Sober

by TOOL

Duration:
5:06
Released:
Apr 06, 1993
Posted by:
ShyDJDave
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Lyrics for Sober by TOOL:

Verse 1
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 pattern, must we
Just because the son has come

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

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

Verse 2
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

Pre-Chorus
Mother Mary, won't you whisper
Something but the past and done?
Mother Mary, won't you whisper
Something but the past and done?

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

Bridge
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

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

Outro
I want what I want
I want what I want
I want what I want
I want what I want

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Song Facts

The song that brought Tool its fame in the mid 90s, “Sober” was written about a friend of the band who was only creative when under the influence. The song itself has a very eerie bass line that rings throughout, accompanied by Adam Jones' dissonant guitars and Maynard James Keenan’s unorthodox vocal delivery.

Many of the lyrics were adapted from the song “Burn About Out” by C.A.D., one of Maynard’s former bands.

Children Of The Anachronistic Dynasty - Burn About OutGenius
Burn About Out Lyrics: (If we can't hear it or kick it it ain't worth nothin') / This song's called Burn About Out / Waiting like a stalking butler / Who upon the finger rests / Murder now the path

The music video is famous for its use of clay figures and stop-motion animation.

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