- Lateralus (song)
Name = Lateralus
Artist = Tool
from Album = "
Released = February 2002
Recorded = 2000
Progressive rock Progressive metal
Length = 9:24
Writer = Tool
Producer = Tool
Chart position =
- #14 U.S. Mainstream Rock Tracks
- #18 U.S. Modern Rock Tracks
Last single = "Parabola"
This single = "Lateralus"
Next single = "Vicarious"
Counting between pauses, the syllables in
Maynard James Keenan's vocals during the verses form the first few Fibonacci numbers, ascending and descending:cite web | author=diCarlo, Christopher| year=2001| title=Interview with Maynard James Keenan | format=HTML | url=http://www.cdicarlo.com/paper_04maynard.htm | accessdate=2007-04-22] [cite news
url = http://www.browardpalmbeach.com/2006-06-01/music/finnegans-shake/
title = Finnegans Shake
author = Lewis Goldberg
New Times Broward-Palm Beach
accessdate = 2008-01-27]
:(1) Black,:(1) then,:(2) white are,:(3) all I see,:(5) in my infancy,:(8) red and yellow then came to be,:(5) reaching out to me,:(3) lets me see.:(2) There is,:(1) so,:(1) much,:(2) more and:(3) beckons me,:(5) to look through to these,:(8) infinite possibilities.:(13) As below so above and beyond I imagine,:(8) drawn outside the lines of reason.:(5) Push the envelope.:(3) Watch it bend.
The Fibonacci sequence shares a relationship with spirals, which are mentioned several times later in the lyrics.
Additionally, Keenan begins singing at 1:37 into the song. 1 minute 37 seconds, or 97 seconds, is approximately 1.618 of a full minute. This happens to be the golden ratio, which is closely related to the Fibonacci sequence.
time signaturesof the chorus change from 9/8 to 8/8 to 7/8; as drummer Danny Careysays, "It was originally titled 9-8-7. For the time signatures. Then it turned out that 987 was the 17th step ofthe Fibonacci sequence. So that was cool." [cite web | author=Norris, Chris| year=2001| title=Hammer Of The Gods | format=HTML | url=http://toolshed.down.net/articles/text/spinmag.jun.2001.html | accessdate=2007-04-25]
In a 2001 interview, Keenan commented on the lyric mentioning black, white, red and yellow: "I use the archetype stories of North American aboriginals and the themes or colours which appear over and over again in the oral stories handed down through generations. Black, white, red, and yellow play very heavily in aboriginal stories of creation."
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