Quintessence
Mastodon Lyrics


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The demon skin is covered in fine mist
Opened his hand in my hand
Holding my eyes to the future
Hovering above myself
Letting loose the guided
Punching these holes in my head
The space time paradigm
Omnipresence
Primal instincts

Let it go

Calling reason
Finding you
These wild hearts run
Even deeper
Burning through
These wild hearts run

Let it go

Letting me free the quintessence
In fine mist
Opened his hand in center
Holding my eyes to the future
Letting loose the guided
Punching these holes in my head
Losing my skin to the landslide

Omnipresence
Primal instinct

Let it go

Calling reason
Finding you
These wild hearts run
Even deeper
Burning through
These wild hearts run

Let it go





Shield failure
Speed farewell

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of Mastodon's song "Quintessence" are filled with esoteric allusions and metaphors, but they ultimately seem to be about transformation and transcendence. The "demon skin" mentioned in the opening line could refer to a physical or spiritual barrier that the singer needs to shed in order to move forward. The mist that covers the skin could represent confusion or uncertainty, but it could also signify an otherworldly or mystical quality. The next line suggests a possible alliance or confrontation between the singer and a supernatural being, with the singer holding hands with the demon. This could symbolize a willingness to face personal demons or to embrace darkness in order to gain power or knowledge. However, the image is also ambiguous, as it is not entirely clear whose hand is opening whose or whose eyes are being held to the future. This sense of disorientation continues in the next line, with the singer seeming to float above their own body and witness their own transformation. The guided punches to the head could represent moments of insight or revelation, but they also suggest violence or trauma.


The song then breaks into a series of calls and responses between different voices or perspectives. The repeated phrase "let it go" could urge the singer to release their attachments or fears, but it could also express a sense of resignation or abandonment. The "reason" that is being called could represent logic or rationality, but it could also suggest a divine force or higher purpose. The "wild hearts" that run deeper and burn through could signify passionate or primal energies that propel the singer forward, but they could also be a warning of dangerous or self-destructive impulses. The final lines of the song suggest a final rupture, with a shield failing and speed departing. This could represent a final separation from the past or a breaking through to a new level of being.


Line by Line Meaning

The demon skin is covered in fine mist
The singer's negative energy and inner demons are clouded in confusion and uncertainty.


Opened his hand in my hand
The singer feels a guiding presence leading them forward.


Holding my eyes to the future
The singer is being shown a new path or direction to take in life.


Hovering above myself
The artist feels detached from their physical self and is experiencing an out-of-body moment.


Letting loose the guided
The artist is allowing themselves to trust and follow the guidance they are receiving.


Punching these holes in my head
The singer is opening their mind to new possibilities and letting go of past beliefs.


The space time paradigm
The singer is examining the nature of existence and the universe.


Omnipresence
The artist is recognizing a divine presence that is everywhere at all times.


Primal instincts
The artist is tapping into their most basic and instinctual nature.


Let it go
The artist is being urged to release their inhibitions and embrace change.


Calling reason
The singer is seeking clarity and logic in their decisions.


Finding you
The artist is searching for someone or something that can help guide them.


These wild hearts run
The singer's heart and emotions are overpowering their rational thoughts and reasoning.


Even deeper
The singer is diving further into their emotions and desires.


Burning through
The singer's passion is intense and unstoppable.


Letting me free the quintessence
The artist is being allowed to unlock the most essential and important parts of themselves.


In fine mist
The artist's true essence is obscured or hidden from view.


Opened his hand in center
The guiding presence is making itself more apparent and prominent in the singer's life.


Losing my skin to the landslide
The singer feels like they are shedding their old self and being reborn or transformed.


Shield failure
The artist is acknowledging a weakness or vulnerability in their defenses.


Speed farewell
The artist is saying goodbye to their old life and embracing change and the future.




Lyrics © BMG RIGHTS MANAGEMENT US, LLC
Written by: BRANN TIMOTHY DAILOR, TROY JAYSON SANDERS, WILLIAM BREEN KELLIHER, WILLIAM BRENT HINDS

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Most interesting comments from YouTube:

@Bristo_Blear11

The demon skin is covered in fine mist
Opened his hand in my hand
Holding my eyes to the future
Hovering above myself
Letting loose the guided
Punching these holes in my head
The space time paradigm

Omnipresence
Primal instincts

Let it go

Calling reason
Finding you
These wild hearts run
Even deeper
Burning through
These wild hearts run

Let it go

Letting me free the quintessence
In fine mist
Opened his hand in center
Holding my eyes to the future
Letting loose the guided
Punching these holes in my head
Losing my skin to the landslide

Omnipresence
Primal instinct

Let it go

Calling reason
Finding you
These wild hearts run
Even deeper
Burning through
These wild hearts run

Let it go

Shield failure
Speed farewell



@jhonatanvalim2076

The demon skin is covered in fine mist
Opened his hand in my hand
Holding my eyes to the future
Hovering above myself
Letting loose the guided
Punching these holes in my head
The space time paradigm
Omnipresence
Primal instincts
Let it go
Calling reason
Finding you
These wild hearts run
Even deeper
Burning through
These wild hearts run
Let it go
Letting me free the quintessence
In fine mist
Opened his hand in center
Holding my eyes to the future
Letting loose the guided
Punching these holes in my head
Losing my skin to the landslide
Omnipresence
Primal instinct
Let it go
Calling reason
Finding you
These wild hearts run
Even deeper
Burning through
These wild hearts run
Let it go
Shield failure
Speed farewell



All comments from YouTube:

@adamM188

I love how they usually start off so quaint and traditional then they just go off the charts with style they're the best at that

@danielfitzgerald2561

Such an amazing record start to finish

@toukosiren9004

This was unexpected, but not unwanted.

@kreb12

You love to hear it

@PoonScurvy

A lot of bands I like, you have to get "in the vibe" with them, but with Mastodon, there is no cost of admittance. You are just hit with really fucking cool music the entire time

@cristophersierraaguilar9566

Definitely one of my favorite Mastodon songs!

@PabloRomero1991

Just saw the ten year anniversary concert of this album so EPIC

@brendan25

“Punching these holes in my head”
Poor Brent. Glad he was able to recover from that accident

@AliDogacKose

what accident? i am new to these guys

@ataberkyavas7476

@@AliDogacKose Bu albümden bir süre önce yumruk yiyor kafa üstü betona çakılıyor. Kısa süre komada kalıyor diye hatırlıyorum.

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