There's a shadow just behind me
Shrouding every step I take
Making every promise empty
Pointing every finger at me
Waiting like a stalking butler
Who upon the finger rests
Murder now, the path called must wait
Just because the son has come

Jesus, won't you fucking whistle
Something but the past and done?
Jesus, won't you fucking whistle
Something but the past and done?

Why can't we not be sober?
I just want to start this over
And why can't we drink forever?
I just want to start this over

I am just a worthless liar
I am just an imbecile
I will only complicate you
Trust in me and fall as well
I will find a center in you
I will chew it up and leave
I will work to elevate you
Just enough to bring you down

Mother Mary, won't you whisper?
Something but what's past and done
Mother Mary, won't you whisper?
Something but the past and done

Why can't we not be sober?
I just want to start this over
And why can't we sleep forever?
I just want to start this over
Why?

I am just a worthless liar
I am just an imbecile
I will only complicate you
Trust in me and fall as well
I will find a center in you
I will chew it up and leave

Trust me
Trust me
Trust me
Trust me
Trust me

Why can't we not be sober?
I just want to start things over
And why can't we sleep forever?
I just want to start this over
Why?
I want what I want
I want what I want
I want what I want
I want what I want


Lyrics submitted by billthelandlord09, edited by LKTraz

"Sober" as written by Daniel Carey Adam Jones

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  • +1
    General CommentThis version of Sober, along with the rest of 72826, can be downloaded here:

    tooldemo.net
    billthelandlord09on November 16, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commentin case your confused about 72826 ,..well that is SATAN on a phone number pad thing.
    SY5TEMon November 16, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commentkewl :)
    FreshOwnageon November 21, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentLooks like these are the exact same lyrics as the regular version. Why is this here?
    mewgirlon February 05, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Commentuh bill i tried going to the site to download but couldnt download anything
    upon listening though i noticed a distinct difference
    4iedcravenon November 30, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwell i found a site for a live version of tool 72826 heres the site:
    tinyurl.com/…
    4iedcravenon November 30, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think that the most of the song means that it sucks that history repeat's itself, but he wants another chance to do something. I bet he guesses that no matter what he would do, it has already has been done, so he just wants to sleep forever, and not die of boredom and retoricness.
    vitafixon March 24, 2011   Link
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    General CommentI could be way off, but I’ve always thought of his lyrics to be asking why we can’t start humanity over it get second try (start over) from the beginning of time, starting with the Garden Eden. I feel like Jesus blow your whistle, is similar to a referee in sports. Jesus lived among us and saw how bad it was, the game we were playing, the struggles, so Maynard is saying blow your fucking whistle, aggressively begging for a “timeout”, asking Jesus to help stop this. Asking why can’t you ask God to start this over. Maynard seems to be pointing out all the miseries and pains humans endure, and the fact that we feel the need to have to be intoxicated or high to feel good, so Jesus step in, or why can’t Mary whisper this to her son, put a bug in his ear help this cause. He seems to also note the shadows behind him, the sin, the devil provoking us, so why can’t that devil be put to an end. When we’re on drugs or alcohol we feel good, so Maynard is asking why can’t this be the way we always feel. So he’s speaking to Jesus and Mary, put an end to this nonsense and try persuading God to give us that fresh start to avoid temptation, sin and pain. Again, this is just what I took from it.
    Crippled7on September 07, 2019   Link

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