And on the open road we came to a sign
For it was foretold that the weak would inherit
And nothing would change
Here we are at the crossroads, standing face to back
Still afraid to see our eyes
I feel helpless and alone, trapped on the third stone

Sitting here sideways on a cold stone floor
My guitar gently bleeding and wanting more
When I heard a sound come rapping, tapping on my door

Hello, I'm happy to meet you
In your confidence is it safe?
Sit down, I'm happy to greet you
To feed your greedy dog at the edge of the stage?
But before, before you slam the door
Tell me when, tell me why, tell me what this fucking life is for
We fly through this godless endeavor
We try to explain the black forever

I feel helpless and alone, trapped on the third stone
I feel permanently stoned, this godless endeavor the only cage I've known

Our organic equation has shown its flaw
Can we agree to disagree on the concept of God?
As I lifted up my brother he said to me
"Abandon naïve realism, surrender thought in cold precision"

I feel empty and deranged, denied one last epiphany and ushered from the stage

Thou shalt not question, the role of science is not to eliminate God
As alternative gods multiply science stands accused of theocide
Consume, conform
Consume, conform

The children sitting in the trees, they turn to laugh at me
They tell me that I'm insane, but in my mind I know I'm to blame
Alone within my lunacy, dementia fills the void within me
No testament, prayer or diseased lament can heal my wounds
They are so discontent

All the faithful fall onto their knees
And praise the priests of industrial disease

We contemplate oblivion as we resonate our dissonance
In godless random interpretation
The universe still expands, mankind still can't understand
How to define you, so hide your face and watch us exterminate ourselves over you
Welcome to the end my friend, the sky has opened


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    General CommentI think this song is about the pain caused by the need to know the answers to questions that we as humans can not answer.

    the first part of the song "And on the open ...third stone" seems to illustrate mankinds inability to cooperate and listen to eachother's ideas. The "third stone" could represent earth (all we know).

    The person knocking on the door could be himself, another person, or something higher that he hopes will answer, but it never does.

    "We fly through this godless endeavor
    We try to explain the black forever "

    These lines sum up the theme of the song. Godless endeavor means that we have no true God in our lives; we know of nothing more important than our tangible mortal lives. It does not mean there is no God. It means we have no divine presence or intervention in our lives. "The black" is everything we don't know. If we can't explain why we exist then we can't truly explain anything.

    "Our organic equation has shown its flaw"

    Answers people have made have no true basis. We cannot find the answer.

    “Abandon naive realism, surrender thought in cold precision” seems to mean that what his "brother" is telling him to do is to give up trying to find the answers he is looking for because his "organic flaw" prevents him from doing so.

    "I feel empty and deranged, denied one last epiphany and ushered from the stage"

    Until now, the artist has been able to think of explanations for his questions but now he has reached the limit of his mind's reasoning. Driven of the stage is a metaphor for him feeling like he is no longer in control of his life (a stage is often a metaphor for life).

    "Thou shalt not question, the role of science is not to eliminate god
    As alternative gods multiply science stands accused of theocide"

    Science does not eliminate your "God." It creates more gods because god is mereley your explanation for the "black." As more and more people create such explanations, "alternative gods multiply." People think science is theocide because they believe it eliminates god in people's beliefs. Instead, it just changes their own description of god.

    The children in the trees (tree being a metaphor for the mind) stay whey are they safe on their own branches, together in conformity. The look down on and laugh at the artist who strangely wanders for his own answers.

    He says no "prayer" or common belief can heal his wounds, becuase these ideas are the inventions of others.

    The priests of industrial disease are those who create, perpetuate, spread, and abuse ideas. It is referred to as a disease because it can spread easily, take control, and cause harm.

    "We contemplate oblivion as we resonate our dissonance
    In godless random interpretation "

    This could describe how either (a) people come up with (entirely on their own) random ideas and spread them as fact or (b) the artist contemplating oblivion and expressing them in this song! rock=dissonance, some say.

    "The universe still expands" - The more we learn, the more we don't know

    "mankind still can’t understand
    How to define you, so hide your face and watch us exterminate ourselves over you" - Countless wars and violence against humanity has occured because of disagreements about God. All of these beliefs that carry such strong attachment are derived from random ideas, not from a true absolute god. Whatever form of God truly exists is beyond our comprehension and does not present itself in our life.

    "Welcome to the end my friend, the sky has opened"
    When you die, you will finally know...(hopefully)
    bananaphone05on October 17, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe guitar solo in this song is so wonderful. I hated this CD but this is the song that grew on me first.
    pakistanimanon September 21, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis is a grand cd that rivals dreaming in neon black
    the songs have an eerie overtone just like all the rest of the music by nevermore i personally love this cd and it has gotten me throught tough times
    damn good dosng damn good cd
    blink182suxon September 28, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commentahh god this song is fucking epic
    so intellegent and well thought out like nevermore always has been
    :)
    blink182suxon January 12, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentNEVERMORE IS THE SHIZZNIT!!!!
    Fotang_inAon June 05, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI'm guessing the 89 in your name stands for the year you were born. You have no stand point to try and call anyone ignorant and uneducated when your views is probably based on nothing more than your incomplete high school education and bible bashing parents.

    You are the one who has been brainwashed, you deluded pseudo intellectual child.
    qwertypopon March 06, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti love this song. warrel dane can flat out sing... and jeff loomis is a monster of sweeps. not to mention, van willaims is a great drummer. too bad i can't hear jim in all of this.. the bass always seems to get buried on a lot of Nevermore's songs. and just thought i'd say... great lyrics, nevermore's lyrics are always very thought provoking.
    buggie92on April 27, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song, and I think the lyrics are pretty self-explanatory. We live in a world with no God.
    FlamesofNibelheimon January 21, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI don't think it's necessarily stating that we live in a world with no god. I think it could just as easily be about someone who goes through life with no faith at not, not even a personal belief in god, as well as no 'religion', and that person's life is empty
    ImpurityDefinedon July 24, 2006   Link
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    General CommentAnd you're a freaking retard.
    Blackened89on January 10, 2007   Link

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