Tool: “This Is Necessary” from Undertow

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About “This Is Necessary”

“This Is Necessary” is a hidden song by Tool from their album Undertow.

Of course, we all know about track 69 which is pretty weird in itself, but after that song is over your hear kinda soft crickets…but that’s not all. Wait about 15 minutes or so and you start to hear a man’s voice telling you a story. The words to the story go as follows:

“It was daylight when you woke up in your ditch. You looked up at your sky, then that made blue be your color. You had your knife there with you too. When you stood up there was goo all over your clothes. Your hands were sticky. You wiped them on your grass, so now your color was green. Oh Lord, why did everything always have to keep changing like this? You were already getting nervous again. Your head hurt and it rang when you stood up. Your head was almost empty. It always hurt when you woke up like this. You crawled out of your ditch onto your gravel road and began to walk, waiting for the rest of your mind to come back to you. You can see the car parked far down the road and you walked towards it. “If God is our father,” you thought, “then Satan must be our cousin.” Why didn’t anyone else understand these important things? You got to your car and tried all the doors. They were locked. It was a red car and it was new. There was an expensive leather camera case laying on the seat. Out across your field, you could see two tiny people walking by your woods. You began to walk towards them. Now red was your color and, of course, those little people were yours too.”

About Undertow

Undertow is the debut studio album by American progressive metal band Tool, released in 1993. This album laid the foundation for Tool’s distinctive sound, characterized by complex rhythms, dark atmospheres, and introspective lyrics.

Tracks like “Prison Sex” and “Sober” are emblematic of the album’s heavy and psychologically charged themes, addressing issues such as addiction, trauma, and self-reflection. The band’s musicianship, especially Maynard James Keenan’s haunting vocals, and Adam Jones’ intricate guitar work, shines through in each song.

Undertow received critical acclaim and set Tool on a path to becoming one of the most influential and innovative bands in the progressive metal genre. It remains a cornerstone of their discography and a touchstone for fans of intricate, thought-provoking rock music.

How to find “This Is Necessary”

On CD: Go directly to track #69

Listen to “This Is Necessary”

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2 Responses

  1. moriquendil says:

    theres so much more to this track than you have. theres an entire song about the carrots and harvest day is thier holocaust

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