Tool - Vicarious (Lyrics and Meaning)





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Published on Sep 7, 2009

EDIT: This description has just been completely erased and retyped (July 28 2014).

This was the first lyric video I made. I was 14 when I made it. I wrote the "meaning" of the lyrics in the video because I really wanted to give a COMPLETE interpretation. I didn't want to not be able to explain some lines, or have some lines seem to contradict the analysis I proposed.

Obviously, this was a silly thing to do. I didn't do it again.

Yes, I am also WELL aware that this song is not the lyrical equivalent of a master-level 5000 piece jigsaw puzzle. It's poetic, but it conveys its message very clearly.

I would prefer to make a new Vicarious lyric video and have it take this one's place, but I can't do that. This video has made its way to 600,000 views, and people see it. People don't see videos with zero views. They don't show up in searches, and they don't show up in "related videos" or "recommended videos". And the video is generally very popular. So it will stay.

One last thing: this very well may not be done intentionally, but I've noticed that the "bluntness" of the lyrics reflects the theme very well. Being entertained by death on a primitive or instinctual level is a... well... primitive thing.

Primitive ~ blunt ~ straight-forward ~ simplistic ~ basic. I'm sure you can see the relation between the concepts.

  • Category

  • License

    • Standard YouTube License
  • Song

    • Vicarious
  • Artist

    • Pool Band
  • Album

    • Pool Band
  • Licensed by

    • SonoSuite (on behalf of Pool Band Record); BMG Rights Management, and 4 Music Rights Societies


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