In Which I Share a Bit of My Thought Process

June 13, 2007

I’m trying something new with this batch of lyrics. In a nod to my normal friends [because in terms of music, yes, it does turn out I’m the weird one {so hard to say…}], I’m posting an excerpt from the song with some of the lyrics that I find most moving. I guess we’ll see if it’s the lyrics or the music. ;)

In a related note, I was listening to an interview with Maynard [lead singer of Tool] and he talks about how the lyrics are really secondary to the work he does. He adds them as a little bit of icing to give the music direction, to give your brain something to do. Funny how I end up loving his music for the complete opposite reason. :)

Anyway, without further adieu, here’s 10,000 Days.


Listen to the tales and romanticize,
How we’d follow the path of the hero.
Boast about the day when the rivers overrun.
How we rise to the height of our halo.

Listen to the tales as we all rationalize
Our way into the arms of the savior,
Feigning all the trials and the tribulations;
None of us have actually been there.
Not like you.

Ignorant siblings in the congregation
Gather around spewing sympathy,
Spare me.
None of them can even hold a candle up to you.
Blinded by choice, these hypocrites won’t see.

But, enough about the collective Judas.
Who could deny you were the one who
Illuminated your little piece of the divine?

And this little light of mine, a gift you passed on to me;
I’m gonna let it shine to guide you safely on your way,
Your way home …

Oh, what are they going to do when the lights go down
Without you to guide them all to Zion?
What are they going to do when the rivers overrun
Other than tremble incessantly?

High is the way, but all eyes are upon the ground.
You were the light and the way they’ll only read about.
I only pray, Heaven knows when to lift you out.
Ten thousand days in the fire is long enough;
You’re going home.

You’re the only one who can hold your head up high,
Shake your fists at the gates saying:
“I’ve come home now!
Fetch me the spirit, the son, and the father.
Tell them their pillar of faith has ascended.
It’s time now!
My time now!
Give me my, give me my wings!”

You are the light and way that they will only read about.

Set as I am in my ways and my arrogance,
(With the) burden of proof tossed upon the believers.
You were my witness, my eyes, my evidence,
Judith Marie, unconditional one.

Daylight dims leaving cold fluorescents.
Difficult to see you in this light.
Please forgive this bold suggestion, but
Should you see your Maker’s face tonight,
Look Him in the eye, look Him in the eye, and tell Him:
“I never lived a lie, never took a life, but surely saved one.
Hallelujah, it’s time for you to bring me home.”

A little background. Because thanks to Dave, this song opened up to me in a completely new [and awesome way]. This song is also titled Wings for Marie, Part 2. Judith Marie is Maynard’s mother [and also the title character of his A Perfect Circle song, Judith]. Judith was a very religious woman, as you might be able to tell from her self-titled song. She also ended up in a coma for 27 years [~ 10000 days]. In that way, this song is a sending off for Judith by Maynard. A loving sun saying farewell to a mother that maybe he didn’t understand, but one that he loved. At the same time, to me, it’s a reminder of a fantasy that religious men and women grasp at.

I get a little choked up over this part [the part I’ve included the audio of]:

You’re the only one who can hold your head up high,
Shake your fists at the gates saying:
“I’ve come home now!
Fetch me the spirit, the son, and the father.
Tell them their pillar of faith has ascended.
It’s time now!
My time now!
Give me my, give me my wings!”

because it makes me think of someone that reaches death, expecting to find something else, and instead finds nothing. They may ‘shake their first’ at God, at Heaven, all they want. They’ll still find nothing.

Wow. It’s funny, my ‘favorite’ song has changed about 3 times in the past two weeks just listening to Tool.

But I’m going to shut up now. I don’t mean to proselytize. It won’t do any good. Besides, that would be completely against the point.

I just wanted to share.


One Response to “In Which I Share a Bit of My Thought Process”

  1. dave in the back said

    I enjoyed your take on the song, mainly because I faintly had an idea of what it was about, but didn’t really feel like completely analyzing it. I figured that it was his way of showing affection and remorse for his mother while at the same time being satirical about her beliefs.

    But yeah, this one is up there. On this one, I’m going to say that there’s a perfect marriage between lyrics and music. The sounds are so passionate and yet the lyrics give it a strong and long lasting definition.

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