Tourniquet (Marilyn Manson song)

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Single by Marilyn Manson
from the album Antichrist Superstar
Released September 8, 1997
Format 12" / CD single
Recorded New Orleans, Louisiana, 1996
Genre Industrial metal, gothic metal, doom metal
Length 4:29 (Single & album version)
4:44 (Extended fade version)
Label Nothing / Interscope
Writer(s) Marilyn Manson (lyrics)
Twiggy Ramirez, Daisy Berkowitz (music)
Producer(s) Trent Reznor
Dave Ogilvie
Marilyn Manson
Marilyn Manson singles chronology
"The Beautiful People"
"Antichrist Superstar"
Music sample

"Tourniquet" is the second major-label single by the band Marilyn Manson, from the second studio album Antichrist Superstar. The image this song conveys is that of the main character in a world of sorrow and self-pity, prior to his transformation into the Little Horn. It was written by frontman Marilyn Manson, co-founder Daisy Berkowitz and longtime bassist and guitarist Twiggy Ramirez. Like many other songs from Antichrist Superstar, the songs lyrics are based on a dream Manson had.

In the first few seconds of the song, backmasked vocals can be heard, which are: "This is my lowest point of vulnerability". Like many Marilyn Manson songs from the first three albums, some of the lyrics to this song were previously a poem Manson had written prior to the formation of the band.

The title track was covered by the cello rock band Rasputina on their EP, The Lost & Found.

The song was used as the theme music for professional wrestler Jeff Hardy during his stint with Ring Of Honor. The song is also featured as downloadable content for Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock as part of the "February Mega Pack."

Music video[edit]

The video for Tourniquet was directed by Floria Sigismondi, and focuses on an odd humanoid, suggested by the lyrics to be a creation of Manson's, set up on wheels to move. The band is seen in a large variety of ornate costumes as they perform the song.

Track listing[edit]

Australian Release

  1. "Tourniquet" - 4:29
  2. "The Tourniquet Prosthetic Dance Mix" - 7:24
  3. "The Horrible People" - 5:12

UK (CD I) / European Release

  1. "Tourniquet" - 4:29
  2. "The Tourniquet Prosthetic Dance Mix" (edit) - 4:10
  3. "The Tourniquet Prosthetic Dance Mix" - 7:24

UK (CD II) Release

  1. "Tourniquet" - 4:29
  2. "Lunchbox" - 4:34
  3. "Next Motherfucker" (Lunchbox) - 4:48


U.S. Release

  1. "Tourniquet" - 4:29

UK 7"

UK 12"

  • A & B Side
  1. "The Tourniquet Prosthetic Dance Mix" - 7:24
  2. "The Tourniquet Prosthetic Dance Mix" (Edit) - 4:10


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