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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
Disintegrating as it goes testing our communication
The light that fueled our fire then has burned a hole
between us so
We cannot see to reach an end crippling our

I know the pieces fit 'cause I watched them tumble down
No fault, none to blame it doesn't mean I don't desire
Point the finger, blame the other, watch the temple
topple over.
To bring the pieces back together, rediscover

The poetry that comes from the squaring of the dream,
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 comforting
I've done the math enough to know the dangers of our
second guessing
Doomed to crumble unless we grow, and strengthen our

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

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Songwriter(s): Adam Jones, Daniel Carey, Maynard Keenan, Justin Chancellor
Copyright: Toolshed Music, BMG Gold Songs
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Meaning to "Schism" song text (37 meanings)
Nate 10/02/12,21:35

Such a tough song to find meaning in. Personally, I feel that he see's potential in the unity of humans and gets frustrated by our relentless fighting and inability to truly communicate with each other. He feels that we are all One, but that we have somehow fallen apart and separate.
ChrisR. 12/04/13,13:11

Hey kids, captain obvious to the rescue. All very creative suggestions but maybe it's simply about a minor falling out between band members. then again I'm not a terribly deep person. Song also reminds us that Danny Carey is a f`ing Alien!
gark 03/22/14,20:09

it's about relationships failing as a result of lack of communication, holy shit, i can't believe some of you don't understand this!!!

"testing our communication"
"Point the finger, blame the other"
"There was a time that the pieces fit"
"Doomed to crumble unless we grow and strengthen our communication"
"silence has a tendency to atrophy any sense of compassion between supposed lovers/brothers"

think about it!!!
woj 11/19/12,03:19

Schism, it means to split. This split is occurring inside himself. He's fallen apart on the inside and is no longer able to express the way he feels to the one he loves. He can't make love any more, all he can do is f-ck.
bazz 10/15/12,15:10

i see this as an interpretation of music or some form of art... he knows how to take the pieces and bring them back together... and the temple falling over because it needs to make way for a new bigger showcase of talent
oreotrollbaby 09/19/12,15:46

All forms of art including music should cause you to have an emotional reaction.. if you think its about tetris or smoking crack it doesn't matter. The point is that you find a way to make songs your own.
Tim 06/27/12,18:29

Jambi is about Maynards son. Devo, who recently appeared on the lastest Puscifer album. Schism, is about the band. Going to a temporary state of disharmony.
Jambi 06/26/12,04:14

This song is a about the relationship and love between a Man and Women! I saw him in concert perform it Also listen close! His emphasis love in this song in so many Parabols!
herb 05/26/12,17:18

think of the tower of babble theory...i know the pieces fit...watched them fall away...rediscover communication...makes sense to me.
Joshua 05/22/12,02:38

Schism the word is specifically with differences in beliefs and agendas. The song is about society, all the evidence we need to communicate, is. Different relationship to me, but it's one all the same
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