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Xerces Lyrics

Universe surrounds
When you're ready
It waits
For us to
To leave this earth
Come on, they're calling your name

I don't know
I could stay or leave
Right away
Cause the comet can take us
All the way through


  1. anonymous
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    Jun 24th 2020 report

    Clearly a Heavens gate cult mass suicide reference, particularly with the line about the comet. The suicidal (the narrator) is triyng to convincing himself (and the audience) about his motives and expectations behind his own exit (check heavens gate exit videos) out of this world (suicide). At the end "everything" (real life or reality itself) remains exactly the same after his suicide or departure remarking the pointless of his actions and also his believes.The desires of the narrator, clearly a suicidal searching for some sort of peace, reason or happiness, from a nihilist approach, will never be satisfied.

  2. anonymous
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    Feb 23rd 2020 report

    I always thought it was about the heavens gate cult killing themselves because the hale bop comet had a ufo in its tail to take them to heaven after they committed mass suicide ..

  3. anonymous
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    Jul 15th 2019 report

    Yeah in the first line I think it’s someone coming to terms and believing there is an afterlife (“Universe surrounds when your ready it waits for us to leave this Earth”) the next part states “Its calling your name out” suggesting that the narrator is reassuring them it’s their time to go, the “I don’t know I could stay or leave part” to me is about the realisation of the insignificance of their life and how they have no control over it, not sure on “The comet can take us all the way through” part but I’m guessing it’s the way they're getting to the afterlife, the “Goodbye say Heaven part” is the harsh reality that they will soon be dying but are trying to have an optimistic outlook on it by realising they might go to the afterlife or if there is no existence they are simply just waving goodbye (that’s my time up and there’s nothing more we can do), “Return to see everything looks the same” could be how the person has a shift from optimism and becomes pessimistic again (everything looks the same) their mind hasn’t changed after all and the same pessimistic outlook of death is still apparent, the song bounces between and argues the two points of optimistic and pessimistic outlooks on death, “I don’t know if the change made was great coz the craving remains the same” this could be how the narrator (chino) is at peace with not knowing his fate in and after death but then realises the craving of finding out more about his curiosities of death and the afterlife are too strong to ignore and therefore these important subjects are always on his mind hence why the song is slightly depressing as he doesn’t know for sure what’s going to happen, he then ultimately starts talking about heaven and waving goodbye again as he begins to go in the loop again of not caring what happens to him (he starts believing again that he is either going to have a good afterlife or he’s not going to know anything) so he stops worrying for the time being but it’s inevitable that the cycle will continue to bother him.

  4. anonymous
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    May 6th 2013 report

    Deftones is relating to life after death through the universe transferring into another reality everything looks as it is but its still not the same.

  5. anonymous
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    Feb 26th 2012 report

    Xerces is a butterfly known as the " Blue Xerces " they are now extinct & Chino is relating to the butterfly like dying out becoming extinct . & coming back & everything is just the same .

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