Tool: The Pot Meaning
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Song Released: 2006
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The Pot Lyrics
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...
anonymous 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.
anonymous Dec 22nd, 2008 12:19pm report
This song is typical of Tool, and why they are followed so much.
IF you read or listen to many interviews with the band, they typically do not write songs that have a specific interpretation.
Their songs have many interpretations.
Many songs by bands are like looking at a piece of art that you have to work to figure out the deeper meaning.
Tool is different. Instead of providing a finished picture, their music provides you the canvas, brushes, and picks the colors to use.
Then you are left to paint the picture yourself.
That is why I can listen to their songs over and over and not get bored. I always find something new in them.
Depending on what I am going through during my life, or the mood I am in that day, the song can have a different meaning to me.
okay this is a pretty straightforward one but there is just one major element I want to add.
The Pot is a three way reference, Everyone knows the Pot calling the kettle black, and of course Cannabis,
This song is directed at someone who criticized M.'s past illegal drug use but they themselves drink Yage. (or Ayahuasca, google it) This is the easiest and most legal way to go about experiencing the effects of DMT.
It's a tea, that you spend ten hours brewing in a *POT*, occasionally squeezing fresh lemons into the brew for the right ph level, hence "you got lemon juice up in your eye"
When it's finished, it is opaque brown and looks like mud. "eyehole deep in muddy waters"
It is .. if made potent enough, Very hallucinogenic. WAY more than marijuana. Well, it's DMT, Tool fans ought know what that is. "Ganja, P-LEASE, you MUST have been out OF your mind!"
The thing is that may people who choose this way to take DMT excuse it because's "natural" and "healing" and "spiritual" and tribes have been doing it for hundreds of years so they come off very pretentious.
But it's still drugs.
(my experience with it: Everything I imagined I saw covered in green and purple stripes, PRECISELY like the Alex Grey painting of yellow striped skulls in the 10000 days packaging [except different colors]. This was a few weeks BEFORE I even saw that painting. I was QUITE shocked.)
When I read these lyrics, I always think of the Salem Witch Trials. The Pot is a witch's symbol. Since no one really was a witch, if you were accused it was nearly impossible to prove you were not one, hence the kangaroo court hung the guilty and the innocent.
The witch trials were not stopped until the governor of the colony's wife was accused. Then the leaders of the colonial government put a stop to it. The government looked the other way until it affected them- eyeballs deep in muddy waters means they refused to see what was happening until then.
anonymous May 26th, 2019 5:38am report
Many of you are right. It can relate to multiple situations but certain words or phrases act as code that reveal the meaning. Tool uses symbolism in words, if that makes sense. Cozened indigo. Cozened= deceitful. Indigo= A plant used to make a dye. The dye can be artificially reproduced using the colors red and blue then adding white. Deceitful red white blue (American flag). The government punishrd those for minor things such as smoking pot. Play on words because it's much deeper than that.The pot calling the kettle black.... They punish while being guilty themselves, in much worse ways than the people they punish. This correlates with kangaroo as in kangaroo court in which when a clear verdict could not be agreed upon they would hang the accused, guilty or innocent. Much more to this song but it would take too long to explain. I'm just trying to clarify on the more complex lyrics people have trouble understanding.
anonymous May 22nd, 2018 5:45pm report
Who ever wrote the following post possesses the frightening combination of self confidence and stupidity.... Never underestimate the power of a large group of stupid people...
convolution,( a user) are you a stupid idiot??? you’re saying tool apposes the democratic party because its built of hypocrisy??? First thing, you’re a brain washed idiot, Second: You do know tool is a democratic band right? Every single one of the members! Before you go out making you idiotic assumptions I suggest you get your facts in line.
anonymous Apr 11th, 2017 4:21am report
I thought I read somewhere that they were speaking about another coumtry soewhrre in Africa where the government locks a lot people up for weed. And it the soldiers who go out and arrest them. And all the soldiers smoke weed. It was years ago when I read this
anonymous Jul 28th, 2016 7:06pm report
I'm completely perplexed that nobody has mentioned New Orleans and hurricane Katrina. The song has allways screamed the hypocrisys of all the authority figures who neglectfully stood trading accusations and placing blame on each other instead of helping the victims. The Pot being the Lower 9th ward.
anonymous Jun 14th, 2016 6:28pm report
I believe tool are talking about a person in a mosh pit at one of there concerts. That was high on acid (lemon juice up in your eye) that was oblivious to message of tool and caused a ruckus. Going there to be cool and caused problems. Kangaroo juror with the innocent. As simple as that. Difficult to dance to this one till you pull it out, boy. You must of been high.
anonymous Dec 23rd, 2015 12:07pm report
Rob the Grave to Snow the Cradle... Anyone think he may be talking about Rob Graves from Cradle of Filth?
anonymous Sep 21st, 2014 9:09pm report
Love music that makes people THINK!
anonymous 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.
anonymous 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)
anonymous 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
anonymous 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
anonymous 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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