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Tool - Parabola Lyrics

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TitleParabola
ArtistTool
AlbumGuitar Hero World Tour [2008]
album from the game Guitar Hero, Track 50
Lateralus [2001], Track 7
GenreAlternative, Metal, Rock
Duration00:10:11
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Song lyrics
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 parabol
Spinning, weaving 'round each new experience
Recognize this as a holy gift and
Celebrate this chance to be

Alive and breathing
A 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
corrected on September 3rd, 2012




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 Song comments
0 likes - like | 05-09-2011 18:48 anggathereds 
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0 likes - like | 02-07-2008 06:44 toolarmysoldier 
toolarmysoldier
 
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FYI, one of those "businessmen" is played by Maynard. Interesting.
0 likes - like | 21-07-2007 05:36 Kyleotito 
Kyleotito
 
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Someone with "Lamb Of God" as their name, does not even deserve to bask in the awe of Tool.
0 likes - like | 23-04-2007 00:23 Awakenwalk 
Awakenwalk
 
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This is my take on it;

Maynard, as are we all... Spirit men of course. The chance to be alive and breathing is something we hope for millenia before we get to reach this form we call human. We are eternal and time is is of no affect w/in the span of this eternity. Eternity has no beginning and no end. Enjoy this period when you can actually count the days my friends for it wont be long that we are all cast back into the chaotic bliss of nothing and... everything.
0 likes - like | 05-03-2007 23:49 cooter595 
cooter595
 
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great song, phenom lyrics, by far my favorite tool song

"we barely remember who or what came before this precious moment"
0 likes - like | 05-02-2007 20:03 DarkerAngel 
DarkerAngel
 
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I agree with what ciberfer said, and as i said in the comment about parabol, i think maynard compared this form for meditation with Hindu and/or bhuddism

i think parabola is about breaking the repeating cycle of rebirth

The start of the song starts violently becouse the mother gave birth to the person that has been reborn and the person sees life through new eyes

the lyrics is kinda same but this part is kind of interresting

Twirling 'round with this familiar parabol
Spinning, weaving 'round each new experience
Recognize this as a holy gift and
Celebrate this chance to be

Alive and breathing
A chance to be
Alive and breathing

This shows that the person has been through alot of rebirths and experiences the person did not go through his/her former lifes, with is important to break out of the cycle

at the end of the song shows that the person breaks the cicle of rebirth at last

This body holding me
Reminds me of my own mortality
Embrace this moment, remember
We are eternal, all this pain is an illusion

The body is mortal and the person dies, but the soul goes on to salvation and the pain that's a part of the bodey is gone forever.
0 likes - like | 25-09-2006 02:59 ManofFire 
ManofFire
 
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See? Smart people music RULES!
0 likes - like | 24-04-2006 05:19 ciberfer 
ciberfer
 
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First of all, parabola's video is the single most amazing video i've ever seen. ITS ABOUT ENLIGHTMENT BY CHACKAS ACTIVATION. Just check the last 1.30 minute: Ida and Pingala go upstream in spirals until they reach the final point in the 7th chackra: Sahasrara, that means 1000 petal lotus. A petal can be represented with an eye and thats why eyes start to appear everywhere, cos sahasrara symbolizes omniscience or perfect knowledge. This stuff is awsome!
0 likes - like | 22-12-2005 10:20 Kochipahk 
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Here goes nothing...


The lyric "this body holding me reminds me of my own mortality" can mean many different things. The first thing that comes to me mind is that the lyricist is talking about his own body, the own that holds his soul and organs and crap.

The second thing you think about is that there is another person physically holding the person.

I think, in the context of this song, that it's a little of both. Lateralus is all about finding your self, you know? But, why split Parabol into another track? It's obviously all one big song.

The split is a metaphor, in which neither song is truly complete without the other.

Which brings me to Schism... You get the idea.

Overall it's a good song, and one of the few songs by Tool that I can actually play on drums.
0 likes - like | 20-11-2005 01:31 dudekrulz 
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3,618 posts
Great song by Tool.

Anyway, I genrally like others on this album but still this song has so much meaning and depth it can't be ignored.
0 likes - like | 12-11-2005 07:09 jackalclone1 
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going off ur comment of the parabol(a) being a mathematical curve (read up on conics), the entire lateralus album focuses around a spiral "theme" through the notes, pitch of maynard's vocals, and the occasional lyrics. this "theme" is seemingly exemplified in the lateralus track. that's one of the reasons this album is my favorite by tool, because of the overall depth and meaning each song holds. this is kind of cool, because usually with legendary bands like tool, the former albums are better. this track in specific is one of my favorites, although it's very hard to pick a favorite off this album because they're all good.
0 likes - like | 28-09-2005 00:07 UglyFaceSmiles 
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OK OK OK I'm willing to admit a mistake here and now....after reading the lyrics to Parabol...I have reversed my hypothesis...this one is about giving birth and the other one Parabol is about being born
0 likes - like | 28-09-2005 00:05 UglyFaceSmiles 
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23 posts
I think that the giving birth thing is a good spin on it....but I think it could be the opposite...which is being born(OK not exactly the oposite, but still) maybe I'm wrong I don't know...well I was gonna say that maybe Parabol is about giving birth and this one is about being born...but I haven't read the lyrics to Parabol...yet I still feel that Parabola(which oddly enough is a term used in Calculus its like a curved that like curves out or something like that) but anyway thats my spin
0 likes - like | 30-05-2005 06:13 callwiththecure 
callwiththecure
 
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This song is downright amazing. my band friends and i will take a break in our shed where we play music and just sit there in awe of how amazing tool is. I CAN'T WAIT TILL RED COMES OUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
0 likes - like | 19-05-2005 04:16 lambofgod83 
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447 posts
all this pain is an illusion!!!!>
0 likes - like | 26-04-2005 00:54 Micola 
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In my opinion this song is about giving birth to a new life, realising and finding the moment of your child's birth the most beautiful and overwhelming thing one will ever experience.
During this moment, as well as after it, all other aspects and events in one's life become less important ("we barely remember who or what came before"), as one focuses on the wellbeing of new life. Also at the moment of birth one realises his/her mortality as a part of a natural cycle, that will continue with the next generation.

I showed you mine now show me yours

0 likes - like | 19-04-2005 02:01 choctaw 
choctaw
 
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man i dont know how you can skip parabol. ya its soft but it just makes parabola that much better. but parabol is a great song though. the vocals are just insane but right at the end when you hear the guitar kickin in man its like oh shit here it goes and ijust rock out even harder. parabol/parabola would be my second favorite song on this cd behind the grudge but my all time favorite tool song is eulogy.
0 likes - like | 10-04-2005 11:33 xeonman9000 
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To say this is my least favourite "song" on Lateralus shows how good that album is, the soundtrack to my olife.
0 likes - like | 15-02-2005 03:52 Taisiat 
Taisiat
 
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Maynard... He is my lover, too. Adam Jones as well.

God, Parabol/Parabola is so loverly.

'Tis all.
0 likes - like | 22-01-2005 02:11 sinstress 
sinstress
 
29 posts
Amazing. Need I say more?
0 likes - like | 14-01-2005 07:14 11shiva11 
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I must admit...sometimes I skip Parabol and go right to Parabola. It isn't truly the same without the build up though.
0 likes - like | 17-10-2004 21:11 lambofgod83 
lambofgod83
 
447 posts
tool rules so does this song
they are kick ass live!!!!!!! tool til i die!
0 likes - like | 13-10-2004 23:45 shupmytrout 
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5.0 e k ninguem estrabuxe!toma toma zé gato (tranlating: Orlando costa!