"Third Eye" as written by Daniel Carey, Adam Jones, Justin Chancellor and Maynard James Keenan....
Dreaming of that face again
It's bright and blue and shimmering
Grinning wide
And comforting me with it's three warm and wild eyes
On my back and tumbling
Down that hole and back again
Rising up
And wiping the webs and the dew from my withered eye

In, out, in, out, in, out

A child's rhyme stuck in my head
It said that life is but a dream
I've spent so many years in question
To find I've known this all along
So good to see you
I've missed you so much
So glad it's over
I've missed you so much
Came out to watch you play
Why are you running away?
Came out to watch you play
Why are you running?

Shrouding all the ground around me
Is this holy crow above me
Black as holes within a memory
And blue as our new second sun
I stick my hand into his shadow
To pull the pieces from the sand
Which I attempt to reassemble
To see just who I might have been
I do not recognize the vessel
But the eyes seem so familiar
Like phosphorescent desert buttons
Singing one familiar song
So good to see you
I've missed you so much
So glad it's over
I've missed you so much
Came out to watch you play
Why are you running away?
Came out to watch you play
Why are you running away?

Prying open my third eye
Prying open my third eye
Prying open my third eye
Prying open my third eye

So good to see you once again
I thought that you were hiding
And you thought that I had run away
Chasing the tail of dogma
I opened my eye
I opened my eye
I opened my eye and there we were
I opened my eye
I opened my eye
I opened my eye and there we were

So good to see you once again
I thought that you were hiding from me
And you thought that I had run away
Chasing a trail of smoke and reason
Prying open my third eye
Prying open my third eye
Prying open my third eye
Prying open my third eye
Prying open my third eye
Prying open my third eye
Prying open my third eye
Prying open my third eye
Prying open my third eye
Prying open my third eye


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"Third Eye" as written by Daniel Carey Adam Jones

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  • +18
    General CommentHello Everyone,

    This song is not about drugs. It is an insult to this great band to imply that MJK is only speaking about drugs, drug use, and drug effects. This song is really about Quantum Physics. At the begining of the song MJK quotes Bill Hicks. He says

    "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. Here's Tom with the weather."

    This one paragraph is what the whole song is about. He is talking about the Big Bang. When all atoms in the universe where ONE atom. Then the big bang happened and created the universe. That is why we are one consciousness, because we are all one (originated from the same thing). By the way the man that realized this theory did not do acid, it was Albert Einstein. (Theory of Relativity)

    "Prying open my third eye" is not a reference to MJK's penis or his Peyote eye. The third eye in Buddhism is your consciousness. Your third eye allows you to see reality as it is, not the reality that we think exist, which is the reality we create in our minds that we see, taste, touch, etc.

    We have all heard MJK refer to life as an illusion. Life is what our brain tells us what we are experiencing. When the Big Bang happened it not only created you, me, this planet, our universe, but it created all the parallel universes. Which means that if we are all one because we originated from the BIG Bang. Then that means that we all exist in everywhere, including other dimensions and so on. So, right now at this very moment you exist multiple times throughout space. That is why life is an illusion.

    "So good to see you
    I've missed you so much
    So glad it's over
    I've missed you so much
    Came out to watch you play
    Why are you running?"

    This is also related to Buddhist philosophy. The principle of Reincarnation. He says the statement above several times throughout the song. The first, he is talking about visiting himself as a child. The second is him visiting himself from another life time. According to Buddhist Philosophy, when you die you do not take with you anything but your Karma. This means your physical appearance, your knowledge, your car, all of these thing do not come with you to your next life. That is why MJK says this,"

    I stick my hand into his shadow
    To pull the pieces from the sand
    Which I attempt to reassemble
    To see just who I might have been
    I do not recognize the vessel,
    But the eyes seem so familiar
    Like phosphorescent desert buttons
    Singing one familiar song."

    You can see who you were in past lives, who you will be, and even who others were. If you just open your third eye.

    If you have time go to youtube.com and type in "what the bleep do we know part 1." Watch the whole movie. It will thoroughly explain all of these concepts. We all see what we want to see. Just read through the comments, and see how people distorted MJK's lyrics because they wanted MJK to say what they wanted to hear.

    If you are an avid TOOL fan, or if you know anything about TOOL. You know that they don't clearly state the point. Not because they are trying to be tricky. They want you to think for yourself. All of our lives we have been fed distorted information. We have been given answers to all our problems with the click of the search button on Google. TOOL doesn't want to give you the answers. They want you to find them on your own. Be pro-active learn the truth because you won't in school. Our governments, our dogmatic religions ( such as christianity, Islam, Jeudaism), and our teachers don't want you to know the truth because you begin to question. When you begin to question you begin to ask. When you ask then you act. This leads to revolution.

    I hope this comment helped open your third eye.

    "Liberate yourself and you will liberate the world"
    abcurl1988on March 09, 2009   Link
  • +17
    General CommentI think that this song is about someone(loved one maybe child) who has passed away. And the narrator is dreaming of their "face again" and In the beginning Bill Hicks is talking about how drugs can help. So this person has turned into a drug addict and is trying to stop but is brought back "Down that hole and back again"
    This person is high to feel better and believes that he sees the loved one "playing" so he "came out to watch you play" but him/her starts running away and the addict starts to cry and screams "why are you running away!"
    Third eye is a metaphor for finally realizing what is true/reality so the addict is "Prying open my third eye" so see reality and that he/she Is gone but thanks the drugs for letting the addict see the loved one once again. And realizes that this entire time he's been "Chasing a trail of smoke" meaning the loved one was never there but he did it for "reason." The reason is because he loved him/her.
    BananaPieLordon July 09, 2014   Link
  • +7
    General CommentThe entire Aenima album is about Carl Jung's theory of Analytical Psychology. This song is about the final layer, the center of it all: The Self. Just like "Forty-six & 2" was about crossing through layer 3, the Shadow. And you'll hear Maynard mention "Crucifying the ego" in a few songs. Eulogy was about "Ego death" which must happen to progress forward. Ego is layer 2. Look it up, I promise you it's true. Maynard formed the word "Aenima" by combining "anima" (layer 4, the feminine soul within a man, and oppositely animus is the masculine soul within a woman, and it's said that the qualities of one's one anima/animus reflect that of the lover they should have. It's kind of the basis for the concept of soul mates) and enema. Aenima is meant to mean "A cleansing of the soul."
    IAmTheAntiheroon May 25, 2011   Link
  • +4
    General Commentrow row row your boat,
    gently down a stream.
    merrily, merrily, merrily,
    life is but a dream
    rappoon March 02, 2002   Link
  • +4
    General CommentLike phosphorescent desert buttons
    Singing one familiar song...


    When he sings these two lines he is refering to the use of the halucinagenic peyote cactus that grows in parts of northern Mexico and the SW United States. After eating between 4 and 8 "buttons" from the inside of the peyote cactus, one can experience visions including animals who speak.
    OceanOfChaoson May 06, 2002   Link
  • +3
    My Opinionthis one ain't all that hard... prying open my third eye. that phrase is heavily emphasized in the song. assuming you understand the third eye reference and that the song has obvious references to both lsd and mescaline, try looking at the song as being less about the drugs and more about the rather unpleasant image of someone trying to pry their own eyes open with the drugs being the crowbar. hope someone finds this useful. peace.
    VikingCustomon August 09, 2011   Link
  • +2
    General CommentHmm.. I posted a comment on this song a long time ago, it seems to have been deleted.
    This song is the grand finale of Ænema. This collaberation of every meaning behind the other songs in Ænema is a metaphoric sea of beauty. It reminds us to keep an omnispective view of everything, to question and contemplate existance, to not believe blindly, amongst other things.
    Makoeon January 22, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis song is a record of Maynard's own experiences with the third eye. The third eye follows a theory that there are subtleties that can't be seen with our normal eyes. It's suggested in the lyrics that Maynard follows this path like a religion, and that he induces his visions with drugs.
    GuythDanon January 28, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General CommentWow Aragorn, your pretty dumb huh? Rappo was intelligently making clear the connection of the nursery rhyme "Row Row Row Your Boat" to the line "A child's rhyme stuck in my head, it said life is but a dream" before you take shots at people, think of what you're saying.
    Nobzon July 31, 2002   Link
  • +2
    My Interpretation"Dreaming of that face again.
    It's bright and blue and shimmering.
    Grinning wide
    And comforting me with it's three warm and wild eyes."

    IF ANYONE HAS EVER DONE LSD YOU WILL KNOW ABOUT THIS. EVEN CERTAIN PRACTICES OF BUDDHISM REQUIRE STEREOSCOPIC VISUALISATION...I.E., CONVERGING YOUR LINE OF SIGHT UNTIL YOU SEE THREE EYES. (TRY THIS IN THE MIRROR). DIFFERENT EXPERIENCES FOR DIFFERENT PEOPLE...BUT CAN BE HOLOGRAPHIC-LIKE, LIKE YOU ARE IN A DIFFERENT DIMENSION. THERE ARE MANY SONGS ABOUT THIS.

    "On my back and tumbling
    Down that hole and back again
    Rising up
    And wiping the webs and the dew from my withered eye.
    In, out, in.., out, in, out
    A child's rhyme stuck in my head.
    It said that life is but a dream."

    REFERENCES TO ALICE AND WONDERLAND (DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE). ENLIGHTENMENT. RE-ACTIVATION.

    "I've spent so many years in question
    To find I've known this all along.
    "So good to see you.
    I've missed you so much.
    So glad it's over.
    I've missed you so much
    Came out to watch you play.
    Why are you running?""

    TRICKY ONE.

    "Shrouding all the ground around me
    Is this holy crow above me.
    Black as holes within a memory
    And blue as our new second sun."

    LOTS OF MUSICAL REFERENCES TO "OUT OF THE BLACK, AND INTO THE BLUE". AGAIN, ENLIGHTENMENT?


    I stick my hand into his shadow
    To pull the pieces from the sand.
    Which I attempt to reassemble
    To see just who I might have been.
    I do not recognize the vessel,
    But the eyes seem so familiar.
    Like phosphorescent desert buttons"

    REMEMBERING YOUR PAST...WHO YOU WERE. PAST LIFE REGRESSION. ALSO SEE "46+2 BY TOOL". DESERT BUTTONS, LOL!

    "Singing one familiar song
    "So good to see you.
    I've missed you so much.
    So glad it's over.
    I've missed you so much.
    Came out to watch you play.
    Why are you running away?""

    MY BEST GUESS: ITS HARD TO STAY IN THIS PLACE. VAGUE MEMORIES OF DISTANT PAST, LONG BEFORE THIS LIFE.

    Prying open my third eye.
    So good to see you once again.
    I thought that you were hiding.
    And you thought that I had run away.
    Chasing the tail of dogma.
    I opened my eye and there we were.
    So good to see you once again
    I thought that you were hiding from me.
    And you thought that I had run away.
    Chasing a trail of smoke and reason.
    Prying open my third eye.

    OPENING OF THIRD EYE. SPIRITUAL ENLIGHTENMENT. HE'S RUNNING AWAY FROM "HIMSELF" NO ONE ELSE. DOGMA IS THE ENEMY OF ENLIGHTENMENT.
    jlron June 25, 2013   Link

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