When the devil came
He was not red
He was chrome and he said

Come with me
You must go
So I went
Where everything was clean
So precise and towering

I was welcomed
With open arms
I received so much help in every way
I felt no fear
I felt no fear

The air was crisp
Like sunny late winter days
A springtime yawning high in the haze
And I felt like I belonged
Come with me

Come with me
Come with me
Come with me
Come with me
Come with me
Come with me
Come with me


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Hell Is Chrome Lyrics as written by Mikael Jorgensen Jeff Tweedy

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    I think the meaning is pretty clear here, Jeff Tweedy loves Firefox and thinks it is a much better browser than Chrome even though Chrome is really stable and secure and fast. He just likes Firefox better.

    freeradicalson March 13, 2014   Link
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    ps. the album rocks. all of it. period. they just went in a new direction. that whys i love wilco, they arent afraid of change.

    wilcokidon February 16, 2005   Link
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    this sort of reminds me of myself...finding love and comfort in the people and places anyone would truly least expect. this guy found acceptance in hell. noone does, usually... i found love in a teacher i can never tell. i find comfort in dark closed spaces... i find truth in the very ugliest of hearts. ofcourse i find everything that needs to be found in the people and places and truths noone ever wants to look.

    emreeon September 28, 2004   Link
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    I know a lot of songs can be about drugs, but this one really seems to me like it is. Just like the peer pressure to doing it and then how he 'felt no fear' and everything. idk, maybe its just me... Plus I heard Tweedy's big on the drug intake.

    gho4lyfeon September 28, 2004   Link
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    I had to comment, I signed up, just to comment on this song, because reading all the comments some people keep making these weird interpretations which is their right as music is inherently meant to be subjective. But the the song is clearly about heroin. The devil came and was "chrome", because the devil was a needle, and if anyone has ever had addiction issues they know that heroin pretty much makes everything as he described here everything is perfect, and you feel like you belong for the first time in your life, and it keeps beckoning you to come back. The fact that tweedy quit drugs especially means that it would be a very personal song to write for him, as he would only quit if he was an addict in the first place. The only semi plausible one besides that meaning is the record label, which is a nice try but doesn't really fit "chrome" has nothing to do with a suit, most suits are black. Literally every lyric matches up with drug use, and is fairly specific about it, so yeah I had to say that.

    capovinon November 19, 2014   Link
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    i have to say i'm not sure if i agree with the drug interpretation. also, tweedy quit drugs. it might be about that, now that i think about it. maybe, it's pretty vague, could be about anything.

    BorrowedTuneon October 21, 2004   Link
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    also, the first time i heard this record, i heard "at least that's what you said" then this song and i was like wow, maybe wilco finally made a truly timeless awesome record. and then was terribly, terribly disappointed with about 2/3 of the other songs. oh well.

    BorrowedTuneon October 21, 2004   Link
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    To me this song is about the record labels and how misleading everything can be when an artist first gets into a record deal. The devil being an executive in a suit, hence the chrome reference. Clean and neat looking. He went where everything is clean and towering to the top of one of the big buildings these companies are in. They helped him in every way and made him felt like he belonged there. Made him feel no fear. I just always took it as a reference going back to the Reprise dropping, but to each his own.

    cherryghost41on January 06, 2005   Link
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    "i was like wow, maybe wilco finally made a truly timeless awesome record" AKA YHF? I do agree that much of the rest of this album was a disappointment,

    five_to_oneon February 06, 2005   Link
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    ive listened to this song alot and the whole album and all that, and i just put my own meaning in this song, the thing is that the lyrics arent really sad or depressing or anything, but the tone of the song is. the lyrics now mean to me my transition into college (its now my second year) but i came here and was accepted with the openest of arms and its like apradise here, and today it is a sunny late winter day, and it just got me thinking....

    wilcokidon February 16, 2005   Link

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