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Eye on the TV
Cause tragedy thrills me
Whatever flavor
It happens to be

Like:
"Killed by the husband"
"Drowned by the ocean"
"Shot by his own son"
"She used a poison in his tea
And kissed him goodbye"
That's my kind of story.
It's no fun 'til someone dies

Don't look at me like
I am a monster
Frown out your one face
But with the other
Stare like a junkie
Into the TV
Stare like a zombie
While the mother holds her child,
Watches him die
Hands to the sky crying,
"Why, oh why!"

Cause I need to watch things die
From a distance
Vicariously, I
Live while the whole world dies
You all need it too - don't lie.

Why can't we just admit it?
Why can't we just admit it?
We won't give pause until the blood is flowin'
Neither the brave nor bold
Will write as the stories told
We won't give pause until the blood is flowin'

I need to watch things die
From a good safe distance
Vicariously, I
Live while the whole world dies
You all feel the same so
Why can't we just admit it

Blood like rain, come down
Drum on grave and ground

Part vampire
Part warrior
Carnivore and voyeur
Stare at the transmitter
Synched to the death rattle...

La, la, la, la, la, la, la, la-lie (x4)

Credulous at best your desire to believe in
Angels in the hearts of men
Pull your head on out
Your hippy beliefs and give a listen
Shouldn't have to say it all again

The universe is hostile
So impersonal
Devour to survive
So it is, so it's always been...

We all feed on tragedy
It's like blood to a vampire

Vicariously, I
Live while the whole world dies
Much better you than I.



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    yea-buddyMay 23, 2009 at 6:04 pm
    This song makes me think about the human tendency to consume every single thing that we see or experience-especially tragedy and death because the prices of those are so high. Now that we have figured out how to get that "vicariously," "on the tv" without paying the price, its become like a drug. Just as ecstasy creates a short-cut to pleasure, this creates a short-cut to the intense emotions tied to death and tragedy. As with any short-cut, the importance/meaning of the journey is quickly and 'tragically' forgotten while we are all left feeding on the sadness of others. Not exactly a recipe for peace, love and harmony.
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    SmartApr 29, 2008 at 10:56 pm
    People like to watch each other die from a good safe distance. People do not want to admit because it's horrible. Vicarious means to basically subsitute yourself from somthing, in this song it's reality. People watch the TV Vicariously.
  • PearlJam
    PearlJamDec 9, 2010 at 3:16 pm
    Why is everyone trying to make it so complicated?!?! Quick and simple. Tool recognizes that death is amusing until its brought upon ourselves.
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    kevinp125Apr 21, 2009 at 1:43 pm
    Vicariously, I
    Live while the whole world dies
    You all need it too - don't lie.
    we would rather someone else die than our selves. everyone is selfish

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    spectreFeb 27, 2009 at 1:02 am
    we all die but we feel it is wrong some way but when a person kills hundreds we dont feel sorry for them we are all going to die and we dont notice the history of the problem all we do is walk blindly stepping on things and dont know how much it will effect us in the future we lead blindly not know that we are creating a monster inside them inside us its always easy to destroy never easy to build and we destroy our problems simply because we dont like it we weill never learn to cope with things because like i said easy to destroy your problems never easy to cope with problems

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