"Taiyed" as written by Douglas Vincent Martinez, Timothy Jerome Mahoney and Aaron Charles Wills....
Returning from the water, cold, alive, and shining
Rock a mike in the afterlife while your moon is rising
Heatin' up, forcing steam, whirling to be seen
The dark held stars are the frost of my breathing
Swimming through the darkness, I'm a ghostly shark
Developing like a photograph, slowly in the dark
The hereafter, the action, the main attraction
One love in all of this that I'm going after

Now there's fire inside, but black space surrounds you
You think, "Where, oh, where am I" but even your light continues
See through us, see a soul we have not yet
Learned to harness, see the next world inside it
We are the people of skin who left water
Inside the dark womb, inside of our mother
Prone to the beat and vibe of our tribe
We catch the drift and ride moving tides
Out from a love that will keep on burning
Now see yourself to the next world, returning
This life, an old place we face to live again
What is it to understand the hereafter?


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"Taiyed" as written by Douglas Vincent Martinez, Timothy Jerome Mahoney, Aaron Charles Wills

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    General CommentA friend of mine, has this in his journal:

    Taiyed as told by Tim: (Tim): tayd, with a line above the a, rhymes with jade, wade, raid, maid, laid, etc. The word could be defined as an adjective describing a feeling of highness, bliss, happiness, etc. Taiyed is an altered state of conciousness, usually accompanied with a positive mental attitude (PMA-see Bad Brains.) The term was coined by a friend of ours during high school, probably Dave Barker, or possibly Nick, I’m not certain. Taiyed can be attained thru yogas and meditations, or, as Robert Anton Wilson (I think) says, "thru the backdoor" with the help of such things as thc, psilocybin, nitrous oxide, alcohol, etc.
    Coneon September 21, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is really good music wise, and Tim does an awesome job on guitar along with Chad's perfect drum fills that go along with the song. SA's lyrics are really fast and flow perfectly, but I still cant understand what the title means. Its not in the dictionary, so if oyu know , IM me at XC8316 or email me at noahyates@att.net. Basically this song means to me that 311 's music style keeps going through changes as their lives go on and yet they still return to some of their old ways in producing their music, yet they sometimes find themselves in a world of music that they never thought they would get to or understand. Still they know that they are always near their basic instincts on what type of music they like to play and that changes just happen.
    n3j1y1on May 28, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentdeep deep song..martinez, i think writes great lyrics....totally mindblowing lyrics...and makes it flow so seamless...this is an excellent example...mit lays down some excellent riffs in this tune...im not so sure what this song is about, but i read somewhere that it relates to like the afterlife and dying and such
    ate_16amon August 11, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyou're just listening to this really kick ass CD in your car or wherever and out of nowhere, right when you think it can't get any better this 1:50 gem just puts the entire album over the top. arguably the best song on the CD and dare i even say it best 311 song...ever?

    -=dean=-
    wheelson March 17, 2003   Link
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    General CommentI always pronounced the title as "tayed" but my friend Eric seems to think that is's said like "tie ed" like "tired" but saying it without much of an R sound. Boston accent stylee.
    shokknterroron April 11, 2004   Link
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    General CommentWell i had no idea about that one ^ very well done Cone. I feel this song really shows the versatility of the band. SA shows all that his lyrical mastermind is one of the best, and Tim and Pnuts style mixes perfectly. At around the time this cd came out they were still looking to establish their fan grassroots beyond omaha and LA, and i feel this release really motivated listeners to think more of 311 and expand their musical horizons. 'Grassroots' really paved the way for 311 311 to make it to radios and have the big success it did. Great job NSTPC.
    drinkingmochaon September 29, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is an amazing song that talks about the afterlife.
    homebrew311on October 14, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDr. Doug kicks out the warmest jam, proving to the listeners that he is the smoothest lyricist since mix master mike. The fluid vocals are on par with the solos and fillls the rest of the crew brings along. The excellence is in the fact that the song doesn't climax at any one point, but unravels, unveiling a wave genious grooves. ....cause this is how we do > 311 keep on keep'n on.
    basquiatflavorsystmon February 01, 2005   Link
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    General CommentSA's lyrics are as mysterious and weird as always here. Here's my crazy interpretation: he mentions the hereafter a couple times, so it's clear that he's singing about the afterlife or "next life," but here's the catch: the next life is your life, all over again. A lot of the lyrics seem to be from the point of view of someone who's awoken to find himself back in his mother's womb. It's very hot in the womb (like fire) but totally dark (like black space). He's swimming around in the dark, "developing" as babies do. It's simultaneously the next world AND a place he's been to before and is returning to. Nothing spells it out more than "This life an old place we face to live again," i.e. the next life is just a rerun of your first one!

    Fess up, that totally blows your mind, does it not?

    - Josh
    JoshDrmron April 14, 2005   Link
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    General Commenttry playing the bass line with your left hand and the opening guitar rift with your right on the piano, takes a while to learn it but if you bust it out somewhere public it sounds soo good and gives an adrenaline rush. If youre feeling brave try rapping over it too. Oddly enough you can do this with a lot of 311 songs. If you watched the 311 day '05 question and answer thing on 311.com, theres a link with Chad giving a tour of the Hive and he plays Gap with mallets on a marimba (the same marimba you hear in the end of Dreamland), so its kind of the same idea.
    n3j1y1on May 06, 2005   Link

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