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Tool - 10,000 Days - Album Lyrics

I aim to keep this updated with the most recent/likely version of the lyrics to these songs. As with all music, some speech can be a little muffled, and multiple meanings / words can be heard. The only way the 100%-correct lyrics will ever be gathered is if Tool themselves post them on the web somewhere, or subsequent concert bootlegs reveal better, less muffled vocals.

For the moment, these are the most correct lyrics I have for these songs. Where alternative and possible lyrics exist, I've added them next to the relevant text (example: 'foot in mouth and head up asshole / ass so'... personally I think it's 'ass so', others are sure it's 'asshole'. I leave it to the listener. Various interpretations marked in various ways, as these lyrics are compiled from various parts of the net ;) ). Enjoy.

EDIT: Updated on the 11/11/06. Minor update only, added the possibility of 'ganga p-lease' instead of 'ganga police' in "The Pot". Still unsure as to which is correct, but I'm not leaning more towards the 'p-lease' camp after a few listens. Spelling correction in "Jambi" (piece -> peace) as well as changing 'found' to 'fell', which is what I always thought it was, so I'm not sure how I made that error. Anyway, fixed now. Also made other minor changes, alterations and/or corrections. ^_^

EDIT: Updated on the 30/08/06. Included in the August newsletter on Tool's website were the lyrics to "Rosetta Stoned". They were, more or less, perfectly transcribed, but there were a few small changes made from these lyrics included in the newsletter to the ones we hear on the album. For the most part, though, it clears up the more obscure lines, and the steam-of-conciousness at the beginning, so I'm really stoked they released them! Now if I can just say them as quick as Maynard does.... for the concerts I will be going to see them at next year! Yeehaa! I also added one word to Wings For Marie. As I was coming home one day from work, my mind not really concentrating, the song just playing in my ears, it suddenly clicked - one second I wasn't even really listening to the song, the next, a word sprang out at me and brought it in to sharp focus. I believe the new word I have added, 'immobilised ', is the one spoken. Anyways, enjoy! :D

EDIT: Updated on the 22/07/06. I've listened to the album non stop since I acquired it - and I'm not exaggerating. I'd like to know how many days in the past four months I haven't listened to at least one song off this album. Anyway, I've come back to this thread due to the continued comments, and made some lyric changes to Jambi, Wings For Marie, 10,000 Days, The Pot, Rosetta Stoned and Right In Two. Some of the changes are minor, and the only way you'll be able to notice most of them is if you have a saved version of these lyrics to compare against. Continue enjoying these songs - it's been four months straight for me, another three and Tool will probably be touring here. :D


01) Vicarious

Eye on the TV
'cause tragedy thrills me
Whatever flavor
It happens to be

Like:
"Killed by the husband"
"Drowned by the ocean"
"Shot by his own son"
"She used a poison in his tea
and kissed him goodbye"
That's my kind of story
It's no fun 'till someone dies

Don't look me at like
I am a monster
Frown out your one face
But with the other
Stare like a junkie
Into the TV
Stare like a zombie
While the mother, holds her child
Watches him die
Hands to the sky cryin',
"Why, oh why?"

Cause I need to watch things die
From a distance
Vicariously, I
Live while the whole world dies
You all need it too - don't lie.

Why can't we just admit it?
Why can't we just admit it?
We won't give pause until the blood is flowin'
Neither the brave nor the bold
Will write us the story so
We won't give pause until the blood is flowin'

I need to watch things die
From a good safe distance
Vicariously, I
Live while the whole world dies
You all feel the same so
Why can't we just admit it?

Blood like rain come down
Drum on grave and ground

Part vampire
Part warrior
Carnivore and voyeur
Stare at the transmittal
Sing to the death rattle

La, la, la, la, la, la, la-lie (x4)

Credulous at best
Your desire to believe in
Angels in the hearts of men.
Pull your head on out your hand
Please and give a listen
Shouldn't have to say it all again

The universe is hostile
So impersonal
Devour to survive
So it is, so it's always been ...

We all feed on tragedy
It's like blood to a vampire

Vicariously, I
Live while the whole world dies
Much better you than I.


02) Jambi

Here from the king's mountain view
Here from the wild dream come true
Feast like a sultan I do
Our treasures and flesh never few

But I
I would
Wish it all away.
If I...
Thought I'd...
Lose you
Just one day

The devil and his had me down
In love with the dark side I'd fell
Dabbling all the way down
Up to my neck soon to drown
But you changed that all for me
Lifted me up, turned me 'round

So I... I... I...

I would
I would
I would
Wish this all away

Prayed like a martyr dusk 'till dawn
Begged like a hooker all night long
Tempted the devil with my song
And got what I wanted all along

But I
I would
If I could
I would
Wish it away,
Wish it away
Wish it all away...
Wanna wish it all away...
No prize it could hold, sway or justify my kneeing away
My centre / sinner

So if I could I'd wish it all away
If I thought tomorrow they'd take you away
You're my peace of mind, my all, my center,
Just trying to hold on one more day

Damn my eyes
Jambi eyes

Dim my eyes if they should compromise our fulcrum
Wants and needs divide me
Then I might as well be gone

(song now goes into a 2 min guitar talk box pedal effect..)

Shine on forever
Shine on benevolent sun/son
Shine down upon the broken
Shine on until the two become one

Shine on forever
Shine on benevolent sun/son
Shine on upon the severed
Shine on until the two become one

Divided, I'm withering away
Divided, I'm withering away
Shine down upon the many, light our way, benevolent sun/son

Breathe in union
Breathe in union
Breathe in union
Breathe in union

So as one survive
Another day
In season
Silently
Just take your poison
Silently
Just stay out of my way


03) Wings for Marie (Part 1)

You...
You believed, you believed in moments none could see,
You believed in me.
The passion and spirit, uncompromised,
Around us and open,
The light in your eyes then, immobilised
Broken, broken, fell at the hands of those moments that none could see.
It was you who prayed for me so
What have I done?
To be son to an angel,
What have I done; to be worthy?

Daylight dims leaving cold fluorescence
Difficult to see you in this light
Please forgive this selfish question (but)
What am I to say to all these ghouls tonight?
She never told a lie—well, might have told a lie, but never lived one.
Didn't have a life, didn't have a life, but surely saved one.
See, I'm alright now, it's time for us to let you go...


04) 10,000 Days (Wings Part 2)

Listen to the tales and romanticize,
How we follow the path of the hero.
Boast about the day when the rivers overrun,
How we rise to the height of our halo.

Listen to the tales as we all rationalize
Our way into the arms of the savior,
Fading all the trials and the tribulations,
None of us have actually been there,
Not like you.

Ignorant fibbers in the congregation
Gather around spewing sympathy;
Spare me.
None of them can even hold a candle up to you.
Blinded by choices hypocrites won't seek.

But, nothing but the [collective / collect of] Judas,
Who could deny you were the one who would have needed
Your little piece of the divine.

This little light of mine it gives your past unto me,
I'm gonna let it shine to guide you safely on your way,
Your way home...

Oh, what are they going to do when the lights go down
Without you to guide them all to Zion?
What are they gonna to do when the rivers overrun
Other than tremble incessantly?

High as a wave, but all eyes are upon the ground,
You are the light and the way they'll only read about.
I only pray heaven knows when to lift you out;
Ten thousand days in the fire is long enough...
You're going home.

You're the only one who can hold your head up high,
Shake your fist at the gates sayin':
"I have come home now!
Fetch me the spirit, the son, and the father,
Tell them their pillar of faith has ascended.
It's time now! My time now!
Give me my...
Give me my wings!"

Give me my...
Give me my...
Give me my...
Give me my...
Give me my...
Give me my wings!"

You are the light and way that they will only read about.

Set as I am in my ways and my arrogance,
Burning all through, tossed upon the believers

You were my witness,
My eyes, my evidence,
Judith Marie: Unconditional One.

Daylight dims leaving cold fluorescence.
Difficult to see you in this light.
Please forgive this bold suggestion:
Should you see your Maker's face tonight,
Look Him in the eye, look Him in the eye, and tell Him:
"I never lived a lie, never took a life, but surely saved one.
Hallelujah, its time for you to bring me home."


05) The Pot

Who are you to wave your finger?
you must have been out your head
eyehole-deep in muddy waters
you practically raised the dead
rob the grave to snow the cradle
then burn the evidence down
soapbox house of cards and glass
so don’t go tossin' your stones around

you must have been high
you must have been high
you must have been

foot in mouth and head up asshole / ass so
what you talkin’ ’bout?
difficult to dance round this one
'till you pull it out, boy

you must have been so high
you must have been so high
steal, borrow, reap, or save your / (reaper, savior)
shady inference
kangaroo done hung the jury
with the innocent
now you're weeping shades of chosen indigo
got lemon juice up in your eye
when you pissed all over my black kettle

you must have been high high
you must have been high high

who are you to wave your finger?
so full of it
eyeballs-deep in muddy waters
fuckin’ hypocrite
liar, lawyer, mirror show me
what’s the difference
kangaroo done hung the guilty
with the innocent
now you're weeping shades of chosen indigo
got lemon juice up in your high eye
when you pissed all over my black kettle
you must have been

so who are you to wave your finger?
who are you to wave your fatty fingers at me?
you must have been out your mind

weeping shades of indigo
trapped without a reason
weeping shades of indigo

liar, lawyer, mirror for you
what’s the difference?
kangaroo be stoned; he’s guilty
as / ask the government
now you're weeping shades of chosen indigo
got lemon juice up in your eye eye
when you pissed all over my black kettle
you must have been high high high high
eyeballs-deep in muddy waters
you're balls-deep in muddy waters
ganja police / ganga p-lease (now undecided as to which is right, but swinging towards p-lease these days)
you must have been out your mind


06) Lipan Conjuring
No lyrics.


07) Lost Keys

Nurse: Excuse me, doctor, if you have a moment...?
Doctor: A moment? Whats the question?
Nurse: More of a situation. A gentleman in exam room three.
Doctor: Whats the problem?
Nurse: That is the problem; we're not sure.
Doctor: Have you got the chart?
Nurse: Right here.
Doctor: [goes through the papers] Hmm. Not much here, is there?
Nurse: No, doctor. No obvious physical trauma; vitals are stable.
Doctor: A name?
Nurse: No, sir.
Doctor: Did someone drop him off? Maybe we can speak to them. Let's get some background on this fella.
Nurse: No I.D., nothing; and he won't speak to anyone.
Doctor: Well, let's say hello, then. [to the gentleman] Good morning, I'm Doctor Mossle. How are you today? [pause] How are you today? Look, son, you're in a safe place. We want to help in whatever way we can, but you need to talk to us, we can't help you otherwise. Now whats happened? Tell me everything.


08) Rosetta Stoned
Patient: Alrighty, then... picture this if you will.

10 to 2 am, and X, yogi, DMT, and a box of krispy kreme's in my "need to know" pose just outside of area 51, contemplating the whole chosen people thingy when just then a flaming stealth banana split the sky like one would hope but never really expect to see in a place like this. Cutting right angle donuts on a dime and stopping right at my birkinstocks, and me yelping "holy fuckin' shit!"

Holy fucking shit! (x4)

Then the X file being, looking like some kinda blue-green Jackie Chan, with Isabella Rossellini lips and breath that reeked of vanilla chig champa, did a slow-mo matrix decent outta the butt end of the banana vessel, and hovered above my bug eyes, my gaping jaw, and my sweaty L. Ron Hubbard upper-lip and all I could think was, "I hope uncle Martin here doesn't notice that I pissed my fuckin' pants!!"

So light in this way
Like an apparition that
He had me crying out
Fuck me
It’s gotta be
The dead head
Chemistry
The blotter got right on top of me
Got me seein' E-motherfuckin'-T

And after calming me down with some orange slices and some fetal spooning, E.T. revealed to me his singular purpose. He said, "You are the Chosen One, the One who will deliver the message, a message of hope to those who choose to hear it and a warning to those who do not." Me. The Chosen One. They chose me, and I didn't even graduate from fuckin' high school.

You'd better...
You'd better...
You'd better...
You'd better listen.

Then he looked right through me
With somniferous almond eyes
Don’t even know what that means
Must remember to write it down
This is so real
Like the time Dave floated away
See, my heart is pounding
’Cause this shit never happens to me

I can’t breathe right now!

It was so real
Like I woke up in wonderland
All sorta terrifying
I don’t wanna be all alone
When I tell this story
And can anyone tell me why
Y'all sound like peanuts parents?
Will I ever be coming down?
This is so real
Finally, it’s my lucky day
See, my heart is racing
’Cause this shit never happens to me

I can’t breathe right now!

You believe me, don’t you?
Please, believe what I just said!
See the dead ain't touring
And this wasn’t all in my head
See, they took me by the hand
And they invited me right in
Then they showed me something
I don’t even know where to begin.

Strapped down on my bed
Feet cold, eyes red
I’m out of my head
Am I alive? Am I dead?
Can’t remember what they said
God damn, shit the bed

High

Overwhelmed as one would be, placed in my position
Such a heavy burden now to be the One
Born to bear and read to all the details of our ending
To write it down for all the world to see
But I forgot my pen
Shit the bed again...
Typical

Strapped down on my bed
Feet cold and eyes red
I’m out of my head
Am I alive? Am I dead?
Sunkissed and Sudafed
Gyroscopes and infrared
Won’t help, braindead
Can’t remember what they said
God damn, shit the bed

I can’t remember what they said to me
Can’t remember what they said to make me out to be a hero
Can’t remember what it said
Bob help me.
Can’t remember what it said

Don’t know, won’t know (x12)

God damn, shit the bed!


09) Intension

pure as we begin
pure as we come in
pure as we begin
ruled by will alone

pure as we begin
here we have a stone
gather, place, and raise
soon shelter turns to home

pure as we begin
here we have a stone
throw to stay the stranger
swore to crush his bones
ruled by will alone

spark becomes a flame
flame becomes a fire
light the way or warm this
home we occupy

spark becomes a flame
flame becomes a fire
forge a blade to slay the stranger
take whatever we desire
ruled by will alone

pure as we begin

pure as we begin
ruled by will alone
leave as we came in
pure as light, return to one

ruled by will alone
ruled by will alone


Right In Two

angels on the sideline
puzzled and amused
why did Father give these humans free will?
now they’re all confused

don’t these talking monkeys know
that Eden has enough to go around?
plenty in this holy garden, silly old monkeys
where there’s one you’re bound to divide it
right in two

angels on the sideline
baffled and confused
Father blessed them all with reason
and this is what they choose
monkey killing monkey killing monkey over pieces of the ground

silly monkeys given thumbs
they forge a blade, and where there’s one
they’re bound to divide it
right in two
right in two

monkey killing monkey killing monkey over pieces of the ground
silly monkeys given thumbs
they make a club and beat their brother down
how they survive so misguided is a mystery
repugnant is a creature who would squander
the ability to lift the light of heaven
conscious of this fleeting time here

cut it right all right in two (first 'right all' is likely incorrect, can't hear what it would be though)
cut it right all right in two
cut it right all right in two
cut it right all right in two

*errors likely here*
fight or they die over earth, over sky
they fight and they lie over blood, over air
and light, over love, over sun, over blood
they fight till they die
or they want all their lives
they
*errors likely here*

angels on the sideline again
been so long with patience and reason
angels on the sideline again
wondering when this tug of war will end

cut it right all right in two
cut it right all right in two
cut it right all right in two
right in two


11) Viginti Tres
No lyrics.

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