"The Art Of Dying" as written by Joseph Duplantier and Mario Duplantier....
Breathing slowly, mechanical heartbeat
Losing contact with the living
Almighty TV plugged, hybrid empty brain
Don't see anything real in the game

The tension is building constantly
No reason just a reflex I have, driven by clockwork
I try to keep an eye open
And I realize I haven't closed my eyes in a long time

Neglected emotions leading to catastrophic voyage on the other side
I have been given so much stress and lack of confidence
I've been given the gift of so small hope deep inside
I haven't close my eyes in a long time, I am trying

I cannot stomach these forms and colors anymore
But I'm here to continue, after all I have been through
I try to keep my eyes open, I am realizing
This life and death more precious than anything

I won't bring no material in the after life
Take no possessions, I would rather travel light
I'm of this kind that kills all day
But I don't know yet how to die

Art of dying is the way to let all go
Within I practice, in the secret of my soul
My shape in the reflector has
Now for ever, a life on it's own

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"The Art of Dying" as written by Mario Duplantier Joseph Duplantier

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  • +4
    General CommentI can't believe nobody has commented on this! It's the best song on the album for me, it just so powerful.

    As for the meaning, I think it has to do with the importance of recognising how one's own mortality is more important than material possessions in life, so life should not be wasted on things such as watching TV.


    The power of media such as television to destroy a person's independant thought, meaning a "death" of intellectual thought.
    sammyt7on February 24, 2009   Link
  • +3
    General Commenti agree with the above comments but more directly i think it may be talking about about learning how to live right so that you can die peacefully and perhaps be reborn with a more enlightened sense of lifes point(neglected emotions leading to catastrophic voyage on the otherside). we live our lives with misplased values and are blind to lifes true beauty(as mentioned above drowned in tv, video games,etc). IMO one line points to the whole meaning- IM OF THIS KIND THAT KILLS ALL DAY BUT I DONT KNOW YET HOW TO DIE. it sounds like someone who shit on everything their whole life and when it comes time for them to die they cant let go because they know theyve lived wrong and will want a second chance and their crossing over is harder. though i could be entirely wrong but this song has really made me think about myself
    fekousaon May 04, 2010   Link
  • +3
    My InterpretationThis is what I believe Gojira is trying to convey
    In the first verse the first line has a mechanical heartbeat, which could be machine in a hospital keeping the speaker alive, he's watching the "almighty tv" which has become apart of his brain [his life], and he realizes that he has spent a very long time sitting their when trying to keep an eye open [I believe the closing of the eyes is him dying]
    The second verse talks about how he has been given tons of stress [and probably dealt with it by watching tv]
    By the end he decides to leave the this world for the next, and leaving the materialism behind [I believe they are referencing the ancient Egyptian belief that pharaohs could bring their possessions with them if they are buried with them]
    as for the last verse I'm not quite sure
    and the part about he's the kind that kills all day could be video-games, he's a soldier, he watches fake and/ or real violence on tv and has become desensitized with death and that could be why he forgot how to die
    sputnixon February 15, 2011   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationActually, I find that this song is speaking of the act of self death that is also seen in The Perennial Philosophy by Aldous Huxley. Both works portray the self as something that causes selfishness (attachment to "material") and reliance on the physical world, while ignoring the transcendent world. The art of dying is a killing of the self-identity (akin to Buddhist "no-self"). The realization that the speaker has about how he has "never closed [his] eyes in a long time" suggest his ignorance to the "other world" while relying on the sensual world for truth. The traveling light is figurative as well as literal. Of course one cannot take personal belongings into the afterlife, but one must also learn to live without the self so as to leave all attachments to the physical world with the self and create a peaceful idea of death instead of an idea full of resentment for what one loses.
    Pharmakon23on February 14, 2011   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningIt's about the constant cycle of dying to self and how much time is wasted!
    Rustynail777on October 03, 2015   Link
  • 0
    General Commentfor any musicians wondering, the main pattern could be counted 6/4, 21/16 + repeat
    TMA2on March 12, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI agree with sammyt7, i think its about how life is beatiful and u shouldnt waste it in front of a tv or video games
    SOADfan805on February 06, 2010   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationI think we can minimise this song in a simple oration: to be alive is like to commit a very slow and long suicide
    Zombiebrbron October 31, 2013   Link

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