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(These lyrics are played backwards: Work hard, Stay in school, Listen to your mother, your father is right/rising/right, son... Jesus loves you... Work hard, Stay out of school, Listen to your mother, your father is right/rising/right son...)

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    anonymous
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    Mar 27th, 2013 3:26pm report


    Tool is spiritual not religious if you could tell by a lot of their songs he believed there was jesus and a god but he thinks the stories were twisted around. Tool in my opinion do not blindly follow religions. A lot of their songs are about finding your true potential. This I believe is though is sarcasm



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    anonymous
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    Oct 10th, 2012 10:22am report


    I believe the lyrics 'pure as we begin' etc. are linked to this backwards message. He perhaps is implying that we are conditioned to behave by constantly being told these things. Our natural thought processes are inhibited from birth.



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    anonymous
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    Jan 21st, 2012 1:30pm report


    I dont think you guys are truely interpreting this correctly. Why has no one recognized that it is played backwards? Perhaps its backwards because it is the "opposite" of what he wants us to think. If it were the true message it would not be worded backwards. Atleast thats how I interpret it.



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    anonymous
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    Oct 18th, 2011 10:53pm report


    Guys can't you see he is warning us by telling us god is coming soon be ready listen to your parents is in the comandments prais the lord

    This interpretation has been marked as poor. view anyway


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    Panman92
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    Jun 6th, 2011 6:31pm report


    Haha it kind of reminds me of the scene in Beavis and Butthead Do America, where they're tripping in the desert and everything turns into a demonic looking hellhole. If you play the scene in reverse,Beavis clearly says "I suggest that everybody go to college, and study hard."

    Most probably they are making fun of the whole idea of satanic messages being heard in songs when they are reversed. 10,000 days seems to me to be the most serious and sobering of all the Tool albums (in a good way :)),so it's good to see that they can still add a little subtle humor into their music.



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    Faceness
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    Jan 4th, 2010 1:39pm report


    This is obvously not somthing that would come to mind when listening to this for the first time, but if you take it too literaly from the band you may miss the real message.

    let me explain as best i can.

    If you have ever seen a single tool music video, you will notice just a single scene can be packed full of symbolism! (ie. vicarous, etc.) to fully grasp the true message being delivered may require a state of mind that the band carries with them.

    which brings me to a backwards message. Its simple, take everything being delivered to you, and reverse it again for its true meaning.

    i hope i dont need to go on.



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    46and2aheadofme
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    Aug 10th, 2009 8:00am report


    I think 10,000 days was more of a tribute to his mother and her faith more than it is a tribute to Christianity.

    Sure he uses a lot of metaphors from the bible, but that doesn't mean he is now Christian or theistic for that matter.

    If you look deeper into the album he still uses things contrary to the bible and its teachings. For example referring to humans as monkeys in Right In Two, "we all feed on tragedy, its like blood to a vampire" in Vicarious, "the burden of proof {is} tossed upon the believer" in Wings for Marie Pt. 2, and the drug connotations present in the album go against religious teaching.

    In addition, the band used metaphors from the bible since Aenema. In the song "H" he refers to a snake "looking to turn my piss to wine". I don't think anyone would argue that they were a religious or Christian Band back then. They are obviously interested in religion, and therefore use material from it to get certain points and feelings a crossed.

    As to whether Intension backwards is sarcastic or not, I wouldn't know because I have never heard it played backwards and therefore have no frame of reference by how it sounds.



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    anonymous
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    Dec 24th, 2008 12:58am report


    "It's definitely sarcasm, Maynard and Adam and all the guys think that people should think for themselves not just listen to their parents views and follow the same old religion come one. And in Judith by APC Maynard says FUCK YOUR GOD so I'm pretty sure he's not Christian now."

    Judith was written in like 2000. 10,000 days came out in 2006. 6 years and a mother passing can do a lot to change people's views on life and spirituality.



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    Tooligan
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    Sep 15th, 2008 9:44pm report


    I too thought Maynard (or whatever entity was/were producing the lyrics) couldn't be Christian, or theistic even, but if you look at the lyrics in wings for marie, or right in two... It is very Christian based. Talking about maynards mom saving him through her devout faith bringing to her divinity, and in right in two he mentions the angels on the sidelines, father blessed them all with free will... Think again about where his faith lies, and don't discount the fact that he may consider Christ, the bible itself, and the teachings as a metaphor for a greater concept. (some people do anyway.)



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    anonymous
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    Aug 23rd, 2008 8:28pm report


    I agree completely with the comment below. I don't believe in christ, and I adore tool like my blood, but I would say that Maynard seems to be going a little religious. And that's not to say that he has succumbed to organized religion, he has just come to the realization that maybe christ does exist and built on that. as for the reverse message? I think he was extraordinarily hurt by his mothers death especially since he had disagreed with what she believed in most his whole life. listen to judith (a perfect circle) and then listen to wings pt 2. maybe the reverse message is trying to tell people to be good to their parents, and avoid the pain he is in now.




    "In my opinion he is not being sarcastic about this hidden message, if you look at all of the lyrics from 10000 days, I think Maynard is changing his views on christ, "give me my wings" -10000 days "repugnant is a creature who would squander the ability to lift an eye to heaven conscious of their fleeing time here." - right in two. "tempted the devil with my song, and got what I wanted all along, but i, i.. Would wish it all away." -jambi. I don't know guys, I'm not saying Maynard is a christian now, but what I am saying, Tool's lyrics never came to me as anti-christ as most of you would say, it always felt like Maynard was angry at christ, but he did believe there is a christ."



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    anonymous
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    Aug 18th, 2008 8:52pm report


    It's definitely sarcasm, Maynard and Adam and all the guys think that people should think for themselves not just listen to their parents views and follow the same old religion come one. And in Judith by APC Maynard says FUCK YOUR GOD so I'm pretty sure he's not Christian now.



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    anonymous
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    Mar 28th, 2008 3:26pm report


    In regards to Maynard coming to Christianity, you might also want to note the prank they played concerning release dates before when they claimed they wouldn't be recording anymore as Maynard had found Christ. Then the album dropped. Don't get fooled to easily, at the same time- maybe it has something to do with his mother's battle with cancer for 10,000 days. (shrug)



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    anonymous
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    Mar 10th, 2008 3:06am report


    I think this is just a poke at people who used to think metal/rock bands embedded satanic messages into their music (i.e. Stairway to heaven) so that when you spun the record backwards you could hear it. And taking that, the last thing you would expect to hear would be that jesus loves you.



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    anonymous
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    Dec 21st, 2006 12:46pm report


    to add a little to that, don't forget, Maynard isn't the only one in the band. they work as a team and take credit as a team, and I am sure they share a lot of the same views. just because Maynard is singing doesn't mean everything is about him. The members of Tool don't need to believe in christ to believe in god. I have heard (from a person who is a member of the golden dawn) that the members of the band are members of the OTO (ordo templi orientis). It's an order which is centered around the teachings of thelema (kind of like a mix of hermeticism, kabbalah, and various eastern mystery systems--the main goal of which is to enlighten the self and transcend and become in touch with the universe around you). The order is also related to the gnostics and celebrate the gnostic mass. before hearing that, I had been pretty sure after Lateralus came out that they were in the golden dawn due to the extremely hermetic nature of that album. both of these orders believe in a concept of a 'great divine', i.e. god.



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    anonymous
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    Oct 13th, 2006 10:25pm report


    In my opinion he is not being sarcastic about this hidden message, if you look at all of the lyrics from 10000 days, I think Maynard is changing his views on christ, "give me my wings" -10000 days "repugnant is a creature who would squander the ability to lift an eye to heaven conscious of their fleeing time here." - right in two. "tempted the devil with my song, and got what I wanted all along, but i, i.. Would wish it all away." -jambi. I don't know guys, I'm not saying Maynard is a christian now, but what I am saying, Tool's lyrics never came to me as anti-christ as most of you would say, it always felt like Maynard was angry at christ, but he did believe there is a christ.



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