Baron Von Pot

I did a little checking online to see if anyone else had arrived at the assumption/conclusion (polarity in motion) that the lyrics in the song “The Pot” by Tool saying:

Eye balls deep in muddy waters

are a reference to Baron Von Münchhausen pulling himself up out of the swamp by his own hair. I believe that I am the first. For those of you unaware, Münchhausen was known for his amazing accomplishments (riding cannonballs, traveling to the moon and so on) as documented by others. There is a condition known as Münchhausen syndrome which causes people to feign illness (or subject others to intentional discomfort) to gain sympathy or attention. This fits well with Maynard, as Tool had previous songs such as “Swamp Song” and there is a constant dissection of sanity and reality in Tool lyrics. Of course, double entendres are consistently present in Tool lyrics, so alternate interpretations could apply the idea of the lotus floating in muddy waters, having grown up through the mud, been purified and appears clean on the outside and then flowers into enlightenment. This is part of Buddhist / Eastern philosophy, a quote: “the spirit of the best of men is spotless, like the lotus in the muddy water which does not adhere to it.”

Of course, I could be completely wrong and he could be talking about a Jazz Musician or a complete state of depravity that includes someone injecting “mud” into their eyeballs. There are a few “obvious” interpretations, the rest are subjective.

I have, however, noticed that this song has double-entendres everywhere:

Liar, lawyer, mirror, show me. What’s the difference?
Kangaroo done hung the guilty with the innocent.
Now you’re weeping shades of cozened indigo
(Musta) got lemon juice up in your eye
When you pissed all over my black kettle.

Obviously, the cozened indigo is falsely projecting enlightenment (pretending to be an “Indigo child” so to speak, or to have a viewpoint that is not fully-realized, although pretending that it is or being unaware that it is not or not having went “far enough” with experimentation, hint hint) while the lemon juice both represents a figurative urine stream of hypocrisy and bitterness, but also lemon juice is used to keep the throat prepared for singing. There are signs of jealousy, anger, bitterness hypocrisy about someone (maybe a singer) here that Maynard notices as a hypocrite, most likely himself, perhaps in the past. In general, the lyrics are very broad and meant for anyone to interpret in their own way. As far as Kangaroo, well, we all know what a Kangaroo court is.

This has been my interpretation of the song for quite some time now.

FYI, for those of you who are crazy like me, the good Baron Von Münchhausen died on 2/22 in 1797. Ramesses II (Ramesses the Great) was born on this date around 1302 B.C. Another name for Ramesses II is Ozymandias, which coincidentally is the name of a poem (Shelley) that is a perfect representation of a double entendre.

p.s. Did you ever notice that Indigo is an anagram of “God in I”?


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