Release date: October 11, 1994
Why this song was chosen: Believe it or not, we have come a long way in the past 2 decades as far as people telling their stories of sexual assault. We may not be where we want to be yet…many people are still nervous or scared to tell their story. When this song was released, not nearly as many people were discussing sex crimes, and especially not men. So consider how amazing it is that 20 years ago, Jonathan Davis of Korn wrote a song that bared his soul as openly as he did. This wasn’t a metaphor. He wasn’t singing in coded lyrics that could or could not have meant sexual assault. He sang very blatantly and very emotionally. It’s been said that he didn’t tell his band what the song was about when he went into the studio to record, and it’s also be rumored that the breakdown he had at the end was very real and very intense.
What the artist has to say about the song: In an early Kerrang! magazine interview, Jonathan was asked about the song, responding: “When I was a kid, I was being abused by somebody else and I went to my parents and told them about it, and they thought I was lying and joking around. They never did shit about it. They didn’t believe it was happening to their son…. I don’t really like to talk about that song. This is as much as I’ve ever talked about it….” (Source: Wikipedia)
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