"I Was A Teenage Hand Model" as written by Josh Homme and Alfredo Hernandez....
Cozied up to the toilet
Face stuck to the floor
I met expectations
That I was tryin' to ignore

Job had such patience
I wonder, what's that like?
One hundred thousand million
That's what you like
So I was thinkin'

So these cities are sprouting
Like a spit in the eye
And this world isn't waiting
It's just passing me by

I just peak in the window
Lookin' inside
The butcher's got a fork in your face
I'm standing alive
And I was singin'


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"I Was a Teenage Hand Model" as written by Alfredo Hernandez Josh Homme

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  • +7
    General Commentinterviewer: Where did "I Was a Teenage Hand Model" come from?

    Josh: I moved to Seattle before the whole Screaming Trees thing and I just wanted to move somewhere where I didn't know anybody and where the whole music scene was just dead. Everyone I knew in San Francisco was on drugs, and everyone in San Diego and LA just weren't doing it. So I went to Seattle, because I still wanted to be on the West Coast. So I was in this bar, there's a lot of bitter people there, especially music types. Anyway, I'm in this bar and there's this guy saying the stupidest bitter drunk rant about how he was a model when he was young. He was just a toothless bum screaming about being a child actor, model and shit.
    Elinon April 22, 2003   Link
  • +3
    General Commentwhaha, thought the song was about the regular live of a teenager; drinking, puking while cozied op a toilet
    vaselineon March 30, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General CommentAmazing song.

    I always picture someone the morning after a huge party. Waking up at 3, hungover and eating
    Dysfukon April 29, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentHmmm...the title made me think it was about someone wanking...lol but anyway....I guess your theories are right...kickass song!
    Qotsa-in-my-bloodon July 30, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI don't think "hand model" is a very common word over here.

    Baddass song.
    ndocon March 25, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentdamn, you beat me to it! lol
    uncletommyon April 30, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentcool story...great song...great end to the album....
    do dat do dat.....
    RedRavenon October 22, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBest hotbox song, I might add.
    hailtothestoneageon January 19, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentgreat song, but the ending hurts your ears a bit. argh! :P
    alterEgoon June 30, 2011   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationOs artistas geralmente tem esse lance de misturar duas situações ou mais nas musicas/letras. Entendi (pela entrevista que o cara postou acima) que o compositor estava trocando ideia com um cara dizendo que quando adolescente era modelo de mão, e isso deu a ideia de escrever uma letra que mostra "o quão insignificante" nossa vida pode ser. O cara só ganha dinheiro e fica de boa.
    atimatter2on February 20, 2015   Link

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