music 3.) the only people they diss in their lyrics is the people that screw our world up so i would like to know why they're hated by so many people. if it's cuz theyre heavy-then thats the stupidest reason i've ever heard.
    Slipknot_sixft_underon September 21, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commentver good point hea-thyr! your fucking smart you know that????
    Slipknot_sixft_underon September 28, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commentsigh... not to be a flamer or anything but saying "rap has no depth" is contradicting the little speech you gave, within the SAME SPEECH. anyway i know its not the meaning but hey why not think of it as prosthetics continuted lol. btw adamizer you're the shit dude haha.
    aftershockon October 11, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe song is about someone who kills women and recreates them in his own image, like a living doll type thing. Corey was butt-naked and all cut up and bleeding during the recording of this song.
    generalbukkakeon February 28, 2005   Link

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