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    General CommentI think it's about the downside of being a sceptic. So he's found out all the faults in other peoples thoughts and believes, but he can't find the truth he somehow feels he has to get at (hence: Amputate this foolish pride. My tongue pickled in cyanide, I can laugh at myself). He even doubts whether his rationality and skepticism is the right way to go by (hence: Give me a reason to murder my idols & Save your faith for the faithless, we need it most.) He'd like to be convinced of something he could truly believe in, but there isn't anything that can stand up to his standards. He want's a foolproof AND geniusproof religion, one without contradictions and faults and flaws, and someone with a true belief to show him the way and proof it's the right one (Messiahs mend the word), but there's no one around with that ardent and true belief who could show him, as most people just follow sheepishly what they've been told (I feel no pulse, no vital signs. A forced impusle among idle minds) without ever asking the questions that bother him. Although he cannot belief (Need something to believe in but nothing comes close), he is a more religious person than most so-called believers, as he really suffers from his lack of understanding, from having "killed his idols" (Hindsight won't let me sleep at night). But this he has to follow this path (Heads have got to roll) in order to find something that isn't just an illusion... I couldn't disagree more with oKySP. He hasn't grown cold at all, he's boiling with doubt and he BURNS for finding the answers, whereas some people just stop once they think they've found the answers and just shut their mind to any questions that might shake the foundations of their believe. I think this song expresses the pain of a person that's got a strong religious urge, an active searcher for truth, who is on the verge of becoming an agnostic (Don't think I'll ever make it home), but nevertheless doesn't give up his search (I won't forget where I came from). You made me what I am today is his adress to a god he cannot truly believe in (or maybe half-way he does), and all his thinking is 'The toll that my life's taken everyday'. One day, 'Some heads have got to roll' (whether it be his own or that of god / his last remains of belief in him). At the moment the struggle is just too much. These lyrics are so good!
    Lepra Messiason April 09, 2005   Link
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    General CommentTo me this song is talking about:

    "Everyday life takes it's toll
    When are we going home?"

    how we live our livesand day after day we're getting closer to death, and he's just wondering when we're going back to eternal blackness.

    "I feel no pulse, no vital signs.
    A forced impulse among idle minds"

    In reality there's no life. We're all just forcing ourselfs to believe everything we see abd hear because we want SOMETHING to believe

    "The toll that my life's taken everyday.
    Don't think I'll ever make it home."

    He doesn't believe there's something there for him when he's gone.

    Now so everyone knows tihs is IMO and I'm fairly new to listening to Mushroomhead but I love everything I've heard, and if I'm way off to you then so be it I look at music one way, you look at it your way thats the point of most music so you look at it and get exactly what you want out of it weather it's right or wrong
    BurningScaron June 06, 2004   Link
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    General Commentto someone else
    BurningScaron June 06, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThis song is about becoming cold in faith and emotion. It represents that point in people's lives when you relize that life, and faith in it, are just a dream and one day we must all wake from it. 316 means john 3:16 from the bible, talking about beliving in god and having everlasting life, and growing cold towards it. IMO anyway.
    oKySPon September 29, 2004   Link
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    General Commentuhh it's Becoming Cold (216), so i'm not sure where you're getting john 3:16. it was a noble attempt, though.

    i saw them this weekend in philly, and they have an old CD named twoonesix.. maybe it was an old band they did? or else it was a really old mushroomhead CD.. i dunno
    pakistanimanon November 14, 2004   Link
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    General Commentthere are many ways to interpet this but...I think

    "In reality there's no life. We're all just forcing ourselfs to believe everything we see abd hear because we want SOMETHING to believe"

    is a pretty good explanation of the message of this song. This band has led my life to great changes on my theological views. I am glad, and thank this band for answers to my unasked questions. ...Sometimes you need to know the answer befor you know what questions to ask.
    pyrod5x5xon November 16, 2004   Link
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    General Commentwell Two One Six is a current band that jmann benis gravy and skinny are involved in, and (216) is the area code of cleveland (where mushroomhead is from) there have been many discussions about this song's meanings on the official mushroomhead street team (go to mushroomhead.com) and most came up with a reference of mushroomhead missing their home and never forgetting that their cleveland fans made them who they are and they want to return, being on the road so much gets to them (so yea check out those boards, they're pretty awesome)
    midgetmcmuffinon December 18, 2004   Link
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    General Commenti agree with this song meaning being about missing home i feel this song is about being on tour and go all over the world but they always stive to go home to there family's and the fans that made them in cleveland.
    Diabolu$on July 28, 2005   Link
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    General Commentits about going home to cleveland case closed next...
    pig8enison January 23, 2006   Link
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    General CommentHow did we get here?
    [how did we get here?]
    What are we alive for?
    Give me a reason
    [give me a reason]
    to murder my idols

    to me this sounds like a question to everyone with faith. "Need something to believe in but nothing comes close" i think he's saying there's so many different religions pushing you to believe what they want you to but their strong enough to know that a persons own thoughts, feelings, and beliefs are sacred to themselves and everyone should believe what they want to without being ridiculed for believing or not believing in what other people want them to
    Disengage12aon February 23, 2006   Link

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