From one form to another
Make sense of chaos and disorder
Proof borrowed masks the sorrow
Truth in the sun as the source of order
In the mirrors light reflected
Bouncing off lies back into your eyes
Parallel wish, Enuma Elish
What’s wrong with questioning the bias?
Diagonal, against the grain
Where the gods could be our hearts and minds
We are dying, we are falling
But there is no reason why we can’t rise
While we’re here

We make it up as we go along
We all want something that lasts forever
Anyone could have it wrong
We all want something to last forever

No discord, diminished crown
Heaven and hell are both right here
Translation, speculation
They started a fire with our fear
Analyze, remove folklore
What is left of the pretty story?
Open mind, extract morals
No reason to become the quarry
Hard to fake a sinless state
But keep a golden rule in your mind
We’re dying, we are falling
But there is no reason why we can’t rise
While we’re here

The question’s carcass left out in the cold
He leaves it lying there wide open and exposed

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Dying & Falling song meanings
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    General CommentI see this as a statement about the need to accept our flaws and dangers that result from desire to become informed inside of our unfathomably deep and unconquerable ignorance.

    The first stanza seems to be suggesting that we band together in "chaos and disorder" (the unknown and unpredictable). We make up facts and gods, morals, and other explanations for hardship and injustice to "mask the sorrow" and give reason to our suffering. In our attempt to explain our own mortality and sufferings, we look to larger things such as the Sun for rules and laws ("order") in both science and many (early) religions. However, our search for order and explanations is biased by our personal and cultural world views (the "light reflected in the mirror" and "Enuma Elish"). The author seems to be suggesting that its worthwhile to question authority, morals, and conventional wisdom as all of these forces are inherently corrputed by ignorance and biases. It is in thinking sideways that a person can "rise" by expressing his own thoughts (not regurgitating the thoughts of authorities) using his heart and his mind as moral compasses.

    The second stanza is the author basically saying "nobody knows for sure" what exists in the after life (or even if modern sciences are valid) so make up your own fair-minded social rules upon which your actions are conducted. "We all want something that lasts forever" - the desire for immortality of some aspect of self (such as the imparting of knowledge or an afterlife).

    The third stanza is also interesting. It suggests that if we rid ourself of blind obedience to authorities we can diminish discord our lives. We can't agree on what is "right" or what is "real" because we poorly translate our thoughts and can only speculate about all things (because we can only "evidence" but never inalienably prove anything). In talking about starting out with fire and fear the author is discussing the speculative origins of religion and suggesting the reader question whether his values are still relevant in the modern world ("remove folk lore, what is left of the pretty story?"). "Its hard to fake a sinless state" and "open mind extract morals" is an indication of organized religion inherently making one's life more discordant by calling them "sinners" and inducing guilt without actually influencing the decision making of most humans. I believe that the line "extract morals" refers to religion extracting morals from its own practitioners (see: abortion clinic bombings by Christian groups or Islamic fundamentalism).

    "No reason to become the quarry, no reason why we can't rise while we're here" is so powerful as to deserves its own paragraph. Its saying that typically religions and authorities persecute and vilify, and scapegoat the men behind innovative ideas but there is no good reason for mistreating mankind "progressive" minds. There's no good reason for critical thinkers to be persecuted by those blindly obedient to doctrine. We should simply live our lives as we see fit while we're here (which is naturally a caring state guided by both our hearts and minds).

    "The Question's carcass left out in the cold wide open and exposed" is an extremely powerful criticism of willful ignorance and blind obedience. The author is saying that by not asking questions we'll never progress out of a cold and heartless universe. The man who fails to question religious, political, hierarchical, and even scientific authorities (see: eugenics, phrenology, Intelligent Design, etc. for examples of bad and dangerous science) is "lying there open wide open and exposed" to exploitative maltreatment.
    asortofdreamon March 08, 2011   Link
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    General Comment"The question�s carcass left out in the cold
    He leaves it lying there wide open and exposed" re-interpretation: this is about the death of one's own belief systems and collapse of his cultures paradigms. The individual has found a new answer and thereby killed "the question". He's [sagely] walking away from his own dispelled notions. From this point onward the song [his story] remains unwritten - for better or for worse.
    asortofdreamon March 14, 2011   Link

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