Schism

by TOOL

Duration:
6:43
Released:
May 15, 2001
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Lyrics for Schism by TOOL:

I know the pieces fit
'Cause 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 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
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
I know the pieces fit
I know the pieces fit
I know the pieces fit
I know the pieces fit
I know the pieces fit
I know the pieces fit
I know the pieces fit

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Song Facts

Schism (dictionary):

A split or division between strongly opposed sections or parties, caused by differences in opinion or belief.

In this song, lead singer Maynard James Keenan describes the effect a “schism” can have on a relationship when the parties disagree and communications break down.

This song and all of Lateralus came after some rough legal issues with record labels and the success of Maynard’s other band, A Perfect Circle, which had just started to require a lot more of his time. This song is Tool’s “Come Together” in that it is there way of letting fans and even themselves know that even if there have been hardships they can still fit together and create greatness.

He uses a jigsaw puzzle as a metaphor for the relationship.

On the album the song is introduced by the interlude “Mantra.” The interlude is included in the music video.

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