"Bad, Bad Levi Brown" as written by and John Baldwin Gourley....
If I were a bear, I'd be the greatest of all
With a speech like god so dark and foreboding
Standing up tall from the top of that hill
I'd growl up your fears from down below
They're restless spinning around
Twisting hungry spitting tongues are restless
In the form of the god that's speaking out

Laying bricks, growing walls, clicking stone
And the sound that's awful in our ears
Forcing sprouts and speaking out

Like a carpenter
Like these weathermen
Like my brother
These hands they never sleep
Like the foundation
Like the frames that meet
Like these builders

If I were a god I'd be the greatest of all
With a speech so soft that loud it would kill you
Standing up tall from the top of that hill
I'd shout out commands to down below
They are restless tangled mess protests burned
And ears that bleed in rivers through the pipes
That heat your homes and families' plates


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"Bad Bad Levi Brown" as written by John Baldwin Gourley

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    General Commenta song about an feared, powerful and corrupted leader. his speeches are so dark and brings out all our fears, including those burried deep inside of us.

    and the leader's commands are countless demands (commands to down below, they are restless) to burn protesters, our families, our homes and our food.
    jle224on April 16, 2006   Link
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    General Commentbeats me.
    but, i know his brother's name is levi, and he does say "my brother" at a few points in this song. so that may have something to do with it.
    willworkforchanelon September 03, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThe title is actually an allusion to an old Jim Croce song called "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown"
    seandizzon December 11, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is about the mess that organized religion is today. They use the bear as a symbol to show fear for God "With a speech like god so dark and foreboding" and "I’d growl up your fears from down below".

    It then refers to the building walls around our neighbors due to religious differences:

    "Laying bricks, growing walls, clicking stone"

    and religion speaking out/protesting:

    "And the sound that's awful in our ears
    Forcing sprouts and speaking out "

    Then it talks from the perspective of God "if I were a god" and refers to the "tangled mess" the world is in and shows examples of the hateful acts being committed in the name of God:

    "...protests burned
    And ears that bleed in rivers through the pipes
    That heat your homes and families’ plates"
    Techwidon February 07, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThe religion thing sounds pretty good.
    Carpenter = Jesus

    Weathermen = Moses and Aaron(told pharoh about the plagues most of which could be mildly considered weather. They are also part of the "Levi / Levite" tribe.)

    Brother = I don't have a good one for this other than it's us. Because Jesus claimed everyone to be his brother.

    These hands they never sleep - God's hands never sleep according to most religions

    Help me with the rest
    mongoos3on March 13, 2007   Link
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    General CommentHas anyone else ever heard the demo of this song - I find it to be amazing. The lyrics are vastly different. Here's what I could get out of it - corrections would be nice. I put brackets [ ] around anything I was unsure about.


    If I were, if I were a bear, I would be
    The greatest of all, the greatest of all
    With a speech like God so
    Speech like God, so dark and foreboding
    I’d growl up your fears with
    Growl up your fears with
    These dark and foreboding eyes

    In the deepest voice you’ve ever mustered
    Basements lurk with [deep heart things]
    Hopes to cover up our findings
    Uncomforting, comforting, comforting

    [Climb along with]
    [Climb along with] a sense of urgency
    Dry glasses cover tables up
    In a home with some wooden fires
    White water rapids [unsure]

    In the deepest voice you’ve ever mustered
    Basements lurk with [deep heart things]
    Hopes to cover up our findings
    Uncomforting, comforting, comforting

    In the deepest voice you’ve ever mustered
    Basements lurk with…
    Hopes to cover up our…

    In the deepest voice you’ve ever mustered
    Our smiles are made up of
    Swords and scissors and all things lovely too
    In the deepest voice you’ve ever mustered
    Our hands are made up of
    Twisting teeth, bite grip like vices

    In the deepest voice you’ve ever mustered
    Our smiles are made up of
    Swords and scissors and all things dragging too
    In the deepest voice you’ve ever mustered
    Our hands are made up of
    Twisting teeth, bite grip like vices

    In the deepest voice you’ve ever mustered
    Our smiles are made up of
    Swords and scissors and all things dragging too
    I_Want_You_Deadon June 22, 2008   Link
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    General CommentLevi Brown is also an NFL player.
    nemton September 30, 2008   Link

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