Gravity Lyrics - A Perfect Circle

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Lost again, broken and weary
Unable to find my way
Tail in hand, dizzy and clearly
Unable to just let this go

I am surrendering to gravity and the unknown
Catch me, heal me,
Lift me back up to the sun
I choose to live...

I fell again, like a baby
Unable to stand on my own
Tail in hand, dizzy and clearly
Unable to just let this go

I am surrendering to gravity and the unknown
Catch me, heal me
Lift me back up to the sun
I choose to live...
I choose to live...
I choose to live...

Catch me, heal me
Lift me back up to the sun
Help me survive the bottom

Calm these hands before they
Snare another pill and
Drive another nail down
Another needy hole
Please release me...

I am surrendering to gravity and the unknown
Catch me heal me
Lift me back up to the sun
I choose to live...
I choose to live...

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"2nd person evidence " | Reviewer: Cody | 8/26/14

The song is about anal sex. Unsatisfactory isn't it! Although most people in his position will give you that very answer." However my fans take it in is the way they should accept my stories". More than one time Keenan has mentioned this song is about butt stretching. Individualist! Maybe. Remember this? Just kidding! Pay attention the best you can and just enjoy the music. Debating back and forth about what the songs mean is just extra time your waisting when you could be getting chill bumps from a song you've been listening too for years now

In my opinion... | Reviewer: Kristin | 11/23/13

Absolutely, I agree with the person who said that this song can be interpreted by anyone. In my opinion it is about a recovering addict who wants to stay clean but is still fighting their demons. Hence the line...Calm these hands before they
Snare another pill and
Drive another nail down
Another needy hole
Please release me...
But of course we all have our own opinions, this is how I interpret the song for myself. Thanks, have a nice day.

ok | Reviewer: ericC | 2/7/13

apparently maynard himself said the album deals with issues of addiction and the very name of the album is a reference to "13 stepping" which you can look up. the thing about all of this is that the 12 step program isnt just about dope or booze its about the bigger life issues that have brought so many of us to use. therefore any of the issues discussed on this record while dealing with addiction can also apply to life across the board. so then many interpretations apply depending on where the listener is in their life. simple. maynard does this with his lyrics. it isnt about what the song means so much as its about what the song means to you. no need to argue as im sure maynard would probably be disappointed that his fans were missing the bigger picture by falling into debate rather than sharing their personal interpretations.

Gravity | Reviewer: cykyyc | 5/13/12

Seven years ago I tried to kill myself. I was suffering from a depression. Now and then I still fall back into these depressions, but I chose to live. I understood this, when I first heard this song. The same year I survived my suicide attempt. The lyrics crawled into my mind like brainwashing. I can't explain what I felt. But this song helped me a lot. It helped me to keep living. I am grateful to the people who made this song. Thank you...

Meaning | Reviewer: Anonymous | 1/13/12

I don't know if it's necessarily about drugs. I think it's about being in the middle of a hard time where you're desperate and obsessed with what is going on and forgetting the rest of your life and your blessings and struggling with all these feelings and thoughts and eventually getting to the point where you're ready to begin letting go. Instead of being obsessed with sorrow you begin to become focused on choosing to live, choosing to accept what is, and choosing to let go. He's not over it yet, he's still in that very dark place but he now has hope.

think | Reviewer: Anonymous | 6/21/11

we are all blinded by an addiction of some kind, these whole album is so well written but to be expected of course, i think there's also something else lying underneath all Maynard writings including tool. think for yourself people

addiction | Reviewer: Caleb | 4/22/11

It seems as if the song is about a relapse of an addict "catch me heal me, lift me back unto the sun" seems really referential to the 12 step program. The line "help me survive the bottom" seems to be as well (the only reason i am interpreting it this way is because i am in Alateen) the real kicker is the line "stop these hands before they snare another pill and drive another nail down another needy hole" makes me think this is about a relapse or some sort of general addiction.

All | Reviewer: April | 12/2/10

All have valid points... and all poetry and lyrics of ANY song (not just Maynard's) can be interpreted as life depicts... With Maynard's, however... With APC, AND TOOL... you have to take both in context... In my experience, its a story... from the first TOOL album up until the last one released in 2k7?? (maybe before then?? I don't quite remember) and the APC in between... and just like with any song/artist... some songs will speak louder than you originally hear them...

This one in particular, I'm listening to as I've lost quite a few people dear to me in the past 5 months... Whatever their reason's... either accidental or suicidal... I do not know...

But this song in particular has reminded me of what *I* live for... and I do believe that that is what Maynard was/is wanting to get across here...

seems | Reviewer: jc | 8/30/10

like it could relate to a deep emotional issue...gravity is a metaphor for depresssion...tail in hand could refer to humbling oneself...depression takes you to your lowest low, tail in hand...cant let the issue go, need another pill, heal me, i choose to live... survive the bottom... at that point you are at deaths door..
lift me to the sun...i choose to live... thats my interpretation...

Interpretation n argument | Reviewer: Fan of APC | 7/9/10

I saw that people always argue about the meaning of Maynard's songs. But my question is: Why are u doing this?.
A song or A poem may has many interpretations.
You can NOT interpret it only one way..coz we all lead different lives...we can imagine in our own way.
I always praise APC, TOOL and specially Maynard James Keena.
When i feel tired or stressed i listen to their song. Gravity is one of my all time favorite stress relief songs.

mindblowing.. | Reviewer: lauren | 7/8/10

addiction.. most of his songs are about this or his mother's death and how it changed his life and unless you struggle yourself or have someone close to you who does you wouldn't recognize how profound this song is. "ignore the smoke.." how could a normal person truly GET that concept?? 110% disagree w. the dude who said his lyrics can relate to everyone.

Gravity-chasing tails | Reviewer: Donna | 6/3/10

Hey...the whole tail in hand is about chasing your own tail. you get dizzy by going in circles. This is how sometimes we live our lives. Centrifugal force, spinning in circles...connected with gravitational pull.

Enigma buster | Reviewer: Anonymous | 6/2/10

I think this song is about a problem. Whatever the problem is connects to the individual level.

Tail in Hand. Really threw me off. But finally I thought about Elephants. Elephants hold hands by wrapping their trunks around the tail of the Elephant infront of them. Baby Elephants will hold on to the tail of the mother in times where they are afraid to be lost.

So..the song to about finally hitting rock bottom and admitting to see the elephant in the room.

This Elephant has been leading him through a dense environment (spiritual/emotional) and he has followed just like a baby elephant would.

He finally lets go and discovers faith in someone or something (spiritual) to catch him.

I think its about giving up on pride and allowing yourself to trust the people that support you, when you cant do it all alone.

my take | Reviewer: dylan williams | 5/22/10

Much like the rest of the 13th Step album, i think this song points towards drug addiction and the 12 step rehab process. Basically, the song seems to depict the point of view of a person falling in and out of addiction and their efforts to commit themselves to being sober and their attempts to re-enter rehab.

The opening lyrics, "Lost again, broken and weary
Unable to find my way...Tail in hand, dizzy and clearly...Unable to just let this go", clearly describe a person that is addicted to a drug and, because of the drug, they are lost, broken, weary etc etc. They are unable to "just let this go" which clearly depicts addiction.

"surrendering to gravity and the unknown" shows the POV's attempt to accept God or some type of force that requires faith.

The loop of this process allows for you to see that the POV can't escape this process and the drifting of Maynard's voice in the final lyrics provide a sense that the POV is maybe finally slipping to a point where he can't recover or perhaps even overdose/death.

just another take on it | Reviewer: Steevo | 5/20/10

These words have many meanings. No one's interpretation is right, or wrong. I can see the references to addiction. I also think its a be lifted from the dark depths of depression. If anyone's been there,'d understand.

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