Schism Lyrics - Tool

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I know the pieces fit cause I watched them fall away
Mildewed and smoldering, fundamental differing,
Pure intention juxtaposed will set two lovers souls in motion
Disintegrating as it goes testing our communication
The light that fueled our fire then has burned a hole between us so
We cannot see to reach an end crippling our communication.

I know the pieces fit cause I watched them tumble down
No fault, none to blame it doesn't mean I don't desire
To point the finger, blame the other, watch the temple topple over
To bring the pieces back together, rediscover communication

The poetry that comes from the squaring off between,
And the circling is worth it
Finding beauty in the dissonance

There was a time that the pieces fit, but I watched them fall away
Mildewed and smoldering, strangled by our coveting
I've done the math enough to know the dangers of our second guessing
Doomed to crumble unless we grow, and strengthen our communication

Cold silence has a tendency to atrophy any sense of compassion

Between supposed lovers
Between supposed brothers

And I know the pieces fit (x8)




Writer: Carey, Daniel / Chancellor, Justin / Jones, Adam / Keenan, Maynard James
Lyrics © EMI Music Publishing



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come on | Reviewer: Anonymous | 8/18/13

this is about love that gone death after so many years..he so wants it to start over... still loves her alltho they lost the basics..communication, a lyrics idea he also used in sober.

Between supposed lovers | Reviewer: Anonymous | 4/30/13

Ok just a simplistic thought but this whole song refers to the story of Romeo and Juliet and I believe the last lyric of between supposed lovers is repeated twice I don't think it says brothers but again a lot of literary terms are used throughout the song and the comment about poetry is about William Shakespeare writing perhaps one of the greatest love stories that's actually ends in five deaths including the death of the two lovers because of a "miscommunication". I might be wrong I mean its all up to the individual but this really jumped out at me because I recently was talking about Romeo and Juliet during a lecture and heard this song later on.

Music too | Reviewer: Anonymous | 12/3/12

Its much more than lyrics. The verses are in 12/8, but a schismed 12/8, its split into 5/8 and 7/8. The verses have Adam and Justin are playing the same rhythmic patterns, but they are playing different notes (like A,B,C), which creates tension automatically- underscoring a schism. Finally at the end of the song, when Maynard is screaming "I Know the Pieces Fit!", Adam, danny, and Justin and Maynard are all playing the same rhythmic pattern and the same notes/frequencies, underscoring a healed schism. It suggests that the song may be about starting with a split, but then ending with a unity.

Tower of Babel | Reviewer: Anonymous | 10/22/12

I was going through a hard day as my body detoxed from years of trauma. This came as mood swings of anxiety & restlessness and i took to the countryside to walk it off and get away from all the zombies. I was sitting on a trail crying out the agony when this song & Lateralus instantly made sense to me. It was like a veil had been lifted & i could get out of my head.

We all start out knowing how to communicate perfectly, were far more sensitive and intuitive but then they bring in all their rules & bullsh*t and screw us all up in side. The peices come tumbling down. Then you drift on through life until your lucky enough (ha) to reach the boiling point and collapse from the absurdity of it all. It just hurts too much. Then you gotta trace it all back, pull back your projections instead of pointing your finger & blaming someone outside of you. So hard.

You have to relearn the flow. Just using words isn't communication, everything needs interpreting because peoples' hearts & minds are not in tune. The words don't mean what they mean half the time. You have to interpret & frame your own words so that they cut past people's defenses so they hear you. You have to learn how to read people again & decipher the mess you made. It begins to make sense again when you surrender & open the heart

connections to bill hicks | Reviewer: Mark77 | 9/15/12

“Folks, it's time to evolve. That's why we're troubled. You know why our institutions are failing us, the church, the state, everything's failing? It's because, um – they're no longer relevant. We're supposed to keep evolving. Evolution did not end with us growing opposable thumbs. You do know that, right?” ― Bill Hicks

YMMV | Reviewer: Heartless Bytchh | 6/2/12

One thing I get from this song is that to me it sounds like a person that's desperately trying to make all of the pieces fit is trying to make all of the pieces fit of their life. " I know the pieces fit", but it's not working for the person. They're unable to make the pieces of their life fit. What made sense before makes no sense now. Their lives have changed so much and so many different ways that no many how many times they shuffle the pieces the pieces will no longer fit together. But no matter how they try to make the pieces fit, their efforts are futile.

I think this song is appropriate for many of us. Thank you, Tool. You're awesome.

I'd be interested in other's thoughts.

Purity | Reviewer: Anonymous | 5/22/12

I believe that Tool is saying that we must all be in communication with each other but most importantly be honest with yourself. What exactly are you in love with and why? Why do you love what you love? What does it mean to you? How has it affected you? Communication is key....be honest with thyself. To know thyself....is to truly truly trust thyself!! Your ground will never be shaken. And why should it? You know who you are? You know what you believe!!! We need to remember HE died for us......he sent his only son......to pass on the knowledge that we are loved because of who we are! Somehow we get lost and need approval for what we do and what we believe because we have committed sin...but communication sets us free! Admit your faults...your weeknesses....your doubts....for HE knows them all already. There is no wrong in pure love....and we all seek it....if you seek....so shall you find! Love as if you were a child all over again! In the end....at the end of the day....we are all seaking the same..thing...in any shape...form...fashion...LOVE! True...GENIUNE...unjudgemental pure love that can only come from within....IF YOU BELIEVE!

How does anyone not see this meaning? | Reviewer: Jm462 | 4/12/12

It was pretty well known after the Issue of revolver mag dedicated to tool came out, that there were tensions within the band during the making of Lateralus. To what extent, nobody but the band will know. This song seems to describe that "dissonance". Listen to it again with the thought of writing a song with your closest friends but having trouble finding common ground on how it should be done. Alot of metaphors as always, but almost every line in the song could describe a part of this process. There is not some crazy deep meaning behind all of tool's songs. The beauty is that we can all interpret it differently and not be right or wrong. I just felt that this was pretty staright forward. I honestly think the grudge, the patient, and schism all have to do with different views of the tedious process of writing a record and the tension that is caused, but the poetry that comes from the squaring off between the artists is worth the circling to find the beauty in the dissonance so to speak

Subtle Truth | Reviewer: Fender | 4/10/12

Any good songwriter will leave their song open to the individual's translation. That way more can enjoy the song rather than focusing on one particular group. So close your eyes, lay back, open your third eye and allow your ears to flood your emotional senses with this offering laid out before you.

why complicate? | Reviewer: Anonymous | 3/5/12

Why everyone trying to get some deep religious and society-related meaning out of these brilliant lyrics? Though I'm not saying you're wrong, even with subtile artists like tool, sometimes looking inside the box might be the right choice.
Dont worry, these lyrics are stunning enough if taken literally.
I dont even know if its necessary to explain anything to someone that's been into a broken relationship with a nice matching person. both making assumptions out of the other person's actions, misinterpreting them and causing pain to both, just because they were not able to talk, explain and understand instead of simplifying it into something negative.
The whole point explained in one single line: "I've done the math enough to know the dangers of our second guessing"
The rest is self describable.

Double Meanings | Reviewer: Bert | 2/7/12

I agree with what previous people have been saying about the song being about the rift between different religions despite them stemming from a shared general belief, but I also think the song and video definitely have strong sexual undertones addressing the point that most religions have a tendency to demonise perfectly natural human sexual urges. "Strangled by our coveting" "The light that fueled our fire has burned a hole between us" "No fault, none to blame it doesn't mean I don't desire to" "Doomed to crumble unless we grow", etc. All of these lyrics can seen as references to both sexuality and procreation.

Church | Reviewer: Anonymous | 1/20/12

Schism is a word to describe the church dividing into different pieces. The lines "I know the pieces fit" represents that the different branches all fit together because they are the same thing. "Between Supposed lovers" Could mean a Christians faith and love in Christ.

A broader view | Reviewer: Anonymous | 1/10/12

I think this song doesn't refer to lovers or brothers exclusively. It speaks of a huge rift within our society, and in its apocalyptic first-person view, it reminds me of "Limo Wreck" by Soundgarden. If people cannot connect to each other, our society will collapse and destroy itself because we cannot appreciate the "dissonance" that exists within each one of us. We all look for what suits us best, not choosing to fit together and bonding. We need to open our Third Eye and see how the pieces fit.

Tool has the answer.

Communication | Reviewer: Anonymous | 1/8/12

This song is very difficult to decipher. The abstract nature that Tool tends to dwell in their songs is what makes them so unique. Every song has a very deep meaning. It stimulates us to think, which is what a lot of people need to do these days.
I think the song is about communication, not only among lovers, but society as well. This is just a personal note, but I find it interesting how in the music video the two characters look like James Maynard, the lead singer. It makes sense though, because he's using a first person perspective. He puts a lot of emphasis on "I know the pieces fit cause I watched them fall away." In my opinion, this is the act of "pointing fingers" at people as we watch Vicariously from our TV screens. But also, only he knows how to fix the issue because he was there to experience how it became an issue in the first place. This is true with society and relationships. Communication is key. People will never know what you're thinking until you tell them. There must be communication within relationships between humans or else everything will crumble.

its from a book... | Reviewer: Liber al vel legis | 1/3/12

One must fulfil one’s true Nature, one must do one’s Will. To question this is to destroy confidence, and so to create an inhibition… We are not to calculate, to argue, to criticise; these things lead to division of will and to stagnation. His lyrics reflect that of Liber al vel legis or the book of law chapter 2: 28-34.
Basically in any relationship, regardless of who or what it is between, something that sparks the two entities passion towards each other will be tested regardless of how much they love or care for each other. When at the precipice of there relationship they will either fall away due to the lack of the passion they had towards each other during the beginning or they will strengthen and grow. In the song its example is used by communication, and to argue with it, to calculate against it, and to criticize its being will doom it.


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