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Song Released: 2006

The Pot Lyrics

Who are you to wave your finger?
You must have been out your head.
Eye hole deep in muddy waters,
You practically raise the dead.

Rob the grave to snow the cradle,
And burn the evidence down.
Soapbox house of cards and glass,
So don't go...


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    Oct 26th, 2007 10:06pm report

    Generally speaking it is about hypocrisy.
    "Pissed all over my black kettle" and "The Pot" Referring to the saying; "pot calling the kettle black".

    More specifically it's about the hypocrisy of patronizing of marijuana users in the media leading towards unfair prosecution and misconceptions.

    "Kangaroo done hung the guilty with the innocent," refers to to a 'Kangaroo Court'.

    "Now you're weeping shades of cozened indigo,
    Got lemon juice up in your...EYE!" Might mean falsely criticizing and getting away with by "hiding" behind some sort of moral symbolism (e.g.; The Bible, religion, etc).

    The Pot might also be a play-on-words, also meaning pot or marijuana


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    May 6th, 2008 5:09pm report

    I think the best part about this song lies within its vague words; it could have been about any of the things mentioned, from marijuana to opiates to politics. That is a true sign of a good artist is that he gives the audience enough to get their head around it and interpret it in their own way. Phenomenal stuff.


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    Aug 19th, 2008 8:40am report

    To me, this song is a convoluted expression of a hierarchy. It's about power,greed and how a mind brought up in power will never see what someone outside power will see, the twisted and immoral reasoning behind a politician/man in power. It is also a constant reminder that in order to progress, you must reflect upon ones self and realize your wrong doings. If you commit an act like a sheep, without reason or cause you are only going to contribute to the system. You are not in control of the system. Anyway here is my interpretation of the lyrics, it is broken down for your benefit. Tell me what you think :)

    "who are you to wave your finger?
    Ya' must have been out your head.

    I think this is said in a hypocritical sense, Waving the finger may symbolize pointing the blame and responsibility onto someone else, although you have also committed that act. You must be crazy if you can point the blame onto someone else, to clear your conscience of your guilt towards your own wrong doing.

    Eye hole deep in muddy waters.
    You practically raised the dead."

    Your judgement is clouded by the surrounding uncertainty which scares you, no one wants to know how deep the rabbit hole really goes. You are only plunging as deep as you are in control of (eye hole deep in muddy waters) and you fear the system. The only thing that is certain is that you are contributing towards the depravity of human kind because you fear change, you fear power and you fear questioning your own morals.

    Rob the grave to snow the cradle,
    And burn the evidence down.
    To benefit from anything less than your own class because you can get away with it. Creating laws, reaping money, Tax, upping your own wages, all because you can, Turn left to the man next to you, is he questioning your morals? No, he is doing the same exact thing! Turn to the man on your right, he is looking to you, Are you doing the right thing? No you are thinking of the man who just upped his wages and got his new car. You find any excuse to fall in line with the crowd! If you were to look down at the man below you, you just spat on him. You burn the evidence by disguising your doings as a motion decided by the 'people'. As long as the crowd is doing it, you will not find prosecution, You are nothing but a sheep following the flock to the greenest grass.

    Soapbox house of cards and glass,
    So don't go tossin' your stones around.

    Soapbox =Simply a House of power, Ruled by the few.
    Cards= Politicians (Kings, Queens, Jacks, Aces) =Power
    Glass= The smokescreens that no one questions, The interwoven series of immoral justifications like Tax,'Laws',Fines.
    With the powerhouse so complex with lies and deceit, Every lie relies upon another lie,another justification and another politician. If one was to point the finger to a card, he must see through the glass, then that card would point the finger. I think the stone symbolizes a 'fault' in the system, a backfire or a maverick which causes the glass to start smashing. :)

    You must have been high.
    You must have been high.
    You must have been...
    Head in the clouds Mr fat cat. When will you realize what you are doing? When will the system change? When will we one day embrace this utopic notion of 'equality'?

    Foot in mouth and head up ass so/asshole,
    What'cha talkin' bout?
    The only way to run that soapbox house full of cards is to use the other cards and let them use you. When you ignore those accusations and don't meddle yourself in troublesome matters you won't be pointed at, until you have to face your own.
    What'cha talkin' bout?= Ignorance and denial to preserve your power and keep your assets. The day you point the finger is the day you will be sacked by your fellow hypocrits.Foot in mouth and head up ass so/asshole= Brown nose? Standing on someones head but your head up someones arse? Sounds like a soapbox house to me.

    Difficult to dance 'round this one,
    'Til you pull it out, boy.
    Until you come clean and live like the majority you will always have to tread lightly.You will always have to be sneaky, be perverted and lie. That day you finally question the system, your own morals and abandon the perverted, sadistic ways of power you will embrace equality.

    You must have been so high.
    You must have been so high.
    Still think you are innocent? Still think your ways of thinking are pure and benefit the many? What more do you want to hear before you will change your ways?

    Steal, borrow reefer save your shady inference.
    Kangaroo done hung the juror, with the innocent.
    No matter how well you cover up your tracks you are still the vile ,


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    Sep 21st, 2014 9:09pm report

    Love music that makes people THINK!


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    Aug 22nd, 2014 8:40am report

    Jimmy Page made mention of Tool ripping off Led Zeppelin's MO in the use of sacred symbolism (see Zep IV). So here we have a lashing out at Page's hypocrisy as it is well know that Zeppelin ripped off (cozened meaning stolen) the blues (weeping Shades of cozened indigo) of Muddy Waters. Lemon Juice is mentioned in more than one Zeppelin song. It's evident if one follows through on this train of thought who the Kettle is, and who The Pot is. A scathing indictment of Page, and an admission by Tool that there is truly nothing new under the sun, only variations on a theme.


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    Jun 29th, 2014 6:45pm report

    I think it's a double entendre, like they said before. Hypocrisy, drugs (weed), the government, mass misleading (media), etc.


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    Mar 2nd, 2014 3:33am report

    This song is not about marijuana use nor prosecution of marijuana users. It is about the hypocrisy of New Agers or possibly a particular New Ager. Helena Blavatsky used the phrase "the muddy waters of materialism" or "materiality" multiple times in her writings.

    “…An ark destined, in a future
    not too distant, to transport the humanity of a new cycle beyond
    the vast muddy waters of the deluge of hopeless materialism.” - “The Beacon of the Unknown”

    "When the artificial chilly flame of modern materialism is extinguished for lack of fuel, those for whom the great hope of existence beyond the grave is a vexation, should prepare for the greatest disappointment they could possible have. For out of the deep muddy waters of materiality, a mystic force is rising. It is but the first rustling, but it is a superhuman rustling - it is supernatural only for the superstitious and ignorant! The Spirit of truth is passing now over the face of dark waters; and, in parting them, is compelling them to reveal their spiritual treasures,. and this spirit is aforce that cannot be hindered, and can never, never, be stopped."

    I am uncertain of the source of this quote, so I cannot say with certainty that it is authentic.

    The "weeping shades of cozened indigo" is a reference to the ancient Egyptian udjat eye, with its blue tear running downward.


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    Aug 28th, 2013 8:30am report

    About the cozened indigo, its about a solution, that is blue indigo. When your eyeballs are too red because of the pot of other drugs, u put drops of that solution in your eyes to appear sober. Its a legal way to avoid problems... wheeping that cozened indigo...
    get it ? :) (I Used to put drops on my eyeballs too)


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    Jan 19th, 2013 1:01am report

    I think the song points more to Politics and Weed as in the line "Who are you to wave your Finger" and "Rob the grave,to snow the cradels Then burn the Evidence Down Soapbox,house of cards and glass so dont go tossing your stones around ""Liar, lawyer,
    Mirror for ya,
    What's the difference?""He's guilty as the government".They all point to the Goverment Covering the lies and Falsenes of Religion and Other things that they hide,as well as Dope


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    Dec 19th, 2011 12:28pm report

    My go at a coupe lines. Soapbox house if cards and glass don't be tossing your stones around. People used to preach on soapboxes in cities about anything and everything...house of cards sounds like a wealthy class if kings and queens being more valuable than the twos and threes. don't toss stones if you live in a glass house says the rest. Basically don't think your better and tell me I'm wrong if your standing in a pile of bullshit...... Weeping shades if cozen indigo weeping is loud and a strong emotion cozen being lies and indigo color of power. Don't cry out that your better than me if its bullshit


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    Nov 30th, 2011 11:26am report

    "Rob the grave" from what you put there to "Snow the cradle" cover your own crimes by replacing the truth with fake leads and then you "Burn the evidence down". Society robs the graves of the innocent to cover its own guilt and hide the truth from the generations to come. Like digging up a mass grave to burn the remains in order to hide the crime. This may also reflect that you can never entirely or forever hide the truth. Someone at some point will inevitably expose you as the hypocrite you are.

    "Rob the grave to snow the cradle" could also be interpreted as a child (innocence applied) being missing from the cradle (innocence/truth is not being told) so you "rob the grave" to put something in the cradle instead of the child a.k.a. you "snow the cradle" to cover up that the emperor indeed wears no clothes and thus you turn into a hypocrite.

    In order to go through that much effort to show to the world that you are just another hypocrite you must have been high.


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    Nov 20th, 2011 11:48pm report

    kangaroo done hung the guilty with the innocents.
    kangaroo is shortening the kangaroo court, in a kangaroo court they abuse the laws and rules of an actual court room, and one thing they abuse the #1 rule is the right to presume innocent until proven guilty.


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    Sep 29th, 2011 9:06pm report

    Eyeballs deep in muddy waters..

    I always thought that meant "you're full of shit" :\


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    Jun 12th, 2011 6:39pm report

    I think it is about drugs and politics.


    Fred Parker
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    Jun 8th, 2011 6:18pm report

    this all has to do with the way he specifies kangaroo done hung the juror with the Innocent, look up a kangaroo court, this song is directly talking about the claims made by the people of acting on behalf of Sovereignty in the Federal U.S. and how the Officers of the law, Usually in blue, or Indigo, make and enforce these claims, that you are not liable to abide by, hence putting lemon juice in a persons eye, it stings, but it won't kill you. so your eyes sting, and your now in the kangaroo court system, and you take all your innocence, at this point having not broken the law, and Hang the guilty, the guilty are the wrongful accusers.


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    Jun 6th, 2011 6:11pm report

    I'm going to have to agree with the Cheif Black Kettle idea, seeing as how Lipan Conjuring, which is a native american chant, is the song right after The Pot. It's not just filler, it's a hint :). Although there is definately more going on than just the Chief Black Kettle idea, especially this post:
    here's my two cents on a tiny part.
    one thing I am absolutely sure of about the lyrics of The Pot is that the lyrics "weeping shades of cozened indigo, must have got lemon juice up in your eye..." is referring to Anja--the 6th chakra--the third eye. The color that is most commonly associated to this chakra is indigo. this chakra deals mainly with enlightenment of the self. The word 'cozen' means to cheat, deceive, or trick. I'm not sure how to directly interpret that all together, but I would say that it is at least indicating hypocrisy, false enlightenment, or trying to follow through with intent to mislead others on a path of enlightenment.
    i wouldn't doubt the band, and the album artist alex grey are educated on the chakra system, along with plenty of other systems of enlightenment.
    -anonymous Dec 21st 2006, 16:07

    as well as the "pot calling the kettle black" saying


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    May 29th, 2011 5:06pm report

    People are thinking way to much & making it sound as if it was about anarchy. Actually it's simple. People worry too much about others & their faults or habits as to deflect from their own shortcomings. Soapbox= a person thinking they are hollier than thou and believe they are speaking from a higher apex which is going downhill slowly..house of cards=a very weak philosophy that will crumble with the slightest touch..glass (representing a glass house) where people can see into & attempt to break the other persons way of thinking or personal way of living (like sombody not agreeing with someone being gay??) But fail to realize that they to live with the same oppressions from others who try & shatter or demolish their (home) way of living. To sum it up...don't attempt to clean my house because yours may be more "filthy than mine) FIX YOUR OWN BULLSHIT & QUIT WORRYING ABOUT WHAT YOU THINK IS UNACCETABLE IN MINE


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    Apr 13th, 2011 4:21am report

    I believe this song is pretty much about one subject.

    "Kangaroo done hung the juror, with the innocent."

    "Liar, lawyer, mirror, show me, what’s the difference?"


    "You must have been high."

    Simply put,It seems to be from the point of view of someone that went to court for a marijuana charge.

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