"Ticks and Leeches" as written by Justin Chancellor, Maynard James Keenan, Adam Jones and Daniel Carey....
Suck and suck
Suckin' up all you can, suckin' up all you can suck and suck
Workin' up under my patience like a little tick
Fat little parasite
Suck me dry

My friend is bruised and borrowed
You thieving bastards
You have turned my blood cold and bitter
Beat my compassion black and blue

Hope this is what you wanted
Hope this is what you had in mind
'Cause this is what you're getting
I hope you're choking
I hope you choke on this
I hope you're choking
I hope you choke on this

Taken all I can taken all I can, we can take
Taken all you can taken you can, we can take
Got nothing left to give to you

Blood suckin' parasitic little tick
blood suckin parasitic little
Blood suckin' parasitic little tick
Take what you want and then go

Oh, this is what you wanted?
Oh, this is what you had in mind?
'Cause this is what you're getting

Suck me dry
Suck, suck me dry
Sucking me dry
Suck, suck me dry

Is this what you wanted?
Is this what you had in mind?
Is this what you wanted?
'Cause this is what you're getting

I hope, I hope, I hope you choke

Lyrics submitted by gasmask, edited by Mellow_Harsher

"Ticks & Leeches" as written by Daniel Carey Adam Jones

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  • +8
    My InterpretationJust like it sounds...people who suck you dry and live off of you are nothing ore than bloodsucking ticks and leeches. Pretty straightforward
    lowrideron July 05, 2013   Link
  • +5
    General Commentahhh Ticks and Leeches, the song about the liers cheaters and stealers in life. Ticks and Leeches is in my opinion the ultimate song about the freeriders. he talks about people who do nothing but leech off the strong, and as a result the strong become weak. those people who will stop at nothing to get what theywant, even if it means destroying those they love. I know people like this, and im sure you all do to. I dedicate this song to those and those people and i hope you choke on all that you take from us(as maynard implies)
    Mattwkaon May 06, 2002   Link
  • +3
    General CommentI feel like this is a sarcastic way to compare civilization with parasites. Sucking our resources dry. It's written this way to show you how would you feel if a tick were sucking your blood dry so you can see what we're doing to the earth.
    rhiqnon March 29, 2011   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI think this is about all of the people in this world who can't do anything for themselves. They can't make themselve feel better, think better, or be better. 'Is this what you wanted? Is this what you had in mind?' "There, I gave you everything you asked for now get the fuck out!" As far has beating my compassion black and blue is concerned, he is tired of feeling pity and just wants to get on with life.
    Lost_Propheton May 10, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentOk, just thought I should say what I reckon this songs about, seeing as no-one else has. I think this song is about Tool's experince with record companies....especially their trouble with volcano. If you read the lyrics thinking like this they make sense.
    Parabolic Psychoon February 04, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is about shitty people, (vampires, ticks and leeches), and their tendency to drain you. "Beat my compassion black and blue..." More, it about how you feel when you have finally run out of patience with the abusers and shitheads in your life; when you decide that you must cut them loose and move on to other things.
    Infirmoon April 30, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentLmao, disaster.

    I think all of the interperatations up there fit. pick and choose, yo
    idioticon June 03, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentMaybe its about critics. Or just about anyone who is judgemental. And now TOOL is saying here .... Eat Shit and Die
    therymzon June 28, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIts about being taken advantage of
    Molon_ukon December 04, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Commentto me this song has nothing to do with record companies or any of that i think its directed more towards the people and things that tend to be an alternate route for thoughts and energy and maybe even distractions..even though its very vaugue..try interpreting it with the theme of the album instead of just the song inself see what you come up with
    M-Opiate-Aon February 14, 2005   Link

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