"Pattern Against User" as written by and Cedric/hinojos Bixler....
The proposition
Handcuffed to the park bench
Hypodermic people poking
fun at the living
Please take the weight out of this
It takes the weight out of living
Are we just infants
That are ripe for the training
The opposition
Can't feel the tentacle reach suction cup the numb arms of the elderly
Please lift the weight out of this
It takes the weight out of living
Let these walkers trip on endless proof

Pattern against user, dilated
Bastard waiting for nothing
Circus carny guarding
The gates of heaven
Pact stuck in limbo abduction
Wormed our way through distant earth

This intuition
Limps with the cane of suspicion
Folding space in the crease of this page
It takes the weight out of this
It takes the weight out of
Trickling the ticking of this grandfather clock
The opposition
Can't feel the tentacle reach suction cup the numb arms of the elderly

Pattern against user- dilated
Bastard waiting for nothing
Circus carny guarding
The gates of heaven
Pact stuck in limbo abduction
Wormed our way through distant earth

And if this clock keeps ticking away
Will time be hesitated
Of all the minutes that were taken away
Will your watch be waiting
Sand falls through
Time portals
These landfills, immortal
And if this clock keeps beating down
Let the branded time keep playing
Of all the minutes that were taken away
Will your watch be waiting

Pattern against user, dilated
Bastard waiting for nothing
Circus carny guarding
The gates of heaven
Pact stuck in limbo abduction
Wormed our way through distant earth


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"Pattern Against User" as written by Jim Ward Cedric Bixler

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  • +2
    General CommentI'm pretty sure this song's about drugs and drug-use and all that...

    "hypodermic people", "pattern against user- dilated"

    those all have to do with drugs, and the "pattern against user" being the pattern of how drugs work against the user or something..."dilated" is what your eyes become if you do heroine or other drugs...

    I'm pretty sure it's about drugs though...

    now everyone else post more ATDI songs and song meanings cuz I sure as hell don't know WHAT THE HELL *any* of their songs mean except for this one and "Invalid Litter Dept." <<< I'll post this song next...

    • • peace
    DaMajishaNon January 12, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentDrugs:

    'Pattern against user - dilated
    Bastard waiting for nothing
    Pattern - Circus carny guarding
    The gates of heaven
    Like stuck in limbo abduction'

    Drug users spend all their time in search of euphoria, but they are 'waiting for nothing', as there is a 'circus carny guarding the gates of heaven' - so they're stuck in a state of 'limbo abduction, just 'worming their way through distand earth'.

    All this time is wasted 'cos time won't wait for them - their clocks will still be 'ticking away'

    These are some of the best lyrics ever written, this song is so incredibly good. Shame they split up but at least we still have Hundred Reasons!
    cbennetton May 09, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti read recently that they broke up because they were getting to big. Singer Cedric and guitarist Omar are now in The Mars Volta, and 3 others are in Sparta. Sparta signed to Universal, and is doing a giant tour w/weezer/dashboard. The Mars Volta however is on a very underground label, and isn't doing big tours, though i heard that they were working up a deal w/another major label.
    backupdorkon May 31, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti can see this song being about drug abuse...

    "circus carny gaurding the gates of heaven" - circus carnies are looked down on as trashy people, and in a way the carny could be symbollic of a drug dealer, and "heaven"
    could be the high of the drug, thus you have to get through the gates( buy the drugs from the dealer) to get to heaven.

    the part about " ..stuck in limbo abduction..." - could mean how you literally bend over backwards to get your fix.

    "take the wieght out of living..." - getting high to escape reality

    "wormed our way through distant earth" - earth/reality seems distant when high, and you just float through life if you're a drug addict.

    a "hypodermic person," would appear to be a drug addict who "pokes fun at the living," doesn't care enough of reality to face it head on, take it seriously.

    the part where the "ederly" are mention, maybe talking about experienced drug users....
    many more signs seem to make this song point to addiction of some sort.....
    fuzzyslipperson December 28, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentHeroin.

    When I listen to this song I'm immediately reminded of the mindset of the movie "Train Spotting". People looking out at the world critically from a subculture. Drugs and partying take the weight out of living, but if you don't take life seriously then you'll be stuck, and in serious shit. It's all about the double edged sword.
    sgc105on July 15, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI can't say for sure, but every single line in this song seems to scream "heroin addiction". This is the song that got me through my own heroin withdrawl. I could, however, see the whole 'medicating of society' business making sense.

    "let these walkers trip on
    endless proof"
    If you've ever hung out with heroin addicts (the real, hardcore ones) you'll start to notice they tend to carry themselves like old folks. the 'endless proof' is the fact that every user is conscious of what they're doing to themselves.

    "hypodermic people poking
    fun at the living
    please lift the weight out of this
    it takes the weight out of living"

    'poking fun at the living' is basically saying hey, there are people out there struggling to put food on the table (or their families, bahaha), meanwhile junkies could blow 80 bucks in one night just to get high. 'please lift the weight out of this...' i think is pretty indicative of when you get one of your buddies to help you shoot up. 'lifting the weight out' is when you pull out a little blood from the vein to make sure you banged it in correctly.

    finally "and if this clock keeps ticking away
    will time be hesitated
    of all the minutes that were
    taken away..." i don't think i need to explain that junkies are deleting a few minutes (actually, probably a few years) from their lives.

    Shit, i'm so glad i'm clean now. I credit this band with saving my life. Nothing made me want to get sober more than cedric telling me i was an asshole haha.

    stick to weed, kids.
    MilotheMightyyon September 30, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentfrom what ive read and heard, they broke up because of there extreme touring...the last tour they had had to be cancelled because of there chronic exhaustion...how breaking up and going to another band is gonna help however, i can not explain.

    andrew
    SandwichPunkon May 31, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI personally like the Mars Volta better.
    Gren901on August 28, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI'm probably wrong but I always thought this song was about how the older people in our society control everything. There are so many references to old age. This always seemed like a song of youthful rebellion.
    Listen-upon March 06, 2003   Link
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    General CommentThey are singing about drugs, but not the kind I think most of you are thinking about. This is all speculation but I believe they are singing about how our society is becoming more medicated. Every day some new drug comes on the market to help us put off every day hostilities that just fifty years ago would have been considered life.
    For example there is evidence that ADD is over-diagnosed and that some of these children just need a good spanking, but instead we prescribe ridilin. But that's just the beginning later on in life we have even more really good drugs to help get through young adulthood on through midlife crises, the latest trend in the eighties was valium now its prozac or zoloft. The numb arm of the elderly describes a lifetime of such treatment where the hottest thing is probably vicadin for the physical pain of growing older. And let's not forget the prescription drug of choice for major abuse, VIAGRA!!
    Just speculation but from this perspective is the only way I can make sense of "takes the weight out of living". Hypodermic people refers to someone who chose the life of medication and the living is someone who has not. Once the concept has been grasped I think the rest of the lyrics fall into place.
    8A5on March 06, 2003   Link

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