|Released October 31, 1995|
Genre Nu metal
|Format 10", CD5"|
|Recorded 1994 at Indigo Ranch Studios, Malibu, California|
Length 5:22 (3:39; radio edit)
"Shoots and Ladders" is a song written and recorded by the American nu metal band Korn for their self-titled debut album. It was released as the album's third single in 1995.
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:
"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 fake castle-like buildings. Munky can be seen with duct tape over his mouth coming out of a field of weeds and in the beginning, Jonathan can be seen tied up, hanging upside down. Head, Fieldy, and David appear in various clips as well, but is not very specific. The video premiered in October 1995. "Shoots and Ladders" was filmed at Camelot Park in Bakersfield, California.
The song was nominated for a Grammy Award in 1997 for Best Metal Performance. This would be Korn's first nomination in any Grammy category.
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