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Another Prison Sex interpretation | Reviewer: Nighttimelocs | 12/8/10
(I believe that the song theme of two men going at it in a prison cell is Maynard’s crutch that he uses in order to confess more personal feelings/issues/beliefs that are otherwise irrelevant to the song title.)
My take | Reviewer: Charles | 12/7/10
I agree that noone could know Maynard's mind...from what I know of him, even if he himself told you the meaning of this song, he may just feeding you a line of BS and laughing at you the whole time.
What I've always taken away from this was not a relay of personal experience, but a description of sexual abuse/ incest, and it's cyclical nature: how the molested often grow to become the molester. "Do unto others what has been done; I have come full circle"
Beyond that, the beauty of great poetry is to interpret in your own way. Disturbing subject matter, but absolutely great poetry. Too much talent to be in one band. Really.
The real truth! | Reviewer: Jdubb | 11/16/10
The truth is .....that none of your know what maynard message or philosophy , meaning, ect..... Is .execept him , or whom ever he has or will tell it to. So everyone stop trying to be the interpreter of tool ! Like you on se an of understanding that the other could not began to phathum! Enjoy what is given and stop deeming your selves profits of tool, as if you have some supernatural ability that you dont
Okay then. Well think about this | Reviewer: Anonymous | 10/26/10
this song doesnt nessesarily mean anything happened 2 maynard during his childhood but to refer to others experiences. this is not to say he knows any1 this happened 2 either, could also b completely metaphoric (like plenty of their other songs) but 4 those of u that r smart enough 2 realize this, u already know he is just trying 2 put his point across that as recent comments stated every1 has an evil side 2 them no matter how hidden
it seems the reason 4 this solng is to show that in the form of revenge, that if somthing traumatising was 2 happen 2 someone in their childhood they could live with the pain of the incident 4 the rest of their lives and the only way (it seems 2 them) 2 ease this pain even if only the slightest bit would b 2 inflict the pain they felt on someone else (and not nessisarily rape, molestation, or in this case "prison sex") as their revenge
but also as other comments said they could move on and put it behind them as not hurt themselves with the memory of it though depression, or others by doing somthing stupid
parents, if u suspect something has happened to ur child or even if they know some1 this happened 2, dont assume they wont know what happened you most definitly dont want 2 do that most likely they'll understand. I mean, I understand what all this means and I'm only 14, so talk
Prison sex and the cycle of abuse. | Reviewer: Kfc | 10/3/10
This song made so much clear to me. In the first part you see the raping through the eyes of the molester. But when the molester makes his way with his victim. He pulls the victim in the same circle as he is in. The molested becomes the molester. Do unto others, What has been done to you.
This song is written and performed in some kind of manly ego. This is what makes the band Tool so great. There could be a molester in any of us.
There's a monster behind every pair of eye-lids.
dont | Reviewer: Anonymous | 9/24/10
Most of you guys just dont get it, yes sexual abuse is an aspect of it. If your too unaware of the true meaning of this, then your not gonna see the truth if it came up and slapped you in your face. The truth is very complex. You guys just need to read more books.
Open to Interpretation | Reviewer: Liz | 7/19/10
What it meant for Maynard when he wrote it is his personal release whatever it may be. Songs like this can be looked at many different ways it's what the song means to you and how you apply it to your life. Not necessarily sodomy, but may be metaphorically.
It's not all bad | Reviewer: Drew | 7/16/10
Listen, this song is about sexual abuse and reconciling it when it comes around. Any guy(sry ladies only speaking what I know) who's had a traumatic sexual experienced is gonna take it out one way or another, not necessarily a serial rapist or some sick fuck, sometimes it ends in consentual BDSM, or a pop in your girlfriends ass every once in a while just to see that uncomfortable look on their face, consenting but not very willing. To feel what was done to you and the release of wTever pent up need to make someone feel as you did, makes you closer and connected. In simple terms... The male version of "daddy issues"
Hastily putting judgment?[if you don't understand the message] | Reviewer: Anonymous | 7/14/10
The concerned mothers out there and all the rest seriously can't you see they are displaying a message here about child rape!, they say the cold-hard truth about a child rape experience. It's not that they are crazy or something they just display that particular message clearly not all good-everyone gets along stuff, the truth is shown, like seriously for the young kids either they won't understand the lyrics or they will learn about it through on their lives.So all i'm saying is that oh if your kid goes crazy or does rape etc it's because of parental negligence or just plain bad parenting your fault, not the bands.[If you think a 14 year old[yes i'm 14] knows nothing about child rape and all[even though I haven't experienced rape and all]still, people get it through your heads open your eyes and ears to the world not A life is tough but not cruel you're surely wrong about that.]
Revenge | Reviewer: Drackolus | 7/2/10
I'm pretty sure it's metaphorical. What is "prison sex?" Same sex rape. Also, he tends to write songs from the point of view of the "bad guys." It's a bit hard to tell that with Tool songs, but A Perfect Circle is much more obvious. He's kind of explaining revenge and how it leads to circles like that. He doesn't say that revenge doesn't give release... that would be a lie. However, more hardship can come of it, as it tends to work in a circle.
Becoming what you hate/3rd person narritive | Reviewer: Brian | 5/24/10
Ok this song at first glance almost made me throw away the Tool CD I stole. I thought to myself "what a douche bag...he molested someone like he was"...then I thought "wait a minute he's an artist/poet no fucking way".
It's obvious he describes what happened. He goes on by either doing one of two things. He is either speaking in third person narrative when he says he has "this shit, blood and cum on my hands"....OR...his old lady let him fuck her in the ass so he could try to get this thought out of his head by saying "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 like to think it's a bit of both. He realized that to "break" that cycle (which is a load of shit btw...not every abused child carries that cycle forward or even thinks about it) then he must let it go. Thanks Maynard for letting it go and putting pen to paper. You helped this toolbox realize his chicken isn't dead...it's alive. Thank you for not writing songs about bitches, hoes and idiotic bubble gum shit.
:1 | Reviewer: gavin | 4/16/10
i'm pretty sure this song shows the sentiment behind most sexual encounters: that it brings the sense of sanity and wholeness. I think he adds prison to it because we are eventually trapped into this one relief, and it takes away the holy experience of it... this song violated me when i heard it.
make of it what you will | Reviewer: Troy | 4/15/10
The first part of the song is about being abused, molested or whatever you make of it. It can all be a metaphor for some kind of trauma. Tool tends to be so vivid, while still remaining vague enough for open interpritation( i dont think thats spelled correctly, oh well.)
The rest of the song is about enflicting that same pain/trauma on others.
I really think its that simple... but you gotta love Maynards love for shock,"Prison Sex" What else could that mean.
As for the comments above, some of you really need a chill pill. Let moms be scared... Rock was built on the fears of parents.
uhhh | Reviewer: jerks | 3/19/10
Pretty sure maynard has said this song is about molestation. And how many victims of it eventually end up molesting someone else down the line(be that physical or mental or emotional). Because they feel not worthy of true friendship or love and us much as they hate what happend to them they end up doing it to someone else in order to make them feel the same. Wick in turns starts the terrible cycle over
What I examined | Reviewer: Anonymous | 2/26/10
In my opinion this song is about molestation,rape, and abuse. I have heard rumors of Maynard being molested as a child. In the video if this song there is a lot of symbolism leading to molestation. At the same tools lyrics are very versatile and can mean a million different things so I doubt anyone really knows what was going through thier mind when they were writing songs.
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