Into the Fire
|"Into the Fire"
|Song by Marilyn Manson
|The High End of Low
|May 20, 2009
|March 2008–January 2009 in Los Angeles and Hollywood, California
|Piano rock, power ballad, alternative rock
|Twiggy, Chris Vrenna
|Marilyn Manson, Chris Vrenna, Twiggy, Sean Beavan
"Into the Fire" is the fourteenth track from Marilyn Manson's 2009 release The High End of Low. Its title was revealed on April 16, 2009, in an update on the band's official website. Initially thought to be an optimistic track, it is actually one of Manson's most desperate, consisting of lyrics he wrote on the night of December 25, 2008 having cut himself 158 times with a razor blade for every unanswered call he placed to estranged girlfriend Evan Rachel Wood. After listening to the track throughout January 4, 2009, Manson decided it could not finish the album as originally intended and, according to his own account, left to record 15.
|"The record is really about the metaphor that exists in all great and historic literature: Lucifer falling from heaven, losing his wings, and wanting to fall in love with someone who is mortal. [It's about] the inability to find love, so you want to destroy everyone else's love. that's the story of my life. By the time I got to Into the Fire, I thought that was the last song on the record. It has a very epic musical ending with one of the greatest guitar solos in music. Twiggy blew me away; it made me cry. I thought this was the way the record has to end, this is the way my life is, at the edge of no real hope. I've become a total cold-hearted monster..."
|—Marilyn Manson Interview with Revolver Magazine
Into The Fire's tone with heavy use of piano and strings finds many to believe this to have more than a slight resemblance to brit band Oasis. Reviewing for The Quietus, John Robb described the song as "Another dramatic neo-ballad" which "rolls in with piano and, gasp! an orchestra." He also cited it as "like Manson's 'Imagine' but it doesn't lull you into a false sense of security- there are still billowing clouds of gloom, and it all sounds as if it should be shoehorned into the next Tim Burton gothic horror masterpiece. There is something quite 70s about the song - possibly a hint of the great Mott the Hoople when Ian Hunter sung his ace weary ballads." The song features a lengthy guitar solo at the end, quite unusual for a Marilyn Manson track. Manson noted that on track 14, this track, "Twiggy really shines as a guitarist."
- "Into the Fire" — Appears on The High End of Low
- "Into the Fire (Alternate Version)" — Appears on the Japanese deluxe edition of The High End of Low and as a bonus track received with pre-orders of both the standard and deluxe digital albums
This is the film close to the third act and the misery this isn't rain you rapist werewolves this is god pissing down on you Don't worry, you won't die alone I'll break off my own arms and sharpen my bones and stab you once for each time I thought of you, trying to take something you'll never be good enough to even look upon it's better to push something when it's slipping than to risk being dragged down If you want to hit bottom don't bother taking me with you and I won't answer if you call I'm two heartbeats ahead in hell trying to break your fall this isn't a mob, i won't need to change to change the names everyone around you has murdered someone's something sacred there isn't one nail without dirt under it there isn't any "white cotton panties" that aren't soaked and stained red it's better to push something when it's slipping than to risk being dragged down If you want to hit bottom don't bother taking me with you and I won't answer if you call I'm two heartbeats ahead in hell trying to break your fall into the fire into the fire into the fire into the fire into the fire into the fire into the fire into the fire
- An excerpt from the lyrics of "Into the Fire" appears on the current homepage of MarilynManson.com ("that aren't soaked and stained red").
- This is the second song Manson wrote on Christmas day, the other being "If I Was Your Vampire" two years prior.
- Consistent with a biblically apocalyptic theme, similarly demonstrated in "Four Rusted Horses" and "Arma-goddamn-motherfuckin-geddon", the phrase "into the fire" is likely an allusion to the Great White Throne Judgment, found in Revelation 20:11-15 (particularly the last two verses).
- Marilyn Manson's High End Of Low Reviewed Track-By-Track. John Robb. The Quietus. May 12, 2009