At the end of the song, many website say the lyrics are :

Just waiting for the tomb Of some old dying man?

I always thought it was thuum instead of tomb but how can I check ? Is there a good enough source to solve this situation ?

Also, I sometime see tune which is not absurd either.

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    What's a "thuum"???
    – Tetsujin
    Commented Oct 5, 2018 at 14:30
  • @Tetsujin thuum is like vital energy breath I guess
    – vdolez
    Commented Jan 22, 2021 at 7:37
  • I think the meaning is "sitting there waiting to die".
    – Amarth
    Commented Nov 24, 2022 at 21:44

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There are plenty of websites on the internet that have the lyrics of Needles like:




even if you google 'system of a down needles lyrics' Google provides you with the lyrics.

The word is Tomb

Here's a picture of the booklet including the lyrics

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  • A picture of the lyrics in the booklet is my only suitable source. The reason I asked is because I don't trust websites
    – vdolez
    Commented Oct 4, 2018 at 10:56
  • @vdolez I am editing my answer. There is no reason not to trust internet lyric sites as long as it's written in 4-5 of them I think you are safe.
    – papakias
    Commented Oct 4, 2018 at 11:31
  • Thanks ! Did you took the picture or found it on the internet ? If the later, I'd be curious to know how you found it 'cause I couldn't. Now I feel a bit sad for having been wrong :(
    – vdolez
    Commented Oct 4, 2018 at 11:51
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    @vdolez I own the album. This is my pic ;)
    – papakias
    Commented Oct 4, 2018 at 11:56
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    Internet lyrics are by no means trustworthy and neither are lyrics printed in albums even. In this case it seems accurate and the song is likely yet another song about doing drugs(?) with the tapeworm symbolizing addiction. Although when performing it live they sometimes randomly change the lyrics to other weird stuff. youtube.com/watch?v=Kkrs2IdlH4I 2:12 What are they even singing "needle in my head"? "psycho/cycle/sickle in my head"? Heh...
    – Amarth
    Commented Nov 24, 2022 at 21:40

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