Tool: Message to Harry Manback Meaning
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Message to Harry Manback Lyrics
Hm? You think you're cool, right? Hm? Hm?
When you kicked out people [out of] your house
I tell you this, one of three Americans die of cancer,
you know? Asshole.
You're gonna be...
"Message To Harry Manback" (with some parts spoken in Italian) is an actual message from Keenan's answering machine. Carey tells the story of some Italian guy who showed up at Keenan's house while one of his roommates was on the road. This guy claimed he had permission to stay at the house. When the roommate was finally contacted, they found out this definitely wasn't the case. In the meantime, the unwelcome house guest had eaten all their food and run up their phone bill. After they gave him the boot, he called the answering machine and left the message contained in "Message to Harry Manback." Out of all the segues and songs on the album, Carey says that one gets the most inquiries. "No one knows for sure if it's for real or not," he says.
That and the German segue, "Die Eier Von Satan." A spoken word piece in German that sounds very violent and Facist, when translated, is actually a recipe for Mexican wedding cookies! The dichotomy between the two songs is perplexing. Carey says "Message To Harry Manback" sounds like it could be a love poem, when in reality it's a death threat, while "Die Eier Von Satan" sounds Facist, but in reality it is totally innocent. Once again, things are not as they seem. "Fair is foul, and foul is fair."
(From an article I found on toolshed.com)
anonymous Dec 22nd, 2013 12:10am report
I heard a long time ago that it was some kind of death threat which is so jacked up (I guess it was on Maynard's answering machine .....aside from how messed up that is) ...I think it's so interesting how u said it can also be a love poem lol .....real hate can come from ones lust and obsession ........but the weird thing is I herd the lead singers mother passed from cancer (God rest her soul) I'm not 100% sure bout it... But man if it's all true that's creepy lol and tool is one of the best at least in my opinion ............
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