Jambi Lyrics - Tool

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Here from the king's mountain view
Here from the wild dream come true
Feast like a sultan I do on treasures and flesh - never few

But I, I would wish it all away if I thought I'd lose you, just one day

The devil and his had me down in love with the dark side I'd found, dabbling all the way down; up to my neck, soon to drown

But you changed that all for me; lifted me up, turned me 'round
So I...
I would
I would
I would wish this all away

Prayed like a martyr dusk 'til dawn
Begged like a hooker all night long
Tempted the devil with my song
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And got what I wanted all along

But I...
And I would
If I could, then I would wish it away, wish it away, wish it all away
Wanna wish it all away
No pressure could hold, sway, or justify my kneeling away my center

So if I could I'd wish it all away, if I thought tomorrow would take you away
You're my peace of mind, my home, my center
I'm just trying to hold on one more day

Damn my eyes...
Jambi eyes...

Damn my eyes if they should compromise our fulcrum
if wants and needs divide me then I might as well be gone

Shine on forever
Shine on, benevolent sun

Shine down upon the broken
Shine until the two become one

Shine on forever
Shine on, benevolent sun

Shine on upon the severed
Shine until the two become one

Divided, I wither away
Divided, I wither away

Shine down upon the many
Light our way, benevolent sun

Breathe in union
Breathe in union
Breathe in union
Breathe in union
Breathe in union
So, as one, survive another day and season

Silence legion, save your poison
Silence legion, stay out of my wayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy!

Length : 7:28
Released : February 12, 2007
Genre : Progressive metal

"Jambi" is a song by American rock band Tool. The song was released as a single and the second track from their fourth studio album 10,000 Days. It was made officially available for radio airplay on February 12, 2007. Adam Jones uses a talk box effect during the guitar solo.

The song is in 9/8 time, except for the guitar solo where the rhythm is temporarily changed to 6/4 before going back to 9/8.

The title has been said to primarily refer to the iambic meter used in the lyrics of the song, as 'jambi' means 'iamb' in Finnish, but given the lack of more than an inevitable amount of iambs in the lyrics, this possible reference is doubtful.

Drummer Danny Carey stated that when bassist Justin Chancellor played the bass track of the song, it instantly reminded him of the children's television program Pee-wee's Playhouse, then singer Maynard James Keenan thought of the genie "Jambi" and had the idea to make the song's theme about making wishes. From Wikipedia

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one more opinion | Reviewer: Zheydhan | 10/10/14

about interpretation: you can`t come with an idea for a meaning of somethig that does not appear in the lyrics "benebolent sun -> benebolent son -> Jesus!!" (i read this in another review by the way), the Tool`s lyrics aro so awesome because they are a riddle, everyone tha wants to understand them has to experience a lot of thing and not speculate, quite your mind and silence its an art, all those who try to give a meaning that differs from what is textual and the meaning of other people it like a thief, wanting to keep for his own something that does not belong to him, wanting to satisfy themselves for finding the truth, the truth does not belong to anyone in special, its for everyone the same

Regard to everyone that come so far in the comments and rewiews...

source | Reviewer: FEARMANGLER | 7/2/13

Tool is one of the few bands i listen too.Ergit and heresy are a couple reveiws i can appriciate.This music will lift u up to heaven if u allow it,no matter of what or any dogma one chooses to believe in. Its about ur meaning your connection,make the music personal,let the music allow u to access places and emotions that are difficult to access under normal day to day living. The lyrics have a meaning of course but i use TOOL as a way to process emotions ,that this society as a whole, frowns on. It is thru this process that i managed to heal my life and move foward,and i also use it in thearapy with others, who are in need of doing the same.I use this bands music as a TOOL to help people express their personal story(emotion).This Tool can heal. Comment on what it means to u, not what it should not mean to me. RAISE UR FREQUENCY.BE TOLERENT

Jambi | Reviewer: Jeff Rickstrew | 6/21/13

To understand the lyrics of any song, One must understand the definitions of the word which compose the song. It's rather quite simple...
"The devil and his had me down..." It's about satan
"But you changed that all for me, lifted me up turned me around..." It's about God

And really? "Benevolent sun"?! Idiots! How can the sun be benevolent?! It can't!
Look up the definition of benevolent!

It's: "Benevolent Son"! That's right...Jesus. The song is about Jesus

tOOl rocks!

MAYNARD EVERYWHERE | Reviewer: Iamb | 5/24/13

"The song is about Maynard's son" "It's about Maynard's mother" "It's about Maynard's father" "It's about Maynard's sister" Maynard here...Maynard there...Man, STOP IT...NOT ALL THE SONGS TALK ABOUT THE MAYNARD'S FCKING LIFE...NOT ALL THE SONGS ARE FOR MAYNARD, Get it for godness sake. And it's horribly writed, it has a LOT of errors in some words, vety bad work man

Ignorants | Reviewer: Anonymous | 10/23/12

Try to shut up already and listen, the song is straight forward - BIG SURPRICE...

Are you all ready?


Are you sure you can handle it?

Don´t you wanna sit down, first?

Let´s dot it.........
Its about wrong choices, the wish of turning around, or even better, to have known the outcome of ones choices, so one could have maked another dicission.

What the background story is, or why the song is made is not f****** important.

Simple - right?
Anyone in the need of a cookie?

What this music is to me. | Reviewer: Heresy | 8/5/12

Many people say that the people reviewing this music are not enjoying the music for its epicness however i find this not to be true. One must allow good music to overtake you however also analyse what the lyrics are saying to us or you specificaly. If you do this it could give you an overwhelming sens of belongiing or a sense of something else for you. this helped me and still does help me get through being singled out and made fun of at school becuase of the fact that I am different in my like of guns and militaria. And to all of you who say people like me are hard and un-fealing because i like gun ur all asses because i am affected deeply by your abrasive comments and tauntes.

. | Reviewer: Ieva @ amm | 6/5/12

Damn right! My friend got a minor shock when he once took my headphones to see, what I was listening to "looking so joyfull and exited".
People, why don't you just let the awesome music overtake you, why do you analyze and interpret instead? Enjoy it, enjoy yourself in it - in ALL of it at the same time! Find your own meaning, which may be absolutely different from the others. Let it suck you in, melt, get exited!

umm | Reviewer: Anonymous | 11/3/11

Hey im a tool fan for many years now... a lot of the people posting here preach their interpretation of a song meaning as if its the meaning of life or some shit.
Reminds me of a young guy i saw at uni one day recently, he must have been 18 or so, only young... I saw him listening to music wearing a tool shirt and he looked so happy, so strong, so content. He reminded me of someone who had just found jesus for the first time.
The meaning of the songs seem to constantly evolve for me. Fuck that makes me sound awesome. Im such a wanker.

Straight from the horses mouth | Reviewer: TD | 9/22/11

Although it's unlike him to do so, in an interview Maynard came out and said this song is about his mother, as are most of the songs on 10,000 days (10,000 days is roughly the amount of time his mother survived after a terribly debilitating stroke).

E-motionless | Reviewer: Ergit | 7/28/11

I have been listening to Tool for many years now. I never really cared what others thought or wondered on what Maynard is trying to convey through his lyrics. It pointless to...

We will all see something different. We will all speculate and wonder and convince ourselves to an idea, a theory that becomes an axiom in our head, and then we will preach it as a great revelation.

We are all messiahs, of right or wrong, always tantalized from a greater meaning, we keep searching but fail to find because we are too fucking self-impressed with ourselves.

Emotion is the greatest loss of mankind, happiness, sadness, fear... slaves to the bone we were all made and still are.

Stop preaching to the choir and please,
think with your own head

PS: And by the way Maynard is talking about his mother...throughout the whole album.

Shine on forever
Shine on, benevolent sun

jambi | Reviewer: Anonymous | 7/27/11

There are many ways to believe in a higher being. Jesus is just one of them. for me, God is energy. Light is energy. The energy of the sun is powerful, it shines down with light and warmth. Tools songs always use metaphor i think so people can interpet the songs the best way for them

meaning | Reviewer: Anonymous | 7/23/11

for you who said jesus is just a comfort how can you refute that maynard definetly believes in him i.e. Shine down benevolent son shine on the severed until 2 become 1 LOL..shine down benevolent son shine on the broken until 2 become 1...def not reffering to the sun of our planet bc we very well know its doesnt have the divine ability to make 2 become 1.

Jesus | Reviewer: Anonymous | 6/4/11

Maynard believes in God or "Father" as just a greater being and angels his watchers. From Maynard's songs like Parabola it seems as if he also believes in reincarnation. Logicaly the energy of life is aura, which can be seen by a special camera, and when the body dies this is not destroyed. The aura lives on but that is a waist of energy so we must be recycled. I see it as "God" testing us to see if we have gone bad, and if we have I believe we are put here in say a crippled state. I belive in ghosts and I belive that is an after life along with another place in the universe. Maynard draws the best most clear untouched ideas of all religions, and shares it with us by opening our third eye into this reality. Maynard will probably be something special when he leaves his body. He is almost what seems to be recruiting us to something greater when we die. If you are reading this and are Catholic (which is what I used to be), Christian, or any other Jesus freak, this next sentence is important to you. If you listen to Tool or APC or even Puscifer, drop your religoin now, Jesus was just something made to comfort you, but people messed with it making it a demandind mind control device as stated in "Opiate". You need to truly listen to Maynard's words and think for yourself.

Wikipedia reference | Reviewer: Red | 5/11/11

According to Wikipedia... "Drummer Danny Carey stated that when bassist Justin Chancellor played the bass track of the song, it instantly reminded him of the children's television program Pee-wee's Playhouse, then singer Maynard James Keenan thought of the genie "Jambi" and had the idea to make the song's theme about making wishes." (Which can still fit into the interview theory. I think less is better and this song is about, quite simply, wishes. Maynard's just happened to be being with his son.)

putting it to rest | Reviewer: j | 4/20/11

you people are so funny... thinking you know what the song is really about and that everyone else is blind not to see it. i've noticed a huge amount of arrogance from many tool fans which is funny to me. as if you're somehow superior for liking a good band and maybe even understanding it a little better than the next guy. i've been a tool fan since opiate, so don't get me wrong. i don't judge. i just laugh. now:


he said so in an interview. maynard was living the rock star life and there were custody issues because of it. he was living like a king on his mountain in arizona. living the dream, feasting like a sultan, on treasures and flesh. he was turning to the dark side. his kid changed everything for him, lifted him up turned him around. but he almost lost custody. maynards saying he would trade all this materialistic rock star bullshit in a second to be with his son.

some of the lyrics are wrong. but read the lyrics again with his son in mind and it will make perfect sense. until i knew this i never realized how personal and deep this song really was.

of course you should find your own meaning in songs and let them help you in any way, but this is what the song means to maynard.

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