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... | Reviewer: ToolAPC | 2/21/13
To the idiots who think its about Bill Hicks.. have you payed attention the the whole E-/nima album? Third eye has a Bill Hicks quote at the beginning about the relation of drugs to music quality. They were fans of Bill Hicks, and became friends with him, in Hick's later years.. Its about L. Ron Hubberd.. As stated by them before.
Hubbard | Reviewer: Phantom | 12/9/12
I used to think this song was about Bill Hicks too. But its not, its about L. Ron Hubbard. Maynard hates Scientology and he's sending a good riddance to Hubbard. Hence the last 8 or so lines... The band has explained it has to do with Hubbard.
Transferred Epithet | Reviewer: Justin | 3/19/12
No matter how you listen to the song you get that overwhelming feeling that he's speaking, well, yelling at/about Jesus. But a eulogy is given out of respect. In this case, to bill hicks that's correct. The Jesus affects Hicks. Transferred epithet of sorts. Places Hicks on a martyr podium, comparing him to some sort of prophet.
open your mind | Reviewer: tool chester | 12/17/11
To each their own, if you want to analyze it then feel free.
It shouldn't make a difference, I'm usually digging deeper
into the heart of the song and trying to make sense of a
song. I actually get mixed signals from this one and other
material from the all- mighty TOOL. From what I know about Maynard I think he would be pleased that we don't
just listen to the music, we absorb the knowledge and feel the energy. Eye of the beholder.Blue Oyster Cult is another
good example of how their music can have many meanings
and vary from writer to listener. That's why we live in the USA, because we have a choice.
Choices,choices... | Reviewer: Gibbons | 11/12/11
Bill Hicks, L.Ron Hubbard,Jesus, Kurt Cobain...hmmm.
Funny thing is , out of all of them the lyrics fit Kurt Cobain the most "....and you sure could yell." Bill Hicks? He admired Bill Hicks and nothing about this song is singing praise so...Lron Hubbard?Could be.. Unless, the song is about Jesus and he wrote it for Bill Hicks who was an outspoken atheist. Thats a real possibilty! He wote a sarcastic Eulogy fo Jesus to pay tribute to Bill Hicks. Kinda makes my skin crawl. I am not atheist. To each his own... The song sounds incredible! I love it.,I will just pretend its about Lron Hubbard because he is an ass.. sorry, WAS an ass!
Cobain | Reviewer: Mark A. Bowman | 11/1/11
It’s a knock at Cobain who in a 1993 interview on Mtv said he hoped Tool got sued. Cobain saw the video Sober as a Brothers Quay rip off. With this and the things Cobain said in his suicide note and the time period when all of these occurrences happened I think it paints a pretty good picture…
Eulogy | Reviewer: Anonymous | 10/17/11
This song, as TRVR has said, is about Bill Hicks. Just backing him/her up for clarification. My fav line from this song is "Not all martyrs see divinity, but at least you tried." Awesome song about an amazing person.
No, no, no.... | Reviewer: TRVR | 9/27/11
I encourage the interpretation of lyrical content. If it somehow brings the fan closer to the music, that's great, but I also think the fan has an obligation to learn about the band before they pretend like they're poet whisperer's. Do your homework (like I did) and you'll very quickly learn that this song is about something (or someone) very specific, not a ambiguous conceptual motif. As I recall when this record originally came out, the band had said that the song was about Bill Hicks, a comedian they admired, who died a premature death. Their appreciation for him is pretty well documented, so next time, read about the band before diving into pretentious musings about what you "think" the song is about. For reference - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_Hicks
facade | Reviewer: O>O | 9/16/11
the masses want our politicians to be godlike- living reflections of god's guidance and protection, but they end up just being selfish people like most anyone else, who lie for their image and care about themselves first and foremost. that to me is the most basic feeling i get from this song. that feeling can be applied to other people outside of the political realm, as well, who are falsely protective and caring about those they know, for the sake of having power over others.
(i have atheist leanings, but this is
Narcissism | Reviewer: Anonymous | 9/6/11
Look up the definition of narcissism and you'll see quite clearly what Maynard is describing. I've known a few people like this, and I probably wouldn't use any different words than he did. They have... a lot of nothing to say. Truly.
May it's not so deep.. | Reviewer: Anonymous | 9/1/11
I think this has to do with yourself and turning your back on those you had called your friends when they needed you the most.. When in the end you just looked out for yourself unless it once again helped you out in the end...It sounds like it's being sung in the perspective of the the friend who was hurt..
Wrong\/ | Reviewer: Anonymous | 7/14/11
Why not analyze entertainers songs? Many musicians know they are in a position where their lyrics will be heard by millions of people, and often they try to use their lyrics to inspire people. With Tool, this is definitely the case. Maynard himself has said that their music, while dark, has a "light at the end of the tunnel," but often requires real and active participation on the part of the listener to get something out of it. He says this isn't a priority because lots of people just "don't get it." But for the people who decide to dig a little deeper and look for meaning in some of their cryptic lyrics, the rewards can be great. Tool's lyrics changed my life, and I don't think I'm the only one. I don't know why it should be such a bad thing to WANT to analyze lyrics, especially when they're mind blowingly amazing lyrics like Maynards.
Can we move on | Reviewer: peter | 7/7/11
Can we move on and not analyze entertainers songs? I don't know why I'm spending a second on this sight. Let me, and all of us just enjoy the music, movie, stories, and tv episode. The entertainers are living it up and laughing at us while we live pay check to pay check. It's time to wake up America.
souns right | Reviewer: Joe | 6/30/11
It sounds like hes talkin about a priest. Then he goes on sayin how priest all try to be like jesus and they think there kigs and all that shit, then he goes on saying "would you die for me? Dont you fuckin lie" this line makes sence. would a priest die for me like jesus or are they all fickin liars.
All in all fuck priest, there all jesus wanna bees lol.
Just my take.... | Reviewer: Nameless in Ohio | 7/1/11
Hey, I'm a huge Tool fan and I have spent some time pondering this one just because it seems as though it's very abstract and also has the potential for a lot of different meanings. I've come to an interpretation that I like however, so here it is.
I think the song mostly describes a situation where people choose to do something or go along with something just to part of a crowd, or more importantly, without thinking for themselves. Either way, when we don't think or experience for ourselves and just jump into something, we sacrifice our own unique identity, and we also allow pieces of our self to die off - "We'll miss him", "Well, so long", etc. We also sometimes get so caught up in following others or chasing a notion that we lose sight of why we originally started doing whatever it is that we're doing in the first place. There are also lines in there that I think reflect on the idea that our influence can inadvertently encourage others to do the same thing and pull other people into the same pitfalls - "I swallowed his facade cuz I'm so..."
I think the song also addresses the irony in how even though the idea is to think for yourself, it sometimes takes another person - often one who is close to us - to make us realize that we don't need anyone else to think for us, and that we must do it for ourselves if it has any real meaning - "You may be the one who saves me from my own existence..."
The fact that he mentions martyrdom leads me to believe that he is talking about spiritual matters in particular. A couple different examples could work here. Anyone joining a church for the wrong reasons, scientology in general (lol), people taking psychedelic drugs for the wrong reasons....For instance if someone wants to take drugs to be more spiritual, they often start doing it with good intentions, but end up taking it too often or too much and the experience is diminished, leaving them with a confused, fractured identity, or a loss of the spiritual connection which they originally sought. People forget that to truly understand and get anything out of experiences like that you must experience them and feel them for yourself and draw your own conclusions about them.
Another example would be if someone joins a Christian church just because the idea that Jesus would "die for them" sounds very appealing, or because everyone else is doing it. Now, don't get me wrong, I think that it is VERY important to be spiritual, but if someone is going to start reading holy texts or doing anything spiritual (substances, church, meditation, prayer, whatever), they need to FEEL and EXPERIENCE that divine light for themselves, and not just believe it because the preacher or your neighbor or your mom says so. When they just go along with the crowd, they end up looking and acting just like everyone else, sacrificing that identity that I talked about, and oftentimes end up falling short of seeing the true light that they originally were looking for --> "Not all martyrs see divinity, but at least you tried."
I don't think Maynard is trying to bash Jesus or sacraments or any one thing in particular here. I think he realizes that all spiritual traditions are based in a degree of truth, but when people choose to not think about it, read it, or feel the power, for themselves, they miss that truth and ultimately set themselves up for spiritual failure.
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