"How To Handle A Rope" as written by Josh Homme and Alfredo Hernandez....
Too late to think & filter anymore
A bitter pill to swallow cause maybe you're..
..In a blanket haze of ephedrine
I'm wonderin' where the hell you been
So come on and right this wrong, you know

You got it all right
You got a feeling
I'd rather open up my wrist, let it go
You got it all right
You got a feeling
There's devils and ropes around your neck
You can't even know
You can't hear it?
Can't hear it

Ain't got a mind to deal with anymore
Saboteur! infiltrator! maybe more.
If you're not blind and deaf, how can we pollute your head?
So come on and right this wrong, you know

And I got it all right
I got a feeling
You'd rather open up your wrist, and let it go
I got it all right, yeah
I got a feeling
There's devils and ropes around my neck I can't even know
'Cause they can't hear it
Can't hear it
Can't hear it
Can't hear it


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"How to Handle a Rope" as written by Alfredo Hernandez Josh Homme

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  • +4
    General Commenti bet this song is about the time josh was in the boy scouts and he had to stand in front of his whole troop & scout leader and tie a square knot to secure his rope handling merit badge, but then he blew it and tied a clove hitch by mistake and everyone laughed at him until he cried and now he wants to kill himself. :( :( :( :( :( :( :(
    best kurt everon April 10, 2005   Link
  • +3
    General CommentI think its saying that its better to hang yourself, rather than slit your wrists
    Lester_91on February 19, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI think it`s about suicide, but I`m not sure because I am a dumbass.Yep, I know How To Handle A Rope.SUICIDE
    mojo risinon September 03, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General CommentHell on earth is delightful in difference to the one at the other side.
    -GRon March 09, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General Commentno shit you think that, but the only problem is that you are an idiot
    murphyhurtmeon October 15, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIts more than that bud
    incubus_gigbutton May 07, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think more then suicide..... this guy would rather deal with a different hell then that of this world.
    I-have-lost-iton September 03, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"Too late to think or filter anymore
    A bitter pill to swallow
    Maybe you're in a blanket haze of ephedrine
    I'm wonderin' where the hell you been
    So come on and right this wrong, the rope"

    (Nick's growing meth addiction, Josh's concern, and hopes that Nick will fix it)


    "You got it all right
    You got a feeling
    I'd rather open up my wrist, let it go
    You got it all right
    You got a feeling
    'Cause devils and ropes around your neck
    Cursing them all
    And you can't hear it
    Can't hear it"

    (Nick is oblivious to how bad his problem has become and how meth has taken control of his thoughts and his life. Josh can't reach him and would take suicide over having the "devils" drug rule his life. )

    "Ain't got a mind to deal with anymore
    Saboteur, infiltrator, and maybe more
    If you're not blind and deaf, how can we pollute your head?
    So come on and right this wrong, the rope"

    (Again, Nicks mind is polluted. The drugs have taken over. How can be blind to whats happening, or not hear the voices of reality?)

    "And I got it all right
    I got a feeling
    You'd rather open up your wrist, and let it go
    I got it all right, yeah
    I got a feeling
    'Cause devils and ropes around my neck can't even know
    'Cause they can't hear it
    Can't hear it
    Can't hear it
    Can't hear it"

    (Josh gets it...Nick would rather die than give up the dope.The drugs tell him he's just fine, and its everyone else who has a problem. Nicks addiction is screwing everyone up, and Josh feels liike its taking him down too)

    The rope could be a lifeline that Josh has been trying to throw Nick to help him get the help he needs. The rope, and devils around his neck represent the destruction the meth is causing...and through it all, Nick hears nothing.

    Just my take...
    Shitmagneton August 12, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBy the way, [out of curioustiy] has anyone ever tried to commite suicide?-....And was in one piece afterwards..? unless we have some immortal dudes here..
    I-have-lost-iton September 03, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI don`t know man, but I am suicidal, and I am going to kill myself with Magnum 357. Sure thing, quick and without any pain, but my head will be scattered all over the wall. Fuck it, I wont be the one who will be cleaning the fucking mess. Shit, I´m going in (thru) hell. LOOK ON THE BRIGHT SIDE IS SUICIDE
    mojo risinon September 08, 2005   Link

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