Lateralus Lyrics - Tool

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Black
then
white are
all I see
in my infancy.
Red and yellow then came to be,
reaching out to me,
lets me see.
As below so above and beyond I imagine,
drawn beyond the lines of reason.
Push the envelope.
Watch it bend.

Over thinking, over analyzing,
separates the body from the mind.
Withering my intuition, missing opportunities and I must
feed my will to feel my moment drawing way outside the lines.

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Black
then
white are
all I see
in my infancy.
Red and yellow then came to be,
reaching out to me,
lets me see.
There is so much more
and it beckons me
to look though to these,
infinite possibilities.
As below so above and beyond I imagine,
drawn outside the lines of reason.
Push the envelope.
Watch it bend.

Over thinking, over analyzing,
separates the body from the mind.
Withering my intuition, leaving opportunities behind.

Feed my will to feel this moment,
urging me to cross the line.
Reaching out to embrace the random.
Reaching out to embrace whatever may come.

I embrace my desire to...
I embrace my desire to...
feel the rhythm, to
feel connected
enough to step aside and
weep like a widow,
to
feel inspired,
to
fathom the power,
to
witness the beauty,
to
bathe in the fountain,
to
swing on the spiral,
to
swing on the spiral,
to
swing on the spiral
of our divinity and
still be a human.

With my feet upon the ground,
I lose myself between the sounds
and open wide to suck it in.
I feel it move across my skin.
I'm reaching up and reaching out.
I'm reaching for the random or
whatever will bewilder me,
whatever will bewilder me.

And following our will and whim,
we may just go where no one's been.
We'll ride the spiral to the end
and may just go where no one's been.
Spiral out.
Keep going.
Spiral out.
Keep going.
Spiral out.
Keep going.
Spiral out.
Keep going.



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Fibonacci | Reviewer: Anonymous | 7/27/14

It's funny how people think their personal interpretation is the right one..I think the song is pretty self explanatory..lyrics are written in Fibonacci sequence, then he talks about the spiral..Fibonacci spiral, ever increasing..ride the spiral to the end..it's about finding happiness and fulfillment within the search for meaning

You're over-analyzing. | Reviewer: Caden | 6/14/14

I don't know the meaning of this song definitely, but I believe this is about any song out there. People over-think and over-analyze songs with deeper meanings. Maynard is saying that you should just "witness the beauty" of a song and make it mean whatever will "bewilder" us. If we do what he's saying any song could have "infinite possibilities" for its meaning. We need to "spiral out" and not live in a boxed idea of a song. What do you want it to mean? If we do this, we can make a song our own and make it go "where no one's been".

Connecting the Dots... | Reviewer: Adam | 9/9/13

Nice job guys... I like the spiritual/evolutionary explanations described below... I believe the correct answer is of course- the songs meaning and interpretation is whatever resonates with the listener and their connection given their life experiences. For me being a financial engineer writing algorithms for trading I obviously connect with the blatantly obvious Fibonacci reference, and also connect with the idea of allowing yourself to draw a connection between natural law/physics, the universe, religion and the spiritual realm... I guess in a way , that what were all trying to figure out... Spiral out~

consciencness | Reviewer: matt | 6/30/13

I agree with the break down on opening ur consciencness. If you have studied anything regarding meditation, or even sacred geometry you will be able see the simularities of what exactly maynard is talking about. As for the bathe in the fountain this in reference to accessing that knowlege or consciencness. bathing in the fountain is the moment you have taken that knowledge from meditation state back to your conscience reality. As for slipping on the spiral... this is a reference to the discovery that life its self is a fractle. Fractals are the phenomenon of infinity inside of a space that never breaks free from the the original shape. In essences if you had a circle and a fractle in it, it would be infinitely large and small but would never be bigger or go outside the circle. Doesnt sound possible but yet it is and that is what the entire universe and everything living inside of it is. The holy ratio that determines all of the existance we can fathom...and then some.... so when maynard says slip on the spiral he refering to tuning into that fractal energy through meditation or even possibly through taking dmt or the different forms of it. This natural psychedelic in most living things like plants and us and is responsible for the experience is linked with death like your soul escaping and white light tunnels. Taking this natural chemical has been known to bring you to that place almost immediately. Look it up..very interesting stuff. Given maynards relationship with his band, tool, and their artist of their cd work, alex gray, whom is involved highly with the pratices of dmt use.. so I could also see these lyrics being geared toward exeriences on dmt apposed to meditation. This stuff that is mentioned in his lyrics has a growing scientific research background and will eventual be taken serious as a true science and change human reality forever.

Anxiety | Reviewer: bungholio | 4/9/13

It's obviously a highly subjective point I'm trying to make, but its how I like to interpret the song. As someone with an anxiety disorder, much of the time I find myself ruminating, speculating and worrying over the unknown;always trying to figure things out, trying to justify things, applying theories, analyzing thoughts. This only ever leads to apathy and nihilism as of course, although I strive to know, I will never know.

So through 'over-thinking' and 'over-analysing', I disconnect myself from myself. Bodily sensations terrify me because I try to figure them out, thoughts worry me and existence in general confounds and intimidates me. For me, Lateralus is centers on embracing all uncertainty - not in regards to not question authority, or philosophizing, but in regards to accepting that we will not, and indeed, cannot understand the nature of nature itself.

How to live | Reviewer: Anonymous | 3/3/13

This song teaches you how to live. At least that's what I get from it. It constantly refers to spirals throughout and the famed Fibonacci sequences in the verses (which both spiral up and down and are linked to the golden spiral/ratio in maths). The song tells the story of living like a spiral rather than a circle, as a circle is constant and symmetrical. A spiral is, however, always growing and expanding, and Maynard he wants to "fathom the power/feel the rhythm/feel connected/witness the beauty" etc by living like a spiral, and also wants to "embrace the random/whatever may come" as a spiral does, always growing into space and presenting itself with "infinite possibilities".
The much talked about chorus also links with this. Many people believe the chorus shows that people over analyse tool's songs, but isn't that the point of tool's songs? The real meaning of the chorus is that modern society over thinks and over analyses to the point where they 'miss opportunities' and 'wither their intuition', or natural instinct to become a spiral.

A song about their songs | Reviewer: Luke | 2/15/13

There's a REALLY good argument to suggest that this song is, in fact, a reaction to the overanalysis of Tool's song lyrics by fans. The song lyrics start out (to him) as black and white but others add extra meaning (red and yellow). Drawn outside the lines of reason (review what the word "lines" means here and you can change the context of this line completely). Withering my intuition - this would fit with the idea of him not understanding or predicting the numerous "ideas" that fans come up with. The second verse could be about him learning to accept these meanings that others give his songs, with the final part just suggesting that you can pretty much take a song's lyrics anywhere you want to go with them.

Spiritual | Reviewer: redvortex | 11/28/12

its all about opening your consciousness, knowing your higher inner self,what your true potentials are, "Kundalini Activation" there's so much more our everlasting souls can do but are held back in our human bodies and in these low vibrations of the 3rd dimension.

Spirituality | Reviewer: Jeff | 11/10/12

I understand the aspect of growth of conciousness of the first half of the song but to me the 2nd half is the best description I have read that describes my relationship with the ocean and the immense spirituality that I get from it... I could line by line how it's a direct coorealation to how people feel about the ocean and it's power and majesty... But hey that's the sign of a great song it means something different to everyone,

Evolution | Reviewer: Anonymous | 3/22/12

This song is about the evolution of concienceness as decribed by the Maya. Concienceness is evolving at an ever increasing rate. As concienceness evolves, the frequency of random posibilities increase, eventually to the point in time that everything that is infanitely possible will happen all at once thus rendering time and space as irrelivant. This is exactly what the Mayan Calendar is about. It also involves the ability of the human concienceness to create it's own reality. The Universe is not made of matter, it is made up of collective concienceness. "As below so above and beyond I imagine"... In quantum physics, quantum particles do what the observer "expects" them to do, thus as we observe our universe, it is what we expect... it's called Co-creationism ("push the envelope, watch it bend") These lyrics follow the teachings of Ian Lungold almost word for word. He traslated the Mayan Calendar to be a roadmap for the evolution of concienceness. Tool's lyrics are much deeper than most of you give them credit for.

Jungian archetypes | Reviewer: Anonymous | 3/4/12

These men(Tool) know how important it is as men to embrace the power within. The colors once they change from black to white and then enters red and yellow. Maynard has an attraction to Jung. For me the colors are the the masculine archetypes yellow is the lover, red is the warrior, black the magician and white being the king. Once these are embraced within our engery can then spiral out into our reality and manifest what we truely want for ourselves. Facing our shadows and making them our allies. This is all Carl Jungs mystic knowledge. Check it out. Free our minds

Spiritual | Reviewer: doesn't matter | 1/23/12

this song has nothing of Acid trips like many people suggest.. opening your mind, your heart or soul, being open to new experiences, to new knowledge, to new ideas, has never and never will require any type of drug or anything outside of your self.

More elements of the "spiral" | Reviewer: Garrett | 1/18/12

Amazing song of course. I'd just like to point out that there are elements of this "spiral" throughout the song, not just in the Fibonacci sequence. Notice how the second time through the "over thinking, over analyzing" section, the buildup right before it is one count less, like the music is catching up with the lyrics. like a spiral. The long notes on the the guitar starting at "Withering my intuition, leaving opportunities behind" the second time through is cutting in 3 measures early, compared to the first time through. It all meets up in the end, like the beginning of a circle. That tasty hi hat part at "I embrace my desire to...", notice if you tap your foot to the beat, the double stroke(or herta or whatever he is doing there) plays around the beat. the capitalized part is that double stroke: ONE-a-let two-a-LET three-a-let four-A-let one-a-let TWO... etc. Every third time around, we land back on the beat. This is not just the music, this is on purpose, adding to the spiral theme. That cool polyrhythm Danny Carey plays throughout the "feel the rhythm" part: same thing, if you tap to the quarter note, you can see that the snare hits revolve around the beat. Every snare hit gets closer to the downbeat, and I believe every third hit lands on the beat. Very cool idea, and great to implement that into this particular song.

:] | Reviewer: valerie | 1/9/12

don't overanalyze this song! "overthinking, overanalyzing separates the body from the mind" lol.
i don't think this song is necessarily about an acid trip, like many people say, although there are some things in it that make me think of that. i think it's about discovering things, experiencing as much as possible during your life, learning things, seeing the beauty of the universe, getting out of your comfort zone, and things like that. tool loves the fibonacci sequence, so it makes sense that they would use the analogy of spiraling out to describe this kind of discovery while still feeling the interconnectedness of everything (the fibonacci sequence is abundant in nature, for example, definitely an analogy they would appreciate).
this song motivates me to appreciate learning and trying new things; whenever i'm doing something new or outside my comfort zone, i tell myself "this is just you spiraling out."

Tool is beyond your reasoning | Reviewer: Anonymous | 1/3/12

The "spiral" is the dna strand! Yeah;> I've been listing to tool for 16+ years and I think he wants to mess with his fans. That man has a very non-tolorent mind.But none the less his lyrics are a good trip even if your sober....


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