"Schism" music video was made in spring 2001 and directed by the iconic Adam Jones. The video is one of Tool’s most popular and leading single to Volcano Entertainment's 2001 Album entitled "Lateralus" from the...
Something has to change.
Un-deniable dilemma.
Boredom's not a burden
Anyone should bear.
Constant over stimulation numbs me
And I wouldn't have
It any other way.
It's not enough.
I need more.
Nothing seems to satisfy.
I don't want it.
I just need it.
To breathe, to feel, to know I'm alive.
Finger deep within the borderline.
Show me that you love me and that we belong together.
Relax, turn around and take my hand.
I can help you change
Tired moments into pleasure.
Say the word and we'll be
Well upon our way.
Blend and balance
Pain and comfort
Deep within you
Till you will not want me any other way.
It's not enough.
I need more.
Nothing seems to satisfy.
I don't want it.
I just need it.
To breathe, to feel, to know I'm alive.
Knuckle deep inside the borderline.
This may hurt a little but it's something you'll get used to.
Relax. Slip away.
Something kinda sad about
The way that things have come to be.
Desensitized to everything.
What became of subtlety?
How can it mean anything to me
If I really don't feel anything at all?
I'll keep digging till
I feel something.
Elbow deep inside the borderline.
Show me that you love me and that we belong together.
Shoulder deep within the borderline.
Relax. Turn around and take my hand.

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"Stinkfist" as written by Paul Michael D'amour James Herbert Keenan


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  • +12
    General CommentThe illusions to fisting...extreme sexual activity in order to feel, the progression from a finger tip to knuckle to hand to shoulder...hoping to banish a numbness...requiring something shocking that you don't really want just to feel something...what does that say about a person? I think that's the point of the song.

    What I think is interesting is that he seems to explore both POV here...the person being entered, the person who needs the pain to push past the numbness...and the person who needs to do the pushing, needs to force the envelope, in order to feel.

    The dichotomy of sado masochism...but more, I think, in an emotional and psychological sense.

    Faithon February 18, 2002   Link
  • +8
    General CommentAccording to Maynard himself. He said it right before the song start "This song is about choosing compassion over fear"
    adarchrdson April 11, 2012   Link
  • +5
    General CommentAs Treestump began to point out, I have thought that this song was about desensitisation.
    People get involved or addicted to certain things, living in a cold and numb bubble of existance, ultimately missing out on life.
    Makoeon January 22, 2002   Link
  • +5
    Song MeaningThis song is about we as individuals & society as a whole being overstimulated with superfluous bullshit, including sexual titillation, that we have become numb to the subtle beauty of things, & must always be striving for more (over) stimulation to the point of brutal perversion, (as in fist fucking up to the shoulder which is tantamount to killing). While fist fucking in this song is metaphorical, it is also quite a literal example of our societal perversion due to our materialistic drive & loss of spiritual connection.

    I couldn't listen to this song initially, thinking it was simply a naïve rebellion in profanity, but in fact this is very much a rebellious song, however it is rebelling against the very quality many people consider so important today; the freedom to satisfy ones desires to the utmost, the greatest trick of our consumer driven existence. I find the juxtaposition of the song's lyrics with the brutality of the music interesting, the music portraying the quality of over stimulation with the exception of the beautifully gentle middle break in which there is a mourning over the loss of subtlety. Very clever song. Intensely powerful in its portrayal of the resultant personal cataclysm. This is not a song about the freedom in satisfying debauched desire.
    @nthonyon October 11, 2013   Link
  • +3
    My InterpretationI am fairly certain that this song is about "borderline personality disorder". Could be wrong though. It portrays a journey of emotion as he slips deeper into the borderline. I often wonder why things are the way they are. I don't understand why. I don't understand why I let one person affect me so deeply. Two years have passed since she replaced me. I wake up not knowing what love feels like anymore. Or if it was love at all. I still wonder how someone can change within a single week. I still ache within for apparently no reason. I am only nineteen years of age and am ridiculously nonsensical for feeling this way. With music I transcend the bullshit.

    This song and many others enhance my experience on Earth.
    epinoiaon July 01, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General CommentWell if taken literally this song is about fisting but if you look deeper it can also be about how people quickly become bored and numb so they always must keep trying new things to remain interested

    Another meaning is that it can be about letting someone close to you only to have them betray you (This might hurt a little but its somehting you'll get used to)
    treestumpon December 15, 2001   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI always thought it was about heroin use, because I guess you would feel a bit numb after using that and the more you had the more you wanted as in this part:
    It's not enough
    I need more
    Nothing seems to satisfy
    I don't want it
    I just need it
    To breathe, to feel, to know I'm alive

    PunKinDrubliCon February 07, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General CommentDUUUUUUUDES ....... Stinkfist is about all the stuff our minds are exposed to by the media in modern society. We see so much stuff on tv that its desensetized us to reality. To get our kicks now we need something more.

    All the stuff we see around us should repulse us(the pain caused by the fisting). But it doesent because we're used to it.
    therymzon April 13, 2002   Link
  • +2
    Song MeaningVery simple, guys. This song is primarily about how everybody is becoming desensitised to everything. It literally says this in its lyrics. It's not about anal sex, it's not about some sort of dysfunctional relationship, though you're all welcome to relate your own experiences to the song because it frankly doesn't bother me...but the fact is, and this is what TOOL is renowned for believing in (facts)...that this song is meant to wake us up and ask us 'what is the point?' If you've seen any or all of the Zeitgeist 'documentaries', you'll understand.

    Also, if you're simply perceptive enough to notice just how malleable western society really is, how easily manipulated and conditioned we are by corporate manipulation and media influence (think the hype generated around APPLE products and their ideals of planned and intrinsic obsolescence, and the values/mores fed to us by hollywood and pop/rap/rnb/hip-hop music), then the idea that this song could possibly be about something as petty as a relationship or even about sex, is simply ludicrous. The lyrics encourage us to think outside the box, and simply put, people here are not thinking outside the box. Maynard would be most disappointed...we need to keep riding the spiral, people...
    BrEnNo1023on September 19, 2012   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI think this song has a similar meaning as Vicarious. I think the sexual theme/undertones of the song are just metaphorical. It may very well have to do with sex no longer having a meaning, due to all the overstimulation of sexuality in today's society, which can lead to more "experimental" or "perverse" sexual acts, just in order to feel something deeper than pleasure in it.
    Androgyneon April 26, 2013   Link

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