Parched land, no desert sand
The sun is just a little dot
And a little bit of water goes a long way
'cause it's hot (it's hot)
Three good buddies of mine were laughin' and smokin'
In the back of a rented Ford
They couldn't know they weren't going too far

Each one with the money in his pocket
To go out and buy himself a brand new car
But they all held the money they had
Money they hoped would take them very far

Sky's bright, the traffic light
Now and then a truck
And they hadn't seen a cop around all day (what luck)
They brought everything they needed
Bags and scales to weigh the stuff
The driver said, "The border's just over the bluff"

Wasn't until the car suddenly stopped
In the middle of a cold and barren plain
And the other guy turned and spilled
Three boys blood did they know a trap had been laid?

They're OK the last days of May
But I'll be breathin' dry air
I'm leaving soon
The others are already there (all there)
Wouldn't be interested in coming along
Instead of staying here?
It's said the West is nice this time of year


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    General CommentIt's about a drug deal that goes sour.

    They three kids get money, they have scales to weigh the "stuff", they're heading over the border.

    Then the driver (I think) kills them, "a trap had been laid".

    I'm not too sure on the last verse, but I think it's something about death.
    issgonrainon October 26, 2004   Link
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    General Comment"A true story about some guys from Long Island, New York who drove out West to find some illegal substances. Some to smoke and some to sell and unfortunately they met a fate they didn't deserve."

    Buck Dharma - UK Tour 2003
    RedKingon December 28, 2004   Link
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    General Commentyeah, you guys got it pretty much right.

    "According to Buck Dharma, "(Then Came The) Last Days Of May" is the true story of three collegiate drug dealers who went to Tucson to score for the fall semester. They were ripped off and shot. While two of the guys died, the other survived to testify against the perpetrators, who were two young men from a notorious wealthy local family. They apparently served about ten years in prison before being released."

    found this info here: members.aol.com/bocfaqman/…
    jahrootson February 20, 2007   Link
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    Song MeaningYou've all missed the central point of awesomeness of this song. It's pretty subtle. Who the fuck is the only person who could be singing this song?

    This song is sung from the POV of the guy who murdered the passengers. The driver is singing this song. He killed them all, took their money, and is now moving on to other things, and inviting you to be his next victim.

    I bet BOC is pretty disappointed how few people got this song.
    muldrakeon February 27, 2011   Link
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    General CommentI think there a few too many words in these^^. Muldrake i never saw it that way until i read your comment just now, and it certainly fits. I just saw BOC in Oct. 2011, and the first time on halloween night in 2008!!(or 09?)!!! The guys playing with Eric Bloom & Buck Dharma are pretty good! Probably from touring with them for so long!!
    HarvesterofEyeson December 06, 2011   Link
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    General CommentThere seems to be 6 people in this song , The "three good buddies" in the back of a rented Ford. The friend of the three good buddies telling most of the story, that some how knows the story without actually being there. That's 4 people

    The "driver" of the car, and "the other guy", both in the front seats. These are people 5 and 6.

    Bags and scales would suggest a drug deal for Pot gone bad.

    The Driver and other guy are the bad guys, with the other guy being the blood spiller.

    For most of this song, this story is told in 3rd tense, by the friend of the three good buddies. This friend some who some how knows the story, but doesn't look to be there, maybe God or some spirit.

    In the last verse the tense changes to first person, to one of the three good buddies, the one who is still alive, but expecting to die soon. He will soon be breathing dry air, he will become a skeleton. The last three lines are probably just sarcastic humour.

    Just My Humble Opinion..!!
    gtrmannon February 15, 2012   Link
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    Song MeaningI got to spend 2 days with the band in the 70s we mostly party alot.
    the song is about 3 boys from IU that went shopping. there was more that did not make the 1st trip, its there tell of the song
    Bucky777on June 03, 2013   Link
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    General CommentThis song has a basis in fact from people the band knew or heard of. Mostly they were trying to portray that the summer of love was over. You no longer get a smiling hippy handing you a free hit of acid so that you too can know this joy; instead you get the shaft and a shallow grave. Black Sabbath and a few others tried to convey this, but they were considered unique and not an accurate reflection of the way things really were. At the time, the only people who took Iggy Pop seriously were those who were just as messed up as he was. It is worthwhile to note that the sun sets in the West. In ancient history, that direction was known for the sun's death every night and therefore the location of the underworld. Never discount BOC's ability to wax esoteric.
    jeligulaon August 01, 2013   Link
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    General CommentWhoever transcribed the lyrics above added and changed several things unnecessarily. Here are the correct lyrics for the studio version.

    Parched land no desert sand
    Sun is just a dot
    And a little bit of water goes a long way
    'cause it's hot (it's hot)
    Three good buddies were laughin' and smokin'
    In the back of a rented Ford
    They couldn't have known they weren't going far

    Each one with the money in his pocket
    To go out and buy himself a brand new car
    But they all held the money they had
    Money they hoped would take them very far

    Sky's bright with traffic light
    Now and then a truck
    And I haven't seen a cop around all day (what luck)
    They brought everything they needed
    Bags and scales to weigh the stuff
    The driver said "The border's just over the bluff"

    Wasn't until the car suddenly stopped
    In the middle of a cold and barren plain
    And the other guy turned and spilled
    Three boys' blood did they know a trap had been lain

    They're OK the last days of May
    I'll be breathing dry air
    I'm leaving soon
    The others are already there (all there)
    Wouldn't be interested in coming along
    Instead of staying here?
    Parched land, no desert sand
    The sun is just a little dot
    And a little bit of water goes a long way
    'cause it's hot (it's hot)
    Three good buddies of mine were laughin' and smokin'
    In the back of a rented Ford
    They couldn't know they weren't going too far

    Each one with the money in his pocket
    To go out and buy himself a brand new car
    But they all held the money they had
    Money they hoped would take them very far

    Sky's bright, the traffic light
    Now and then a truck
    And they hadn't seen a cop around all day (what luck)
    They brought everything they needed
    Bags and scales to weigh the stuff
    The driver said, "The border's just over the bluff"

    Wasn't until the car suddenly stopped
    In the middle of a cold and barren plain
    And the other guy turned and spilled
    Three boys blood did they know a trap had been laid?

    They're OK the last days of May
    But I'll be breathin' dry air
    I'm leaving soon
    The others are already there (all there)
    Wouldn't be interested in coming along
    Instead of staying here?
    It's said the West is nice this time of year
    That's what they say
    Pajmoon October 28, 2014   Link
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    General CommentWow, this site is really not working worth a damn on my iPhone. It added all of the wrong lyrics just before the last line in my post above so hopefully this time it will post correctly. Here are the correct lyrics.

    Parched land no desert sand
    Sun is just a dot
    And a little bit of water goes a long way
    'cause it's hot (it's hot)
    Three good buddies were laughin' and smokin'
    In the back of a rented Ford
    They couldn't have known they weren't going far

    Each one with the money in his pocket
    To go out and buy himself a brand new car
    But they all held the money they had
    Money they hoped would take them very far

    Sky's bright with traffic light
    Now and then a truck
    And I haven't seen a cop around all day (what luck)
    They brought everything they needed
    Bags and scales to weigh the stuff
    The driver said "The border's just over the bluff"

    Wasn't until the car suddenly stopped
    In the middle of a cold and barren plain
    And the other guy turned and spilled
    Three boys' blood did they know a trap had been lain

    They're OK the last days of May
    I'll be breathing dry air
    I'm leaving soon
    The others are already there (all there)
    Wouldn't be interested in coming along
    Instead of staying here?
    It's said the West is nice this time of year
    That's what they say
    Pajmoon October 28, 2014   Link

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