Orestes Lyrics - A Perfect Circle

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Metaphor for a missing moment
Pull me in to your perfect circle
One womb
One shame
One resolve
Liberate this will
And release us all
Gotta cut away, clear away
Snip away and sever this
Umbilical residue,
Keeping me from killing you
And from pulling you down with me here,
I can almost hear you scream
Give me one more medicated peaceful moment
Give me one more medicated peaceful moment
And I don't wanna feel this
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Overwhelming hostility
I don't wanna feel this
Overwhelming hostility
Gotta cut away, clear away
Snip away and sever this
Umbilical residue
Gotta cut away, clear away
Snip away and sever this
Umbilical residue,
Keeping me from killing you
Snip away and sever this
Keeping me from killing you






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Interpreted in spanish.. | Reviewer: Log blackheart | 12/29/13

Interpretada en español es mucho mas dificil de comprender.. Para mi y por lo que pude entender y sentir, trata sobre el odio a su madre y acerca del porqué lo trajo a este mundo lleno de dolor. Pienso que la cancion fue pensada como si Orestes pensaba adentro de la panza de la madre pidiendole que lo abortara para no hacerle mal a ella (su madre) y el no sufrir en el futuro, ya que de feto/bebe no sufre, pero afuera en la tierra si.
Disculpen si confundo a alguien :P
saludos desde Argentina :)

His Mother | Reviewer: Anonymous | 3/24/13

The song's most likely about his struggles with his ailing mother who's medical condition caused her not to be cognizant with the outside world, something like a coma I believe, look it up. Many of her songs were about "Judith" his mother and both of their struggles. This particular song is about Maynard's struggle of letting her die, in order to release her soul trapped in her body, but he can't seem to let her go, so he has "to cut away, clear away the umbilical residue" which is "keeping me from killing you"

It seems obvious... | Reviewer: Anonymous | 1/22/12

If u read the story it seems obvious that the lyrics portray what Orestes would/might have been feeling...its Maynard's interpretation of what he might be going through internally/emotionally. And sure Maynard may have wrote a song about this story bc he may have related to it in some way...and maybe the whole album is about different people and their stories. Who knows, why complicate it? We will never know where Maynord is coming from in detail w out his explanation. Just take music for what it means to u and how u relate.

@Marilyn | Reviewer: Andre | 1/9/12

In all actuality with a relatively strong translation close to Aeschylus's original text, Iphigenia had not decided to be sacrificed willingly. She had simply been killed by her father which angered his wife for obvious reasons... The trilogy presents a foundation for the Athenian courts and speaks of an ending to the revenge cycle and morality plays a strong role. Paternal vs maternal and such other lovely topics. It's not really this clear-cut however it provides a stronger basis. I believe you've read stories by Euripides.

About Orestes and Mer De Noms in general | Reviewer: Marilyn | 12/18/11

Not to be a stickler, but the story of Orestes begins with his sister Iphegenia who, at Aulis, was sacrificed to Demeter because Agamemnon (her father), killed the sacred stag. In order for the winds to blow so that the troops could sail from Aulis to where they could fight the Trojans, Agamemnon had been told by a prophet that if the winds were to blow, he had to make a sacrifice which was Iphegenia, his daughter. So after telling his wife that Achilles wanted to marry her, they sent for her. Eventually, it is revealed that it was all a lie and that Iphegenia had to die. After much quabbling, Iphegenia decides to give up her life for her country and she agrees to the sacrifice. However, at the last moment, she is saved and is switched out for a deer. Fast forward 10 years later, Clytemnestra, Agamemnon's wife is sleeping with another man and he comes back bringing Cassandra, as a concubine. Clytemnestra is pissed and she kills both Agamemnon and Cassandra. After this happens, Orestes grows up, and he leaves, and ends up running into his sister at Taurus. She recognizes him, and they both decide to kill Clytemnestra, and so Orestes kills his mother and her lover. The final part of the Orestia is when Orestes is brought to court and tried for his crimes, thus bringing close the circle of violence.

This song, is from thier album, Mer de Noms which means "Sea of Names", and while the song envokes some similarities to the tale, I think that the name Orestes was chosen because it was just a name that related to Maynard, who has Judith named after his mother (her name I believe was Judith Marie), Breña named after an ex. Magdelena, Breña, Rose, Thomas, Rënholder, Judith and Orestes are all names. (Rënholder is Re: N. Holder, as in an email reply.)

It's about whatever you want it to be | Reviewer: Anonymous | 11/11/11

No matter if an artist has their own view or meaning, music is always free. You cannot hold on to it, love it or hate it. It's always free flowing.
You cannot own anything in this world, nor music. Therefor, interpretation and meaning is always dynamic and formless. It's your song, your meaning and feeling with it....while playing. Then, it's someone elses :)
Love.

A Perfect Circle-orestes song meaning | Reviewer: Jeremy | 10/24/11

Think about the lyrics before you read this story The word (orestes) is actually an ancient story. The story is about Agamemnon's (hope I spelled his name correcrtly) son. Agamemnon's wife has an affair with another man. Agamemnons son does not want his father to kill his mother because of her commiting adutry. So in order to save his mothers life Agamemnons son murders his mothers lover AND THEN he gives his mother an abortion so Agamemnon will not kill his mother.

inner conflicted assessment | Reviewer: Anonymous | 10/3/11

i kinda get from this song... a sense of music butchering... people tend to pick ruthlessly at music, criticizing it, or simply trying to find it's meaning, and with some songs or some artists, like tool, they only meant what you feel from hearing the song on your first response, without even knowing the lyrics or meaning, what you truly feel, like... like saying the music is almost blood relative, or even closer, simply his tissue, and almost impulsively saying he must snip it away to see what it truly is, to imply how he doesn't want these critical views on his music, but then again, this whole opinion was biased by what i heard them say, "our music is written to how it sounds, the meaning is for the listener to decide, the lyrics for schism were only written that way because i felt that from the music" though obviously they do have other motives to their songs, but they channel it to go with the music they hear... admittedly, i like the responses though, such brilliant minds today, sadly i don't know any in person

One more explanation... | Reviewer: Anonymous | 9/1/11

My view of this great song and lyrics is this...
Song says probably nothing but an unconditional attachment we share with the ones that are closest to us. We tend to "A Priori" believe everything our closest friends and family members tell us just because of the fact that we are "soul mates" or connected with birth(umbilical residue). The point of the song is that we will never be free if we act upon anything unconditionally.
Friedrich Nietzsche: "Everything unconditional belongs to pathology."
Jesus Christ: "If anyone comes to me and does not hate his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, even their own life, such a person cannot be my disciple.", Luke 14:26
I am an atheist but do believe that Jesus and other great philosophers knew what they, probably from their own experience, were talking about.
As a I live in a christian country, I often quote Jesus, though Buddha and Mohammad told us the same.
Jesus: "And ye shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free", John 8:32
So, BELIEVING in something or someone is not the truth. Orestes never believed his own mother why she killed his father and was right about it. It was an excuse to be with her lover. Real truth demands a questioning of everything. Even our own self... ;)

Orestes | Reviewer: mrs.mccartney | 7/13/11

To me, this song is about hate.. Feeling hate to someone who is so close to you. I don't know if I'm getting it the way it should be but this is how I feel. I hate my mom, she makes my life miserable, so, when I hear this song I can't help but to think of her. "Gotta cut away, clear away. Snip away and sever this umbilical residue." I get this line like if he is trying to say "I don't want nothing to do with you anymore" that's exactly how I feel, I want to cut every possible connection with my mom, I don't want her near me, I don't even want to keep the memories. Also, when he says "Keep me from killing you" I think of her also, I've grown so much hate inside my heart for hear that I can't help but feeling like I want to kill her. Also, when he says "One more medicated peaceful moment. And I don't wanna feel this overwhelming hostility" I think how I take drugs just to release myself from all the pain, I take sleeping pills so I don't have to hear her scream, those are my "medicated peaceful moments" and the overwhelming hostility also, I don't wanna feel this way because she's my mom, I don't want to hate her but she has forced me to.. I don't know, maybe you'll think I'm crazy or whatever.. That's just how I feel

Orestes | Reviewer: mrs.mccartney | 7/13/11

To me, this song is about hate.. Feeling hate to someone who is so close to you. I don't know if I'm getting it the way it should be but this is how I feel. I hate my mom, she makes my life miserable, so, when I hear this song I can't help but to think of her. "Gotta cut away, clear away. Snip away and sever this umbilical residue." I get this line like if he is trying to say "I don't want nothing to do with you anymore" that's exactly how I feel, I want to cut every possible connection with my mom, I don't want her near me, I don't even want to keep the memories. Also, when he says "Keep me from killing you" I think of her also, I've grown so much hate inside my heart for hear that I can't help but feeling like I want to kill her. I don't know, maybe you'll think I'm crazy or whatever.. That's just how I feel

Not Maynard At All? | Reviewer: Anonymous | 7/3/11

One thing a lot of people tend to leave out, or forget all together, is that Maynard didn't write EVERY APC song. In fact, much of the album was the mind of Billy Howerdel, and is the case with Orestes.

Billy wrote this song long before he and Maynard formed APC. Billy chose Maynard to sing his songs. So assuming the song is 100% related to Judith, Maynard's mother, may in fact be completely wrong.

Nonetheless, the song does fit the story of Judith very well. But from a different point of view, it fits substance abuse very well, and also a hard breakup. This is the case with much of APC, and is why the music is so beautiful.

The meaning of APC songs change with what mood I'm in. This to me is a sign of an amazing gift that both Billy and Maynard share in the sense of writing lyrics. So as its been said already, let the song mean to you what you want. There may in fact be many more life situations you can fit this song to. Just let the music flow through your body.

amazing | Reviewer: Anonymous | 5/25/11

I have no idea what this song means.. all I know is since i heard it I became attached... But I would say if I were to give an honest opinion it would be what someone said above about his mother in a coma... If its not his mom than its somebody close to him... But all in all this song is my favorite song ever

Pulling the plug | Reviewer: DarkDays | 4/22/11

To orestes from 2/10/10:

this is what I have read as well and the song makes perfect sense in that context together with the fact that in the Greek tragedy Orestes had to kill his mother as well.
As for me, the song has ever more relevance in with that background as my little sister is in a coma following a bad car crash and it all points towards us having to pull the plug for her as well. A decision no one should have to go through. My thanks to Maynard who so beautifully condensed the thoughts and the feelings that run through you in a time like this. This song has given me incredible amounts of strength over the past few days and I know it will continue to do so.

scathing review | Reviewer: eric | 12/29/10

not a learned man when it comes to greek mythology. don't know the story of orestes. the beauty of this and all real art is the freedom it gives everyone. and to say brilliant is an accurate description of the creative flow of energy that this song ignites in everyone in every way.i personally relate the lyrics to growth. i feel maynard's message is in general related to the necessity of change. his message is one we have all received many times from many outlets. there is a brilliance in all of us. for me, seeing or in this case hearing it from maynard(and friends) makes me want to become a part of that brilliance. i think that is a fitting tribute to the woman he credits with the honor of aligning his brilliance. spiral out keep going. and indeed open your mind and question authority.


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