"Mercy, Severity" as written by Chad L. Gray, Matthew Mcdonough, Greg Tribbett and Ryan Martinie....
We've come here, from so far away
I can save you
If you leave it all behind
This suffering's, been far too long
Would you take a trip with me
On the back of a star
I feel like earth's gravity is just here to pull us down

Mother of creation wait, embrace the souls of a lost world
Carry them away
Darkness negative receptive
Pour firmament between our waters
Separate the space
Mother of destruction wait with a belt of
Skulls strap me down
And send the ship away
Progress with the process, mine the souls
From their casts
Pour form and reshape

This dark womb
Wraps and covets me
Redefining understanding, if you open
Up the heart
Nurturing, this phenomenon
We can carry you on our wings, our wings
Through the dark
Lightning flashes of insight
Into the mirth of a dark sky
Pain of division is nothing
Joy of dissolution is everything

Mother of creation wait, embrace the souls of a lost world
Carry them away
Darkness negative receptive
Pour firmament between our waters
Separate the space
Mother of destruction wait with a belt of
Skulls strap me down
And send the ship away
Progress with the process, mine the souls
From their casts
Pour form and reshape

Portal sits deep within the eye
The eye of yin's severity
Rewards understanding
Portal sits deep within the eye
The eye of yin's severity
Rewards understanding

Blackness consumes body comforts core of nothing

Mother I can remember, a vault of security
Can you take me away
Would you take me away
Won't you take me away
Away

Mother of creation wait, embrace the souls of a lost world
Carry them away
Darkness negative receptive
Pour firmament between our waters
Separate the space
Mother of destruction wait with a belt of
Skulls strap me down
And send the ship away
Progress with the process, mine the souls
From their casts
Pour form and reshape


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"Mercy, Severity" as written by Greg Tribbett Chad L. Gray

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    General CommentFirst of all, the title of this song has a lot to do with the Tree of Life, found in the Kabbalah. The tree of life is intwined in many of Mudvayne's songs, including many on LD50. Mercy and Severity are 2 of the 3 pillars of the tree of life. The pillar of mercy containts the sefira of Chesed, which is Mercy and the pillar of severity contains the sefira of geburah. For more information on the tree of life google it, there are volumes upon volumes of it.

    Now for the song.

    I agree with gabelogan that the song is about creation, it is about REcreation. " Mine the souls From their casts
    Pour form and reshape," may be proof of this. It is saying to mine the souls from their casts (mold, forms, plaster, metal, then to melt it down, pour it into a new mold, therefor reshaping. This in turn also has a connection to Mudvayne's song Solve Et Coagula, Latin for Dissolve and soldify, interesting, no?

    The Yin part is pretty hard to explain..
    There are many analogies to the 3 pillars (severity, equilibrium and mercy in that order)
    Toaist concepts of this include Yin, toa and yang
    Christian concepts include The Holy Spirit, Father and son
    Aspects of Goddess (Crone, Mother, Maiden)

    So saying the eye of Yin's severity is like saying your holy spirit or something of that sort.

    This is just all my opinion and what I have gathered from doing loads of research on Mudvayne songs
    mikalcarbine257on November 17, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentQuick explanation of The Great Timestrream Bifurcation.
    When Christ was born a parallel world sprang into existance with Christ never being born. This having happened Christianity never came into existance. So the Roman civilization never becomes destroyed. They hook up with the Mayans and trade knowledge. Eventually leading to a world that is 1200 years in advance of ours. They become aware of us through the use of psychedelics and notice that releases of hard radiation effect both worlds. So in 2012 they are supposed to come to our planet and either enlighten us or take us away into a new life that cannot be fathomed.
    cheeseandbaconon February 17, 2007   Link
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    General Commentunderstanding the first paragraph is easy,
    "We've come here, from so far away"
    Chad said on a live from germany video of 'dig' "we are mudvayne, we are from zeta reticuli" that is the binary star system 39 light years away where the aliens live that created us.
    "I can save you, if you leave it all behind"
    he can save you if you leave behind everything on earth" .
    "This suffering's, Been far too long"
    humans have been suffering on earth for far too long.
    "Would you take a trip with me, On the back of a star"
    will you leave earth and return home?
    "I feel like earth's gravity is just here to pull
    Us down"
    gravity is here to keep us down stuck on earth

    trying the rest would make my head explode right now, but it has to do with our creator and chad smokes DMT and followes the teachings of terence mckenna. when you smoke DMT you meet what created us. so go smoke some DMT or try LSD if you cant find it, or do alot of research on DMT if you are too scared but you really wont understand Mudvayne if you dont smoke DMT or eat atleast 5 grams of shrooms and loose your ego.
    purpleurkelon April 28, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is one of my favourite songs ever.

    Personally, this song comes across to me as being about gods, or aliens or some such taking life from this terrible place, and creating a new world for it to live in.

    Not bullshitting either.
    METAL447on August 15, 2007   Link
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    General Commentfor the concept of the Yin. One of the infinate dualities between Yin and Yang are the Hidden and Obvious. Yin being the hidden and yang being the obvious. My take on the lyrics:

    Portal sits deep within the eye,
    The eye of Yin's severity,
    Rewards understanding

    Yin being the hidden, from discovering and understanding the hidden, the knowledge is the reward.

    The line "Portal sits deep within the eye" could mean diligent and careful observation leads us to the ability to pull back the veil of the hidden. Or it could refer to the concept of the third eye which is a point between the eyes and above the brow that through diligent meditation and gradually getting more yin (passive, calm, no action) opens the third eye, the eye of yin and the ability is the reward (through understanding).

    "The eye of Yin's severity"

    This could mean the concept of Yang within Yin. Which means, within Yang there is a seed of Yin and within every Yin there is a seed of Yang. That nothing can be truly yin and truly yang. So understanding that within Yin (Mercy) there is a seed of Yang (Severity) the understanding the concept and consciousness of that is a reward.

    Just a few takes.
    noNameManon December 24, 2008   Link
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    General CommentOK, I don't know how long this site has been up but I can NOT believe that nobody has at least tried to analyze this song. I personally have some extended knowledge on the subject that it deals with, so let me enlighten you:

    This song is about creation, though I'm not exactly sure what kind. It's definately not about the creation of something good, that I'm pretty sure. The word "firmament" appears in several early American creation stories. It's also talking talking about creation of souls and discusses the "casts" or how souls molded.

    Who is the "Yin" guy? That I do not know. Maybe made up by the band, as they do kind of have their own little cult-like aspects.

    In case you're wondering, "Mercy, Severity" is probably my favorite Mudvayne song. Mudvayne is my third favorite band.
    gabelogan99on May 11, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThis is one of my favorite mudvayne songs.
    Disgustipatedon May 16, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhat's sad is that nobody will get the reference from your name, gabelogan. (Syphon Filter)
    German ninjaon May 29, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's about them being aliens...and turning other people into aliens?

    Something fucked like that.
    You'll be a memoryon October 13, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThat's the video for "Not Falling" you dumb fuck.
    Joemmmon October 22, 2004   Link

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