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  • t
    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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  • AquilusDomini
    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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  • n
    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.
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  • c
    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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  • s
    It is worthwhile for listeners to allow their imagination to create personal ideas and possible meanings for such rich, creative lyrics. However, Maynard wrote with a specific purpose. I do not know enough about Maynard or his thought process to assume my analysis is accurate. Yet, I do have an experience-backed understanding of what a relationship with Christ offers and recognize that what is expressed in the lyrics can function as a beautiful response to a newly found relationship to God. The song notes how the author experienced life's peak in pleasures, how these same peaks can also bury, and how a new relationship provided the needed capstone (benevolent son being Jesus, also biblically called the "light") to stabilize his foundation and keep the person together even with the divisive wants and needs we all feel. Even with that need met, the "wants" still threaten to divide as a "legion" (reference in the Bible) keeps coming for him. It's a daily struggle with seasonal highs and lows, but recognizing the value of his new relationship provides a positive hope and drive to remain united.
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