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What's coming through is alive.
What's holding up is a mirror.
But what's singing songs is a snake
Looking to turn my piss to wine.

They're both totally void of hate,
But killing me just the same.

The snake behind me hisses
What my damage could have done
My blood before me begs me
Open up my heart again.

And I feel this coming over like a storm again.
Considerately.

Venomous voice, tempts me,
Drains me, bleeds me,
Leaves me cracked and empty.
Drags me down like some sweet gravity.

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The snake behind me hisses
What my damage could have been.
My blood before me begs me
Open up my heart again.

And I feel this coming over like a storm again now.
And I feel this coming over like a storm again now.

I am too connected to you
To slip away, fade away.
Days away I still feel you
Touching me, changing me,

Considerately killing me.
Considerately killing me.
Considerately killing me.
Considerately killing me.
Without the skin here,
Beneath the storm.
Under these tears now,
The walls came down.

And as the snake is drowned
And as I look in his eyes,
My fear begins to fade
Recalling all of those times.

I could have cried then.
I should have cried then.

And as the walls come down
And as I look in your eyes
My fear begins to fade
Recalling all of the times
I have died
and will die.
It's all right.
(I don't mind)
I don't mind.
I don't mind.
I don't mind.

I am too connected to you
To slip away, fade away.
Days away I still feel you
Touching me, changing me,

Considerately killing me.
Considerately killing me and
Considerately killing me.



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I know this isn't it | Reviewer: DreCube | 9/30/14

I know that this isn't what Maynard was writing about, but to me this song has always captured perfectly my struggle with manic depression and the state of mind before the dive to depression

whatever the meaning is.... | Reviewer: Anonymous | 7/20/14

its not important for me, what Maynard meant... we all got different experiences in life.. important for me is that the lyrics mean something to me.
And important for me is, that i believe every single word MJ is singing, cause he is always authentic and transports true feelings to me...

construction of light | Reviewer: Danny McBride | 1/16/14

7 times seeing Tool play this song live. EVERYTIME he states, "this song is about CHOICES"... Therefore, Every interpretation is correct in its own way. If you do the math, what all interpretations have in common is the method or equation of the freedom of choice and all that comes from those choices. Simple yet profound. As you know, the simplest equation is usually the right one!

Heroin addiction | Reviewer: Anonymous | 10/22/13

just pretend the song is called Heroin......the only thing I think has anything to do with something else is that maybe his connection and love for heroin (regardless of how long he was sober off of it) was finally broken when his son was born. It makes sense to me!

Spiritual death and rebirth | Reviewer: Alien Jesus | 6/21/13

Very beautiful song maybe one of the most beautiful ever... my take on it... The snakes represent the caduceus, the enlightening medicine. The turning my piss into wine line is a reference to mushroom shamanism, the shaman would eat the amanita muscaria a species of hallucinogenic mushroom, also the inspiration for the Santa Claus myth, and the villagers would drink his holy intoxicating urine. The bacchus myth and the biblical myths are full of urine shamanism. See the story where Jesus gives the lady at the well a drink of his "living waters" among other things. The amanita is a bit toxic and the shaman would filter the toxins through his liver and kidneys and everyone else would get his toxin free (hopefully)intoxicating urine. Also check out the book... The Apples of Apollo, The Pagan and Christian Mysteries of The Eucharist.

He feels it coming on like a storm again, the experience is building towards its peak and he knows he must surrender to it, the spiritual death and rebirth process, he has to open up his heart again. He's dying the spiritual death. He knows he'll feel it changing him for days afterwards, the more subtle effects of the serpent/drug. He's too connected to just stop getting bit by the snake and slip away into materialism.

Then he leaves the material world, his pineal gland is wide open, he's beneath the tears, beneath the storm, outside of the flak, the material illusion comes down, he faces his fears, he remembers the place he is, and all the times he has died and been there before and conquers death itself.

What a great song. | Reviewer: Nick | 2/9/13

Tool is my favorite band, but no matter how much I listen, I'm not sure if I'm getting the lyrics... but that's the point right?
Best band ever imho, please listen to them.. and take your time.

What's coming through is alive.
What's holding up is a mirror.
But what's singing songs is a snake
Looking to turn my piss to wine.
-Maynard's son is born, and he sees his own ego clearly. The snake is his son's mother, when they pro-create, his piss (semen) turns into a child (wine).

The snake behind me hisses
What my damage could have done
My blood before me begs me
Open up my heart again.

-I don't know if him and this women are on good terms, but it sounds like he's admitting she's keeping him out of trouble in a way. His blood before him, is his son, showing him to open his heart and transform.

And I feel this coming over like a storm again.
Considerately.

-His birth is completely overwhelming, but in a beautiful way.

Venomous voice, tempts me,
Drains me, bleeds me,
Leaves me cracked and empty.
Drags me down like some sweet gravity.

-I'm not sure about any of this, but I think this part is just about suppressing MJK's own impulses, for his son's future, but doing what he considers bad feels great (drags him down like sweet gravity).

I am too connected to you
To slip away, fade away.
Days away I still feel you
Touching me, changing me,

When he's on tour or whatever and away from his son, he still feels his son's impact on his life.

Considerately killing me.
His son's life is such an intense impact on him (of course), and it changes him totally.

And as the walls come down
And as I look in your eyes
My fear begins to fade
Recalling all of the times
I have died
and will die.
It's all right.
(I don't mind)

-His "walls" are his old, tougher self, being shattered in a good way. I think he his old self "dies" when he looks at his son, that's very much a good thing I believe, and he doesn't mind at all.

I'm not sure of anything, ever really... except that this band has totally changed my life. Thank you Danny, Adam, Justin and Maynard. Please listen to Tool, it takes patience, but it's so worth it.


H. | Reviewer: Adam | 1/23/13

First of all, great song. One of their best, in my opinion. I believe this song's about having to choose what to do but having second thoughts about it, or really thinking about what the choices consequences will be. By the way...to the guy who made the post about it somehow being about rape, & basically making that a joke or trying to make it funny, grow up, & don't make light of such things.
Your comment reads like you're a degenerate. That's just gross & in bad taste.

Straight from the horse's mouth... | Reviewer: Alex | 1/3/13

“So, any of you ever watched those Warner Bros. cartoons? Sometimes there’s that one where that guy is having a tough time trying to make a decision. He’s got an angel on one shoulder and the devil on the other. Seems pretty obvious, right? Usually it's the angel is kind of the one trying to give him the good advice while the devil is trying to get him to do what’s bad for him. It’s not always that simple though. Most times they’re not really angels or devils, they're just friends giving you advice, looking out for your best interest but not really understanding what’s going to be best for you. So it kind of comes down to you. You have to make the decision yourself… This song is called H.”

- Maynard James Keenan

Hatred and pain | Reviewer: Anonymous | 12/1/12

Of course, as many are people, thus many will be understandings of the same song. I might as well share my view

It's all about the emotions of the singer. I will only talk about part of the song. "The snake behind me hisses, what my damage COULD have been" I guess it's what he could have done, whom he could have hurt, but didn't. The snake may be refering to the devil, or in general: evil. It's as he has been taken by it, but he cares yet too much to be dragged and actually go out with his hatred and pain. The sucumbing to evil only left him somewhat emotionless. "My blood before me begs to open my heart", that too refers to what I just wrote.
And as the snake is drowned And as I look in his eyes, My fear begins to fade Recalling all of those times.

I could have cried then.
I should have cried then.

It's like the moment of freeing himself from the evil that kept him. He then remembers moments of pain, sadness he didn't react too, as if being emotionless. Dead inside

And as the walls come down
And as I look in your eyes
My fear begins to fade
Recalling all of the times
I have died
and will die.
It's all right.
(I don't mind)
I don't mind.
I don't mind.
I don't mind.

The "Walls" are, what I think a metaphor of boundries, set by his own mind. As the snake drowned, the walls went down, and could look in HER eyes. Then recalling the times of his own iternal death. Maybe, it's just my view. Still, he says he has died, and will die, but is ok with it.

All that it's about is acceptance, he accepted the damage done, what happened to him, and who he become, so he doesn't mind his future "deaths". As for the chorus, it's more like: Somebody that means a lot to you, but maybe you don't mean the same for them, or lost that importance for them. So "days away, I still feel you, touching me, changing me" It's just the influence of that person on his own life.

Why bother | Reviewer: Not important | 11/11/12

Why bother what the songs means,i was always thinking a excellent song can have more meanings then one?
JAMBI for example can be a very sad song and a very happy "im in love"Song depending on the mood.

Probably is about his son.. | Reviewer: Sundance | 11/6/12

I agree with theory about his son. I mean he admitted it himself.. People that don't get it probably don't have kids. Think about the fear of being a parent.. Think about fighting selfish choices and doubt, especially being a father when its so easy to run, especially while touring with a band. Selfish desires aside, you'd miss your child so much that it would kill you and when you looked in their eyes all your parental doubts would be gone because thats what being a parent does to you. It changes you, its just a scary process and you open yourself emotionally to your child like you do to no one else. I don't know, just my understanding of it.

H | Reviewer: Cyclone | 10/3/12

Maybe this song is what somebody saw or maybe heard from one person to another. The eye hears the same thing regardless whomever's eye it maybe. Maybe someone held a compact disc in their hand and looked at objects from it from the mirror side and someone maybe wrote a song about it lyrically speaking.

Subjective Until I read this | Reviewer: James Thacker | 9/12/12

My interpretation of this song has always been one that was deeply motivating for me. I always got alot out of this song because of the subjective way in which i interpreted it.

I always heard "whats coming though is a lie, whats holing up is a mirror." And then when he says whats singing songs is a snake looking to turn my pistol wide (making a choice to be selfish or selfless) . they are both totally void of hate but killing me just the same. the snake behind me hisses what my damage could have been my blood before me begs me to open up my heart again.

It painted a picture to me of some fundamental way that I perceive the world. That part of me that perceives my experiences is "whats coming through is a lie" and is because what I see and understand about what is going on is (whats holding up is a mirror) all a reflection of my own self and my subjective experiences. Then my ego or that part of me that is selfish or that desires (whats singing songs is a snake) is always there to give me a justifiable reason to act selfishly, should i choose to listen to it. And the point is furthered by, "they are both totally void of hate but killing me just the same" because if I choose to live selfless then it I will suffer for others, but if i choose to act according to my own personal interest then I may do something foolish (my blood before me begs me to open up my heart again) and then (considerately killing me) when you sacrifice for others this is what is happening is it not? and i would some times hear (consider that your killing me) because of the thought that when you do something for another person you do it because you wanted too and they may or may not understand the cost of your sacrifice and you cannot tell them or show them.

So this song helps me subjectively understand the dynamics of the ego and its relationship with reality. The me, myself, and the eye are all addressed and clearly visualized when i hear this song. Knowing the lyrics is cool but I like what my mind does with it and the things i figure out way more than knowing the real lyrics.

H. | Reviewer: Mark | 7/27/12

The meaning of the lyrics are not very relevant, although to me it's obvious they are about Heroin. The only really important thing is the quality of the song, and that quality is simply amazing.

My | Reviewer: Bennythatool | 7/9/12

As with every Tool song i think it has the ability to mean something different to each of us.For artists to write such music is a wonder in itself.For me it relates to my own issues i have had with drugs but now i have moved on from that i find it more about my negativity towards myself and others while on the inside its not the person i am so its a conflict of inner emotions versus outward projections of my ego.Thats just my take on it anyway.I doubt MJK expects us to look at it from his point of view but rather interperet the music in our own ways.


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