The Noose Lyrics - A Perfect Circle

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So glad to see you well, overcome them
Completely silent now
With heaven's help
You've cast your demons out
And not to pull your halo down
Around your neck and tug you off your cloud
But I'm more than just a little curious
How you're plannin' to go about makin' your amends
To the dead
To the dead

Recall the deeds as if they're all
Someone else's
Atrocious stories
Now you stand reborn
Before us all
So glad to see you well

And not to pull your halo down
Around your neck and tug you to the ground
But I'm more than just a little curious
How you're plannin' to go about makin' your amends
To the dead
To the dead

With your halo slippin' down
Your halo slippin'
Your halo slippin' down
Your halo slippin' down

Your halo slippin' down
(I'm more than just a little curious
How you're plannin' to go about makin' your amends)

Your halo slippin' down
Your halo's slippin' down to choke you now

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Have you listened to the rest of the album? | Reviewer: Addicted | 5/20/13

For all of you saying this is not about addiction, THE WHOLE ALBUM IS! The 13th step refers to those in the AA or NA program. The 13th step is banging someone in the program! If you listen to the rest of the album, you'll see it is mostly about addiction, "the package" about a full blown addict, lying and cheating to get what they need, "weak and powerless" is about being addicted to heroin (china white), "the noose" is about making amends and taking accountability for ones actions (step 9 in the program), "blue" is about overdose, "vanishing" about near death, or relapse, "a stranger" where he has a conversation with his drug of choice, "the outsider" Disconnect and self destruct, one bullet at a time. What's your hurry? Everyone will have his day to die. (pretty self explanatory...

I could go on, but I rest my case.

relapse | Reviewer: jesus | 1/10/13

The song's about relapsing. "The dead" refers to the voices, usually ones self, that addicts tell themselves to rationalize using. Typically something like, "i can do just one", "i'm not an addict anymore", "i can control this", etc....

13th step | Reviewer: larry | 12/5/12

In AA, or N.A. the 13th step is a known urban word. It refers to being in a relationship and no longer focusing on yourself. In more guttural and low-brow terminology its just a reference to getting laid.

Not about AA or drugs | Reviewer: Anonymous | 10/15/12

Hahaha..... so many people are so sure that 13th step refers to AA! Haha. Just for all of you reading this, if you want to know the true meaning of these songs, and this album, and Maynard, do not be convinced by that. Whether it's Tool or APC, Maynard's lyrics are about spirituality. The 13th step doesn't have anything to do with the 12 steps of AA. 12 is an esoteric number denoting totality or completeness. Along with 0 and 1, the number 12 represents the circle, or a completed and self sustained system. For example the octave. The 13th step is going beyond the known, into a new level.

Some say the album is about Relapse. It makes you wonder if they are listening to the lyrics. But people will see in lyrics whatever they want to see.

The truth is that this album is about Maynard's nagging knowledge that there is something more, something else, but that he and all of us are ignoring it and going about our business if it's not important. As heard in Blue or Pet. He also describes the experience of meditation in Vanishing. The lyrics of Gravity are a repentance, declaring that he is over his old life, over the worldly material plane, and is ready to push ahead to search for spiritual truth. The Package is the opposite, showing contrast to how the album ends. He goes from basically conning a woman into sex in the first song to repenting and reaching for the stars in the last.

This album is not about addiction! This album is not about relapse! The 13th Step has nothing to do with the 12 steps of AA!

Reborn | Reviewer: jusme | 10/7/12

I think it has to do with something about born again christians per se(all Religions ultimately) 2nd verse "Recall the deeds as if they're all
Someone else's
Atrocious stories
Now you stand reborn
Before us all
So glad to see you well" AA, Drugs, anything like that I dont but, cause not all drunks killed someone driving etc...."to the dead" is specific to me, the halo not to bring you down from the cloud. Someones very high and mighty to me, (not just in an addicts sense, in a Politician, Commander of War, GOV. sense. They recall the deed as if they are someone elses atrocious stories. and Fiddle and the drums is about Americas War fist (democracy spreader), do we agree on that???so i think this is too. Most Politicians/Leaders in the US but the world too,have a religion "Someone elses stories" is one of a few parts that make me wonder, in the beginning, a few lines so glad to see you well, over come them, cast demons out. paraphrased, but i think its about GOV,Rulers,kings queens war mongers, so politicians. Not all I must add. I dont know just my thoughts if anyone even see it or makes it to this page!

abortion | Reviewer: andrea | 7/20/12

I think it is about abortion and the man not having much choice in the matter. The noose..... If you look up abortion they use a noose shaped utensil scrape the womb. I think if u relate it to the thirteenth step then maybe because week .12 in pregnancy is usually the cut off point for abortions. It is the.end of the.first trimester. I think that its talking about the woman being selfish too and that she didn't consider what the man wanted.. I also read something someone said about the pink cloud in AA, well a pink cloud could also refer to a womb. Just saying. As if he would shame a woman if this actually happened to him, of course he would say its about drugs.

real meaning | Reviewer: Me-the1 | 6/21/12

ugh you people kill me, yeas this song is about drugs. everysong on the album is a song about drug addiction but from a different persons viewpoint. This one is about seeing someone who while they were in there addiction hurt or even killed someone else. And after the incident they decided to clean up like "hey look at me, I'm clean. good for me right" and the singer's is saying "yeah good for you but what about the people who lost everything because of you, how are you going to make amends to them " thus pulling the halo down and choking them with it.

'13 steps is about relapse | Reviewer: Hategrin | 4/23/12

Sorry to burst your bubble but 13 steps refers to what people in 12 step programs call the 13th step, relapse.

The meaning behind this album's title can be found in the meaning to Pantera's song '13 steps to nowhere'.

Both Manyard James Keenan and Pantera front-man Phil Anselmo were in a 12 step program at one point of their lives, it's not surprising to see similar influences present in their songwriting.

Suicide | Reviewer: Anonymous | 1/10/12

Regardless of what maynard intended this song to mean, I think what makes & continues to make tool and a perfect circle such powerful music is the fact that as fans we can take what we want from it. We are free to interpret the meanings for ourselves & maybe thats one reason the lyrics are a bit abstract at times & as always, complex. To some, this song is about rehab while to others its about a holy war, to me, its about suicide. The amazing and wonderful thing about all of maynard's lyrics is that they deliver a million different messages to all of us at a time when we feel we need to be understood & at the same time, maynard gets to express himself. Its beautiful really. I would say that every interpretation of this song is right, as long as you take something from it, you can't be wrong. If it strikes a cord in you for whatever reason, it's done it's job.

So true | Reviewer: Anonymous | 9/4/11

Being an ex addict myself I can relate to this song. It's one thing giving up the drugs, alcohol etc. and yeah you do feel holy...but then you have to make amends to your friends and family to make up for you being out of your head. And with the noose, being the addiction creeping back at you.

Emotive DVD | Reviewer: Anonymous | 8/12/11

There is no hidden meaning. He explains it very clearly in his emotive DVD. It is about how people get a bit 'holier than thou' after a recovery from addiction. They don't always take responsibility with those they hurt in their drug-filled past. Watch the DVD. It's amazing.

hi guys | Reviewer: Shayan | 8/7/11

If some people know about holly wars you can understand clearly about holly wars.i mean it's clear.the person that maynard talk about overcome his enemies with heaven's help but maynard says how you are going to make your amends to lives that you took for your goals and finally your halo will choke you and you will be dead. | Reviewer: Oddfather | 7/29/11

I'd say the 13th step seeings how the band kind of political means 13 steps of the pyramid to the all seeing eye of the illuminati ....just my opinion...Maynard is sneaking with metaphors and hidden meanings like the song pet is obviously political "go back to sleep" referring to the government keeping the sheeple in the dark while they take over the I said just my opinion

A small correction... | Reviewer: Martin | 7/14/11

The term "The 13th step" has nothing to do with what you do after rehab. It refers to someone who is or has been in a 12-step recovery program that makes inappropriate sexual advances toward someone who is in the early stages of recovery. That particular act is seen as one of the most irresponsible ones you can engage in because experience has shown that recovering addicts dating other recovering addicts often leads to relapse.

I'm surprised this hasn't been addressed... | Reviewer: Anonymous | 5/13/11

The song is actually about rehab. Actually the entire album is. That's why it's called the 13th step... it's what to do after recovery and the weird quirks about people in rehab. In this song he's addressing someone who seems to be doing well in recovery, but at the same time has adopted a "holier than thou" attitude. The trouble with this in recovery is that when people become too confident, is when they tend to slip up, and become choked by their halo that's slipped down around their neck. The line where he says "I'm more than just a little curious how you're planning to go about making your amends to the dead" is referring to the 12 steps of recovery. There is a point in which addicts must realize their part in wrong doings and make amends to those they've harmed because of their addiction. This is obviously a difficult task if the other party is either literally dead, or more often, doesn't want anything to do with you because of your past baggage and reputation.

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