"The Freed Pig" as written by and Louis Knox Barlow....
You were right
I was battling you, trying to prove myself
I tried to bury you with guilt; I wanted to prove you wrong
I've got nothing better to do than pay too much attention to you
It's sad, but it's not your fault
Self-righteous and rude
I guess I lost that cool
Tapping 'til I drive you insane
I'm self-righteous, but never right
So laid back, but so uptight
Destroying your patience to tolerate me
With all the negative spirit I bring
Right, I was obsessed to bring you down
Watching your every move
Playing a little-boy game
Always with something to prove
Waiting to cut you down, making it hard to live
With only one thing to do
Cut me first, make it easy
Now you will be free
Now that nothing depends on me
Tapping 'till I drive you insane
Now you will be free
With no sick people tugging on your sleeve
Your big head has that "more room to grow"
A glory I will never know
A glory I will never know


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"The Freed Pig" as written by Louis Knox Barlow

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  • +2
    General Commentwow, no comments on such a great tune. lyrically, a brilliant analysis of a relationship (barlow and mascis perhaps), so bitter and final. Sounds like the poem of someone finally moving on. God weve all been there!
    Synclion May 23, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI actually asked Barlow about this song when I met him. He just said it was more of realizing that he may have been wrong when it came to the things him and J had between them. Great song.
    detoxwalkon June 14, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think they have kissed and made up because they recorded a new album together with Dinosaur Jr.
    braincandyon July 09, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyes. it is about barlow and mascis.
    no oneon July 08, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is most often thought of as a dis against J Masics (and the last verse is a little harsh), but really it is about Lou realizing he was immature and basically he gave J no choice but to boot him from Dinosaur.
    leamancon July 14, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentexactly, leamanc.. up until "Your big head has that more room to grow" the entire song was Lou admitting he was a pain in the ass.

    the "Tapping 'til I drive you insane" bit i think is about being on the road and just intentionally doing little things that drive another person crazy. The section in "This band could be your life" on Dinsoaur Jr chronicles all of this.
    yoladuon April 10, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyoladu, That "This band could be your life" Thing sounds like it might be in reference to the Minutemen song "History Lesson, Pt. 2". J Mascis knows Mike Watt who was the bassist for the Minutemen and has played with him.
    101Voltson May 14, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOne of the few bitter reality-rooted songs with some accountability It's mostly about how he feels guilty for his own behavior, but still feels sorry for himself and thinks J was arrogant as fuck for kicking him out. I'd say.
    astralmuckon May 05, 2016   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOne of the few bitter reality-rooted songs with some accountability It's mostly about how he feels guilty for his own behavior, but still feels sorry for himself and thinks J was arrogant as fuck for kicking him out. I'd say.
    astralmuckon May 05, 2016   Link
  • -2
    General Commentyou suck
    Atreiuon May 23, 2006   Link

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