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Lost Keys (Blame Hoffman) by Tool

Album: 10,000 DaysReleased: 2006
  • An April 7, 2006 post on toolband.com specifically mentions Dr. Albert (Abbie) Hoffman, the "father" of LSD, stating that on that date he synthesized LSD. In this song, it is meant to be the first time anyone used LSD - this is the reason why he is so freaked out and no one knows what is wrong with him. (thanks, ethan - St.Louis, MO)
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Comments: 15

Albert Hofman is not the same person as Abbie Hoffman.
Albert Hofman was the first to synthesize LSD (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albert_Hofmann)
Abbie Hoffman was a social activist. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abbie_Hoffman)
Mike - St Petersburg, Fl
Just awesome!Chris - Manchester, Ky
I believe the "Lost Keys" reference refers to the keys to life or the keys to existence and knowledge.Drew - Scottsdale, Az
If this song is about Albert Hoffman, why did they spell it Hofmann on the CD? The only reason I noticed this is because I'm a Hofmann, and it pisses me off when everyone spells it Hoffman.Melissa - Tacoma, Wa
Lost Keys and Rosetta Stoned are like two sides of a coin. Since most of you already know the meanings of both songs, I'll just describe the names of the songs and how they relate. First off, the Rosetta Stone was the first "lost key" to be found, it opened up a door to a new frontier; a frontier of translations. Since in Lost Keys, the doctor and nurse are trying to translate what the patient is trying to say; looking for a key. I also think that the name "Lost Keys" was intended to be related to "lost marbles", since the doctor and nurse think that the patient is crazy, not knowing that he is acctually high...Joe - El Paso, Tx
I think the title lost keys came to be berceuse the person who is brought in has no reference to himself whatsoever, A key is not only a object to open other objects with, its also a term used to reference to a entity. And since its the intro to Rosetta Stoned and the title of this song symbolizes the reference to the tripping person translating his dream, the lost keys translate to the fact that the person tripping in the hospital bed has no reference to the the same reality that the doctor is currently in.Tiger - Amsterdam, Netherlands
Just to clarify the first post, Albert Hoffman and Abbie Hoffman are COMPLETELY different people. Albert was the scientist who discovered LSD, but Abbie was the 60's counter culture revolutionary who wrote the book "Steal this Book". Abbie may have taken acid (an obvious understatement), but he did not invent it.Eric - Red Hook, Ny
Ok, so as some have said, it is an intro 2 rosetta stoned. The doctor thing is a bad experience with acid maynard had.At the end the doctor says he can only help if he tells them what happened. Then rosetta stoned comes on and he says "alright then". The rest of the song is a confesion to the doctor about this trip. He talks to aliens about how he's the chosen one and so forth. u get the idea.Nik - Nf, Ny
Yes it does, Arnie:) When I had my Boyfrend hear the 10,000 days cd for the 1st time I made him listen to lost keys 1st. Its a must:)Victoria - Memphis, Tn
I'm surprised nobody has mentioned it here, but as the Doctor introduces himself to our protagonist he declares "Good morning, I'm Doctor Wasson." R. Gordon Wasson is a man on the same level as any Aldous Huxley, Ken Kesey or Albert Hoffman. Dr. Wasson was known to research wild mushrooms as well as the ethnobotany and associated rituals surrounding the consumption of mushrooms as a sacrament.Dan - Anchorage, Ak
Could "Lost Keyes" have anything to do with Blake/Huxley's "doors of perception"? just a thoughtErik - Cincinnati, Oh
I'm glad someone figure out the "Blame Hoffman" part... But doesn't anyone care about the "Lost Keys"? The first think it brought to mind was a certain scene in Fire In The Sky (Based on the 'true' story of Travis Walton") In which Travis was trying to get out of the ship and frantically clamouring for his motorcycle keys. Then there's that whole little bit in Track 69 (Disgustipated) "You got to your car and tried all the doors. They were locked" Nothing about lost keys, but its easy to conclude that they've been misplaced.

Just my take on it. Either way, this track is a great setup for Rosetta Stoned!
Dave - Ft. Lauderdale, Fl
This track inspired me to make a mini movie about LSD with just this track as soundBen - Lincoln, England
It is a perfect intro and it fits in with Rosetta Stoned so well.Chris - Monticello, Ky
Hehe, great intro to Rosetta Stoned.Amie - Fort Worth, Tx