The song's lyrics are actually a recipe for space cookies/hash cookies.
The phrase “Sim sa la bim, bam ba, sa la du, sa la dim” originates from the old German nursery rhyme “Auf einem Baum ein Kuckuck” (Atop a Tree a Cuckoo). It also serves as a magical incantation along the lines of abracadabra.
The segue "Die Eier von Satan" ("Satan's Eggs", or, alternately, "Satan's Balls") has a heavy industrial guitar played over a reversed drum beat with an irregular time signature (5/4).
The lyrical component of the song is in German, performed by Marko Fox, a member of ZAUM. He is backed by a sound that resembles a hydraulic press, and crowd cheering and applause that increase in volume as the lyrics are read with increasing ferocity. These combined effects make the song sound like a militant German rant or Nazi rally. While the sound and the word "Satan" in the title may suggest to listeners that the lyrics feature aggressive or even violent content, the speaker is merely reciting a cookie recipe, for hashish or Mexican cookies.
The song was originally translated by Gudrun Fox. According to Blair McKenzie Blake, the maintainer of the official Tool website, "Die Eier von Satan" originally were cookies that "Marko Fox's grandmother used to bake for him as a child, without using eggs as an ingredient. The substitution for eggs is a magical incantation from the worm-eaten pages of some moldering grimoire." This magical incantation ("sim salabim bam ba saladu saladim") is taken from the German children's song "Auf einem Baum ein Kuckuck saß". According to the lyrics, the special ingredient besides this "incantation" is actually "a knife-tip of Turkish hashish".
The title literally translates to "The Eggs of Satan"[ or "The Balls of Satan," due to a German double entendre of "Eier", which means "eggs" and also serves as a slang word for "testicles". The experimentation in this song has been compared to that of Einstürzende Neubauten
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