Does death come alone or with eager reinforcements?
Does death come alone or with eager reinforcements?
Death is centrifugal
Solar and logical
Decadent and symmetrical
Angels are mathematical
Angels are bestial
Man is the animal
Man is the animal

The blacker the sun
The darker the dawn
Flashes from the axis
Flashes from the axis
On the hummingway to the stars

Holy, holy
Holy, holy
Holy
Oh, holy
Holy, holy
Holy, holy
Holy
Holy, holy
Holy, holy
Holy

Man is the animal

The blacker the suns
The darker the dawn


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Fire of the Mind song meanings
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    My InterpretationCoil songs are so intense. I don't really think you can find an exact 'meaning' to their lyrics, but here's my interpretation:

    This song's main theme is the inescapable cycle of death. The title "fire of the mind" represents that fiery madness of too many thoughts shooting through your mind at once, and when your thoughts are too large for your mind to comprehend, it feels like a fire sweeping through your cortex. like madness ie. a fire of the mind.

    "Does death come alone or with eager reinforcements?" I love that line. So he's questioning death, and what is death really? Does death bring new life or enlightenment with it? Do we simply cease to exist, or do we transcend? What does death bring to us when we greet it?

    "Angels are mathematical... angels are bestial... man is the animal" it means that we are the same as angels, or higher beings. We are simultaneously our baser, more primal mammal selves, and also something much greater than our material forms, something sacred AND profane.

    "Flashes from the axis" the axis, as in a wheel, as in the wheel of life. Also called bhavacakra, from buddhism. There's too much to go into about that, but in summary it's basically a diagram (supposedly drawn by buddha himself) showing us the cycle of life and the other realms of existence.

    "On the hummingway to the stars" I think of a hummingway as a sort-of portmanteau, meaning the electronic hum of a highway. "to the stars" has an obvious meaning.

    "Holy, holy" the chanting reminds me of catholic hymns

    "The blacker the sun... the darker the dawn" makes me think of how one day our sun will burn out, and all life will cease to exist.
    HerNameIsAliveon January 29, 2015   Link
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    General Commentsounds ironic/sarcastic/desperate-trying-to-convince-yourself/etc. man what's the word I'm looking for? Fuck, you know what I mean. First questioning death, then saying man is corrupt and eg. angels are flawless. The holy's remind me of a worship song..

    Like worshipping god, when really in a deep depression. Know what I mean?
    DJgifon September 30, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is describing the thoughts that flow through the mind of a person when they are on the verge of suicide. He is perhaps thinking about man as a divine, but imperfect being.
    Psypompon February 27, 2011   Link
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    General CommentDoes death brings some kind of enlightenment?
    Lysander6on June 11, 2011   Link

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