The Pot

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"The Pot"
Single by Tool
from the album 10,000 Days
Released July 2006
Format Compact Disc
Recorded 2005
Genre Progressive metal
Length 6:22
Label Volcano II
Tool Dissectional (U.S.)
Writer(s) Tool
Producer(s) Tool
Tool singles chronology
"The Pot"

"The Pot" is a song by American rock band Tool, released as the second single from their fourth album 10,000 Days. The song was their first #1 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. In 2008, the song received a Grammy nomination for Best Hard Rock Performance. According to The Rock Radio, a video was shot over the winter holidays of 2006,[1] however, it has never surfaced.

Lyrical meaning[edit]

Adam Jones has confirmed that the title refers to hypocrisy. The lyrics contain metaphors and references to kangaroo courts, the phrase "pot calling the kettle black", marijuana legislation, and finger waving. The use of the word "high" is a double entendre, referring to both drug intoxication and believing oneself to be above others, and the title itself is also a double entendre, referring both to the pot in the metaphor as well as the slang term used to refer to cannabis. Also, toward the end of the song, the line "Kangaroo be stoned he's guilty as the government" plays on the term "stoned", which could mean the capital punishment act of stoning, or another reference to drug intoxication.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "The Pot" – 6:22




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Preceded by
"Land of Confusion" by Disturbed
Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks number-one single
November 25, 2006 - December 16, 2006
Succeeded by
"Pain" by Three Days Grace