Forty-Six & 2 Lyrics - Tool

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My shadow's

Shedding skin and
I've been picking
Scabs again.
I'm down
Digging through
My old muscles
Looking for a clue.

I've been crawling on my belly
Clearing out what could've been.
I've been wallowing in my own confused
And insecure delusions
For a piece to cross me over
Or a word to guide me in.
I wanna feel the changes coming down.
I wanna know what I've been hiding in

My shadow.
Change is coming through my shadow.
My shadow's shedding skin
I've been picking
My scabs again.

I've been crawling on my belly
Clearing out what could've been.
I've been wallowing in my own chaotic
And insecure delusions.

I wanna feel the change consume me,
Feel the outside turning in.
I wanna feel the metamorphosis and
Cleansing I've endured within

My shadow
Change is coming.
Now is my time.
Listen to my muscle memory.
Contemplate what I've been clinging to.
Forty-six and two ahead of me.

I choose to live and to
Grow, take and give and to
Move, learn and love and to
Cry, kill and die and to
Be paranoid and to
Lie, hate and fear and to
Do what it takes to move through.

I choose to live and to
Lie, kill and give and to
Die, learn and love and to
Do what it takes to step through.

See my shadow changing,
Stretching up and over me.
Soften this old armor.
Hoping I can clear the way
By stepping through my shadow,
Coming out the other side.
Step into the shadow.
Forty six and two are just ahead of me.

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see for yourself | Reviewer: Chris | 9/4/14

The human desire to be correct in the things that speak to us goes far beyond the interpretation of these lyrics or any lyrics or writings. This is undoubtedly a creation of the ego present in our minds. Most of these people don't get it but the real reason these songs are written the way they are is so that you can use them to help you find more of you. The name Tool says it all, a tool that is meant to be used in the hands of those who care to. They are true artists to the pinnacle sense of the word. That being said none of you are wrong for having your own individual interpretations of these lyrics. in my opinion at the risk of sounding contradictory the only ones who are wrong are the ones who say that someone else is. Don't take my word for it read it for yourself in Maynard's own words at: "" this forum has been around since 2002 and for any of you who don't know about it already, its undoubtably the best site for anything that is "Tool"

P.s. thanks for sharing

Evolution, fools. | Reviewer: Matty F | 2/4/14

This song isn't about drugs at all...
As people have already said, there are 46 chromosomes in human DNA - the song is about evolving to having an extra two chromosomes, explaining the 'shedding skin'. When he says "I", he is talking about us as an entire, and unified, race. He's talking about people clinging to being the same old repetitions of classic human behaviours, and not allowing ourselves to properly better ourselves as a race (picking scabs - stopping the 'healing' process).
My interpretation of the shadow symbolism is that we have to embrace the darker parts of ourselves in order to see the light; to be conscious of our destructive paths so we can aim for a better day. It could also mean a temporary sacrificial act to secure a long term improvement (stepping through my shadow, coming out the other side...)

Letting Go | Reviewer: purpletiger | 12/19/13

Maybe it is or maybe it isn't about coming off drugs. The point of the lyrics is that there is a future ahead of us, we just need to let go of our ego and all of the hurts and misery of the past. This I have been doing and I am now starting, at the age of 51,to do what I really want to do. Whether it will lead to something bigger, only future will tell, but at least I am achieving something for myself and then I can start helping others.
How can we alter our chromosomes and evolve into a higher being. Wouldn't it be the opposite? I don't understand this analogy.

release our true selves | Reviewer: gonzo | 12/12/13

this song sings freedom to me. elavating to a higher existance and becoming enlighted to the purpose of our life. vibrations good and bad effect us is life.mjk is a genious love all his llyrics!!!!!!!!!!

Alive | Reviewer: Kuthoomi | 11/22/13

It only discribes the natural proces that we all go true as we awaken. It may feel and look like coming out of drugs, which in fact, we are all druged living like zombies... Neurosis is common

Lol, drugs pffff | Reviewer: Scott | 11/11/13

Really, drugs? What a simplistic way to interpret these lyrics. And egotistical as well, considering that you view your world through your experiences. Good job Tom with your contributions.

chromosomes | Reviewer: Tom | 10/16/13

The song is about human DNA. Human DNA contains 44 autosomes and 2 sex chromosomes. It's about reaching a state of evolution and higher actualization as in Jung and Melchizedek's theory of having two autosomes evolve so that humans would now have 46 and 2.

He is looking forward to the full potential we have inside of us. We are currently a shadow of what we can become.

Coming off a drug addiction, you reckon? | Reviewer: Arcman | 5/1/13

So Maynard has never had a drug addiction "Buddy". This could be the interpretation some people find in themselves, but it's doubtful he would base such an emotional song on a philosophy he hasn't had to deal with himself. Usually he reserves that sort of fiction for a story, like Rosetta Stoned. You're assumption isn't impossible, but is unlikely.

Drugs? Really? | Reviewer: Tyler | 3/9/13

This is really in response to the first review I read. I can appreciate their interpretation of the song, because if it helped them get to some understanding in their life with a particular issue they may have been enduring, then that is all that matters. But most of you have it correct. The "shadow" is a discrepancy; sexual, emotional, a metaphoric monkey on your back. According to Jung, the shadow stems from the universal sub conscious and it creates ego which ultimately interferes with our destiny - our intellectual evolution. With all of these negative emotions plaguing our existence, we put up walls or "armor" depriving us from experiencing true connections. But recognizing this, we can use the past-our suffering, as a means to heal. By stepping through our "shadow", we experience the full range of human emotions and grow in our evolutionary endeavor. 46&2 is when all the cells of the body are consciously aware and work in unison as one (much like the gears and mechanisms in a machine), one sending information to the other so as a whole, they are infinite in their intelligence. So far, only a few group of peoples have achieved this higher consciousness, the aboriginals in Australia and supposedly a few remote tribes in Africa. They are one with the universe according to the anthropologist who stayed with them for an extended period of time. They revealed their sacred understandings of their place on this earth and their connections - symbiotically and direct, with everything. So if drugs are you're shadow, then you are correct in a way. All in all, tool is profound and open to interpretation. If it helps the listener with an issue they may have, that is what truly matters. The band name says it all. Tool. Use tools to fight, build, and learn.

ABOUT COMING OFF DRUGS | Reviewer: Buddy | 2/6/13

This song is obviously about coming off drugs most likely methamphetamines (ice, speed etc)

I am quite taken back about how naive most of you are to this fact you really think that this song has a complete different meaning. Are you sheep cause the first person thought this or you love tool that much you cant except they have big issues with drugs.

I dont get much in to lyrics but always wondered if the lyrics of this song were about coming off drugs from the few lyrics i could understand and reading this confirmed this.

Nearly every line of this song is obvious about coming off drugs.

Taking any one verse of this song screams coming off drugs and put them all together. The scabs scratching pain feelings the morphing is back to a normal person feeling again feelings good and bad. The shadow is a feeling that alot of drug addicts get and it is what they call it not doctors its a kind of skitzo paranoia.

I think the 46 and 2 ahead of me is a way of saying life is ahead of me this is guess though.

Show any ex drug user, their family that have seen what they go through (me) people who work with them (doctors etc) these lyrics and they will tell you without a doubt it is what it is about.

No PhD, but genius IQ. | Reviewer: Kathy H | 1/16/13

So many angry words. Everyone saying their interpretation is right and everyone else is wrong.

What is wrong with you folks? Can't you just enjoy the music and not debate the meaning? Like my mom used to tell me, "Opinions are like assholes; everyone has one and they usually stink." No kidding. She really did tell me that.

So everyone, get off your respective high-horses. You are liable to fall and hurt yourself. Just enjoy Tool and MJK. And quit bitching.

the beautiful thing about Tool... | Reviewer: Anonymous | 12/5/12

Maynard is a lyrical genius. He allows us all to interpret their songs however we want. So therefore nobody is wrong about anything they have mentioned .
Honestly only Tool knows the real meaning behind these lyrics.

abc | Reviewer: chris | 11/10/12

I think he meant that apes are evolving and they are "ahead of us". Basically he is saying that pretty soon that movie....Planet Of The the latest version? Yeah, It's gonna happen soon people. He is trying to send a message that we all need to get and be prepared, and remember, we fight best in the shadows. The change is coming people, It is time to prepare!

favorite song | Reviewer: Cheech's dad | 10/28/12

After reading these reviews, I have come to the conclusion that I am an uneducated person. But to my retarted ass, it seems that regardless of who the theory of the shadow comes from (Jung, or mezchizedek or whoever) call it christ consciousness, collective unconcious, collective conscious, parallel universe, sublimanal realm, spiritual realm, you are all talking about the same thing. Delving into our subconcious, transsubstantiating (should I not use that word, oops), becoming our true, whole selves, achieving enlightenment.

P.S. To all you self righteous (insert derogatory term here) telling people to go to college and what to read, I am mentally retarted, thus a moron (in a lot of ways) So I wont be spending $100,000 for a piece of paper that I could achieve the equivalent for $1.00 in late fees at the library (yes thats from Good Will Hunting). Also, you can read all of the books in the world but it doesnt compare to actually experiencing it!! Check your ego people, I know I know, I need to take my own advice, easier said than done since we are barely conscious and aware of it, but we have to try. Dont let those decietful, manipulative, cowardly, self righteous, asshole aliens get the best of us. COME TOGETHER, RISE UP, EMBRACE LOVE AND JOY!!! instead of fear and hate and depression and anxiety. They are manipulating us subliminally. Did I lose you with that alien comment? why is it so acceptable to believe that there is an all knowing all powerful omnipotent god and creator of everything, but someone whos aware of beings, or species far more intelligent(but not superior) from all over the universe, is called insane. Think about it people, they are real, and Maynard knows it. He's trying to tell you without actually saying the words.

PSS Sorry, I came hear to gain some insight into a song, and maybe give a little input based on personnal experience, and I did that, but I didnt mean to go off on a self righteous rant, dont let them turn you into an ego maniac like me, for your own sake.

God? | Reviewer: Anon and on | 10/17/12

"This sort of behavior is left to the psychotic, dogmatic, fundamentalist believers you see on your TV everyday letting off bombs and killing people in the name of God. Beliefs are dangerous. Beliefs allow the mind to stop functioning. A non-functioning mind is clinically dead. Believe in nothing." -MJK

He is definitely anti-religion, if he isn't anti-god. If any of his lyrics involve a god, they aren't to support the viewpoint, that's for sure.

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