Ænema (6:39)

Cover of Ænima

From Ænima and 31 other releases

“Ænema” is a 1996 song by / band Tool, released from their 1996 album Ænima. It won a 1998 Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance. Adam Jones made a video for this song using stop-motion animation that appears on Salival. The song reached number twenty-five on the U.S. Mainstream Rock Tracks chart.

Keenan incorporates into the lyrics part of comedian Bill Hicks’ “Arizona Bay” routine by telling the listener to “learn to swim, see you down in Arizona Bay. ” Hicks appears in the liner notes/sleeve as a mad doctor, and a lenticular image below the CD case tray illustrates California falling into the sea, as is spoken of in the song. California falling into the sea is a prediction made by Edgar Cayce, also known as “The Sleeping Prophet,” about the end of days in which California and New York are to sink into the ocean among a plethora of other devastating weather changes.

It also refers to the Church of Scientology with the line “Fuck L. Ron Hubbard and fuck all his clones”, this is because the band members of Tool are opposed to the brainwashing behaviour and supression of freedom in Scientology.


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  • sicass

    best apocalyptic song ever.[5]

    15 Nov 11:36pm Reply
  • SFRocker

    guud sheet!

    15 Nov 6:48pm Reply
  • openandrewind

    fuck it all. best apocalyptic song ever.[4]

    16 Oct 5:56am Reply
  • Force59

    get it now

    4 Oct 6:19pm Reply
  • kenediusze

    Learn to swim!

    19 Sep 6:37am Reply
  • underthethunder

    7 Jul 9:06pm Reply
  • alfie_1991

    Everything about this song is perfect, lyrics, vocals, drums THE DRUMSSSSSS

    24 Jun 3:22am Reply
  • minister11

    Learn To Swim

    25 Apr 7:55pm Reply
  • ivor138

    hicks' idea brought up in ''Arizona Bay'' and taken by Tool in this song is great. It just stand for itself. Althou, i think it would be great if it happens to the whole world, not just California... I'm prayin'...

    23 Apr 6:26am Reply
  • SonOfThirteen

    millions of dumbfounded dipshits

    21 Apr 1:06pm Reply
  • Lonole

    I'm prayin for rain[2]

    14 Mar 4:20pm Reply
  • Distoma

    love the way maynard delivers the "bullshit" line

    11 Mar 8:37pm Reply
  • malonemuert

    love the drumming here, one of the best Tool songs, drumwise

    4 Feb 3:52pm Reply
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    20 Jan 8:54pm Reply
  • karmapolice41

    the "I'm praying for rain/im praying for tidal waves" part is the most melodic and beautiful section of music TOOL has ever written. It's my second favorite TOOL song behind Lateralus, every member of the band is at the top of their game here. the way Danny and Justin lock in together in the pocket on the last "learn to swim" part is SO HEAVY I JUST WANT TO PUNCH A FACE

    18 Dec 2013 Reply
  • bartende_r

    fuck it all. best apocalyptic song ever. [3]

    11 Nov 2013 Reply
  • corpsetastic

    This is the song my swimming teacher sang to us when I was still wearing armbands and scared of going underwater.

    8 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Leifdistad

    I certainly hope so to Maynard... I sure could use a vacation from this...

    22 Oct 2013 Reply
  • G8Rbuttercups

    Man Maynard Likes to Fuck alot:) Love it♥♥

    21 Oct 2013 Reply
  • PlzDontBan

    I'm prayin for rain

    1 Oct 2013 Reply
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