Tool: AEnima Meaning
Song Released: 1997
Don't just call me pessimist.
Try and read between the lines.
I can't imagine why you wouldn't
Welcome any change, my friend.
Would those in Cali "Welcome" tidal waves and earthquakes? It's a metaphor!!!How the Hell can you say it's about the "fall of California into the Pacific?" That would be a tad bit pessimistic, don't you think? Come ON people! Think for yourselves! He even tells you in the song that he's not serious, he TELLS you to think for yourself, and you still act like friggin' sheep?
All he's saying is think for yourself and be yourself, and while typing this very submission, I AM trying to get you to think like me, in the end, I will be me and you will be you. We will be different after you accept what Maynard is saying, but we will also be more willing to accept these differences...
... Sorry for the intensity, but I believe strongly in the meaning of this song... and he says it in the lyrics!!!
The_Interpreter Jan 3rd, 2006 1:02pm report
I've been a fan of Tool for several years, and based in the ideology of the group this song is about the fall of L.A.
They got the idea from the comedian Bill Hicks whose act is based in his hate to L.A. and how he wishes this city dissapears, because it is the center of all the wrong thing of life. According to him is where the most superficially people live, and where all the shit of U.S. Happens.
The name of the song is a combination of words. "Anima", which is a psychological term that refers to the inner female that everybody has, and "Enema" which refers the medical procedure to clean the rectum
The line that says: "...fuck L. Ron Hubbard...", etc. It's clearly against L. Ron Hubbard, the scienthology and all this movement that is followed by blind dumb people (his clones).
This is what I think the song means, I can be wrong. Only Tool know the real meaning, jejeje...
anonymous Dec 29th, 2005 12:18am report
Im with ZAG,
My brother died listening to this song (for girl reasons and because I guess he's a tool himself!). He was a tool fan, even though they were not well known then (96) I am now a tool fan an have been since his death, it's deep, passionate, nothing like mainstream crap and I love it!
I find what I need in Maynard's music, that I need and love and sometimes find agonizing, but hey it must be what he knows/felt in some way.
Maynard is saying that we need to find ourselves. You need to figure out who you are, don't follow and don't lead. Be yourself!
You are all correct to certain extents because a song is also about the individual's personal meaning as well as the original meaning thought up by the lyric writer, and of course Tool is all about thought-provoking the listener and is very prone to create philosophers amongst their listeners. Because they are geniouses. Anywho, the seperation/sinking of L.A from the rest of America is definately used as a metaphor, as is the apocalyptic motion felt in the song. Maynard himself said this song was about becoming aware of the collective unconscious (another Jungian theory, linking to the name and some of the concepts withing the album. Look it up and you'll understand Tool's meanings loads more. Especially songs like REFLECTION).
anonymous Nov 24th, 2005 11:28am report
I'm going to give my two cents into this interpretation. I, personally, believe everyone is right. A song can have many meanings... not just one. The whole L.A. Theory is obviously correct, considering the holigraph of it sinking into the ocean on the CD. About the combination of enima and anima to come up with the title... yet again, that too is obviously correct. About enima, L.A. Is the anus of the nation where all these hip ganster wannabes, insecure actresses, ect. call home. Personally, I'd love to see it all come down... Flush it all away! The theory of the song being about finding yourself and being yourself, no one else. I believe that to be correct. But I do believe the L.A. Theory... Is a metaphor. Along with the rest of the song.
anonymous Nov 17th, 2005 11:48pm report
This one is to III: Do you even know who L Ron Hubbard is??...because if you did then you would no he has little to nothing to do with the song as a whole. He is only an example of someone who has profitted on the stupidity of others (Rich others) who believe in a crazy religon full of loosely drawn connections betweeen humans and aliens.
The song as a whole is about the cruption of southern californa, how money and power make the whole place go around. How it is full of people with their eyes glued the fuck shut. It's about how Maynard wishes it would all go away. Tool is the Pythagrus (ancient mathmeticin in geometry) of our time, Pythagrus felt you could explain the meaning of life, God, and all that is right and wrong with the mathmatical patterns found in Music. Tool realized this and capitalized.
anonymous Nov 14th, 2005 11:25pm report
I've been an extremely diehard fan of Tool for about 8 years now and I'd say Zaq hit the nail on the head in my opinion.
anonymous Nov 6th, 2005 11:24am report
It's basically Maynard telling people to be themselves and not to follow the crowd. Makes sense.
anonymous Nov 2nd, 2005 11:54pm report
I think it is about the media making people fake and not themselves. And by "learn to swim," I think he is trying to refer to getting away from the media and learning to be yourself. Any of us could be right, and only Maynard knows the true meaning of Aenima. I think the first guy to post was pretty much spot on. Well done.
babykicker Nov 1st, 2005 11:44pm report
It's both about L.A. breaking away from the US and cleansing the inner self, with a hint of innocence involved in it. It's about L.A. breaking away, because if you ever bought the CD, instead of just downloading the songs, you would in fact see a holigraphic image that shows L.A. sinking into the ocean. Plus, considering the album is named after that song and the image is RIGHT in the inner part of the CD case, I would like to assume that it is about LA sinking.
Also when Maynard says 'Learn to swim, I'll see you down in Arizona bay,' it refers to learn to swim because LA is going to sink and that they'll see you in Arizona bay, because that's where they'll have to swim to once it sinks.
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