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Get up (x8)

Free yourself from yourself. (x2)

Locked up inside you,
like the calm beneath castles,
is a cavern of treasures that
noone has been to.
Let's go digging.
Bring it out and take it back in.

You won't do what you'd like to do.
Lay back and let me show you another way.
I'll kill what you want me to,
take what's left and eat it.
Take all or nothing.
Life's just too short to push it away.
Take it all.
Take it all in.
All the way in.
Let it go.
Let it go in.
You won't feel what you'd like to feel.
Lay back and let me show you another way.

If you knock me down I'll come back running,
knock you down,
it won't be long now
All the way in.
All the way.
Take it up higher.
4 degrees warmer.
Give in now
and let me in.
You'll like this in
Don't pull it out.
It brings us closer than
dying and cancer and crying.
Come on .
You can take it all.
Just like that.



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  • +6
    General Comment:I think that Maynard is speaking about inner-self.
    About bringing things to the surface of yourself.
    Those things within us that we have yet to explore.
    We should do this in an "Unconventional" or newfound way.("You won't do what you'd like to do.")
    Destroy things ("I'll kill what you want me to.") that are in you that may be hendering you from nourishment. After you destroy the unneccesary, take the beneficial and grow from it.("Take what's left and eat it.")
    If we try to deny ourselves of the truth about ourselves
    we will do harm to ourselves.
    Acceptance of one's self.
    Denial of one's self is raping one's self.
    We are our worst enemy....
    Free your self from your self!
    knowledge6on January 28, 2002   Link
  • +3
    General Comment:It's about anal sex, which, believe it or not many straight men enjoy thoroughly, particularly when their female partner is willing to participate. This song is about persuading an individual to participate in anal sex.
    AquilusDominion August 10, 2012   Link
  • +2
    General Comment:I heard that Maynard used to be a cadet at the West Point Preparatory School. The term 4 degree is used for the freshman their first year at the Academy. (UMA is one of the oldest structures in our nation and looks like a 'castle'). If the song does express " the forcing of his peers to believe in something that he doesn't", then what better self experience to use than the time he spent at a military instituion. I think the metaphor of rape in his lyrics is used to better describe the feeling of forced beliefs- spiritual, idealistic or whatever... by the way, i think he left after a year at the school.
    bb0yon July 27, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General Comment:I'd say he deliberately gave it a double meaning. The little bald mutuant does such things in his songs, and five bucks, he KNEW it was five degrees warmer in the anal cavity. I'm with the theory of forcing beliefs, and possibly actions. I think the anal rape thing was more of a metaphor, or an analogy.
    Artemisianon May 26, 2004   Link
  • +2
    General Comment:I think this song is about not only letting your sexual inhibitions go, but letting all inhibitions go. We've been force-fed what is right and what is wrong our entire life and now we are no longer capable of deciding that for ourselves. We're afraid of what others will think if we give into to our carnal desires. And in this song, Maynard is trying to tell us that there's another we. We can choose to disregard what we've been told and decide for ourselves.

    "You won't do what you'd like to do.
    Lay back and let me show you another way."

    He's also saying that our time on this planet is too short to spend our entire lives worrying about what our neighbors will think. It's so pointless to deny yourself what you desire solely for that reason.

    "Take all or nothing.
    Life's just too short to push it away."

    I think the reference to anal sex is just used to get a rise out of their fans. It also helps to weed out the superficial and shallow among us.
    TSprengelon August 24, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General Comment:I fucking love the way TOOL does this to us all... they make us think!!!! People need to feed this music to generations to come.... A simple song with an anal sex analogy has us contemplating religion, virginity, love, chemistry, anatomy, anti-conformism etc... I listen to TOOL every single day of my life, I swear it helps my soul... but then again some times the music just makes me want to get fucked hard...
    SwingOnASpiral987on December 23, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:yeah, but its not really about anal sex ya know. its about forcing something on to someone in general, maynard just puts it a pretty blunt way. i read a very good opinon that it is from the perspective of god talking to a non believer.
    axenicon December 07, 2001   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:Maynard actually said at a concert I went to before they played this song (and I quote as exactly as I can remember): "Apparently, the anus is four degrees warmer than the vagina... I didn't know that."
    Waxteron April 28, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:I laughed out loud when i re-read these lyrics with the idea it's about anal.

    But anybody who has ever written lyrics will know that music, and lyrics are almost always subjective to a point. Maynard probably had something deeper in mind when writing the lyrics, and chose to write it in the form of anal.
    ToFon March 26, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:Think about it. Could a guy like Maynard truly write those lyrics w/o noticing the sodomistic implications? He knew it was about getting someone to try it in the butt. It may be about trying new things in general and overcoming inhibitions, but it is definately outwardly about sodomy.
    pigstickeron March 26, 2009   Link

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