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 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.
anonymous 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)
anonymous 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 ^^
anonymous 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.
anonymous 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 ;)
anonymous 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
anonymous 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.)
anonymous 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.
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