"Orestes" as written by and Maynard James/howerdel Keenan....
Metaphor for a missing moment
Pull me into your perfect circle
One womb, one chain, one resolve
Liberate this will to release us all

Gotta
Cut away, clear away
Slip away and sever this
Umbilical residue
Keeping me from killing you

And from pulling you down with me here
I can almost hear you scream

One more medicated peaceful moment
Give me one more medicated peaceful moment

And I don't wanna feel this overwhelming hostility
I don't wanna feel this overwhelming hostility

Gotta
Cut away, clear away
Slip away and sever this
Umbilical residue
Gotta
Cut away, clear away
Slip away and sever this
Umbilical residue
Keeping me from killing you

Slip away and sever this

Keeping me from killing you


Lyrics submitted by Demau Senae

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    General CommentTo me this song is about the special bond between a mother and her son. The umbillical residue is a metaphor for the connection between the two. In order for him to be free and for her to be in peace he must cut and sewer this bond. Both people are in pain but only the narrator can do something about it and this song is about his struggle.

    It is a very powerful and emotional song and when the lyrics are read along with the song it makes for an emotional cocktail. I know how Maynard feels since I had to cut that bond and let my mother go peacefully last winter

    AlexmanDKon October 20, 2010   Link

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