Metal Motivation – Tool – “46 and 2”

It’s hard for me to say enough good things about ’46 and 2,’ Tool’s epic song about harnessing your darkness, channeling it and using it as energy to transform yourself into something completely new. We all have shit in our lives. We all have suffering. Don’t deny it, use it. Take that pain, analyze it, stare it in the face and let it make you stronger. Evolve. Grow. Become.

Join in my, join in my child,
And listen, I’ve been digging through my old numb shadow…My shadow’s
Shedding skin
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 and 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.
My shadow.

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

Join in my
Join in my child
My shadow moves
Closer to meaning

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 in
My shadow
My shadow

Change is coming.
Now is my time.
Listen to my muscle memory.
Contemplate what I’ve been clinging to.
Forty-six & 2 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 & 2 are just ahead of me.

Writer(s): Adam Jones, Daniel Carey, Maynard Keenan, Justin Chancellor
Lyrics courtesy of


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