Lord of the Thighs

"Lord of the Thighs"
Song by Aerosmith
from the album Get Your Wings
ReleasedMarch 1974
RecordedDecember 1973 - January 1974 at Record Plant Studios, New York
GenreHard rock, proto-punk
LabelColumbia Records
Songwriter(s)Steven Tyler
Producer(s)Jack Douglas

"Lord of the Thighs" is a song performed by American rock band Aerosmith. It was written by frontman Steven Tyler, and released on the band's 1974 album Get Your Wings. Drummer Joey Kramer has said it is his favorite song to perform live. Kramer and singer Steven Tyler have each said that he alone was the subject of the song's title.[1] The song has remained a live staple since its release.


"Thighs", as it is commonly abbreviated on setlists and elsewhere, was supposedly the last song written for Get Your Wings. The band needed one additional song for the album, so they locked themselves in Studio C at the Record Plant in New York City and came up with this song, based on the unsavory characters near their hotel on Eighth Avenue.[1][2][3] The tongue-in-cheek lyrics are filled with double entendres and innuendo, and the song is darker than it first appears.[1][3] The song is notable for the funky drum beat by Kramer.[4] In its opening, the drum beat sounds very similar to "Walk This Way" and the song also features lead guitar work by Brad Whitford and piano playing by Steven Tyler.

Live performances[edit]

The song has long been a staple in setlists at Aerosmith concerts, and was featured on the live albums Live! Bootleg and Classics Live I. It was also featured on the deep cut collection Gems. The song was resurrected as a live staple, being played at several concerts on the Rockin' the Joint and Route of All Evil Tours in 2005 and 2006.

In concert, the band typically does an extended jam in the song, which often results in the song exceeding seven minutes in length, which prominently features Whitford on lead guitar. Tyler also introduces Whitford before he starts playing the song's riff. Joe Perry typically plays slide guitar.[3]

Cover version[edit]

The song was covered by alternative rockers The Breeders in 1993. It was also covered by Whitfield Crane and the heavy metal band Mystik.[5] Danzig covered the song on the 2015 album Skeletons.

In other media[edit]

The song was featured in Grand Theft Auto IV, Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and Damned and Grand Theft Auto: The Ballad of Gay Tony on the radio station Liberty Rock Radio 97.8.

The song is also likely a reference to the book Lord of the Flies, and its 1963 film adaptation.


  1. ^ a b c Huxley, M. (1995). Aerosmith: The Fall and the Rise of Rock's Greatest Band. pp. 36–37. ISBN 0-312-11737-X.
  2. ^ Aerosmith, Davis, S. (2003). Walk This Way: The Autobiography of Aerosmith. pp. 201–202. ISBN 0-06-051580-5.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  3. ^ a b c Power, M. (1997). Aerosmith. pp. 13–14. ISBN 0-7119-5598-0.
  4. ^ "Lord of the Thighs". allmusic. Retrieved 2009-06-18.
  5. ^ "Lord of the Thighs Performers". allmusic. Archived from the original on June 22, 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-19.