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Duality
Duality
Info
Released May 4th, 2004
Album Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses)
Length 4:13
Writers Corey Taylor, Paul Gray, Joey Jordison, Jim Root
Producers Rick Rubin
Single Chronology
My Plague Duality Vermilion (song)
"Duality" is a song and the sixth single by Slipknot, the song was released as the first single from their third album Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses), released on June 15, 2004. The song is featured in ATV Offroad Fury 3 and Madden NFL 10.



Music Video

The music video, directed by Tony Petrossian, was produced at a cost between $300,000 and $500,000 and was recorded on March 27, 2004. It was shot on location atthumb|300px|right a fan's house in West Des Moines, Iowa, the aftermath of which resulted in the family asking the band to replace an extensive list of objects and fittings which were damaged or destroyed during the video shoot. Roadrunner Records provided the family with roughly $50,000 as compensation. The video is available on the CD single and the DVD; Voliminal: Inside The Nine, which was released in 2006. Mid-way through shooting the video, the band and fans were asked to avoid jumping around too much, as it would have resulted in either the floor caving in or the entire house collapsing.

The video starts with a large crowd of fans running towards the camera which is clearly behind a window. As the song switches in intensity the video cuts to shots inside the house of the band performing in very close quarters with the fans. The video constantly switches between clips of the band performing and fans destroying the house and the surrounding environment. At one point in the video, when lead singer Corey Taylor sings the lyrics, "You cannot kill what you did not create", the words are seen painted on the garage door behind the crowd of fans. Near the end of the song there is a coda section where the music and singing builds up to a highly energetic section. Prior to this Corey seemingly calms the crowd with an outstretched arm, which is followed with Corey pacing through the crowd repeating the lyrics "All I've got, all I've got is insane". Then the scene cuts and an even larger crowd is situated outside watching the performance. Once the chorus begins again the crowd immediately continues to destroy their surroundings and the song suddenly ends.

Song Meaning

Taylor explained the story behind the album's first single, "Duality," which features the repeated line "I push my fingers into my eyes." "Did you ever get that headache that is just not going to go away, and you end up sticking your thumb and middle finger so far into your eyes, just to stop the pain?" he explained. "It usually has to do with making a choice. You get to that point in everyday life when you have to make a decision that you may not want to, but you're kind of pushed into that position.

" 'Duality' is about standing at the crossroads of your life, looking down both paths, and going, 'Now what am I going to do?' "


Track Listing

Net Nanny Enhanced CD Single

  1. "Duality (Single version)" – 3:33
  2. "Don't Get Close" – 3:45
  3. "Disasterpiece" (live) – 5:25
  4. "Duality" (Video)


Net Nanny Single

  1. "Duality (Single version)" – 3:34
  2. "Don't Get Close" (Previously Unreleased Demo Remix) – 3:46


DVD

  1. "Duality" (Video)
  2. "Before I Forget" (Bonus Video #1)
  3. "The Blister Exists" (Bonus Video #2)
  4. Photo Gallery


Enhanced DualDisc Single

CD Side

  1. "Duality" - 3:34

DVD Side

  1. "Duality" (Video)
  2. Photo Gallery

Release and Reception

"Duality" was originally released as a CD single on May 4, 2004. On May 25 the single was released on 7-inch red vinyl to coincide with the release of the album. There is also a 7-inch picture disc release which includes the same track listing.

"Duality" was the band's first ever single to chart in the Billboard Hot 100, at number 106, and it also reached band records of number five and six in the Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks and Hot Modern Rock Tracks charts. In the UK Single Chart, the song reached number 15. To promote the single, the band also made an appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno; which was met with an uncomfortable audience response.

The song is included in the football video game Madden 10.

Lyrics

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 it's way inside
If the pain goes on

I have screamed until my veins collapsed
I've waited as my times 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 it's 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 it's 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 insaneAll I've got, all I've got is insane

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