"Gently (Iowa Version)" as written by Craig Jones, James Root, Sid Wilson, Mickael Thomson, Chris Fehn, Corey Taylor, Nathan Jordison, Paul Gray and Michael Crahan....
Gently my mind escapes into the relaxing mode of pleasure
A pleasure that will take my mind off the reality of life
My past life
Life as I know it know
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 awhile for I need the break
A break from the pressures of life
And everything that lay in the palm of life's hands, life's hands

This mode is incredible
It's out of this world
Too bad I must always leave it
But that's life

That's life, that's life, that's life

Lyrics submitted by Pharmaecopia

"Gently" as written by Michael Shawn Crahan Michael Crahan

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Gently (Iowa Version) song meanings
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    General Commenti personally like this version better, dunno why
    Pharmaecopiaon August 14, 2002   Link
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    General Commentprobally cuz its corey singing and not anders. corey has a better voice.
    Man§oni†eMaGg0T666on August 26, 2002   Link
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    General Commentthis song was actually written by anders. it is about escaping to the "umbra" a special place when u remeber the past and everything is perfect
    FrEaK3425on April 02, 2003   Link
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    General CommentGently, my mind escapes to a relaxing world of pleasure. ;)

    I think this song was totally great. They were able to start off slow and relaxing and end up releasing anger and screaming, beautiful.
    Beethon May 23, 2004   Link
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    General CommentMasturbation? Interesting. I like this version better, although i also prefer Corey's voice over Anders. Great song. When Anders wrote it he wrote about an escape to the spirit world, or the Umbra. Although Corey could have a different meaning behind it, which is probably why he decided to remake it.
    shroombrainon April 27, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI love this song, I like how it starts so slow and the pace increases, but the sound is so dark... it's wicked!
    Shadowbitchon May 26, 2005   Link
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    General CommentIt's pretty much certain at this point that Gently was originally written about a place in the role-playing game Werewolf: the Apocalypse, but what I really like about the song is how it's not so much about that specific place, but rather about the state of escape that a person can achieve...

    It could be anything. Drugs... masturbation... the Umbra... or the role-playing game itself. But it's an escape from the shitty world we live in... which also ties into Iowa's (the entire album) theme of hating society and wanting to be separate from it.

    What I find interesting is that while the lyrics are rather laid-back, the song actually gets louder, more intense, and more violent as it goes along. This leads me to believe that to Slipknot, the "world of pleasure" in the song has come to refer to playing their music, where they can ignore the rest of the world and just let it all go.
    El_Phantasmoon February 17, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti think its basicly about anything that gets you're mind off all the crap thats going on in you're life... like my guitar... when im playing my guitar ... my mind is not thinking about my shitty marks in school .... then after im done playing im like "Oh Shit exams are coming!!!"
    ShankTheDarkon May 04, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI agree, it is probably about anything that you love the most.
    ScyKillon April 15, 2007   Link
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    General Commentsorry i like this better than the mfkr one too
    jnsyoon June 30, 2007   Link

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