AEnema
by Tool

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  • This is based on a comedy routine by Bill Hicks, who hated the city of Los Angeles. He thought the people were very superficial and represented America at its worst. In his routine, which is sampled in the song, Hicks talks about California falling into the ocean and creating Arizona Bay. Hicks died of cancer in 1994.
  • Lead singer Maynard Keenan was a big fan of Hicks, and drew inspiration from his comedy routines, which often contained lots of social commentary. The album artwork contains a painting of Hicks dressed like a doctor with the caption, "Another Dead Hero."
  • Maynard spend 6 months writing the lyrics. Though he does mention LA, he's not speaking specifically about the city. It's a conceptual song asking, "What if everything was destroyed and we had to start over again." LA in this case represents what's wrong with the world in Maynard's eyes, and he's trying to get the message across that we need something like the city falling into the ocean to happen before we can evolve as a race. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    colin - chatham, Canada
  • This song was inspired when Tool performed in some sort of L Ron Hubbard arena in Los Angeles. The band looked in dismay when they came across all these yuppie disciples of Hubbard and saw what they felt were the meaningless things they stood for.
  • "AEnema" is a combination of words. "Anima" is the female archetype hypothesized by philosopher/psychologist Carl Jung to exist within the male. "Enema" is the purification of one's rectum through flushing water. The combination would mean something along the lines of flushing out the superficial crap within us.
  • In the song, Maynard gives a list of people he can pretty much do without. The song is a reminder about what is important and what is not in the long run of life. The song has an intense anger focused logically on ideas of superficial people, yet has an inescapable creativity to it. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    mike - oakhurst, NJ, for above 3
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  • Baremental from FoofylandFrom Latin: onyma meaning "name." That's just one possible explanation, which is about as good as anything when it comes to explaining anything about Tool. Tool is about doing something better with yourself than finding a possible explanation to some irrelevant factoid and signing up on some music fan site to report it to people you don't even know and who probably don't care.
    When I saw Tool when they were touring Ænema, May May said "Blah blah something about someone, I think one of the other band members blah blah high colonic." A high colonic is a kind of enema. I think it is similar to a bidet.
    Opiate use blah blah enemas.
    Stay regular.
  • Chris from AzAgreed Will. Its difficult to see TOOL live lately. With A Perfect Circle and Puscifer. He has a serious schedule. But seeing them in person is ridiculous. What lead singer doesn't want to be right in front of the stage. Only one. Its about the music. The more and more you listen. The more and more addicted you get to it. A Perfect Circle is coming to Tucson soon. Cant f--king wait.
  • Snake Plissken from South Of HeavenSeen them perform this live. One of the greatest times in my life.
  • Kyle from Sand Lakes Provincial Park, MbIf this song is about a comedy routine then what is all the talk about the world ending and armageddon coming soon?
  • Hildy from Los, CaI'm originally from LA and for me plain and simple... f--k L.A. superficial bunch of f--ktards! TOMA as u will but this is what it means to me. It also helped me get the f--k out of that septic tank . Used it as a TOOL so 2 speak. Thanx guys!
  • Hildy from Los, CaÆnema Some say the end is near. Some say we'll see armageddon soon. I certainly hope we will. I sure could use a vacation from this bulls--t three ring circus sideshow of Freaks here in this hopeless f--king hole we call LA The only way to fix it is to flush it all away. Any f--king time. Any f--king day. Learn to swim, I'll see you down in Arizona bay. Fret for your figure and Fret for your latte and Fret for your hairpiece and Fret for your lawsuit and Fret for your prozac and Fret for your pilot and Fret for your contract and Fret for your car. It's a bulls--t three ring circus sideshow of freaks here in this hopeless f--king hole we call LA The only way to fix it is to flush it all away. Any f--king time. Any f--king day. Learn to swim, I'll see you down in Arizona bay. Some say a comet will fall from the sky. Followed by meteor showers and tidal waves. Followed by faultlines that cannot sit still. Followed by millions of dumbfounded dips--ts. Some say the end is near. Some say we'll see armageddon soon. I certainly hope we will cuz I sure could use a vacation from this Silly s--t, stupid s--t... One great big festering neon distraction, I've a suggestion to keep you all occupied. Learn to swim. Mom's gonna fix it all soon. Mom's comin' round to put it back the way it ought to be. Learn to swim. f--k L Ron Hubbard and f--k all his clones. f--k all those gun-toting Hip gangster wannabes. Learn to swim. f--k retro anything. f--k your tattoos. f--k all you junkies and f--k your short memory. Learn to swim. f--k smiley glad-hands With hidden agendas. f--k these dysfunctional, Insecure actresses. Learn to swim. Cuz I'm praying for rain and I'm praying for tidal waves I wanna see the ground give way. I wanna watch it all go down. Mom please flush it all away. I wanna watch it go right in and down. I wanna watch it go right in. Watch you flush it all away. Time to bring it down again. Don't just call me pessimist. Try and read between the lines. I can't imagine why you wouldn't Welcome any change, my friend. I wanna see it all come down. suck it down. flush it down.
  • Jason from New Orleans, La" If you do a commercial your off the artistic roll call forever, your just another whore or slave to the capitalistic Gang Bang, im just planting seeds I dont know if they will grow or not, just planting seeds." Bill Hicks----looks like his seeds did grow after he died and tool dedicated this album specifically to him...
  • Phantom Rider from Woodbury, TnEminem realy didn't write this song my dads brother Jamie wrote this song. He sent it in needing money hoping Eminem would send him some but, he didn't. Even knowing it's not copyright, it's till wrong for him to do it.
  • Will from Greensboro, NcThis song is incredible. If you ever have a chance to hear it live, you are very fortunate.
  • Brandon from Pittsburgh, Pai love this song but i dont really like the ending, i love listening to this song after dealing with a bunch meaningless retards
  • Tyler from Salem, OrThe name of the song is the combination of the two words anima which is latin for soul and enima the cleansing of the rectum. So basically it means to cleanse the dirtiest part of your soul.
  • Peter from Pittsburgh, PaI think this song is about someone who needs to go get their Latee before the big wave comes because there's nothing worse than a soggy coffee. Then, she prays for rain so that she can get a ride from her boyfriend, Tiberius.
  • Seth from Atl, GaWhat if you all are right?
  • Spencer from Edmond, Okhonestly i think this song is about how much bulls--t is in the world and how maynard wish it would all go away with a natural disaster (tidal wave hence the learn to swim) he also names off everyone who he doesn't care a thing in the world about and most of them i don't care about either. great song
  • Death from Why Do You Care, MaThis song is just about the world ending by natural causes. its also about the cleaning of peoples souls by their death. for an example for natural causes is "moms going to put it back the way it be" which means that mother nature is going to restore the earth back to its former glory meaning it could be a meteor shower, nonstop rain(listen at the begining, hes keeps saying rain over and over again and there are also parts in it where he repeats it through the song), the fault lines seperating causeing magma to leak out and destroying many cities, and exc. what he means by hes praying for mayhem means that when the people no the world isending there will b mayhem caused by people. when he says i pray for tidal waves just means that he wants the world to end by flooding. all this song is about is the world ending and cleansing everyones soul by death(score one for me) and fixing this entire planet through natural causes.
  • James from Miami, FlThis song is about Bill Hicks, impermanence, materialism, cultish obsession, and cynicism.
  • Austin from Smallsville, New EnglandThis song won a grammy in 1998 for Best Metal Performance. Beating out Korn's "No Place To Hide",Corrision of Conformity's "Drowning in a Daydream", Megadeth's "Trust", and Pantera's "Cemetery Gates".
  • Brian from Boston, Maholy crap and eulogoy is about christ?it is about all of us!
  • Brian from Boston, Mahow do you all know what this song or anyother song is about when none of you wrote it!
  • Hunter from Scotsdale, Azthe song is a suggestion to everyone who worries about material assets that they do not need. Fretting over all the nonsensical items that end up owning you, you gotta wash it all away, reget the norm established by 'LA', any corporate brainwashing facists that tell you what to be. Break off that cancer, wash it all away into the ocean, and ill see you down in Arizona bay. If you continue let them rule your world, learn to swim
  • Chris from Ontario, CanadaListen we can argue about whether Aenema by tool is one of the best songs in the world or whether Syd Barret was totally baked out of his mind since childbirth. Fact of the matter it won't make a difference and also this is one of the best songs out there and Syd Barret rote all of the songs for Pink Floyd during the time when all he could think of were bananas, but those jerks fired him for no reason. I back Nick from Denver 100% and Tool and Pink Floyd are both amazing. btw don't take this too seriously.
  • Aiebo from Orlando, FlThe alternative metal band Tool has voiced criticism of Scientology. After releasing their first full-length album Undertow in 1993, the band began touring to promote their new work. In May 1993, Tool was scheduled to play the Garden Pavilion in Hollywood but learned at the last minute that the Garden Pavilion belonged to the Church of Scientology, which the band felt clashed with "the band's ethics about how a person should not follow a belief system that constricts their development as a human being". The band's vocalist Maynard James Keenan recalled that he "spent most of the show baa-ing like a sheep at the audience". Scott Schalin reported in Bay Area Music: "Between songs, Keenan, staring first at the lush grounds paid for by devoted L. Ron followers and then into the eyes of his own audience, bayed into the mic like a sheep looking for his shepherd's gate. "Baaaaa! Baaaaa!" the singer bleated." The lyrics to the Tool song "Ænema" contain the phrase: "F--k L. Ron Hubbard, F--k all his clones."

    Quoting from Wikipedia
  • P from Z, United Statesits using the destruction of LA from san andreas fault (followed by faultlines that will not sit still) followed by the city possibly sliding into the sea (learn to swim) as a metaphor for the destruction of the cesspits of superficial human bull that are cities and the yuppie/glitz lifestyle in general.
  • Austin from Smallsville,new England, --The song is referenced in the Red Hot Chili Peppers song Californication with the line "Tidal waves couldn't save the world from californication"
  • Cj from Vermont, VtI think he says "Learn to swim" coz the world is gonna be flooded with tidal waves. Which is also another line in the song. I know he got it from his friend Bill Hicks but I think he put it in there coz it makes sense.
  • Michael from Clonmel, Irelandthis song is widely believed to be about the destruction of the world/superficial rubbish that is in the world.Bill Hicks worked on this till he died.Lafayette Ronald Hubbard who is mentioned is the founder of scientology
  • Maz from Los Angeles, Cathis is a great f'ing song that does a great job of summing up what Los Angeles is and has always been about...other cities may have some elements but none are as is LA. Los angeles love it or hate it the place has it going, for better or worse.Yes, please flush it all away ( sh** thats me too{is that right to oo's?})the absolute best in concert...love the energy
  • Darrell from Eugene, United StatesDarrell from Vancouver, Canada: This is Darrell from Eugene, Oregon, and you have obviously never had an enema, judging from your interpretation. If you had, you would not like to so much as hear the word "enema", much less listen to a song about one. I have had several, and they are no fun at all.
  • Kayla from Oklahoma, OkThis song could be about how you see it your own pointaveiw or perhaps its a bout duching out the world and having mother nature fix it all but how ever its a bad ass song, album, band and what not.
  • Daniel from Auckland, New Zealandthis is the best song for singing when pissed with a group of mates try it at your next party
  • Richard from Chillicothe , Ohi was just wondering something. maynard states in the song. "freaks here in the closet, this hole we call L.A." right? then he states "learn to swim, ill see u down in arizona bay" is he saying that he is a freak as well? if so is he stating he is a freak in the world's opinion or his?
  • Ruben from Nsw, Australianick from denver claims "Every one of pink floyds songs were written while Syd Barrett was baked out of his mind" thats interesting considering he was only part of pink floyd for one full album then one song (jug band blues) of there second album and roger waters and dave gilmour who wrote there songs after syd never really dabbled with drugs so perhaps you should rethink your opening argument before you "enlighten us"
  • Darrell from Vancouver, CanadaThis song Is clearly about the cleansing of the world that might come to be if we dont smarten up and change our ways because we have no respect for mother nature or ourselves for that matter. Learn to swim is a great way to put it. Because he is saying that we must learn to swim (fend for ourselves) Because the way that we were meant to live was this way instead of depending on the government to provide you with water you must gather your own water. Learn to swim is also a way of saying learn how to live with strength and integrity instead of having superficial morals or bleiefs.
  • Tracy from St Paul, MnI heard if u listen to it backwards it says over and over in a demonic tone,,john jacob jingleheimerschmidt in 4 different languages,,,spooky! And my ouji board spelled out "tom cruise is lucifer" WHILE i was listening to the backwards version,,needless to say i burned my 'All the Right Moves' video. whew
  • Tracy from St Paul, MnLMAO,,i love it. 18 yr old kids competing on their Toolishness, all totally positive they are the only ones to truly "get" Tool's lyrical meanings. I was told recently on a certain Tool chat site that i was REALLY old to be a Tool fan. I am 38,,same as Maynard i believe. So i guess that means that since im close to his age, that its truly me that has the secret code into his mind and the ideas that flow from it LOL. NA NA NA boo boo. We may as well just get married i think. ps-the dude that told me i was old was of course,,18 yrs of age,,go figure, I wonder if he knows Tool was around b4 he was peeing standing up? And as far as lyrics and the music of Tool,,pure genius i think. I wish i had a speck of the talent they have, and i often wonder if they know they even have it.
  • Raven from Reedley, Cathe damn song is based on writings by a psychologist by the name carl jung....
  • Nick from Denver, CoOkay....Everyone pay attention! TOOL is an amazing band like no other out there. You can compare them to pink floyd or you can argue about what the meanings of the songs are. It's not going to do you any good. Every one of pink floyds songs were written while Syd Barrett was baked out of his mind. By saying that, TOOL writes there songs with no influinces that will tarnish anything any of their beliefs. You might all think that Maynard James Keenan writes his own lyrics for EVERY song,.....He doesn't. Obviously he has a larg part, but so does the rest of the band. Anyone could read the Lyrics of AEnema and believe anything is possible. If you read enough of TOOLs lyrics, you will start to understand that they write them to give the listener the PRIVELAGE and RIGHT to percieve these songs as they please. AEnema has many meanings to it....Yes L.A. is hell on earth, Yes it is prophesized that California is going to fall off the face of the earth when the day of armageddon comes. What Maynard is trying to say is exactly those things, but he also says to "READ BETWEEN THE LINES". The underlying message in this song is Maynard saying to "be yourself". Eventually, the end of the world will come, but L.A. will be the first to go. There are 3 types of people in the world today....Leaders, Followers and a small few that live on the thin line in between. If we don't learn to live between the two, then Maynard has a perfect suggestion to keep us all occupied..."LEARN TO SWIM".
  • Aaron from Canton, OhKatie, I never really thought of it before, but yes! I'd say Pink Floyd Metal is a great way to describe Tool!
  • Job from Philadelphia, PaIn the song, there's a line that says "F--k L Ron Hubbard and all of his clones" referencing a show that Tool had been signed for to play at a Scientology convention. Maynard was either unaware of the cult/religion at the time, or was not aware that the show was for scientologists, and then proceeded to bleat at the audience as if he were a sheep, showing them that they were, indeed, nothing more than sheep following a different shepherd. L. Ron Hubbard is the father of scientology, as well as a noted science fiction author. Notable members of the Church of Scientology include several celebrities, most famous being Tom Cruise.
  • Dona from New York, NyHaving been to L.A., I can attest to the validity of Maynard's lyrical assault. Still, it's naive to believe that the point is "L.A. sucks". He's a lot deeper than that! He even says, "Don't just call me pessimist. Try and read between the lines." I see L.A. as a metaphor for a self-absorbed, ego-based society that arrogantly believes separating plastic and glass will save their sorry butts. "Mom" is obviously Mother Nature who, as always, shall have the last word. For me, there's a thematic link between "Aemema" & "Swamp" from "Undertow".
    Lastly, "Lachrymology" is Tool Urban Legend:

    http://lachrymology.urbanup.com/1465974
  • Kevin from Independence, Mo"this is fabt flushin all the corruption and inhumanity in the sea basically flushing the whole world coz now the whole world is filled with corruption
    - sunny, mumbai, India" Wow that is a bit of a closed minded thing to say dont ya think. According to you everyone and everything in the world is corrupt. i guess that also means you doesnt it?
  • Katie from Las Vegas, NvDoes anyone else think tool kind of has a metal pink floyd feel to it?
  • Sunny from Mumbai, Indiathis is fabt flushin all the corruption and inhumanity in the sea

    basically flushing the whole world coz now the whole world is filled with corruption
  • Devoyd from Bris, Australiaalong with the philosophical side of the song, their is a prophecie that LA will go underwater when the sea lever rises, because it is on low lying land
  • Maynard from Lloyd Center, OrThis song is about flushing all the stupidity of the humanity... just like that... and also just 4 fun... hehehe
  • Jeanette from New Milford, CtThe title "AEnema" is likely a combination of the words "enema", referring to the the medical device, and "anima", a psychological term coined by Carl Jung referring to the feminine side of a man's personal unconcious. (the counterpart in women is reffered to as the "animus").
  • George from Hell, PaIs it me, or is this song a lot like Taxi Driver, only in LA instead of NY.
  • Max from New York, NyJung actually recieved the name Anima from the Nubian (or maybe Zulu) Queen Amina. She was an extremely important figure in African tribal history and was diafied by many of the southern tribes. I don't know why exactly he switched the m and n. Probably just translation issues. But anyway, mix it with enema or an enema and walla, quadruple meaning central. Now think, African goddess, nasty little clyster going up some sado-masicists rear end, whats the significance?
  • Michelle from Shallotte, Nci always thought this was about abortion, hence the "flush it all away" "mom's gonna put it back the way it ought to be"...guess I was wrong though...i like the idea of the end of the world better anyway
  • Mel from Sydney, Australiathanks brian from TX. iv always wanted to know how to do that :)
  • Brian from Mayfield Heights, Ohi love it. i wanna be here when they go down. i wanna see it go straight down.
  • Jonathan from Burton, MiMaynard is singing about things that we may see. If you have studied Earth history, you know that we are in for some cataclysmic events in the next thousand years or so---a coming Ice Age is expected in less than 500 years, and a pole shift is even expected by the end of the century. The implications of this are massive rainstorms rarely seen, tidal waves of catastrophic proportions, and splitting of fault lines. And honestly, doesn't any living being rid itself of disease? The earth lives, and we are a virus. Mom's gonna fix it all soon...mom's coming round to put it back the way it oughta be...
  • Tyler from Covington, LaI'll address a few things: 1) This song is based on the late/great Bill Hicks' comedy routine "Arizona Bay", thus it, at it's core, about LA (could be metaphorical also). 2) The line "Mom's gonna fix it all soon. Mom's comin' round to put it back the way it ought to be...", is about mother nature. Basically, when the fault lines crumble, it will destroy California and "fix" every problem within it by destruction and restore the country back to the way mother nature created it. -more to come.
  • Evan from G-ville, Gaheres my personal thought.

    it may be a premonition of some sort of california sinking, first off, obvoisly maynard dosent like la, and if it would all "flush"(enima,california sinking) away it would get rid of all the crap, he says that people are also too comsumed by all the products today and what they think about thierselfs hence the lyric "fret for your figure and fret for your latte"
    later in the song he sais
    "some say a comet will fall from the sky followed by metor showers and tidal waves"(a meteor/comet falling into the ocean causing a tsunami and flooding california?) then he says "followed by earthquakes and fault lines that cannot sit still (or it could be that since california is famous for earthquakes and the such, and plus on the iside of the Ã?niema case the hologram showing it splitting on the San Andres fault (hence "faultlines")

    "moms coming to fix it all soon" hes talkn about mother nature coming to flood califora and give it an enima
  • Topher from Chicago, Ilit was said before, but i wanted to elaborate on this idea: it isn't about LA or it's destruction but rather how man kinda has lost touch with its roots and the things that "everyone learned to do." he uses the example of swimming... before these modern times, most people learned to swim... it was just something that happened. however, kinds ignore this necessary skill and insted want to be "hid gangster wanna-bes" and relay on their parents to fix the problems. he then asks the question that what would happen if the world was destroyed... everything that we knew and superficially lived for (tattoos, neon lights, the whole concept of "cool")
  • Bateman from Hell, Cathis song is clearly about armageddon. that's all
  • Bob from Boca Raton, FlMaynard is the coolest person I have ever seen, slightly cooler than House Arrest Chris. Turning your back on the audience takes performing to a level never before witnessed by man. I also heard he eats a lot of carrot cake.
  • Tom from Jefferson Township, NjI read somewhere that I think it was Maynard who said this song was about how California should sink and that would make the U.S. a better place.
  • Glenn from Mildenhall, EnglandEulogy is not about L Ron Hubbard, however this is not the forum to discuss that. This is about Aenima, and I take it as a literal enema, cleaning the rectum of America, California.
  • Brian from Mayfield Heights, Oheulogy is about L.Ron hubbard, the founder of Scientology also. Scientology is a really freaking hypocritical mockery of a religion, and MJK hated it, as most people who like to be rational and logical should
  • Jesse from Magna, UtThis song is plainly about Bill Hicks and the affect Bill had on Maynard. Maynard wanted and became a comedian because of Bill. His death troubled MAynard and Aenema the song and cd are dedicated to Bill. Bill Hated LA and the arizona bay reference is from the album title by Bill Hicks.
  • Jon from Catawba, Scanima is a soul, anemia is a blood disorder, sickle cell anemia is where your red blood cells form hook shaped.
  • Ben from Clemmons, Ndit means people should lighten up. we all read too dep into life and try too hard to find our physical self rather then our spiritual self. we spend money on the non-essentials. and if it keeps on maynard wants to see the meteor showers and tidal waves and all those goodies haha ( i would too )
  • Robin from Sydney, Canadait's not about anything Keenan "thinks" or "wants" to happen...it's a song thats based on Bill HIcks "Arizona Bay" routine. in fact, on this whole CD, there are many songs with references to Hicks (or which are directlyinspired by him) In the cd sleeve, there is a picture of him.
  • Lisa from Durant, OkIn the end Earth will be hurled into a black hole with another universe filled with light on the other side. The constant light will cause mother earth to reclaim the planet. The Earth will change drastically. We may still be alive to witness it.
  • Justin Gregg from Harrah, OkL Ron Hubbard founded the Church of Scientology, which is very popular amongst many-a-celebrity.
  • Nathan from Gold Coast, Australiawho is L Ron Hubbard? In the lyrics it says "F--k L Ron Hubbard and F--k all his clones, F--k all those gun-toting Hip gangster wannabes.
  • Ron from Fredericton, CanadaWell AEnema and undertow both have alot to do with the bands belief in Lachrymology which is "the study of crying" and through this song as well as others you get a theme of water, which is shown in many forms like rain, tidal waves and bodily fluids, this all relates to their belief in Lachrymology
  • Chase from Scottsdale, AzAenema is a term that describes how California is actually sinking into the ocean. It is proven that their is signifigant techtonic movement between the Ca. Az. border and that Cali has been sinking into the ocean for a while now. Aenema and Anima and not combinations of enema and anima. Anima is a blood condition. Otherwise everyone else is right.
  • Zac from Drexel, MoThis song is abut LA and how it should be destroyed and wiped off the earth. It is written on Carl Jung's opinion on Hycholonics.
  • Crystal from Newark, NyIt's about how all the people in LA are fake beyond means and how it should be destroyed and how mother earth should put it together.
  • Andrew from Indianapolis, InYou all pretty much hit the nail on the head.
  • Aimee from Auckland, New ZealandThe "Arizona Bay" part is a reference to Bill Hicks. The whole theme of viewing LA as a "nightmare city" - as he would call it - was just one of the things that he's covered in his routines (I forget which of Hicks' cds it's off, but it can be found on any file sharing programme), so it's easy to see where the inspiration came from in this song.
  • Richard from Hamilton, New ZealandIt's not only about how MJK hates LA, but all the people there, all the posers and so on. He pretty much wishes that mother nature would realise that the place it a hole, and just give the world an 'enema' and get rid of all the crap
  • Paul from York, EnglandI think:-
    Mom's gonna fix it all soon.
    Mom's comin' round to put it back the way it ought to be.

    Is talking about mother nature.
  • James from Montague, CanadaThe song is called "Ã?nema", and it uses LA's destruction as just one example of what MJK thinks should happen. Read the lyrics.
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