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This song is performed by Tool and appears on the album 10,000 Days (2006).
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June 27, 2006
All righty, then... picture this if you will

10 to 2 AM, X, Yogi DMT, and a box of Krispy Kremes
In my "need to know" pose, just outside of Area 51
Contemplating the whole "chosen people" thingy
When a flaming stealth banana split the sky
Like one would hope but never really expect to see in a place like this
Cutting right angle donuts on a dime
And stopping right at my Birkenstocks
And me yelping...

Holy fucking shit!

Then the X-Files being, looking like some kind of blue-green Jackie Chan
With Isabella Rossellini lips, and breath that reeked of vanilla Chig Champa
Did a slow-mo Matrix descent
Outta the butt end of the banana vessel
And hovered above my bug-eyes, my gaping jaw
And my sweaty L. Ron Hubbard upper lip
And all I could think was
"I hope Uncle Martin here doesn't notice that I pissed my fuckin' pants."

So light in his way, like an apparition
That he had me crying out
"Fuck me, it's gotta be the Deadhead Chemistry
The blotter got right on top of me
Got me seein' E-motherfuckin'-T!"

And after calming me down with some orange slices and some fetal spooning
E.T. revealed to me his singular purpose
He said, "You are the Chosen One, the One who will deliver the message
A message of hope for those who choose to hear it and a warning for those who do not."
Me. The Chosen One? They chose me!
And I didn't even graduate from fuckin' high school

You'd better...
You'd better...
You'd better...
You'd better listen

Then he looked right through me with somniferous almond eyes
Don't even know what that means
Must remember to write it down
This is so real, like the time Dave floated away
See, my heart is pounding, 'cause this shit never happens to me

I can't breathe right now!

It was so real, like I woke up in Wonderland
All sorta terrifying
I don't wanna be all alone while I tell this story
And can anyone tell me why y'all sound like Peanuts parents?
Will I ever be coming down? This is so real
Finally, it's my lucky day
See, my heart is racing, 'cause this shit never happens to me

I can't breathe right now!

You believe me, don't you? Please believe what I've just said!
See, the Dead ain't touring and this wasn't all in my head
See, they took me by the hand and invited me right in
Then they showed me something
I don't even know where to begin.

Strapped down to my bed, feet cold and eyes red
I'm out of my head
Am I alive? Am I dead?
Can't remember what they said
God damn, shit the bed

Hey...

Overwhelmed as one would be, placed in my position
Such a heavy burden now to be the One
Born to bear and bring to all the details of our ending
To write it down for all the world to see

But I forgot my pen
Shit the bed again...
Typical

Strapped down to my bed, feet cold and eyes red
I'm out of my head
Am I alive? Am I dead?
Sunkist and Sudafed, gyroscopes and infrared
Won't help, I'm brain dead
Can't remember what they said
God damn, shit the bed

I can't remember what they said to me
Can't remember what they said to make me out to be the hero
Can't remember what they said
Bob, help me!
Can't remember what they said

We don't know, and we won't know
We don't know, and we won't know
We don't know, and we won't know
We don't know, and we won't know
We don't know, and we won't know
We don't know, and we won't know
We don't know, and we won't know
We don't know, and we won't know
We don't know, and we won't know
We don't know, and we won't know
We don't know, and we won't know
We don't know, and we won't know

God damn, shit the bed!

TriviaEdit

  • This song is a continuation of Lost Keys (Blame Hofmann).
  • Dr. Albert Hoffman was the inventor of LSD.
  • The term "Stealth Banana" was coined by the late comedian Bill Hicks in one of his comedy routines. Tool are self-proclaimed Hicks fans, and their album Ænima features a dedication to Hicks in the liner notes, as well as samplings of some of his comedy bits on the track Third Eye
  • DMT (Dimethyltryptamine)is a powerful psychoactive substance. If DMT is smoked, injected, or orally ingested (along with an MAOI), it can produce powerful entheogenic experiences including true hallucinations (perceived extensions of reality)- (from Wikipedia article on Dimethyltryptamine)
  • The Rosetta Stone Wikipedia16is a granite stone found in Egypt; the stone was the key to deciphering the hieroglyphs; it was also used as a pseudonym for children's author Dr. Seuss.
  • To shit the bed is a phrase that means to fail. For example: to forget one's pen when you must write something important down.
    • Disagree--this is a patient in a hospital, which is why the subsequent lyric is "Strapped down to my bed"
  • Lyrically, this song seems to continue Faaip de Oiad, the last song on Lateralus, where we hear a man, in panic, talking about his experiences in Area 51 - this was sampled from a famous hoax phonecall to Art Bell's radio phone-in show.
    • Rosetta Stoned could be considered a sequel, (or rather prequel) to Faaip De Oiad. The narrator of Rosetta Stoned may have been based on the character of the caller in Faaip De Oiad (unconfirmed).
  • "Like the time Dave floated away" is a reference to all of the surreal stuff Dave Bowman sees at the end of 2001: A Space Odyssey Wikipedia16as he floats away into the monolith.
  • "You all sound like Peanut's Parents" is a reference to the Snoopy cartoons where the adult voices sound distorted.
  • "Uncle Martin" is a reference to the character Ray Walston played on the 1960's T.V. show "My Favorite Martian"
  • Bob help me is referring to a rant of Maynard's journal about God telling him his name was really Bob
  • "See, the Dead ain't touring and this wasn't all in my head." The Dead is referring to the band, Grateful Dead.
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