"Judith" as written by and Maynard James/howerdel Keenan....
You're such an inspiration for the ways
That I'll never ever choose to be
Oh so many ways for me to show you
How the savior has abandoned you
Fuck your God
Your Lord and your Christ
He did this
Took all you had and
Left you this way
Still you pray, you never stray
Never taste of the fruit
You never thought to question why

It's not like you killed someone
It's not like you drove a hateful spear into his side
Praise the one who left you
Broken down and paralyzed
He did it all for you
He did it all for you

Oh so many many ways for me to show you
How your dogma has abandoned you
Pray to your Christ, to your god
Never taste of the fruit
Never stray, never break
Never---choke on a lie
Even though he's the one who did this to you
You never thought to question why

Not like you killed someone
It's Not like you drove a spiteful spear into his side
Talk to Jesus Christ
As if he knows the reasons why
He did it all for you
Did it all for you
He did it all for you..

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"Judith" as written by Maynard James/howerdel Keenan

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  • +11
    General CommentThis song is about Maynard James Keenan's mother, Judith Marie. Judith was paralyzed when Maynard was 11. She stayed paralyzed until she died 10,000 days later. She kept faith in God the whole time. Maynard had quite the hard time accepting his mother's death, and her beliefs, which often conflicted with Maynard's.
    cryingloverson May 12, 2012   Link
  • +8
    General CommentJudith is his mothers name. She was religious from the start but not too crazy, then she got hit with an aneurysm that left her 'broken down and paralyzed' for the rest of her life. Instead of making her question her views, it intensified her devotion.

    This song is about how baffled Maynard is that not only did this not make her question, but rather reinforced her faith.

    I think the true anger in this song is derived from the fact that when she had the aneurysm, she had to spend time in the hospital, leaving Maynard with his abusive stepfather. Her strengthened faith no doubt reinforced her willful ignorance on the subject. I cant imagine how it would feel to have 'the face of my own stability suddenly look away... leaving me with the dead and hopeless' life of being watched over by an abusive parental figure at such an age...
    Tunes24on October 09, 2012   Link
  • +7
    General CommentI feel like it is about his mother. Think of the song(s) Wings for Marie part one and two by TOOL. About his mother, being paralyzed for about 10000 days, and how she never waivered on her faith. This may be a hostile version, Maynard may be 'mad' at 'god' for doing this to his mother and angry at the fact that she still believed..? I dunno
    belligerentfuckeron May 18, 2012   Link
  • +3
    General Commentat aperfectcircle.org, they have meanings for several of their songs. for judith they say "Maynard says this, "It's a real person named Judith. She doesn't know about it.
    And she never will. Just because of the nature of the song and what I'm speaking
    about, she won't know... because she won't listen."
    The religious references are not necessarily literal (I'm going to go out on a
    limb and note my opinion- i believe very little of Maynard's lyrical work can be
    classified as literal); the references to "your God" and "your Christ" could mean
    the biblical God and Christ, but could also simply be a metaphor for someone
    Judith has been wronged by, but still "worships" and forgives."
    lenaon March 04, 2002   Link
  • +3
    General CommentThis song to me is genius. He is asking Judith if there is so much suffering, why do you still believe in a God.
    the Edgeon March 18, 2002   Link
  • +3
    General CommentThis song is about Maynard's mother. She was a very religious woman. He is frustrated and is asking why even after becoming paralized, she stuck by her strong beliefs. If her god was so great, why did he abandon her and leave her like that, such a dedicated woman didnt deserve it. He is letting out anger and frustration. As for the tool songs 10,000 days pt 1&2, he actually ends up following in her path after she passed (she was paralized for 27 years, hence 10,000 days.)
    The_Patient27on January 01, 2009   Link
  • +3
    General CommentAlthough I haven't seen the DVD, Maynard definitely seems to be attacking his mother's faith and making a lot of biblical references throughout the song. For example:

    - He did this {GOD}
    - Took all you had and
    - Left you this way
    - Still you pray, you never stray
    - Never taste of the fruit

    Never taste of the fruit is a reference to Jesus's words in John 15:5 - "I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing."

    - Not like you killed someone
    - It's Not like you drove a spiteful spear into his side

    This is a reference to Jesus's crucifixion. John 19:34 says - "But one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and immediately blood and water came out."

    Clearly Maynard knew his bible very well and uses it to express his anger with God. The irony is that while his mother's faith allowed her to be at peace with her tragedy, obviously he is tormented by it. So her faith still won in the end.
    josegee21on June 09, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIts been awhile since sunday school, but if i remember right, judith was enlightened/possessed by god, to betray a general whos armies soon fell to gods armies. This song is brilliant!!! Its from that generals point of view, telling judith about her blind faith.
    rzatherazaon December 06, 2001   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI cant belive that there are so many comments about this lyrics and none of them says anything right for the meaning of this song. Judith is not a bible character,come guys if you are looking at this page you are supposed to be a TooL or A Perfect Circle fan and you guys should know that Maynard James Kennan's mom name is JUDITH MARIE KENNAN a very devoted and spiritual person who unfortunate suffered a paralyzing "cerebral aneurysm" when he was 11, there's where the name Judith comes from, and everything in this song is related directly to that and to other songs he's written. For example: wings for marie part 1 and part 2 on the 10000days Tool album ( 10000days is supposed to be the amount of days that she suffered from this paralizis before she died ).... the main idea of this song is to question your religion instead of blindly beleiving in it.....Maynards main conflict was how devoted she was to her religion and that is reflected in phrases like: "Praise the one who left you broken down and paralyzed" or "He did this Took all you had and Left you this way" or "Oh so many ways for me to show you how your savior/dogma has abandoned you".....he doesn't accept the fact that she workshiped a god that put her on a wheelchair in the first place.... SO PLEASE stop putting comments trying to make you look "like you reads books or smart".......Maynard songs sometimes seem to be deep or with a hidden idea but this one it is not......simple as that........sorry for my english i live in Costa Rica
    daniloquevaon July 03, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentFirst of all, Judith Marie Keenan is the name of Maynard's mother. Based on what I have read and every song by Tool and A Perfect Circle that concerns Maynard's mother, she was a very religious woman and she fell into a coma around the time that he was 10 or 11. She stayed in this coma for somewhere around 28 years, (which is what inspired the album name for Tool's most recent 10,000 Days, an approximation of the amount of days Judith stayed in a coma.) and then died.

    If this song was written to Judith as a direct address, this song is a somewhat bitter commentary on her devotion to Christianity, something that Maynard sees as pointless without any ounce of thought. She followed Christ and in Maynard's opinion, he rewarded her with a 28 year coma. The message of this song is very angry and almost hateful towards Christianity and God, and includes the aforementioned undertones of speaking out against "blind faith."

    The album that this song is on was released in 1999, an assuming 4 years or so before his mother's imminent death. 10,000 Days was put out in 2006, and contains 2 tracks entitled Wings for Marie (Part 1) and 10,000 Days (Wings Part 2.) The tone of these tracks is in a way similar, but more mourning his mother's death than speaking out against her religious faults. (Though he still makes a point to state that he doesn't agree with those beliefs.)

    So all in all, this song does have a universally applicable message, but it was derived from one particular source, not just some problem he sees with the world.

    Snazzy1987on November 18, 2009   Link

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