A Perfect Circle: The Hollow Meaning
Song Released: 2001
The Hollow Lyrics
running like a blade to & through the heart
no conscience, one motive...
to cater to the hollow.
screaming feed me, fill me up again.
temporarily pacify this hungering.
so grow, libido, throw dominoes of...
1TOP RATED#1 top rated interpretation:anonymous Jan 14th 2009 !⃝
they long for love, but have no luck with love. so they temporarily numb the pain with casual or meaningless sex. but they keeping looking for that one love.
2TOP RATED#2 top rated interpretation:anonymous Jun 11th 2012 !⃝
I have to say that like always his songs have multiple meanings and a new meaning to everyone. To me this song is indeed about sex.. but more so about the women using sex to fill up her empty void. Both mentally and physical she feels empty and incomplete inside. And sex temporarily pacifies her meaning makes her feel complete again.
Dominoes of indiscretions down
Falling all around in cycles, in circles
Constantly consuming, conquer and devour
'Cause it's time to bring the fire down
Throttle all this indescretion
Long enough to edify
And permanently fill this hollow
-that refers to her struggle to permanently fill the emptiness and void inside her.. but ultimately she never feels complete and
the cycles never end they go in circles and just repeat. So she continues to hunger for sex to fill her void and to feel complete even if its only temporarily. In a way even what I wrote can be interpreted in your own way I suppose.
anonymous Nov 27th !⃝
I think that this song is about using causal sex as a form of self harm. Hook up culture is normalizing random sex. I'm sure they'd like you to think its empowering but inviting randoms into your energy field is not empowering, its degrading. If not for sex most of these hollows would likely be cutting themselves.
anonymous Feb 6th 2018 !⃝
What covers alot of the meaning in the lyrics simply put is to look at it from a narcissistic point of view. The hollow person is a narcissist type of sexual being.
I was going to simply say that it's about the affair he is having with an already spoken for woman....he speaks of indiscretion and having no conscience....He hears the call of his own ned his libido and he imagines he hears the call of hers, to "fill her" or "fed her" The sword being his member.
anonymous Jul 18th 2008 !⃝
Addiction is the theme to this album, it's obvious. However, there is no true interpretation of any song by this band, or of Tool's, as everyone's view is different. Besides that of the creator's.
However, my interpretation is that, "filling up the hollow" simply means temporarily satisfying a hungering libido.
He practically tells us exactly what he's talking about. There's no interpreting to it.
To me at least =o
anonymous Mar 20th 2008 !⃝
I don't think that this song is about sexual addiction.
there's a deeper hidden meaning to it.
"the hollow" refers to be forever alone
(almost like a vampire)
"screaming feed me, fill me up again." not only does he thirst blood but also love.
"falling all around in cycles/circles.
conquer and devour"
-this is talking about the long years of his vampiric life that have been monotonous
it is almost romantic because he is searching for his love but the curse of being a vampire stands in the way
thanks for taking the time to read
anonymous Dec 12th 2007 !⃝
Interesting. I never thought it about it that way but now you guys brought it up it makes sense. I thought it was about the empty feeling of life in general and trying to fill the void.
anonymous Mar 14th 2007 !⃝
It is about sex addiction. Part of a mini-opera of sorts, along with Magdalena, in "Rose", they overcome the sex addiction. "Brena" is also about the healing and turning away from the addiction.
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