"Crimes" as written by Maynard James Keenan, Jeordie White and Billy Howerdel....
One, two, three
Four, five, six
Seven, eight, nine
Nine, nine, nine
Ten, ten, ten, ten

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"Crimes" as written by Jeordie White Billy Howerdel

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    General CommentThe album contains the dynamics of a 12 step program.
    In the 8th step of the 12 step program you are supposed to create a list of all the people you have hurt while being under the grips of a addiction
    Also relating to the song gravity, the 12th step is having a spiritual awakening and realising you will never be totally perfect. Never totally free of behavorial patterns and adiction.
    tottaly Blueon April 14, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThats a good idea, though Maynard said in the vh1 interview that he doesent draw upon the bible for his songs anymore.
    tottaly Blueon April 20, 2004   Link
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    General CommentNo clue about what the 'real' meaning might be, but whenever I hear this song, I imagine some one who's just sick of life and suicidal. They're counting to ten before they do it (most likely with a gun), but hesitate on nine, since they're starting to wonder if it's really such a good idea. They hesitate on ten as well, unable to go through with it.
    Does anyone know what they're saying in the background? Especially towards the end...
    ObsessiveTendencieson April 11, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI know what was meant by this song. It's biblical. Maynard was basically counting all the crimes that could be committed by man, passed down by god himself. The 10 Commandments. It just goes to show you how far humanity has grown accustomed to the ancient rules, which still exist in some form in society today, but are still being committed.
    winter_darkon April 15, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI like the suicide theory by ObsessiveTendencies. He counts to ten and hesitates. The background dialogue and laughing that follows could be his life flashing before his eyes before the end.
    Rob Matteron June 06, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song gives me a paronoid feeling and from the start i always find myself waiting for the background laugh in the very end.
    Martentertainingon July 03, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song lulls me to sleep. i feel like i'm in some kind of a hypnotized state. i wish the song was longer because i'll be sitting up with my eyes closed, almost sleeping and the song will end.
    NicoleInWonderlandon September 29, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI agree with tottaly Blue on this one. The 12-step program is one of the main metaphors in the album. Also if you listen carefully to the background noise, you can hear someone say "Maynard" and someone else say "Jordy," both members of the band. So they probably just recorded random voice bits during the album sessions and put them in the song.
    Wurby Tictocon October 06, 2004   Link
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    General CommentActually, along with "The Package", "Crimes" was written by the bassist Jeordie White. (aperfectcircle.org/articles/_deeper/a%20perfect%20circle/2003/…)
    inky13azon October 24, 2004   Link
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    General Commenti think its about a guy who has commited alot of crimes over the years. he is counting them in his head and he loses count. he thinks the list is small, but as he is counting, he gets stuck on how many he has actually commited. goes along with the 12 step program concept
    Prokilleron November 09, 2004   Link

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