this is about a guy that they worked with for a t-shirt. he had something like a pierced tongue or a wart on his tongue and he was a dick to them.
"we were playing a show in san diego and this skinhead guy came up and said, 'fuck you! go back to bakersfield!' i didn't understand that and i bent down and he tried to swing at me. our road manager jeff knocked his ass out. so that song is 'clown'..."
also...the guy that swung at him had a knife so jon got scars on his back.
some guy trying to take a girl away from jon and he was pissed off so he wrote this song.
"'faget's about when i was in high school. i was a dirty looking kid, i wasn't in the in crowd, and all the jocks picked on me and called me a faggot. now all these jocks are coming to our shows and i get to call them faggots. i get a kick out of it..."
"everyone thinks i'm bashing gay people in this song, and i'm not. it's really about me going through high school being called 'pussy', 'queer', and all that stuff, about getting picked on by all these jocks."
"when i was at high school i was kind of a nerdy looking kid, cuz i wasn't in the cool crowd with all the jocks i got called a faggot a lot. if you're not in the cool crowd you get picked on, so that song is my revenge song - cos now all those jocks who used to call me faggot come to our shows and jump up and down to 'faget' and i just laugh at them."
"that was me being picked on at school. yes, being called a queer and a faggot. 'coz i was the new wave kid who would go around wearing make-up and ruffled shirts and shit, and the kids didn't like that too much. they used to beat my ass and call me a faggot. now all of those kids come to my shows, and i got the sickest revenge, 'cuz i wrote 'faget' and they wanna be my friends now." the hiv tattoo is really a "fuck you" to all the people who made fun of him.
shoots and ladders
"it was written because all these little kids sing these nursery rhymes and they don't know what they originally meant. everyone is so happy when singing but 'london bridge' is about the black plague. all of them have these evil stories behind them."
"the lyrics are all from nursery rhymes, and a lot of nursery rhymes go back to the middle ages. they're actually pretty twisted if you know the stories behind them, like about black death and stuff."
helmet in the bush
"bakersfield is one of the meth capitals of the world. speed takes your soul away - i'm trying to tell people that in the song."
"i was hanging around a speed dealer, and one thing led to another...i wrote 'helmet in the bush' about it. i was staying up. i had to. two years later, i quit. i was going on tour, and you can't do that on tour."
when jon says: "please god let me sleep tonight." it's because he had trouble sleeping since that's what it does to you.
the guy in the beginning of the song is a friend of korn's, caco. his real name is michael and likes taco bell.
"people think daddy was written because my dad fucked me up the ass, but that's not what the song's about. it wasn't about my dad or my mom. when i was a kid i was being abused by someone else and i went to my parents and told them about it. they thought i was lying and joking around, so they never did shit about it. they didn't believe it was happening to their son. i don't like to talk about that song, this is the most i've ever talked about it."
jon's neighbor was the one who abused him.