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Tool – Jambi lyrics
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Ok, for the love of God, lemme put this right.
This song is about his mother.
As is Wings for Marie: Part 1 and 10, 000 Days (Wing for Marie: Part 2) (and even Judith by Maynard's other band, A Perfect Circle)
10, 000 Days is about equal to 27 years, the amount of time between Maynard's mother stroke and her death. Maynard's mother's name is Judith Marie Keenan.
He's saying he would wish away his Rocker Life and all his possessions to be able to see his mother "Just one day".
Perhaps this is about a love. Being a fool prior to finding that one perfection which he couldn't get out of any other treasure.
Changed that all for me,.
Lifted me up, turned me 'round. "---
That little bit leads me to believe he is talking about a lover who saved him from foolish materialistic ways.
I also think it could be about a true historical person, who had an awakening at some point and changed his ways. The title Jambi is very Indian (not native american indian, but India indian), so perhaps maynard is embracing the history of that area.---Source-Wickipedia--- Before what is now Indonesia was colonized by the Dutch East India Company, Jambi was the site of a well-established, powerful Srivijayan kingdom that engaged in trade throughout the Strait of Malacca and beyond. It succeeded Palembang to the south, which was a frequent military and economic rival, as the later capital of the ancient kingdom. The move to Jambi was partly induced by the historic 1025 raid by pirates from the Chola region of southern India that destroyed much of Palembang.---
I'm pretty sure he's talking about the struggles all of us share in a spiritual sense. It's as if he wants both sides, and feels divided by fighting one or the other, so to stay centerd he chooses to "Breathe in Union." whith both good and not so good. It's pretty cool that I was able to find some clues in these lyrics to discover that the "benevolent son" is actually Jesus, and to hear Maynard revearing him makes me like Tool that much more.
Jambi is the name of place near where the Mayan's once ruled. He speaks as a King (Sultan) and mountain view (Mayan Pyramids). Mayan's were known to take hallucinogens for spiritual guidance in the dark corridors of the temple. Addictive at the least. (explaining his willing to wish all royalties away if he could no longer have said drugging.) "Dim my eyes.." Dead give away. Speaking of the benevolent sun, Mayan's were. Probably the most involved with Sun worshiping of all ancient civilizations. This song easily linked to the Maya and their spiritual practices. I could also link many songs to this one, Maynard really does have a message not just to bob your head to, but for humans in general. A hint, link all the important songs together into one message, not segregate them. He may be trying to be a messiah of sorts, or maybe he is for those who listen carefully?
Maynard him self has said he will never say what the meaning for any of his songs are because music should have a meaning for each person that hears the song. You should not ask your self what the meaning is for maynard but what the meaning is for you what emotions do you feel when you hear the song the music is for you each of you and well its just music no need to try and dig so deep into it.
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