Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Some Tool Songs That Rock My World

Tool has been one of my favorite bands of the last 25 years or so and as a tribute to them, as well as to my friends Christy and Cenobite7, I have created this list of some of the best Tool music videos. I've also included the lyrics.
To preserve the artistic integrity of Tool, one of the most innovative rock groups in many years, I have included their music videos in their un-edited and uncensored form. As such, sensitive viewers/listeners may not wish to expose themselves to what could be considered disturbing content.
All lyrics by Maynard James Keenan and all music by Tool.

Prison Sex video and lyrics.

It took so long to remember just what happened
I was so young and vestal then
You know it hurt me
But I'm breathing so I guess I'm still alive
Even if signs seem to tell me otherwise
I've got my hands bound and my head down
And my eyes closed, my throat's wide open

Do unto others, what has been done to me
Do unto others, what has been done to you

I'm treading water
I need to sleep a while
My lamb and martyr
You look so precious
Won't you come on up closer
Close enough so I can smell you
I need you to feel this
I can't stand to burn too long
Release in sodomy
Oh, for one sweet moment I am whole

Do unto you now, what has been done to me
Do unto you now, what has been done

You're breathing so I guess you're still alive
Even if signs seem to tell me otherwise
Won't you come on a bit closer
Close enough so I can smell you
I need you to feel this
I need this to make me whole
Release in sodomy
For I am your witness and
Blood and flesh can be trusted
For I am your witness and
Blood and flesh can be trusted
And only this one holy medium brings me peace of mind

Got your hands bound, your head down
And your eyes closed
You look so precious now

(Show me something
Thought I could make it end
Thought I could wash the stains away
Thought I could break the circle if I
Slipped right into your skin
So sweet was your surrender
We have become one
I have become my terror
And you my precious lamb and martyr)

I have found some kind of temporary sanity in this
Shit, blood, and cum on my hands

I've... come... 'round... full circle

My lamb and martyr
This will be over, soon
You look so precious
You look so precious
You look so precious
You look so precious
You look so precious, now
You look so precious


Sober video and lyrics.

There's a shadow just behind me
Shrouding every step I take
Making every promise empty
Pointing every finger at me
Waiting like a stalking butler
Who upon the finger rests
Murder now the path is must we
Just because the son has come

Jesus, won't you fucking whistle
Something but the past and done
Jesus, won't you fucking whistle
Something but the past and done

Why can't we not be sober
I just want to start this over
Why can't we dream forever
Just want to start things over

I am just a worthless liar
I am just an imbecile
I will only complicate you
Trust in me and fall as well
I will find a center in you
I will chew it up and leave
I will work to elevate you
Just enough to bring you down


Mother Mary, won't you whisper
Something but the past and done
Mother Mary, won't you whisper
Something but the past and done

Why can't we not be sober
I just want to start this over
Why can't we sleep forever
Just want to start things over

I am just a worthless liar
I am just an imbecile
I will only complicate you
Trust in me and fall as well
I will find a center in you
I will chew it up and leave

Trust me, trust me, trust me, trust me, trust me

Why can't we not be sober
I just want to start things over
Why can't we sleep forever
Just want to start this over

I want what I want
I want what I want
I want what I want
I want what I want


Stinkfist video and lyrics.

Something has to change
Undeniable dilemma
Boredom's not a burden
Anyone should bear

Constant over-stimulation numbs me
But I would not want you any other way

'Cause, it's not enough
I need more
Nothing seems to satisfy
I said
I don't want it, I just need it
To breathe, to feel, to know I'm alive

Finger deep within the borderline
Show me that you love me and that we belong together
Relax, turn around, and take my hand

I can help you change
Tired moments into pleasure
Say the word and we'll be
Well upon our way

Blend and balance
Pain and comfort
Deep within you
Till you will not want me any other way

But, it's not enough
I need more
Nothing seems to satisfy
I said
I don't want it, I just need it
To breathe, to feel, to know I'm alive

Knuckle deep inside the borderline
This may hurt a little, but it's something you'll get used to
Relax, slip away

Something kinda sad about
The way that things have come to be
Desensitized to everything
What became of subtlety

How can this mean anything to me
If I really don't feel anything at all

I'll... keep... digging
'Til... I feel... something

Elbow deep inside the borderline
Show me that you love me and that we belong together
Shoulder deep within the borderline
Relax, turn around, and take my hand


├ćnema video and lyrics.

Some say the end is near
Some say we'll see Armageddon soon
I certainly hope we will
I sure could use a vacation from this
Bullshit
Three ring circus
Sideshow of freaks
Here in this hopeless fucking hole we call L.A.
The only way to fix it is to flush it all away
Any fucking time, any fucking day
Learn to swim
I'll see you down in Arizona bay

Fret for your figure
And fret for your latte
And fret for your lawsuit
And fret for your hairpiece
And fret for your Prozac
And fret for your pilot
And fret for your contract
And fret for your car

It's a bullshit
Three ring circus
Sideshow of freaks
Here in this hopeless fucking hole we call L.A.
The only way to fix it is to flush it all away
Any fucking time, any fucking day
Learn to swim
I'll see you down in Arizona bay

Some say a comet will fall from the sky
Followed by meteor showers and tidal waves
Followed by fault-lines that cannot sit still
Followed by millions of dumbfounded dipshits

And some say the end is near
Some say we'll see Armageddon soon
I certainly hope we will
I sure could use a vacation from this
Stupid shit, silly shit, stupid shit

One great big festering neon distraction
I've a suggestion to keep you all occupied
Learn to swim, learn to swim, learn to swim

Mom's gonna fix it all soon
Mom's comin' 'round to put it back the way it ought to be
Learn to swim, learn to swim, learn to swim
Learn to swim, learn to swim, learn to swim
Learn to swim, learn to swim

Fuck L. Ron Hubbard
And fuck all his clones
Fuck all these gun-toting
Hip gangster wannabes

Learn to swim, learn to swim, learn to swim
Learn to swim, learn to swim, learn to swim
Learn to swim, learn to swim

Fuck retro anything
Fuck your tattoos
Fuck all you junkies
And fuck your short memory

Learn to swim, learn to swim, learn to swim
Learn to swim, learn to swim, learn to swim
Learn to swim, learn to swim

Fuck smiley glad-hands
With hidden agendas
Fuck these dysfunctional
Insecure actresses

Learn to swim, learn to swim, learn to swim
Learn to swim, learn to swim, learn to swim
Learn to swim, learn to swim

'Cause I'm praying for rain
And I'm praying for tidal waves
I wanna see the ground give way
I wanna watch it all go down
Mom, please flush it all away
I wanna see it go right down
I wanna watch it go right in
Watch you flush it all away

Time to bring it down again
Yeah, don't just call me pessimist
Try and read between the lines
I can't imagine why you wouldn't
Welcome any change, my friend

I wanna see it all come down
Put it down
Suck it down
Flush it down


Schism video and lyrics.

I know the pieces fit
'Cause I watched them fall away
Mildewed and smoldering
Fundamental differing
Pure intention juxtaposed
Will set two lovers souls in motion
Disintegrating as it goes
Testing our communication
The light that fueled our fire then
Has burned a hole between us so
We cannot see to reach an end
Crippling our communication

I know the pieces fit
'Cause I watched them tumble down
No fault, none to blame
It doesn't mean I don't desire to
Point the finger, blame the other, watch the temple topple over
To bring the pieces back together, rediscover communication

The poetry that comes
From the squaring off between
And the circling is worth it
Finding beauty in the dissonance

There was a time that the pieces fit
But I watched them fall away
Mildewed and smoldering
Strangled by our coveting
I've done the math enough to know
The dangers of our second guessing
Doomed to crumble unless we grow
And strengthen our communication

Cold, cold, cold
Cold silence has
A tendency to
Atrophy any
Sense of compassion
Between supposed lovers
Between supposed lovers

And I know the pieces fit
And I know the pieces fit
And I know the pieces fit
And I know the pieces fit
And I know the pieces fit
And I know the pieces fit
And I know the pieces fit
And I know the pieces fit


Parabol and Parabola video and lyrics.

So familiar and overwhelmingly warm
This one, this form I hold now
Embracing you, this reality here
This one, this form I hold now
So wide-eyed and hopeful
Wide-eyed and hopefully wild
We barely remember what came before this precious moment
Choosing to be here right now
Hold on, stay inside
This body holding me, reminding me that I am not alone in
This body makes me feel eternal
All this pain is an illusion


We barely remember
Who or what came before this precious moment
We are choosing to be here, right now
Hold on, stay inside
This holy reality, this holy experience
Choosing to be here in
This body, this body holding me
Be my reminder here that I am not alone in
This body, this body holding me
Feeling eternal all this pain is an illusion

Alive

In this holy reality, in this holy experience
Choosing to be here in
This body, this body holding me
Be my reminder here that I am not alone in
This body, this body holding me
Feeling eternal all this pain is an illusion

Twirling 'round with this familiar parable
Spinning, weaving 'round each new experience
Recognize this as a holy gift and
Celebrate this chance to be alive and breathing
A chance to be alive and breathing

This body holding me reminds me of my own mortality
Embrace this moment
Remember; we are eternal
All this pain is an illusion


Vicarious video and lyrics.

Eye on the the TV
'Cause tragedy thrills me
Whatever flavor it happens to be, like
"Killed by the husband"
"Drowned by the ocean"
"Shot by his own son"
"She used a poison in his tea
And kissed him goodbye"

That's my kind of story
It's no fun 'til someone dies

Don't look at me like I am a monster
Frown out your one face, but with the other
Stare like a junkie into the TV
Stare like a zombie
While the mother holds her child, watches him die
Hands to the sky crying, "Why, oh why?"

'Cause I need to watch things die... from a distance
Vicariously I live while the whole world dies
You all need it too, don't lie

Why can't we just admit it
Why can't we just admit it
We won't give pause until the blood is flowing
Neither the brave nor bold
Will write as the story's told
We won't give pause until the blood is flowing

I need to watch things die... from a good safe distance
Vicariously I live while the whole world dies
You all feel the same, so
Why can't we just admit it

Blood like rain come down
Drum on grave and ground
Part... vampire
Part... warrior
Carnivore... and... voyeur
Stare... at... the... transmitter
Sing... to... the... death... rattle

La, la, la, la, la, la-la-lie
La, la, la, la, la, la-la-lie
La, la, la, la, la, la-la-lie
La, la, la, la, la, la-la-lie

Incredulous at best your desire to believe in
Angels in the hearts of men
Pull your head on out your hippie haze and give a listen
Shouldn't have to say it all again
The universe is hostile, so impersonal
Devour to survive... so it is, so it's always been

We all feed on tragedy
It's like blood to a vampire
Vicariously I live while the whole world dies
Much better you than I

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