"The Grudge"
m. & l. Maynard James Keenan, Adam Jones, Danny Carey, Justin Chancellor
Lateralus (2001)


Wear the grudge like a crown of negativity, calculate what we will, will not tolerate.
Desperate to control all and everything, unable to forgive your scarlet lettermen.
Clutch it like a cornerstone, otherwise it all comes down.
Justify denials and grip 'em to the lonesome end.
Clutch it like a cornerstone, otherwise it all comes down.
Terrified of being wrong, ultimatum prison cell.
Saturn ascends, choose one or ten, hang on or be humbled again, humbled again.
Clutch it like a cornerstone, otherwise it all comes down.
Justify denials and grip 'em to the lonesome end.
Saturn ascends, comes round again, Saturn ascends
The one, the ten, ignorant to the damage done.
Wear the grudge like a crown of negativity,
Calculate what we will, will not tolerate.
Desperate to control all and everything.
Unable to forgive your scarlet lettermen.
Wear the grudge like a crown, desperate to control,
Unable to forgive and sinking deeper.
Defining, confining, sinking deeper. Controlling, defining, and we're sinking deeper.
Saturn comes back around to show you everything, let's you choose what you will,
Will not see and then drags you down like a stone or lifts you up again.
Spits you out like a child, light and innocent.
Saturn comes back around, lifts you up like a child or drags you down like a stone
To consume you till you choose to let this go.
Give away the stone, let the oceans take and transmutate this cold and fated anchor.
Give away the stone, let the waters kiss and transmutate
These leaden grudges into gold, let go.


"Eon Blue Apocalypse" (Instrumental)
m. Maynard James Keenan, Adam Jones, Danny Carey, Justin Chancellor
Lateralus (2001)


"The Patient"
m. & l. Maynard James Keenan, Adam Jones, Danny Carey, Justin Chancellor
Lateralus (2001)


A groan of tedium escapes me, startling the fearful.
Is this a test? It has to be, otherwise I can't go on.
Draining patience, drain vitality, this paranoid, paralyzed vampire act's a little old.
But I'm still right here giving blood, keeping faith and I'm still right here.
But I'm still right here giving blood, keeping faith and I'm still right here.
Wait it out, gonna wait it out, wait it out (be patient).
If there were no reward to reap
No loving embrace to see me through this tedious path I've chosen here,
I certainly would've walked away by now. Gonna wait it out.
If there were no desire to heal a damaged and broken man
Along this tedious path I've chosen here.
I certainly would've walked away by now.
And I still may...(sigh)...I still may. Be patient.(3x)
I must keep reminding myself of this.(4x)
And if there were no rewards to reap
No loving embrace to see me through this tedious path I've chosen here,
I certainly would've walked away by now. And I still may.
Gonna wait it out, gonna wait it out, wait it out, gonna wait it out.


"Mantra" (Instrumental)
m. & l. Maynard James Keenan, Adam Jones, Danny Carey, Justin Chancellor
Lateralus (2001)


"Schism"
m. & l. Maynard James Keenan, Adam Jones, Danny Carey, Justin Chancellor
Lateralus (2001)


I know the pieces fit, cuz I watched them fall away.
Mildewed and smoldering, fundamental differing.
Pure intention juxtaposed will set two lovers souls in motion
Disintegrating as it goes testing our communication.
The light that fueled our fire then has burned a hole between us
So we cannot see to reach an end crippling our communication.
I know the pieces fit, cuz 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, 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 away.
Mildewed and smoldering, strangled by our coveting.
I've done the math enough to know the dangers of our second guessing.
Doomed to crumble unless we grow, and strengthen our communication.
Cold silence has a tendency to atrophy any sense of compassion
Between supposed lovers, between supposed lovers. I know the pieces fit...


"Parabol"
m. & l. Maynard James Keenan, Adam Jones, Danny Carey, Justin Chancellor
Lateralus (2001)


So familiar and overwhelmingly warm, this one, this form I hold now.
Embracing you, this reality here, this one, this form I hold now.
So wide-eyed and hopeful, wide-eyed and hopefully wild.
We barely remember what came before this precious moment
Choosing to be here right now. Hold on, stay inside, this body holding me
Reminding me that I am not alone in this body makes me feel eternal.
All this pain is an illusion.


"Parabola"
m. & l. Maynard James Keenan, Adam Jones, Danny Carey, Justin Chancellor
Lateralus (2001)


We barely remember who or what came before this precious moment
We are choosing to be here, right now.
Hold on, stay inside this holy reality, this holy experience, choosing to be here.
In this body, this body holding me,
Be my reminder here that I am not alone in this body.
This body holding me, feeling eternal, all this pain is an illusion. Alive!
In this holy reality, in this holy experience, choosing to be here in this body.
This body holding me, be my reminder here that I am not alone.
In this body, this body holding me,
Feeling eternal, all this pain is an illusion.
Twirling round with this familiar parable,
Spinning, weaving round each new experience.
Recognize this as a holy gift and celebrate this chance to be alive and breathing.
This body holding me reminds me of my own mortality.
Embrace this moment, remember, we are eternal.
All this pain is an illusion.


"Ticks and Leeches"
m. & l. Maynard James Keenan, Adam Jones, Danny Carey, Justin Chancellor
Lateralus (2001)


Suck and suck! Suckin up all you can, suckin up all you can suck and suck.
Workin up under my patience like a little tick, fat little parasite. Suck me dry!
My fruit is bruised and borrowed, you thieving bastards.
You have turned my blood cold and bitter, beat my compassion black and blue.
Hope this is what you wanted, hope this is what you had in mind,
Cuz this is what you're getting.
I hope you're choking, I hope you choke on this.
I hope you're choking, I hope you choke on this!
Taken all I can taken all I can, we can take.
Taken all you can taken you can, we can take. Got nothing left to give to you.
Blood suckin parasitic little tick, blood suckin parasitic little tick
Blood suckin parasitic little tick, take what you want and then go.
Hope this is what you wanted, hope this is what you had in mind,
Cuz this is what you're getting. Suck me dry!
Is this what you wanted? Is this what you had in mind?
Is this what you wanted?
Cuz this this is what you're getting, I hope you choke!


"Lateralis"
m. & l. Maynard James Keenan, Adam Jones, Danny Carey, Justin Chancellor
Lateralus (2001)


Black then white are all I see in my infancy, red and yellow then came to be
Reaching out to me, lets me see.
As below, so above and beyond, I imagine, drawn beyond the lines of reason.
Push the envelope, watch it bend.
Over thinking, over analyzing separates the body from the mind.
Withering my intuition, missing opportunities
And I must feed my will to feel my moment drawing way outside the lines.
Black then white are all I see in my infancy, red and yellow then came to be
Reaching out to me, lets me see
There is so much more and beckons me to look through to these infinite possibilities.
As below, so above and beyond, I imagine, drawn outside the lines of reason.
Push the envelope, watch it bend.
Over thinking, over analyzing separates the body from the mind.
Withering my intuition leaving all these opportunities behind.
Feed my will to feel this moment, urging me to cross the line.
Reaching out to embrace the random, reaching out to embrace whatever may come.
I embrace my desire to, I embrace my desire to feel the rhythm,
To feel connected enough to step aside and weep like a widow
To feel inspired to fathom the power,
To witness the beauty, to bathe in the fountain,
To swing on the spiral, to swing on the spiral
To swing on the spiral of our divinity and still be a human.
With my feet upon the ground, I lose myself between the sounds
And open wide to suck it in, I feel it move across my skin.
I'm reaching up and reaching out
I'm reaching for the random or whatever will bewilder me, whatever will bewilder me.
And following our will and wind, we may just go where no one's been.
We'll ride the spiral to the end and may just go where no one's been,
Spiral out, keep going...


"Disposition"
m. & l. Maynard James Keenan, Adam Jones, Danny Carey, Justin Chancellor
Lateralus (2001)


Watch the weather change.
Mention this to me. Mention something, mention anything. Watch the weather change.


"Reflection"
m. & l. Maynard James Keenan, Adam Jones, Danny Carey, Justin Chancellor
Lateralus (2001)


I have come curiously close to the end
Though beneath my self-indulgent pitiful hole, defeated, conceded.
Move closer I may find comfort here.
I may find peace within the emptiness coming for...it's calling me.
And in my darkest moment,
Feeble and weeping the moon tells me a secret, a confidant.
As full and bright as I am, this light is not my own
And familiar light reflections pass over me.
The source is the light and endless sheen, the source that makes the hole black.
Without her, we are lifeless satellites drifting.
And as I pull my head out I am without one doubt.
You wanna peer down here survey my narcissism.
I must crucify the ego before it's far too late.
I pray the light lifts me out, before I hide away.
So crucify the ego, before it's far too late
And leave behind this place so negative and blind and cynical
And you will come to find that we are all one mind
Capable of all that's imagined and all conceivable.
So let the light touch you so that the words spill through
And let the past break through, bringing out our hope and reason.
Before I pine away.


"Triad" (Instrumental)
m. Maynard James Keenan, Adam Jones, Danny Carey, Justin Chancellor
Lateralus (2001)


"Faaip de Oaid"
m. & l. Maynard James Keenan, Adam Jones, Danny Carey, Justin Chancellor
Lateralus (2001)


"I, I don't have a whole lot of time. Um, OK, I'm a former employee of Area 51. I, I was let go on a medical discharge about a week ago and, and... [chokes] I've kind of been running across the country. Damn, I don't know where to start, they're, they're gonna, um, they'll triangulate on this position really soon. OK, um, um, OK, what we're thinking of as, as aliens, they're extradimensional beings, that, an earlier precursor of the, um, space program they made contact with. They are not what they claim to be. Uh, they've infiltrated a, a lot of aspects of, of, of the military establishment, particularly the Area 51. The disasters that are coming, they, the military, I'm sorry, the government knows about them. And there's a lot of safe areas in this world that they could begin moving the population to now. They are not! They want those major population centers wiped out so that the few that are left will be more easily controllable."