Forty Six & 2

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"Forty Six & 2"
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Single by Tool
from the album Ænima
ReleasedJanuary 5, 1998
Tool singles chronology
"Forty Six & 2"
Audio sample
Sample of "Forty Six & 2".

"Forty Six & 2" is a song by the American progressive metal band Tool. It was released as the fourth single from their second major record release Ænima in 1996 and received radio airplay.[1]

Title and theme[edit]

A popular belief is that the song title refers to an idea first conceived by Carl Jung and later expounded upon by Drunvalo Melchizedek concerning the possibility of reaching a state of evolution at which the body would have two more than the normal 46 total chromosomes and leave a currently disharmonious state.[2][3] The premise is humans would deviate from the current state of human DNA which contains 44 autosomes and 2 sex chromosomes. The next step of evolution would likely result in human DNA being reorganized into 46 autosomes and 2 sex chromosomes, according to Melchizedek.

Additionally, it may refer to the desire to experience change through the "shadow", an idea that represents the parts of one's identity that one hates, fears and represses; this exists as a recurring theme in the work of Carl Jung.[4]

The song is mostly in 4/4 time with some sections of 7/8 in between. In the intro, Danny Carey plays four measures of 7/8 on his ride cymbal over the rest of the band playing in 4/4, and they all meet up on the downbeat of the 5th measure in 4/4. During the bridge there are three measures of 7/8 followed by one measure of 4/4. During a particular quad fill, the drums are in 3/8, the guitar plays one measure of 9/8 followed by one in 5/8 all while the bass keeps time in 7/8.[5] Most of the song is written in D Phrygian dominant scale,[6] also known as the fifth mode of the D harmonic minor scale.

Track listing[edit]

1."Forty Six & 2"6:03

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1998) Peak
US Mainstream Rock (Billboard)[7] 22


  1. ^ Akhtar, Kabir (July 16, 2001). "The Tool FAQ: G25". The Tool Page. Retrieved April 24, 2007.
  2. ^ Cross, Alan. "Tool" Archived October 21, 2006, at the Wayback Machine. The Ongoing History of New Music. Corus Radio. September 30, 2001. "At our current level, according to this dude, our chromosomal composition can be expressed as “44 & 2" That’s a disharmonic state of consciousness, we need to add those two new chromosomes, hence '46&2.'"
  3. ^ Lewis Goldberg (June 1, 2006). "Finnegans Shake". New Times Broward-Palm Beach. Retrieved January 27, 2008.
  4. ^ The Tool FAQ, G36.
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  7. ^ "Tool Chart History (Mainstream Rock)". Billboard. Retrieved August 7, 2017.