"The Package" as written by Jeordie White, Maynard James Keenan and Billy Howerdel....
Clever got me this far
Then tricky got me in
Eye on what I'm after
I don't need another friend

Smile and drop the cliche
'Til you think I'm listening
Take just what I came for
Then I'm out the door again

Peripheral on the package
Don't care to settle in
Time to feed the monster
I don't need another friend

Comfort is a mystery
Crawling out of my own skin
Just give me what I came for
I'm out the door again

Lie to get what I came for
Lie to get just what I need
Lie to get what I crave
Lie and smile to get what's mine

Eye on what I'm after
I don't need another friend
Nod and watch your lips move
If you need me to pretend

Because clever got me this far
Then tricky got me in
I'll take just what I came for
Then I'm out the door again

Lie to get what I came for
Lie to get what I need now
Lie to get what I'm craving
Lie and smile to get what's mine

Give this to me
Mine, mine, mine
Take what's mine
Mine, mine, mine
Take what's mine
Mine, mine, mine

Lie to get what I came for
Lie to get what I need now
Lie to get what I crave
Lie to smile and get what's mine

Give this to me
Take what's mine
Mine, mine, mine
Take what's mine

Give this to me

Take what's mine
Take what's mine
Mine
Take what's mine
Take what's mine
Take what's mine
This is mine
Mine
All mine


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"The Package" as written by Jeordie White Billy Howerdel

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    My InterpretationCould be about drugs or any addiction of course, but I think in this case "the package" is one of Maynard's double-meanings, in this case "package" meaning his dick (calls to mind the song "Maynard's Dick" from Tool's Salival box-set). He's said in interviews that he can't stay faithful to partners while touring, so I think this is written from him acknowledging that aspect of himself---he's said that he was always able to pull back from drugs before getting any sort of addictions, so I think he's referring to his own sexual issues. "Clever got me this far"---famous & desired, acquiring groupies, "tricky got me in", being just sociable & slick enough to get what he wants from them: sex. Watch the APC video "3 Libras", seems to be a similar theme depicted in that video, visually at least---being in bed with multiple women whom he shares no real connection with, "you don't see me at all." But in "The Package" it seems to be more about him pretending he "sees" (understands, cares about) whatever groupie/fan he's using at the time----"nod and watch your lips move." I think that's part of the reason he gets so upset with people always focusing on his Tool persona, because naive fans act like he's some totally profound, enlightened god, when he himself knows better than anyone how animalistic & selfish & superficial he can be. Like he sing in Tool's 'Jambi': "Feast like a sultan, I do / On treasures and flesh, never few." So I think it's safe to say that shallow, sexual lust is his own personal window to understanding the mind-set of an addict.
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