Forty-Six & 2 Lyrics

My shadow's

Shedding skin and
I've been picking
Scabs again.
I'm down
Digging through
My old muscles
Looking for a clue.

I've been crawling on my belly
Clearing out what could've been.
I've been wallowing in my own confused,
insecure delusions
For a piece to cross me over
Or a word to guide me in.
I wanna feel the changes coming down.
I wanna know what I've been hiding in

My shadow.
Change is coming through my shadow.
My shadow's shedding skin
I've been picking
My scabs again.

I've been crawling on my belly
Clearing out what could've been.
I've been wallowing in my own chaotic,
insecure delusions.

I wanna feel the change consume me,
Feel the outside turning in.
I wanna feel the metamorphosis and
Cleansing I've endured within

My shadow
Change is coming.
Now is my time.
Listen to my muscle memory.
Contemplate what I've been clinging to.
Forty-six and two ahead of me.

I choose to live and to
Grow, take and give and to
Move, learn and love and to
Cry, kill and die and to
Be paranoid and to
Lie, hate and fear and to
Do what it takes to move through.

I choose to live and to
Lie, kill and give and to
Die, learn and love and to
Do what it takes to step through.

See my shadow changing,
Stretching up and over me.
Soften this old armor.
Hoping I can clear the way
By stepping through my shadow,
Coming out the other side.
Step into the shadow.
Forty six and two are just ahead of me.

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Songwriter(s): Adam Jones, Daniel Carey, Maynard James Keenan, Justin Gunner Chancellor

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Meaning to "Forty-Six & 2" song lyrics (8 meanings)
Spectre 09/13/14,02:35

While tool has a wide variety of possible meanings to their songs, this one has a more centralized meaning.

Much of it deals with Jungian theory. The "Shadow" of someone is basically the piece of us we aren't. The things we hate, fear, despise, etc. Sometimes, however, to become whole and enlightened, we need to accept what our shadow is, and in some cases, become our shadow. Our shadow then becomes something else, so our shadow never vanishes.

46 & 2 is a reference to chromosomes in the idea of 46 autosomes and 2 sex chromosomes, the next evolution. Carl Jung (I believe, but his theory is where it comes from) recognized that aborigines in Australia and Africa had 42 & 2 chromosomes, and caused them to have a sort of hive mind, something connected. Current humans have 44 & 2, and we see how that is different from a hive mind. The next evolution is thus theorized as 46 & 2, but is unknown how to obtain it or how it will happen.

The part about Maynard becoming his shadow is hypothesized to be about him becoming a father. His kid was born around the same time as this album, and being a parent was (apparently) something he never expected to be or be good at.

That's about all I got.
Chetmanly 12/10/12,01:44

46&2 refers to how many chromasomes it takes to make a human being and 2 people. 46 chromes and 2 people.
Schism:Mind 10/28/12,01:32

Well, some of you r half right. 46 and 2 does refer to a higher level of evolution. This piece also refers to wanting the best version of oneself to obtain enlightenment.
phost666 07/17/12,19:11

Is not also a metaphor to its title n real meaning like all of tools songs ...but yes its talking bout having a outer body experience that in everyone's life we have wich can change us personaly
kerry 03/22/11,14:48

yo roger. when you turn 48 (if i let you live that long) take a long hard look in the mirror and weep.
Stuck at 44&2 12/08/10,03:28

46&2 is a reference to the number of chromosomes in a person who has achieved the third level of consciousness. The song is about the struggle to reach nirvana based on Carl Jung's shadow theory.
Darby 09/22/11,13:33

We can never know what tool is talking about. all we know is that they are talking about reall sh!t that everyone is afraid too.
Roger 11/23/10,15:10

Forty six and 2 is when Maynard, at 48, intends to suicide out.His old, not so fancy self is used up so its time to go.. Past lives are snickering at his broken pucker string and fat belly, toodles.
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