"Royal" as written by and Chino/carpenter Moreno....
God bless
Resist
Calm down

Contact
Reach us
Go wild

I'll taste your name (I'll tell)
I'll take off these things (watch this)

Calm down
Teach us
The roads
Your contact, it keeps us provoked

Remove your veils
Every last one
I'm on your team
Let's go

Face to face (not scared)
My custom made (nightmares)
Armed with teeth (in fashion)
Now all we need (is a nice shot)

God bless
Resist
Come down

Our contact
Reach us
Go wild

Remove your veils
Every last one
I'm on your team
I'll be in it too

Rockets take you all
To tonight
It's time

Take me
(i don't care where)
Take me


Lyrics submitted by quleid, edited by krTog1

"Royal" as written by Chino/carpenter Moreno

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  • +3
    My InterpretationWhy do I see this as a song about Lady Gaga?
    IkeLoveon May 13, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAfter only a few listens this has already become one of my favorite Deftones records, and this song is one of the reasons. Stephs 8 string is heavy as fuck, but then Chino's spacey vocal harmonies smooth that shit out like velvet. This song is defining.
    TrendyKidsSuckon March 23, 2010   Link
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    My InterpretationTo reiterate my interpretation of the track "Diamond Eyes", I believe the album name refers to an omniscient consciousness that watches over the Earth, and is made up of the energy of those who have experienced life and death and now have the clearest perception of existence.

    Doing any research at all reveals that Chino immeasurable respect for Chi, and believes that he makes the world a better place. In "Royal," Chino posits that if Chi leaves the physical world and becomes a part of the god energy, he will be an impetus to turn things around on Earth. Chino again lyricizes from Chi's point of view. He pleads for a connection with the overseers/Diamond Eyes/god so that he may help to improve the human condition:

    "Complex priestess, come down,
    Contact, reach us, go wild"
    Addressing the female constituent of the Diamond Eyes, Chi reveals his fervorous craving for knowledge and understanding.

    "I've chased your name, I've sailed all through space, To watch this"
    He has spent his life chasing nirvana and now senses that he is closer than ever to his goal.

    "Come down, Teach us the ropes
    Your concept, It keeps us, Provoked"
    Chi is eager to learn more about what he has spent his life chasing.

    "Now remove Your veil
    And let me light you up
    I'm on your team
    Let's go"
    Reveal yourself so that I may better understand you and energize your efforts to guide the Earthlings. These lines speak volumes to what Chi has apparently always meant to those around him.

    "Face to face, Light stare
    My custom made nightmares, Armed with teeth
    In fashion
    Now all we need is action"
    The veil has been removed and Chi lightly stares into the Diamond Eyes. Perhaps they lightly stare back, recognizing royalty. To again reference the immeasurable respect that everyone who knew him, seemed to have for Chi, it wouldn't be a stretch to think that Chino is literally deifying his friend in this story. His specific time and place on Earth have given Chi a unique perspective on how ugly the world can be, and also on how this ugliness may be remedied. Many would say these current times are the darkest chapters of Earth's history so far, thus his "nightmares armed with teeth" are "in fashion," and are a useful tool for solving humanity's woes. Everything is in place, we have everything we need, let's do the damn thing!

    [Lather, Rinse, Repeat.]

    "I'm the antidote
    The rocket’s taking off Tonight,
    It's time"
    I am the one who can make the world a better place. I will be joining the Diamond Eyes tonight.

    "Take me, I'll light you up
    Take me
    Up"
    I will leave my body behind to get this thing started.
    TomIn703on June 10, 2010   Link
  • +1
    My Opinionbest song of diamond eyes by far!!!!
    ghoawayon March 06, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General Commentbest song of diamond eyes by far!!!!
    ghoawayon March 06, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI'm in love with this band <3
    DeeStaron March 24, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI swear Chi got me thinking hes talking about E.T's or government cover ups as I've also heard
    fiasco1on April 05, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe space and extra terrestrial references and transcendence that Deftones refer to always make me think of a DMT trip.

    DMT is the strongest psychadelic, its also a chemical naturally produced in our brains when we dream.
    When taking DMT, you literally travel through cyberspace. The revelations that Chino refers to always remind me of DMT.
    th3tawav3on May 16, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentphuck good
    MaritimeCopiouSon May 21, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt seems as though Chino is talking about ¨God¨ or a higher being, a savior (Complex
    Priestess) that he has been seeking and found (I've chased your name
    I've sailed all through space To watch this), but he realizes that this being is not involved with us directly for some reason and if only ¨she¨ would only show herself to us (Come down Contact Reach us Go wild)and reveal her plans,strategies and the truth(Remove the veil) we would be immediately better and be cured of any spiritual afflictions and sickness of ideals and morals. But its almost as though he realizes that its not totally up to her to do everything, but that he´s the one that has to put in his part, he´s the one who´s ¨sick¨, and by being this he is also the (antidote), by choosing to follow her and be part of her (team) he can be healed. Its not that ¨God¨doesn´t want to be involved with us, but its that we aren´t involved with him. In the end of the song he decides to get involved and to go with her and have this experience (The rockets taking off tonight its time...take me...up), this ride, and rather then her showing herself to us, he is the one who is going to expose her and (I´ll light you up) light her up. Thats what it means to me.
    marcogallegoon July 28, 2010   Link

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