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Don't wanna be lonely no more.

Robert Kelly Thomas (born February 14, 1972) is an American rock recording artist and songwriter. He is the primary songwriter and lead singer of the band Matchbox Twenty. Thomas also records and performs as a solo artist. Thomas earned three Grammy awards for co-writing and singing on the Santana triple-platinum hit "Smooth", on the album Supernatural in 1999.

He has also lent his songwriting talents to such artists as Tom Petty, Willie Nelson, Mick Jagger, Marc Anthony, Pat Green, Taylor Hicks, Travis Tritt and Daughtry.

Since 1995, his band has released a string of hit singles to radio including "Push", "3 A.M.", "Real World", "Back 2 Good", "Bent", "If You're Gone", "Mad Season", "Disease", "Unwell", "Bright Lights", and "How Far We've Come". In 2004, the Songwriters Hall of Fame awarded Thomas its first Starlight Award, recognizing young songwriters who have already had a lasting influence in the music industry.

His own hits include "Her Diamonds", "Give Me the Melt Down", "This is How a Heart Breaks", "Ever the Same", and "Little Wonders".

He is not the creator of Veronica Mars.


  • ...Something To Be (2005)
  • cradlesong (2009)
  • The Great Unknown (2015)
  • Chip Tooth Smile (2019)

Tropes relating to his work:

  • Author Appeal: Really really loves African music and African American gospel vocalists, shown on both his albums, part of his Matchbox Twenty work and expressed in the song; "Fire on the Mountain" explicitly.
  • Fanservice: Lonely No More features some sexual Female Gaze cinematography and he's wearing some all black cowboy inspired outfit.
  • Lyrical Dissonance:
    • "Her Diamonds". Very upbeat-sounding, but it's about his wife's auto-immune disease and their struggle to deal with it.
    And she says ooh, I can't take no more
    Her tears like diamonds on the floor
    And her diamonds bring me down
    'Cause I can't help her now
    She's down in it
    She tried her best and now she can't win it
    Hard to see them on the ground
    Her diamonds falling down
    • "Mockingbird" is a peppy, jovial song about a failing relationship and the calm resignation from both sides of a relationship that it just isn't working out between them.
  • Lyrical Tic: Is fond of throwing in "hey man", "man" and variations on that feeling and word in his songs.
  • Protest Song: "Fire On the Mountain", dedicated to Africa and the issues Africa faces as a continent, and other continents suffering similar problems.
  • Take That!: "Something to Be" features some intriguing lines about the artistic process:
    "Play another one of those heartbreak songs
    Tell another story how things go wrong And they never get back
    My pain is a platinum stack/Take that shit back"
    • Revisted with Funny:
    "Had a run with some good lines
    All fear and alibi
    Had a laugh for a good while
    And all my tears were crocodile"