"Pushit" as written by Daniel Carey, Adam Jones, Paul D'amour and Maynard James Keenan....
I saw the gap again today
While you were begging me to stay
Take care not to make me enter
If I do we both may disappear

You know that I will choke until I swallow
Choke this infant here before me
What is this but my reflection?
Who am I to judge or strike you down?

But you're pushing me shoving me
But you're pushing me shoving me
But you're pushing me shoving me
But you're pushing me shoving me
But you're pushing me shoving me
But you're pushing me shoving me
But you're pushing me shoving me
But you're pushing me shoving me

You still love me
You still love me but you didn't need to shit on me
You still love me
You still love me but you didn't need to shit on me

Rest your trigger on my finger
Bang my head upon the fault line
You'd better take care not to make me enter
'Cause if I do we both may disappear

But you're pushing me shoving me
But you're pushing me shoving me
But you're pushing me shoving me
But you're pushing me shoving me

You still love me, you still love me
She didn't mean to pushit on me.
You're pushing me shoving me
You're pushing me shoving me

I'm slipping back into the gap again
I'm alive when you're touching me
Alive when you're shoving me down, hey

But I'd trade it all for just a little peace of mind

Pushit on me
Pushit on me
Pushit on me
Pushit on me
You're pushing and shoving and scrambling
Keep my feet flat on the ground

I am somewhere I don't wanna be
Push me somewhere I don't wanna be
Put me somewhere I don't wanna be
Seeing someplace I don't wanna see
Never wanna see that place again

Saw that gap again today
While you were begging me to stay
Managed to push myself away
And you, as well, my dear

If when I say I might fade like a sigh if I stay
You minimize my movement anyway
I must persuade you another way

Pushing and shovin'
Pushing and shoving, push at me!
There's no love in fear

Staring down the hole again
Hands are on my back again
Surviving is my only friend
Terrified of what may come

Remember I will always love you
As I claw your fucking throat away
It will end no other way
It will end no other way

Lyrics submitted by implode, edited by Max170, ShredderShaun, sKRiBEL, F8 AV, Johnny2Shoes

"Pushit" as written by Daniel Carey Adam Jones


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  • +7
    General CommentI can't believe everyone is obsessed with sex so much...it's true, some (very few, in fact, of maynard's TOOL songs have to do with sex...many more of his apc have to do with sex) TOOL songs have to do with sex as a metaphor or as an abuse (prison sex), etc., but most of Maynard's songs have intellectual meaning, philisophical meanings, ideological meanings...as does pushit. Pushit simply has to do with Maynard's internal struggle with his past and that of religion (Christian Baptist in particular). The infant mentioned in the song is in part himself in his youth and representative of the infant Jesus Christ. The ideas and values preached to a young Maynard really confused him because of the abusive relationship his stepfather (the one who was preaching) had with him. He associates a harmless, loving, defenseless infant with himself as a child, but he still hates himself for letting that abuse happen...he wants to get away from himself and that time in his life. The infant haunts him...it's an image that stays with him always, partly from what was preached to him. It's an image that tells him to love those who have wronged him (forgive them), an image that dictates the way he SHOULD (whether the right way or the wrong way) live his life but that he can't face up to because it is just to painful. Jesus was abused in some of the most wicked ways and yet, he forgave all those who maimed him. Maynard disagrees with this at the time this song was written. He holds THE GRUDGE and wheres it like a crown.
    rog27on August 16, 2002   Link
  • +4
    General CommentFor me this song, as with many tool songs is about breaking patterns of negative, and often abusive behaviour - whether it be towards the self, another person, or on a social level. It says that the capacity to damage is often unintentional but inevitable if you dont actively overcome the negative aspects of yourself, whatever the cause of those traits is.

    Thus pushit may be interpreted as a relationship whereby two personalities bring the worst out of each other even though they are apparently inseperable, and dependent on one another. The only way to end the pattern is for both to die and be reborn.
    th1980on February 28, 2011   Link
  • +3
    General CommentI love the multiple ways you can interpret this song. You can see it, shallowly, about sex, wade into the waters and say it's about a complicated relationship between two lovers, or, as I prefer, you can dive deeply and say it's about the relationship between two characters within one body. These characters are fighting for control. Not necessarily two personalities as if he is a schitzo, but more so that you can't decide who you are or want to be and you change for other people and distort who you are for them, and then finally deciding to take control in the end, even if sometimes you loved your "alternate person" that you were pretending to be.
    themeddleron November 02, 2012   Link
  • +2
    Song FactMaynard himself said that this song is about identifying the cycle of abuse within yourself. The lyrics quite obviously show that. You may interpret the song in any way you wish, but the man himself already gave the meaning.

    Source: youtube.com/…
    sKRiBELon August 27, 2015   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI hate when people say Maynard is a god. This sounds so stupid coming from an actual Tool fan. He is a human being just like you or I. Of couse he IS in the greatest band in the world, and has gone through life experiences that make him a person the we can learn from. Although sometimes I wonder about Tool's true meaning. never-the-less, there is some value to be seen in Tool songs, but not so much that we should follow him blindly!
    joshthackon April 19, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe Yin Yang sums up these lyrics pretty well. Polarity, duality, energies combing to become greater than the sum of their parts or canceling each other out, always containing some part of the other within themselves. Light and dark, self and other, being and non-being, male and female, or even just two people in a relationship regardless of gender. It's the magnetic push-pull phenomenon. This can be applied to many spectrums/polarities and interpreted in many different ways.
    weirdpercenton February 05, 2013   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationIt is a song a bout Fear.

    Conquering ones fear is like pushing it onto one self.

    There is no greater feeling than conquering ones fear.

    Survival is my only friend. Terrified of what may come.

    Remember I will always love you, as I claw your fucking throat away.

    It will end no other way.

    Fear is the only emotion that you can eliminate with destruction

    Conquer fear and you can conquer anything.
    mikehyon August 22, 2013   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationI believe this to be about the painful schism of leaving the home of your mother. She has made you her life, But that life WILL kill you as a person. If it was up to her, she would still be wiping your asshole as a 25 year old. "remember I will always love you, as I tear your fucking throat away," you love your mom, but you can't be under her thumb forever, even if it kills her.
    kinuamaon April 04, 2014   Link
  • +1
    General Commentmy interpretation : " grow up and push this childish , Greek tragedy , egoistic love relationship away " .. cause thats not love
    Sergejon January 11, 2016   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningI think an important biographical detail behind this song is that Maynard's son was born the year before this album came out, and I think he was already having problems with the mother of the child. 'Pushit' is one of the songs on _AEnima_ to deal with this. "I saw the gap again today / while you were begging me to stay"----he's realizing there's an emotional distance between him and his partner, and the way she's dealing with it is controlling, demeaning, and abusive, and that trying to force him to stay through intimidation or threats isn't true caring, since "there's no love in fear". But the relationship has resulted in a child that he has to accept---"choke this infant here before me / what is this but my reflection?" This relationship is also addressed on _AEnima_ in the song "H.", where he's telling his partner that he's "too connected" to her "to slip/fade away," and that she's "considerately killing" him. In that song, it's his child he's referring to when he says, "My blood [son] before me begs me, open up my heart again."
    FCon January 29, 2017   Link

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