V is for Vermilion Pt.1 & 2 by Slipknot


My first “real” concert that I attended was Slipknot. This song (I’ll count them as one) has always hit me in the chest. It’s one of those songs that makes you feel…things. Pretty vague huh? Overwhelming emotion of some sort. The deep baritone of Corey Taylor’s voice is amazing, and the acoustic ballad sound of Part Two….ugh. The lyrics speak to the dark times I’ve fumbled through in my life, and I’m guilty of having listened to this song on repeat more than once.

Enough about my personal attachment to the song.

Corey Taylor says of the songs, “The differences (between the two tracks) are subtle — ‘Vermilion Pt. 1’ is about the enrapturing, the buildup, the anticipation and the neurosis. ‘Part 2’ is the aftermath, the pieces that have to be picked up later, and maybe the guilt of having lived through it” There are two music videos, one for each part of the song, and they are integral to the story of the song. Pt. 1, directed by Tony Petrossian and percussionist Shawn Crahan, shows a girl living a tortured life in the city. She moves slowly around the streets in contortions and twists as people move by in a blur, ignoring her pain. She finally gets noticed when she puts on a Maggot Mask (a specially designed mask for fans of the band) which makes the members of the band appear and dance with her. Upon appearing to the girl, the band members put on white masks which enable their true faces to be seen for a moment. A portion of the video is spent with the girl watching a caterpillar turn into a butterfly then escape her. She chases after it and it seems that her inability to catch it triggers a bit of a meltdown. She tries to connect with people who are all moving faster that she is and towards the end of the video you see her in clear anguish pulling chunks of her hair out in different locations of the city before the butterfly comes back to her and the sun comes up.

Pt. 2 was directed by Marc Klasfeld and shows the same girl, but this time she is sleeping peacefully in a field. The wind begins to pick up and lifts her up, tossing her around and swaying her back and forth. Eventually, you realize that the girl is dead and not actually sleeping at all, but overall the video is much more peaceful than the first. Maybe that’s a nod to finding peace after life?

Here’s where you can find lyrics for Part 1 and Part 2, and more information about the Blogging from A to Z Challenge.

What did you guys think of the songs and the music videos? Were you moved or disturbed?