The Pot Lyrics - Tool

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Who are you to wave your finger?
You must have been outta your head
Eye hole deep in muddy waters
You practically raised the dead

Rob the grave to snow the cradle
Then burn the evidence down
Soapbox house of cards and glass so
Don't go tossin' your stones around

You must have been high
You must have been high
You must have been

Foot in mouth and head up ass-hole
Whatcha talkin' 'bout?
Difficult to dance 'round this one
'til you pull it out, boy

You must have been so high
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You must have been so high

Steal, borrow, refer, save your shady inference
Kangaroo done hung the juror with the innocent

Now you're weeping shades of cozened indigo
Got lemon juice up in your eye
When you pissed all over my black kettle

You must have been high high
You must have been high high

Who are you to wave your finger?
So full of it
Eye balls deep in muddy waters
Fuckin' hypocrite

Liar, lawyer; mirror show me, what's the difference?
Kangaroo done hung the guilty with the innocent

Now you're weeping shades of cozened indigo
Got lemon juice up in your eye, eye
When you pissed all over my black kettle
You must've been...

So who are you to wave your finger?
Who are you to wave your fatty fingers at me?
You must have been out your mind

Weepin' shades of indigo
Trapped without a reason
Weepin' shades of indigo

Liar, lawyer; mirror for ya', what's the difference?
Kangaroo be stoned. He's guilty as the government

Now you're weeping shades of cozened indigo
Got lemon juice up in your eye, eye
Now when you pissed all over my black kettle

You must've been
High
High
High
High

Eyeballs deep in muddy waters
Your balls deep in muddy waters
Ganja Police
You must have been out your mind

Released : July 2006
Length : 6:22
Label : Volcano II
Genre : Progressive rock
Writer(s) : Tool
Tool Dissectional (U.S.)
Producer : Tool
Recorded : 2005
Format : Compact Disc

"The Pot" is a song by American rock band Tool, released as the second single from their fourth album 10,000 Days. The song was their first #1 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. In 2008, the song received a Grammy nomination for Best Hard Rock Performance. According to The Rock Radio, a video was shot over the winter holidays of 2006, however, it has never surfaced. Like other pieces of Tool's work, "The Pot" uses a mainly 4/4 beat, with sections using a 3/4 polyrhythm. From Wikipedia


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Eye balls deep in muddy water | Reviewer: Me | 7/19/12

The judge in a bunch of the convictions was a user usually high on heroin, eye balls deep in muddy water is in relation to him using. The big issue was the people were cracking down so hard on the marijuana users and lettin the idiots like the judge and other junkies have lesser or no punishment "eye balls deep in muddy water fuckin hypocrite" the judge is convicting all these people while stoned out of his mind on the crooked stand

Alternate lyric mistake? | Reviewer: SteppingThroughMyShadow | 5/23/12

Honestly, when i heard this song and tried to compare the lyrics to what i heard at the very end compared to the lyrics and based on that this song is about liars and hipocrites and the government, i think the song says "ganga-ful lies" instead of "ganga pl-ease" just a thought i had, anyone agree?

Talks about more than one thing. | Reviewer: RED | 5/19/12

He says "ganja" so he is talking about weed. but when he says "pot" he is not. This song is about marijuana legalization laws, and the fact that the ones who enforce those laws.."must be high"

Unfair trial | Reviewer: Marc L | 2/15/12

I think this song is about the unfair laws and trials of marijuana related crimes. By saying "who are you to wave your finger" implies that society or self righteous anti pot advocates are looking down on them, claiming that the use of pot is immoral. The whole part about eyeballs in muddy water is a metaphor saying that there is no way to see, you can't see in muddy water. Getting to the "you must have been high" part is that society discounts the opinions and ideas of pot heads because they are high. The kangaroo reference is what gave me this opinion in the first place. Kangaroo court is an unjust court case where the out come is already predetermined by the reputation of the defendant. The line "Kangaroo done hung the guilty with the innocent" describes how innocent drug users are often lumped in with the drug lords, and the drug lords are persecuted by going through all of these harmless and innocent people, who have no chance in court because they are discounted as pot heads. Finally all the talk of hypocrites and black kettles is in reference to the fact that pot use is seen as immoral by the people who have essentially hung the innocent before the trial. It talks about society's ideas regarding mortality and how it is sad that someone who judges and treats others unfairly is held to a higher esteem then pot heads in terms of morality.

Rush Limbaugh? | Reviewer: dschultz | 12/22/11

I always felt this song was about Rush Limbaugh getting exposed as a drug addict.

I may be reading to much into it but I never felt the song was about pot at all, it's about being a hypocrite.

its about the complexities | Reviewer: Anonymous | 9/30/11

about allegations by a hypocrites(who are themselves guilty), few cocksuckers making others life miserable because theirs life is too, lack of intellect of some in prominent position reason of wretched life of others

Misu | Reviewer: Misu | 9/7/11

very bad english ahead.

This song is written about many toughts it's impossible to disassemble them (like, art, huh?) every word was corrected upon glimpes of other stuff that came in mind...BUT I THINK IT IS ABOUT that drug "policy", just as war policy economy etc. are only there to keep us at each others throats and make poor people. Drugs are the far best and most appealing area/example of this.

What I have heard | Reviewer: Ljensen1991 | 8/19/11

I heard that this song was in response to Incubuses Megalomaniac, which if you believe it, was about Maynard James Keenan. So in response to that he wrote this kind of as a "The pot calling the kettle black" kinda thing.

In a literal sense | Reviewer: Criss | 7/22/11

This song is about hypocrites who used to ignore the right to a fair trail--back in the days.
The courts where these trails would take place were simply called "Kangaroo" courts, where small-time junkies/drug users/etc would be prosecuted and executed for their actions.

"The pot calling the kettle black" is a saying directed at hypocrites because it states that the pot is calling the kettle black when in reality it's seeing its own reflection. It can also be deciphered where the pot is just as black as the kettle, therefore, it's like if a serial killer was to call another serial killer "heartless" or "inhumane"....same shit.

This is a literal interpretation of how the song depicts the unfairness that occurs in court systems, then and now, and how the government is just as guilty when it comes to drugs or wrongful punishments.

That being said, you're free to interpret this in your own way.

If you disagree, or just have comments, my email is provided.
I'm open to your direct opinions.

interesting | Reviewer: mikey | 7/6/11

I think this song is about the ridiculousness of legal status of pot. Maynard is just throwing his genious rhetoric into it. He talks about lawyers being liars, and blatantly says "ef the government". They aren't really an anti drug band, so I think it would be naive to say that they'd write a song about how bad pot is. "foot in mouth and head up asshole.. difficult to dance around this one til you pull it out" There has always been sufficient evidence for the legalization of pot. But every time a bill is proposed, it mysteriously disappears, or is voted out by ridiculous conservatives, and somehow they always manage to dance around it. They must have been high. I think Maynard is questioning the legality of what the government seems to do, rather than the legality of the "refer". Just the way I see it i guess. Tool aren't afraid to write a complex song about a common subject. They're smarter than most people and they know it.

2 bits for free | Reviewer: GrimFatal | 6/23/11

Just got to say it like I learned it back in the day. Yes it's all true, what you make of it, it's all up to you.
Now as I understood it. This band (This gift to all) Always seemed to have a theme to their albums and sadly I practically ignored this one.
Listening to this song was like hearing it for the fist time. Well this is all I really want to say & that is_I mean, I read from back in 90somthin. All their songs have duel meanings. Pot calls the kettle black "Hippacrit" & Pot "Marijana" That's a duel meaning yes? There. Finely. Two BITS!

@Kate | Reviewer: Tyler | 6/16/11

Why are you being so hostile and insulting? Tool songs are about what the listener wants them to be about. Maynard has his own meaning as we all do. Stop herding yourself in and free your mind. Spiral out.

you're all idiots | Reviewer: kate | 4/23/11

haven't you all caught on to the fact that most of Maynard's songs are about his mother ?? Maybe he went to court for something about his mother. there are a lot of cases regarding life-support and who pulls the plug and when. clearly, maynard is blasting the layer that he was against. maynard is saying that that lawyer must have been high to make any or all of the accusations that he was making. also, the court took the lawyers side. hence the kangaroo court reference. maynard is also saying that the lawyer knows he is wrong but he has a reputation to uphold. there. you guys are fucking retarded.

it is what you make it | Reviewer: Anonymous | 4/18/11

i remember from somewhere that the reason they were called tool is because they wanted the listener to use their music as a tool or a catalyst of any purpose they saw fit.

with that out of the way, in my opinion saying this song is about weed is like saying stinkfist is about anal fisting. i mean, it IS, but its just a metaphor. a vehicle for the actual meaning. i highly doubt that maynard has anything bad to say about the herb. i mean, maybe he does, and part of the genius of maynard is his ability to create an image of himself that im sure isn't at all a reflection of the real maynard. so my image of him says that he has nothing bad to say about weed. maybe thats not true, but yeah. im kinda stoned so yeah.

Ffs | Reviewer: T | 4/14/11

Some of you who say this song isn't about weed at all, you're stupid. A word like Ganja only refers to weed. And those who say it's only about weed and hipocrites, you too.

I believe it is also about weed and the impact it has on you:
"Foot in mouth and head up ass-hole
Whatcha talkin' 'bout?
Difficult to dance 'round this one
'til you pull it out, boy"
"Eyeballs deep in muddy waters
Your balls deep in muddy waters
Ganja Please
You must have been out your mind"


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