"Non-Zero Possibility" as written by and Cedric/hinojos Bixler....
I'm just tired of counting bodies
Is this mausoleum tardy
Let's just paint you a pretty face
Flies dip tongues into tear ducts
In toothpicks fought unborn
Contusion is hungry
They still eat their young
Proto-culture null and void

All veins in highway laps
This breath collapsed again
This hex was delivered spent
Orchestra influenza
Drawn and quartered pets
It dwells and grows

This is the pocket-sized edition
Rapid sleep through benediction
Let's just paint you a pretty face
Museums mark their bodies down
And the tenants found
All the distance in their prefix

Contusion is hungry
They still eat their young
Proto-culture null and void
Fever bliss into central nervousness
I was bitten on the entrance


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"Non-Zero Possibility" as written by Jim Ward Cedric Bixler

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    General CommentYou guys offer some interesting explanations, but I don't think any of them work quite perfectly...

    "I was bitten on the entrance" makes me think it's not about abortion; I mean, who would be singing if Cedric were an aborted baby? I suppose he could be telling the story of an aborted baby, but I dunno... for some reason I think this song is deeper than that.

    "Contusion is hungry, they still eat their young" doesn't really fit into the whole growing old idea. You could make some half-convincing arguments on why it still fits, but I still just don't think this line would've been included had the song been written about growing old.

    I remember someone telling me once that this song is about poverty, and the perils associated with it (such as disease), possibly about in some future "proto-culture" when poverty is even more widespread than it is today. After looking over the lyrics here, it seems to all make sense.

    Countless numbers of people die because of poverty every day. He's "tired of counting the bodies".

    "let's just paint you a pretty face" reflects how our culture (or how the "proto-culture") tends to push the issue of poverty into the back of our minds, focusing more on the luxuries and conveniences of our own lives. When we see an example of people living on poverty, we say "Oh, that's horrible!" and then go back to finishing our dinners in our warm homes. A brief moment of empathy, and then we put back on our "pretty faces" and go back to our lives.

    "contusion is hungry" refers to how their wounds go untreated because they can't afford a doctor maybe?

    "they still eat their young"... you could take this literally... which is a gruesome thought...

    "proto-culture null and void" could be referring to how empty our lives have become when we ignore our fellow man in need...

    Then he goes on to describe the disease and death that comes with poverty? The lyrics taken as references to abortion could be about a pregnant woman whose baby dies either because the mother is malnourished or through childbirth because there's no doctor or hospital to help deliver the baby.

    I could take the time to decipher the rest, but hopefully you see where I'm going with this.

    Really cool song, I love how it could sound both happy and sad, and I love the backup vocals used... gives it a spooky, supernatural sound. ATDI is amazing, and I love their lyrics, which usually deal with important issues and often deal with broad concepts such as poverty.
    woahitsJOHNon June 19, 2005   Link
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    General Commentlet me try and explain that better...

    ~ quarentined ~

    machete for hands, authorites hiding behind masks. it's a guy whose done something wrong, he made himself into something and now he's started to hurt people (break the weak) but in hurting them he's spreading a virus (a virus conspires).

    the chorus is the guy saying "i have the cause, i'll spread it (have trigger, will travel) and i'll start a frenzy for a cure (feeding frenzy, it's contagious) and soon i'll spark the change (single spark, spectral fire)"

    then verse two is all about this disease and virus spreading. the authorities watch towns fall under it (towns in webs, strung over auditoriums) but no one can do anything (no call to arms) and soon it becomes a contagious frenzy to get a cure (slave trade the weak) and all hell breaks loose so to speak.

    the whole "push becomes shove" part is a guy who comes into play during "non-zero" because he's watching everyone bury themselves in fear of this virus and catching the cure contagion.

    the ending is the guy saying "i told you i'd start the fire with the disease." and he ends saying that.


    ~ Non-zero Possibility ~

    it begins with the "push becomes shove" guy. he's counting the bodies wasted in efforts to get the cure for the disease. he says he hates counting them and just wants to paint happiness on them as if they all got the cure. then he sees now that mankind has fallen prey, we spread it to animals (fly in tear ducts)

    the chorus is saying: it's a disease, diseases leave contusions (bruises, welts, rashes, etc) and the disease eats you (it's hungry and devours all) and it enters the blood and spread (all veins, highway, etc) and then it spreads from humans (this hex delivered, spent) and now animals and pets have it (drawn and quartered pets) like an orchestra its reaching a climax (orchestra influenza) and it grows and grows.

    the second verse is saying: after we're dead, we're just the pocket sized case. it'll sleep dormant until someone finds us. then it will begin again, all tenants found, with their prefix (all the next cases, because they came here) and it will continue to expand continuously.

    now, second chorus, same meaning. then, for the finale, return to the guy watching and he just goes: i've had enough living as the last one left, (fevered blizz, central nervousness), it's my turn to go (i was bitten on the entrance) so he lets it take him. perhaps the fly bit him, or a dog, or other quartered pet. but he dies from it and it will now inevitably spread.
    I_Want_You_Deadon June 14, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti think that it is obviuse that the song is about Tutankhamun (i think thats the right Pharaoh) and that guy who opened his tomb was "bitten at the entrance" of the tomb and he died, plus they used to be put in there tombs with there pets "drawn and quartered pets" and there is so many other connections to it but im not going to go into them you can see them for yourself
    combafieldon January 20, 2008   Link
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    General Commentfor some reason i think this song is about depression or something, no idea why though, just a hunch.
    prodon May 12, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThis song is sooo awesome... They sound a lot like Queen. I don't know if im right, but I think the meaning of this song has something to do with abortion and how hes just so tired of it. "Bitten on the entrance" - They dont even get a chance to enter into this world...
    DeftoNeR4Lifeon May 18, 2002   Link
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    General Commenti love this song. so relaxing, yet depressing. i like the way he drags his voice... "proooOOOottoo - cuuUULLLTTtttuure null and void."
    napalmon May 23, 2002   Link
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    General Commentthis is by far my favorite song on relationship of command. its melody is amazing. i cant stop listening to it. his voice is awesome. at the drive in is simply amazing. altough in\casino\out is the best cd. but relationship of command is very good also. i think Deftone has an interesting way at looking at this song. having be about abortion..thats clever but somehow i think that this song has more to it. something that not an ordinay person can understand. at the drive in has some very complicated lyrics. almost up there with Thursday.
    heavyd7253on July 10, 2002   Link
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    General Comment"almost up there with Thursday. "

    At the Drive-in's lyrics are much more complex than Thursday's lyrics. Whether this is due to allusion, symbolism, just nonsense, etc... they're much harder to decrypt.
    Andolusiaon July 12, 2002   Link
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    General Commentthis one is not a strange idea for me!!!!!!! yay. i fink its just bout havin 2 deal wiv death, and not being able 2.
    stebugon August 17, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI've heard this song compared to both mass alienation and abortion. I can see how it could be either, but what's most interesting is how either would fit perfectly. This song can convey two (probably more) different literal meanings yet still express a mood that correlates with both.
    catacuacheon August 17, 2002   Link

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