Tool: Jambi Meaning
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Song Released: 2007
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Here from the wild dream come true
Feast like a sultan I do
On 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
I am going to see Tool perform tonight, so I listened to a lot of it last night and began rethinking my Jambi Interpretation. Mostly the same but a few changes. It's not Good vs. Bad, I don't believe, and I know longer believe its Deep vs. Surface. Now I am thinking the balance/divide is between Rock-Star Maynard and Human Being Jimmy. They've grown further apart over the years (previous albums) but As 10000 days was more of a personal album for James, He is trying to get the two back into one again.
I believe this song (along with the rest of 10000 days, especially Rosetta Stoned) is a refute of ALL of the Tool albums up to this point. (INCLUDING Lateralus, despite its positive overtones/undertoWnes)
In the journey for truth and understanding (which happened to get him wealthy but that's not so important) M sank into the depths of philosophical thinking, "Mind Expansion" ie drugs, (devil & his) and by Lateralus, he was up to his neck and close to drowning.
In discovering we are of "one mind" he came close to losing his self. Not his individuality per se (I don't even know what that means) but his humanity, his "Jimmy". Perhaps the final days with his mom is what "Lifted & Turned him 'round."
But Damn his eyes for having learned already, and now it's within his beliefs but he wants to wish that understanding away.
Ignorance is Bliss.
He Prayed like a Martyr (found new beliefs), Begged like a hooker (sold records), and tempted the devil (got a bunch of us Tool marks taking drugs, listening to the music and finding the same new beliefs) and (all at NIGHT by the way, the dark depths of the human mind) got everything he wanted.
Benevolent Sun is the opposite of the wandering night depths of mind, Benevolent Sun is the surface, what you can see and trust, and doesn't tempt you to think deeply. (because you can drown)
Plus his deepened understanding and his self have gotten so far apart that they are divided, maybe Benevolent Sun Bliss can reunite them.
Legion is both the Jung collective that takes away from self, as well as us Tool marks that spit the beliefs M. no longer wants to believe back at him like poison. (so we should really just shut up and stay out of his way)
He just wants to be him again, to survive as one,
It's a new day and season. (This isn't Ænima or Lateralus anymore.)
Ignorance is Bliss?
anonymous Apr 29th, 2009 4:38pm report
This is the Christian guy. I forgot to mention that I am interested in any comments or questions you may have. I love philosophy and rhetoric. firstname.lastname@example.org
anonymous Apr 29th, 2009 4:06pm report
I do believe in God and I do believe in Christ and Tool is one of my favorite bands. I am adressing this in response to the "religious" talk in your comments. Tool has a brilliant way of making a lot of their songs ambigious and open-ended to interpretation which makes their music everchanging to you. I feel that most Tool fans are spiritual; if you are not than you are missing out on a lot of Tool's undertone. If indeed you are spiritual than Tool can bring a lot of enjoyment to you (or atleast intrigue). If indeed you are spiritual I highly encourage you to seek out the source of it. I have made the assumption that Maynard may be seeking a higher meaning to life and is not afraid to use logic and reasoning in his quest. I think that one of the best things to come out of their music is that fans like us are researching very deep topics because we also ponder the mysteries of life. The problem in the world is religion; religion is the ideas of man. So please dont just jump in some belief because you like the people; read everything you can get your hands on like Plato, Socrates, world chronology of religion, history, go after yuor thirst, find your source and feed your spiritual side. Without a purpose life is useless...nothing but ashes and dust.
anonymous Mar 28th, 2009 3:36pm report
Seriously, these interpetations about if its son or sun are absolutely retarded. It is obviously a pun. This song is about his son. The next song is about his mother. Both songs use light imagery to express the light passed between the two.
anonymous Jan 2nd, 2009 1:16pm report
Jambi is also an Indonesian province. In the mid 1800's, a sultan was overthrown by the Dutch. Maybe its about the sultan and his love for his land?
anonymous Dec 10th, 2008 12:41pm report
Ok now I don't know much about the guy and maybe that's a bad thing but personal I think that it makes it easier for me to judge it better. now for the most part I think all of you have it a bit right I do because he is trying to save himself from the "bad side" of himself but I also think that there was some factor to help him see this.
some say his son or his mom. many of you think it's his son because of the line "Shine on benevolent sun/son" personal I think it says sun and not son although I'm not ruling out that it could be his son that did this I'm just saying the line doesn't have anything to do with it. By sun he means his light way as in the line "Light our way" it means his pathway to being the better person or getting the "bad side" away. So his light way could be his son (or his mom) ether way I'm not sure only person that knows for a fact is him and him alone. but I do believe it brings religion into it I think religion is a big part of it. which is what leads some of you to his mom cause his son can't really show him a religion being just a kid. but it seems he's not happy with himself and is begging for forgiveness in this song I'm not much of a holy person or godly and shit but I think that is what it's about.and that is my interpretation.
Thanks for reading
Ian J. Beaty
anonymous Oct 20th, 2008 10:22pm report
I always thought by son he meant Jesus. In 10,000 days he clearly states he gained the same faith as his mother which would be Christianity. I believe he is asking for forgiveness.
anonymous Aug 21st, 2008 8:30pm report
This is an interpretation by Morgasmo(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sm__8yL1Wdc):
I absolutely love this song, and I think I understand the
meaning pretty well. The first verse is basically just
saying that he's had a good life. King's mountain view, wild dream come true, treasures of flesh never few. He's saying he lives a good life, at least with respect to material possesions. Then he says he'd give it all up to stay with "you". The next verse says "the devil and his had me down". This is trying to say that he got tied up in the "dark side", or that his life had gotten on a track that he wasn't proud of. He says that "you" changed that all for him. Saying that this "you" got him back on the right track, meaning his mother? The third verse seems to be about him "praying" and "begging" to get out of the mess he was in. "Tempted the devil with my song, and got what I wanted all along." It seems like he's saying he found a way out, or maybe that he found happiness (what he wanted all along, though in different forms?), Then he says what I think is the most important line in the whole song, "Dim my eyes if they should compromise or fulcrum want and need. If I need this I might as well be gone." With the first sentence, he's saying he wants to "dim his eyes" if they cause him to "compromise or fulcrum want and need". Basically, he's saying that there's a balance between want and need, and if his eyes (greed) unbalance them, he wants to ignore them to help him stay on track. Then he says "If I need this I might as well be gone." I think he means that if the material possesions become what he needs (instead of "you") then there's no point in living anymore. "Silence legion, save your poison. Silence legion, stay out of my way." Basically, I think he's speaking to the devil and demons saying that he doesn't need them anymore because he's found what's really important to him. The whole song seems to be about being willing to give up all possessions to keep what's really important near you. In this case, I think it's his mother, though that's really up for interpretation as it doesn't seem to be clearly stated.
anonymous Jul 3rd, 2008 7:49pm report
I doubt very seriously that Maynard would put out anything that would perpetuate the ignorance of christianity or the bible, and interpreting his songs in such a way is pretty offensive to me...
anonymous Feb 27th, 2008 2:37pm report
Well, if we can interpret the songs in any way we please, I may as well give you all my interpretation. (Note: this interpretation disconnects the song from the rest of the album, and the band's common themes, and judges it individually).
King Solomon in Ecclesiastes in the Bible explores life basically and concludes that everything is meaningless without God. Solomon has experienced things in life assumed to give pleasure and make life enjoyable; i.e. Money, Women, Wisdom, etc.
The first four lines of the song can imply anyone similar to Solomon (Basically everyone at some time or another). The next four lines are about his love for worldly evils. These works of the "devil" and the "dark side" had kept him blind from God, and now that he has found him, he never wants to "lose his sight" again.
"Wish it all away" can imply a need for forgiveness for sins and wrongdoings. "Damn my eyes" can represent a willingness to lose physical things to keep spiritual ones. "Shine on benevolent son" can be symbolic of Jesus and the thirst people have for him.
At the end of the song, the "leaches/legions" can imply those of the world, or the devil himself, that want to bring him down or away from God.
anonymous Nov 17th, 2007 11:37am report
I believe this song to be about how Maynard feels about his mom passing away. I feel that he is saying in the beginning how he had everything; fame, wealth, etc. Then with the passing of his mom he felt as if he lost the only thing he really needed, and would trade anything and everything just to have her. From the passing of his mother, however, he found religion, not being christianity or catholic, but some sort of spiritual meaning to life.
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