"7empest" as written by and Adam Jones Maynard James Keenan....
(Keep calm, keeping it calm, keeping it calm)
(Keep calm, keeping it calm, keeping it calm)
(Keeping it calm)
(Fuck, here we go again)

Heat lighting flash, but don't blink
Misleading
Tranquility ruse
You're gonna happen again
That's what I think
Follow the evidence
Look it dead in the eye
You are darkness
Trying to lull us in, before the havoc begins
Into a dubious state of serenity
Acting all surprised when you're caught in the lie

We know better
It's not unlike you
It's not unlike you
We know your nature

Blame it all on the bastards when you're blowing out
Shame on you
Shame on you, now
No amount of wind could to begin to cover up your petulant stench and demeanor
Calm as cookies and cream, so it seems
We're not buying your dubious state of serenity
Acting all surprised when you're caught in the lie

We know better
It's not unlike you
It's not unlike you
We know your nature

Calm before the torrent comes
Calm before the torrent comes
Calm before the torrent comes
Calm before the tempest comes to reign all over

Disputing intentions invites devastation
A tempest must be true to its nature
A tempest must be just that
A tempest must be just that
A tempest must be just that
A tempest must be just that
A tempest must be just that
A tempest must be just that
A tempest must be just that
A tempest must be just that

Control, your delusion
Insane and striking at random
Victim of your certainty
And therefore your doubt's not an option
Blameless, the tempest must will be just that
So try as you may, feeble, your attempt to atone
Your words to erase all the damage cannot

A tempest must be just that
A tempest must be just that
A tempest must be just that
A tempest must be just that


Lyrics submitted by Mellow_Harsher

"7empest" as written by Adam Jones Maynard James Keenan

Lyrics © BMG Rights Management

Lyrics powered by LyricFind

7empest song meanings
Add your thoughts

8 Comments

sort form View by:
  • +5
    Song MeaningI think there is a few ways to look at this, but personally I believe it to be about those who don't think that others can change. The song is told from the point of view of someone who has no desire to admit or see that the person he's talking to has become a better person; he's claiming that this flawed person cannot change while he himself refuses to rethink his own perspective. In some ways, this song is the Yin to The Pot's Yang. The Pot describes someone (rightfully) pointing out a hypocrite, while 7empest is saying that just because someone may have been flawed does not mean we ourselves are not. I think behind the heavy instrumental, what Tool is really trying to say is that even though we should be vigilant and wary of others who would do us harm, we must also be willing to offer love to those who are trying to become better people (and to try and become better people ourselves).

    tl;dr this song is about the pot calling the kettle black imo
    thatguon September 01, 2019   Link
  • +4
    TranslationMy view. Look up Intermittent Explosive Disorder. Imagine a person who can go from tranquil to rage on the turn of a dime. This is my 7empest. The love of my life. She has Intermittent Explosive Disorder. I have said the words “Here we go again” so many times, which of course fuels the rage.

    Think Incredible Hulk. Mild mannered Bruce Banner / Hulk. Or Jean Grey / Dark Phoenix. Dr. Jekyl / Mr. Hyde. These comparisons are exactly what this disorder is like. It is not an additional personality, it is a short circuit of the brain, in relation to a poor foundation due to extreme childhood trauma.

    7empst says “You’re gonna happen again. That’s what I think”

    This is my life with my love. I know she will short circuit again. I know the 7empest will return, I know she will lose control. With this theme in mind, 7empest continues to tell the story of one who will wreak havoc, unapologetic havoc. Blame others for the havoc they cause. It is their nature.

    The lyrics themselves in my opinion are seff explanatory, however I am living with and loving my own 7empest. I am moving out in a day though. I will always be her person, will be her husband, however I will maintain a separate address. I will have my own safe place to take refuge during the 7empst. I do not hate the 7empest, I respect it, and let it do its thing.

    This may sound like crazy talk to those who are not living the life I am, this song is about a loose cannon. One who cannot control their actions. One who is tranquil. One who becomes the 7empest.
    BipolarMoronon September 10, 2019   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis song is about people who deceive others into a false sense of security, trying to lull people to sleep by explaining away the signs of a coming tempest as coincidence.

    Almost every person in control of this world does it- the status quo is king right? No need to worry, business as usual. Keep praying, keep working, keep voting and everything will be ok. Just make sure to give your dues to society (aka make us rich by being an ignorant dumbass).

    But as Maynard says, the lies will all be revealed when the tempest finally comes and washes everything away
    SeaLard98on September 11, 2019   Link
  • 0
    Song MeaningTrump
    garion333on September 04, 2019   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationTo me this song, the more I think on it, is horrific. I ruminated on this one for awhile and then just focused on the strict definition of the word tempest. With tempest understood as a great, powerful, and devastating force of nature many of the phrases I was confused with made sense.

    Nature is brutal. I can look at the night sky and wonder at the serenity of it all, the peace, the tranquility, but left alone in the vacuum of space I wouldn't last long. Nature is violent. The Earth is riddled with a history of natural catastrophes responsible for the many extinction-level events that have wiped countless species of life from the planet.

    Personifying nature is such a human thing and brilliantly managed in the lyrics. Almost coy, one can envisage Mother Nature with tongue in cheek after the disaster of the hurricane leaves once beautiful landscapes and the security of a home in complete ruins...as if she were caught in the 'lie' of offering submission to our feeble attempts at subduing her.

    Our ruin, though, cannot fully be blamed on the nature of cyclical extinction. We argue, out of arrogance and ignorance, over (Nature's) intentions, for example, deciphering the 'evidence' of a warming planet as a response to our polluting behaviors, a natural part of a climate not static, or some mixture of both. None of this matters. We need to start thinking about what to do in light of an impending tempest...it's coming...we know its true nature...to destroy and make room for the next 'bastard'.
    smithrevjoshon September 08, 2019   Link
  • 0
    General CommentTry flipping this song around so that it is coming from the perspective of a ruling class talking about their Protestors...the lyrics can fit that narrative. And the Protestors may be more powerful than you think, they bend the truth, manipulate the media, and get caught in a lie, then blame it all on the bastards - again manipulating the media.

    Control, your delusion (the ruling class believes the Protestors don't see the bigger picture)
    Insane and striking at random
    Victim of your certainty
    And therefore your doubt's not an option (the ruling class views the Protestors as hardwired disruptors)
    Blameless, the tempest must will be just that
    So try as you may, feeble, your attempt to atone
    Your words to erase all the damage cannot

    A tempest must be just that

    These lyrics still can fit the narrative of a ruling class discrediting the rebellious Protestors.

    In this sense this is about a struggle for power, and the lyrics can fit both sides - those in power and those trying to unseat those in power.

    This is just one way to look at the song, and is not my first impression of the song, but may be a useful way to look at it to derive deeper meaning.
    syndesmotic42on September 13, 2019   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGiven the album is a concept driven by an antidote to fear...in whatever manner that may arrive...and taking into consideration Tools own comments regarding individuals to place their own interpretation on the tracks... personally I find the album taken as a whole a sublime masterpiece ... and message... the Tool offered by the album is self belief and rebellion through both self awareness and awareness on our interaction between each other, our impact on the environment...and how near the abyss we actually are...... its a tool against becoming a manipulated unquestioning sheep...swallowing the materialistic BS we are fed from every angle... the 7empest... the number 7 can relate to transcendence...overcoming a spiritual dilemma... rebelling against spiritual destruction, fighting through selfe awareness a bad thing and winning...

    Anyhow... to me its saying its time to work together again ( here we go again) and destroy the demigods and regain our awareness... Trump is the personification of ignorance and greed.... and his 7empest should not be our 7empest.
    Tbird666on September 14, 2019   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationHere are my two cents of the meaning:

    I believe the song is directed towards somebody in perticular.


    "
    Control, your delusion
    Insane and striking at random
    Victim of your certainty
    And therefore your doubt's not an option
    Blameless, the tempest must will be just that
    So try as you may, feeble, your attempt to atone
    Your words to erase all the damage cannot"

    This part of the verse describes somebody who is insane to the point where they lash out at random to everybody around them. They are one of those people who are always certain of themselves (victim of of certainty) and thus never doubt themselves or their actions (your doubt's not an action) Keenan then describes him has a storm, of causing only destruction in its path. And as a person they will be just that, a storm, a path of only destruction.

    He then writes of the destructive person attempting to atone himself to no a vale. His words are empty and do not mean anything and the damage has been done. The destructive storm personality of a person will keep on going .

    Thus the line: A tempest must be just that.
    pandanickon September 15, 2019   Link

Add your thoughts

Log in now to tell us what you think this song means.

Don’t have an account? Create an account with SongMeanings to post comments, submit lyrics, and more. It’s super easy, we promise!

Back to top
explain