"XIX" is first track on .5: The Gray Chapter and serves as the album's intro.
Notable features include a bagpipe-like instrument, an entirely different sound from the band, as well as faint acoustic guitars and a bass guitar feedback.
Song Meaning Edit
"XIX" is the Roman numeral for 19. This probably refers the 19 years Slipknot had been together during the making of the album.
In the beginning, Shawn Crahan can be heard muttering, "This song is not for the living. This song is for the dead". This probably means that the song is a tribute to their former bassist Paul Gray, who died of a drug overdose on May 24, 2010.
This song is not for the living