Corey Taylor, lead vocals, talks about how his dad was gone most of his life which left him empty and hollow for a long period of time. Corey recently met his father for the first time somewhere between the release of Vol. 3: The subliminal verses.
"I am my fathers son because he's a phantom, a mystery, AND THAT LEAVES ME NOTHING!"
And the phrase
"You can't see california without Marlon Brando's eyes!"
Is actually taken from a fan. Yup, during a slipknot live performance a crazed fan was screaming "YOU CANT SEE CALIFORNIA WITHOUT MARLON BRANDOS EYES!!!" For a good remainder of the show. This was actually when they were doing touring with they're E.P. Mate.Feed.Kill.Repeat.