"The Devil In I" as written by and Chris Fehn, the percussionist and Corey Taylor, the lead vocalist...
Undo these chains my friend
I'll show you the rage i've hidden
Perish the sacrament
Swallow, but nothing forgiven
You and I can't decide which of us was taken for granted
Make amends
Some of us are destined to be outlived

Step inside, see the devil in I
Too many times, we've let it come to this
Step inside, see the devil in I
You'll realize i'm not your devil anymore

Under the words of men
Something is tempting the father
Where is your will my, friend?
Insatiates never even bother
You and I, wrong or right
Traded a lie for the leverage
In between the lens in light
You're not what you seem

Step inside, see the devil in I
Too many times, we've let it come to this
Step inside, see the devil in I
You'll realize i'm not your devil
I'm not your devil anymore
Your station is abandoned
Fool you 'cause I know what you've done
Sensation depravation
You should've burned when you turned on everyone

Step inside, see the devil in I
Too many times, we've let it come to this
Step inside, see the devil in I
I know you'll find your answers in the end
Step inside, see the devil in I
You'll realize i'm not your devil anymore
So step inside, step inside
See the devil in I, see the devil in I

Lyrics submitted by static111, edited by danieljv94

"The Devil in I" as written by Corey Taylor Christopher Fehn

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  • +3
    My InterpretationI really like this song. Not sure exactly sure what it means, but I what I get out of it is someone being treated as a scapegoat lashing out at the accuser...but maybe partially admitting that he is guilty as well (you and I can't decide which of us was taken for granted).

    In the end...the accuser realizing that the scapegoat was never really guilty to begin with (I'm not your devil anymore).
    cwagzon September 18, 2014   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationI think a lot of people thought the negative one was about Joey but honestly I've been listening to this song over and over again and looking into the lyrics and I think this song is about Joey. He has hidden rage for him maybe built up over time. Both of them thought they were taken for granted. Obviously a lot of tension and differing opinions between the two of them. But Corey won "some of us are destined to be outlived" "so make amends" like get over it. "Your station is abandoned" that's pretty clear, he was fired.
    Ccudahyon October 16, 2014   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningFirst I'l do a summary of the meaning then I'l break down the lyrics to my interpretation.
    Summary: It's a victims perspective on taking a guilty person to court, but more than that its a song about modern complexities of wrong an right and how in the past religion has clouded the judgment of people making them think those that serve the lord are right and those that do not are wrong and guilty of not telling the truth if they speak out against god.

    These days we have evolved enough as a race to know that wrong and right is all perspective. What is right to you may be wrong to another person.
    This is why many trials in court are determined more by what the majority feels is right or wrong (the gut feeling and sense of morality that is represented by god) then by what is actually legal. Think all the female teachers that only get fired for having sex with teenage men as appose to male teachers getting life sentences for having intercourse with teenage female students. This same legal system is set in place to punish those that do wrong on a case to case basis that again relies heavily on the perspective of the judge. So moral of this song is what is right for you may be wrong for me. What is wrong for me may be right for you hence the term (devil in I) Reason why that was chosen as the title track is because the song is a tribute to all those who where innocent and speaking the truth, who ended up being tragically sentenced for lying before the court system (even though they where telling the truth) or in some cases they simply ended up being seen as evil for accusing someone who was guilty that almost everyone else see's as righteous and innocent.
    This is why i feel the songs hook-line is
    "step inside , see the devil in I" because its about someone going into court and
    being seen by most as being evil.

    Now this is the point this analysis gets complicated.
    The main point of the song which i vaguely summarized atop is presented from a neutral perspective. I can guarantee you that my findings above are correct because I've been too neutral to be wrong.However now I'm presenting my biased opinion on what the song is specifically about (it may not be specifically about anything i could very well be wrong with my opinion below).

    In my biased opinion disregarding the moral and lesson of the song i feel Corey Taylor wrote this about a young victim who was molested by the priest at his local church where he attended mass. "Undo these chains, my friend
    I'll show you the rage I've hidden" is using the chains to represent the child's obligations and responsibilities set by his parents to attend church.
    Without the responsibilities the child could unload emotionally and express his feelings of the incident but by being forced to go to mass the child feels they are unable to do anything about this recurring abuse because of the fear no one is going to believe them over the priest.
    Or maybe its just highlighting the rage that's hidden inside the child that's built up from his own personal moral making him feel like he has been betrayed and wronged defiled, he feels the legal system and chains (obligations and responsibilities he has to society) have prevented him from expressing his feelings towards the priest physically or verbally.
    "Perish the sacrament
    Swallow, but nothings forgiven"
    Here its saying the sacrament has been perished we can only assume that means his sacraments have been deprived of their normal qualities due to the nature of this man or we can assume the literal meaning that this priest still swallows those bits of food that they hand out in mass as a blessing, and that he actually thinks that god is forgiving his actions by him doing these things.

    "You and I can’t decide which of us was taken for granted
    Make amends
    Some of us are destined to be outlived"

    At this point its looking at their conflicting perspectives and pointing out the ironic similarity, both of them have taken each other for granted in the past. The child use to think that the priest would serve people without needing to give recognition to them. The priest took the whole sexual experience for granted expecting it to always continue. (look up the definition of taking for granted if you don't agree with this observation I'm pointing out)

    The next two lines are describing the fact the priest is much, much older than the child and that he should have much more reason to make amends for what hes done as he is destined to die much sooner than the child.
    Unfortunately as it says in the previous line he took the whole relationship for granted assuming it would go on forever, which shows he is not going to ever make amends for what he did and is still doing. This pretty much takes the priests morality into question and brings it to light based on the fact he took it all for granted which makes the priest seem much more evil than we first thought for having had raped a kid. I mean rapists are terrible evil people but rapists that take that whole reoccurring abuse for granted without any desire to make amends before they die are a whole nother level of evil and fucked up.

    Step inside, see the devil in I
    Too many times, we've let it come to this

    Its come to a court case, and the victim is
    either addressing the jury or the public or both.
    Come inside the court room, see the devil in me.

    The next line to many times ect, is mentioning the fact that too many times in history we let it come down to innocent because the jury were convinced only an evil person making stuff up would stand against a priest. They literally couldn't believe the persons accusations against a high priest.

    However these days a famous few cases are known to have changed the faith people put in priests. Many cases have been known these days to have presented several different people who were victims of the sexual abuse of priests. Generally all these accusers where saying the same thing which made it impossible for the jury to still think the accuser was not telling the truth when several accusers now stand before them, many of which have no relation to each other.

    This is where the final line comes into play.
    "You’ll realize i’m not your devil anymore"

    Why? because almost always when very strong evidence is collected against a priest its due to them taking the whole situation for granted thinking it would continue for a long time without any interference. I feel based on past cases this generally makes them get careless and makes their argument less and less credible in the court of law. So its almost certain if he did take it for granted that the jury would wind up seeing him as the evil one speaking lies to defend himself "represented by the devil"

    Hence the accuser is not seen by the jury as the evil person he was assumed to be when he walked into the court room.

    Either that or the Priest see's the child as the devil for walking into the court room to trial him with allegations. We can only assume if this is the case, then the judge becomes the new devil once he charges him with punishment for his crimes.
    ("You’ll realize i’m not your devil anymore") In other words the Child is seen by the priest as the devil for taking him to court and going against him as in his eyes he see's himself the righteous good willed man. But once he is sentenced suddenly he realizes he should of been fearing the legal system not the child in the first place. The legal system is the one that ends up punishing him.

    Either way I'm very convinced devil is seen in the priest now instead of the child from the juries perspective, OR The devil is seen in the judge instead of the child from the priest's perspective. The song doesen't give enough clues for me to confidently mention which one of the two i feel is more likely to be correct.
    I suppose at this point in the analysis no is really right, its all just merely a guess.
    So i encourage you to read the rest of the lyrics and work out for yourself what its trying to say about this whole priest scandal in the high churches.
    I could break down the rest of the song, but its very self explanatory.
    If you understand what i wrote above and can start to understand what the song was most likely to be written about you can very easily understand what the rest of the lyrics are singing about.

    "Under the words of men
    Something is tempting the father
    Where is your will my, friend?
    Insatiates never even bother
    You and I, wrong or right
    Traded a lie for the leverage
    In between the lens in light
    You’re not what you seem"

    All above is just questioning what the words of men
    really mean in comparison to their actions, and how the real sickness hides behind words.

    As a whole the song can be seen as a fractal to the first 2 stanzas i broke down.
    And if anyone is interested in knowing more about this whole topic of right and wrong and perspective. I recommend you all watch the following movies:

    In the name of the father
    The Incredible Journey of Mary Bryant
    The prince and the pauper

    Thanks for reading my analysis.
    If your into rock/metal or alternative/prog stuff be sure to read some of my other analysis's on songmeanings.com
    TheProfitSongon September 23, 2015   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationMeaning is more obvious when you watch the music video and see the imagery they matched with the song. This is about both Paul and Joey. They lost both of them to perceived devils inside of them. The song mentions accusatory feelings conflicting with guilty feelings and how you can blame one party, both parties, or nobody in any given situation.

    The deaths in the music video represent killing off their former selves they didn't appreciate. The band frequently mentions the fourth album being their least favorite with everybody feeling lost and not as together as a band. Each member is killing their inner demons and you can see the red figures (representing Paul and Joey) lurking in the area and at the end helping clean up the remains of the perceived demons. You can say this is the fates of Paul and Joey aiding in the process of each band member eliminating their problems and moving on in life.

    The new members being stabbed can either be seen as baptizing into the band, as many outlets suggest, although I would say it's their way of purging their inner demons before entering the band. Every band member dies in the video. The entire band is moving forward and shedding themselves of the guilt and cognitive dissonance of losing close friends to poor lifestyle choices.

    You can potentially link the first verse to Paul and the second verse to Joey. Although the wording is still vague enough to just make them general statements about conflicts of interest/personality and the struggle to reconcile with someone when both sides play the victim.

    Seems like nobody wants to admit it but it holds accusatory tones towards those who use drugs, which almost all band members have suffered at some point in time. Sensory deprivation via the use of drugs, and turning on every one which is often a part of addiction when those around you all disagree. Paul specifically ran from his close family approaching him about drugs and promptly used in a reckless manner that led to his death.

    This is probably their most powerful song and although not my favorite song musically, its meaning is strong and treads on the grounds few choose to walk. This was probably their most difficult one to write and record. Fresh off the loss of their bassist and disillusion with their drummer, and in the pain and struggle they created some of their best work yet. Shame...
    lepigpenon September 06, 2017   Link
  • 0
    General CommentCorey Taylor on it "'The Devil In I' is really about the war inside yourself," he said. "Trying not to give into defeatism, trying not to give into negativity, trying not to give up basically. It's a struggle. It's one of the hardest thing you can do, is to give in to that side of yourself."

    The song's music video was directed by Slipknot drummer Shawn Crahan and features the destruction of band members in various ways. Chris Fehn, for instance, is pecked to death by ravens, a fate he requested for himself as the percussionist suffers from a fear of birds. Sid Wilson, meanwhile, eats his arm and fingers in the clip, destroying the things most important for the guitarist's role in the band.

    "Basically, this video is about finding past devils, past things - becoming one with it and then doing away with it," Crahan explained
    jonathanlton December 25, 2015   Link
  • -1
    My InterpretationThis is my interpretation, not the meaning of the song as written.

    I think this song fits so perfectly with the dynamic of relationships nowadays. Women feel slighted by something and take it out on their man before wishing to reconcile it. As a man, you learn to just roll with the punches, but sometimes, after travelling the same road of maybe defending yourself a bit before, out of necessity, just accepting the role of the flawed one, you realize enough is enough and make the person abandon their post.
    DubiousDoobieson January 17, 2015   Link
  • -1
    General Commenti think this is Corey's opinion on the way we life, how 'some of us are meant to be outlived', and the devils that we all have inside.
    If you watch the music video also for the song, it shows every band members being brutally killed if some way.
    youtube.com/…, is a behind the scenes to the video. Each member was asked how do you want to die in it..
    AaronBennion99on May 08, 2015   Link

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