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Song Released: 2000

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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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    Feb 26th, 2006 2:52pm report

    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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    Nov 7th, 2005 11:48pm report

    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
    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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    Jun 14th, 2018 6:13am report

    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


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    Jul 9th, 2017 7:56pm report

    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.


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    Apr 8th, 2016 4:59am report

    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.

    This interpretation has been marked as poor. view anyway


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    Dec 18th, 2013 12:25am report

    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.


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    Oct 21st, 2013 10:17pm report

    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


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    Oct 20th, 2011 10:41am report

    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


    Israel Petty
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    Jun 22nd, 2011 6:18am report

    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.


    Amanda Journell
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    Jun 5th, 2011 6:04am report

    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.


    Jeslin Provost
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    Apr 12th, 2011 4:41pm report

    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
    *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.*


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    Jan 14th, 2011 1:03pm report

    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
    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


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    Oct 12th, 2010 10:23pm report

    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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    Jun 10th, 2010 6:58pm report

    The zodiacal sign of Libra is symbolic of the "other". Venus, the ruler of Libra has dualities as do all other archetypal deities: she is vain, only seeking pleasure, and the urges of the senses until the blending of opposites occurs through becoming conscious of the other both within and without. Her relationships are more of a compliment to herself rather than a true love and appreciation of any one "other". Thus, Venus rules mirrors and projections, narcissism and seeing in others what you can not see in yourself, superficiality, and being what everyone wants you to be.

    This song speaks to me as being about the unavoidable human instinct of projecting our unconscious qualities onto others and vice versa, and the wound of not being seen for our own individuality, a key word for the Libra polarity of Aries. I imagine a young person starving for acceptance to the point of desperation, and the superficial mask we wear to get through our superficial relationships. I imagine a triangle of Libras: where does all of the projection go? Onto whom? . . . "You don't see me". All you see is yourself.


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    Apr 14th, 2009 4:52am report

    K people. I believe Maynard did have an official meaning when he wrote this and I know what it is because it fits perfectly so hear me out. 3 libras is about the 3 woman (mary magdalene for sure) who witnessed the crucifiction and/or (based on conflicting biblical accounts) resurrection of jesus from the tomb. Maynard said he read "the davinci code" which explains a good portion of mer de noms. Plus, there is a picture of a tomb in the cd booklet with words from Rose saying "I rose" not to mention a picture of Jesus. Anyway, Astronomers consider the libra symbol the most feminine of all on the Zodiac. They are likely to hang around people that are different or special. Jesus had three woman for whom he cared about more than his disciples. They remained him through the worst times. Variations exist in each Gospel concerning the women present at the death, entombment, and discovery. What is known is that Mary Magdalene went to the tomb in the early morning of Easter Sunday. The same story is in Matthew 28, Mark 16, and Luke 24. I think Jesus chose to show himself to Mary first because she was more affected by jesus's death then the disciples. The song is told from Jesus perspective and takes place at the tomb; fitting in after this passage from John: "but Mary stood outside the tomb crying. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb 12and saw two angels in white, seated where Jesus' body had been, one at the head and the other at the foot.  13They asked her, "Woman, why are you crying?"    "They have taken my Lord away," she said, "and I don't know where they have put him." 14At this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize that it was Jesus.". "Threw you the obvious"----Jesus asks Mary a question with an obvious answer because he wants her to recognize him. Who is it she is crying for? Obviously Jesus. "And you flew with it on your back"------After jesus revealed himself to Mary he tells her to hurry and go tell the disciples the good news of the resurrection. So Mary flew to the disciples with the weight of the good news that Jesus had risen from the dead. "A name in your recollection"----Jesus asks Mary the name of the person she's looking for. She first refers to him as Lord and then "master." Witnessing a man you saw crucified standing alive in front of you probably caused her to recollect. "Down among a million same"------Without Marys recognition of Jesus and her account of seeing Jesus alive, there would be no Christianity. In truth, without Mary the name of Jesus wouldn't have made it to millions. "Difficult not to be a little bit disappointed and passed over" --------- Jesus felt a love for Mary that was both human and divine but realizes he can't love her because he has obligations to his father and the world, so it disappoints jesus when Mary doesn't recognize him because he hasn't completed salvation duties but also because jesus chose to reveal himself Mary first. "When I look right in through it all see you naked but oblivious"-- ------Now that Jesus has died he is like God and is all knowing so he can see peoples true feelings and thoughts which would make a person feel naked if they were aware God could see this only if they weren't oblivious to it. Not to mention quite a depressing reminder of the passover supper! "And you don't see me"----------probably the most important line here. Mary witnessed a great portion of the Roman crucifixion and was left with a mental picture of Jesus as a tortured, dead, mutilated individual. When she came to the Tomb, Mary was looking for a DEAD man. Not a resurrected one. It was when jesus said her name that she knew it was him. So she turned away from Jesus when she first saw him leaving Jesus with the reminder of the crucifixion and his duties as savior. "But I threw you the obvious to see if there's more behind me." Again, Jesus asked a question he already knew the answer too. He may have done this for a variety of reasons. One could be because he was dead so how would he know he completed his dying on the cross? He said to Mary after she recognizes him "don't cling to me for I have not returned to my father" which looking at the meaning of cling could me "don't love me, let me go so I can follow my fathers orders." Or maybe he actually meant "don't embrace me with your love because I don't wana be reminded of how much I loved you before I died." "Eyes of a fallen angel, eyes of a tragedy."----Just previously, jesus was in hell looking the fallen angel in the eyes and telling him he won. Also behind him was the crucifiction which I think we all know is pretty tragic. "Here I am expecting just a little bit too much from the wounded." I think this is where Jesus shows his undying compassion for Mary. She was weeping for him, even for his dead body, so that she could care for him by preserving it with the spices. She was also at the crucifiction and seemed to dwell on her Lords death while the disciples went there own way. And here's Jesus expecting her to recognize a man that's been dead since Friday. She asks her twice who she's looking and crying for and then promptly tells her to inform the disciples of his resurrection without even a hug. "But I see, see through it all, see through, see you because I" jesus understands Mary's reasons for not seeing who he really is and then turning away from him. Sometimes its hard to see through your own tears and let's not forget it was still dark out at this time and Mary just dealt with a crazy earthquake. "Threw you the obvious to see what occured behind me. Eyes of a fallen angel. Eyes of a tragedy. Oh well. Oh well. Apparently nothing. Apparently nothing at all." Jesus is saying saving everyone from eternal damnation is meaningless if Mary has no mental image of Jesus and can't keep memories of him or his physical features all because he was Messiah. Dying on the cross meant nothing to him because the person he loved on earth couldn't see or recognize him because of it. "You don't see me at all." Jesus wanted to just be noticed or feel like a human once more before he ascended into heaven so he could recall what its like to feel love for someone. Maybe before he ascended he wished he could take his suffering and death all back so Mary could know who he was again.I think if I read the Da Vinci Code I'll be able to interpret this more accurately until then feel free to correct me or shed some light.


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    Mar 31st, 2009 3:09pm report

    i believe this song to be about feeling denied by god and wondering about the other way- the fallen angel or satan. i am not very religious and dont know the songwriters views on such things but thats the conclusion i have drawn. it is a very emotional and well thought out song. i dont understand the 3 libra idea. the wounded would be refering to jesus.


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    Mar 29th, 2009 3:11am report

    maynard stated that it's about being overlooked, but just like in tool he doesn't tell the real meaning mostly because his songs have many meanings, i think it is about someone who spends their time trying to please people who use them and grows sad because they don't see them for what they really are.

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