Welcome to the pleasure dome
Now take a seat, the crowd is watching you
Just rats in this experiment
Now learn the maze but don't tear yourself in two
Don't let it pull you down

And one by one we crawl, and two by two
Into the mouth of madness, we seek the perfect view
We reach another turn then fall out of time
In organized chaos, evolution 169

You can touch but never taste the answers
Like the way that I want you
Today I killed my ego, if hell is real
Dear God please tie my noose
And then he pulled me down

And one by one we crawl, and two by two
Into the mouth of madness, we seek the perfect view
We reach another turn then fall out of time
In organized chaos, evolution 169
And one by one we crawl, and two by two
In organized chaos, we fly away

Don't set your mind to one side
Don't set your mind to one side

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Evolution 169 song meanings
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    General CommentI don't think the last lines mean don't take a side, I think it means keep an open mind, don't become a fanatical follower of a certain view.
    LTSpankyon February 19, 2009   Link
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    My InterpretationOK are you guys ready?
    So this song is about the Dopaminergic system in our brain, used to be called the "pleasure center" - hence the line "Welcome to the pleasure dome".
    I'm pretty sure he didn't know about it and yet he depicted reality as it is.
    It is the system used to motivate us to eat, have sex, and a bunch of other stuff(all addictions sprout from this sytem).

    This system acts in a way that it controls our behavior, therefore making us run like "rats in this experiment", guided towards what will cause us pleasure.
    This system can easily get fucked up, and not to mention the fact that every single person being driven by his animal pleasure urges, is acting like an addict completely oblivious to how fanatic he gets about things, and going through life in an addict-like self deception and denial to the enviornment.

    So the set your mind to one side, might mean one ideaology, because once you embrace it you can easily go into denial about it's logical plausability, or it might also mean a certain drug or certain behavior.

    This system is there to rob us of free-will so that we survive(how much is eating really supposed to be a choice?). The only problem is that human kind has found infinite ways to short-circuit it.
    Hey even South Park made an episode on it (Freemium Isn't Free)
    If you want to learn more: dopamineproject.org
    MAeStROxon November 12, 2014   Link
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    General CommentAccording to my delusioned mind, this lyrics is about this cruel experiment we usually call "life" and all the things we have been indoctrinated that we have to do during it's span.

    But most of all, i think it's about how stupid it is.

    "And one by one we crawl, and two by two
    Into the mouth of madness, we seek the perfect view "

    Exteruson September 03, 2002   Link
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    General CommentWhat do you reckon the number 169 represents in the title?
    random_monkeyon April 11, 2003   Link
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    General CommentI think the "169" refers to a college class number, like "Math 101", instead it's "Evolution 169". Maybe?
    koneon June 30, 2003   Link
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    General Commenti think while he was writing he need it to rhyme so he just used 169 i guess lol.
    born4of3desireon September 25, 2004   Link
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    General CommentK... it was buggin me so I did some quick research, and your all pretty much right, its about human evolution, and anthropoly... 169 actually was a course number or something, check this out if you want.
    Hollow-Jesteron June 29, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is such an amazing song. Exterus nailed it, except I'd add that the last line is pretty much saying believe in nothing, don't take a side.
    Lateralus518on July 12, 2007   Link
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    General CommentAbout the 169 thing....I always thought it was supposed to be like a bible passage (like Evolution 16:9). There are a lot of biblical references here. "and two by two into the mouth of madness" is a reference to Jesus telling his disciples to preach the gospel two by two, for example. I think he's criticizing blind belief in general here. A lot of people blindly just believe evolution is true because they hear it from authority figures (scientists). He's telling us 'don't set your mind to one side' and admit that you don't really know.
    Nosferobtuon May 01, 2015   Link
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    General CommentNah.... I think it's about stem-cell research. Evolution 169 represents this subject.
    The Hollow Soulon March 20, 2005   Link

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