Man That You Fear (song)

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This disambiguation page lists articles associated with the same title. If an internal link led you here, you may wish to change the link to point directly to the intended article.This article is about the song
For the single see Man That You Fear (single)
For the live bootleg recorded on May 4, 1997 see Man That You Fear (bootleg)
"Man That You Fear"
Man That You Fear cover
Song by Marilyn Manson
Album Antichrist Superstar
Released October 8, 1996
Recorded 1996 at Nothing Studios in New Orleans, Louisiana
Genre Alternative rock, Experimental rock, Piano rock
Length 6:10
Label Nothing, Interscope
Writer Marilyn Manson
Composer Twiggy Ramirez, Marilyn Manson, Madonna Wayne Gacy, Daisy Berkowitz
Producer Trent Reznor, Dave Ogilvie, Marilyn Manson
Media

"Man That You Fear" is the third and final single and the sixteenth track of the second album Antichrist Superstar. The song is inspired by what Manson had to grow up with and how it turned him into what he is now, a man or monster that people now have grown to fear. The line, "Are all your infants in abortion cribs?" refers to a story told in The Long Hard Road Out of Hell in which Manson as a child found a coffee can with something rotting inside. His mother told him it was discarded meat, but later told him that it was actually an aborted fetus.

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Singles[edit]

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Music video[edit]

Manson as seen in the music video

In the music video, directed by Wiz, Manson portrays a man who is condemned to die. He is "chosen" by a blindfolded child who spins around pointing her finger. When she stops spinning, she removed the blindfold and sees the trailer home that she is pointing to — the condemned's home. The video features all events of his last day on earth, leading up to his death by stoning in an isolated location of the desert. It is oddly reminiscent of Shirley Jackson's short story The Lottery.

Lyrics[edit]

   the ants are in the sugar
   the muscles atrophied
   we're on the other side, the screen is us and
   we're t.v.
   spread me open, sticking to my pointy ribs are
   all your infants in abortion cribs
   I was born into this
   everything turns to shit
   the boy that you loved is the
   man that you fear
   pray until you're number, asleep from all
   your pain, your apple has been rotting
   tomorrow's turned up dead
   i have it all and i have no choice but to
   i'll make everyone pay and you will see
   you can kill yourself now
   because you're dead
   in my mind
   the boy that you loved is the
   monster you fear
   peel off all those eyes and crawl into the
   dark, you've poisoned all of your children
   to camouflage your scars
   pray unto the splinters, pray unto your fear
   pray your life was just a dream
   the cut that never heals
   pray now baby, pray your
   life was just a dream
   (I am so tangled in my sins that I cannot
   Escape)
   pinch the head off, collapse me like a weed
   someone had to go this far
   I was born into this
   everything turns to shit
   the boy that you loved is the
   man that you fear
   peel off all those eyes and crawl into the
   dark, you've poisoned all of your children
   to camouflage your scars
   pray unto the splinters, pray unto your fear
   pray your life was just a dream
   the cut that never heals
   pray now baby, pray your life was just a
   dream
   the world in my hands, there's no one left to
   hear you scream
   there's no one left for you

Demo Versions[edit]

In 2011, Scott Putesky released the first demo version of "Man That You Fear", that was published as two different demo versions with purely minor audio differences, to the public via the website SoundCloud. The first version was recorded in the fall of 1995, and the other in 1996. Both versions are considerably shorter than the final song and notably lack several verses and the bridge present in the final version.


Demo #1
Demo #2


Trivia[edit]

Marilyn Manson videography
Music videos Get Your GunnLunchboxDope HatSweet Dreams (Are Made of This)The Beautiful PeopleTourniquetMan That You FearCryptorchidLong Hard Road Out of HellApple of SodomThe Dope ShowI Don't Like the Drugs (But the Drugs Like Me)Rock Is DeadComa WhiteAstonishing Panorama of the EndtimesDisposable TeensThe Fight SongThe NobodiesTainted LovemOBSCENEThis Is the New ShitThrift(s)AINTPersonal JesusHeart-Shaped Glasses (When the Heart Guides the Hand)Putting Holes in HappinessArma-goddamn-motherfuckin-geddonRunning to the Edge of the WorldNo ReflectionSlo-Mo-TionHey, Cruel World...Deep SixThe Mephistopheles of Los AngelesThird Day of a Seven Day BingeWE KNOW WHERE YOU FUCKING LIVESAY10
Home videos Dead to the WorldGod Is in the T.V. • "Autopsy" • Guns, God and Government World Tour (The Death Parade)The Mechanism of DesireDoppelherzLunch Boxes & Choklit Cows (Bonus DVD) • Lest We Forget – The Best Of (Bonus DVD) • (s)AINT Video (Uncut, Unrated, Banned by Label)Eat Me, Drink Me (Bonus DVD) • Guns, God, and Government – Live in L.A.Fifth video album