I woke with a start today, determinations are set
Filled with expectation
Sacks of soul to collect

But I am so fearful of the future
Ignorant of the present
And wary of the past

Through the door
Shuffle quietly down the hall
Identical corridors and artificial lights

The man in the box, born to set my world to rights
Effortlessly soon ignites the screaming in my head

Reborn, the catalyst will blow my joy away
Bet you thought that I'd have so much more to say

Can't save me now
Can't save me now

But I am so fearful of the future
Ignorant of the present
And wary of the past

Well I don't want to
But it's now a case of have to
I'll piss away for pittance
Suck up to the man

No wonder I'm tired when I awoke with a start today


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Catalyst Lyrics as written by Mark John Heron Jonathan Ross Ellis

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    i awoke with a start today determination set filled with expectation sacks of soul to collect

    but i am so fearful of the future ignorant of the present and wary of the past

    and through the door i shuffle quietly down the hall identical corridors and artificial lights the man in the box born to set my world to rights effortlessly soon ignites the screaming in my head

    reborn the catalyst will blow my joy away bet you thought that i'd have so much more to say come save me now

    but i am so fearful of the future ignorant of the present and wary of the past and i don't want to but it's now a case of have to i piss away for pittance and suck up to the man no wonder i'm dying when i awoke with a start today

    atomsplitteron February 01, 2006   Link
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    i think it's about mundane daily life, and no matter how hard he tries to have a good day, it gets screwed up by his boss, his jackass coworkers, something like that. his future seems blank, his present seems pointless, and his past is pathetic too.

    atomsplitteron November 27, 2006   Link
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    the line "suck up to the man" makes me think of the Tool song "Hooker with A Penis".. I wonder if there is any connection

    Bockopon November 21, 2007   Link
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    surely it's "weary of the past"? how can you be wary of stuff that's already happened? but yeah, this song is fucking fucking amazing. first time i heard it was when i saw them live for the first time and i had a tiny orgasm i think. go see them y'all.

    greenplasticon February 17, 2005   Link
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    This is my favourite song of all time. Yet I also have no idea what the second half of the chorus says. Still, it's all about the instrumental outro. No clue what it's about either.

    theviewfromhereon August 08, 2005   Link
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    It sounds to me like it's about a guy in a mental institution desperate to be released or something "I'm so fearful of the future, ignorant of the present, and wary of the past" meaning he doesn't want to have to confront his demons or something.

    Not sure...

    Cazzdevilon May 20, 2006   Link
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    it doesn't matter what it's about, it's just a fuckin good song

    sizeofanoceanon February 22, 2007   Link
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    Couldn't say what it's really about... seems just general angst!

    tinfoilon July 09, 2007   Link
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    This song is the beginning of an amazing ride. The ride of life, actually. Coming into being, there are all these expectations of you, people telling you how to run your life, telling you right from wrong. The man in the box is a representation of those people who are stuck in that thought paradigm, who want to control everything and keep people from seeing the truth about life. And life shouldn't be about materialism or greed, but we submit to the fact that we have to accept it at some point to even survive in this world of corruption. Just the beginning of this epic tale, everyone should TRULY listen to.

    xen0nexon August 05, 2007   Link
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    I doubt it has any connection to Hooker With A Penis apart from the same line cause that song is about selling out.. I don't really know what it's about but I'd like to think that the meaning behind this song is something deeper.

    Dallaion September 13, 2008   Link

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