"Sleeping Beauty" as written by and Maynard James/howerdel Keenan....
I believe I can cure it all for you, dear
Coax or trick or drive or
Drag the demons from you
Make it right for you sleeping beauty
Truly thought
I can magically heal you

You're far beyond a visible sign of your awakening
Failing miserably to rescue

Sleeping beauty

Drunk on ego
Truly thought I could make it right
If I kissed you one more time to
Help you face the nightmare
But you're far too poisoned for me
Such a fool to think that I can wake you from your slumber
That I could actually heal you

Sleeping beauty
Poisoned and hopeless
You're far beyond a visible sign of your awakening
Failing miserably to find a way to comfort you

Far beyond a visible sign of your awakening
Hiding from some poisoned memory

Poisoned and hopeless
Sleeping beauty

Lyrics submitted by Demau Senae

"Sleeping Beauty" as written by Maynard James Keenan Billy Howerdel

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  • +5
    General CommentBuddhists commonly refer to unenlightened individuals as "sleeping"

    Maynard is somewhat of an enlightened individual.

    When you are an unenlightened person, you identify yourself with your body, with your brain, with your ego. When you see the truth, you are free and "awake."

    He probably fell in love with a woman, and desperately tried to show her his beliefs and it simply didn't work. She was far too "poisoned" and "deluded" for him to bring her into a higher state of awareness.

    ... of course everything maynard writes is meant to be open and relative to each individuals life. However, when he wrote this song, he was coming from a place of spirituality and enlightenment. I'm surprised so many people have so much trouble interpreting many of these (seemingly easy) songs.
    Mintyfreshon December 18, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General Commentpersonally i think that this song is about how people often blame them selves when someone close to them dies, like they think that if they had've done one thing different it never would have happened like the line: truly thought I could make it right if I Kissed you one more time. I think this is this person realizing that there was nothing they could do and that they they couldn't have done n e thing to change the outcome. but people often tend to blame them sleves for things that happen to other people, thats what i got from the song at least.
    divineblindclownon March 12, 2003   Link
  • +2
    General CommentWell here's my tuppence worth (I'm English, I don't own 2 cents ;))...

    Basically I think it almost draws parralells with 3 libras. Its about loving someone indefinately who is to scarred and dead ('Sleeping Beauty') inside to feel he/she can love you back. Then some event, or realisation occurs to make you realise that they are far to gone or poisoned for you to heal, and you and them both realise that it is 'hopeless' to expect anything to come of this. I'm unsure, but I've chosen to think that the 'Far beyond a visible sign of your awakening' could mean that only time (a lot of time) could ever heal the scars and you feel that you don't think you will be there to see it.

    Though I do like divineblindclown's take on it
    Claudetteon April 16, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI had a slightly different interpretation of this song....I thought of it as he is at a hospital and the woman he loves has just died from cancer or something (which is the poison) and he kisses her but feels stupid, like how could i be so stupid as to think i could magically heal her with a kiss!
    reverand_chrison May 30, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is better lyrically than musically, but still good. I can relate because i have a friend thats pretty messed up, and whenever I try to help, I end up hurting myself.
    Aqueous Dispositionon March 12, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General Commentsomone trying to help somone and then giving up on them. could be helping them with anything; drugs, depression or whatever it doesn't really matter, the point is that they give up - which is kind of sad, because even if somone completely rejects help, they often still want it, to know that the person cares
    evil_killer_phoneon March 22, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General Commentto me this song is about a girl who is suffering from depression, anorexia, or bulimia. and she doesn't see the beauty that this man who loves her sees. he believes that by showing her love and support he could help her fight the disease. but he soon realized that it she had to want to fight it
    sweetie4uon May 06, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General CommentMaybe a different angle, It's been a while. Here goes:
    When we chose to live, we chose the pain as well as the joy. Our souls desire both. This song was written originally in pain, not at the 'why me, please, please, please' stage, but at the awakening and rebirth. The writer awakens(Delusional) and moves on, its his painful choice. Maybe he stayed because the word soulmate was going through his head, over and over. Perhaps he felt a sense of cosmic responsibilty. He truly loved her. In the awakening, however, he sees that he did not love all of her, he loved the potential her from his perspective.
    We all have heard the old axiom about our not having the ability to change the unwilling, but, "what if she sees how I love her without limits, and that 'inspires' her to change"(Ego). Well that may be a possibilty, but you-know-who crapped out.
    She hurt him, I'd say infidelity was involved. This went on for a while. Then he chose to grow and move on.
    Touching on the 3 libras parallel, there is 1 thing lacking from this song that 3 libras has. It is Serene. It lacks the the sarcasm, anger and raw pain. Just listen to it. Two different angles, both of personal expression and perhaps one last attempt to wake her up. I'm sure she didn't, despite the shoddy fascade of 'lies'. He remains compassionate though, due to the type of awakening. He realizes on some small level why we are here, he aligns his purpose with what small slice of true he sees. He loves her in a larger more powerful way, knows she wont awaken, sings her one last pretty song, and lives on, elsewhere. No need to tell her hurtful things like 'appearantly nothing' anymore (however true that may be).
    The purpose of love and relationships does not always concern forever. The point of life is to feel, and to love, and to be (aware). There are those we bring into our lives that we recprocate subconcious lessons with, and then move on. That is actually beautiful. It's hard to see, but when we do, it clears the fog, it strengthens the soul. It allows you to see her beauty despite your dark memories, and be calm once again. The storm has passed, the sky is clear, embrace who you are now, sleeping beauty was there for you all along, you were just confused about the roles, you had to be.
    HERKon October 28, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIn my persepective this song is about someone who is "alseep" on themselves; they've been poisoned into a state of affectation. No matter what you do, you cannot wake them to who they are. They are so absorbed by how easy it has become to lead their life that they are beyond help. It is easier for them to hide their real self in the past. The sad part though, is that they were beautiful in your eyes, so much that you foolishly tried to "kiss" them (not literally). They were important to you, not necessarily because you were in love with them, but because of the connection, the feeling of ka-tet, and your instinct was to "cure" them.
    Manu19on August 03, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think this song is either about, someone maynard couldn't help, or his own mother. come on guys, no one thought of that yet? his mother was paralyzed and in a coma for a long time. i mean, judith is obviously about his mother, but this wouldn't be the first time maynard writes two songs about his mother, look at the wings for marie, with tool, and judith on this album.

    I think it could go both ways guys, either about another individual, or his mother.
    MerDeNomson February 03, 2007   Link

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