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I know the pieces fit 'cause I watched them fall away
Mildewed and smoldering. Fundamental differing.
Pure intention that juxtaposed will set two lovers souls in motion
Disintegrating as it goes in testing our communication
The light that fueled our fire then has burned a hole between us
We cannot seem to reach an end
Crippling our communication.

I know the pieces fit 'cause I watched them tumble down
No fault, none to blame it doesn't mean I don't desire to
Point the finger, blame the other, or watch the temple topple over.
To bring the pieces back together, rediscover communication

The poetry that comes from the squaring off between,
And the circling is worth it.
Finding beauty in the dissonance.

There was a time that the pieces fit, but I watched them fall
Mildewed and smoldering, strangled by our coveting
I've done the math enough to know the dangers of our second
Doomed to crumble unless we grow, and strengthen our

Cold silence has a tendency to atrophy any sense of compassion

Between supposed lovers. (x2)

I know the pieces fit. (x8)

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    wilmarobertJan 17, 2009 at 10:03 am
    That unless we communicate well between us (lovers, friends, family), the relationship will crumble, disintergrate. But the songwriter apparently feels there is hope by becoming aware of our shortcomings (lack of communication), and doing something about it. Like communicating thoughtfully amongst ourselves. Did I get it right?
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    punk_chick1212May 24, 2010 at 3:30 pm
    this is a true work of art. tool has some powerful lyrics that really speak to me. i love this song!
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    glenji2k4Nov 26, 2008 at 11:34 am
    I've crossed oceans of time to find you, not knowing the whole time. I've always kept up these huge barriers around my soul, never letting anyone in. How could I have known that you love me too? Everything is very hard. I bleed for you every day. Obviously there is no god, because if there was I would have met you before things were so set in my life. Everything just hurts so much. And I know I'm not crazy. I know that loving you is not the "right thing to do," and that this will impact the lives of others besides our own if we follow through, but I also know that this kind of love does not go away, my mom still thinks about my father to this day and he's been gone 30 years. I've lived a life full of pain already, my wife should have been the one to be able to heal that, but I knew nothing of true love - how could I have known she was not the one? I know the others will try to keep our feelings apart (they've done such a good job already), and for good reason too. I have a family and my wife is pregnant, it wouldn't be fair to you (or me, or anyone else) to have to take on all that baggage. Still I don't know if I can go on without you the rest of my life, knowing that you were meant to be mine.
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    glenji2k4Nov 24, 2008 at 11:41 am
    I just need to take this one step at a time. Trying to anticipate every possible scenario without even knowing her feelings yet is not the way to go. Whatever happens will happen, one thing I've learned through all this is that feelings do not always follow a logical path, so to try and rationalize and understand everything is kind of like comparing apples and oranges.

    And btw - Obviously my original analysis was wrong (just me being self-centered again), the schism is the split between the two, the cold silence only causes bitterness, and the two need to strengthen their communication.
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    glenji2k4Nov 22, 2008 at 6:25 pm
    so i find myself potentially in a 3-way losing situation... if I go on as is (avoidance), the feelings will not go away, but grow, as will the pain of uncertainty that comes with the isolation. If somehow we come to talk about these feelings -- if it is not mutual then I will be crushed, having held onto these feelings for so long, all for no reason; if it is mutual, then I will have to deal with many pains - the pain of not being able to act on these feelings, because in reality what could I possibly have to offer her? I need to think of her feelings as well, and to have her act as the proverbial 'other woman' is not going to be fulfilling in the end, she deserves someone who can give her the world and be with her always because she is a beautiful person.. I made a commitment to my wife and cannot abandon my family.. I need to think and act like an adult and not be reckless and selfish. Then there's the fact that I never felt this way about anyone in my entire life, how does one turn their back on that? I never thought I would ever be put in this position, ever. It is going to be a cold winter this year...

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