Tool - The Pot (Lyrics and Meaning)





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Published on Sep 24, 2009

EDIT: This description has just been edited (July 28 2014). I wrote the initial description when I was 15. No further comment necessary. Almost everything in the initial description was accurate. Most of the editing I've just done was just rewording to make things more clear and concise. I removed a couple minor tidbits.


This song is almost certainly about hypocrisy. Kangaroo Courts are referred to specifically in the song.

Kangaroo Courts aren't as commonly occurring as they have been in the past, but they still happen today. It's a court case in which the accused is considered guilty before they really get a fair trial. Now, who is the accuser/court to say that person is guilty of a crime while they are committing a crime themselves (Who are you to wave your finger)? Hypocrites.

"Kangaroo courts in the older days typically dealt with pot dealers and smokers." - I wrote this when I first posted the video. I most likely did not get this info from a reliable source. It's also a really vague, fishy, weird-sounding statement. Perhaps it's true that those involved in cannabis trade or use were more likely to be subjected to an unfair trial than others at some point in the past. If so, it certainly makes the song a little more coherent.

All the references to eyes ("Eyehole deep in muddy waters", "Got lemon juice up in your eye", "Weeping shades of indigo") all refer to the hypocrite being blinded by something or another and not being able to see the obvious.

Indigo, in many cultures, represents or represented intuition and spiritual knowledge. The hypocrite is weeping away their intuition and knowledge, until they don't even realize their own hypocrisy.

"When you pissed all over my black kettle, you must've been high"

You're the pot calling the kettle black and putting him down for it, or "pissing" on him. And it's obviously not with straight thinking or intuition that you did this. It would seem most reasonable to me that the recurring "you must have been high" line is figurative, as in, "you were being crazy and unreasonable". However, I could see it being literal as well, considering the fact that a good number of law creators and enforcers break laws too.

I had to look this up, so I'll put it here for you all - the definition of "cozen" ("You're weeping shades of cozened indigo"):

1. To mislead by means of a petty trick or fraud; deceive.
2. To persuade or induce to do something by cajoling or wheedling.
3. To obtain by deceit or persuasion.

OVERALL, this is one of Tool's more cryptic songs, lyrically. The primary ideas aren't difficult to figure out, but the use of metaphor and analogy is especially heavy, and there are an absurdly large number of various references to obscure terms, phrases, events, etc. Lots of puzzling to be done if you're looking for something to do!

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