This song explores religion and spirituality, which are hallmarks of Anderson's lyrics. He makes it clear we all need to find our own path:Some come to tempt you with
Visions of the Eastern world
Some come to tempt you with
Their own reality, see
Only you can break the rule of contemplation
These words are purely love in speculation
In a Songfacts interview with Anderson
, he explained: "Very simply, we should not hold on to any religion as being 'the best.' It doesn't make sense because all religions relate to the same thing.
I've been reading this book of beautiful writings of Native American culture and how they relate to brother, son, sister, moon and Mother Earth, and how they coordinate. Their religion is Mother Earth, surviving in nature and honoring nature, and that's the last thing we do these days. It's part of our awakening. Many lives, many masters: It's the arc of not fearing death so much as embracing death, letting go of the body moving to the next level, which is the next life that you will live.
The whole idea is that we constantly forget that Mother Earth is our home, and that's part of the story entwined in 'Come Up.' Come up to that realization, don't be stuck in the mud of the Earth, but enjoy the Earth Mother."