"Pneuma" as written by and Adam Jones Maynard James Keenan....
We are spirit bound to this flesh
We go round one foot nailed down
But bound to reach out and beyond this flesh
Become Pneuma

We are will and wonder
Bound to recall, remember
We are born of one breath, one word
We are all one spark, sun becoming

Child, wake up
Child, release the light
Wake up now
Child, wake up
Child, release the light
Wake up now, child
(Spirit)
(Spirit)
(Spirit)
(Spirit)
Bound to this flesh
This guise, this mask
This dream

Wake up remember
We are born of one breath, one word
We are all one spark, sun becoming

Pneuma
Reach out and beyond
Wake up remember
We are born of one breath, one word
We are all one spark, eyes full of wonder


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"Pneuma" as written by Adam Jones Maynard James Keenan

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    General CommentI think this might be Maynard's crass humor. Penuma is a branded penile implant, mentioned occasionally on Joe Rogan experience where MJK has guested.

    Phrase "bound to flesh" laments how we are tied to our sexual endowments and base desires.

    After the operation, the "child" is urged to show it's growth, bestow its light.

    "Remember" may actually be "re-member" with member being a synonym for penis.

    It sounds on the surface like Jungian philosophy, but it's more Metallica's "One" in an extended dick joke. Oh, Tool, got us again!

    songmeaningstomon September 10, 2019   Link
  • +1
    General CommentPneuma definition: (in Stoic thought) the vital spirit, soul, or creative force of a person.
    I don't think this song has anything to do with Christianity or religion at all for that matter. I think it's another one of those simply spiritual Carl Jung/Ayahuasca-inspired songs. It's about the collective consciousness. How we all come from the same source. We're all just a piece of a great collective consciousness that is divvied up into different beings. Similar theme to "Parabola." We're spirits bound to flesh, held in mortal bodies. For now... We get so entrenched in this life, this 'reality', we need to wake up and remember our true origins, our true being. Remember what it was like before we were groomed into conformity, into this reality. Like being a very very young child. An almost impossible task unless through meditation or psychedelics.
    salmonpuddingon September 04, 2019   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIts about societal constraints.

    Basically we are born into society that expects us to conform. One foot nailed down. But we need to look outside what is expected, required, or deemed acceptable. Bound to reach out and beyond this flesh.We are will and wonder. But we get pulled back into what is expected of us.

    The song continues with stepping out (think Lateralus) yet being drawn back.

    It's a reminder of the idea that we need to explore, go beyond societal, and organized religious restraints.
    sandt38on September 07, 2019   Link
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    General CommentOut of all the tracks off the new album, the lyrics here caught my eye the most. Tool has never had the highest opinion of religion, yet the unity described here feels Christianity-derived. The “oneness” is something you find across a multitude of religions, however the concept of coming forth from one breath, and one word sounds quite biblical. At the time of writing, the album is less than a week old, and I obviously haven’t had the extensive amount of listens through the song yet. As such, my opinion may be different a couple of years from now.
    aspeck52on September 03, 2019   Link
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    General CommentChildren are polymorphous perverse,they take blissful delight in entire life in the organism, while adult is an unnatural restriction of the erotic potentialities of the human body. Psychologically to live on the Ego level is to possess genital organization and thus the classic if incredible psychoanalytical formula soul= phallus.
    ignacio100on September 13, 2019   Link
  • -1
    General CommentHere we see a platonic christian combination as was indeed the case in early christianity in ancient Greece. The lyrics have clear platonic references, bear in mind Pneuma means spirit in ancient greek, a term used in orfean rituals,platonic texts relating to πνοή, breath. But also we are a product of "the word" according to the lyrics which denotes Christian and Hebraic origins, as the word of God was behind the birth of the world. Platonic Christian Maynard I'm its finest.the music opens up to such a perspective and serves well these deep meanings.
    Panos13on September 14, 2019   Link

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