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Listen to the tales and romanticize,
How we'd 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...


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    Jun 30th, 2006 6:33pm report

    "Listen to the tales and romanticize
    How we follow the path of the hero."
    Read the Bible and pretend that we are on the same path as the "heroes" we are reading about.

    "Boast about the day when the rivers overrun
    How we rise to the height of our halo."
    Brag about how we will be ready when Judgement Day comes. About how we will "rise to the height of our halo."

    "Listen to the tales as we all rationalize
    Our way into the arms of the savior.
    Feigning all the trials and the tribulations.
    None of us have actually been there,
    Not like you."
    Considering whether or not we are good enough to be with Him, and when we decide we are NOT, lie to ourselves and pretend we are. Take a bunch of hardships in our lives, over-exaggerate them, call them tribulations and tests. But none of us have really been tested... Not like you (Judith Marie).

    "Ignorant flippants in the congregation
    Gather around spewing sympathy.
    Spare me."
    Stupid liars in the church around me (Maynard) giving their condolences... Spare me.

    "None of them can even hold a candle up to you.
    Blinded by choices
    Hypocrites won't seek."
    They are nothing compared to you.

    "But enough about the collective Judas
    Who could deny you were the one who illuminated
    Your little piece of the divine?"
    Enough about them. No one could deny you earned your place in Heaven.

    "This little light of mine - a gift you passed unto me.
    I'm gonna let it shine,
    To guide you safely on your way, your way home."
    The faith you've given me, I'll let it show, let it grow, so that you know you can go on.

    "Oh, what are they gonna do when the lights go down
    Without you to guide them all to Zion?
    What are they gonna do when the rivers overrun
    Other than tremble incessantly?"
    What will they do when their day comes, and they have no one to lead them to the promised land? What will they do when Armegeddon comes, besides shake in their boots?

    "High is the way
    But our 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."
    The path leads to Heaven, So how can we find it if we are looking on Earth? You are the true believer, they will never be. I hope God knows when the time is come for you to join Him.

    "Ten thousand days in the fire is long enough.
    You're going home..."
    27 years is enough. You're going to Heaven.

    "You're the only one who can hold your head up high,
    Shake your fist at the gates saying,
    '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... (x5)
    Give me my own wings!'"
    You are the only one who should be proud of your choices. When you arrive in Heaven, announce your arrival, and demand to see the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Tell them that you are finally home, tell them it's time for you to be one of His angels.

    "You are the light, the way, that they will only read about."
    You are the kind of believer that was written about in the Bible.

    "Set as I am in my ways and my arrogance...
    Burden of proof tossed upon non-believers.
    You were my witness, my eyes, my evidence,
    Judith Marie, unconditional one."
    As stubborn and arrogant as I am, they must now proove to me that God does NOT exist (instead of vice-versa). You were the one who watched me, who showed me, who proved Him to me. Judith Marie, the one who never faltered.

    "Daylight dims leaving cool 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.'
    It's time for you to bring me home."
    Your light leaves this Earth, leaving a slight glow. It's hard to believe with you gone. I know this suggestion is nearly blasphemous, but forgive me. When you meet Him, look Him in the eye and tell him that you never faltered and you saved one who was nearly lost, me. Thank God, you saved me. Now bring me home.


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    Dec 13th, 2006 12:49pm report

    Going along with what others have posted, I think it is obviously a tribute to his departed mother (which he confirmed at the September 8th show in Los Angeles when he thanked the audience for celebrating Judith's life after playing Wings Part I & II as the encore). Aparently, this was the first city of the tour he played Wings in.

    One of the major themes I think was missed in other posts was what Maynard said on the Amotion DVD for A Perfect Circle when he comments on the video for "Judith". He talks specifically about the hipocracy of member's of Judith's congregation and how they were two-faced ghouls. In addition, he goes on to say he was confounded at the fact that to his paralyzed mother's face, they would say how she is honoring Christ with her resolve to live and how they would encourage her faith by giving her the "it's His divine plan designed just for you" speech. Behind her back, or without her knowing, they would then comment on how weak she looked physically and, therefore, leaving MJK with disgust in how insincere they were with their "well-wishes."

    I think this song not only honors his mother, but condemns the people around her (including himself at times) for their lack of support / empathy for an unwaivering, dedicated servant to her lord. I still find it impossible to believe MJK is capable of faith in ANY organized religion whatsoever. In the end, everyone's faith is a personal, non-defined manifestation of their beliefs in the unknown. This is his tribute to the ones he believes deserve the concept of "Heaven".


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    Oct 16th, 2006 10:05pm report

    Here is something really cool

    ever notice how the lengths of Viginti Tres (5:02) and Wings for Marie (part 1) (6:13) add up to the exact length of 10,000 Days (Wings part 2) (11:15)?

    make a playlist with Viginti Tres and Wings part 1 (in that order). Then make a playlist with only 10,000 Days. Play the playlists simultaneously (I do this with one playlist on my ipod and the other on my computer), sit back and listen to the wonder that is Tool.


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    Jun 26th, 2014 6:18pm report

    Very powerful song. In light and context of his mother whom he loved and who displayed a credible belief/faith in God. With the same emotion Maynard is diplaying his venom in lyrics to those he claimed to be hippocrates..saying one thing..and another behind her back.. There is unrelenting passion both ways. Just look at the bladphemous statements in Judith..echoes of mistrust with those around him..but there us hope. The last third of 10,000 days..shows this clearly.. mMaynard.. one of the devout? Hardly..but willing to see through the devout and embrace the faith his mother had. Definetely.


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    Sep 28th, 2013 9:18am report

    Wings for marie is about his mother's sufferings and 10,000 days is about his mother's faith, savior.
    She suffered for roughly 10,000 days; while Jesus was alive, or suffered us, for roughly 10,000 days.
    The two songs end very differntly.
    Part 1: She never lived a lie, well might have told a lie, but never lived one.
    Part 2: I never lived a lie, never took a life,But surely saved one.tool
    Part 1 is achievable from a saint; while part 2 was only achieved by Jesus.


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    Dec 7th, 2012 12:09pm report

    For me thinking on the Tool theme, the song is refering to an entity,
    a beautiful being fully of energy that will descend to earth
    exactly 10000 days before Armageddon and then will goes..

    "Ohh, what are they gonna do when the lights go down
    without you to guide them all to Zion?
    What are they gonna do when the rivers overrun
    other than tremble incessantly"

    "High is the way
    but our 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"

    "10000 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 saying,
    'I have come home now!'"

    The song can be a kind of prophecy

    "Fetch me the spirit, the son and the father,
    Tell them their pillar of faith has ascended."

    "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"

    It's time for you to bring me home."

    Awesome lyrics can go in a lot of ways....and yes I´m high


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    May 30th, 2011 5:46am report

    This song is about two things. His mother. The return of jesus. He will endure 27 years of pain and suffering. He will be accused of murder even though he is innocent. He will never take a life, but he will probably die for ours. maybe the jewish savior.


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    Apr 1st, 2011 4:13pm report

    I totally agree with the guy at number one there. Just wana ad that Maynard's not always a cyptic sprite, sometimes the literal is the intended meaning.
    "Daylight dims leaving cool fluorescence.
    Difficult to see you in this light." - Anyone ever visited a dying relative in hospital? Its when the sun sets and the fluorescent lights come up that you see how pale they are. Harsh moment when you get that realization.


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    Mar 29th, 2011 3:44am report

    Jesus Christ, it's it's "Ignorant SIBLINGS in the congregation" not "ignorant flippants" that shit doesn't even make any sense lol


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    Mar 25th, 2011 3:14am report

    I think that a lot of these comments could be the meaning of the song, but with a song like this there are many ways to interpret it. Just like the Bible. I think that Maynard used a great play on the Name Judith. Not only does he use it for his Mother but also for Judith In the bible, although very briefly mentioned she was known as the "Women of the Old testament." She did did risky sexual behaviors to save her people from annihilation. And to many of you who are also Perfect Circle fans, they have a song also called Annihilation. She supposedly would be-head these men which was another word for castration.

    Coincidentally Judith was a widow, Maynards Mom was not a widow but his parents divorced when he was young. I think that also has to do with this song because it talks about betrayal. And he only got to see his father once a year until his mom forced him to live with him once she was paralized. The song talks about what to do when the rivers overrun, I thiknk it means that he had to take on alot of responsibilities very fast and that anything can happen at anytime and we all have to to ready for it. We all have to try to be the best we can be and always let our light shine for all to see, even when we think it is out, we may not realize that others look up to us and are using our lights and candles to try and relight their own. Maynard (btw born James Herbert Keenan) knows that there is something to believe in but he doesnt know what.

    His band created their own religion, so that they can see things the way that they want to see them. As a Christian I can perfectly understand that. It may be wrong, but i know that alot of the time, the religious are the most judgmental ass-holes out there. I dont, but i know that a lot of religious people (catholic, christian, baptist etc..) think that they are perfect even though the Bible specifically says that only God is perfect. But a lot of people think that since he is perfect and they believe in him, they have to right to act perfect to. Completely wrong. I think that Maynard(James) just feels betrayed by the ones that he loves; his mother-died; the church-lying hypocrites.

    That's what i think, that's what i personally got from the song. one more point is that i think the song was written so that we can interpret what we want from it. We will hear what we want to hear- if its religion-its religion, if its family and dead- then its family and death. It's defiantly a song to listen to and think about it. Take what you want from it.


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    Sep 3rd, 2010 9:40pm report

    You all have inspired me thank you I believe it is a simple prayer for and about his mother to demand in his words the saving of his mothers soul to honor her beliefs.


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    Jun 23rd, 2010 6:37pm report

    ok...for some of the people who dont know the true meaning of the entire album...if you listen to the album start to finish theres a story...the main topic of the album is the depression maynard went through after his mother died...this song in general is about his mother...when he says, "High is the way, but our eyes are upon the ground...You were the light and the way that 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 goin home"...that shows the emotion of sympathy that he didnt want to see his mother suffer any longer...when i hear that part of the song i get chills up my spine...it reminds me of one of my best friends i lost earlier this year...i knew him for 7 years...even though i lost someone close to me...maynard was with his mother from his birth to her final day.


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    Feb 23rd, 2010 2:36am report

    i played those songs in the suggested order... and i think the only thing that these songs have that may suggest ur supposed to play them simultaniasly are the last i think 1:40 min from wings pt1 and pt2 , other than that it dont add up and make any sense


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    Dec 14th, 2009 12:17pm report

    The "chosen" the "faithful" the "people of god".

    Tool is saying: religion is not scapegoat, or excuse. The worthy will go to heaven. Just because you believe doesn't mean you are safe from the fire.

    Discuss with me further: randomkidb@rochester.rr.com

    No zealotry


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    Nov 23rd, 2009 11:29pm report

    this song is about maynards mom who was paralyzed by some disease i dont recall and she died nearly 10000 days after the diagnosis he also includes Judith Marie which is his mom in the song also why the song Judith by a perfect circle was written i believe.. not really about this but just about his mom in general


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    Aug 23rd, 2009 8:45am report

    You know, I'm a giant Tool fan. I have loved the shit out of Tool since they ever released their first album, I grew up as a teenager and now a young adult listening to their music and A Perfect Circle among other things. I may not be the biggest fan ever, because I had no idea Judith Marie was his mother. I loved the shit out of this song for years and I always knew from listening to it that she was a real person, because the emotion contained within the song just bleeds reality. But now after reading what it is truly about, I'm glad to confirm that this truly an amazing song, both parts of it. As most of you said, regardless of it's authors meaning, it means something different to everyone, and I think the complexity and the flexibility of the lyrical interpretations lend just as much as the amazing music to making it a truly wonderful song.


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    Feb 24th, 2009 2:15am report

    I hope someone gets to read this.

    This is about his mother.her middle name is marie.
    His mother, the singers mother, had a stroke and
    Became paralized on the leftside leaving her wheelchair bound. It had been 27years from the day she wAs in a wheelchair to the day she died. That is appeoximetly 10,000days. This song is obvioulsy about her and how she stood strong and finally went home to heaven.
    The lead singer is a vereerrrrrrrrrry talented song writer and I admire him for being so meaningful.
    This is a tragic song for a tragic ocassion. But if is cool how hecan take a situation and turn it into something so beautiful( this song and part1and also the title of the album)


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    Jan 30th, 2009 1:58pm report

    This song is about my life. How my brother chooses to fall in with society and culture while I dabble in shamanism. My mother, who I was ripped from at an early age was the one who always believed I would do great. I will take her light that has been dim for a long time and give it to the world. In which people will understand we can live in a world without history. Its all up to me.

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