"The Package"
m. and l. Billy Howerdel, Maynard James Keenan
Thirteen Step (2003)


Clever got me this far then tricky got me in
Eye on what i'm after, I don't need another friend
Smile and drop the cliche, 'til you think I'm listening
I take just what I came for then I'm out the door again
Peripheral on the package, don't care to settle in
Time to feed the monster, I don't need another friend
Comfort is a mystery, crawling out of my own skin
Just give me what I came for, then I'm out the door again
Lie to get what I came for, lie to get just what I need
Lie to get what I crave, lie and smile to get what's mine
Eye on what i'm after, I don't need another friend
Nod and watch your lips move if you need me to pretend
Because clever got me this far then tricky got me in
I'll take just what I came for then I'm out the door again
Lie to get what I came for, lie to get what I need now
Lie to get what I'm craving, lie and smile to get what's mine
Give this to me, mine, mine, mine, take what's mine, mine, mine, mine
Take what's mine, mine, mine, mine
Lie to get what I came for, lie to get what I need now
Lie to get what I'm craving, lie to smile and get what's mine
Give this to me, take what's mine, mine, mine, mine, take what's mine
Give this to me, take what's mine, take what's mine, mine...
Take what's mine, take what's mine, take what's mine, this is mine, mine, mine...


"Weak and Powerless"
m. and l. Billy Howerdel, Maynard James Keenan
Thirteen Step (2003)


Tilling my own grave to keep me level, jam another dragon down the hole
Digging to the rhythm and the echo of a solitary siren
One that pushes me along, and leaves me so desperate and ravenous
I'm so weak and powerless over you
Someone feed the monkey while I dig in search of china
White as Dracula as I approach the bottom so desperate and ravenous
I'm so weak and powerless over you
Little angel, go away, come again some other day, Devil has my ear today
I'll never hear a word you say
He Promised I would find a little solace and some peace of mind
Whatever, just as long as I don't feel so desperate and ravenous
I'm so weak and powerless over you


"The Noose"
m. and l. Billy Howerdel, Maynard James Keenan
Thirteen Step (2003)


So glad to see you well, overcome and completely silent now
With heaven's help, you cast your demons out
And not to pull your halo down around your neck and tug you off your cloud
But I'm more than just a little curious
How you're planning to go about making your amends to the dead, to the dead
Recall the deeds as if they're all someone else's atrocious stories
Now you stand reborn before us all, so glad to see you well
And not to pull your halo down around your neck and tug you to the ground
But I'm more than just a little curious
How you're planning to go about making your amends to the dead, to the dead
With your halo slipping down, your halo slipping, your halo slipping down
Your halo slipping down, your halo slipping down...your halo slipping down to choke you now


"Blue"
m. and l. Billy Howerdel, Maynard James Keenan
Thirteen Step (2003)


I didn't want to know, I just didn't want to know
Best to keep things in the shallow end, cause I never quite learned how to swim
I just didn't want to know, didn't want, didn't want, didn't want, didn't want
Close my eyes just to look at you, taken by the seamless vision
I close my eyes, ignore the smoke, ignore the smoke
Call it aftermath, she's turning blue, such a lovely color for you
Call it aftermath, she's turning blue, while I just sit and stare at you
Because I don't want to know, I didn't want to know
I just didn't want to know, I just didn't want
Mistook their nods for an approval, just ignore the smoke and smile
Call it aftermath, she's turning blue, such a lovely color for you
Call it aftermath, she's turning blue, such a perfect color for your eyes
Call it aftermath, she's turning blue, such a lovely color for you
Call it aftermath, she's turning blue, while I just sit and stare at you, I don't want to know


"Vanishing"
m. and l. Billy Howerdel, Maynard James Keenan
Thirteen Step (2003)


Disappear, disappear, higher, higher, into the air, slowly disappear, no, no longer here
Disappear, disappear, thinner, thinner, into the air, never really here
What that never like a thought brushing up against a sigh, floating away, floating away...
Vanishing like a cyan sunday, disappear, disappear, vanish, vanish into the air
Slowly disappear, never really here, floating away, floating away...


"A Stranger"
m. and l. Billy Howerdel, Maynard James Keenan
Thirteen Step (2003)


Cast the calming apple, up and over satellites
To draw out the timid wild one, to convince you it's alright
And I listen for the whisper of your sweet insanity while I formulate
Denials of your affect on me, you're a stranger
So what do I care, you vanish today, not the first time I hear, all the lies
What am I to do with all this silence, shy away, shy away phantom
Run away terrified child, won't you move away you fucking tornado
I'm better off without you, tearing my will down


"The Outsider"
m. and l. Billy Howerdel, Maynard James Keenan
Thirteen Step (2003)


Help me if you can, it's just that this, this is not the way I'm wired
So could you please, help me understand why
You've given in to all these, reckless dark desires
You're lying to yourself again, suicidal imbecile
Think about it, put it on the faultline
What'll it take to get it through to you precious over this
Why do you wanna throw it away like this, such a mess
I don't want to watch you disconnect and self destruct one bullet at a time
What's your rush now, everyone will have his day to die
Medicated, drama queen, picture perfect, numb belligerence
Narcissistic, drama queen, craving fame and all its decadence
Lying through your teeth again, suicidal imbecile
Think about it, put it on the fautline
What'll it take to get it through to you precious
Go with this, why do you wanna throw it away like this
Such a mess, I don't wanna watch you...disconnect and self destruct one bullet at a time
What's your rush now, everyone will have his day to die
They were right about you, they were right about you
Lying to my face again, suicidal imbecile, think about it put it on the fautline
What'll it take to get it through to you precious, over this
Why do you wanna throw it away like this, such a mess, Coalesce, Coalesce
Disconnect and self destruct, one bullet at a time
What's your hurry, everyone will have his day to die
If you choose to pull the trigger, should your drama prove sincere
Do it somewhere far away from here


"Crimes"
m. and l. Billy Howerdel, Maynard James Keenan, Josh Freese, Jordie White
Thirteen Step (2003)


One...two...three...four...five...six...seven...eight...nine...nine...nine...nine...ten...ten...ten...ten...

"The Nurse Who Loved Me"
m. and l. Greg Edwards, Ken Andrews
Thirteen Step (2003)


Say hello to the rug's topography, it holds quite a lot of interest with your face down on it
Say hello to the shrinking in your head
You can't see it but you know its there so don't neglect it
I'm taking her home with me all dressed in white, she's got everything I need pharmacy keys
She's falling hard for me I can see it in her eyes, she acts just like a nurse with all the other guys
Say hello to all the apples on the ground
They were once in your eyes but you sneezed them out while sleeping
Say hello to everything you've left behind
It's even more a part of your life now that you can't touch it
I'm taking her home with me all dressed in white
She's got everything I need some pills in a little cup
She's falling hard for me I can see it in her eyes, she acts just like a nurse with all the other guys
Say hello to the rugs topography...


"Pet"
m. and l. Billy Howerdel, Maynard James Keenan
Thirteen Step (2003)


Don't fret precious I'm here, step away from the window
Go back to sleep, lay your head down child, I won't let the boogeyman come
Counting bodies like sheep to the rhythm of the war drums
Pay no mind to the rabble, pay no mind to the rabble
Head down, go to sleep to the rhythm of the war drums
Pay no mind what other voices say, they don't care about you, like I do, like I do
Safe from pain and truth and choice and other poison devils
See, they don't give a fuck about you, like I do.
Just stay with me, safe and ignorant, go back to sleep, go back to sleep
Lay your head down child, I won't let the boogeyman come
Count the bodies like sheep to the rhythm of the war drums
Pay no mind to the rabble, pay no mind to the rabble
Head down, go to sleep to the rhythm of the war drums
I'll be the one to protect you from your enemies and all your demons
I'll be the one to protect you from a will to survive and a voice of reason
I'll be the one to protect you from your enemies and your choices son
They're one in the same, I must isolate you, isolate and save you from yourself
Swayin to the rhythm of the new world order
And count the bodies like sheep to the rhythm of the war drums
The boogeymen are coming, the boogeymen are coming
Keep your head down, go to sleep, to the rhythm of a war drums
Stay with me, safe and ignorant, just stay with me
Hold you and protect you from the other ones
The evil ones, don't love you son, go back to sleep


"Lullaby"
m. and l. Billy Howerdel, Maynard James Keenan
Thirteen Step (2003)


Go back to sleep...go back to sleep...

"Gravity"
m. and l. Billy Howerdel, Maynard James Keenan, Josh Freese, Troy Van Leeuwan, Paz Lenchantin
Thirteen Step (2003)


Lost again, broken and weary, unable to find my way
Tail in hand, dizzy and clearly unable to just let this go
I am surrendering to the gravity and the unknown, catch me heal me lift me back up to the sun
I choose to live, I fell again, like a baby unable to stand on my own
Tail in hand, dizzy and clearly unable to just let this go
High and surrendering to the gravity and the unknown
Catch me heal me lift me back up to the sun
I choose to live, I choose to live, I choose to live, catch me heal me lift me back up to the sun
Help me survive the bottom, calm these hands before they snare another pill
And drive another nail down another needy hole please release me
I am surrendering to the gravity and the unknown, catch me heal me lift me back up to the sun
I choose to live, I choose to live