What does Three Libras mean?

A Perfect Circle: Three Libras Meaning

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Song Released: 2000


Three Libras Lyrics

Threw you the obvious and you flew with it on your back. A name in your re-collection down among a million same. Difficult not to feel a little bit disappointed and passed over when I've looked right through to see you naked but oblivious. And...

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    #1 top rated interpretation:
    3Libras
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    Feb 26th 2006 !⃝

    Wow someone seriously considered 3 Libras was about an orgy! Well it isn't its a song about pain. Maynard worte the song about 9 people that had a birthday around the the same time but only called it 3 Libras so that they could fight it out to figure out who the three were. The song is about having someone in your life that uses you and doesn't really see everything you have to offer and lives off you instead of growing from you. The song is filled with pain and bitterness. It is purely beautiful.

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    #2 top rated interpretation:
    anonymous
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    Nov 7th 2005 !⃝

    For me personally the song is simply a love song:

    Threw you the obvious and you flew
    with it on your back, a name in your recollection,
    thrown down among a million same.

    ***That Part of the song is about Maynard saying his love, or affection for someone and them just not disgarding it. He perhaps doesn't even tell them he likes them, they just don't see the signs***

    difficult not to feel a little bit disappointed
    and passed over
    when I've looked right through
    to see you naked and oblivious
    and
    you don't see me.
    ***This Part relates to the previous section, this person is obviously a friend to Maynard (naked and oblivious can be a metaphor for open) but despite this they still don't see Maynards love***

    but I threw you the obvious
    just to see if there's more behind the eyes
    of a fallen angel,
    ***Maynard again referring to the obvious, this person is slipping in his esteem (fallen angel, meaning he/she was an angel previously)this is the beginning of the bitterness***

    the eyes of a tragedy.
    here I am expecting just a little bit
    too much from the wounded.
    but I see through it all
    and see you.
    ***Perhaps this person he loves/likes has just experienced a tragedy, perhaps through love, a recent relationship split up (expecting too much from the wounded, he wants this person but they are still hurt from a relationship)****

    so I threw you the obvious
    to see what occurs behind the eyes of a fallen angel,
    eyes of a tragedy.
    ***He threw the obvious to show love, to help this "fallen angel"***

    oh well. apparently nothing.
    you don't see me.
    you don't see me at all.

    ***The final rejection, she doesn't see him at all, the worst feeling to someone can be that of being ignored by their love, unrequited love hurts the most****

    So to me the song is about unrequited love, at least that's what it says to me.

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    #3 top rated interpretation:
    anonymous
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    Apr 3rd 2008 !⃝

    One shape I believe these lyrics could be twisted to fit is Maynard's disappointment with a person he was once fascinated by. This person was seemingly beautiful and hurt and tortured. He felt for this person and believed there was "more behind the eyes of a fallen angel". He "threw them the obvious" and gave a little intimacy. a little bit of himself to test this fallen angel. To see if she was in fact an angel. but he was disappointed to find just a husk of a person. He "expected too much from the wounded" this song is an apology to this person for expecting too much and also a bitter "there is just nothing to you is there?"
    But what the hell do I know?
    I'm just a hippie with a computer
    And Maynard is probably involved in emotion we can't even grasp
    And anyway, I believe his songs are intentionally vague to make it possible for us to feel it in our own way
    But again, hippie with a computer

  4. anonymous
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    Mar 29th 2022 !⃝

    i see the song as someone who is ignoring another. such as the line "you don't see me" i picture they meant emotionally rather than physically. someone who is putting in efforts and the other just ignores it. although they feel let down from being ignored they try to justify the others actions by thinking that they're also emotionally wounded and hurt, but they later on make the realization that that isn't an excuse for them hurting you when you "threw them the obvious"

  5. anonymous
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    Dec 19th 2021 !⃝

    Did you go out of your way to step on that ant or did you have full intention to waste him. The ant sees a different perspective and though maimed for life, he has carried the broken heart for 38 years. His love will only die when he does.

  6. anonymous
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    Nov 3rd 2020 !⃝

    It meant everything to me, but not to her, she didn't care. Still holding a candle after 10 years. Don't even know where she is.

  7. anonymous
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    May 11th 2020 !⃝

    i feel this song is talking about a real angel who had access to GOD on a daily basis and then this Angel decided to take the fall and became human, soon after this Angel now human regrets his decision and realizes his access to GOD has been revoked and GOD doesn't see him anymore...he blames GOD...The angel now human has become the tragedy behind Angel eyes...this song is hauntingly beautiful and well done artistically and musically composed.

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  8. anonymous
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    Jun 14th 2018 !⃝

    being in love with someone who doesn't love you back. you hold on, trying to wait for them to heal but they don't see you. been there

  9. anonymous
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    Jul 9th 2017 !⃝

    To me this song means a lot, I was adopted by my mothers husband at the age of seven, she got killed in front of him when I was 15, he basically threw me away after that, so I see the obvious, I'm super disappointed and I still have his last name. We can all debate what this song meant to Maynard but I think it has its own meaning for us all. I also lost a good friend of mine to cancer and this was our favorite song bc we could both relate to it in our way as I am sure he does.

  10. anonymous
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    Apr 8th 2016 !⃝

    3 Libras is about Judith Marie Keenan, Maynard's mother. She suffered a stroke and was bound to a wheelchair for the rest of her life and continued to believe deeply in Christianity.

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  11. anonymous
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    Dec 18th 2013 !⃝

    I heard this song just recently and cried. im a libra and i feel so lost sometimes wondering if im good or evil in the sence of religion, society, and family. this song makes me feel like im a fallen angel but still leaves me lost in all aspects of life. i can relate to all this bands songs.

  12. anonymous
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    Oct 21st 2013 !⃝

    My interpretation of this song is about three people in my life that was born under the Libra sign that came into my life and have helped me though some hard times even if they knew or not it makes me always remember them every time I hear it

  13. anonymous
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    Oct 20th 2011 !⃝

    By any chance can it be through instead of threw
    I mean can it be
    Through me you're the obvious,
    it's about another face of a person, which is obvious to anybody and apparently he doesn't like that face.
    I don't know, I might be wrong. but I kind of got this meaning from the song too

  14. Israel Petty
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    Jun 22nd 2011 !⃝

    He gave this person signs to follow showing how he felt, wanting to let the person know he understands and is wanting to be there with them. It opens like a story. Because by the time he says "down among a million same" you realize this isn't the first time he's opened his heart out to the wounded (depressed/emotional/hurt/etc).

    With that being said, the rest falls into place. He's so frustrated that he can see so much about them but this person doesn't see anything in him. According to the way Maynard describes this person he has fallen for, they have been "wounded". Not recently but all their life. He sees their imperfections and in the midst of figuring them out he starts to fall for them.

    The "fallen angel" reference is just him saying behind the imperfections there is someone beautiful and he wants to see what they see. When he says "tragedy" he means he wants to also feel what they feel. Then finally he gives up. "Apparently nothing at all" is the point where he is fed up and turning bitter.

    Something tells me he's either had a lot of wounded friends or maybe he's talking about the same person: The Passive/The Outsider/3 Libras. Anyway well that's my take on it.

  15. Amanda Journell
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    Jun 5th 2011 !⃝

    its about loving someone who is not on your level, and with whom is never going to be no matter how much you want them to be.

  16. Jeslin Provost
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    Apr 12th 2011 !⃝

    Threw you the obvious and you flew with it on your back
    *I showed you my true feelings. You took it, and basically, flew away from me. Disregarded it, took it lightly. It was so little to you, carried so little weight, that you were able to carry it on your back and fly away with it.*

    A name in your recollection down among a million same
    *You've heard this from many people before.*

    Difficult not to feel a little bit disappointed and passed over
    *Self explanatory*

    When I've looked right through to see you naked but oblivious
    *Ive seen through you. Seen everything about you, all the wonderful things about you. You are oblivious to these things, oblivious to your vulnerability.*

    And you don't see me
    *You dont reciprocate said feelings. You wont give me the time of day. You see nothing in me*

    But I threw you the obvious just to see
    If there's more behind the eyes of a fallen angel eyes of a
    tragedy
    *I knew this, but I revealed my feelings anyways, In hopes that there was a goodness left in you, despite that fact that you have been hurt and have "fallen"*

    Here I am expecting just a little bit too much from the wounded
    *Self Explanatory*

    But I see see through it all see through and see you
    *I see past all the crap, all the ugliness in you. I see YOU, the real you, your potential, your beauty*

    Cause I threw you the obvious to see
    What occurs behind the eyes of a fallen angel eyes of a tragedy
    Oh well apparently nothing, apparently nothing at all
    You don't see me you don't see me at all
    *I see the goodness, the potential in you, but it is so minuscule in comparison to the evil in you. Apparently, nothing goes on behind those eyes, and you dont see me, at all.*

  17. anonymous
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    Jan 14th 2011 !⃝

    I may be wrong but...

    "threw you the obvious and you flew
    with it on your back,"

    -I made it obvious how I felt about you and you ran off

    " a name in your recollection,
    thrown down among a million same."

    -to you I am just another one of the many, nothing special or at least thats how you made me feel

    difficult not to feel a little bit disappointed
    and passed over
    when i've looked right through
    to see you naked and oblivious
    and
    you don't see me.

    -it hurts that I see you for all that you are, and think youre special, and showed you how I feel, but you dont take the time or effort to care to see me the way i see you

    "but i threw you the obvious
    just to see if there's more behind the eyes
    of a fallen angel,
    the eyes of a tragedy.
    here i am expecting just a little bit
    too much from the wounded."

    -indicating that this person has been hurt before, wounded, and that may explain why they arent opening up, but maybe that isnt enough of an excuse for their behavior

    "but i see through it all
    and see you.
    so i threw you the obvious
    to see what occurs behind the eyes of a fallen angel,
    eyes of a tragedy."

    -I saw all of you and loved you and showed you i loved you

    "oh well. apparently nothing.
    you don't see me.
    you don't see me at all."

    -but there is nothing there, no love, no caring, you dont bother, you dont care to see me

  18. evil_evil_lvia
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    Oct 12th 2010 !⃝

    My interpretation for this song is a very personal one. All I think of when I listen to this song is my mother and her terrible battle with addiction that eventually killed her. She was not always an addict. That is where the eyes of a fallen angel, eyes of a tragedy, fit in for me. I think maybe Maynard's muse or muses for this song were also addicts. As I understand it, a lot of A Perfect Circle's lyrical inspirations are addiction and recovery, definitely the majority of their second album is full of these themes. Many of the band's songs connect to feelings and struggle and pain I have regarding my mother. Also, the song Sleeping Beauty from Mer de Noms and The Outsider from The Thirteenth are so close to my personal experiences with a drug-addicted loved one. She was so much, a fallen angel. And from the first line of 3 Libras I'm brought back to my struggles and fights with her, trying to get her to see what she was, the obvious, but she was in denial to me for so long, she was naked but oblivious, she didn't see me. But I could always see through her to the memory of the woman and the mother she once was. During a short time that she was clean, I told her about the band and 3 Libras in particular and how I felt about it and wanted her to know the song and planned to play it for her, but I never got the chance. I think it would have touched her. My mother's battle with addiction and my battle with her and her addiction went on for about 10years and this song was profound to me throughout it and of course after her death, it is even more. The 1 year anniversary of her death is coming up in about 2weeks and I have been listening to a lot of A Perfect Circle in it's approaching. I rarely can get through 3 Libras without crying, it is definitely the most poignant, but that's ok sometimes. It makes me feel close to her somehow.

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