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Lateralus/Fibonacci

This song is by Tool and appears on the album Lateralus (2001).

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LyricWiki-SongOfTheDay
Song of the Day
May 14, 2006
| Syllable count for each line (see Interpretations below)
|
1 Black
1 then
2 white are
3 all I see
5 in my infancy
8 Red and yellow then came to be
5 reaching out to me
3 lets me see

13 As below, so above and beyond, I imagine
8 drawn beyond the lines of reason
5 Push the envelope
3 Watch it bend

Over thinking, over analyzing separates the body from the mind
Withering my intuition, missing opportunities and I must
Feed my will to feel my moment drawing way outside the lines

1 Black
1 then
2 white are
3 all I see
5 in my infancy
8 Red and yellow then came to be
5 reaching out to me
3 lets me see
2 there is
1 so
1 much
2 more and
3 beckons me
5 to look through to these
8 infinite possibilities
13 As below, so above and beyond, I imagine
8 drawn outside the lines of reason
5 Push the envelope
3 Watch it bend

Over thinking, over analyzing separates the body from the mind
Withering my intuition leaving opportunities behind
Feed my will to feel this moment urging me to cross the line
Reaching out to embrace the random
Reaching out to embrace whatever may come

I embrace my desire to
I embrace my desire to
Feel the rhythm, to feel connected enough to step aside and weep like a widow
To feel inspired to fathom the power, to witness the beauty
To bathe in the fountain
To swing on the spiral
To swing on the spiral
To swing on the spiral of our divinity and still be a human

With my feet upon the ground I lose myself between the sounds and open wide to suck it in;
I feel it move across my skin
I'm reaching up and reaching out; I'm reaching for the random or what ever will bewilder me
What ever will bewilder me
And following our will and wind we may just go where no one's been
We'll ride the spiral to the end and may just go where no one's been
Spiral out. Keep going
Spiral out. Keep going
Spiral out. Keep going
Spiral out. Keep going

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Trivia:

You might want to re-listen to the song while reading the line-breaks to make sure you agree that they are legit ahead of time. Otherwise, you may have a hard time believing this...

This song has strong ties to the Fibonacci Sequence Wikipedia16 as can be seen in this version of the lyrics. The Fibonacci Sequence follows the same growth ratio (phi) as the Golden spiral Wikipedia16 which almost certainly has something to do with the repeated references to the spirals in this song. When he goes up the sequence, then starts down and up again, he may be thought to be swinging on the spiral. Listen along as Maynard sings, and you can hear the pattern in the number of syllables in each line (1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8...).

The Fibonacci Sequence is computed by starting with the two values "0" and "1", then each subsequent number is the sum of the two previous numbers (0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21....).

The timing in the chorus ("Over thinking, over analyzing...") also hints at the Fibonacci Sequence: The bars have 9, 8 and 7 beats respectively. 987 is a number in the Fibonacci sequence. The song was originally named "987" while it was being written.

NOTE: Interpretation below isn't necessarily agreed upon by a vast majority since this song is so mysterious...
As for the meaning of the words (not just their arrangement), it seems to be saying that organized religion and the clergy's exploitation of it, dampens the ability to perceive reality and its glory and appreciate it for what it is. ("Over thinking, over analyzing separates the body from the mind. Withering my intuition, missing opportunities").

Later he says "I embrace my desire to feel the rhythm, to feel connected enough to step aside and weep like a widow to feel inspired to fathom the power, to witness the beauty, to bathe in the fountain, to swing on the spiral (...) of our divinity and still be a human".In Maynard's words (not referring to this song specifically) "Life should be revered simply for the fact that we need to be thankful that we are currently able to consciously appreciate what we are going through right now."

If you don't like this interpretation, you're not necessarily wrong: Maynard believes that their songs have many layers, and are about self-reflection and discovery. He feels that you can (within limits) interpret their songs in various ways to help you understand life and create a self-identity.

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