When Marilyn Manson released his second album, Antichrist Superstar in 1996, he sparked a great deal of controversy with religious fundamentalists. He wanted to prove that he was more than just a one-note bogeyman, and that he could take inspiration from 1970s glam rock icons like David Bowie to evolve his image.
As a result, the record was regarded as a bleak and dark album that focused on depravity. This was a shift in direction from his first record, which focused on shock tactics and theatricality.
Initially, the song's lyrics were written about a drug-addicted woman, and they focused on the numbness that drugs can cause. However, as the song progressed, it became more about the singer's own personal experiences with drugs and how they can affect the mind and body.
The lyrics are also influenced by Alejandro Jodorowsky's controversial art film The Holy Mountain and the David Bowie movie The Man Who Fell to Earth. It was later discovered that the album also featured a hidden, fifteenth track, which is playable only in a computer; it is untitled and experimental.
This song was a major turning point in Manson's career, and it still stands out as one of his best songs. It was the song that he performed at the Columbine tragedy controversy, which helped generate a lot of media attention for the band. It is also a song that has remained highly popular with the fans, as it is considered to be an excellent hard rock ballad.