It is not for us to resolve things
That are not of this world.
A world with God would be
Even more disturbing than a universe without Him.
For if He tolerates atrocities,
If he condones such cruelty,
Who would want to worship such a maker anyway?

They locked her up for thirty days
In a dark room under the roof.
They broke her will with the cane --
She'll remember everything.

You are trying to save me,
But perhaps, I am not lost.
It is not your love that I do not accept;
It's this world of God's, created by God, that I cannot agree to accept.

I've dragged myself onto the ocean,
And stared all night into the sky.
The only lives I saw were far below me:
Black waters, full of life.

I too lived on roots and locusts.

I too have been in the wilderness.
I too was striving
To stand among the elect,
Among the strong and powerful.

You are trying to save me,
But perhaps, I am not lost.
It is not your love that I do not accept;
It's this world of God's, created by God, that I cannot agree to accept.

I've dragged myself onto the ocean,
And stared all night into the sky.
The only lives I saw were far below me:
Black waters, full of life.

I too lived on roots and locusts.
I too lived on roots and locusts.
I too lived on roots and locusts.
I too prized the freedom with which Thou hast blessed us;
But I woke up.
And would not serve madness.
And would not serve madness.
And would not...

The kiss glows deep in his heart.

But, the old man adheres to his idea. (x6)

It is not for us to resolve things
That are not of this world.
I too lived on roots and locusts.
I too lived on roots and locusts.
I too lived on roots and locusts.
I too...


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The Grand Inquisitor II: Roots & Locusts song meanings
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    Lyric CorrectionTo stand among the elect,

    I believe this line should be, 'To stand among the erect'..

    It makes more sense. The animals that walk erect.
    virionspiralon April 13, 2012   Link
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    General CommentThe song's meaning is pretty self-evident by just reading the lyrics. The Ocean aren't saying religion is uniformly bad, nor is he condemning those who hold continuing faith in their religion. When they say that "it is not your love I do not accept" they mean they value the morals that religion imparts on the devotees, but instead they turn away from religion (specifically Christianity in this case) because of the literal interpretation of the bible which lends to fanaticism over the years. The running theme seems to be one of living in a humanist fashion with love for the fellow man and accepting the world for what it is rather than waiting for "roots and locusts".
    BrokenSmileon June 13, 2012   Link

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