In a recent interview with Revolver, Disturbed frontman David Draiman revealed that he has been high during almost every song he has ever written. “You know what? Ninety-five percent of the songs I’ve written in my life, I’ve written them while high. That’s the god’s honest truth.”
Well, there you have it. There’s a good chance “Down With The Sickness” was written while Draiman was high. That would explain the interesting lyrical choice for the track’s intro.
When I need to spark a bit of inspiration and the melody feels like it’s trapped inside. You know what? Ninety-five percent of the songs I’ve written in my life, I’ve written them while high. That’s the god’s honest truth,” he says. “I’ll have a very skeletal musical idea in my head, and then I’ll light one up, go in the shower and let the steam kind of build up…it helps me relax, and I can see the gaps. I can see the holes in the rhythm and the melody and I’ll know where I can go, and what the possibilities are. It helps me be able to perceive every- thing a little bit more clearly. So I figured, ‘What the hell, let’s write a song about it!’ And Danny had this riff that had a real funky bounce to it and that was so different. So it was, ‘Okay, let’s try this…’