"Toma" as written by and Carina Dianne Round Maynard James Keenan....
Stole my patience.
Stole my pride.
Snatched the rhythm from my stride.
Kicked my certainty
Up the middle.
Knocked the wind out of
My romantic side.

Hopes and wishes set aflame.
What's your purpose here, whatcha hope to gain?
Took my dignity
Took my dignity
Burned a lover so earned an enemy.

Time to make it right
That's how it's gonna be
Watch you pay the toll right in front of me.
Time to pay your dues.
Time to set you straight.
Take what you dish out. Toma guey.

Hopes and wishes set aflame.
What's your purpose here, whatcha hope to gain?
Took my dignity
Took my dignity
Lost a lover


Lyrics submitted by reelkiller, edited by Mellow_Harsher, alfalady

"Toma" as written by Josh Eustis Carina Round

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  • +4
    My InterpretationToma is a spanish way of saying "To Drink" but it's often used as a euphemism for "suck me off" which is what I generally get from this song. The jilted ex boyfriend is in the space between love and hate for a woman who wronged him. He no longer feels romantic towards her but still wants to redeem his masculinity by dominating her...making her "take what you dish out..." and drink away...
    eyesonherhorizonon October 24, 2011   Link
  • +2
    General CommentIt's really stupid to have the lyrics wrong when they're posted on the Puscifer website. Some of the mistakes in here don't even sound like the lyrics... like the entire chorus.

    Most importantly, it isn't "toma away", it's "toma güey", which is a slang phrase in Spanish that loosely translates to "Take that, jackass." It's also commonly used among friends and the "güey" is more like "buddy" much like many people call their friends offensive names in a friendly way in English; however, given the context of the rest of the song I'm sure it's the actual offensive way of saying it.

    Clearly it's an angry song directed at a former lover. Isn't even a deep message to figure out. Puscifer, by Maynard's own admission, is not "the thinking man's metal" like Tool. It's simple. The meaning is more obvious when you have the right words too. I'll copy paste directly from puscifer.com below.

    Stole my patience.
    Stole my pride.
    Snatched the rhythm from my stride.
    kicked my certainty
    up the middle.
    knocked the wind out of
    my romantic side.

    Hopes and wishes set aflame.
    What’s your purpose here, whatcha hope to gain?
    Took my dignity
    Took my dignity
    Burned a lover so earned an enemy.

    Time to make it right
    That’s how it’s gonna be
    Watch you pay the toll right in front of me.
    Time to pay your dues.
    Time to set you straight.
    Take what you dish out. Toma guey.

    Hopes and wishes set aflame.
    What’s your purpose here, whatcha hope to gain?
    Took my dignity
    Took my dignity
    lost a lover & earned an enemy.

    Time to make it right
    That’s how it’s gonna be
    Watch you pay the toll right in front of me.
    Time to pay your dues.
    Time to set you straight.
    Take what you dish out. Toma guey.
    nhbanditon June 27, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's about sex.
    TurinTurambaron October 13, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentStole my patience, stole my pride*
    theIDIOTshowHUMANITYon October 22, 2011   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationI really like that idea eyesonherhorizon, I was thinking that it was a re-working of the metaphor in Prison Sex. Those two points don't necessarily contradict each other...
    verdeAZbayon November 21, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's essentially a break-up song. You fucked me over, now you're going to pay. Who hasn't felt this way?

    If only Puscifer put this song out like, a year ago, I would have been in heaven. :D
    latteraliceon March 28, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThink deeper... Maynard has a tendency to sing to some sort of "dark passenger" within that's sole purpose is to create negative in his life. In this song the "dark passenger" has possessed him to destroy a prized relationship and he "burned a lover and earned an enemy". He is fed up and is taking back control; its time to pay your dues, its time to set you straight, take what you dish out, Toma guey, "take that jackass!"
    knowforeveron January 14, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General CommentEveryone has it wrong. Its about getting kicked in your balls. LMAO

    "Kicked my certainty
    Up the middle.
    Knocked the wind out of
    My romantic side.:

    Don't take things so serious. Yes there is duality in song lyrics, but dude c'mon! .
    erik105659on January 28, 2017   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationThis song is, according to me, an advise to mexicans, as all the videoclips from this point. Maynard is not talking about passionate non-sense love, he is talking about conciousness, and maybe is not the way he thinks himself but the actual government does and it's obvious. So, they are saying that Mexicans are going to be eliminated because they haven't grown and therefore the conciusness is being held by their childish vibrations. The funny thing about this, is that in the video you can see a guy balancing on a sort of skate, which can be interpreted as an unstable land. The guy is reading Life is Espresso, which means Life is short. Later, on the dark girl's bandana you can see 19 T2 and motherfucker written backwards. At the begining the Flying brother is asked if he is awake(beign awake is the same as being aware) because "there are 2", the weirdest thing of all is that the second earthquake in Mexico took place on September 19 which was the second earthquake of two the same month. The same story with the others videos, specially in Remedy. But that's anther song.
    alexandherDLon September 29, 2017   Link

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