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Here are the Lyrics for Slipknot’s New Song “Solway Firth”

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As you’re likely aware, this morning Slipknot debuted a new song called “Solway Firth.” And you know what that means: it’s time to pore over every line of Corey Taylor’s lyrics! After all, the man is the great poet of the 21st century, and very likely the single smartest carbon-based life form in all of history.

So what’s on Corey’s mind on “Solway Firth”? The title is presumably a reference to the Solway Firth Spaceman. The infamous 1964 photograph, taken by Jim Templeton of his daughter, includes a “spaceman” in the background, who Templeton swore was not present when he took the photo (it was later determined that the “spaceman” is likely just Templeton’s wife).

Still, the song doesn’t appear to be at all about the Solway Firth Spaceman. In other words, Taylor is likely referencing the photo as a metaphor. A metaphor for what? Taylor makes reference to “living a lie,” which suggests he’s referencing the fact that the photo isn’t actually of a spaceman. But he also repeatedly uses the phrase “HERE’S AN UNEXPLAINABLE ONE,” so he could also be alluding to the photographer’s claim that the appearance of the figure in the background is inexplicable.

Check out the lyrics below, then head to the comments section to share your interpretations.

Today, up on this hill, I’m counting all the killers
They sway as they swarm, a look of gluttons in their eyes
They mutter as the body loses warmth
They pick your bones like locks inside a tomb
And take great care to not take care of YOU
HERE’S AN UNEXPLAINABLE ONE

While I was learning to live, we all were living a lie- I guess you got what you wanted
So I will settle for a slaughterhouse soaked in blood and betrayal
It’s always somebody else… somebody else was me- you want the real smile?
Or the one I used to practice, not to feel like a failure?
I don’t need you to do it for me/I don’t need you to understand
I don’t need you to hide it from me/ I just want to feel like any other man
I won’t show you the whole story/I won’t show you the aftermath
I won’t show you my allegory
Don’t look away… HERE’S AN UNEXPLAINABLE ONE

I’m not ahead of my time- I just drew the first breath- If I’m alive tomorrow
I will alleviate the pressure… by cutting you out of me
I found my bottom line- dead on the front lines- I know I’ll never go home
So set fire to your ships and past regrets and be free
I don’t need you to do it for me/I don’t need you to understand
I don’t need you to hide it from me/ I just want to feel like any other man
I won’t show you the whole story/I won’t show you the aftermath
I won’t show you my allegory
Don’t look away… HERE’S AN UNEXPLAINABLE ONE
WHAT HAVE YOU DONE?

While I was learning to live, you taught me how to die- I guess I got what I wanted
Another needle in the back through purified scarification
It wasn’t somebody else- you fucking did it to me.
You want a real smile?
I haven’t smiled in years.

[via Loudwire]

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