"Black Tongue" as written by and William Brent Hinds Brann Timothy Dailor....
I burned out my eyes
I cut off my tongue
I sealed them with all of the silver
And now I have none

You killed the life
You took the diamond
You killed the vine
Death of the

You own the darkness
And taken my sight
You buried the stars underground
You've stolen the night

You can run to the sea
You can run to the forest
You can hide, but you'll never escape

You've run out of lies
You've run out of time

You killed the life
You took the diamond
You killed the vine
Death of the sun


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"Black Tongue" as written by Troy Jayson Sanders Brann Timothy Dailor

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  • +4
    My InterpretationI think this song is about someone who witnessed something evil but forced to keep to him/herself.

    "I burned out my eyes
    I cut off my tongue"

    This person is forced not to tell anybody about the evil he/she saw.

    "I sealed them with all of the silver
    And now I have none"

    I imagine silver as something like money, like bribery, and by taking bribes he/she has no more dignity ("now I have none").

    "You killed the life
    You took the diamond
    You killed the vine
    Death of the sun"

    This shows the impact of the evil acts that the evildoer caused. The evildoer took something precious (diamond) and abandoned all hope of moral thing (killed the life, killed the vine. I guess vine here is a metaphor for something that can bear the fruit of goodness). Death of the sun shows how darkness prevails.


    "You can run to the sea
    You can run to the forest
    You can hide, but you'll never escape

    You've run out of lies
    You've run out of time"

    The witness is saying that the evildoer will be caught eventually, just wait and time will reveal the truth.

    I think Mastodon sounds very mature in this song. I mean, almost all of us witness evil things everyday (at least I can say that I do) and they admit that sometimes it's easier to be pragmatic: to take whatever we are offered and just shut the hell up and hope that someday everything will be revealed and justice will be done. I feel like I can relate because I'm getting more and more pragmatic and saying goodbye to idealism as I get older.

    Musically they also sounds very mature. They might not be as brutal as before but hey, everybody grows. I think it would be disappointing if an artist sounds the same for 10 years.

    Btw, I made songmeanings account just to post this comment.
    fndtyon September 03, 2011   Link
  • +2
    General CommentGosh! This song kicks so much ass!

    And the cool thing is that the lyrics can be looked at in so many ways!

    I can really relate it to being in a depression at the point where you first try to fight it. The darkness is growing larger and larger, killed your life and took the diamond, which might be your life spark. It can run to the forest and to the sea and hide, but never escape as you've made your choice to deal with it!

    Just some of my thoughts as I've been a kindred to a person which've fought both depression and an eating disorder. I don't think that's the acutal meaning of the song, but it's cool that it can be viewed from several perspectives :)

    (Sry for my weird english, I'm a sweeeede)
    SunBurxton September 29, 2011   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI'm pretty sure the song is about environmental damage and the lies corporations tell to get away with it. I think Black Tongue refers to a liar, their tongue is black because of all the lies they told. I think it's from the perspective of a man who was once a pawn in the system, he burned out his eyes so he wouldn't see the evils around him and cut out his tongue so he wouldn't speak against his overlords, and since he did it for pay he "sealed it with silver". However, he then realized that the money was not worth the evils, and in the end he was just being robbed of what matters most, which is why he now has none. Killing the life, the vine, and the sun are all about the destruction of the environment. Taking the diamond is a duel metaphor, it both refers to the wealth these people are stealing, and to the damage required in order to mine diamonds. The lord of darkness lines are referencing the power these corporations have by lying to people, hiding the truth. The running lines are about the fact that even if these people can run from the law eventually they will have to pay the burdens of their crimes as they will ultimately die with the world they killed. This coming penance is what the next lines are about, how they can't hide for ever and one day they will pay one way or another. The final verse serves to iterate one last time these evils, and the final line stands as a bitter warning that if we don't shape up we will destroy all that is precious.
    Ganondoxon March 03, 2013   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationI had a crazy idea so do not take it seriously...
    Anyone knows about Soviet Union ? I think this song's about how it's regime was destined to fall because no propaganda can make people believe in lies forever. And all the killings done by them only shows how obviously wrong the regime was.
    azrawon December 15, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is soooo badass! New album is going to be great |,,/
    Badgerholocauston August 03, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis album is gonna be brainsex. <3
    D3CREPITon August 06, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti like it honestly this is my first impression of this band and i like them so ill be sure to include them in my favorites plus i agree with SunBurxt it can be looked at in different ways and how you look at states what kind of mindframe you have.
    gogogirlon September 29, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI heard in an interview with the drummer that the song was about a parrot as they have black tongues. Being Mastodon a think the lyrics really are up for interpretation of the listener and that was probably just the inspiration for the title ;)
    JamusCon October 23, 2011   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationThis song reminds me of the story of Judas Iscariot.
    To me the "you killed the life" (thought it might have been "light" but works either way) and "Death of the sun" lines may refer to the death of Jesus.
    "I sealed them with all of the silver and now I have none" could relate to the 30 pieces of silver Judas was bribed with.
    "You can hide but you'll never escape"
    Could relate to being unable to escape the guilty feeling of betrayal.
    I'm not sure Mastodon wrote this song with this story in mind, but to me the song is about doing something evil and being unable to escape guilty feelings.
    Dustbucket22on January 18, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI'm pretty sure the song is about environmental damage and the lies corporations tell to get away with it. I think Black Tongue refers to a liar, their tongue is black because of all the lies they told. I think it's from the perspective of a man who was once a pawn in the system, he burned out his eyes so he wouldn't see the evils around him and cut out his tongue so he wouldn't speak against his overlords, and since he did it for pay he "sealed it with silver". However, he then realized that the money was not worth the evils, and in the end he was just being robbed of what matters most, which is why he now has none. Killing the life, the vine, and the sun are all about the destruction of the environment. Taking the diamond is a duel metaphor, it both refers to the wealth these people are stealing, and to the damage required in order to mine diamonds. The lord of darkness lines are referencing the power these corporations have by lying to people, hiding the truth. The running lines are about the fact that even if these people can run from the law eventually they will have to pay the burdens of their crimes as they will ultimately die with the world they killed. This coming penance is what the next lines are about, how they can't hide for ever and one day they will pay one way or another. The final verse serves to iterate one last time these evils, and the final line stands as a bitter warning that if we don't shape up we will destroy all that is precious.
    Ganondoxon March 03, 2013   Link

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