"Year Of The Parrot" as written by Les Claypool, Reid L. Iii Lalonde and Timothy W. Alexander....
In the year of our Lord
Call it 1994
A fine vintage of mimicry

There are those that take their sound
From someone else's toil
Liking to parrots you see

I've seen the likes of Kate Bush
And Van Morrison
Teaching the parrots to sing

Take a Zeppelin riff
And you alter it a bit
And make lots of money
It's called plagiarism

You want some of that cheese
Just take a big ol' bite
Careful not to choke on it please

Now here we go
It's called plagiarism


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"Year of the Parrot" as written by Reid L. Iii Lalonde Les Claypool

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    General CommentI love how tongue-in-cheek this one is, Claypool really takes a stab at modern music. Way to stand up, Les! He might even be talking about rap and hip-hop seeing as to how much they recycle from older works and after the song becomes popular, most think that he/she was the originator of the song!
    Mad Jackylon May 05, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis song is a statement on modern music, or even media for that matter. it seems in this age, creativity is a rare thing. people are recycling old songs, old movies and even old stories.

    to say this is one of primus's worst, is to say that you are one of primus worst critics. as a band primus had an uncanny ability to maintain unique style and originality. a lot of people give this album shit, but it was merely just another era in the evolution of Primus.
    Terminal Sickieon January 05, 2006   Link
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    General CommentEveryone copies brilliant artists like Kate Bush and Van Morrison, that's what this song is about.

    And only another original act like Primus can get away with singing about it.
    ArsMoridenion May 18, 2015   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWho is the lord og 1994?
    Russianon February 20, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentof,,, sorry
    Russianon February 20, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI guess it's also about individuality - how it's best to be different from everything else musically and in every other way as a person (well, to an extent, mainly its how it's best to do what you want and be different in certain ways, regardless of what people think).
    Baudson July 30, 2006   Link
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    General Commentactually as a big fan of primus I think of it as one of their best,... love that theer are 6 guitar solos///
    necrophageon July 13, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthis song is one of their BEST by the way...lord of 1994 must be Cobain and the legion of musicians trying to copy the 'alternative' sound...i don't think Les is anti-hip-hop
    steve0965on October 21, 2008   Link
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    General Commentmy favorite primus album
    steve0965on October 21, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI don't think they were saying anything about "the lord of 1994" at all - "the year of our lord 1994" is just another way of saying "1994 A.D.", since "Anno Domini" is Latin for "in the year of our Lord".

    I think the meaning of the song has otherwise been covered, but I always thought the part about "Kate Bush and Van Morrison teaching the parrots to sing" was a veiled reference to specific popular bands ripping those particular artists off. Given that this was released in 1995, I'd guess Les would be talking about Tori Amos and... The Counting Crows, maybe?
    destroyalltacoson November 02, 2011   Link

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