A Perfect Circle – The Nurse Who Loved Me- Say Hello

The Nurse Who Loved Me - A Perfect Circle

A Perfect Circle entitled their second studio album Thirteenth Step, a reference to addiction and the 12 step program of Alcoholics Anonymous, releasing it in September of 2003. The process of its creation was marked by a great deal of adversity. Singer/songwriter Maynard James Keenan was on a busy touring schedule with Tool and fit in writing lyrics for the music written by guitarist/songwriter Billy Howerdel between shows. The duo also had to contend with the departure of guitarist Troy Van Leeuwen for Queens of the Stone Age and bassist Paz Lenchantin for Zwan. However, with Mer de Noms under their belt Keenan and Howerdel had established a reasonably functional working relationship. The album, as inferred by its title, was thematically connected to addiction and recovery. Keenan stated, “The songs on Thirteenth Step for the most part are about the various processes of addiction, behavioral addictions, chemical addictions, and each song is kind of sung from a different perspective. I’ve a lot of friends who’ve gone through a lot of these situations. Some of the songs are sung from the perspective of the actual drug, from the perspective of someone who has realized that they have an issue or a problem, also from the perspective of a person who realizes that if they don’t do something they’re going to die, a song from the perspective of a person who is in denial about a loved one, dying right before their eyes.” So it came as no surprise that the song they collectively chose to cover was Failure’s psychotically dreamy “The Nurse Who Loved Me.” Keenan and Howerdel creatively reinvented the piece, transforming it into a symphonic movie soundtrack seductively infused with the euphoric and hallucinatory haze of an opiated atmosphere. The Section Quartet, led by Jon Brion, present a pastoral Disney like backdrop while Keenan, with alienated despair, shares his poetically charged but deluded thoughts on love, drug addiction and death. The drama of A Perfect Circle’s version is created by the carefully orchestrated contrast between the wistfully cinematic music and Keenan’s fevered but provocative ramblings.

“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 see it but you know it’s there71QvHF1VsqL._SL1300_
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
She’s got everything I need
Pharmacy keys
She acts just like a nurse
With all the other guys
Say hello to the rug’s topography.”