"12:97:24:99" as written by Chad L. Gray, Matthew Mcdonough, Greg Tribbett and Ryan Martinie....
The sublime destroys
The boundaries of finiteness,
Yet this phenomenon
Is seen by the self
Not as an act of destruction,
But rather,
As a kind of elevation
And liberation.
For it is in the feeling of infinitude
Which it now discovers
Within itself
That it may enjoy
A new experience,
Within its own boundlessness.


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"12:97:24:99" as written by Greg Tribbett Chad L. Gray

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    General CommentMu|Dv|Ay|Ne
    12|97|24|99
    badjahon March 01, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthis is what the writing in the booklet in the album translates to, does anyone understand it? i almost do but dont haha
    Lauren88on May 05, 2005   Link
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    General CommentWhile I haven't actually looked into that translation, I believe that what this message is stating, is expansion and creation are forever subjected to further understanding that requires complacence in ones self in order to elevate and project ourselves into a new wave of discovery. Therefore not destruction, but an awakening. Within yourself. No longer restricted to the perils of the unborn. Excellence and the loss a limitation to permission and self given vantage achieved through the time that is given for understanding, allowing yourself to break your own boundaries continually in an unending process.

    Sorry I went a bit in depth.

    Seems a bit repetitive and out of order to me, the translation that is...but that's what I took from it.
    pariah919on May 12, 2005   Link
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    General Commenthmm i had to break out the dictionary on this one, i paraphrased it mabey to make it a little easier to understand

    The (elevated, celestial) destroys
    The boundaires of (being finite, having boundaries)
    (This cancels out, being sublime eliminatesthe boundaries of having boundaries)
    Yet this (occurence, circumstance)
    Is seen by the self
    (percieved by the thing that is sublime)
    not as an act of destruction
    but rather,
    as a kind of elevation
    (like a high)
    and liberation
    For it is the feeling of (infinetness, no boundaries)
    Which it now discovers
    Within itself
    that it may enjoy
    a new experience
    Within it's own boundlessness

    personally, i think this is about drugs. I think the "sumblime" is referring to some kind of high,because when you are high, you feel "boundless" like nothing can hold you down and everything is okay. So you are in a state of infiniteness, and in that state you may find things out about yourself that would have been hard to find when you were sober.
    MudvayneChickon May 12, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThat's the surface meaning...

    I think drugs would be too obvious and typical though...

    You're not off base though...

    I think that may act as a gateway...

    Would explain the whole part of "seen by ones self not as an act of destruction" implying destruction may in fact be a result of the action.

    The drug reference well, actually fits right in with what I said minus the drug interpretation...cool...
    pariah919on May 13, 2005   Link
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    General CommentDrug would work - If the band itself had not said that NONE of their songs or lyrics now are refering to Drugs.

    So that throws drugs out of the question.
    TheRulnigon May 13, 2005   Link
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    General CommentYeah well that's now, and this was then.

    So hush.
    pariah919on May 14, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentisn't this song just 12 seconds of silence?
    bruisevioleton May 14, 2005   Link
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    General CommentYes.

    There are arabic symbols in the booklet though.
    pariah919on May 14, 2005   Link
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    General CommentOr some kind of script...but whatever...
    pariah919on May 15, 2005   Link

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