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3 Libras - A Perfect Circle

3 Libras

Mer De Noms
alternative rock Progressive rock rock alternative A Perfect Circle


3 Libras a song by alternative rock band A Perfect Circle. The song was the second single from their debut album Mer de Noms. The song was well received both critically and commercially, with it peaking at number 12 on both the Billboard US Modern Rock and Mainstream Rock charts in 2001. As with all of the Mer de Noms album, "3 Libras'" music was written by guitarist Billy Howerdel, while the lyrics were written by vocalist Maynard James Keenan and Christopher Washington. The two originally envisioned the track to be the first single of their debut album prior to being talked into going with the hard rock track "Judith" by record label executives, who felt the track was a better lead off single due to it being less of a departure from Keenan's other band, Tool. Two official remixed versions of the song have been made; the "Feel My Ice Dub Mix" by band member Danny Lohner, and the "All Main Courses Mix" by Robert "3D" Del Naja of Massive Attack. They were compiled in 2004 on the band's remix album aMOTION. While much of Mer de Noms sound is identified with a conventional hard rock aesthetic, "3 Libras" sound is primarily driven by acoustic guitar and violin. The majority of the song consists of melodic, clean guitar tones, and a violin melody played over them, composed by band bassist and violinist Paz Lenchantin. Drummer Josh Freese plays the rim of the drumkit on every eighth note, with the song being performed in 6/8. The song finishes with a full-band performance and distorted electric guitars in the song's outro, ending on a dark guitar chord. Several alternate versions the song have very different compositions. The "Feel My Ice Dub Mix" featured a greatly slowed down tempo and added electronic beats and effects, giving it a more trance-like sound, where the "All Main Courses Mix" made extensive use of radio static and noise sound effects. When performed live, in absence of a dedicated violinist, the band would commonly play an alternate version of the song, with Howerdel playing clean electric guitar tones through the song, with the full band backing him with their respective instruments. The song was generally well received, commercially and critically. The song received significant radio airplay, charting at number 12 on both the Billboard US Modern Rock and Mainstream Rock charts. Critics praised the song. Sputnik Music referred to the song as "one of the most beautiful songs APC ever released" and "one of the most emotional releases of the album". Artist Direct editor in chief Rick Florino named the track one of the "Top 20 Maynard James Keenan Songs", calling it "...a tender moment of longing encased in a beautiful, blissful melody...'3 Libras' illuminates the singer's massive vocal range and ability." Florino separately praised the band's live composition of the song as well, stating that he felt it reached "heavenly heights" when performed by the band in their reunion tours in 2010.


A Perfect Circle is an American rock supergroup formed in 1999 by guitarist Billy Howerdel and Tool vocalist Maynard James Keenan. A Perfect Circle has released four studio albums, the first three releasing in the early 2000s: Mer de Noms, their debut album in 2000, and followed up by Thirteenth Step in 2003; then in 2004, Emotive—an album of radically re-worked cover songs titles. Shortly after Emotive's release, the band went on hiatus; Keenan Show more ...

3 Libras - A Perfect Circle

Threw you the obvious and you flew with it on your back
A name in your recollection
Down among a million same

Difficult not to feel a little bit disappointed and passed over
When I've looked right through to see you naked but oblivious
And you don't see me

But I threw you the obvious just to see if there's more behind the eyes of a
Fallen angel
Eyes of a tragedy

Here I am expecting just a little bit a little too much from the wounded
But I see
See through it all
See through
See you

Cause I threw you the obvious
To see what occurs behind
The eyes of a fallen angel
Eyes of a tragedy

Oh well
Oh well
Apparently I'm nothing
Apparently nothing at all

You don't
You don't
You don't
See me
You don't
You don't
You don't see me
You don't
You don't see me
You don't see me at all



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