"The Ballad Of Bodacious" as written by Les Claypool, Reid L. Iii Lalonde and Bryan Kei Mantia....
Bodacious am a whole lotta' bull
Over nineteen hundred pounds.
He's born in Galtry Oklahoma,
And he's the baddest sonsabitch around.

If a burma bull ever was a superstar,
Then Bodacious just might be.
He's a cream colored, beefy brawn,
Full-fledged, four-footed bovine celebrity.

Who's gonna ride Bodacious?
Who's gonna take him down?
Look out for Bodacious.
He's bound to hold his ground.

Here come Bodacious.
Y'all just step aside.
Big and bad Bodacious,
Takes a toll from those who ride.

Young Bo met a man named Tuff Hedeman
At the start of his buckin' spree.
And Tuff became one of the few to make the whistle
Back in nineteen ninety three.

Tuff tried to ride Bo again at the finals
In nineteen ninety five.
Bodacious had got a little older and wiser,
Tuff barely came out alive.


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"The Ballad of Bodacious" as written by Les Claypool Bryan Kei Mantia

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    General CommentWell...I'm going to take a stab in the dark and say that this song is about a badass bull named Bodacious.
    MyNameIsMudon November 12, 2004   Link
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    General CommentTrue Story. Bodacious was a Bull on the pro bull riding circuit. Tuff Hedeman went for a rematch with bodacious and during the ride bodacious bucked one time and tuff's face slammed into bodacious's back and broke many bones in Tuff's face. Tuff needed much surgery to reconstuct his face and he still continues to ride but is now one of the few bull riders to where a face protector.
    iconofsinon March 25, 2005   Link
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    General Comment"Tuff Hedeman, often called the best bull rider ever, was one of the few to stay on Bodacious for a full eight seconds. But in 1995 Hedeman saw the terrifying side of 'Bo' when he suffered a major face smashing, and required emergency reconstructive surgery after a brutal encounter with Bodacious at the Professional Bull Riders Finals. Hedeman drew the bull again at the National Finals Rodeo in 1995, and chose not to ride him. Hedeman called Bodacious 'the baddest bull there has ever been.' It was that same year that world champion Scott Breding sustained serous injuries and became the last cowboy to attempt a ride on Bodacious. A day after the Breeding accident, during the final round of the NFR, owners Sammy and Carolyn Andrews decided to retire the bull 'in the interest of cowboy safety.' "

    I googled "bodacious bull" and I found that about his death.
    R.I.P. Bodacious
    pink adamon March 31, 2005   Link
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    General Comment"Tuff Hedeman, often called the best bull rider ever, was one of the few to stay on Bodacious for a full eight seconds. But in 1995 Hedeman saw the terrifying side of 'Bo' when he suffered a major face smashing, and required emergency reconstructive surgery after a brutal encounter with Bodacious at the Professional Bull Riders Finals. Hedeman drew the bull again at the National Finals Rodeo in 1995, and chose not to ride him. Hedeman called Bodacious 'the baddest bull there has ever been.' It was that same year that world champion Scott Breding sustained serous injuries and became the last cowboy to attempt a ride on Bodacious. A day after the Breeding accident, during the final round of the NFR, owners Sammy and Carolyn Andrews decided to retire the bull 'in the interest of cowboy safety.' "

    I googled "bodacious bull" and I found that about his death.
    R.I.P. Bodacious
    pink adamon March 31, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis song fucking rules. One of my Primus favourites.
    The Distortedon May 08, 2006   Link
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    General Commentyeah man this song is fukin cool great bass line and I quite like the solo ay
    MikePattonRuleson September 11, 2006   Link
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    General CommentBodacious the Bull (1988? - May 16, 2000), originally designated J31, was a crossbred Charbray bull who was infamous throughout the sport of rodeo, and was commonly referred to as "The World's Most Dangerous Bull". The 1800-lb bull, known for his characteristic coloring as the "White Whale", made unanticipated moves that rodeo athletes were not accustomed to and were defenseless to protect against. Only six cowboys were able to complete their rides in 135 attempts. He was voted the PBR Bull of the Year in 1995.

    It was suggested that Bodacious had gotten stronger and trickier as he matured after, in 1994, he gained national attention at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, employing his signature head snapping move that resulted in life threatening injuries to bull riding star Terry Don West. Tuff Hedeman was one of the few to stay on Bodacious for a full eight seconds. But, in 1995 Hedeman witnessed the brutal nature of "Bo" first hand when he suffered a major face smashing, and required emergency reconstructive surgery after a vicious encounter with Bodacious at the Professional Bull Riders Finals. Hedeman drew the bull again at the National Finals Rodeo in 1995, and opted not to ride him, calling Bodacious "the baddest bull there has ever been." In the same event, Scott Breding sustained serious injuries and became the last cowboy to attempt a ride on Bodacious.

    Bodacious was retired on December 11, 1995, at the age of 7, still in his prime
    chiefhky29on March 31, 2007   Link
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    General Commentyoutube.com/…
    MyNameIsPrimuson April 15, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti love this song. It's soooo catchy. I like the rockabilly feel to it. Definitely my favorite on this album. thanks for the explanation, cheifhky29.
    Mindbreaker4228on August 21, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis song is really awesome. I mean, really.

    If a bull was gonna have a theme song, this one would be perfect.

    by the way, R.I.P. Bodacious.
    Ortafalcon9on March 28, 2009   Link

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