"Boris The Spider" as written by and John Entwhistle....
Look, he's crawling up my wall
Black and hairy, very small
Now he's up above my head
Hanging by a little thread

Boris the spider
Boris the spider

Now he's dropped on to the floor
Heading for the bedroom door
Maybe he's as scared as me
Where's he gone now, I can't see

Boris the spider
Boris the spider

Creepy, crawly
Creepy, crawly
Creepy, creepy, crawly, crawly
Creepy, creepy, crawly, crawly
Creepy, creepy, crawly, crawly
Creepy, creepy, crawly, crawly

There he is wrapped in a ball
Doesn't seem to move at all
Perhaps he's dead, I'll just make sure
Pick this book up off the floor

Boris the spider
Boris the spider

Creepy, crawly
Creepy, crawly
Creepy, creepy, crawly, crawly
Creepy, creepy, crawly, crawly
Creepy, creepy, crawly, crawly
Creepy, creepy, crawly, crawly

He's come to a sticky end
Don't think he will ever mend
Never more will he crawl 'round
He's embedded in the ground

Boris the spider
Boris the spider


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"Boris the Spider" as written by John Entwhistle

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    General CommentIt's about arachnaphobia. I love drug-induced inspiration because it seems to make the mind go to places nobody ever imagined. I played this song and it annoyed my youngest sister to no end. It is one of the funniest songs of all time. Kudos to the master of all bass players!
    OpinionHeadon May 25, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWEEEEEE luv it!!!!1
    SO FUUUNY!
    emebulumanon September 01, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song cheers me up its pretty obvious what its about
    Silverdragon747on April 23, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentJohn Entwhistle was afraid of spiders, so he wrote this song. To me, this is just a fun song to listen to. I don't really see any deeper meaning to it.
    reelion April 11, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentjohn was probably stoned out of his mind when he wrote this song...good song tho

    john entwistle R.I.P.
    Potatoes9000on April 18, 2004   Link
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    General CommentEntwhistle wrote this because he was afraid of spiders when he was a child. I also heard another theory in which "Boris the Spider" represented the Soviet Union, which creeped and crawled to execute their "evil deeds", which means The Who was making fun of the paranoia of the Cold War at the time.
    topace129on April 18, 2004   Link
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    General Commenthaha naw what happened was the band were asked to write 2 songs each as part of a contract (or something along those lines). entwistle was talkin about unusual names for animals one day in the pub and one of them was a spider called boris. later he was asked what his two songs were about (everyone else had done theirs, even keith moon) and he said one was called boris the spider. then he wrote it in about ten minutes later.
    AaronXIIIon May 21, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI heard that John was at a bar, drunk out of his mind, when he was talking with his friends about his fear of spiders. And then he wrote this awesome song!
    whofreak777on November 20, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYeah, I don't think there's really any deeper meaning to this song...I read in a book that it was about John's arachnophobia.
    guitaresson February 19, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt totally reminds me of a guy sitting in a room, stoned out of his mind, all paranoid about this spider on the wall. Love this song and the who!
    amazon_0505on March 20, 2005   Link

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