Dead Skin Mask

For the spirit of Halloween, Helen Espinosa encourages us to post scary songs for Song-Lyric Sunday. My pick is “Dead Skin Mask” by Slayer. This creepy song was inspired by Ed Gein, the deranged killer and grave robber from the 1950s. Gein also inspired the fictional killers Norman Bates in Psycho, Jame Gumb in The Silence of the Lambs, and Leatherface in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Since there is no official video for this song, here is a YouTube version with documentary footage from The Biography Channel.

Dead Skin Mask
Slayer
Seasons in the Abyss (1990)

[Spoken]
How I’ve waited for you to come.
I’ve been here all along.
Now that you’ve arrived.
Please stay a while.
And I promise I won’t keep you for long.
I’ll keep you forever.

Graze the skin with my finger tips
The brush of dead cold flesh pacifies the means
Provocative images delicate features so smooth
A pleasant fragrance in the light of the moon

[Chorus:]
Dance with the dead in my dreams
Listen to their hallowed screams
The dead have taken my soul
Temptation’s lost all control

Simple smiles elude psychotic eyes
Lose all mind control rationale declines
Empty eyes enslave the creations
Of placid faces and lifeless pageants

In the depths of a mind insane
Fantasy and reality are the same

Graze the skin with my finger tips
The brush of dead warm flesh pacifies the means
Incised members ornaments on my being
Adulating the skin before me

Simple smiles elude psychotic eyes
Lose all mind control rationale declines
Empty eyes enslave the creations
Of placid faces and lifeless pageants

[Chorus]

Kerry King: guitar
Jeff Hanneman: guitar
Dave Lombardo: drums
Tom Araya: vocals, bass

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3 thoughts on “Dead Skin Mask

  1. If I remember rightly, Robert Bloch, who wrote the book Hitchcock based Psycho on, was at the time of Ed Gein a reporter on the local paper and he covered the story, which he later novelized.

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