Do you feel what I feel
See what I see
Hear what I hear
There is a line you must draw
Between your dream world and reality
Do you live my life
Or share the breath I breathe

Lies
Feed your judgement of others
Behold
How the blind lead each other

The philosopher
You know so much about nothing at all

[Lead: Chuck]

Ideas that fall under shadows
Of theories that stand tall
Thoughts that grow narrow
Upon being verbally released

Your mind is not your own
What sounds more mentally
Stimulating is how you make your choice
So you preach about how I'm supposed to be
Yet you don't you know your own sexuality

Lies
Feed your judgement of others
Behold
How the blind lead each other

The philosopher
You know so much about nothing at all


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  • +6
    General Comment"Thoughts that grow narrow upon being verbally released"

    It's about being a blabbermouths who expect everyone to listen to their opinions, and in turn don't listen to anyone elses. You can't really say it's against christians, because you have loudmouths of all ideologies.
    Stabwound666on July 28, 2008   Link
  • +6
    General CommentI never thought about it before, but this song very easily be against Paul Masivdal. Paul is a philosopher, and many believe he is homosexual. I just can't picture Chuck getting mad at a guy like Paul...
    AJ190on January 22, 2010   Link
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    General Comment"So you preach about how I'm supposed to be
    Yet you don't you know your own sexuality"

    I always had a feeling this line was talking about Sigmund Freud. Like he's saying to Freud concerning his theories "That is my business, oh and, what the hell would you know about sexuality ?" I just wanted to add that, the meaning of the rest of the song is pretty obvious.
    bnm_lordon April 12, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General Comment"The philosopher
    You know so much about nothing at all"
    Sokrates

    "Do you feel what I feel
    See what I see
    Hear what I hear
    There is a line you must draw
    Between your dream world and reality"
    René Descartes

    "So you preach about how I'm supposed to be
    Yet you don't you know your own sexuality"
    Yeh, could very well be Freud
    MardyAsson September 12, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General CommentPeople just ignore this Blackened89 retard. His entire life consists of visiting metal bands on this page and whining about how he hates their lyrics. The guy is insane
    Griminalon November 28, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI have read that Chuck read a lot of philosophical literature, and have always thought this song is about a (possibly temporary) disillusionment in using philosophy to help make you a better person. It's happened to me for sure. At first you absorb all the thoughts and writings of others, then you realize that none of these people have lived your life thus have no idea what is right for you to do.

    But if my interpretation of the song is correct, and Chuck's opinion on philosophers is correct, then it's basically saying that you can't learn anything from other people, and I don't think Chuck was ignorant enough to believe that so I'm probably wrong somewhere.
    Egghead15229on July 21, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think it's no use trying to figure out "who" this song is about. I'd say it's simply about Philosophers in general. The whole concept of philosophy is to have opinions about stuff that can't be explained by logic, so it's easy to see why Chuck would be annoyed.

    If it's true that he was upset with Masvidal then maybe he wrote this while he was angry, but the meaning of the lyrics is definately about philosophy. No doubt in my mind.
    PlzDieNowon December 08, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAn absolutely amazing song.

    I think that it's about a person who feels that they are the know-all of everything going on in the world around them, including things that are not within their grasp (ie; other peoples personal affairs.) This person isn't even quite sure of his own matters but continues to make false insights about everything else going on.

    For all I know, this may have an even deeper meaning regarding something such as media. Meh.
    NothingManon May 14, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"[...]the video for the track The Philosopher, a lyrical slam against former guitarist Masvidal, even made it on to a Beavis & Butt-head episode in 1994[...]"
    from wikipedia.org
    I wonder what that is about...
    MardyAsson January 07, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthere indeed was a feud with Masvidal, chuck could not make a europe tour so Masvidal brought someone else and still decided to play under the same name. apparently many times he also had tried to tell chuck how to write his songs and music.

    The song is indeed about masvidal as he has quoted in certain interviews
    teehomon August 14, 2007   Link

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