"The Negative One" as written by Chris Fehn, the percussionist and Corey Taylor, the lead vocalist...
Fire and caffeine, a lot of nicotine
I'm on a burn, so I better tell you everything
The competition, the superstition
Nevermind 'cause you're never gonna give in
If acquired and that's how you like it
The same trouble in a different disguise
Bound to walk with a target on my back
At least I'm ready for another attack

The Lord of lies
The morning star
You had to be set free
Opposing sides
Your choices are
The negative one and me

Svengali, wail with the enemies
I never follow and I never make apologies
Your divisions, are gonna get ya
Because you won't disappoint each other
Center for the cynical, you're so political
You're getting ready 'cause the first move is critical
Reciprocity, somebody's listening
Until we learn from our time we can never die

The Lord of lies
The morning star
You had to be set free
Opposing sides
Your choices are
The negative one and me
The negative one and me

I hope you live
To see the day
When your world comes up in flames
And as you die
You see my face
You're the only one to blame, yeah
Fuck

The Prescient, the Nascent
The quotient (They all will fall)
The Cystic, symbolic, condition (Systemic)
Egregious, replete with
These lesions (Contaminate)
Succumb to the selfish
Creation (Your failure)

Know I got ability, divisibility
I point a finger but it's always looking back at me
The centerpiece pulling on the mechanism
Unearthing skies of the cataclysm
When the innocent begin to circumvent
The color fades, but the picture is vibrant
What do you believe, doesn't matter now
Turn away, the killer is that of now

The Lord of lies
The morning star
You had to be set free
Opposing sides
Your choices are
The negative one and me

I hope you live
To see the day
When your world comes up in flames
And as you die
You see my face
You're the only one to blame

The Lord of lies
The morning star
You had to be set free
Opposing sides
Your choices are
The negative one and me


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"The Negative One" as written by James Root Corey Taylor

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    General CommentThe Heretic Anthem v2.0, basically.
    BrEnNo1023on November 08, 2014   Link
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    General Comment"The Lord of lies
    The morning star"
    If you ask me, that refers to Lucifer! And no I dont think they are satanists or anything like that, but I kinda get a feeling its about him.
    ParanoidRockeron July 30, 2015   Link
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    General CommentThis song is about the departure of the best metal drummer to ever kick a double bass.. "The morning star" is an expression often used to describe Jesus which was joeys mask.. And if your a true knot fan you will pick up on the other subtle things mentioned in the song.. I could rant and explain each one but where is the fun in that? Songs are interpreted however you want them to be.. That's what's so freeing about music..
    One(Sic)Fuqon November 17, 2015   Link
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    General CommentNo. This song IS NOT about Joey. COME ON. He may have been a good drummer but how good was he if they had a falling out and his leaving was mutual.
    Anyway, enough about that 5y.o drama. It's done and dusted.
    The Gray Chapter was a sick album.
    This has to be about Lucifer... The devil.
    I'm not saying the band is Satanic but as far as the Christians go ol' Luci gets a bad rap and I think that is what this song is about.
    God creates the big bad to punish the evil doers but he becomes this excuse for everything bad that a person does.
    Any time Catholic Church comes under fire for the massive amounts of child sexual abuse they say that the devil is making the people investigating it do it. Or the devil made the priests do it.
    Plenty of other examples.
    But the devil has become the perfect scapegoat (no pun intended)
    That's what the songs jumps out at me about. Basically that and "you're either a good christian or you are evil".

    WEyesOwlon September 21, 2018   Link

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