"Scum" as written by and Curtis Mathew Kirkwood....
In some forgettable lie
We crawled across the borderline
We kissed the enemy until
Our thought had traveled out of time
You couldn't have heard me speak
There was so it did seem I say
A fog so heavy that
I could not tell if it was night or day

Hand over all water
You know that means business, scum

Under the stone we find the scum
Under the stars we find the scum

I thought a beautiful thing
A fire was lit within my mind
Only the hummingbird wings
Went shivering up and down my spine
The water that cleared our thirst
Was not from earthly vineyards mined
And then we drunkenly sailed the gutters
Of our invisible shrine

Hand over all water
You know that means business, scum

Under the stone we find the scum
Under the stars we find the scum


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"Scum" as written by Curtis Mathew Kirkwood

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    General CommentThis is a really good song, my friend thinks that it's about how human beings are the "scum" in life, but I'm not sure I agree with that.
    ernzoaon February 06, 2006   Link
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    General Commentwow, theres hardly any postings for any meat puppet songs eh? yeah this is one of my favourites, its awesome. really catchy. lol good for singing along to.
    karen123on April 04, 2006   Link
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    General CommentYeah, awesome Meat Puppets song. I think it's "on ruby hummingbird wings" instead of "only the hummingbird wings". Strange either way but I think that's what I remember from the CD insert - long time ago though so I could be wrong...
    a7s9kon February 21, 2011   Link
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    General CommentThese lyrics of the verses are probably visions experienced on an acid trip, and I think it's unlikely that they have any hidden or deeper meaning.
    However the lyrics of the bridge and chorus could describe corporate greed.
    "Hand over all water"
    (describing a monopoly)
    "You know that means business, scum"
    double meaning:
    1. literally there is good profit made from the monopoly
    2. a challenge to the corporation
    "Under the stone we find the scum
    Under the stars we find the scum"
    (the corporation is everywhere)
    chinkquentacoon October 26, 2012   Link

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