Strip away all the excess components
Unveil a picture one sought to hide
Personalities are like fiction
The derivative truth but with no substance
Violence and hate
Nourishment, territory and mate
We are the product of some experiment
While most live in ignorance
Some can't accept

The last thing we see is obsession, depth of insanity

Follow the source into the ground
Feeling all vibration flow inside of you
We create the sound
Like the fathers long before us, we've forgotten how

Sun down
Swiftly a less passive creature emerges
Mark the August steps, we'll shine the way

Still the path remains the same
Some may find their own way

Forever like me, thirst for a pool of consistency

Catch a bug for knowledge and the structure comes down
A counter intuitive attack
Speak no evil and watch it flourish in a current state of madness


Lyrics submitted by BornOfMaya, edited by NourSherif

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    General CommentTo me the lyrical content kind of sounds like some spiritual teachings ala eckhart tolle and such
    The Spoonon August 14, 2010   Link
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    My InterpretationThe general meaning of this song is that people aren't awake, I think.

    "Strip away all the excess components
    Unveil a picture one sought to hide"
    What are we stripping away and what are finding? Let's come back to this in a second...

    "Personalities are like fiction
    The derivative truth but with no substance"
    A derivative is something that is based off of another source. In math, when you find the derivative of a function you get a simpler function. Find the derivative of the derivative (the second derivative of the original function) and you'll have a function that's even simpler. In other words, you're getting further from the original function (the truth) and the functions are getting simpler (losing substance). He's saying that our personalities are derived from something with more substance. Our personalities are covering up the truth.

    Going back to the first two lines, I believe the "excess components" are the components of our personality. Whatever our personalities are covering up is the "picture that one sought to hide."

    "Violence and hate
    Nourishment, territory and mate"
    Nourishment, territory and mate are all survival mechanisms that require competition. This brings out violence and hate in people toward those with whom they are competing. These are, of course, only physical needs.

    Violence and hate are part of our personalities. If there is something beyond our physical world, the needs of our physical body are distorting what might be our true nature. Perhaps the "picture one sought to hide" was our true nature or our soul, something nonphysical.

    "We are the product of some experiment"
    He's accusing the physical world of being an experiment meant to distort our true nature.

    "While most live in ignorance
    Some can't accept"
    Most people don't even know this truth and those who do can't accept it.

    "The last thing we see is obsession, depth of insanity"
    The experiment drives us completely insane.

    "Follow the source into the ground
    Feeling all vibration flow inside of you
    We create the sound
    Like the fathers long before us, we've forgotten how"
    This could be saying that we are the source knowledge, existence, this physical world. We've forgotten how to control it.

    "Sun down
    Swiftly a less passive creature emerges
    Mark the August steps, we'll shine the way"
    The less passive creature is the speaker himself, I think. He wants to lead all of the sleeping people out of this experiment.

    "Still the path remains the same
    Some may find their own way"
    He's just showing them the path that already know. If others awaken, they can follow the path themselves.

    "Forever like me, thirst for a pool of consistency"
    This is a bit of advice from the speaker to the listener. Be like him, try to unite and lead every soul along the path to enlightenment.

    "Catch a bug for knowledge and the structure comes down
    A counter intuitive attack"
    Once you learn a little bit of the truth, the whole illusion of the experiment starts to crumble. Spread the truth to others to attack the experiment.

    "Speak no evil and watch it flourish in a current state of madness"
    If you fail to take the speaker's advice and do not try to spread the truth, the evil experiment will continue and grow as it currently is.
    bobbyloujoon August 24, 2013   Link

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