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Song Released: 2006

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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...

  1. anonymous
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    Jul 31st 2008 report

    I think this song completely is about pot...but not concerning itself with pot, just about the controversy surrounding it.

    1. kangaroo courts. we've figured this one out. kangaroo courts were made to prove people guilty without evidence, usually on ganja-related cases.

    2. weeping shades of indigo shed without a reason. well if you melt red white and blue together it makes indigo. So I'm thinking this refers to how the government has raised the war on drugs for no reason whatesoever.

    3. The song might be about the pot calling the kettle black, but in that sense, I think it refers to how the government has outlawed most psychedelics, depressants, hallucinogenics, etc., but trades tons of the stuff illegally each year and still gives people a criminal record if they're caught with two night's worth of weed on them.
    see? it's like the pot and the kettle, but it's also quite literally referring to weed.


  2. hoodshoes
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    Jul 13th 2008 report

    I believe the song is about Hurricane Katrina and how Bush just swept it under the rug. "pissed all over my black kettle" I actually thought he said "pissed all over my black ghetto".

    "eye hole deep in muddy water, you practically raised the dead" could be talking about the flooding that went on.

    I can break it down more, but you can see for yourself and make your own interpretation

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  3. anonymous
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    Jun 26th 2008 report

    My interpretation of this song is that so many people tell other people that they are doing something wrong when in truth they could be just as worse..

    Who are you to wave your finger
    you musta been out your head
    eye balls deep in muddy waters
    you practilly raise the dead

    rob the grave to snow the cradle
    and burn the evidence down
    soap box house full of cards and glass
    so don't go tossin your stones all out

    this song to me is not so much about drug use, but rather than all of the hypocrites in the world telling people not do something wrong when they do the same thing to a worse extent, like don't smoke weed, when they smoke four times as much as anybody else (the weed thing was the first thing I took from the song)

  4. anonymous
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    May 25th 2008 report

    The song is about Bush and about the Bush administration's policies, I think Maynard is basically criticizing how Bush and his miscreants are handling the prolonged and plaguing issues in our country, be they terrorism, the economy or whatever. At the same time MJK is making fun of Bush when he says "difficult to dance around this one before you pull it out...Boy" he's suggesting that our "fearless leader" is just a scared helpless boy who doesn't know what the hell he's doing. Now when he says that its difficult to dance around him, I see that as a sexual reference...


    Yea....Clinton was much better. Wake up and smell your own friggin coffee. They all fuck us. You elect them and they knock us down. Screw Bush...Screw Clinton...Screw the Newbie. Its a cycle. Jump on board.

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  5. anonymous
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    May 10th 2008 report

    First of all, I don't think Maynard would go so personal with the Pot, actually the title itself is about "The pot calling the kettle black", that's what Adam said ^^ Anyway, it's not like Hooker in a Penis, criticizing the critics of Maynard. It's more a general thing, attacking the law. Note, that a lot of drug smuggling cases in the US, are penalized really high (50 years without a parole option). Most of them are kangaroo, everyone knows what's the verdict before the trial begins. And that's why the jurors are hanged, because if they don't agree to vote "guilty" in a kangaroo case, they will also be caught. Of course, this might also apply for other cases.

    And the punchline is, after the lawyers got so much attention, probably got rich and things like that, they also start doing drugs.

    I hope this one might help :P Cheers ^^

  6. anonymous
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    May 6th 2008 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.

  7. anonymous
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    Apr 23rd 2008 report

    Hey guys, it's really nice how you've been arguing here about the lyrics.
    But I think it's best that we have so many different interpretations. Almost everyone can find the one that fits best for him.

    When I first heard the song, I immediately thought about weed, because I had some experience just at that time and it may be the aim of the author, that you can take the meaning and shape it with your imagination.
    And btw, great music too ;)

  8. anonymous
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    Apr 22nd 2008 report

    Adding to this little political debate

    Ganja comes from the Arabic word ganj, which also mean treasure or treasury
    this could be a reference to Bush going to the middle east just for the oil etc.

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  9. anonymous
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    Apr 17th 2008 report

    Kangaroo refers to kangaroo court. The specific one he's talkin about is when people where tried for petty drug crimes and senteced to unfair punishments

  10. anonymous
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    Mar 8th 2008 report

    It's about weed, nuff said...

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  11. anonymous
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    Mar 5th 2008 report

    The song is actually about hypocrisy and the name actually is no reference to drug use whatsoever, but to an idiomatic term (pot calling the kettle black.)

  12. anonymous
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    Feb 20th 2008 report

    After reading all the other interpretations I think I like mine best.
    It may be a little far fletched, but I thought the song The Pot was about how the government let the people of New Orleans down.
    I now that Trent Reznor lived down there & at one point so did Maynard James Keenan.
    The "eye ball deep in muddy waters" the the streets after the levees broke. "you practically raised the dead" it is the city of Voo Doo & there are ancient cemetaries there.
    "Liar, Lawyer" sounds like a politian to me.
    Not really sure about the other lyrics but Maynard has been known to change the lyrics while he's singing them live.
    Love You Dude!! No disrespect.

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  13. anonymous
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    Jan 10th 2008 report

    I hope you readers actually get to this post, even though its so far down the list.

    I think if you put a few of these interpretations together it makes sense. First of all, I, like all of you, thought the song title was reference to weed, but in light of the kettle reference, it's quite clearly about hypocrisy "the pot calling the kettle black"

    Added to this, the Kangaroo part does in fact refer to Kangaroo court where a judgment is almost handed down before the trial. This ties into the hypocrisy theme by pointing out that the jury themselves are being judged as fools by the courts and lawyers, hence their preconceived notion about the verdict is in fact hurting them (the lemon in the eye part)
    But hey, all in all its a great song.

  14. anonymous
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    Jan 7th 2008 report

    Sorry to break up this nice little political debate, but if you just glance over the lyrics it's obvious that it's about weed. Not glorifying it like bob marley and shit like that, but merely explaining what it does in the end. Lines like 'weeping shades of cozened indigo' are obvious references to the way that heavy stoners get dark circles under their eyes, 'lemon juice caught in your eye' is almost definitely referring to the way that potheads get bloodshot eyes and end up looking like Darth Vader. Further on in the song, 'steal borrow reefer', which evidently refers to the way that people become dishonest as the drug takes over their lives. It is a known fact that at one time Tool were major stoners (just listen to their early work) and having been there, done that myself, and been wanting to forget I even touched the stuff in the first place, I can more than see where they're coming from.

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  15. anonymous
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    Dec 29th 2007 report

    Just a little to add to the brilliant post on 10/11/07 above.

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

    i think refers to the evidence that was built like a fragile house up to 'rightfully' attack the middle east. Evidence that is so fake that a few stones would bring the whole thing crashing down

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