Tourniquet (song)

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Tourniquet cover
Song by Marilyn Manson
Album Antichrist Superstar
Released October 8, 1996
Recorded 1996 at Nothing Studios in New Orleans, Louisiana
Genre Alternative metal, gothic rock
Length 4:29
Label Nothing, Interscope
Writer Marilyn Manson
Composer Twiggy Ramirez, Daisy Berkowitz
Producer Trent Reznor, Dave Ogilvie, Marilyn Manson

"Tourniquet" is the second single and fourth track of the second album Antichrist Superstar. In the first few seconds of the song, backmasked vocals can be heard, which are: "This is my lowest point of vulnerability".





Demo Version[edit]


Music video[edit]

Manson observing his creation.

The video for "Tourniquet" features an array of grotesque imagery within a dark and surreal environment. It is mostly concentrated around an odd humanoid, suggested by the lyrics to be a creation of Manson's, propped up on wheels to move. He tends to his creation with the assistance of another child-like creature throughout the video.

Behind the scenes[edit]


  she's made of hair and bone and little teeth
  and things I cannot speak
  she comes on like a crippled plaything
  spine is just a string
  I wrapped our love in all this foil
  silver-tight like spider legs
  I never wanted it to ever spoil
  but flies will always lay their eggs
  Take your hatred out on me
  make your victim my head
  you never ever believed in me
  I am your tourniquet
  prosthetic synthesis with butterfly
  sealed up with virgin stitch
  if it hurts just tell me
  preserve the innocence
  I never wanted it to end like this,
  but flies will lay their eggs


  • Like many Marilyn Manson songs from the first three albums, the lyrics to this song were previously a poem Manson had written prior to the formation of the band.
  • "Tourniquet", along with "Coma White" and "Get Your Gunn", 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.


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