"Bottom (Demo version)" as written by Adam Jones, Daniel Carey, Maynard James Keenan, Paul D'amour and Henry Rollins....
My compassion is broken now
My will is eroded now
And my desire is broken now
And it makes me feel ugly

I'm on my knees and burning
My piss and moans are the fuel that set my head on fire
So smell my soul burning

I'm broken, looking up to see the enemy
And I have swallowed the poison you feed me
But I survive on the poisons you feed me
And leavin' guilt fed, hatred fed, weakness fed
And it makes me feel ugly

I'm on my knees and burning
My piss and moans are the fuel that set my head on fire
I'm dead
Inside

Shit adds up
Shit adds up
Shit adds up
Shit adds up at the bottom

(If I let you, you would make me destroy myself)
(In order to survive you, I must first survive myself)
(I can sink no further, and I cannot forgive you)

(There's no choice but to confront you, to engage you, to erase you)
(I've gone to great length to expand my threshold of pain)
(I will use my mistakes against you, there's no other choice)
(I'm shameless now, I'm nameless now, I'm nothing now, I'm no one now)
(But my soul must be iron 'cause my fear is naked)
(I'm naked an fearless and my fear is naked)

Dead inside, dead inside
Dead inside, dead inside
Nameless now, shameless now
Nothing now, no one now

Shit adds up
Shit adds up
Shit adds up
Shit adds up
An you see me naked now
Fearless now, naked now
Fearless now

Shit adds up
Shit adds up
Shit adds up
Shit adds up
It leaves me dead inside
Dead inside, dead inside, dead inside

Hatred keeps me alive
Lowliness keeps me alive
Weakness keeps me alive
Guilt keeps me alive at the bottom


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"Bottom" as written by D. Carey A. Jones

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  • +1
    General CommentHenry Rollins should never ever be allowe anywhere near Tool again. He is to music what fleas are to a dog. Just my feelings
    cheesypieceson July 13, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI believe this song speaks for itself...
    knowledge6on February 04, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOk guys / girls......this is 2 weird.....im currently listening to this song...and these lyrics are somewhat different from what i can hear.....jeez its too weird..the poster of these lyrics must have got them from T.D.N...(toolshed.down.net), but i can tell u....nowhere in this song does it say "by making weapons out of my imperfections"....hmmm, maybe its a different version of Undertow??
    The_Lost_Messiahon June 08, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentJust a little point on the spoken word part. The actual words on the album are different cause Henry Rollins wrote them. The lyrics listed here are what Maynard says in concert.
    Obsidianhexon June 10, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song. It puts me in my place, at the bottom.
    iftegodon August 10, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentand what a true statement.....shit adds up at the bottom. What happens when u don't clean ur pool? SHIT ADDS UP AT THE BOTTOM!!!! What happens when u never flush ur toilet for months? SHIT ADDS UP AT THE BOTTOM!!! What happens when ppl go on roller coaster rides with a lot of loops in them? SHIT ADDS UP AT THE BOTTOM!!! Seems like this song can be used in many different situations.
    riot4lifeon September 05, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentriot4life you are hilarious!!
    inept13on September 23, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI just read in the recent issue of Guitar World (might have been a diff. magazine I cant remember) that Maynard wrote this about his experiences at Military school when he was younger.
    hobitt420on October 16, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentno he wrote Intolerance about his militarty school experience
    Darktosson March 15, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is simple. It's about hitting rock bottom. Can't sink any lower. Things can't get any worse.
    egbon May 02, 2003   Link

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