"Pet" as written by and Maynard James/howerdel Keenan....
Don't fret precious I'm heree
Step away from the window
Go back to sleep

Lay your head down child
I won't let the boogeyman come
Counting bodies like sheep
To the rhythm of the war drums
Pay no mind to the rabble
Pay no mind to the rabble
Head down, go to sleep
To the rhythm of the war drums

Pay no mind what other voices say
They don't care about you
Like I do
Like I do
Safe from pain and truth and choice and other poison devils
See they don't give a fuck about you
Like I do

Just stay with me
Safe and ignorant
Go back to sleep
Go back to sleep

Lay your head down child
I won't let the boogeyman come
Count the bodies like sheep
To the rhythm of the war drums
Pay no mind to the rabble
Pay no mind to the rabble
Head down, go to sleep
To the rhythm of the war drums

I'll be the one to protect you from
Your enemies and all your demons
I'll be the one to protect you from
A will to survive and a voice of reason
I'll be the one to protect you from
Your enemies and your choices son
One and the same I must isolate you
Isolate and save you from yourself

Swaying to the rhythm of the new world order and
Count the bodies like sheep
To the rhythm of the war drum
The boogeymen are coming
The boogeymen are coming
Keep your head down go to sleep
To the rhythm of the war drums

Stay with me
Safe and ignorant
Just stay with me
Hold you and protect you from the other ones
The evil ones
Don't love you son
Go back to sleep


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"Pet" as written by Maynard James Keenan Billy Howerdel

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    General CommentMy take (so don't bash me for it) on it is that first off, as stated while on tour for this album, Maynard mentioned the album was mostly about an addiction to alcohol. But APC doesn't seem to have a one track mind, do they?

    The main clues to the meaning of the song to me are seen in phrases like 'I will protect you from the other ones, the evil ones'. When have drug or alcohol addicts referred to themselves as evil, or even the drugs they do as evil? They'll talk about them negatively all day, but evil?

    Moreso than that though, the overprotective metaphors are paired with phrases like 'go to sleep to the rhythm of the war drums. Doesn't that sound symbolic of an entity trying to keep a blinder on its 'subject'? The very name of the song itself 'Pet' can be linked with the very basics of submission to another being. Look at our government and how much they keep from us. What tidbits they keep under wraps to 'protect us'. No one in this genre typically likes talking politics, but even then everyone's going to have something to say about it at one point or another, even Maynard. It may not be his cup of tea, but doesn't everyone get tired of bullshit? We have a government that pulls the wool over our eyes frequently, protecting us from what they tell us are the evil ones. And the longer we sleep blindly, the more the bodies will continue to pile up that we know nothing about, hence 'counting bodies like sheep to the rhythm of the war drum'.

    I have been in a position where it seemed necessary to respond to (one sided) political issues and I hate talking politics normally. But take this for face value, it's just my opinion. I could be wrong, but I like the song myself for my interpretation.
    AttunedToMadnesson April 17, 2011   Link

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