"Duality" as written by Corey Todd Taylor, Nathan Jonas Jordison, Paul Dedrick Gray, Mickael Gordon Thomson, Michael Shawn Crahan, Christopher Michael Fehn, Craig Alan Jones, James Donald Root and Sidney George Wilson....
I push my fingers into my eyes
It's the only thing that slowly stops the ache
But it's made of all the things I have to take
Jesus, it never ends, it works it's way inside
If the pain goes on

I have screamed until my veins collapsed
I've waited last, my time's elapsed
Now, all I do is live with so much fate
I've wished for this, I've bitched at that
I've left behind this little fact
You cannot kill what you did not create
I've gotta say what I've gotta say
And then I swear I'll go away
But I can't promise you'll enjoy the noise
I guess I'll save the best for last
My future seems like one big past
You're left with me 'cause you left me no choice

I push my fingers into my eyes
It's the only thing that slowly stops the ache
If the pain goes on,
I'm not gonna make it

Pull me back together
Or separate the skin from the bone
Leave me all the pieces, and then you can leave me alone
Tell me the reality is better than dream
But I found out the hard way,
Nothing is what it seems!

I push my fingers into my eyes
It's the only thing that slowly stops the ache
But it's made of all the things I have to take
Jesus, it never ends, it works it's way inside
If the pain goes on, I'm not gonna make it!

All I've got, all I've got is insane
All I've got, all I've got is insane
All I've got, all I've got is insane
All I've got, all I've got is insane
All I've got, all I've got is insane
All I've got, all I've got is insane

I push my fingers into my eyes
It's the only thing that slowly stops the ache
But it's made of all the things I have to take
Jesus, it never ends, it works it's way inside
If the pain goes on, I'm not gonna make it!

All I've got, all I've got is insane
All I've got, all I've got is insane
All I've got, all I've got is insane
All I've got, all I've got is insane


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"Duality" as written by Christopher Fehn Michael Crahan

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  • +7
    General CommentThis song is fucking amazing.

    This song is about the band dealing with every problem they've had over the past couple of years and it definitely reflects any struggles they have.

    I relate to this song so fucking much and it acutally helps clear my head a bit. I hope im not the only one.

    SLIPKNOT FUCKING OWNS!
    waynestaticx85on May 18, 2004   Link
  • +5
    General CommentA (SIC) Maggot and fab666, what are you complaining about? Everyone has to get into Slipknot somehow, saying that anyone who didn't listen to them before the subliminal verses is stupid.
    A (SIC) Maggot, you even said yourself that you only got into listening to them after hearing IOWA, what is the difference?

    I started listening to Slipknot from the first album, so by your logic, I should be able to look down on you and by the same token, my mate, who has a copy of Mate, feed, kill, repeat should be able to call me a posser. It is really dumb.

    I think it is pathetic to try and prove how much of a fan you are, by pissing on people who haven't been into a band as long as you have. In my eyes, that makes you less of a fan, because a true fan wouldn't care how long other fans have been into the band, they would just be stoked, that other people are getting into them and have started to appreciate the music aswell.

    So what if a lot of "preps" are getting into Slipknot because of 'Duality'? Can you honeslty tell me that you have never got interested in a band, based on one song? I know I can't. I started listening to them after hearing 'Wait and Bleed' If 'Duality' is the starting point for a bunch of "preps" to broaden their musical horizons, to incorporate Slipknot and rock music in general, then cool.
    quiffpornon November 19, 2004   Link
  • +5
    Song MeaningI am not 100 % sure on all of the meanings but i'm pretty sure "you cannot kill what you did not create" means that music industry's cannot kill slipknot because they created themselves and "I can't promise you'll enjoy the noise" is also directed at music company's as they probably wont like the sound of slipknot.
    CHANGEORDIEon July 11, 2010   Link
  • +4
    General CommentRaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhrrrrrrr
    Red_Left_Handon December 18, 2005   Link
  • +4
    General CommentFor some reason i feel really good listening to this song when im really sad/mad
    missmayifanon October 06, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThe pain... thats a very serious thing.... well... we all have to face it and even though it hurts it will always be there.

    I am so loving the new Slipknot.... Kicking ass 24/7.
    EinFlügelEngelon September 20, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"I push my fingers into my eyes
    It's the only thing
    That slowly stops the ache
    If the pain goes on
    I'M NOT KINDA MAGGOT! "

    Hey, it seems to me like som kind of weird schisophrenic's confession.. like Franz Kafka described in 'Metamorphosis' (well, if anybody of you ever heard of him - leaving alone if anybody read the book at all).
    Then that's simply why the song's called Duality - you live your life divided into 2 characters (ordinary human being & fucking insect or kinda disgusting maggot)...
    ..
    ..
    ..
    huh, just kidding.. >:D

    I know it's "I'M NOT GONNA MAKE IT! "

    Anyway Corey and his boys rule !!

    Peace.
    Sokrateson June 20, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti think this song was the Easiest To understand, Subliminal messages on the Media, Theres noting else To look " i push my fingers into my eyes" , trying to keep the messages away, "u cannot kill what u did not create" , u can never get them out cause u dont know where they are,

    " it works his way inside" , Sublimanl messages dont come only from images, but from all sort of feelings even touch...

    i think this Song is Exactly what the Tittle of the CD is,
    "sublimal"
    Malafeton June 27, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"I push my fingers into my eyes
    It's the only thing
    That slowly stops the ache"

    I think it means, like, hes trying to cover his eyes so he wont see the things that kinda hurt him or so..dunno whats hurting him..

    good song though, didnt like slipknot untill I heard this one..
    CryingOutLoudon July 05, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think it can be best surmised as coming to terms with yourself.

    There is definitely hidden messages in this song. Goes quite well with the whole "subliminal" theme.

    At first the person is suffering and raging against everything. What makes it painful is they are stretched out between their mortal side and their state as a higher being (eternal side).

    "I've wished for this
    I've bitched for that
    I've left beind this little fact
    You cannot kill what you did not create"

    That no matter what, you can drive yourself through hell and back, you can torture and punish yourself, you can dig, dig, DIG, but you cannot destroy who you are. Simply because you are not who you created.

    Like I said, its about coming to terms.

    Everyone has a certain potential. Everyone is different. Does it ever occur to you that there is some strange reason that there seems to be a unique path we gravitate towards, yet we do not have the full understanding until later in our life?
    chino69on September 21, 2004   Link

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