Is it just me, or does this line seem to be reinforced many times throughout the video...I had a long drawn out explanation about this a few months ago, but now my point has dulled, but ill try to explain what it means, at least to me.
Its not enough, I need more. Nothing seems to satisfy, I dont want it, I just need it, to breathe, to feel, to know im alive.
It starts with the man and his tv. He seems to be addicted to it. He cant get enough of it, and has to have it, or else he feels like hes missing something.
He evntually tires of his tv, and ventures to the girl in the video. He offers her a gift, a piece of himself, for her acceptance. The girl eventually replaces the place of his tv, and he becomes addicted to her.
After awhile, the girl starts to lose her touch on him, and he spends more time with the mask and pipe thing, or the drug as i like to call it. This eventually takes the place of the girl, and she realizes it towards the end, so she starts using the drug.
The man tires of being addicted, and rips his skin off in an attempt to rid himself of all his addictions. But in doing so, he is slowly dooming himself, since he cannot live without his addictions.
He also seems to ignore the girl, after they've lost their skin of dust, when she attempts to get close to him, like when she puts her thumb inside his eyelid. She realizes that hes moved on to a new addiction, and she begins using the drug.
Much like a drug addict, the man couldnt get enough of his addictions, and no matter how much he used, he still didnt feel whole and complete. He wanted to quit, but he couldnt survive if he did. It was neccessary for his survival. And at the end of the video, it looks to me like he dies. I might be wrong though.
Now that i think about it, the whole thing seems to deal a lot with addictions and trying to overcome them. Of course, these are just my opions, and theyre probably very wrong, but thats how i feel. Please post your thoughts on the video
I think it is about addiction, and Love. The lyrics are saying she can provide more than anything else, if she knows how. The video says if you're not as fearless to explore as me, I'll get lost in lesser things and we'll go back to being who we were before this started. She is found in fear, and leaves in fear. He is fuzzy and fat and slow, and he ends up the same. Two choices are being presented, or one choice and the opposing result. If they'd put down the drugs, they'd have the schism video.
I had a lot more written but only some copied when I pasted over it all...
I mentioned a few other symbols, the burning fuses, time is running out. Her hiding in fear after they're both using, I think she leaves, and he's left alone with the piece he gave her, deformed and reattached to the old wound, whispering in his ear. And the electricity, is technology, or intelligence, real knowledge. Finally, he finds her in fear, and she leaves in fear. He begins fat and fuzzy and slow, and ends the same.
i just rewatched the video after yeaarrssss.... actually reading into it much more than back then.. good shit.
also the song is about so much more than addictions, me thinks. it's a recurring theme for maynard (most recently explored in disillusioned by apc) and deals with being jaded, numb, and about needing stimulation (to be able to feel) to the point of oversaturation and of course, death.
the artsy and abstract manner in which adam jones conveys the message in the video is something that just hit me as fascinating and interesting. thanks for the bump.
edit: having finished watching it, it's clear to me that the video speaks of a new breed of overstimulated, jaded humans. It's kind of an origin story that resembles that of adam and eve (she comes to be not from a rib but from a lipoma in his back) and devolves into a deformed version of ourselves that thankfully doesn't leave the confinement of his tv room. kind of like how people in Amerrikuh live in a bubble of addiction and obsessions...