"To Defy The Laws Of Tradition" as written by Les Claypool, Timothy W. Alexander and Todd Huth....
What if Christmas didn't come this year?
And no one paid for Christmas cheer?
Who would cry the biggest tear?
The child,

Or the store.
Why do brides wear virgin white?
Most do not reserve that right.
But to choose a color of they're delight.

Would surely bring on the frowns.
To defy the laws of tradition.
It's a crusade only of the brave.
Suppose the tax man,

He comes to town.
And you don't lay your money down.
Yet Mr. Jones,
He killed Mr. Brown

The other day.
Well I wonder.
Who's gonna go to Hell?

Lyrics submitted by knate15

"To Defy the Laws of Tradition" as written by Timothy W. Alexander Les Claypool

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  • +1
    General CommentThis song should be my theme song...the first two verses sum up my feelings toward that bloodsucking institution called organized religion. It's outlived its purpose therefore all "priveleges" it has been extended should hereby be permanently revoked.
    OpinionHeadon June 28, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentNice job on the lyrics but you forgot the:

    Im just a bill
    and Im only a bill
    and Im stiting here on capital hill
    Ill be a law some day
    Yeah Ill be a law
    here we go.
    melloncollie45on January 11, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOH MAN Les is a genius there are to many truths in this song well at least three. Its great when there are songs about societys problems.
    BobJoeSuckawitson March 10, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyeah i listened to this song and only appreciated the instrumentation, but now that i see the lyrics, i'm like wow.
    pakistanimanon January 30, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think that this is Les' evaluation of society and our current ideas of right and wrong. It also seems like the title of the song may somewhat be Les' manifesto for his music career. I mean, look at all he's accomplished while remaining so unique.
    It seems like a challenge he's facing against society, calling out brave individuals "to defy the laws of tradition."
    pink adamon March 28, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is one of my favorite Primus songs..the groove is tight and the guitar part is sick. Primus rules.

    It's nice that lyrics are easy to understand too, i suppose.
    jek21on April 04, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentin the last verse, does the taxman part refer to the mr. Jones part? that confuses me alot. I love this song so much, one of my favorite primus songs. I just got frizzle fry the other day and I automatically liked it.
    BWIdrummerTAGon April 07, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYes, With the Taxman and the Mr. Jones it's saying, this guy didn't pay his taxes, but this guy killed a man. Which was the worst crime?
    Pvt_Joker7on April 09, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBoth...the state uses the same court system to grind you up and spit you out.

    Definitely a different kind of song, but I love the song. It's damn awesome.
    OpinionHeadon January 04, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentagreed w/ just about everyone else. the last part w/ the taxman and mr jones is DEFINITELY connected.
    akfaon February 24, 2007   Link

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