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 "Thumbs" is a song by American singer and actress Sabrina Carpenter, and is featured as the third track off of Carpenter's second studio album EVOLution. The song was released as the second single from the album on January 3, 2017. It was written by Steve Mac and Priscilla Renea, with the production being handled by Mac.. The song talks about embracing individuality and rising above mediocrity.

Background and compositionEdit

"Thumbs" is a electropop song with house and pop elements. It was released initially as a promotional single and later released as a single. The song was written by Steve Mac and Priscilla Renea and was the only song in the album without Carpenter's writing credit. The song was the last recorded for the album, Carpenter says. "We'd finish the album, I then heard "Thumbs" which gave me these vibes of fame and black and gold and just like some of my favorite soulful songs." The song talks about embracing individuality and escaping mediocrity. The lyric “They gonna keep on twiddling them thumbs” is a metaphor that means wasting your time doing pointless things and never making any real progress. She says that if people are falling into the same mistakes they are going to continue twiddling them thumbs, so they are going to live in the mediocrity. Carpenter describes the other songs in the album as "children" of "Thumbs."

Lyrics Edit

Somewhere in the world there is a father and a mother
And the father is a son who has a mother
The mother has a daughter who gets married to the brother of a mother
And they all just tryna multiply with one another

'Cause that's just the way of the world
It never ends till the end then you start again
That's just the way of the world
That's just the way of the world

Somewhere in the world they think they're working for themselves
They get up everyday to go to work for someone else
And somebody works for them and so they think they got it made
But they're all just working to get paid the very same

And so they keep on twiddling them thumbs
Skiddly-dee-da-dum
They gonna keep on twiddling them thumbs
Skiddly-dee-da-dum-dum
And so they keep on twiddling them thumbs
Skiddly-dee-da-dum
They gonna keep on twiddling them thumbs
Skiddly-dee-da-dum-dum

Somewhere in the world you got a robber and a bank
And the bank robbed the people so the people robbed the bank
And the police came to get him but they let him get away
'Cause they're all just working to get paid the very same

'Cause that's just the way of the world
It never ends till the end then you start again
That's just the way of the world
That's just the way of the world

And so they keep on twiddling them thumbs
Skiddly-dee-da-dum
They gonna keep on twiddling them thumbs
Skiddly-dee-da-dum-dum
And so they keep on twiddling them thumbs
Skiddly-dee-da-dum
They gonna keep on twiddling them thumbs
Skiddly-dee-da-dum-dum

Don't believe everything that you hear
Let it go through your left and right ear
Don't just march to the beat of that drum
Don't be one of them people just twiddling them thumbs

'Cause that's just the way of the world
It never ends till the end and then you start again
That's just the way of the world
That's just the way of the world

And so they keep on twiddling them thumbs
Skiddly-dee-da-dum
They gonna keep on twiddling them thumbs
Skiddly-dee-da-dum-dum
And so they keep on twiddling them thumbs
Skiddly-dee-da-dum
They gonna keep on twiddling them thumbs
Skiddly-dee-da-dum-dum

And so they keep on twiddling them thumbs
Skiddly-dee-da-dum
They gonna keep on twiddling them thumbs
Skiddly-dee-da-dum-dum
'Cause that's just the way of the world

Music videoEdit

The music video, which was directed by Hayley Young, was uploaded on her Vevo account on YouTube on February 10, 2017. The set of the music video is downstairs in a subway car and it was made in one take. The music video features Sabrina singing the song with several people inside the subway doing their daily tasks. When the idea of the video was being processed, Sabrina thought of a subway because it's where you find different people, the line "Somewhere in the world" represents that people.

Critical receptionEdit

Brittany Goldfield Rodrigues of ANDPOP said "the jazzy vibe of this song sold us, and the scatting just made us play it on repeat. With this tune Sabrina really makes us fall for her unique jazz vibes she sprinkles into her pop sound."

Live performancesEdit

Carpenter first performed the song on the Honda Stage at the iHeartRadio Theater in Los Angeles on August 25, 2016, along with other new music before the release of Evolution. She performed the song on Today on November 22, 2016. On April 17th, she made her late night talk show debut by performing the song on The Late Late Show with James Corden.

VideosEdit

Sabrina Carpenter - Thumbs (Official Video)03:47

Sabrina Carpenter - Thumbs (Official Video)

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