"Thumb" as written by and Josh/bjork Homme....
You don't seem to understand the deal
I don't give two shits on how you feel
You're burned by my lighter
You've been burned by my lighter
And my lighter is held down by my thumb

You're living in thought so
You're living in thought so
You're living in thought so...

You tried to turn me off
But you couldn't even turn me down
As I sat and I told you were living in hell

You're in desert ground
And now you've found
My foreman and you
And you'll since I got in this well...

You're living in thought so
You're in thought so
You're in thought so...


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"Thumb" as written by Brant Bjork Josh Homme

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    General CommentI know it sounds like soul, but I'm almost positive he says "Thought so..." Imo this song is like a wake up call. You're living in thought, imagination. He's saying get off your ass and do something. He doesn't care how you feel, hes going to tell you how it is. Burning you with his lighter to snap you back into reality from your thoughts. You try to tune him out, but you can't. Life is hell. And he just let you konw it.
    Randon83on October 04, 2005   Link
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    General CommentYeah, when I think about it now, I think he does say "so". It fits in better with its meaning anyhow, sort of a big "fuck off" - a reality check. The first 5 lines make that clear.

    Anywho, I fixed the lyrics so they'll be fine now.
    Tredmondon December 09, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThe atmosphere the opening sets up is magnificent, it kind of sets the tone for the whole album.
    insane metal fanon February 02, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI totally agree with the meaning you hav ecome up with but I reckon the lyrics are: 'You’re livin' in thoughts though'. I have also listened to a live version and it's easier to hear this...it's also one of the best live tracks I've ever heard!
    mattbellunoson July 10, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI totally agree with the meaning you hav ecome up with but I reckon the lyrics are: 'You’re livin' in thoughts though'. I have also listened to a live version and it's easier to hear this...it's also one of the best live tracks I've ever heard!
    mattbellunoson July 10, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis is a huge mosh pit monster, great groove. The 'you've been burned by my lighter' bit never ceases to get caught in my head. My favoutite Kyuss song.

    Sounds like it's about someone whose life is in the shitter and someone else is pushing them down even further.
    mrpieeateron October 17, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI always thought it was "You live in dark soul"...but I guess these lyrics make sense too
    high5inmferon June 25, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThumb is a street near sky valley north of palm springs.
    Sookeon December 17, 2007   Link
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    General CommentTo me the meaning of the song is about people who are against something that's absurd. From the sounds of it this song could be against people who smoke. "You don't seem to understand the deal I don't give two shits on how you feel" simply implies this how you don't give a flying fuck on what the person thinks. "You're burned by my ligher you've been burned by my lighter and my lighter is held down by my thumb" a huge fuck you saying basically what the lyrics read, you've been burned, it's obvious that your thoughts are useless to me and you've been burned. "Your living in thoughts so" the individual he's talking about is obviously so wrapped up in thoughts that they feel they have to be self righteous in what they believe in (smoking?). "You tried to turn me off but you couldn't even turn me down" saying hey your trying to tell me what i'm doing is wrong you telling me it's wrong has no effect on me. "As I said and I told you you are living in hell" saying you having these negative thoughts are making you live in a hell. "You're on desert ground and now you've found" look at you your nowhere. "And now you've found" what did you find in your self righteous journey to preach your negative thoughts on how others live your life? "My thumb in the kneelin and you sit there caught in this well" saying, hey you you got all of these stupid ideas past youa and youy can't do anything about this i'm still gonna light up!
    Rauston September 04, 2010   Link

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