"4 Degrees" as written by and Adam Jones Paul D'amour....
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  • +9
    General CommentI think that Maynard is speaking about inner-self.
    About bringing things to the surface of yourself.
    Those things within us that we have yet to explore.
    We should do this in an "Unconventional" or newfound way.("You won't do what you'd like to do.")
    Destroy things ("I'll kill what you want me to.") that are in you that may be hendering you from nourishment. After you destroy the unneccesary, take the beneficial and grow from it.("Take what's left and eat it.")
    If we try to deny ourselves of the truth about ourselves
    we will do harm to ourselves.
    Acceptance of one's self.
    Denial of one's self is raping one's self.
    We are our worst enemy....
    Free your self from your self!
    knowledge6on January 28, 2002   Link
  • +4
    General CommentI'd say he deliberately gave it a double meaning. The little bald mutuant does such things in his songs, and five bucks, he KNEW it was five degrees warmer in the anal cavity. I'm with the theory of forcing beliefs, and possibly actions. I think the anal rape thing was more of a metaphor, or an analogy.
    Artemisianon May 26, 2004   Link
  • +2
    General Commentyeah, but its not really about anal sex ya know. its about forcing something on to someone in general, maynard just puts it a pretty blunt way. i read a very good opinon that it is from the perspective of god talking to a non believer.
    axenicon December 07, 2001   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI heard that Maynard used to be a cadet at the West Point Preparatory School. The term 4 degree is used for the freshman their first year at the Academy. (UMA is one of the oldest structures in our nation and looks like a 'castle'). If the song does express " the forcing of his peers to believe in something that he doesn't", then what better self experience to use than the time he spent at a military instituion. I think the metaphor of rape in his lyrics is used to better describe the feeling of forced beliefs- spiritual, idealistic or whatever... by the way, i think he left after a year at the school.
    bb0yon July 27, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General CommentMaynard actually said at a concert I went to before they played this song (and I quote as exactly as I can remember): "Apparently, the anus is four degrees warmer than the vagina... I didn't know that."
    Waxteron April 28, 2003   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI think this song is about not only letting your sexual inhibitions go, but letting all inhibitions go. We've been force-fed what is right and what is wrong our entire life and now we are no longer capable of deciding that for ourselves. We're afraid of what others will think if we give into to our carnal desires. And in this song, Maynard is trying to tell us that there's another we. We can choose to disregard what we've been told and decide for ourselves.

    "You won't do what you'd like to do.
    Lay back and let me show you another way."

    He's also saying that our time on this planet is too short to spend our entire lives worrying about what our neighbors will think. It's so pointless to deny yourself what you desire solely for that reason.

    "Take all or nothing.
    Life's just too short to push it away."

    I think the reference to anal sex is just used to get a rise out of their fans. It also helps to weed out the superficial and shallow among us.
    TSprengelon August 24, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI fucking love the way TOOL does this to us all... they make us think!!!! People need to feed this music to generations to come.... A simple song with an anal sex analogy has us contemplating religion, virginity, love, chemistry, anatomy, anti-conformism etc... I listen to TOOL every single day of my life, I swear it helps my soul... but then again some times the music just makes me want to get fucked hard...
    SwingOnASpiral987on December 23, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI laughed out loud when i re-read these lyrics with the idea it's about anal.

    But anybody who has ever written lyrics will know that music, and lyrics are almost always subjective to a point. Maynard probably had something deeper in mind when writing the lyrics, and chose to write it in the form of anal.
    ToFon March 26, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commentoh its soo complex no... its its. what if the guys over at tool wanted to mkae a simple song with nanother possibke meaning to fuck with us??? or if they make a song with no meaning or a verry simple one??? no its always such complex lyrics ... there are no lyrics its either just inaudible whispering or mind shattering screams... thats why we love maynard
    razean55on August 13, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentKeep thinking its all about anal sex. Maybe you'll finally evolve in to an as*hole! BTW the terms used @ West Point are plebes, yuks, cows, and firsties. Does anyone read anymore. Unbelievable.
    jungathearton May 04, 2010   Link

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