"Bottom" 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


Lyrics submitted by homicidal_loser x, edited by Mellow_Harsher, CasROCK96

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

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  • +8
    General CommentThe lyrics are wrong, you have the demo spoken word as well as the CD Version, you should take out the first spoken word part.

    The song is about 'hitting bottom'. A classic term used when a drug and/or alcohol addict has been defeated by his/her addiction and has a 'moment of clarity' where they get the resolve to deal with their problems instead of going back to active addiction. The song is being sung from the perspective of the addict to the addiction. Anyways as far as I'm concerned the song is spot on, it paints a very accurate picture of what addiction and getting clean are all about, I love this song, album, band. Peace...
    God_Less_neson May 26, 2009   Link
  • +6
    General CommentThis song is about facing the fear within yourself and removing it. The bottom is where you face your own demons. These are the emotions mentioned in the song about hatred, weakness, ugliness, guilt. When confronting these things you find a dark side of yourself, the fearful self. When you remove fear from yourself, you are no longer afraid of yourself, and therefore you step into your full individuality, you finally become who you are.

    The song sounds dark because of the harsh metal sound, but this only portrays the struggle and frustration, the lyrics also sound harsh but their message is about strengthening your mind and freeing yourself from fear of yourself.

    In summary, the whole reason the world is fucked up is because people are afraid of themselves. They may believe they are afraid of other things, but they are actually afraid of themselves because they don't know how to deal with the things they fear, thus they fear themselves, not other things. When one recognizes their fearful self and eliminate it they become whole and alive, and they become good and strong. The lyrics "naked now, fearless now, nothing now" represent this new becoming. All the bad emotions stemming from the fear are removed, and now there is nothing in the way, and the self which was repressed is bearing itself as a new or 'naked' being. When Maynard says "shit adds up at the bottom" he means that when one goes to the center of themselves, the part of themselves that is not afraid and pure and happy, you see all the outer layers you have added on to your consciousness, bot the good and the bad, therefore it 'adds up'. You see all of it, and destroy the ones associated with fear and you become new and naked and yourself. Pretty awesome stuff.
    loverazoron September 22, 2011   Link
  • +4
    My InterpretationThis is a song I have always loved and respected. To mean it symbolizes I person who has hit the bottom and is talking to their self. Letting them know that all they can do from here is work from their mistakes and build from them. From decay comes growth only if you allow it. That they must actively make a change in order to move on and grow.
    Brain_Dead_Billon July 21, 2010   Link
  • +3
    Song Meaningsongmeanings.net/songs/view/3530822107858488830/
    Gravity by APC links up with it.
    As does Prison Sex

    I don't think this is so much about drugs and alcohol as it is about coming out of the bottom in general. And I think, per Maynard's personal life situations growing up, that this song is another release of emotions on that aspect of his childhood.
    Unlike with Prison Sex, Bottom is not nearly as descriptive on meaning/association with the song, but the vague nature of the song allows it to be applied to anything his fans may be feeling or dealing with.
    I guess what I mean is I think that he is releasing his own emotions from his past, but leaves it open and vague that his fans can do the same but apply it directly to their situation.

    I love listening to Prison Sex, Bottom, then Gravity (in that order). The way the songs sync up in my mind..... It flows from initial recognition, beginning movements to come out, and then full push out of the bottom.

    Maynard James Keenan is hypnotic with his voices and inviting with his words. TOOL's band members create the most tantalizing and intriguing music to push the lyrics out in the perfect tone.
    ellijoon August 04, 2011   Link
  • +3
    General CommentI pulled these off my youtube post. Figured to put it on here

    Life keep throwing these issues into my face with nothing I can do. I have mental and emotional instabilities. All I can do is try. No matter how hard I try to go on, everything crushes down. You have to fight back against that stream. The current of life. Eventually it overwhelms you and shoves you into that pit. You try to fight back and claw your way from the bottom but shit keeps adding up and pushing you in . I can't stand life this way anymore but Tool has helped me hold on.

    JermZzZz1 2 days ago 3




    start at 3:10

    If you let life, it will destroy you.

    You must figure out who you are to survive life

    The bottom rises quickly The hardships and mistakes of life cannot be forgiven

    Dry those fucking tears and stand up. Figure out what you did wrong Bury your problems deep within

    You've already been through the worst. You are stronger

    Throw your mistakes back at life Nothing else you can do

    Don't bare guilt You are nothing No one cares

    Expose the fear you live in face it and overcome it

    I'm dead inside

    JermZzZz1 1 day ago 2
    JermZzZzon January 12, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThanks for putting these up, mate.
    People were getting a little too confused over the demo version lyrics.

    I don't know what this songs about all I know is it's goddamn fantastic.
    funkymonks11on September 11, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt's about just life in general and how it breaks you. We all reach the bottom in different ways but every human being makes his home there in the end. A person's upbringing, his personality faults and deficiencies, physical appearance, once you become an adult you're immersed in the game. The game of who can top who and who has the most toys and when you figure out it's a game with a dead end you're looked down upon. You've hit the bottom unwillingly but you seek comfort in it and let the rest of the world go about their petty nonsense. You grasp onto the things you love and the things that make you want to live but you always want to climb and claw your way back to the top because it's all programming. The song is saying you can embrace the bottom or you can fight your way out but you'll end up back in the same place.
    Mastodonkeyon February 24, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMJK: either screaming or whispering :D
    razean55on August 13, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI GOT THIS VERSION ON THE "Undertow" ALBUM!!! IT ROCKS!! WHOOO!!!
    Josieandtheapocalypseon February 08, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe song about overcoming heroine addiction :/ the spoken part is very well written.
    Bwthooliganon July 13, 2010   Link

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