Tool: AEnima Meaning
Song Released: 1997
anonymous Dec 16th, 2009 12:04pm report
I believe that almost everyone who has posted their interpretations hear have been very coherent, to the point, and have led me to post my own. I'm just going to say that I believe the song has a dual meaning. There are two correct interpretations in this situation (Though in reality there is no right or wrong interpretation there is only an individual's interpretation.). The theory about this song being about L.A. being swallowed up whole by the ocean (thus cleansing what is essentially the shithole of the u.s.), and the theory about finding one's inner self and being a true individual and basically finding yourself. This is why the title is AEnima, not Anima or Enima but AEnima! I believe it contains both of the common interpretations, and that the title says it all. Its a combination of both the word Anima(goes with the inner self interpretation) and Enima (Which means cleansing of the anus. Which would be L.A.). Theres my thoughts on it. The title says it all and you cannot ignore that fact!
anonymous Nov 30th, 2009 11:35am report
There are many interpretations in this song and in all that I have read none have even touched on the Arizona bay part. A bay is a place where the land meets the ocean. Arizona and the ocean aren't even close to each other. In other words the only thing in between them is California, so if it wasn't there it would have a bay.
chanandlerbong Nov 24th, 2009 11:55am report
It's one of the most obvious songs in tool-land, but still there is three levels it works well on. first there is LA. why would Maynard choose -of all shitholes of the world- this city (and as geographical counterpart arizona) to direct all his hate and anger to it? its the most superficial "human crap only look on the surface and never behind anything"-come together of stupid people following the wrong gods ever. (hubbard!) this is what we have to be cleansed of. and mother earth of course. Second level is the current state of ourselves and again it's about the cleansing. and there is the apocalypse theory and it is such irony that not the whole earth is hit but just LA and that there are places of rescue if you just could swim. Swimming is something you have to learn. and if you learn that superficial thinking and following the wrong idols only leads to a point where you totally loose your own identity, the you can swim to shores of enlightenment and become a cleansed human, knowing yourself and believe in yourself. Sorry for the bad english, not easy for a stupid german to communicate this.
anonymous Oct 22nd, 2009 10:30am report
The meaning of the song is very straight forward that he want to purify the world from all the crap that's in it(theres alot) through Armageddon but one hidden clue is the name its self its name is as you see AEnima if you put in one space it says a enema an enema is where they use water to flush out your colon and that is the basic idea of the song that we need to flush out the worlds colon and get rid of the corrupt.
anonymous Oct 9th, 2009 10:28pm report
For me, this song is fairly simple: Maynard is stating how fucked up the world is, and believes that the only way to fix it is to 'flush it all away', or the Apocalypse. He uses LA as an anchor point for this song, but I have a feeling the focus is global
anonymous Sep 1st, 2009 9:10am report
I think he's saying that everyone deserves to die - that the human race deserves the apocalypse, and that he wants to see it happen.
anonymous Aug 17th, 2009 8:24pm report
Maybe this track is about 2000 since the ablum came out before it...
is talking about the world ending isn't he he could be even saying people r fucking stupid in this world and they need to be washed out cause he's leaving L.A. moving to Arizona so he can have a ocean front property cause L.A. Is washed away, flushed away etc. Then thinking fuck theirs a lot of dumb things like cloning, gangster wanna bes that all live in a 3 ring circus of L.A.
fuck all you junkies, people what band that makes this music doesn't smoke pot crake or any other drugs... pot is legal in California is it not. AEnima is to clean out, he wants L.A. To be gone cause its a 3 RING BULLSHIT CIRCUS...
ya he might be talking about inner self but that's my "Lyric Interpretation"
anonymous Aug 1st, 2009 8:53pm report
No interpretation needed, it makes complete sense as is.
anonymous Jul 30th, 2009 7:26am report
Menard is attacking society as a whole, not just L.A. He's saying L.A. Is staging ground for all the "stupid shit" seen in our society today. All the values that we consider important now are so superficial and utterly "fake", as some of you put it, that the only way to fix it is "mother", as in mother earth, to put it back the way it outta be by some catastrophic event. He tops it off by saying that the only thing that can remotely save you is the one basic thing that most of us take for granted, learning to swim as in; learn to know whats important or drown.
spacemonkey Jun 28th, 2009 6:51pm report
California is sinking due to the shifting of the tectonic plates and has been for a long time. I believe this song is simply maynard stating how after being in LA for a while and witnessing all its pomposity, arrogance and superficiality, he welcomes the armageddon the place will soon see. This is evident when he recites the list of the people inhabiting las angelas (insecure actresses, Scientologists, gangster wannabes, retro hipsters) and then immediately states they should all "learn to swim". Near the end of the song he states that "moms comin' round to put it back he way it aughta be" --- "mom" in this scenario i believe to be mother nature, giving the world a much needed enema and "flushing it all away". When maynard says he'll see us down arizona bay, it is a reference to the comedy of bill hicks who's heavily referenced on the album. Hicks' album arizona bay deals heavily with the same idea's about las angelas.
anonymous Feb 7th, 2009 2:10pm report
I think people are trying to read too much into it.
I mean, yeah, there's obviously a deeper meaning, but sometimes if you try to go that far into trying to "get" a song, you miss the story. For example; reading the lyrics, the first thing that I imagine is L.A.'s own apocalypse, where Maynard is calling LA a "fucking hole", and "the only way to fix it is to flush it all away". It's a story about LA's apocalypse. Again, I do think there's a deeper meaning, but if you try to hard, you take much of the enjoyment out of listening to it. Once in a while, you should just listen to the song, and listen to the story it's telling.
anonymous Dec 12th, 2008 12:52pm report
I'm taking a little of each side of these interpretations and suggesting maybe Maynard is saying we all need to say fuck living a fake life (like so many people in L.A. do just as an example). Hes not saying he's excited to see some earthquake or title wave hit the West coast but that if everyone were to just start thinking and doing for themselves and not for the sake of other's opinions then it'd be like losing a shit-ton of fake people in the world. A global 'enima' if you will, a cleansing. Learn to swim- learn to be yourself live your life.
anonymous Nov 28th, 2008 11:42pm report
I have an almost plainly obvious observation of this song.
I believe this song is about basically, conformity.
"Learn to swim", Think for your own, break away from the others in the school of fish instead of tagging along on their backs.
"Mom's gonna fix it all soon." Standard thought by a large majority of us that someone else is gonna step in and make everything better. Maynard's way of telling you to take a stand and step in, perhaps?
Just a little of what i think this song is... But it's whatever you want it to be.
"The American progressive rock band, Tool, used Jungian concepts in some of the work for their album, Aenima. The song 46&2 talks specifically of the archetype of the shadow, and in one boot-legged recording, of unknown date and place, the vocalist, Maynard James Keenan, introduces the song by asking the crowd if they were familiar with Jung's work, before explaining that they formed the basis for the song. Along with the reference to the anima archetype, the song's symbolism of water, which is often used to represent the unconscious, and the notion of transformation through the flushing of detritus all speak to the influence of Jungian thought."
Taken from Wikipedia.
Lets not overlook the theme of materialism in the song... "Fret for your late and fret for you lawsuit and fret for you..." and how LA is "one great big neon distraction". This song is about nature reclaiming what needs to be erased and re-evaluated. Ill see you down in Arizona bay so learn to swim. So I can imagine, at the end of the world, when LA is being swallowed by the ocean, and all the CEOs and actors and actresses frantic trying to save their possessions like saving those things are really going to matter at this point. Give up on your contracts and pilots and cars, learn to swim because its all going down and you can't float if you hold onto it all. The people that can ditch their shit and swim to AZ will make it, others would rather die if they can't swim with all their possessions, and those are the people that "mom" is taking care of. why wouldnt you welcome any change?
This song is about flushing the world of the dumb people. Learning to swim would be for the people that would have no clue how to survive without modern conveniences. If the situation of meteors or such did happen this song would be true. There would be dumbfounded dipshits everywhere asking for help. The L.A. point is because that is where the lifestyle for these people comes from. Mother nature will correct this as she always has.
anonymous Aug 8th, 2008 8:28am report
Im willing to just accept this song as it is...i think it is hysterical and right on. That's it and that's that.
anonymous Jul 15th, 2008 7:53pm report
This song is about the cleansing of the inner self, as said before. Anima meaning inner-self, enema meaning anal cleaning, put them together and what do you get?: clean out your inner-self...particularly in a rather nasty place, full of shit...L.A. Is pretty nasty. AND full of shit people. And he wants it to flush away like a big pile of shit in a toilet.
anonymous Jul 6th, 2008 7:11pm report
Of course anyone can interpret any song of Tool and of any other band as he wants,but I think this one is pretty obvious:
Maynard refers on LA only as an example.In a deeper layer,he talks about the destruction that is being done every day by the Man towards the Man and the Nature.It's not a destruction scenario,it's much more than that.We have created a paranoid world,all we do is destroy.''Fuck your short memory'' refers to that,we can not see what are we doing to the world around us,we manipulate Nature only to earn.So ''the only way to fix this is to flush it all away''.Social references are obvious,i think we should focus more on the philosophical aspect of the lyrics.
''Mom's comin' round to put it back the way it ought to be''is refering to Mother Nature I think,and I deeply agree with Maynard,this situation is sick and has to be changed.
anonymous Apr 4th, 2008 4:51pm report
For the most part most you are all close to what I think Maynard meant. If you are any bit of a true fan you would know that tool hardly, if ever, tells us what they wrote it for or about. Thats the beauty of why Tool are such great artist. They leave it up to you to think for your self.
The cd does show California sinking. Also there's a bit of the late comedian Bill Hicks "Great Times On Drugs" and a weird painting of him that says "Another dead hero". In his stand-up cds(HIGHLY RECOMMENDED)he talks about "Arizona Bay". So I think Maynard is mostly talking about that.
Again, Tool loves for us to come up with crazy outlandish ideas from the simplest meaning. Its funner that way.
p.s. Did anyone notice the number of interpretations for tool compared to the others? Got them by around 900. TOOL sure knows how to get us thinking?
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