Reflection Lyrics - Tool
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I have come curiously close to the end, down
Beneath my self-indulgent pitiful hole,
Defeated, I concede and
I may find comfort here
I may find peace within the emptiness
It's calling me...
And in my darkest moment, fetal and weeping
The moon tells me a secret - my confidant
As full and bright as I am
This light is not my own and
A million light reflections pass over me
Its source is bright and endless
She resuscitates the hopeless
Without her, we are lifeless satellites drifting
And as I pull my head out I am without one doubt
Don't wanna be down here soothing my narcissism.
I must crucify the ego before it's far too late
I pray the light lifts me out
Before I pine away.
So crucify the ego, before it's far too late
To leave behind this place so negative and blind and cynical,
And you will come to find that we are all one mind
Capable of all that's imagined and all conceivable.
Just let the light touch you
And let the words spill through
And let them pass right through
Bringing out our hope and reason ...
before we pine away.
Writer: Chancellor, Justin / Keenan, Maynard James / Jones, Adam / Carey, Daniel
Lyrics © EMI Music Publishing
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Namaste | Reviewer: Transcendence | 4/18/14
If only the leaders of the world today could listen to this song and its meanings , empathy and compassion would flow if they truly heard the melody and felt at one with the rhythms and there unity in the end ..
Manifest against solitude | Reviewer: Smash016 | 6/19/13
This song is about how you're unable to climb out on your own after you've hit rock bottom. By blaming other people and dismissing their help you're only making things worse. If you remain skeptical and cynical towards the people around you, you'll never find a way out. You must open yourself up to others and accept them as they are. That way you'll flourish yourself.
It is simply to say that a negative attitude, especially towards your fellow men and women, is a weakness. A solitary lifestyle and way of dealing with problems doesn't make one happy.
Pine Away | Reviewer: Brad | 5/27/13
To pine away means to lose vigor, health or flesh as through grief; after her husband died she just pined away.
The way I see it, he (either Maynard or the storyteller) was contemplating suicide (I have come curiously close to the end) while feeling sorry for himself. He's feeling that everyone and everything is against him and his ego is leading him into this dark empty spiritual hole where he may find peace alone but he knows that this is pitiful. And as he's lying there curled up crying to himself, about himself he sees the full moon bright in the sky. He knows that the moon doesn't make it's own light but it is a reflection of the sun. Without the sun the earth and the moon would just be drifting. They get their light and energy from the sun and are guided through the void of space by the sun. And so he makes a spiritual parallel with himself as the moon. If he lets his narcissism push everyone away he will be alone and drifting aimlessly. So he must crucify his ego and accept that his spiritual light doesn't come from himself but from a higher power (call it God or Gaia, or a universal connection or whatever you want). He must get out of his hole and let the spiritual light shine upon him in order to shine spiritually before he pines away. Then he urge the rest of us to also crucify our egos so we can come together in spirit and be capable of anything imaginable. And we must do it before we pine away.
what he says | Reviewer: Ivan | 2/7/13
If you look at the cycles of the moon, it starts as a thin
crescent and then gradually waxes and becomes full; then i
gradually wanes back into another crescent and then is gone.
The moon reflects sunlight like humans reflect information.
We wax and wane and when we become full moons, are ego's
are full. We think we have this knowledge when in fact, the
information we have his pure. And it reflects or shines off of
us, is something we take credit for as though the moon could
take credit for the light it reflects from the sun. We have to
understand that we are ego-less just as the moon is without
light. It and we, are simply reflectors. The ego is not
respondsible for the information."
@Mark 77 about Bill Hicks/Tool | Reviewer: Alisa | 12/28/12
TOOL has close ties to Hicks. He opened for them several times, and he was friends with the band. TOOL was planning on doing a full tour with him, but he died before they could ever fulfill their plans. Aenima was partially in honor of Hicks (hence the use of his soundbite at the beginning of Third Eye and numerus references to his material during the song Aenima).
Alright, enough of my nerdy music trivia for the day. Bye bye, folks :)
The meaning of the words "before we PINE away" | Reviewer: govinda | 9/27/12
Maynard is singing about banishing the ego then he sings"before we pine away" He is relating to the pine comb that grows in a perfect Fibonacci sequential spiral. So basically he is saying "so crucify the ego" before we spiral away(aka evolve into higher planes of consciousness through the experiences we have in what we call life)
connections to bill hick | Reviewer: Mark77 | 9/15/12
Finding a lot of similarities in Maynards work and Bill hicks work.Today a young man on acid realized that all matter is merely energy condensed to a slow vibration, that we are all one consciousness experiencing itself subjectively, there is no such thing as death, life is only a dream, and we are the imagination of ourselves. Heres Tom with the Weather. ― Bill Hicks... And you will come to find that we are all one mind Capable of all that's imagined and all conceivable.-Maynard.
Another take | Reviewer: RD | 9/11/12
It's about how we're all one being yet find ourselves separated and disconnected from each other. Before any of us can realize this, we must destroy the ego, our shadow. Take cookies for example. You make them and it's all one big wad of dough. But then we separate them. Some may come out burnt, some smaller, some larger but then those that are perfect and golden brown. But although they take on new shape, they all came from the same wad of dough. This song and many others that MJK writes about is very along the lines of Buddhism, at least it sure seems that way. Just my opinion though. Great posts my the vast majority and love seeing the different views.
each to their own | Reviewer: BentheTOOL | 7/16/12
It's good to see the feeling invoked by this piece of music.I believe that TOOL have reached the goal with this song by getting us to think.To me the song means something different to others and that's the beauty of TOOL music.Regardless of what the song or any of TOOL's music means to MJK or the rest of the band i don't believe they want us to try to interperet it that way.The music has it's own appeal to each of us,It gives us the ability to make our own connection with it,To make our own interperetations.For me though this song talks to my soul,Brings fourth feelings of wanting to change my own hard earned persona.
Years of fighting myself and others to become what i thought they wanted(Turns out they don't really want an aggressive,violent,borderline psychotic ego maniac).Sheesh who would have thought hey.For me this song has a calming effect on my soul aswell as ego.
Encounter With the Shadow | Reviewer: Carla Jung | 7/6/12
This song is a lot like encountering one's animus/anima: what you hear in it is yourself. When I listened to this song earlier the lyrics gathered and put into perspective all of the little details of my life that have been very active, yet hidden. It was like an invitation to view my life through the blurry lens of my counterpart. I've been self-reflecting for awhile now, and that reflection has threatened to drown me at times, in all of its "deviant", self-defeating muck. What I saw was everything I have struggled so long not to be, right down to my very gender. But over the past while I've learned to embrace it and, as it turns out, we're not so bad when were together. In fact we're beautiful together. It's only when we're apart that we're ugly, fragmented, and maybe even evil, and that goes for both sides of the reflection.
Kinda difficult to explain. Also, for all of the women listening to it, it makes so much more sense if you replace all of the male pronouns with female ones, and maybe replace "moon" with "sun."
agree with love song interpretation | Reviewer: Rick | 4/27/12
I actually agree with both Jen, being that this song has a spiritually enlightening message, and the anonymous who said this is a love song. Lateralus without a doubt is a spiritual album front to back. I'm sure by now everyone knows the Fibonacci sequence is used on the title track. What some people don't yet know is the theory of "The Holy Gift" this is using the Fibonacci sequence with the tracks on the album. Thus restructuring Lateralus with an alternate message and being Tools greatest gift. What I got from the new lateralus or "holy gift" is the tale of a love lost and reclaimed. Now who knows if said love is human or musical or a craft even? Caduceus Cellars? But what I do know is restructuring Lateralus definitely blew my mind. Try it.
I agree with Jen | Reviewer: Schumeit | 4/10/12
Jen's right. We shouldn't consider ourselves as a body. We're from the spiritual soul. We're the part of the ultimate soul. Our ultimate transcendence depends on the realization of our real self. Maynard's concept is awesome. And there's nothing to say about danny's drumming. Tool \m/
Ascension | Reviewer: Jen | 3/20/12
The whole album is pretty much the bhagvad gita - some lines of songs almost word for word, and the progression of the soul as you as a person come to the realization that you are not just your body. It is totally up to you what the song means to you. But for me, its about ascension, and becoming one with the energy that created you.
Lol @ over analyzing | Reviewer: Anonymous | 2/18/12
True that everyone can pull what they want from the lyrics and tone, but simplicity is often evident. I would definitely say this is a love song. Read/Listen to it again, and relate it to love, self loathing, forgiveness and realization.
"Before we pine away" | Reviewer: Spencer | 2/13/12
This song is about the third eye, in my interpetation. Ego calcifies the third eye, or pineal gland(hence the pine away, the symbol of the third eye is the pinecone), as does flouride, and other substances. This third eye emits DMT, or dimethyltryptamine(spelling?), which creates dreaming. Like Ryan, another one who commented said, we are all one being, and ego is what seperates us from intelligent infinity. If you'd like to learn more about this sort of topic, I highly recommend The Law of One. You can check it out at lawofone.info. It is a few people's experiences speaking through a mediator to a collective conciousness by the name of Ra, who answers all questions they ask. I don't think it is a hoax, they quite specifically hint they do not want attention of any kind, and the text is so complicated and vast it would take a hell of an imagination and years of work to make it. Either way, it definitely changed my life and look on everything.
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