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A Perfect Circle – Pet Lyrics 5 years ago
I wrote a response to one of the comments here but I figure this will get more attention. Maynard James Keenan said, in his own words, what this song is about on the aMOTION DVD. Contrary to popular belief, it is NOT about the government, Bush, the NWO or any of that crap.

This song IS ABOUT DRUG ADDICTION, as is the entire album The Thirteenth Step. I.E. the thirteen steps of addiction.

This song is about being so caught up in an addiction that you feel the world isn't a safe place anymore, that the only thing protecting you from the horrors in the world are the drugs that, in reality, are ruining your life. How drugs protect you from reality. Go back to sleep=get high, your problems will disappear. Maynard even described Richard Prior's freebasing incident as inspiration for this song.

When this song was remade into Counting Bodies Like Sheep to the Rhythm of the War Drums, it takes on the entire anti-government, anti Bush, NWO meaning that so many people have described here, again as per Maynard. That was the entire reason for the remake of the song. Maynard felt it could have more than one meaning, but didn't want the message of the two songs to be confused. Too bad they obviously are anyway.

Maynard says that he intentionally doesn't tell people why he wrote the songs, he wants the listeners to find their own meaning in his words. When he does state why he wrote it, there is a reason. I figured most of his fans would take that as the word of god basically, since so many look up to him like he is a god. The information is out there in his own words, I don't get how so many of you still screw it up. You can take whatever meaning you want from the lyrics, I'm just providing facts from the writers mouth that say you are wrong.

This song, along with this entire album, have a deep meaning for me. It represents and accurately describes four years of my life, when I fell partly into addiction, but mostly spent those same four years watching my ex fall terribly deep into a terrible heroin addiction where she overdosed twice, her brother overdosed and died, and no matter what I did, I couldn't help her. It's a terrible feeling, and I can see the emotion in every song off this album from multiple views due to my experience. Luckily I woke the fuck up and cleaned up. I had to walk away from my ex, who I loved very much, and that was the hardest thing I've ever done. She was just too far gone. IIRC Maynard was going thru the same thing with a lover when he wrote this album, and that was a major influence behind some of the songs.This album is one of the few things that kept me going.

A Perfect Circle – Pet Lyrics 5 years ago
Incorrect. Maynard stated on the aMOTION DVD what this song is about. This song is about addiction. When the addict is so far into their addiction that the world seems out to get them and the only safe thing in their life is their addiction. The entire album The Thirteenth Step is about the thirteen steps of addiction. It's an entire drug album. When this song was remade into Counting Bodies Like Sheep to the Rhythm of the War Drums, it was redone to take on the anti-government meaning you describe here.

Think what you want about the meaning behind the song, I'm only telling you what the man who wrote the song says it's about. Sad to see so many misinformed APC fans out there. Considering Maynard rarely says what his lyrics truly mean, I figured you guys would take it as the word of god when he does. This album has very deep meaning to me and describes a long, painful few years in my life dealing with an ex, and I can see exactly where Maynard was coming from when he wrote this album.

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