"Perennial Quest" as written by and Chuck Schuldiner....
The journey begins with curiosity
And envolves into soul-felt questions
On the stones that we walk
And choose to make our path
Sometimes never knowing
Other times knowing too much

Filtering out the bad that holds us back
Take hold of what is true to your hunger
A hunger that will not go away
Plans for tomorrow, they will remain

Won't you join me on the perennial quest
Reaching into the dark, retrieving light
Search for answers on the perennial quest
Where dreams are followed, and time is a test

No time for mental crutches
The maker has moved on
I will take it raw and be on my way

Those that stood beside me
I'm glad you understand
Behind these written words
I share the simple plan
To hang on to the way that we feel

From rivers of sorrow
To oceans deep with hope
I have travelled them
Now, there is no turning back
The limit, the sky
I ask my questions Why? What today?
When tomorrow?

Filtering out the bad that holds us back
Take hold of what is true to your hunger
A hunger that will not go away
Plans for tomorrow, they will remain
Won't you join me on the perennial quest
Reaching into the dark, retrieving light
Search for answers on the perennial quest
Where dreams are followed, and time is a test


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"Perennial Quest" as written by Chuck Schuldiner

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    General CommentThe aucostic outro on this song is fucking beutiful.
    Buckethead_ruleson May 26, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThe whole song is beautiful...
    I guess the "perennial quest" is something everyone of us does. It's the search for your personal meaning of life. But why perennial? Well, it seems to me like Chuck has never found this meaning. He stays in his depression ("rivers of sorrow", "oceans deep with hope", "Reaching into the dark") and seems not to be able to get on and lost his hope that he will ever do so. ("Sometimes never knowing, other times knowing too much", "To hang on to the way that we feel" "A hunger that will not go away" "Now there is no turning back").
    Well, I stop to write on now, that's the central meaning I interpreted.
    XCrusherXon August 17, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThe outro...is so beautiful. Something we are all searching for...A meaning personally on life.
    Jphthe1 explicton August 27, 2008   Link
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    General CommentHow this masterpiece doesn't get more comments than this is astonishing. This is Chuck's greatest work in my opinion. I think anyone could appreciate the deep meaning behind the lyrics. He really increased the consciousness of metal I think. So... RIP Chuck!

    5/13/1967 - 12/13/2001
    Aghoraphobicon December 13, 2009   Link
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    General Commentperennial quest as in one that is taken up over and over again through out time, it is the search for knowledge or "truth", the hunger for knowledge among darkness.. it has to do with the entire album.(symbolic) because everything is symbolic, what was knowledge becomes a lie once it is spoken, the quest for knowledge is a path chosen by daring individuals that must wade through bullshit, and to know that it is knowledge you put it to the test of time.. filtering out the bad. water is the archetypal symbol of knowledge, clarity. makes me think of Buddhism, which states that all is sorrow until enlightenment, that is.. sorrow is your guide.. keeps you on the path to enlightenment, rivers of sorrow lead to oceans of hope.. the stones that we walk on are heartfelt pieces of truth. also it could be looked at through a Jungian lens; where the shadow is the subconscious that must be cleared or cleansed. Chuck speaks of religion as a mental crutch.. the maker has moved on.. there is no turning back, and he keeps repeating to hold onto the hunger, that will not go away, that will keep you on the path tomorrow.. we change through time and might get lost in delusions.. but the hunger will remain.
    corpsemanon August 27, 2010   Link
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    General Commentperennial quest as in one that is taken up over and over again through out time, it is the search for knowledge or "truth", the hunger for knowledge among darkness.. it has to do with the entire album.(symbolic) because everything is symbolic, what was knowledge becomes a lie once it is spoken, the quest for knowledge is a path chosen by daring individuals that must wade through bullshit, and to know that it is knowledge you put it to the test of time.. filtering out the bad. water is the archetypal symbol of knowledge, clarity. makes me think of Buddhism, which states that all is sorrow until enlightenment, that is.. sorrow is your guide.. keeps you on the path to enlightenment, rivers of sorrow lead to oceans of hope.. the stones that we walk on are heartfelt pieces of truth. also it could be looked at through a Jungian lens; where the shadow is the subconscious that must be cleared or cleansed. Chuck speaks of religion as a mental crutch.. the maker has moved on.. there is no turning back, and he keeps repeating to hold onto the hunger, that will not go away, that will keep you on the path tomorrow.. we change through time and might get lost in delusions.. but the hunger will remain.
    corpsemanon August 27, 2010   Link
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    General Commentperennial quest as in one that is taken up over and over again through out time, it is the search for knowledge or "truth", the hunger for knowledge among darkness.. it has to do with the entire album.(symbolic) because everything is symbolic, what was knowledge becomes a lie once it is spoken, the quest for knowledge is a path chosen by daring individuals that must wade through bullshit, and to know that it is knowledge you put it to the test of time.. filtering out the bad. water is the archetypal symbol of knowledge, clarity. makes me think of Buddhism, which states that all is sorrow until enlightenment, that is.. sorrow is your guide.. keeps you on the path to enlightenment, rivers of sorrow lead to oceans of hope.. the stones that we walk on are heartfelt pieces of truth. also it could be looked at through a Jungian lens; where the shadow is the subconscious that must be cleared or cleansed. Chuck speaks of religion as a mental crutch.. the maker has moved on.. there is no turning back, and he keeps repeating to hold onto the hunger, that will not go away, that will keep you on the path tomorrow.. we change through time and might get lost in delusions.. but the hunger will remain.
    corpsemanon August 27, 2010   Link
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    General Commentperennial quest as in one that is taken up over and over again through out time, it is the search for knowledge or "truth", the hunger for knowledge among darkness.. it has to do with the entire album.(symbolic) because everything is symbolic, what was knowledge becomes a lie once it is spoken, the quest for knowledge is a path chosen by daring individuals that must wade through bullshit, and to know that it is knowledge you put it to the test of time.. filtering out the bad. water is the archetypal symbol of knowledge, clarity. makes me think of Buddhism, which states that all is sorrow until enlightenment, that is.. sorrow is your guide.. keeps you on the path to enlightenment, rivers of sorrow lead to oceans of hope.. the stones that we walk on are heartfelt pieces of truth. also it could be looked at through a Jungian lens; where the shadow is the subconscious that must be cleared or cleansed. Chuck speaks of religion as a mental crutch.. the maker has moved on.. there is no turning back, and he keeps repeating to hold onto the hunger, that will not go away, that will keep you on the path tomorrow.. we change through time and might get lost in delusions.. but the hunger will remain.
    corpsemanon August 27, 2010   Link
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    General Commentperennial quest as in one that is taken up over and over again through out time, it is the search for knowledge or "truth", the hunger for knowledge among darkness.. it has to do with the entire album.(symbolic) because everything is symbolic, what was knowledge becomes a lie once it is spoken, the quest for knowledge is a path chosen by daring individuals that must wade through bullshit, and to know that it is knowledge you put it to the test of time.. filtering out the bad. water is the archetypal symbol of knowledge, clarity. makes me think of Buddhism, which states that all is sorrow until enlightenment, that is.. sorrow is your guide.. keeps you on the path to enlightenment, rivers of sorrow lead to oceans of hope.. the stones that we walk on are heartfelt pieces of truth. also it could be looked at through a Jungian lens; where the shadow is the subconscious that must be cleared or cleansed. Chuck speaks of religion as a mental crutch.. the maker has moved on.. there is no turning back, and he keeps repeating to hold onto the hunger, that will not go away, that will keep you on the path tomorrow.. we change through time and might get lost in delusions.. but the hunger will remain.
    corpsemanon August 27, 2010   Link
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    General Commentoops, hopefully a mod can fix this
    corpsemanon August 27, 2010   Link

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