“Duality”

“Duality”

From Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Story Behind the Song

Corey Taylor
“Duality”

Written by Corey Taylor and Slipknot
Recorded by Slipknot

The song itself is basically inspired by my life at the time. I was trying to figure out the struggle within myself, the duality of the soul. This was my way of figuring out how one’s good half lives with the bad half. I’ve struggled my whole life to be a good person and to make the right decisions yet there’s something inside of me that’s okay with making bad decisions. I realized it was me learning about the different territories in myself and that I would rather be a good person who’s done some bad things than a bad person who’s prone to doing good things at times.

I’m hoping I can look back and realize that I’ve made mistakes but I was a good person. The point of the song is to figure out how the two halves within me can co-exist to give power to the half I feel the most comfortable with yet let the other half have its way.

The song has a coming of age feel. You have to attach yourself to the qualities you want to have in order to inspire others and to pass on to your children.

The lyrics came quite easily after the first line of the chorus:

I push my fingers into my eyes

It’s the only thing that slowly stops the ache

The headaches wouldn’t go away. They weren’t stress headaches, they were life headaches. You have to live with yourself and make the right decisions or nothing will change. You take the first step and hope that the other foot will follow.

“Duality”

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 its way inside

If the pain goes on.

I have screamed until my veins collapsed,

I’ve waited as my time’s elapsed.

Now all I do is live with so much fate.

I wished for this, I 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.

Put me back together or separate the skin from bone

Leave me all the pieces

Then you can leave me alone.

Tell me the reality is better than the dream

But I’ve 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 its 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 its 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

Words and Music by M. Shawn Crahan, Paul Gray, Nathan Jordison, Corey Taylor, James Root and Sid Wilson. © 2004 EMI APRIL MUSIC INC. and MUSIC THAT MUSIC. All Rights Controlled and Administered by EMI APRIL MUSIC INC. All Rights Reserved. International Copyright Secured. Used by Permission.

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