Tool – “10000 days” live in Everett, WA (4 Dec 2007)

“10000days” is dadicated to Maynard James Keenan’s mother, who passed away after 27-years suffering due to her intractable disease. This superb song is taken from Tool’s epic fourth studio album “10,000 Days” (Volcano, 2006).

Toolの4thアルバム「10,000 Days」のタイトル曲。27年間(10,000日)の闘病の末に亡くなったメイナード・ジェームズ・キーナン(vo)の母親に捧げられている。
「10000 days」発表前のインタビューでは、理不尽なほど長期間病に苦しみながらなおも神を信じ続ける母親への苛立ちを口にしていたメイナードだが、この曲ではそうした感情は見られず、純粋な母への追慕と失った悲しみが重くほとばしっている。Toolの楽曲のなかでも特にメイナードのパーソナルな面が強い曲だ。

LYRICS

Listen to the tales and romanticize,
How we’d follow the path of the hero.
Boast about the day when the rivers overrun.
How we rise to the height of our halo.

Listen to the tales as we all rationalize
Our way into the arms of the savior,
Feigning all the trials and the tribulations;
None of us have actually been there.
Not like you.

Ignorant siblings in the congregation
Gather around spewing sympathy,
Spare me.
None of them can even hold a candle up to you.
Blinded by choice, these hypocrites won’t see.

But, enough about the collective Judas.
Who could deny you were the one who
Illuminated your little piece of the divine?

And this little light of mine, a gift you passed on to me;
I’m gonna let it shine to guide you safely on your way,
Your way home …

Oh, what are they going to do when the lights go down
Without you to guide them all to Zion?
What are they going to do when the rivers overrun
Other than tremble incessantly?

High is the way, but all eyes are upon the ground.
You were the light and the way they’ll only read about.
I only pray, Heaven knows when to lift you out.
Ten thousand 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 fists at the gates saying:
“I’ve 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!”

You are the light and way that they will only read about.

Set as I am in my ways and my arrogance,
(With the) burden of proof tossed upon the believers.
You were my witness, my eyes, my evidence,
Judith Marie, unconditional one.

Daylight dims leaving cold fluorescents.
Difficult to see you in this light.
Please forgive this bold suggestion, but
Should you see your Maker’s face tonight,
Look Him in the eye, look Him in the eye, and tell Him:
“I never lived a lie, never took a life, but surely saved one.
Hallelujah, it’s time for you to bring me home.”

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Written by Maynard James Keenan, Adam Jones, Daniel Carey, Justin Chancellor.
© EMI Music Publishing

Appendix

“Wings For Marie part1″ live

2006年11月16日のヴェネツィアのジェソロでのライヴ。「Wings For Marie」のMarieとはメイナードの母の名前。上の「10000 days」はこの曲の続編である”Part 2″だ(実際「Wings part2」とある)。

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