What does AEnima mean?

Tool: AEnima Meaning

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Song Released: 1997

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AEnima Lyrics

Some say the end is near. Some say we'll see Armageddon soon. I certainly hope we will. I sure could use a vacation from this bullshit three-ring circus sideshow of freaks here in this hopeless fucking hole we call "LA!" The only way to fix it is...

  1. anonymous
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    Aug 1st 2009 !⃝

    No interpretation needed, it makes complete sense as is.

  2. anonymous
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    Jul 30th 2009 !⃝

    Menard is attacking society as a whole, not just L.A. He's saying L.A. Is staging ground for all the "stupid shit" seen in our society today. All the values that we consider important now are so superficial and utterly "fake", as some of you put it, that the only way to fix it is "mother", as in mother earth, to put it back the way it outta be by some catastrophic event. He tops it off by saying that the only thing that can remotely save you is the one basic thing that most of us take for granted, learning to swim as in; learn to know whats important or drown.

  3. spacemonkey
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    Jun 28th 2009 !⃝

    California is sinking due to the shifting of the tectonic plates and has been for a long time. I believe this song is simply maynard stating how after being in LA for a while and witnessing all its pomposity, arrogance and superficiality, he welcomes the armageddon the place will soon see. This is evident when he recites the list of the people inhabiting las angelas (insecure actresses, Scientologists, gangster wannabes, retro hipsters) and then immediately states they should all "learn to swim". Near the end of the song he states that "moms comin' round to put it back he way it aughta be" --- "mom" in this scenario i believe to be mother nature, giving the world a much needed enema and "flushing it all away". When maynard says he'll see us down arizona bay, it is a reference to the comedy of bill hicks who's heavily referenced on the album. Hicks' album arizona bay deals heavily with the same idea's about las angelas.

  4. anonymous
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    Feb 7th 2009 !⃝

    I think people are trying to read too much into it.

    I mean, yeah, there's obviously a deeper meaning, but sometimes if you try to go that far into trying to "get" a song, you miss the story. For example; reading the lyrics, the first thing that I imagine is L.A.'s own apocalypse, where Maynard is calling LA a "fucking hole", and "the only way to fix it is to flush it all away". It's a story about LA's apocalypse. Again, I do think there's a deeper meaning, but if you try to hard, you take much of the enjoyment out of listening to it. Once in a while, you should just listen to the song, and listen to the story it's telling.

  5. anonymous
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    Dec 12th 2008 !⃝

    I'm taking a little of each side of these interpretations and suggesting maybe Maynard is saying we all need to say fuck living a fake life (like so many people in L.A. do just as an example). Hes not saying he's excited to see some earthquake or title wave hit the West coast but that if everyone were to just start thinking and doing for themselves and not for the sake of other's opinions then it'd be like losing a shit-ton of fake people in the world. A global 'enima' if you will, a cleansing. Learn to swim- learn to be yourself live your life.

  6. anonymous
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    Nov 28th 2008 !⃝

    I have an almost plainly obvious observation of this song.

    I believe this song is about basically, conformity.
    "Learn to swim", Think for your own, break away from the others in the school of fish instead of tagging along on their backs.

    "Mom's gonna fix it all soon." Standard thought by a large majority of us that someone else is gonna step in and make everything better. Maynard's way of telling you to take a stand and step in, perhaps?

    Just a little of what i think this song is... But it's whatever you want it to be.

  7. Zaq
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    Nov 3rd 2008 !⃝

    "The American progressive rock band, Tool, used Jungian concepts in some of the work for their album, Aenima. The song 46&2 talks specifically of the archetype of the shadow, and in one boot-legged recording, of unknown date and place, the vocalist, Maynard James Keenan, introduces the song by asking the crowd if they were familiar with Jung's work, before explaining that they formed the basis for the song. Along with the reference to the anima archetype, the song's symbolism of water, which is often used to represent the unconscious, and the notion of transformation through the flushing of detritus all speak to the influence of Jungian thought."

    Taken from Wikipedia.

  8. Tooligan
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    Sep 15th 2008 !⃝

    Lets not overlook the theme of materialism in the song... "Fret for your late and fret for you lawsuit and fret for you..." and how LA is "one great big neon distraction". This song is about nature reclaiming what needs to be erased and re-evaluated. Ill see you down in Arizona bay so learn to swim. So I can imagine, at the end of the world, when LA is being swallowed by the ocean, and all the CEOs and actors and actresses frantic trying to save their possessions like saving those things are really going to matter at this point. Give up on your contracts and pilots and cars, learn to swim because its all going down and you can't float if you hold onto it all. The people that can ditch their shit and swim to AZ will make it, others would rather die if they can't swim with all their possessions, and those are the people that "mom" is taking care of. why wouldnt you welcome any change?

  9. permameth
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    Sep 8th 2008 !⃝

    This song is about flushing the world of the dumb people. Learning to swim would be for the people that would have no clue how to survive without modern conveniences. If the situation of meteors or such did happen this song would be true. There would be dumbfounded dipshits everywhere asking for help. The L.A. point is because that is where the lifestyle for these people comes from. Mother nature will correct this as she always has.

  10. anonymous
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    Aug 8th 2008 !⃝

    Im willing to just accept this song as it is...i think it is hysterical and right on. That's it and that's that.

  11. anonymous
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    Jul 15th 2008 !⃝

    This song is about the cleansing of the inner self, as said before. Anima meaning inner-self, enema meaning anal cleaning, put them together and what do you get?: clean out your inner-self...particularly in a rather nasty place, full of shit...L.A. Is pretty nasty. AND full of shit people. And he wants it to flush away like a big pile of shit in a toilet.

  12. anonymous
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    Jul 6th 2008 !⃝

    Of course anyone can interpret any song of Tool and of any other band as he wants,but I think this one is pretty obvious:
    Maynard refers on LA only as an example.In a deeper layer,he talks about the destruction that is being done every day by the Man towards the Man and the Nature.It's not a destruction scenario,it's much more than that.We have created a paranoid world,all we do is destroy.''Fuck your short memory'' refers to that,we can not see what are we doing to the world around us,we manipulate Nature only to earn.So ''the only way to fix this is to flush it all away''.Social references are obvious,i think we should focus more on the philosophical aspect of the lyrics.
    ''Mom's comin' round to put it back the way it ought to be''is refering to Mother Nature I think,and I deeply agree with Maynard,this situation is sick and has to be changed.

  13. anonymous
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    Apr 4th 2008 !⃝

    For the most part most you are all close to what I think Maynard meant. If you are any bit of a true fan you would know that tool hardly, if ever, tells us what they wrote it for or about. Thats the beauty of why Tool are such great artist. They leave it up to you to think for your self.

    The cd does show California sinking. Also there's a bit of the late comedian Bill Hicks "Great Times On Drugs" and a weird painting of him that says "Another dead hero". In his stand-up cds(HIGHLY RECOMMENDED)he talks about "Arizona Bay". So I think Maynard is mostly talking about that.
    Again, Tool loves for us to come up with crazy outlandish ideas from the simplest meaning. Its funner that way.
    p.s. Did anyone notice the number of interpretations for tool compared to the others? Got them by around 900. TOOL sure knows how to get us thinking?

  14. anonymous
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    Mar 26th 2008 !⃝

    This song is about obviously about how worthless L.A. Is and how scientists have predicted that it could eventually fall in the ocean leaving Arizona on the coast. Maynard among other people [bill hicks] would like to see this happen and it would be a start to our cleansing. This song has a lot of negative overtones followed by the grand finally of a better life either with the whole nation falling by natural disaster or just L.A. The song was written for and inspired by the comedy of bill hicks.

  15. anonymous
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    Feb 25th 2008 !⃝

    This song is about all the corruption and bullshit that Hollywood has spawned and the cleansing of it.

    I'm tired of all these people thinking that Maynard sings about things that only he can understand and that its so deep. If you truly listen its not as deep or hard to understand as most people think it is, or that could just be me.

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