"The Carpenter and the Dainty Bride" as written by Les Claypool, Reid L. Iii Lalonde and Timothy W. Alexander....
To the carpenter said the dainty bride
Th e grass appears greener on the other side
So let's clarify before we unite
The grass is never greener on the other side

To the carpenter said the dainty bride
I pledge to you my love tonight
But I will not hesitate to euthanize
If the grass becomes greener on the other side

Said the carpenter to the dainty bride
I would never do a thing to jeopardize
This union I consider a prize
Grass will never be greener on the other side

To the preacher man said the dainty wife
He thought the grass was greener on the other side
So I buried in his belly my butcher knife
And ended these years of wretched strife

Said the preacher man to the guilty wife
Though the law may give you twenty years to life
Pray forgiveness in the Father's eyes
And the grass may just be greener on the other side


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"The Carpenter and the Dainty Bride" as written by Reid L. Iii Lalonde Les Claypool

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    General CommentThis shares somewhat of a similar theme to that of Mary The Ice Cube.
    This song is about that unattainable fantasy of pure happiness we hold in our heads (especially in the relationships between lovers), and try to enforce this will upon those in our lives to the point where we become removed from reality, and are no longer partaking in a relationship (which should be dialectic, and about compromise, excepting & loving faults as well as attractive features, etc), but ending up hating the person for not living up to the ideal, instead - and thus it becomes destructive. You begin to treat the other like an object and it is no longer about love, but selfish desire.
    It's also about ego, and how we think we should deserve only the best, and will not settle for less than what we deem that is.
    This ideal is planted into our subconscious by society/our culture, and thus we all expect it to just happen on its own, and to be like the movies, etc.
    The Distortedon May 08, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThings will never be perfect so just do what your gonna do
    amcilroyon December 19, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI agree with both of the above statements. However, considering the last couple of lines, and the fact that there are no other obvious references to preachers and religion, I'd say it's also about the afterlife.

    She's had a bad life, her husband (I think) cheated on her because he found happiness elsewhere; because she killed him she'll lose her freedom; The preacher says that if she prays for forgiveness she might go to heaven (where it's better).

    The final dark thing is that heaven, regardless of beliefs, can't be prooven to exist. Les said it was a particularly dark song once live! However I think the positive thing to take from it (though Primus are dark, there's always hope in there): We don't know about the afterlife, so make the most of this life, without worrying about how happy you are because it's always better elsewhere!
    Baudson February 17, 2007   Link
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    General Commentafter hearing this I cant' wait til primus has a new album. while there were some good times with brain as drummer, something was lacking. this song and the animals...e.p as a whole is a return to form of Primus for me.
    necrophageon March 01, 2008   Link

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