Mental blindfolds on
Early on the fascination intense
How to discern just where right belongs

Something has got to give
These things I just don't want you to see

There is no need for you to start revolutions
I don't want you to talk to the minions
Just show me a brand new face
an open mind against a dying race

Something has got to give
These things I just don't want you to hear/feel

Cannot fail in this the era of losers
burnt the shell of those that once held the torches
Cannot give you the senses anew
nor will you know innocence again

Something has got to give
These things I just don't want you to know

In time all your questions will be answered
Not what you hoped for, not what you dreamed
All preconceptions crumble

Something has got to give
These things I just don't want you to learn

Won't hold up to the standards you keep
never came from the formative years
Just show me a brand new mind
Keep in what you left behind

Something has got to give
These things I just don't want you to be


Lyrics submitted by Jester24

Format C: For Cortex song meanings
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    General CommentTo me the song seems to be about wanting to start over, rebooting one's mind. "Format C:" is what you do when you want to reformat your computer and the majority of people use "C" to represent the HDD. It maybe a stretch but thats just my interpretation
    Arntoron June 14, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is about the upbringing of a child, and trying to gove it good morals even though the reality is far from what it should be, according to the upbringing...
    Just my thoughs
    SoulRapiston October 17, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentCurrently, this is my second favorite song by DT, "Insanity's Crescendo". I love the piano solo in the middle of the song that builds into the passionate declaration:

    "In time all your questions will be answered
    Not what you hoped for, not what you dreamed"

    There is an obvious theme of repression told from the viewpoint of the oppressor. The tone of the song makes me think of it in terms of a science fiction piece.
    Tindaloson April 19, 2004   Link
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    General CommentHe actually says "Format C: For Cortex" in the instruental part, but he whispers it so you must listen closely.

    This seems to be about corporations draining the will and creativity of their employees.
    Cortex sounds very much like the name of a corp, dosent it?

    The song reads like a boss talking to one of his minions who is about to be promoted into the "inner circle" of the corrupt corporation.
    Ddaduttaon February 09, 2006   Link
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    General Commentcortex is a part of the brain. format c maybe means a format that all brains are "formatted" in, we are adapted to this community and we have polished away the things that makes us special and individual .

    for me this song is about searching for a person ...a person that hasnt "formatted" his or hers brain, that are unique and individual. someone that differs from the masses. someone to love. somethings got to give...there must be someone.
    Just show me a brand new face
    an open mind against a dying race
    that is about the longin for someone who dares to be open and look away from the normal, accepted way to be.

    brilliant song.
    beautyofthebeaston January 22, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis song seems to me to be about resisting brainwashing, especially from society. This comes out in the verses

    There is no need for you to start revolutions
    I don't want you to talk to the minions
    Just show me a brand new face
    an open mind against a dying race

    and

    In time all your questions will be answered
    Not what you hoped for, not what you dreamed
    All preconceptions crumble

    This is particularly supported by the title; see en.wikipedia.org/wiki/…

    Additionally confirming Ddadutta's comment: Stanne whispers (though loudly) "Format C: for Cortex" around 3:39-3:45.
    neoflameon February 12, 2007   Link
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    General Commentreminds me of in flames lyrics format C: for cortex i agree about reformatting humans

    Just show me a brand new face
    an open mind against a dying race

    reminds me of in flames style we're a dying race ruining ourselves/theworld and need to restart or format
    Dreadnaughton June 24, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti agree with Arntor's interpretation, thats exactly what came to mind when i first heard this song
    Mr_Smackon June 27, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI agree with soulrapist, could be a child, if the writer has one, if not, it could be anybody he cares about.
    PenGoneBadon February 15, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI agree that the song is about searching for (or trying to raise) a person that has not been brainwashed by society, and building on that idea, i think that this verse:

    "There is no need for you to start revolutions
    I don't want you to talk to the minions
    Just show me a brand new face
    an open mind against a dying race"

    are saying he wants to protect the person from society so he can learn from them or if nothing else let them live a better life than most of us live
    xenogison July 20, 2010   Link

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