Tool: Right in Two Meaning
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Right in Two Lyrics
Puzzled and amused...
Why did Father give these humans free will?
Now they're all confused.
Don't these talking monkeys know that
Eden has enough to go around?
Plenty in this holy garden, silly monkeys,
anonymous Jan 24th 2011 report
Hmmm the Line i wonder about is : Repugnant is a creature who would squander the ability to live to light a heaven conscious of his fleeting time here.
I don,t get it :S What's it mean? Whoever tries to live 'right' by the Bible or wtv to get to heaven instead of using his 'ability to live' is Repugnant? Or is he being sarcastic, meaning that Is humanity's perception of things, and it's stupid? HELP! XD
I think this song is a very important part of the concept of the album. There are 3 faces on the cover, being one single head. So there are 3 master songs on this album.
10,000 Days: Opened by Wings For Mary, this song has a dark epic atmosphere and talks about the end of the world.
Rosetta Stoned: Opened by Lost Keys, it is a very chaotic, freaky song. He has funny aspects and is more heavy. The end of the world could be stopped, but it isnt.
And then, last but not least:
Right In Two: Opened by Intension, this combines the primar atributes of the other master songs. It is dark but later heavy, has some kind of funny lyrics with serious background. It seems like this is the middle face on the album cover, using the eyes of the other two.
I've read through most of the interpretations here, and I think that while there are a lot of good insights here, most are probably missing the main point (my humble opinion)...in a truly spiritual view of the universe (as opposed to religious indoctrination) there is only ONE THING: Reality--the universe itself. The Universe is a vast conscious quantum supercomputer, constantly experiencing itself through it's many sub-manifestations (of which "you" are one, and so am "I"). Everything is just ONE MIND (see "Reflection" by Tool for more on this). But the one FUNDAMENTAL DELUSION from which every other delusion ultimately springs is the delusion of "self" (ego). The idea that there is some distinct independent entity called "me" which interacts with "the rest of the universe" is what leads to the delusion of "self." If you believe that you are separate from "god" (universal consciousness), other people, or from "the rest of the universe" then it is possible to justify any abuse, any torture, any action. This delusion is what is responsible for all our stupidity. We don't realize that we're all part of ONE CONSCIOUSNESS...instead we must divide the ONE UNIVERSE, the ONE MIND, into TWO PIECES, which you may call "my self" and "the rest of the universe." Silly monkeys. There is no "self," except for the one consciousness, of which "you" are a very small part. Your entire "life," the sum of all your actions, thoughts, experiences...is a continuing thought structure in the one conscious mind we refer to as "the universe." But its fun (and funny) for "you" to walk around and self-importantly think of your "self" as having its own distinct existence, shape, properties, and so on. Silly suffering monkeys. But where there's ONE you're bound to divide it RIGHT IN TWO; its one of the things which you use to define yourselves as a species (humanity is that species which divides the universe into pieces), and therefore its an almost inescapable part of your self-image-delusion; its the basis of choice, and its the reason you all must suffer. Eden is the universe...(=reality=truth=consciousness=mind=quantum supercomputer=the set of all experiences/interactions), but you just gotta divide it all right in two. Silly monkeys.
anonymous Jun 22nd 2010 report
I feel that most of the people on this site have the right idea but I've also wondered if there is a drug reference somewhere in the meaning. I've talked with a couple of people and read numerous stories of people smoking DMT and feeling like they were being pulled in two and others say they see or hear voices of angelic/alien figures in there peripheral vision while they are being pulled into an alternate dimension. So maybe Its a reference to both religion and how psychedelics can free you from the constraints of everyday thinking and strict religious mindsets to see what life is really meant to be and how short our time is here.
This is yet another expression of Maynard's
inner struggles -- this time it is with
religion. Don't be fooled, sheep - Maynard
is every bit as f'd up as anyone else. He
has a microphone and a following, which certainly
makes a difference.
This song decries the violence of humans but
more importantly solidifies the fact that Maynard
is repressing his deeply held Christian views that
were undoubtedly pounded into him throughout his
childhood. This resounding theme occurs time and
time again in Tool/APC songs (Opiate, Judith, Eulogy).
Maynard will convert back to Christianity before all
is said and done (e.g. when he kicks the bucket).
I like the message here about mankind and how humans were blessed with rational thought and the abitiy to trust is our basic natural rights and yet we still choose such a selfish and violent life. The comparison to religous language (angels and "Father") and more contempory science ("monkeys" in reference to humans through evolution) is another artistic treat from Maynard. Also as far as the music, the song starts like the blank slate of a child or innocence and then evolves into a harder song with more rage almost... I don't know, this song gives me chills. :)
anonymous Aug 23rd 2009 report
I agree with the Depeche Mode comment.
Anyway....If you seriously didn't IMMEDIATELY know, the second he said "These talking monkeys" that it meant human beings, you are severely out of touch with Western culture and therefore, reality. Snicker to yourself all you want and pretend it's close-minded but the Christians have ruled Western culture for 2000 years and are still the largest religion. Things like Dogma and referring to human beings as the most favored of all God's creatures and talking about how we've squandered our gifts are deeply ingrained in any educated person in this hemisphere. I'm Jewish and even I know that.
This is one of my favorite song for this album and I'm just writing what I think this song means.
1-Maynard talks about how we(humanity)must always let our material possessions control use and that no matter what, we will always divide what we think belongs to us in two such as marriage,war,religion etc.
2-how given the chance of our own free will we will end up just fucking shit up anyway,that it is in our nature of being human to destroy,devour and ultimately kill this world because in a sense we are just a larger cancer.
3-lastly my own personal though is that maybe there was no place on earth that was the garden of eden but maybe the entire planet is the garden of eden but we cannot see that anymore because it has been destroyed by poisons such as the media,material possessions etc.
anonymous Aug 16th 2009 report
Real briefly I'd like to touch on the word "monkey" some have said is an evolutionary jab a Christians. Not all who believe in a Jewish/Christian god refute evolution. In Genesis it refers to two separate creations of man, the first says man is created from the dust of the earth, the second states man is made in the image of god. I see this as a dual creation the creation of the animal or "monkey" body and its evolution then the creation of the human spirit or soul "in the image of god". In the end we're nothing more then primitive barbaric Monkeys given a god like mind we use to hurt one another.
anonymous Jun 27th 2009 report
In the close interpretation of "Repugnant is a creature who would squander the ability to lift an eye to heaven, conscious of his fleeting time here", I have come to see "It is offensive to God to even believe you can suddenly believe in heaven, knowing you are about to die."
This is my interpretation, granted I could be wrong. Just a thought though.
This is my favorite tool song. In my mind it means that humans haven't changed or gotten any smarter, though we've advanced technologically, we are too selfish and wanting to realize the needs of others, and the fact that all humans need to realize this is the one earth we get, the one chance we get to make it work and unless we realize it soon it will be too late. "Don't these talking monkeys know that Eden has enough to go around?" Though Maynard and the rest of the band usually stray away from religion, this has several meanings, one, the fruit of evil is where is supposidly began to go down hill, two, Edan, to my knowlege, was in Iraq, where we are now at war. "Forge a blade and beat their brother, down" I believe the blade is symbolic of either political power, tribes, gangs, armies, something capible of destroying easily.
This interpretation has been marked as poor. view anyway
I believe that there is more to this song... If you listen carefully, 'monkey' is used in connection with Eden, and as we all know christianity greatly opposed to Darwin's theory of evolution. I think this song is to deliberately annoy a certain group of people. I agree with the other comments about humanity and suchly as well, but I thought I'd put my worth in too lol :)
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