"Hello Skinny/Constantinople" as written by Homer Flynn and Hardy Winfred Fox....
Skinny was born in a bathtub
And he grew so incredibly thin
Even the end of an eye dropper
Sucked him in

Skinny never knew any questions
Skinny never looked at lights
Skinny sold something
Every single night

Skinny sold a soldier toy to me
Skinny sold a wife
Skinny sold a suction cup
And a knife

Skinny found a hello dolly
Record in the hall
He sold it to a truck driver
In the fall

(Hello Dolly)

Here I come, Constantinople
Here I come, Constantinople
I am coming, Constantinople
Here I come

Here I come, Constantinople
Here I come, Constantinople
I am coming, Constantinople
Here I come

All the leaves are off of the oak and
All the sheep have followed the spoken
Word I'm coming, Constantinople
Here I come

As I stand out in the open
All my friends are with you I hope and
Pray I'm coming, constantinople
Here I come

Here I come, Constantinople
Here I come, Constantinople
I am coming Constantinople
Here I come

Here I come, Constantinople
Here I come, Constantinople
I am coming Constantinople
Here I come

Well, here I come, Constantinople
I'm coming, Constantinople
I'm coming with my head held high

Here I come, Constantinople
I'm coming
I can't wait to see you
I'm coming with my head held high
I'm not coming on my knees
I'm coming, Constantinople

Here I come, Constantinople
Here I come, Constantinople
I am coming Constantinople
Here I come


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"Hello Skinny/Constantinople" as written by Homer Flynn Hardy Winfred Fox

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    General CommentI didn't register for this site until I read what people said about this song. I can't believe that none of these primus fans can figure out what they are talking about (at least what I feel to be blatantly obvious). Crystal Meth.

    "Skinny was born in a bathtub." Much home made meth is cooked in bathtubs, therefore, that was how he was born, or how 'Skinny' was made.

    "And he grew so incredibly thin, even the end of an eyedropper sucked him in." (Most) people get crazy thin if they're a meth addict

    The questions and lights parts, maybe he never questioned what he was doing, and he just went with it.

    About selling things, a person is likely to go broke, likely lose their job if they are a serious addict, so they are going to sell whatever they can to get a fix.

    The whole Constantinople part...well, perhaps since that city is no more, he's on his way to becoming the same. Not really sure, that just seems to ride on the surface of what they may mean.
    itsalladreamon July 06, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti personaly prefer the residant's original Hello Skinny, but Primus's version of COnstantinople is much better
    GreenAndyon February 25, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOh geez, another cover. I was unaware of this.

    I think they really should have played Constantinople on Hallucino-Genetics, instead of just Hello Skinny.
    dayve57on March 27, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOh yes, and now that I've listened to them, I agree that constantinople is much better, but I'm not so sure about Hello Skinny. They're both pretty good.
    dayve57on March 27, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI was very dissapointed that they did not play this song on the DVD also. No, I was pissed. This is one of there greater songs. Even if it is a cover. I love it.
    BogFrogon June 05, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentConstantinople is about death and dying....=/ why would the residents sing about a town in turkey or some shit.
    Thedeathofdeafon September 03, 2009   Link
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    General CommentCheap heroin is made in a bathtub and called 'bathtub heroin". This song was released in 1978, so it had to be about a well-known drug at the time, which crystal meth wasn't. Also, it was hard to get syringes then, so heroin addicts made their own with eye droppers. Heroin addicts were often skinny, and they were known for selling all their possessions to get more money to get high.
    JacoBassMonon February 07, 2012   Link
  • -1
    General CommentHello Skinny seems like a song about LSD if you ask me...
    And he grew so incredibly thin
    Even the end of an eye dropper
    Sucked him in

    Skinny never knew any questions
    Skinny never looked at lights
    BGG_001on October 27, 2006   Link
  • -1
    General CommentI like the meaning about meth but speed is a more accurate drug for being made in a bathtub. To me the whole part of a "suction cup and a knife" sticks out to me. This imagery suggest abortion instruments to me. Also the idea that "he grew so incredibly thin" and that skinny never knew anything and that he "never looked at lights". A fetus never has the ability to see in the womb also would never know of anything of the world. I honestly see this being about someone who survived an abortion as a fetus and stuggled to fulfill a meaningful life and commits abortions himself. I know it sounds weird but at the same time I think it has an outreaching concept about how humanity never learns from it's mistakes including what has been done to them. AS for the Constantinople part this is all about someone getting high and being addicted. He is looking forward to going to a place that doesn't exist at all at least anymore. it could be a song about delusion in life but some one who is broken by that delusion. He states "all the leaves are all off the oak" leaves are the life source of plants and with no leaves they have no means of living anymore. One could also look at it as possibly a suicidal idea. Either way it is about escaping from reality.
    megatom0on October 02, 2009   Link
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    General CommentWEll about skinny well it is weird lyrics i think its about some freaky hick u no who just sells shit anyway i deffently no whats constantinople is about it is about the turkish city in turky and the guy is just sing here i come as if he is plaining a trip there so its kool
    pipewagonon September 27, 2006   Link

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