"Smoke Banshee" as written by and Richard Timothy Sult Jean-paul Gaster....
One unworthy worker's version on the verge of vernacular
Enter a sour house to do battle with spectacular draculas
Lick tall walls to find them all sweeter than a cane
Pour the quick elixir in your wounds to ease the pain
Oh
Ooo, plum been running, buck a doz
Ooo, smoke banshee's honey bee sting buzz
Ooo, plum been running, buck a doz
Ooo, smoke banshee's honey bee sting buzz
Medicine of modern miracles, voodoo to those out of focus
Experts explain experience -- "Hocus pocus, hocus pocus!"
Mouthfuls down in a floating locus, most of us deny
Medicine of modern miracles, who knew circles with no foci?
Ooo, plum been running, buck a doz
Ooo, smoke banshee's honey bee sting buzz
Ooo, plum been running, buck a doz
Ooo, smoke banshee's honey bee sting buzz
Trapped in sap, chambered in a tree
Shadow of a giant across the centuries
Bits of shattered glass scattered on the shore
Break the genie bottle and open up the door
Ooo, plum been running, buck a doz
Ooo, smoke banshee's honey bee sting buzz
Ooo, plum been running, buck a doz
Ooo, smoke banshee's honey bee sting buzz
Ooo, plum been running, buck a doz
Ooo, smoke banshee's honey bee sting buzz
Ooo, plum been running, buck a doz
Ooo, smoke banshee's honey bee sting buzz


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"Smoke Banshee" as written by Jean-paul Gaster Dan Maines

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    General Comment
    This song has always perplexed me. Like most of Neil Fallon's lyrics the meaning can be highly subjective.
    My opinion on the meaning of Smoke Banshee is that it's referencing all the medicinal cures that have been deemed unsuitable for public consumption.
    A Banshee is usually a reference to Death. The lyric "Medicine of modern miracles, voodoo to those out of focus
    Experts explain experience -- "Hocus pocus, hocus pocus!" seems to be saying that the so called experts (FDA maybe?) are holding back important research and possible cures to disease by telling the public it's quackery (voodoo and the hocus pocus). The reason this is done is so big drug companies can continue to monopolize the industry and continue to make obscene amounts of money off the sick.
    Marijuana prohibition comes to mind....
    SwollenGoat68on October 20, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThe only lines of this song that, to me, are apparently decipherable are:

    "Trapped in sap, chambered in a tree
    Shadow of a giant across the centuries"

    These lines make me think of the scene in Jurassic Park where the scientists harvest dinosaur DNA by drilling it out of petrified mosquitoes that were trapped in sap. "Giant across the centuries" could plausibly refer to a dinosaur.
    UnFaithfulAtheiston February 09, 2011   Link
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    General Comment"Pour the quick elixir in your wounds to ease the pain," could be a reference to Rosicrucianism. I say this because Neil Fallon has since made references to Rosicrucianism/Christian Rosenkreuz in at least a few other songs (in The Amazing Kreskinand and at least one other that I can't think of at the moment).
    UnFaithfulAtheiston February 10, 2011   Link
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    General CommentI love this song but more than the meaning, one thing has always perplexed me, what does he say between "...plum been runnin'..." and "Trapped in a sap"?

    sounds like "Try it!" or "Cry out!"

    probably the former, but I'd appreciate it if someone could clear that up for me, thanks.
    Cold_Steel_Hearton May 06, 2012   Link

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