In the song "Fuel my Fire" by L7 it says:

Yeah, my layers are thick

And I got a bad attitude

What does "My layers are thick" mean in this context? Is it another way to say "I've got a thick skin"?


The way I understand it, the meaning is not totally clear.

My main guess is the same as yours: "thick skin".

However, even though less likely, it may refer to many / thick layers of clothes. A "gangster" may wear a protective layer of clothes - in the idea of bullet proof vests. Also, homeless people (sometimes) wear all clothes the have at the same time, regardless of the temperature outside.

  • This song is originally performed by a female singer. Would she refer to layers of clothes gangsts style? – Sefe Sep 24 '19 at 7:20
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    The way I read and understood the song, it is irrelevant if a man or a woman sings. – virolino Sep 24 '19 at 8:56
  • It has been covered by The Prodigy, so it is indeed irrelevant. But I don't known if a woman would sing about her thick clothes. – Sefe Sep 24 '19 at 11:16
  • It depends who is the woman in the song. On the other hand, I saw men at straight parties singing along with Barbara Streisand: "I am a woman in love..." :) – virolino Sep 24 '19 at 11:19

I think it could mean that they are extremely confident, or closely allied to members of their own profession.

For example, they will meet their peers for a drink after a case is closed. Then they will discuss the pros and cons of the case, even if they were in opposition to each other in open court.

  • Hi, welcome to ELL! Your answer seems to be based on "my lawyers are thick." It is "my layers are thick." Did you misread the sentence at issue? – Eddie Kal Dec 12 '20 at 2:31

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