Prison Sex

by TOOL

Duration:
4:56
Released:
Apr 06, 1993
Posted by:
ShyDJDave
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Lyrics for Prison Sex by TOOL:

Verse 1
It took so long to remember just what happened
I was so young and vestal then
You know it hurt me
But I'm breathing so I guess I'm still alive
Even if signs seem to tell me otherwise
Got my hands bound
And my head down and my eyes closed
My throat's wide open

Refrain
Do unto others what has been done to me
Do unto others what has been done to you

Verse 2
I'm treading water
I need to sleep a while
My lamb and martyr, you look so precious
Won't you, won't you come on a bit closer?
Close enough so I can smell you
I need you to feel this
I can't stand to burn too long
Release in sodomy
For one sweet moment I am whole

Refrain
Do unto you now what has been done to me
Do unto you now what has been done

Verse 3
You're breathing so I guess you're still alive
Even if signs seem to tell me otherwise
Won't you, won't you come on a bit closer?
Close enough so I can smell you
I need you to feel this
I need this to make me whole
Release in sodomy
Have you witnessed that blood and flesh can't be trusted?
Have you witnessed that blood and flesh can't be trusted?
And only this one holy medium brings me peace of mind

Verse 4
Got your hands bound
And your head down
And your eyes closed
You look so precious now

Bridge
I have found some kind of temporary sanity in this
Shit, blood, and cum on my hands
I've come 'round full circle

Outro
My lamb and martyr, this will be over soon
You look so precious, you look so precious
You look so precious, you look so precious
You look so precious now
You look so precious

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Song Facts

With introspection that Maynard seems to bring to the table almost constantly, “Prison Sex” addresses the psychological, almost procedural impact of abuse on its victims.

The song seems to alternate between the perspective of the abuser and the perspective of the victim. With the differing wording, it brings out both the paralyzing fear expressed by the victim and the twisted mentality of the abuser. In fact, Maynard James Keenan discussed these different interpretations of the song in a 1994 interview with the San Francisco Chronicle.

Q: The “Prison Sex” video seemed to strike a chord with just about everyone who saw it. What are your impressions of the clip?

A: In a lot of the music you’ll find open spaces for your own interpretation. In the “Prison Sex” video you question whether the song is actually being sung from an infant’s point of view, or from the antagonist’s point of view. But there’s definitely a cycle involved, a push-and-pull.

Although it can be metaphorically translated to match different forms of abuse, the theme in this song revolves around the rape and sexual assault of a young child. The song, as well as its music video, has been the source of a significant amount of controversy due to its symbolic depictions of child abuse and sexual assault: it was pulled from MTV’s rotation after only a few rotations. However, it was still nominated for the 1995 MTV Video Award for Best Special Effects.

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