"Dear Brother" as written by and Maynard James Keenan Carina Dianne Round....
Reminiscing on our indestructible days
The party never seemed to end
We donkey punched the night away

(Sin after sin) 25/7 some risky business, my friend
Fortunes seem to favor us 'round every dark and twisted bend

(You can't cheat death, can't outrun the grim reaper)

This glass I raise is heavy, heavy as my heart this day
The reaper slipped right past us, bastard stole your breath away

We raise a heavy glass to you in our indestructible days
May heavens call to you
May stars align and light your way

Farewell, dear friend
Fare thee well, dear brother
A sad and joyful toast to you, heavy is my heart this day
Once more into the breach, dear friend, donkey punch the night away

Farewell, dear friend
Fare thee well, dear brother


Lyrics submitted by Lody, edited by moeburn, didldidi

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    Song MeaningI read in an interview on Spin.com that it's inspired by the deaths of several people like Adam Yauch of The Beastie Boys, Eddie Willard from Uncle Scratch's Gospel Revival and Australian winemaker Ray Beckwith.
    KrakenAttackon February 25, 2013   Link
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    My InterpretationThis seems to be simply a song of reminiscence. The old partying days, with "donkey punch" probably being a reference to intravenous drug use of some kind. Drug users often make an affectionately covert name for their drug use (we used to call it heroin "Quagmire"). Guessing they were doing heroin with perhaps a splash of crystal meth. A lot of Aenima by Tool seems to me to be alluding to opiate addiction and that was written when it was most likely actually taking place as opposed to this song's retrospectiveness.
    LRonHooveron November 17, 2013   Link
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    General CommentYeah I'll clean up all those ????? and incorrect lyrics, but thanks for the start!
    moeburnon February 05, 2013   Link

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