Shoots and Ladders (song)
|"Shoots and Ladders"|
|Single by Korn|
|from the album Korn|
|Released||June 30, 1995|
|Recorded||1994 at Indigo Ranch Studios, Malibu, California|
3:39 (radio edit)
|Songwriter(s)||Reginald Arvizu, Jonathan Davis, James Shaffer, David Silveria, Brian Welch|
|Korn singles chronology|
Music and structure
The title is a mockery of American children's game Chutes and Ladders (also known in the UK as Snakes and Ladders), with the song's lyrics mostly consisting of nursery rhymes. It is the first Korn song to feature bagpipes. The song uses the following nursery rhymes in its lyrics:
- "Ring a Ring o' Roses"
- "One, Two, Buckle My Shoe"
- "London Bridge Is Falling Down"
- "Baa, Baa, Black Sheep"
- "This Old Man"
- "Mary Had a Little Lamb"
"It was written because all these little kids sing these nursery rhymes and they don't know what they originally meant. Everyone is so happy when singing 'Ring Around the Rosie' but it is about the Black Plague. All of them have these evil stories behind them." – Jonathan Davis
The video for "Shoots and Ladders" was directed by McG and shows clips of Korn performing in front of an energetic crowd, similar to "Blind". Korn is also seen performing in front of a fake castle-like building. Munky can be seen with duct tape over his mouth while coming out from a field of weeds. In the beginning, Jonathan can be seen tied up and hanging upside down. Head, Fieldy, and David appear in various clips as well, but is not very specific. The video premiered in June 1995. "Shoots and Ladders" was filmed at Golf N' Stuff in Norwalk, California.
- Jonathan Davis - Vocals, Bagpipes
- Munky - Electric guitar
- Head - Electric guitar
- Fieldy - Bass
- David Silveria - Drums
- Produced by Ross Robinson
- Eddy Schreyer – Mastering
- Stephen Stickler – Photography
- Jay Papke/Dante Ariola – Art direction and design
- Chuck Johnson – Engineering and mixing
US Radio Promo
- "Shoots and Ladders" – 3:39 (radio edit)
- "Sean Olson" – 4:45 (radio edit)
UK Radio Promo
- "Shoots and Ladders" (Hip Hop Remix) – 4:07
- "Shoots and Ladders" (Hyper Remix) – 2:32
- "Shoots and Ladders" (Industrial Remix) – 3:50
- "Shoots and Ladders" (Industrial Instrumental) – 3:59
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