"The Mollusk" as written by and Michael Melchiondo....
Hey little boy, whatcha got there?
Kind sir it's a mollusk i've found
Did you find it in the sandy ground?
Does it emulate the ocean's sound?
Yes I found it on the ground
Emulating the ocean's sound
Bring forth the mollusk cast unto me
Let's be forever let forever be free

Hey little boy come walk with me
And bring your new found mollusk along
Does it speaketh of the trinity
Can it gaze at the sun with its wandering eye
Yes it speaks of the trinity
Casting light at the sun with its wandering eye
Bring forth the mollusk, cast unto me
Let's be forever let forever be free

You see there are three things that spur the mollusk from the sand
The waking of all creatures that live on the land
And with just one faint glance, back into the sea
The mollusk lingers, with it's wandering eye


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"The Mollusk" as written by Jr. Michael Melchiondo

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    General CommentI'll be the first. This song rocks. Nice little story. I wonder if the trinity is the holy trinity??
    skiguskion March 09, 2005   Link
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    General CommentIt's actually "Kind sir, it’s a mollusk I found". Also, I'm too lazy to transcribe it, but this is missing the short spoken word bit, which makes the song for me (mainly because I love that while supposedly "there are three things that spur the mollusk from the sand", really only *one* of them is actually mentioned).

    The vaginal thing is an interesting tack, but I don't think there's any more to it than gently poking fun at 60's psych/folk lyrical pretensions (the loping backing music and the spoken bit seem like they might be a nod to Donovan's similarly aquatic-themed "Atlantis").
    destroyalltacoson February 27, 2006   Link
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    General CommentIt's actually "Kind sir, it’s a mollusk I found". Also, I'm too lazy to transcribe it, but this is missing the short spoken word bit, which makes the song for me (mainly because I love that while supposedly "there are three things that spur the mollusk from the sand", really only *one* of them is actually mentioned).

    The vaginal thing is an interesting tack, but I don't think there's any more to it than gently poking fun at 60's psych/folk lyrical pretensions (the loping backing music and the spoken bit seem like they might be a nod to Donovan's similarly aquatic-themed "Atlantis").
    destroyalltacoson February 27, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis is a longshot, but there is at least one paleontologist I know whose research concerns mollusks, and he does have a wandering eye.
    NatSelleckon June 17, 2006   Link
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    General CommentWarmPBR, it's not "Bring for the mollusk cast unto me". That doesn't even make sense. It's "Bring FORTH the mollusk cast unto me". If you're going to correct, correct correctly. ;-)
    lololeelaon October 04, 2008   Link
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    General Commenti always thought the kid said 'cancer, tomorrows guffaw' but yeah, the real lyrics make way more sense that that. killer song
    enjoibaconon February 16, 2007   Link
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    General CommentYeah, destroyalltacos is correct, and the lyrics posted here are wrong.

    I think this song begins the ocean-theme of The Mollusk (the album, that is) very nicely. My all time favorite Ween album, and this is one of my favorite songs.

    I actually have heard the vagina thing before. But as far as these lyrics go... I really don't see how that theory fits in any way. To me, the lyrics seem to symbolize some sort of enlightenment, whether it be through drugs or meditation or what have you.
    majestikmoose9on March 08, 2007   Link
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    General CommentIt's also "Bring for the mollusk cast unto me," not "asked unto me." How do we edit this thing? Ween songs must be accurate.
    WarmPBRon January 28, 2008   Link
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    General CommentOn Wikipedia I read that the whole Mollusk album was made to poke fun at the sea shanty genre. It is the only song I've heard by them so I cant comment on any others. My personal interpretation, this is going to sound weired, is the song could be about discovering something ancient and beautiful. Mollusks are considered a primitive form of life, so we normally don't think of them gazing in wonder or knowing of the Trinity of Father, Son and Holy Ghost. The little boy, by finding and enjoying the mollusk has awakened his ability to wonder and love God, a primordial connection all have.
    soldierofthecrosson May 17, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis might seem kind of obvious, but I think there's a possibility that this song is about the album itself. Ween rented out a house on the beach in New Jersey and stayed there for weeks to write until they finished the album. The little boy I think represents Ween, finding the Mollusk through inspiration by the sea: "does it emulate the ocean sound?" Yes, this album does.

    The second verse is the tough part though, here's my best stab at it: "does it speaketh of the Trinity" I believe asks if this album feels divinely inspired. Because it is based on a creation of God (the sea) and because it includes some very grandiose music, I would say yes again, this album does (the exuberant synth solo near the end of this song is a good example of what sounds to me like divinely inspired music, it is an aural rendering of the beauty, joy, and wonder of life).

    "Casting light at the sun with it's wandering eye" is the toughest nut to crack, my only guess is that the sun is almost like a God to men because it provides the light and energy to make life possible, and so the Mollusk is a reciprocal creation of that light, casting a reflection of life using music back at the life-giving creator.

    The" three things that spur the Mollusk from the sand" is also a tough one, as the song only lists one, the "waking of all creatures that live on the land." I think this might be a tongue-in-cheek reference to the supposed "awakening" or "enlightenment" the listener will experience upon hearing the album. Ween probably doesn't actually believe that their music is as profound as all that, but given that this song is sort of a take-off of ELP, who came across as enormously self-important back in the prog era, I think this is part of the joke. Ween generally likes to screw with our heads for the sake of humor, so to leave the other two things unspoken is not a huge departure from their modus operandi, and makes the joke of mocking the pretentiousness of prog even funnier. If I had to guess what the other two parts of the Trinity are, it's Gene and Dean (making the Trinity Gene, Dean, and the listener).

    The "wandering eye" could either refer to Ween's predilection towards emulating a diverse array of genres, or maybe just suggests that Dean and Gene are horn dogs (which wouldn't be a huge surprise if you consider the subject the subject matter of many of their songs).

    Some of this analysis is potentially way off-base but this is the only way I can make sense of it. Who knows, it could mean nothing whatsoever.
    Zegoniteon November 30, 2016   Link

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