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Jambi (Tool song)

Single by Tool
from the album 10,000 Days
ReleasedFebruary 12, 2007
GenreProgressive metal
Tool singles chronology
"The Pot"

"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.[1][2] It is in 9/8 time, except where the rhythm changes temporarily to 6/4 for the guitar solo, during which Adam Jones uses a talk box effect,[3] before returning to 9/8.

Its title has been said to primarily refer to the iambic meter used in the lyrics of the song, as 'jambi' means 'iamb' in Finnish.[4] 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.[5]

Chart performance

Chart (2007) Peak
US Alternative Songs (Billboard)[6] 23
US Mainstream Rock (Billboard)[7] 7


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  5. ^ Danny Carey. Retrieved 2009-9-29
  6. ^ "Tool Chart History (Alternative Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved August 7, 2017.
  7. ^ "Tool Chart History (Mainstream Rock)". Billboard. Retrieved August 7, 2017.