Song of the Day: Pet, A Perfect Circle

‘Don’t fret precious I’m here, step away from the window,

And go back to sleep’

(Listen on YouTube, lyrics in description)

Pet is an exceptionally creepy song – it’s a lullaby gone wrong. From what I can tell, it’s about a seriously disturbed father who tries to protect his child from the world by hiding him from everything: not only from his “enemies” but from his choices and reason as well. Or maybe it’s about someone who has kidnapped a child – even creepier. It’s an interesting song as the lyrics are written from the father’s point of view, and he sees himself as completely rationale, sane and caring; it’s up to the music itself to highlight the psychotic nature of his actions – and the song does this really well.

The shift in tone between verse and chorus is brilliant, going from lullaby-quiet to war-drum-heavy respectively. There’s a great atmosphere throughout the song; the rhythm guitar, bass and drums are super heavy; the lead guitar’s riff is dissonant yet catchy at the same time; the lead vocals and harmonies are prefect. There’s even a nice guitar solo near the end. Definitely one of APC’s best. And creepiest!

‘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.’

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