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Here from the king's mountain view;
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,
In love with the dark side I'd found.

Dabbling all the way down.
Up to my neck;
Soon to drown

But you,
Changed that all for me,
Lifted me up, turned me 'round.
So I
I would
I would
I would
Wish this all away

Prayed like a martyr dusk til dawn
Begged like a hooker all night long
Tempted the devil with my song
And got what I wanted all along

But I
And I would
If I could,
Then, I would
Wish it away
Wish it away
Wish it all away
Wanna wish it all away
No cross could hold, sway,
Or justify kneeling away my center

So if I could I'd wish it all away,
If I thought tomorrow
Would take you away.
You're my peace of mind, my home, my center.
I'm just trying to hold on
One more day

Dim my eyes
Dim my eyes

Dim my eyes, if they should
Compromise our fulcrum;
Want and need - if I need it
I might as well be gone

Shine on forever
Shine on benevolent son

Shine down upon the broken
Shine until the two become one

Shine on forever
Shine on benevolent son

Shine down upon the severed
Shine until the two become one

Divided I'm withering away
Divided I'm withering away

Shine down upon the many
Light our way
Benevolent son

Breathe in union
Breathe in union
Breathe in union
Breathe in union
Breathe in union
So, as one, survive
Another day in season.

Silence legion, save your poison,
Silence legion stay out of my way!

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    TheTodd21Dec 18, 2008 at 2:35 am
    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".
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    AquilusDominiJul 13, 2008 at 4:32 pm
    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.
    ---"But you,
    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[citation needed] 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.---
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    lordllamaSep 8, 2010 at 8:06 pm
    Like the bulk of material in tools catalogue, from opiate to 10,000 days & even puscifer & APC, I think there are some fairly obvious allusions to enlightenment, w/some pretty heavy cabalistic metaphors. Although its purely an assumption, I don't think its far fetched to assume there are ties to the OTO, golden dawn or some other esoteric fraternal order constantly being referenced in mjk's lyrics. Which, like the gnostics, take advantage of a wide variety of symbolism from all faiths in order to achieve that enlightenment. Constant references to the 2 & 1, astrology, evolution, ego, aenima, all point to a fairly obvious goal..union of the subconscious and conscious mind to attain this enlightenment. But who knows? It's good music, thought provoking, and like its already been said, means what it means to everyone in a unique way.
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    NoddaMuchAug 7, 2010 at 10:42 pm
    @scott22 your obvious Christian trolling is obvious. Anyone who listens to Tool enough to have read a bit about the voice of the band would know that he is most CERTAINLY not Christian. His lyrics have always combatted the hipocrisy of organized religion and specifically challenged the Christian faith that has left his mother in coma for over 10,000 days now. On this album Maynard speaks of ghouls, but not in the sense of dead spirits but rather it was the nickname he gave the Christian activists from his mother's old church that would visit him at night challenging him to accept Christ and calling on him to follow his mother's faith. This album is largely about his feelings and conflicts about his mother and how her faith has let her down. The LEGION of which he mentions in this song are certainly not the "legions of hell" as you suspect but most likely the legions of religious people that act together to "Save" everyone with their brainwashing "poison".
    I looked up the Mayan theory of CJSouthpaw, but I couldn't find anything connecting the mayans to a place called Jambi. Upon further research of the song some reports say Jambi is in the Indonesian province of Sumatra (where a story of a sultan could take place) But upon further reading there came a story from the drummer Danny Carey in which he said the name Jambi came from hearing the bassist playing the bass line for the song and he thought it sounded like Jambi from , get this, Pee Wee's Playhouse "Meka Leka Hi, Meka Hiney HO!" From that, Maynard was inspired to write a story about a sultan and genies and so on. Although this doesn't sound as epic as him writing it by candlelight while drinking absinthe, it does speak to the reality of the writing process and where inspiration comes from. It can come from you and your friends joking about a kid's show from the 90s. So it's not some kind of message Maynard is trying to send everyone as some messiah, as CJsouthpaw asserts. He would be the first to say that he would never want to be some kind of messiah and urges people to think for themselves. Look at how much he hates Scientology and their false prophet L. Ron Hubbard.
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    cjsouthpawJun 25, 2010 at 7:42 pm
    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?

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