so what's with your kind
you scavenge to find what makes you
supreme in design
accuse you 'cause they had the fun
so differently divine
when my mind goes override

it's so typical to capture anonymity
i choose the crowd to divide

chorus :
so you see i try
i cannot ever displace
you see i'm jaded at times
from nowhere leaving this place

they made us with a tool
then they taught us how to live
we met the candyman
filled us with his contraband
than they scared us all away

chorus

while you're visiting your bubble of reality
salivating at the sound of the bells
i'll be seducing you through your confession
they've been the ones you've known forever

someone's been lied to
with all the rage
caught us dismal at times we've known forever

you've been denied of supervision
just a test tube life away

how could you make-believe
that we've grown through circumcision
when it's right here next to me

friendships change to time
they'd never let us leave
you took your time
so too late
missing what you've never had
i'll be the only one that knows
just how we've been abused


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Revival (w/ Jon Davis) song meanings
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    General CommentI think this song is mostly talking about humanity in general, and how we are all conditioned by society more than we know. The part "they made us with the tool" refers to sex, because it is where we all come from, and it's the nature part of us, and the "taught us how to live" part is about being brought up and taught, the nurture part of humanity. If you don't already know, the part about "salivating at the sound of the bells" is reference to the experiments done by the psychologist Pavlov, in which he conditioned dogs to associate food with the ringing of a bell, and eventually he could cause them to salivate simply by ringing a bell. Overall, this is a very scary song when you think of all of the ways that the society we live in twists us to believe.
    simiankolyaon September 23, 2002   Link
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    General CommentMore on my previous thoughts, I think they are likening humans to the dogs in the experiment, that we are easily conditioned just like that, only in more subtle ways. I haven't been able to decide what the candy man part means to me, I think it's either about a drug dealer or a traveling bible salesman (no offense to religious people out there, but religion is yet another way in which we are conditioned by society.) More on religion, I think the open part about "supreme in design..." is about how peoples' belief systems tend to try to place humanity in some sort of exalted position, like us being "in the Creator's image..", when really, people are just naked apes with a sense of humor. Sorry, am I being too long-winded? I congratulate anyone who's read this far, hahaha!
    simiankolyaon September 23, 2002   Link
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    General Commenti must say that is very good thoughts!
    versuson April 20, 2003   Link
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    General Commenti must say that is very good thoughts!
    versuson April 20, 2003   Link
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    General Commenti must say that is very good thoughts!
    versuson April 20, 2003   Link
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    General Commenti like the techno sound right before the song starts
    pyramidhead138on November 09, 2006   Link
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    General Commentwhao ... i was listening to this song (like actualy listening not multitasking or gettin distracted with something else)

    and when thay sang the corus im like ... wait that sounds like john from korn
    then i forgot to look into this
    but today i play shuffle on my itunes ... and it reminded me so i came here to see if it said anything and it did so i was like ... wow cool

    whata boring story ...
    4iedcravenon January 02, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthis is more correct
    i think ...

    so what's with your kind
    you scavenge to find what makes you
    supreme in design
    accuse you 'cause they had the fun
    so differently divine
    when my mind goes override
    it's so typical to capture anonymity
    i choose the crowd to divide

    so you see i try
    i cannot ever displace
    you see i'm cheated at times
    from nowhere leaving this place

    so you see me die
    i didnt run on your race
    you see i'm cheated at times
    from nowhere leaving this place

    woo ooh ooh oh
    woo oh oh
    woo ooh ooh oh
    woo oh oh

    they made us with a tool
    then they taught us how to live
    we met the candyman
    filled us with his contraband
    than they scared us all away

    while you're visiting your bubble of reality
    salivating at the sound of the bells
    i'll be seducing you through your confession
    they've been the ones you've known forever

    someone's been lied to
    with all the rage
    caught us dismal at times we've known forever

    so you see i try
    i cannot ever displace
    you see i'm cheated at times
    from nowhere leaving this place

    so you see me die
    i didnt run on your race
    you see i'm cheated at times
    from nowhere leaving this place

    you've been denied of supervision
    just a test tube life away
    how could you make-believe
    that we've grown through circumcision
    when it's right here next to me

    friendships change to time
    they'd never let us leave
    you took your time
    so too late
    missing what you've never had
    i'll be the only one that knows
    just how we've been abused

    so you see i try
    i cannot ever displace
    you see i'm cheated at times
    from nowhere leaving this place

    so you see me die
    i didnt run on your race
    you see i'm cheated at times
    from nowhere leaving this place

    so you see i try
    i cannot ever displace
    you see i'm cheated at times
    from nowhere leaving this place

    so you see me die
    i didnt run on your race
    you see i'm cheated at times
    from nowhere leaving this place
    4iedcravenon January 10, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBuilding on what simiankolya said... I think the song describes humanity being conditioned by religion but even when we try to think outside the box, we end up just being controlled by our own progress. It starts off describing how people are made to believe that they are higher beings due to religion and there's a kind of conformity that must exist in order to force people to believe that. I think then that the candyman just represents scientific knowledge and truth in general. It's something that the church didn't want anyone to have. Eventually, the song seems to describe more and more people becoming disastisfied with religion being the center of their lives. As for the rest of the song, I'm really not sure, but I think it would seem to mean that now that people rely on science and technology more, it still comes at a price ("just a test tube life away" seems to describe a typical futuristic dystopic setting as a result of human progress). And at that point, you come to the dismal realization that your progress has actually failed you, just like how organized religion kept people in the dark ages. The chorus seems to suggest this, with "so you see I try, I cannot ever displace, you see I'm jaded at times from nowhere leaving this place" meaning that no matter how humanity tries to gain control and think like individuals, it will never work out. I don't know, that's just my opinion on the whole thing... I'm usually bad at analyzing symbolism.
    dukeburgeron May 14, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI'm not sure, but one thing does stick out to me; he mentions circumcision in a negative light, then later says "missing what you've never had".
    UtopiaTreeon August 01, 2016   Link

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