"Tiny Monsters" as written by and Carina Dianne Round Maynard James Keenan....
Day gives way to night
On the storefront mannequins
The audience with Mona Lisa grins
Moonlight builds emotion
As the players scuffle in
Pull the curtain back and let the show begin

Moon of mischief
Under low light discipline
Here the tiny monsters hunt for harlequins

Silent patience view the drama
Under low light discipline
Here the tiny monsters hunt for harlequins

Moon of mischief
We kill, be killed or run
To be or not, to be the only one


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"Tiny Monsters" as written by Josh Eustis Carina Round

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    General CommentDay gives way to night on the store front mannequins
    The audience with Mona Lisa grins

    Moonlight builds emotion as the players scuttle in.
    Pull the curtain back and let the show begin.

    Lunar mischief under low light discipline.
    Here the tiny monsters hunt the harlequins.

    Silent patrons view the drama under low light discipline.
    Here the tiny monsters hunt the harlequins.

    Lunar mischief.
    We
    Kill, be killed , or run.
    To Be or not to Be beyond the dawn.
    MrBionicon February 18, 2012   Link
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    General CommentDay gives way to night on the storefront mannequins,
    The audience with Mona Lisa grins.

    Moonlight builds emotion as the players scuttle in.
    Pull the curtain back and let the show begin.

    Moon of mischief under low-light discipline.
    Hear the tiny monsters hunt for harlequin.

    Silent patrons view the drama under low-light discipline.
    Hear the tiny monsters hunt for harlequin.

    Moon of mischief, we kill, be killed, or run,
    To be or not to be the only one.
    ethanrjcon October 24, 2011   Link
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    General CommentI'm not entirely sure. But my first impression of this is Theater, obviously. Namely a Shakespearean play (To be or not to be beyond the dawn....definitely Shakespeare influenced.)

    Harlequins were also Shakespearean for jokers or jesters. I know Maynard spent a lot of time at an arts college, so I'm sure he has a great love for the theater (it's quite obvious really).

    This just evokes the feeling of being in an audience, watching the "Tiny Monsters" (actors, they look tiny to you because you're so far back in the audience...) "hunt for harlequins" (trying to get laughs or reactions from the audience.)

    Also, it's Moon Of Mischief, not Lunar Mischief.

    But I figured since people are just re-posting the lyrics, i'd give my 2 cents on what I actually think this song means...to me at least. The good thing about Maynard's lyrics are that they're so mutable and open to interpretation.
    AdriDollieon April 18, 2012   Link
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    General Commenti love milla jovovich's vocals :) shes great
    cam777on July 19, 2012   Link
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    General CommentI believe maynard is giving us the perspective of the mannequins in the storefront. Nightfall comes around and the criminals from the neighborhood (the players/tiny monsters) come out. The harlequins is a meaning for clowns, in this case the innocent and unknowing pedestrians. The lyrics are not hump but hunt the harlequins. We kill be killed or run this decision makes us" to be not not to be". A very theater inspired song from a unique perspective. Thank you Maynard.
    deominateon September 11, 2012   Link
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    General CommentIt's a view on the scene surrounding Lady Gaga and her "little monsters". In the correct lyrics, "Harlequin" is singular.
    namaquaon September 22, 2012   Link
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    My InterpretationSo I'm finally realizing what this song is about. I still can't believe it's taken me nearly 2 years since album release to finally understand but better late than never, right?

    Anyways, this song is about the desert creatures that inhabit the landscape at night. Coming out scurrying the desert. Hunting for food etc. The mannequins is the audience in a storefront window watching the drama unfold before them through the window glass.

    And that's my take on this song. Nothing more, nothing less.
    mwanteroon May 14, 2013   Link
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    My InterpretationIt feels like an analogy for Celebrity Worship and the way it's built up into something hideous as the planet continues to get "smaller".

    > "Moonlight builds emotion as the players scuttle in
    Hold the curtain back and let the show begin

    Day gives way to night on the storefront mannequins
    The audience with Mona Lisa grins"

    The song brings to mind the Renaissance, times of emerging art. It sets the stage for the world, grinning confident that it has inspired and uplifted our world.

    > "Lunar mischief under the low-light discipline
    Hear the tiny monsters hump the harlequins"

    But we're still just animals in some of our behaviors, aren't we. Soon, far from true enlightenment [we're still just chasing currency; we're territorial and violent]. We haven't been inspired and Celebrity Worship and Reality Television replaces the great arts as old.

    > "Silent patrons view the drama under low-light discipline
    Hear the tiny monsters hump the harlequins"

    The masses watch on obsessed as Paris Hilton and Snookie debase themselves for status and wealth, the drama is tantalizing.

    > "Lunar mischief we kill be killed or run
    To be or not to be the overdone"

    The Celebrity's battle back and forth to be the most obscene. It's pretty relevant in early 2014 where Miley Cirus and Justin Beiber; the latest in waves of stories of Celebrities escalating from general havoc into minor crimes, poisoning the weak minded and embarrassing us all, not to be outdone.
    Jayden13on February 09, 2014   Link
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    Song MeaningThis IS what this song is about - NO DOUBT. 100%

    It's about ritualistic sexual acts - SEE THE MOVIE ----> Eyes Wide Shut.

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    Day gives way to night on the storefront mannequins <---- (the merchandise for the sexual ritual (naked women)

    The audience with Mona Lisa grins <---- (wearing masks and cloaks to hide identities)

    Moonlight builds emotion as the players scuttle in

    Hold the curtain back and let the show begin <---- sexual reference to a female vulva and sexual intercourse

    Lunar mischief under the low-light discipline <---- (lunar/night/woman - all pagan symbolism)
    Hear the tiny monstrs hump the harlequins <----- (*Hunt - Tiny monsters - I think this refers to sperm or it could relate to a disease or nanites)

    Silent patrons view the drama under low-light discipline
    Hear the tiny monsters hump the harlequins
    Lunar mischief we kill be killed or run
    To be or not to be the overdone
    Four.Windson May 08, 2014   Link
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    General CommentI believe this is referencing prostitution. Night falls, the things of day are mute and silenced. With stupid identical grins pretending the things of night don't happen.

    The players are the people that come out at night.

    Harlequin originally meant demon or devil spawn in French but later meant more of a clown or buffoon.

    Neither a tiny monster or clown demon are extremely dangerous but can be because they're still a monster and a demon.

    The tiny monsters are young prostitutes, the Harlequins are the johns.

    The moon is a symbol of the feminine. Moon of mischief means girls misbehaving.

    The men are silent patrons as what they do is secret. Harlequins wear masks. These men want their identity hidden.

    The last lines remind that the streets are dangerous and for those that live there it's a very real danger and about survival.

    Or it could mean something entirely different.
    Reptile_brainon March 06, 2016   Link

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