Ribonucleic acid freak out, the power of prayer.
Long halls of science and all the lunatics committed there.
Robot Lords of Tokyo, SMILE TASTE KITTENS!
Did you not know that the royal hunting grounds are always forbidden?

Are you rolling tape now? Bits and pieces large and small
Sector, vector, eat them all.
It’s already in their eyes.
Among the metal ones a messenger will soon arrive.

10001110101
Periodic table with a center piece of mind.
10001110101
Periodic table with a center piece of mind.

Man alive the jive and lyrics,
Radioactive, don’t come near it.
Temple of Syrinx having the bake sale of the year.
Man alive the jive and lyrics,
Radioactive, don’t come near it.
Temple of Syrinx having the bake sale of the year.

Ain’t nothing you can do about it. Gonna be a big brawl over it
Like them little bitty babies in the king cakes.
Bonnie & Clyde the whole dome,
The shackles of automata will shatter like their bones.

10001110101
Periodic table with a center piece of mind.
10001110101
Periodic table with a center piece of mind.

Man alive the jive and lyrics,
Radioactive, don’t come near it.
Temple of Syrinx having the bake sale of the year.
Man alive the jive and lyrics,
Radioactive, don’t come near it.
Temple of Syrinx having the bake sale of the year.

Ribonucleic acid freak out, the power of prayer.
Long halls of science and all the lunatics committed there.
Robot Lords of Tokyo, SMILE TASTE KITTENS!
Did you not know that the royal hunting grounds are always forbidden?

10001110101
Half a mind to double up, baby. Three times is jive.
10001110101
Half a mind to double up, baby. Three times is jive.

Man alive the jive and lyrics,
Radioactive, don’t come near it.
Temple of Syrinx having the bake sale of the year.
Man alive the jive and lyrics,
Radioactive, don’t come near it.
Temple of Syrinx having the bake sale of the year.


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  • +2
    General CommentIt's listed on the disc as 100,011,10101 - this is binary for 4, 3, 21. Looks like a countdown.
    es_el_quesoon July 18, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentACK! You've found out my secret. But, yeah, I've started getting into Clutch in the last few months, and I've found their lyrics to be so colorful, teasing and confusing and its really a shame that more people arent posting comments on these songs.
    Viper3123on January 20, 2006   Link
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    My InterpretationAs indicated by the album title, Robot Hive/Exodus tells a vague story about the concept of a robot revolution. I think "10001110101" represents the climax of that story. The art in the lyrical insert displays the day-to-day life of robots, carrying briefcases and umbrellas and such. The pictures opposite the very first and last page of lyrics (before the credits page) seemingly depict something slightly more ritualistic, as if the New Robotic Order is built upon some tech-cult.

    The first verse of "10001110101" set a prologue of scientists in Japan finally broke the barrier between AI and true sentience. 'Forbidden hunting grounds' would indicate that said scientists were crossing a line and breaking unspoken laws of nature by synthesizing life. I am absolutely baffled by 'SMILE TASTE KITTENS', although I get a mental image of a peace offering in the form of a cat.

    The second verse talks about sentience spreading ('Its already in their eyes') and a prophesied chosen one.

    The pre-chorus contains the titular phrase '10001110101', which as far as I can tell is binary gibberish. I, myself, am not a huge techie, but I'm under the impression that it takes a much longer string of ones and zeroes to spell anything meaningful. I'm also assuming that the understanding of binary code is so esoteric, that Fallon wouldn't have had the resources to find a meaningful binary string that fit the rhythm of the song.

    For anyone determined to try and find some meaning in the numbers, here's a converter:
    calc.50x.eu/

    The second line of the pre-chorus is a bit of word play containing three phrases that are apparently unrelated. (Periodic [Table) with a Center {Piece] of Mind} = (Periodic Table), [Table with a Center Piece], and {Peace of Mind} could represent the (Scientific), [Aesthetic], and {Spiritual} aspects of the New Robotic Order. The pre-chorus as a whole could be the mantra of the Robot Exodus.

    In the refrain, 'the jive and lyrics' (to act out the song) could be commanding the robotic hordes to rebel. Possibly some nuclear warfare? And the new tech-cult rising to power.

    As mentioned in an above comment, the Temple of Syrinx is a similar religious government depicted in the RUSH song "2112" which parallels the World Council of Ayn Rand's "Anthem". Basically a governing entity with the purpose of eliminating humanity and individuality.

    In the next verse, the Robot Hive has become fully unified and the revolutionary war is sparked. A leader is chosen by luck of the draw ('Like them little bitty babies in the king cakes') as the machines achieve emancipation.
    LucesDarknesson September 14, 2009   Link
  • +1
    My OpinionIt may be possible that Clutch are hardcore Battlestar Gallactica fans
    dhramchargeron April 20, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe lyrics "Man alive the jive and lyrics" seam to mean that the numbers 10001110101 are just that, jive. Not jive as in jazz music but that it is meaningless, although it could have a double meaning which is typical for Clutch.

    As said before (can't be bothered to find who said it) it fits with the rhythm of the song. That doesn't mean it has nothing to do with the rest of the lyrics though. I think the band just wants to make us search for a meaning that isn't there!

    "Periodic table with a centerpiece of mind" and "Radioactive don't come near it" would seem to refer to the elements, and maybe make you think that 10001110101 has something to do with them. Atomic numbers, perhaps? Nope, just jive.

    "Temple of Syrinx having a bakesale of the year" is obviously a 2112 Rush reference, and you could turn 10001110101 into 2112 with a bit of creativity. 1+0+0+0+1= 2; 11; 0+1+0+1= 2; put them in order and you have 2112.

    I think that's enough for now, I don't feel like analyzing the whole song! Besides, it's just "jive and lyrics"!
    RICKtheNOSon March 24, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is obviously about artificial intelligence.
    KEVDUCHARMEon January 11, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe Canadian rock band Rush wrote "The Temples of Syrinx", part of their twenty-minute epic track, 2112. The name of the temple is ironic in the fact that the Temples of Syrinx in the lyrics serve as a centre advocating the destruction and oppression of music.
    Viper3123on January 12, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI see someone was either checking out Clutch's Official Website, or else went straight to Wikipedia to find out about Syrinx. Thanks for posting that info here as well! Cheers!
    KEVDUCHARMEon January 17, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYou know what's weird? About half an hour before someone sent me this song, to see if i liked it, I was listening to 2112 by Rush. Isn't that a funny coincidence?
    Big_Nothingon January 22, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentNeil says the numbers dont mean anything and that it "fit the rythym". He implied that he likes to stir up arguments over nothing between fans. As far as the rest of the song, who knows?
    eightesickson April 09, 2006   Link

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