What does Jambi mean?

Tool: Jambi Meaning

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Album cover for Jambi album cover

Song Released: 2007

Jambi Lyrics

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

  1. anonymous
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    Nov 17th 2007 !⃝

    I believe this song to be about how Maynard feels about his mom passing away. I feel that he is saying in the beginning how he had everything; fame, wealth, etc. Then with the passing of his mom he felt as if he lost the only thing he really needed, and would trade anything and everything just to have her. From the passing of his mother, however, he found religion, not being christianity or catholic, but some sort of spiritual meaning to life.

  2. anonymous
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    Nov 3rd 2007 !⃝

    It's about anything that is a fulcrum or a "sun" of sorts, and the knowing of its importance/the struggle to maintain a healthy relationship with it.

    damn my eyes-your eyes can deceive you, lead you to believe things that are not real based on a shallow interpretation of them.

    if wants and needs divide me then I might as well be gone-
    the two become one, shine on upon the severed- unifying yourself with the oneness of this reality instead of letting hollow wants and needs divide you or "wither you away"

    to me the song is more of a spiritual nature, but can also be interpreted towards his mother or son...which connect as well to the spiritual sense just on a more singular level.

  3. anonymous
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    Oct 30th 2007 !⃝

    Its obviously about Maynards mother, along with just about the whole album. Anyhow, as you may know 10,000 days (27 years) was the approx. amount of time Judith spent paralyzed before she died. When Keenan states he feasted on treasure and flesh meaning how successful the band was. And how he would wish away all of his fame and fortune if he thought that his mother would die. I know there's the Geanie (jambi) and all the ancient artifact shit, but just carefully read through the lyrics and its quite self explanatory...

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  4. paja713
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    Sep 14th 2007 !⃝

    It doesn't matter if it's about his mom or his son, because MJK often writes from another persons perspective coming out of their mouth. but I think this song is about living a life you enjoy, but is morally wrong, and someone (maybe close or just random) helps you to see and change your life (but you changed that all for me, lifted me up, turned me around) and how now that you see that your life is great and morally correct, you would wish it all away if you thought tomorrow would take them away. *girly ohhh, or awwww* like when they see puppies, lol.

  5. lateralus123
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    Apr 25th 2007 !⃝

    Guys, amazing interpretations and ideas which I thank you for! I just wanted to add to the part of "legion" stated by Zaq that "legion" maybe referal to demons as from the Bible verse Mark 5:9 "And [Jesus] asked him, What is thy name? And he answered, saying, "My name is Legion: for we are many." (King James Version)1

  6. anonymous
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    Mar 14th 2007 !⃝

    Just and FYI, but I looked up Jambi in the dicitonary or some other reference thingy, and I got "a province on southeastern Sumatra" (pronounced jahm-bee)

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  7. anonymous
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    Feb 19th 2007 !⃝

    this is Maynards love song, I don't know who to but it is definately not his mother or son. "feast like a sultan I do on pleasures of flesh never few" (sorry if that's not exact but its off the top of my head) the flesh is most commonly referred to as a woman or as worldly and that he would give it away, the devil again refers to worldly things (thats the only way I can come at it anyway) and this song is all about the willingness to sacrifice all his infidelity and worldly belongings which as humans, are our most prized possessions.
    i will just finish with "shine on benevolent son" which I think is a meaning for be granted the person (woman) in the first place and he wants it to continue until "the two become one" which is as close as two people can be like they say at weddings husband and wife become one.

  8. anonymous
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    Feb 7th 2007 !⃝

    What I got from it, is that through all the fame and fortune Maynard and Tool have acquired, he'd still give it all away in order to go back and save his mom some how. I may be wrong, who knows.

  9. anonymous
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    Nov 26th 2006 !⃝

    It's about his mom, not his son... read ALL the lyrics. Research people

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  10. anonymous
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    Oct 26th 2006 !⃝

    It is the name of the genie, but it also is a reference to the poetic meter the lyrics are in, Finnish iambic meter.


    the first verse seems to follow this formula, except all of the lines end with an unstressed syllable and are equal in length.

    Also, the Finnish translation of iamb is.....You guessed it, jambi.

    Source: http://www.Toolband.Com/news/index.Html

  11. Toolio
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    Sep 19th 2006 !⃝

    I heard that the name of this song (Jambi) is the name of a genie that was in PeeWee's Playhouse.

  12. anonymous
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    Sep 4th 2006 !⃝

    After hearing that it's about his son (didnt know he had one) yeah I can see it being about that.

    The only thing I thought was funny is in reference to the title, "Jambi," in which the only thing I can think of relating to that word was the wishmaster on the old popular pee wee's playhouse.

    ..And if he could he'd wish it all away

  13. anonymous
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    Aug 11th 2006 !⃝

    This one's about Maynard's son and how even through his music and fame he's worked and "tempted the devil with (his)song" and gotten all these earthly pleasures "(he'd) wish it all away if (he) thought tomorrow they'd take (his son) away"
    "shine on forever,shine on benevolent son"
    (that's what I think)

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