"TalkTalk" as written by and Billy Howerdel Maynard James Keenan....
You're waiting (you're waiting)
On miracles (on miracles)
We're bleeding out (bleeding out)

Thoughts (thoughts)
And prayers (prayers)
Adorable (crisis)
Like cake in a crisis (in a crisis)
We're bleeding out (bleeding out)

While you deliberate
Bodies accumulate

Sit and talk like jesus
Try walkin' like jesus
Sit and talk like jesus
Talk like jesus
Talk talk talk talk
Get the fuck out of my way

Don’t be the problem, be the solution
Don’t be the problem, be the solution
Don’t be the problem, be the solution
Problem, problem, problem, problem

Faith without works is
Talk without works is
Faith without works is
Dead, dead, dead, dead

Sit and talk like jesus
Try walkin' like jesus
Sit and talk like jesus
Try walkin' like jesus
Try braving the rain
Try lifting the stone
Try extending a hand
Try walkin' your talk or get the fuck out of my way


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"TalkTalk" as written by Billy Howerdel Maynard James Keenan

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  • +4
    General CommentI’m pretty sure it’s a commentary on the religious right and their inaction and reluctance to address gun violence. Thoughts and prayers. We’re bleeding out.
    Ozziedaveon February 25, 2018   Link
  • +3
    My InterpretationOk, so Eat the Elephant seems to be a beautiful critique to the current society, or of course to expose societal problems... I partially agree with the comment of @Ozziedaveon, however, I do believe the issue is wider. In my opinion, the song is about mass shootings and terroristic attacks happening around the world... and how people in power, celebrities, popes, etc., just send their thoughts and prayers after some terrible thing has happened...

    I do believe "While you deliberate Bodies accumulate" targets more someone like a politician... however, it can be anybody in general...

    Of course, the final message of the song is instead of sending your "adorable" thoughts and prayers do something about it! Or, or, or how MJK puts it, "Try walkin' your talk or get the fuck out of my way!".
    Sibunaon May 11, 2018   Link
  • +2
    General CommentFaith without works is dead-
    14 What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? 15 If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, 16 and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? 17 Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. 18 But someone will say, “You have faith, and I have works.” Show me your faith without your[a] works, and I will show you my faith by my works. 19 You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe—and tremble! 20 But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead. 21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered Isaac his son on the altar? 22 Do you see that faith was working together with his works, and by works faith was made perfect? 23 And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.”And he was called the friend of God. 24 You see then that a man is justified by works, and not by faith only.
    25 Likewise, was not Rahab the harlot also justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out another way?26 For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.
    James 2:14-26
    Thestoryoflifeon March 11, 2018   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI believe its about a man who clams himself to being Jesus himself. but he is not who he claims to be and saying try talking like Jesus its him saying show me you are truly him and ill shut the fuck up
    joel110783on February 20, 2018   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI would like to think that the song carries a more literal meaning in addressing the frustration of being a true Christian, in contrast with modern accepted norm.
    Jesus was the end of the law. Of animal sacrifice. & no other law of the Most High, God.
    We are still to keep God's day holy. The seventh day. Saturday. & That is when we are to hold holy convocation.
    This is just one example of all the perversions that so many so called Christian churches have adopted from the pagan catholic church, and other heathen sources.
    Of course, with this being such an unpopular realization, I doubt that APC was taking it there.. In these days when the the thoughts of our hearts are again continually evil.
    I do not offer an alternate interpretation.
    Tim™on May 04, 2018   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationOk, so Eat the Elephant seems to be a beautiful critique to the current society, or of course to expose societal problems... I partially agree with the comment of @Ozziedaveon, however, I do believe the issue is wider. In my opinion, the song is about mass shootings and terroristic attacks happening around the world... and how people in power, celebrities, popes, etc., just send their thoughts and prayers after some terrible thing has happened...

    I do believe "While you deliberate Bodies accumulate" targets more someone like a politician... however, it can be anybody in general...

    Of course, the final message of the song is instead of sending your "adorable" thoughts and prayers do something about it! Or, or, or how MJK puts it, "Try walkin' your talk or get the fuck out of my way!".
    Sibunaon May 11, 2018   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think it's about the gun violence that's seems to be on an upswing. The school shootings. The Vegas shootings and all we and all the government does it talk. No action even as the bodies pile up.
    lindsey117on June 01, 2018   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's pretty self explanatory. It's a generalization, not specification.
    adrienneilon August 20, 2018   Link
  • 0
    General CommentCake in a crisis?!
    DJAelbioneon September 13, 2018   Link
  • 0
    Song MeaningThe song is about smooth talking politicians and those in power that talk a lot about solving problems but are really all talk, and get in the way of really solving anything.

    The song clearly targets the religious right and mass murder ("thoughts and prayers", "jesus", "we're bleeding out"), but at the same time this can also include the left, who treat certain politicians as deities, give similar platitudes (virtue signalling), are only anti-war when not in power, and "bleed" society with debt and power transfers (reducing individual rights). The album has a general anti-republican theme so it's probably more of the former.

    "Cake in a crises" is referencing the famous line "Let them eat cake", indicating those in power understand or care little about the poor and lower classes, or intentionally appease and distract lower classes with luxuries.

    "While you deliberate, Bodies accumulate" is referencing how politicians and the media endlessly talk about issues while people suffer and die from mass murder, war, etc.

    The ending of the song urges people to stop being passive NPCs and start actually help your fellow man and be "part of the solution"
    someguy3on November 08, 2018   Link

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