Artist: Machine Head
Album: The Burning Red
Release date: August 10, 1999
Why this song was chosen: Fans of Machine Head have seen singer and guitarist deal with drugs, alcohol, bulimia, and loads of drama and controversy. If they listen to the lyrics of several of his songs, you will hear about a cruel history of sexual abuse as a child. Five is one of those songs. This is a song that is directed toward his perpetrator, and replays some of the events that took place, as well as some of the things he was told. This song is not for the faint of heart. But much like the song Daddy by Korn, which we wrote about a few weeks back, you can hear the emotion in his voice. The name of the song, Five, is the age he was when the abuse occurred.
What the artist has to say about the song: In 2007, guitarist and vocalist Rob Flynn told Tom Bryant of Kerrang! magazine “I will never play that song onstage. Ever. That was a song ripped straight from the heart. I try to never think about what happened but it creeps in though, it creeps in. When I’m alone in my bunk, lots of things I don’t want to think about come into my head. I try to block them out but they keep on coming…”. And then, with tears welling in his eyes, he said “…I don’t want to talk about it. I’m done.” (Source: Tom-Bryant.com)
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