"The Package" as written by Jeordie White, Maynard James Keenan and Billy Howerdel....
Clever got me this far
Then tricky got me in
Eye on what I'm after
I don't need another friend

Smile and drop the cliche
'Til you think I'm listening
Take just what I came for
Then I'm out the door again

Peripheral on the package
Don't care to settle in
Time to feed the monster
I don't need another friend

Comfort is a mystery
Crawling out of my own skin
Just give me what I came for
I'm out the door again

Lie to get what I came for
Lie to get just what I need
Lie to get what I crave
Lie and smile to get what's mine

Eye on what I'm after
I don't need another friend
Nod and watch your lips move
If you need me to pretend

Because clever got me this far
Then tricky got me in
I'll take just what I came for
Then I'm out the door again

Lie to get what I came for
Lie to get what I need now
Lie to get what I'm craving
Lie and smile to get what's mine

Give this to me
Mine, mine, mine
Take what's mine
Mine, mine, mine
Take what's mine
Mine, mine, mine

Lie to get what I came for
Lie to get what I need now
Lie to get what I crave
Lie to smile and get what's mine

Give this to me
Take what's mine
Mine, mine, mine
Take what's mine

Give this to me

Take what's mine
Take what's mine
Mine
Take what's mine
Take what's mine
Take what's mine
This is mine
Mine
All mine


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"The Package" as written by Jeordie White Billy Howerdel

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  • +8
    General CommentThis song is in the album that is entirely about the twelve step program. And this being the first song of the album this is the first step in the program. The first step in the program is admitting that we are weak to our addiction.
    The package is our addiction and the narrator says that "Clever got me this far,Then tricky got me in" meaning he used people to get his drugs.

    Then the narrator says "Smile and drop the cliche 'Til you think I'm listening, Take just what I came for, Then I'm out the door again" meaning just shut the fuck up and give me what I came for.

    "Lie to get what I came for, Lie to get just what I need, Lie to get what I crave, Lie and smile to get what's mine" the narrator says this is what he did to get his drugs: by lying.

    The narrator then gets aggressive and wants to feed his addiction by yelling "Give this to me, Mine, mine, mine, Take what's mine, Mine, mine, mine, Take what's mine, Mine, mine, mine" wanting his drugs back. This proves to us that he is weak to his addictions and needs help.

    Hope this helps
    BananaPieLordon July 13, 2014   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI think this whole album works as a concept album about the stages of addiction (i.e. Twelve-Step Program). This song sounds like he's pretty desperate for something like smack or coke. Something that isn't very good for him, at least.
    prayingmantis84on April 09, 2004   Link
  • +2
    General CommentUh, slickvic? Have you heard this whole album? If the whole album is about addiction like you say it is, then how does "The Outsider" fit this category? Anyway, I do agree with ObsessiveTendencies that this is about some guy using a girl (or trying to find a girl for that matter) that will just go along with his sexual desires. He's obviously been hurt before because he tried to feel affection for someone, but it back-fired on him. He doesn't need someone to love, he just needs someone to engage in his sexual needs.
    A Perfect Circleon June 24, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt sounds like some sort of drug addiction and he's having really repetitive thoughts running through his head.
    chocol8_k8on April 09, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Commentdefinantely drugs..."i am what im after"...u become the drug...overral this song is awesome
    Melangeon April 13, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis very much describes the inner workings of an addict's mind, I'd say. Particularly a drug like heroin.
    gwyllgion April 23, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI always thought it was about Greed and trickery
    SteelBlueRageon December 24, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAhh, I love this song. Great transitions and layering....
    Anyways, to keep things short, I think this is about some one (most likely a man, but it could go either way) talking about how his only real need is to satisfy his uncomtrolable lust. He doesn't really want some one to connect with emotionally, just a person that'll satisfy his sexual cravings. He'll do anything to temporarily get with them, including lie, deceive, and pretend. As for the changes in the tone (like when he gets to the "mine" parts) he seems temporarily possessive of this person that he believes he's fooled and conquered. Maybe releasing some pent up aggression now that he's got what he wanted and doesn't have to play along with the bullshit act of his anymore, too...
    ObsessiveTendencieson April 09, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis enitre album is about addiction every single song on the album is directly about addiction this is about the craving and the nature of coping his drug
    slickvicon April 09, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentmaybe is about a drug addection, and how it makes you become anti social, most people that have been addectied to a drug can relate to this song easily, you go to your hooks house, get your 'package'

    he might talk to u, hopefully not because that would just waste time for you, and even if he says something, you can just nod your head and act like you know waht he is saying...


    i love this album
    theonlymerkabaon April 19, 2004   Link

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