A Perfect Circle: Pet Meaning
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Step away from the window.
Go back to sleep.
Lay your head down child.
I won't let the boogeyman come.
Count the bodies like sheep
to the rhythm of the war drums.
Pay no mind to the rabble.
anonymous Apr 11th, 4:50pm report
This song is about how the government/media/corporations manufacture/exploit whatever “crisis” they need to in order to trick the public into behaving the way they want. When the song was written, it was about how the W administration essentially shredded the constitution in order to save the public from the “boogeyman” Bin Laden. The public was so sure they were about to die in a terrorist attack, they were more than willing to allow us go to war with countries who had little or nothing to do with the SAUDI terrorists of 9/11. All in the name of saving their pet (the “sheeple”) from questioning the war profiteering that was going on.
Pay no mind to the rabble - the dissenting voices who didn’t want to rush into another endless middle eastern quagmire that would cost innocent American Soldiers and Iraqi/Afghan civilian lives (500,000 children dead was acceptable according to Madeline Albright in regards to the First Gulf War).
This situation can be applied to any administration - Democratic or Republican - as it happens every cycle. Obama was also a master of exploiting crises to eviscerate civil liberties in the name of saving the citizens from the scary boogeymen he created as well.
This song was incredibly profound before the coronavirus outbreak but if you go through line by line you can see that this cycle of problem reaction solution can be applied so explicitly now that it’s downright scary.
Don’t fret precious citizen, big daddy government is here to save you, step away from the window so you don’t see what’s actually happening. Go back to sleep (being “awake” to what the government does is commonly used by the so called conspiracy theorist crowd.). They need you asleep to carry out their mission to exploit everyone and enrich themselves/get more power and wealth on the backs of the plebs. Lay your head down child, the government and very ethical big corporations (sarcasm) won’t let the scary boogieman come. (Coronavirus!!)
Counting bodies like sheep to the rhythm of the war drums - this applied more to the middle eastern conflicts but is still valid in our current crisis. Counting the bodies like sheep (because you are a sheep but you also count sheep to go to sleep - a brilliant lyric with more than one meaning) the way they tell us exactly how many die of the boogeyman virus in order to stoke fear and elicit their intended reaction - FEAR as the war drum beats on - don’t think we won’t be fighting China in one way or another eventually.
Pay no mind to the rabble - anyone who doesn’t go along with the official story or questions why we should be locked down over a virus that will kill fewer than so many other things that are actual problems (veteran suicide, so many other things). Listen to the very trustworthy media as you should.
I’ll be the one to protect you from a will to survive and voice of reason - self explanatory.
At this point you get what I am saying. I’m not going to spell it out for you. I have to go hoard toilet paper and cower in fear and wait for big daddy government to keep me isolated and save me from myself.
Swaying to the rhythm of the new world order - to deny this exists at this point is almost intentionally ignorant.
The government and media and corporations love us and wound never do us wrong. They never have.
Go back to sleep.
anonymous Mar 30th, 3:15am report
Step away from the window. Go back to sleep. Keep your head.down... isolate and save you from yourself. Quarantine like right now.
I'll be the one to protect you from your enemies and your choices, pay no mind to the rabble, listen to ME government and media. The boogie men are coming! Coronavirus
Say hello to the new world order and!!! Yet to come. Soon I expect.
anonymous Jun 29th, 2018 6:59pm report
It could mean anything you want it to...it could relate to what is happening in out world today, our current administration, in particular, Our President thinking he is trying to protect us from the the boogey men (southern border closure, Islamist, the media, the democrats, just to name a few). People eat up his lies to because they are not thinking for themselves, thinking he can protect us from the "evil ones". Really, you could can say that it could refer to anyone or anything that wants to control us. I believe everyone's comments are right on the money
anonymous Jun 24th, 2018 6:16am report
Each song on this album is from a different perspective of addiction- the addict, the person who doesn’t understand addiction, the lover in denial. This song is from the perspective of the drug. The drug is singing this to the addict.
anonymous Jun 5th, 2018 6:10am report
I think this song is a new interpretation of Pink Floyd's "Mother". It simply sounds like a over protective mother who will protect her son from the realities of the world and isolate him to the point of mental disorder, social anxiety, and he will always need her so she can guilt him into never leaving. Or something like that.
anonymous Aug 4th, 2017 8:45pm report
I think that this song could be about a young boy growing up during the Rise of Fascism and his older brother convincing him of their superiority through propaganda. I think that the boogey men at the end of the song are Allied soldiers and that the NWO refers to a world where the Axis wins WW2. When the PoV character meets the enemy soldiers he freaks out like a child finding a monster in his closet: that monster about the allies that scares him so much is the truth.
anonymous Jul 13th, 2017 7:28am report
It just dawned on me after listening to this song for years what it's really about. Lemme know what you guys think. It sounds to me like he is describing an Oedipal relationship.
An example would be a mother/son relationship where the son lives in the basement playing video games and the mother constantly feeds him. Basically allowing him to whither away so long as he doesn't leave.
"One and the same I must isolate you
Isolate and save you from yourself."
"yourself" meaning the part of him that would challenge the parent.
In other words, don't look to the world outside,
"Don't fret precious I'm here
Step away from the window
Go back to sleep"
I will protect you from everything bad in the world.
"Lay your head down child
I won't let the boogeyman come"
Just so long as you promise not to leave me.
The "New World Order" would then be referring to The Reign of the Oedipal Mother that we are dealing with right now. Feminism, SJW's etc...
Think about it, listen again & lemme know what you guys think.
anonymous Sep 27th, 2011 9:25am report
like these other people said i think it relates to overcoming drug addiction, but it could also be speaking on the NWO and how they want you to stay asleep with their brainwashing tools *tv,movies,sports and whatever else the conspiracy theorist believe to be the key to controlling the sheep. Just a thought...
anonymous Sep 13th, 2011 9:57am report
No se establece una dictadura para salvaguardar una revolución; se hace la revolución para establecer una dictadura.
El lenguaje político… Está diseñado para hacer que las mentiras suenen veraces y el homicidio respetable.
Para hacer cumplir las mentiras del presente, es necesario borrar las verdades del pasado.
No hay delito, absolutamente ninguno, que no pueda ser tolerado cuando “nuestro” lado lo comete.
George Orwell: Todo esto se resume en la estrategia de control, donde se crean intencionalmente los problemas, para después proponer las soluciones.
la doctrina del “SHOCK”, o de la CONMOCION, para provocar el miedo y la desesperanza, logrando docilidad por parte del pueblo. Que es la que hoy está en funcionamiento.
Por alguna razon lo veo del lado politico tambien se puede interpretar, todo depende d el punto d vista, y por counting bodys like sheeo to the rithym of the war drums, and swinging to the rithym of the new world order.
Second anonymous pretty much got it correct. The song does relate hugely to addiction hence the lines "Pay no mind what other voices say.
They don't care about you, like I do.
Safe from pain and truth and choice and
other poison devils.
See, they don't give a fuck about you like
I do." and "I'll be the one to protect you from
your enemies and your choices, son.
They're one in the same.
I must isolate you.
Isolate and save you from yourself." The only thing I disagree with is what they said about the name of the album. The name Thirteenth Step does refer to the 12 step process of beating addiction but if the research is done you will see that Maynard explained that for many ex addicts there is a Thirteenth Step which is an inevitable relapse.
anonymous Aug 26th, 2011 8:42am report
This is Maynard singing from a drugs point of view to an addict, hence 'They don't care about you, like I do' The whole album is based on fighting drug addiction which is why it's called thirteenth step. It's like a twelve step program only Maynard wrote the album as his thirteenth step.
anonymous Jul 21st, 2011 7:24pm report
I think its about sheeple or maybe about brainwashing Swaying to the rythem of the NWO and.
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