Execute - Slipknot
It appears that we have reached the Edge, that zenith where stimuli and comatose collide.
Forty years ago, THE MAN proclaimed the Age of the Gross to be upon us, and even though THE
MAN was destroying our heritage and insulting our intelligence,
that era has become very real.
We labor for pleasure and abhor the guilt of pressure.
My generation will go down as the architects of contemporary disgust.
Some have fought and died.
Others have allowed the strong to be butchered for a price they themselves don't care about
and will never understand.
I myself am beleaguered by the selfish face of a kind of man that is NOT MANKIND.
Distrust in information.
Fundamentalism of opinion.
Catastrophic boredom, and a fanatical devotion to that which DOES NOT MATTER.
Where is your glory now, people?
Where are your gods and politicians?
Where is your shame and salvation?
You Rage For No Reason Because You Have No Reason.
WHAT HAVE YOU EVER FOUGHT FOR?
WHAT HAVE YOU EVER BLED FOR?
THE FACE OF THE EARTH IS SCARRED WITH THE WALKING DEAD.
THE AGE OF THE GROSS IS A LIVING VIRUS.
THIS IS THE FUTURE YOU HAVE CREATED.
THIS IS THE WORLD YOU HAVE SET ABLAZE.
ALL YOUR LIES ARE COMING TRUE.
ALL FREEDOM IS LOST.
ALL HOPE IS GONE.
Basically, I can't comment on the words used because that's Corey's thing. That's just the way it goes, and I've always said that. I can tell you a little bit about the philosophy behind the song though. Back in the day, there was a famous speech by Spiro Agnew. Ten years ago, I turned Corey onto this speech. It's in monotone, and it's just very disturbing. It was relevant for what we were doing back then. I thought it was so powerful. While we were making the first album, I made Corey listen to it. It really affected him. He recently found the speech again. He brought it back and said, "Hey man, you remember this?" I was like, "Wow, what a blast from the past!" Because Corey's such a great writer, I said, "Why don't you take what that speech did to you and use it, but let's use it in your words. Let's use you, and let's use what it means." So he did this thing, and it's called "Execute." It's very cryptic in terms of what we are. I based the new album's artistic direction on this idea of the past ten years. When Corey dug the speech up again, he didn't know my artistic plan. So it's quite a coincidence. I think it's fascinating to look at how my friends have grown. Take Sid. He was so young when we started. I'm 39 now. I started the band when I was 26, and we got signed when I was 29. Sid was just a pup when we began. He's 33 now. There's been an era of growth over ten years. We hadn't written anything for an intro. It just seemed Slipknot's style to have this little prelude to what's going on. I don't think anything could've been more relevant than something that inspired us ten years ago. Basically, ten years went into making "Execute" to start record number four.