Coma White

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For the single see Coma White (single)
"Coma White"
Coma White cover
Song by Marilyn Manson
Album Mechanical Animals
Released September 14, 1998
Recorded 1997–1998 at the White Room, Westlake Recording Studios in West Hollywood, California and Conway Studios
Genre Alternative metal, alternative rock, industrial metal, industrial rock, gothic rock
Length 5:38
Label Nothing, Interscope
Writer Marilyn Manson
Composer Twiggy Ramirez, Madonna Wayne Gacy, Zim Zum
Producer Michael Beinhorn, Marilyn Manson
Media

"Coma White" is the fourteenth track of the 1998 release Mechanical Animals. It is also the fourth and final single spawned from this album. It was only released promotionally and was followed by a music video. The song was inspired by a friend of Manson's who was addicted to drugs, and eventually killed herself. It is considered a fan favorite, and one of Manson's most powerful songs vocally and emotionally. In the Triptych, "Coma White" also serves as the sequel song to Coma Black.

Also see the in-depth analysis of the Coma White theme on The Nachtkabarett.

Appearances[edit]

Albums[edit]

Singles[edit]

Versions[edit]

Music video[edit]

Manson on the wooden cross

The music video, directed by Samuel Bayer, features a twisted reenactment of the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Manson, portraying Kennedy, is seen with Coma White waving to his fans who are clearing way for the car. Halfway through the video Manson is shot, and eventually lays his head on Coma White's lap, dying. In the scenes following Manson is seen nailed to a wooden crucifix, similar to Jesus Christ, and is carried past the onlooking fans in the street.

The music video was first alluded to in a February 4, 1999 post by Manson on MarilynManson.net's message board, where Manson revealed "we are making the most beautiful and disturbing video we have ever done-- Coma White."[1] Later in an August 16 post, Manson confirmed that MTV had received the video, but was uncertain if they would air it due to its content. He went on to assure that the video would be included with the then-upcoming home video God Is in the T.V..[2]

While the story shown is unrelated to the song’s lyrics, the video's contents foreshadowed some of the themes on the band’s next album, Holy Wood (In the Shadow of the Valley of Death).

Behind the scenes[edit]

Track listing[edit]

Promotional[edit]

  1. "Coma White" (Radio Edit) – 4:19

Lyrics[edit]

    There's something cold and blank behind her smile
    She's standing on an overpass
    In her miracle mile
    (Coma):
    "You were from a perfect world
    A world that threw me away today
    Today to run away"
    
    A pill to make you numb
    A pill to make you dumb
    A pill to make you anybody else
    But all the drugs in this world
    Won't save her from herself
    
    Her mouth was an empty cut
    And she was waiting to fall
    Just bleeding like a polaroid that
    Lost all her dolls
    (Coma):
    "You were from a perfect world
    A world that threw me away today
    Today to run away"
    
    A pill to make you numb
    A pill to make you dumb
    A pill to make you anybody else
    But all the drugs in this world
    Won't save her from herself

Personnel[edit]

Trivia[edit]

  • "Coma White", along with "Get Your Gunn" and "Tourniquet", was made available to download as a playable track on Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock on February 8, 2011 as part of the February Megapack.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. TO REAL FANS OF ANY KIND. MarilynManson.net. Marilyn Manson. February 4, 1999.
  2. this is the end, my only friends. MarilynManson.net. Marilyn Manson. August 16, 1999.