Fiend
Coal Chamber Lyrics


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It's the darkest place
Like beneath the stairs
The "IT" it comes
And it takes me there

We take everything in sight
All through the night
Leaving scars
And crashing cars

Fiend for the fans and
Fodder for the press
Fiend for the fans and
Fodder for the press

It's my life
For everyone to see
For you a charade
For me a disease

Everything in sight
All through the night
Leaving scars
And fucking stars

Still reasoning my life

Fiend for the fans and
Fodder for the press
Fiend for the fans and
Fodder for the press

Still reasoning my life

It's do or die
It's do or die
It's do or die
Not for me!

Still reasoning my life

Fiend for the fans and
Fodder for the press
Fiend for the fans and
Fodder for the press





Still reasoning my life, fucker!!

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of Coal Chamber's song "Fiend" depict the darkest and most hidden parts of the singer's psyche. He describes it as a place beneath the stairs, a deep and ominous location where the "IT" takes him. The song describes the singer's thirst for destruction, his desire to take everything in sight and leave scars and wreckage in his wake.


The singer is fully aware of how others perceive him, and he sees himself as a fiend for the fans and fodder for the press. He recognizes that his life is on display for everyone to see, but for him, it's a disease. He seems conflicted about his actions, still trying to reason with himself and his life, but ultimately, he recognizes that for him, it's a do-or-die situation.


The song's lyrics are open to interpretation, but in essence, it seems to be about the darker side of fame, where the singer is a product for the masses to consume. The desperation and anger in the lyrics reflect the struggles for identity a person may face when their fame overshadows their individuality.


Line by Line Meaning

It's the darkest place
A place of absolute darkness and despair


Like beneath the stairs
A metaphor for the hidden, scary place where the 'IT' resides


The 'IT' it comes
The embodiment of the darkness that is coming


And it takes me there
The darkness takes over and transports the artist to the scary place


We take everything in sight
The artist and others around them indulge and take all they can see


All through the night
The activity of taking everything goes on through the night


Leaving scars
The aftermath of indulgence has left a trail of damage and hurt


And crashing cars
The indulgence has led to a chaos of accidents and destruction


Fiend for the fans and
The artist is a source of attraction and entertainment for fans


Fodder for the press
The artist is a field of content for the media to exploit and sensationalize


It's my life
The singer asserts ownership of their life


For everyone to see
Their life is public and exposed to everyone's view


For you a charade
The singer implies that their public exhibition is a form of deceit to impress others


For me a disease
The public exposure and indulgence has become an addiction and sickness for the singer


Leaving scars
The behavior has led to a trail of damage and hurt in others as well as the singer


And fucking stars
The indulgence and damage have created a spectacle and chaos that attracts attention


Still reasoning my life
The artist is still trying to make sense of the chaos and addiction in their life


It's do or die
It's a make-or-break moment for the singer


Not for me!
The singer asserts that they won't succumb to the pressure and addiction anymore


Still reasoning my life, fucker!!
The artist is still trying to come to terms with their addiction and the chaos it has created, while cursing at an unknown listener




Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group
Written by: BRADLEY JAMES FAFARA, MIGUEL RASCON, MIKE COX, RAYNA FOSS

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@TrevorLentz

I still don't understand why there was so much hate for "nu metal" it was an interesting stepping stone from classic to modern metal and should be appreciated as such. Call it "simple", call it "dumbed down", but at its core it was still heavy rocking fun. ♪♫♪♪♫

@Pauldjreadman

+Trevor Lentz At the end of the day, who cares. If you can remember, Coal Chamber after a few years after they released material, they are doing something right

@savajevtic8040

+Trevor Lentz I don't get it why people think that if something is new, it has to be bad.

@revivedfears

+jingwumaster Nu Metal is a really diverse genre when Coal Chamber can be lumped together with bands like Deftones, korn and limp bizkit. I think the only thing that ties these bands together is that they use drop tuning. It's all subjective at the end of the day. I probably give Coal Chamber more credit than they deserve because they are nostalgic to me but I always thought they were really cool, nice and heavy, big grooves and catchy songs. Static X are musically similar i'd say.

@TrevorLentz

I've always defined nu-metal as bands that focus way more on rhythm guitar and bass than modern metal. Coal Chamber and Korn are no exception. Usually nu-metal bands keep their "lead guitar" work to a minimum or at least very simple. Drums, bass, and guitar are usually glued together rhythmically in this case. By contrast, more modern metal bands like, Chimaira, Slipknot, or Devil Driver (same singer as cole chamber) focus more on vocal or lead guitar independence, melody, and progression. 

@savajevtic8040

revivedfears Nu metal is a diverse term but the bands still have a lot in common. As Trevor said, they focus more on rhythm than melody. Most nu metal bands incorporate other genres such as rap, hard rock and electronic music, and usually nu metal sounds angsty and pissed off. That's my interpretation of nu metal.

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@merrymay3758

Coal Chamber will always be in my playlist. Born in 85 and still listening in 2020!

@saracollin7607

1984 for me

@joepalladino9257

1982 for me

@kev-bhoy-6748

1976 for me 🤘 seen them support machine head at Glasgow barrowlands around mid 90s and liked them from then

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