The Grudge

by TOOL

Duration:
8:35
Released:
May 15, 2001
Posted by:
hollowaxis
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Lyrics for The Grudge by TOOL:

Chorus
Wear the grudge like a crown of negativity
Calculate what we will or will not tolerate
Desperate to control all and everything
Unable to forgive your scarlet lettermen

Verse 1
Clutch it like a cornerstone
Otherwise, it all comes down
Justify denials and
Grip 'em to the lonesome end
Clutch it like a cornerstone
Otherwise, it all comes down
Terrified of being wrong
Ultimatum prison cell

Refrain
Saturn ascends
Choose one or ten
Hang on or be
Humbled again
Humbled again

Verse 2
Clutch it like a cornerstone
Otherwise it all comes down
Justify denials and
Grip them to the lonesome end

Refrain
Saturn ascends
Comes round again
Saturn ascends
The one, the ten
Ignorant to the damage done

Chorus
Wear the grudge like a crown of negativity
Calculate what we will or will not tolerate
Desperate to control all and everything
Unable to forgive the scarlet lettermen

Verse 3
Wear the grudge like a crown
Desperate to control
Unable to forgive and sinking deeper
Defining, confining
Sinking deeper
Controlling, defining
And we're sinking deeper

Chorus
Saturn comes back around to show you everything
Lets you choose what you will not see and then
Drags you down like a stone or lifts you up again
Spits you out like a child, light and innocent

Bridge
Saturn comes back around
Lifts you up like a child
Or drags you down like a stone
To consume you 'til you
Choose to let this go
Choose to let this go

Instrumental

Verse 4
Give away the stone
Let the oceans take and transmutate
This cold and fated anchor
Give away the stone
Let the waters kiss and transmutate
These leaden grudges into gold

Outro
Let go, let go, let go, let go
Let go, let go, let go, let go
Let go, let go, let go, let go
Let go, let go, let go, let go
Let go, let go, let go, let go
Let go, let go, let go, let go
Let go, let go, let go, let go
Let go, let go, let go, let go
Let go, let go, let go, let go
Let go, let go, let go, let go
Let go, let go, let go, let go
Let go, let go, let go

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Song Facts

“The Grudge” is a song about maturity and development, using alchemical, astrological, and mythological symbolism.

The planet Saturn has an orbital period of 29.5 years, so it returns to the astral position it occupied at the time of an individual’s birth as that individual approaches age 30; a significant and symbolic life moment for many people.

Jungian psychology (which is based mostly on alchemy) similarly defines the transit as a period of transition and maturation into adulthood. This may manifest itself as professional success, establishing a family or the fulfilment of other responsibilities, but it can also be a time of struggle and strife if the individual going through the transit cannot approach the period with the right mindset (letting go of our need to control and hold on to the life we know).

“The Grudge” portrays an example of the latter: an individual struggling to move on from past wrongs and unable to transcend (or simply grow up) as a result. By the end of the song the answer is very clear, with the repeated injunction to “let go”.

Tool often incorporates lyrical themes into the musical composition itself. In this case the unusual 5/8 time signature divides The Grudge into units of 10 beats (2 bars) per line, echoing the significance of the number 10 in the lyrics.

A total absence of tempo changes strengthens the effect, although Danny Carey camouflages what might otherwise be a rigid formula with some ingenious drumming. The downbeats/stresses change between different sections (for example, 3+3+4 during the chorus and 5+5 during the “let go” outro). This alters the ‘pulse’ and creates contrast between different parts of the song.

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