"XIX" as written by and Craig Michael Jones Michael Shawn Crahan....
This song is not for the living
This song is for the dead

With my face against the floor
I can't see who knocked me out of the way
I don't want to get back up
But I have to, so it might as well be today
Nothing appeals to me, no one feels like me
I'm too busy being calm to disappear
I'm in no shape to be alone
Contrary to the shit that you might hear

So walk with me, walk with me
Don't let this symbolism kill your heart
Walk with me, walk with me
Just like we should have done right from the start
Walk with me, walk with me
Don't let this fucking world tear you apart


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"XIX" as written by James Root Corey Taylor

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  • +7
    My InterpretationI just want to share my thoughts about this terrific intro in my opinion
    I will divide this song in parts and try to comment to these lines..
    Also you have to know that Paul Gray died on a drug overdose (morphium) and he was found dead in his room.

    "This song is not for the living
    This song is for the dead"

    This song is apparently about Paul Gray the bassist who passed away and this song is for him, he should listen to this if he can do this, I dont know :)

    With my face against the floor
    I can't see who knocked me out of the way
    But I have to, so it might as well be today
    Nothing appeals to me, no one feels like me

    So I think this is about him being unable to get back up and continue living his life. he was sad and down. and he doesnt want to live anymore and that it was himself who were only aware about this situation.

    I'm too busy being calm to disappear"

    this is about the anger other members like his slipknot buddies feels about his death. he never talked about his problems and that he is so unhappy that he wants to die at all. he was too busy to plan his suicide.
    the voice in this song is very aggressive, its the anger that his friend felt when they heard about this abrupt death.

    I'm in no shape to be alone
    Contrary to the shit that you might hear

    So it should be a better step to talk about this situation and let his friends help him out of this mess.


    So walk with me, walk with me
    Don't let this symbolism kill your heart
    Walk with me, walk with me
    Just like we should have done right from the start
    Walk with me, walk with me
    Don't let this fucking world tear you apart

    Walk with me references to the problem that he should have talked about his situation and they have perhaps prevent his death. and figure a solution to his problem. anyway would better than to die at all.
    derbaeron October 26, 2014   Link
  • +1
    General CommentVery well thought. I pretty much agree with everything there. I just want to add also that Paul died on may 24th, like 24-5. Which actually equals 19, or XIX.
    jsburgoson November 20, 2014   Link
  • +1
    My Opinioni think is is an introduction to the album itself (seeming Clown, says 'this song is not for the living. This song is for the dead) addressing Paul, seeing it is named 'The Grey Chapter' and is a tribute to him. i think Corey's part is what he did when he found out about the death.
    AaronBennion99on May 08, 2015   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationFirst of all, this song is a tribute for Paul Gray, R.I.P.
    I think this one means something beyond tham the tribute, it's a call, the song tells we should worry about people who are surround us, people who we care about, friends or family, we all have problems and It's hard to say it whem we are confuse or not confortamble with it. So they act weird and wrong, stay alone because people don't trust each other or you know you can count with him or her but you avoid it so as result, in some cases, these people "find a easier" way to forget all the pain and suffer, going through a no return way.
    MrRodon October 13, 2015   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this is partly the obvious reaction to Paul Grey's heroin overdose, but this song is for all the people/fans who have died because of drug abuse and the people they left in their wake, who feel just as dead as their friends who are gone. "With my face on the floor (Feeling dead inside over a friends death), I can't see who knocked me out of the way (because it's a ghost not a person anymore)".

    I think they used XIX in the title as a way of Mirroring, showing that people who are in a world of pain from heroin abuse who overdose and die will leave more people feeling just the same type of pain, also there is some numerology to XIX being the date of Paul's overdose, but I think there might be more meaning when tied in with AOV the 3rd track.

    Last year, when I was getting clean myself off heroin, this song helped me Get Up and find motivation to keep fighting, and without question when I heard "This song is for the dead" it meant for me and everyone in my scenario, cause that's exactly how heroin makes you feel inside after a while, your real self is gone your heart has been crushed over something too painful to fix, you become *convinced* life is a burden no one is enjoying so you'd be better off dead anyway, and you are just waiting to die with every shot you do. Of course nothing could be further from the truth in reality, it's the drug itself that makes you believe these things, and once it's out of your system you feel a sense of importance again. Much like Paul could've gone to a detox and then had a successful metal band to play in again, which would've likely kept him happy and satisfied with life.

    I'm happy Slipknot put out an album like this which shows the destructive side of being self destructive for a change, this song being like a call to arms that we're all experiencing too much loss from drugs and it's because we are hurting inside but we have to keep moving.
    M1aon November 21, 2017   Link

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