"Tempest" as written by and Abe Cunningham Frank Mirelez Delgado....
Take out the stories
They’ve put into your mind
And brace for the glory
As you stare into the sky

The sky beneath
I know you can’t be tired
Lay there
Stare at the ceiling

And switch back to your time just go ahead now try
And taste it I know it should be ripe, thrust, ahead

Turning in circles
Been caught in a stasis
The ancient arrival

Cut to the end
I’d like to be taken
Apart from the inside
Then spit through the cycle right to the end

I wonder just how you shaped it
To get back to your prize, thrust ahead

Turning in circles
Been caught in a stasis
The ancient arrival
Cut to the end

I’d like to be taken
Apart from the inside
Then spit through the cycle right to the end

Wake for the glory
I know you can’t be tired

Turning in circles
Been caught in a stasis
The ancient arrival
Cut to the end

I’d like to be taken
Apart from the inside
Then spit through the cycle right to the end

Inside, inside, inside
Turning in circles
Been caught in a stasis
I want you to take me
Apart from the inside
Right to the end


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"Tempest" as written by Chino Camilo Moreno Abe Cunningham

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  • +6
    General CommentHere's a symbolic take:

    / Take
    / Out the stories
    / They’ve put into your mind and brace
    / For the glory
    / As you stare into the sky..

    - - - Forget everything you know and brace for the impact of new understanding

    / The sky beneath

    - - - You will have to look onto the world from a new angle

    / know you can’t be tired..

    - - - Come on, life has just begun, don't give up yet, the mystery of life has just began blooming in front of you

    / Lay there
    / Stare at the ceiling
    / And switch back to your time just go ahead now try and taste it I know it
    / should be ripe…thrust…ahead.

    - - - Remember what you were before your fears and doubts. Remember every trauma and face it (continuation of the song's "Graphic Nature" before this one)

    / Turning in circles
    / Been caught in a stasis

    - - - Because until you do you will be trapped

    / The Ancient's arrival
    / Cut to the end

    - - - The Ancients represent the Archetypes within you. Cut to the end, do not get caught in the details.


    / I’d like to be taken
    / Apart from the inside
    / Then spit through the cycle right to the end
    / I wonder just how you shaped it To get back to your prize…thrust..ahead

    - - - Deconstruct every aspect of yourself in order to transform yourself into what you truly want to become
    Experimanon November 20, 2012   Link
  • +4
    My InterpretationThere is a comment from Chino about how the theme of the album was going to be about the "end of the world" craze, all the doomsday wingnuts talk about happening in December.

    A 'Tempest' is a violent disturbance - so - if you think about it, I think what Chino is writing about is 'go ahead and take me, we've been caught in a standstill (stasis) for so long, take me apart'. Wait for the glory (it actually happening) as you stare into the sky beneath, suggesting you're either blown into outerspace or in heaven, looking down.

    wikipedia of the 2012 phenomenon en.wikipedia.org/wiki/… has some references that kinda tie it all together...or at least you can draw conclusions from it.

    The 'ancient arrival' could be the Maya. 'Cut to the end' is saying 'let's see it, enough already, cut to the chase'.

    The beginning of Tempest reminds me of Pink Floyd's Run Like Hell
    dchesteron November 07, 2012   Link
  • +4
    My InterpretationKnowing that I've got a 99.9% chance of being wrong, the vibe I got from this song was of the circle of life and death. But it doesn't fit all the lyrics, so it's more of just a personal vibe.
    gassygunslingeron December 03, 2012   Link
  • +3
    My InterpretationMakes me think of ancient astronaut theory

    Take out the stories they've put into your mind
    (take out the religious stories they've put into your mind about gods based on ancient civilzations interpretations of alien contact)

    brace for the glory as you stare into the sky
    (the glory of meeting the cosmic alien race as they revisits earth)

    Turning in circles ( the earth revolving around the galaxey for millenium)

    Been caught in a stasis (being trapped as a species and civilization locked in perpetual wars and not truly advancing to join the galactic civilizations among the stars)

    The ancient arrival (the time from when the aliens visited earth and helped advance ancient civilizations)

    Cut to the end (wanting to be at the point when aliens reveal themselves to earth and allow us to join their galactic community)

    I'd like to be taken apart from the inside Then spit through the cycle right to the end
    (alluding to an experience of alien abduction or maybe wanting to be experimented on or enhanced by alien technology)

    I'm not exactly an advocate of ancient astronaut theory or neccissarily believe it but these lyrics make me think that's what the song is about.
    maulledon January 02, 2013   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationI too like to think it's about the Ancient Astronaut theory. I don't subscribe to it, but it is absolutely fun to think about. I'd love to think there's more to us than what's here on Earth. That said, I don't enjoy the God idea as much as originating from creatures who are virtually as clueless or as orphaned as us. I intend no offense to anyone, of course.

    I interpret the narrator as being tired of not knowing, and expecting that our "alma species" or divergent kind is coming back for us either to answer all of our questions, or to destroy us. Either way, he/she just wants the anticipation to end.
    dunstoncheckson June 30, 2014   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationI think it's about being caught in a very stressful situation, a time of distress or someone you know and/or love being caught up in a storm of bad fortune. Perhaps even a song for Chi.
    dpaxtonon October 09, 2012   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationThe beginning of the song suggests whomever they are singing about is someone who is trapped by incorrect thinking caused by what people have done to them in the past. Technically, we all are, but lets pretend it was really shitty stuff...
    The rest looks like the battle we go through dealing with what we think is the truth, what really is and what an arduous, hellishly emotional process that is. Tempest represents the state of agitation the mind can reach yet at the same time trapped in a physical stasis.

    Or it is about a blow job :-)
    jasonrfinkon October 14, 2012   Link
  • 0
    My OpinionYeah my interpretation is that the song is about the "2012 End of the World." Tempest is a synonym for Storm and like dchester alluded to the lyrics "ancient arrival" kind of tip it off to it being the Mayans.

    But hey the great part of any Deftones song is that the meaning can always be up for discussion and fans can have many different opinions...just shows how masterful Chino & company are.
    WhitePony1on November 09, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentVery hard to interpret a Chino song, unless it's painfully obvious. For example , "entombed" If I had to guess is about chi, but still could be interpreted in a different way.,.It's an example of great songwriters.

    With that said, this song imo, will be somewhat of a pre-cursor to what we should look for in PALMs.
    Chino is riding a serious wave right now. Untouchable imo...
    APerfectSquareon November 11, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhat the lyrics are about literally is kind of irrelevant. It's all about what the listener gets out of them with Deftones (and most other bands in my experience). Interpret it how you want and rock on.
    alex905on January 08, 2013   Link

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