Tool – “Sober” Live at Reading Festival 1993

Tool performed “Sober” at Reading Festival on 27 August, 1993 in Reading Borough, UK. This song is one of the best songs of Tool taken from their monumental first full-length album “Undertow” (Volcano, 1993).

Lineup in 1993

  • Maynard James Keenan – vocals
  • Adam Jones – guitar
  • Paul D’Amour – bass
  • Danny Carey – drums


There’s a shadow just behind me, shrouding every breath I take, making every promise empty, pointing every finger at me. Waiting like a stalking butler who upon the finger rests. Murder now the path called must we just before the son has come. Jesus, won’t you fucking whistle something but the past and done? Why can’t we not be sober? I just want to start this over. Why can’t we drink forever. I just want to start things over. I am just a worthless liar. I am just an imbecile. I will only complicate you. Trust in me and fall as well. I will find a center in you. I will chew it up and leave, I will work to elevate you just enough to bring you down. Trust me. Mother Mary won’t you whisper something but what’s past and done. Trust me. I want what I want.
Music composed by Tool
Lyrics written by Maynard James Keenan
© Volcano Records

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