"Critical Mass" as written by and Jack Douglas Steven Tyler....
Arriving in boats, black hooded coats
Tormentors climbed into my room
I crawled under my bed, covered my head
But they're flushin' me out with a broom
The leader, she's small, pinned my ass to the wall
For my seeds or she'd be losin' her past
Time after time, she'd be readin' my mind
But she never got the feelin' to last
Celebrate, celebrate, celebraid it
This is the critical mass
So far so good, I heard the other say
So good so far, they're takin' me away
I drink to you, your mind, her ass
We'll take a drink and break the glass
Celebrate, celebrate, celebreak it
This is the critical mass
Now the tallest of two, with a brush full of blue
Paints surrealist scenes on the wall
So I tell her for fun, that it's really well done
But she just ain't listenin' at all
She points to my heart, tellin' me if I'm smart
I'll practice and phase
Out and admit, when the shoe doesn't fit
And I went screaming out down the hall
Need it
Need your love
Just then I heard a poundin' on the door
We're all here, sang the voice of twenty more
I drink to you alas, we'll take a drink and break the glass
Celebrate, celebrate, celebreak it
We are the critical mass
Time and space, is takin' me away
Time erase, don't know the time of day

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"Critical Mass" as written by Steven Tyler Jack Douglas

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    General CommentWell eva, I dont understand what the song means. Maybe its about an acid trip. But my fav Aero song is (probably) Nobody's fault from Rocks. I say probably because there's no fav of mine. The are other songs too which I find GREAT. Anyway, I guess we will agree that the best songs are usually the unknown ones :) Same with U2. Long live U2 & Aerosmith!
    young_jableson December 17, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentGreat song. Maybe it's about going crazy? Not sure.
    BobbyjointRitualon January 19, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI really like Joe's backing vocals on this song especially at the end. This is my favorite song off of Draw the Line. I'm guessing it is about a drug trip since this is around the time they started doing a lot of them, but hey even on drugs they could create powerful and wonderful music like this song.
    xVOoDOoxon April 23, 2011   Link
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    General CommentStory has it that the lyrics are from a dream Jack Douglas had at the Cenacle... Steven was too f**ked up, didn't have any lyrics, so he just used what Jack had written. I don't recall having seen Jack elaborate on it anywhere else... so take that for what it's worth I guess.
    The Cenacle is where they recorded Draw the Line...during the worst days of their drugdom. ;)

    HibernusMortison May 16, 2012   Link
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    General CommentWow, can't believe it, would you? THIS IS MY FAVOURITE AEROSMITH SONG, believe it or not, maybe you'll say I'm crazy, there are other much better songs, but this one I love it and I can't believe no one else has posted a comment on it yet =(

    Well actually I do can believe it because this song is totally unimportant in the Draw the line album
    eva_floydon September 19, 2007   Link
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    General CommentMost of the lyrics sites are fairly consistent with this set of lyrics. I'm just having a helluva time accepting some of the lines. For example, I'm fairly certain that it's "How does it feel, when the shoe doesn't fit" rather than "Out and admit...." Granted, rock lyrics are not known for sensibility, but "out and admit" just doesn't make any sense at all. Similarly, "practice and phase?" I confess I don't have a better interpretation, but my gut just tells me that it's NOT "practice and phase."
    PluralArchon September 28, 2013   Link
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    General CommentThought I would post the Prelude lyrics to inspire more discussion...

    At first we three thought
    'Twas the biblical cord of life
    Then noticing 'twas connected to his head

    How strange, not to believed
    I reached out to feel, and the pony's eyes opened
    The cord got hard, the head looked around
    And you know who pushed and gushed
    The waters of life
    First two hooved feet, then the shine of his fur

    But at first to my eyes only
    Feather - feathers - wings
    The butterflies flew up in such colors
    Exploding all around us
    The rest I did not see - till there he stood - all eyes in wonder
    Who me - who you, Look
    superfreak30328on May 07, 2015   Link

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