15

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This article is not to be confused with "Fifteen". For the number's significance to Marilyn Manson, see Recurrences of the number 15 in Marilyn Manson's music.
"15"
15 cover
Song by Marilyn Manson
Album The High End of Low
Released May 20, 2009
Recorded January 2009 in Los Angeles and Hollywood, California
Genre Industrial rock, gothic rock
Length 4:20
Label Interscope
Writer Marilyn Manson
Composer Twiggy, Chris Vrenna
Producer Marilyn Manson, Chris Vrenna, Twiggy, Sean Beavan
Media
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"15" is the fifteenth and final track on Marilyn Manson's seventh studio album, The High End of Low. It was recorded on January 5, 2009 in Los Angeles and Hollywood, California, and was released on May 20, 2009. Marilyn Manson described "15" to Kerrang! as "very unusual," citing it as the most important song written by the band at the time.

Music details[edit]

Reviewing for Thrash Hits, Hugh Platt was displeased that "after an [sic] record featuring some of his best material for nearly a decade, closing the album with the hands-off minimalism of album '15' is akin to ending on a petulant sigh, rather than the defiant final middle-finger salute The High End of Low surely deserves."[1]

"...and then, January 4, at midnight, when it was becoming my birthday, I sang 15. There were no lyrics written down. I sang and said exactly what I felt that day. It was almost like an end-title credit for me, what you hear while you're walking out of the movie theatre"
Marilyn Manson Interview with Revolver Magazine

In his review for The Quietus, John Robb gave a surprisingly sparse analysis of "15", although he did highlight that with its "descending riff" and its "lying-in-bed, fuck-everything sulkiness, [...] '15' drools with its own lethargic hatred."[2]

Appearances[edit]

  • The High End of Low – This 2009 album is the only Marilyn Manson release on which "15" appears.

Versions[edit]

  • "15" – The album version of this song features on all versions of The High End of Low.
  • "Fifteen" – This remix of the song appears on the digital standard and deluxe editions of The High End of Low.

Lyrics[edit]

    If you can hear this
    don't assume that I'm talking to you
    Yesterday everything, I thought I believed in died
    but today is my birthday
    today is my birthday
    I don't need you,
    I'll say it to myself
    It doesn't mean I won't need somebody
    anyone with half a soul
    will hear this and they'll never leave me
    
    if you don't know what forever feels like
    i'll show you what it feels like without it
    if you don't know what forever feels like
    i'll show you what it feels like without it
    
    this time I won't hesitate
    to kill to protect what I believe in
    this time I won't hesitate
    to kill to protect what I believe in
    
    i can get by now
    I'm not really dead
    but I really needed someone to save me
    leaving me alone to die
    is worse than having the guts to kill me
    
    if you don't know what forever feels like
    i'll show you what it feels like without it
    if you don't know what forever feels like
    i'll show you what it feels like without it
    
    this time I won't hesitate
    to kill to protect what I believe in
    this time I won't hesitate
    to kill to protect what I believe in
    
    not letting you win
    won't satisfy me
    I'll teach you about loss

Trivia[edit]

  • The day "15" was written and recorded, Manson celebrated his fortieth birthday.

Marilyn Manson on 15[edit]

The 15 that I also refer to has several different importances. I've noticed that a lot of you have been coming up with your theories, and most of them are correct. And I think the more that you look, the more you'll discover. Fifteen is Biblical. Fifteen is numerological. Fifteen does correspond to the album's release date. Fifteen does correspond to the number six. Fifteen does correspond to my birthdate. Fifteen does correspond to half of my age this January fifth, which is also one-five. There are a lot of very important numbers that help fulfill the prophesy that I kind of created for myself on Antichrist Superstar. Hopefully, that answers that question for you. (Unconfirmed)

References[edit]

  1. Album: Marilyn Manson - The High End Of Low. Hugh Platt. Thrash Hits. May 25, 2009
  2. Marilyn Manson's High End Of Low Reviewed Track-By-Track. John Robb. The Quietus. May 12, 2009