Tool fans. Give this album a chance please. You need to listen to it a few times through before trashing it. The lyrics are AMAZING as always. If you don’t actually listen or know what this album is all about you are missing the point. For instance Marie & 10,000 days WHY?
Judith Marie was Maynard James Keenan’s mother’s name. She was a very religious person. One day she had a stroke that left her in a wheelchair partially paralyzed. This stroke only strengthened her belief in God – something that Maynard found to be pretty ironic. She was paralyzed for 27 years before dying in June 03, which is approximately 10,000 days. She was very religious, (Maynard wrote the APC song “Judith” at least partially about her – The lyrics in JUDITH reflect how he felt about the whole situation – “It’s not like you killed someone, It’s not like you drove a spiteful spear into his side, You praise the one who left you broken down and paralyzed.” He’s saying that his mother was a good person who believed in God and yet this is how she was “thanked.”), 10,000 days is about her finding her savior now that she has passed away. The song is saying that she should be in heaven, and god should not hold any thing that Maynard did against her. She kept her faith even when Maynard went down a different path. even after spending 27 years paralyzed and basically a miserable life all for her christ and lord. He’s saying that she’d better get her wings, she’s damn near the posterchild for keeping faith.
If you don’t believe me listen to the lyrics.
10000 days in the fire is long enough.
You’re going home…
You’re the only one who can hold your head up high,
Shake your fist at the gates saying,
“I have come home now!”
Fetch me the spirit, the son and the father,
Tell them their pillar of faith has ascended.
“It’s time now!
My time now!
Give me my
Give me my wings!”…
Powerful and amazing stuff if you ask me!!! This is just one example of the many concepts within the Album. I think True Tool fans realize that the lyrics are often just as powerful as the music so when you hear something that some reviews are calling useless filler (which I can’t understand because they are great songs) give it a chance and find the true meaning behind it. It gives it context which helps you realize why the song might not blow your head off like Aenima or The Grudge (which of course we love!!)