"The Contrarian" as written by and Maynard James Keenan....
Hello, he lied
Like velvet, this magician's sleight of talk and hand
Hello, he lied
Beware his lies and smile
As woman calculated as heroin
Beware the contrarian

Within everyone
A scale of voice
Everyone but him
Core is black as pitch
Soul is out of tune
Advocate of none
Beware his lies and smile
Will cost you everything
Cloak and masquerade is a temporary one
Hello, hello, he lied

Hello, he lied
Like velvet, this magician's sleight of talk and hand
Hello, he lied
Beware his lies and smile
As woman calculated as heroin
Beware the contrarian


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"The Contrarian" as written by Maynard James Keenan

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    My OpinionClassic Maynard calling out the bad guys and leaving it up to us to pick them. Similar to how he did in Tool's Eulogy but also in many other songs. With APC's Eat the Elephant obviously having a lot of politically motivated content, this one feels Trump related to me. He's a well-documented liar. There are tons of those, but he's the loudest at this time. And he's very contrary. Anything Obama's white house did is the worst thing in the history of ever!! The heroin reference could refer to Trump's repeated mentioning of the war on addiction. A calculated move, because is he really going to do anything or is it just political posturing? I feel this tweet by Maynard the night in 2016 when Trump was elected is related: "We all deserve what comes next. Good luck."
    kcpeeon May 16, 2018   Link
  • +1
    General CommentPretty sure the line is “As warm and calculated as heroin,” not “As woman calculated...”
    Uraniumon August 09, 2018   Link

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