"My Friend Fats" as written by Les Claypool, Reid L. Iii Lalonde and Timothy W. Alexander....
My friend Fats, he's a hell of a guy.
Let me tell you why.
He's the epitome of neighborly.

My friend Fats, he's a hell of a guy.
Let me tell y'all why.
He drips personality.

My friend Fats, he's a heck of a Joe.
You should watch him go,
Bopping in the band shine
With a bota bag of fried wine.

My friend Fats, he's a hell of a guy.
Let me tell you why.
He's lowbrow nobility.

My friend Fats, he's a jovial sort.
When he's holding court,
The anecdotes go round
And the lager goes down.

My friend Fats, he's a hell of a guy.
And just as long as he's high
He has no anxiety
About his chemical dependencies.

Fats has no concerns
About the candle that burns
Both ends simultaneous,
Both ends simultaneous.

My friend Fats, he's a hell of a guy.
Let me tell y'all why.
Not much for punctuality,
But heck on debauchery.

Fats, he's a hell of a man,
Can't y'all understand.
Him taunting his mortality,
He's unnerved by sobriety.


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"My Friend Fats" as written by Reid L. Iii Lalonde Les Claypool

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  • +1
    General CommentIt seems that in this song, Les is trying to defend his Fats and convince people that he is a good man, despite his alcoholism, rudeness, and generally reckless lifestyle. This is most evident in the final stanza, "Fats, he's a hell of a man. Can't y'all understand? Him taunting his mortality, He's unnerved by sobriety." At this point, les is desperately trying to defend Fats, but even Les cannot keep from revealing his behavioral flaws.
    Kyle Chizeckon November 23, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think the song is about a jazz pianist named Fats Waller. He played stride piano and became famous. He weighed over 300 lbs (hence the name), and he loved to eat and drink. Since people expect that fat be generally happy and jovial, he played the part. He would wake up and have three fingers of scotch for breakfast (His 'liquid ham and eggs' as he put it). He had a booming personality, which made him fun to be around. He died at 39 from drinking. I'm not sure whether or not he did drugs though. Anyways thats my take on the song.
    jaspercasidinoon May 27, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentcould be about a guy who might appear to be the life and soul of the party and complealty easy going but who is getting fucked up by drugs and drink. I suspect this song is steeped in irony!!
    Buzzottaon December 28, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song live is unbelievably amazing
    toolmusikon December 30, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIts about a guy who seems on the outside an easy going guy, the life of the party but is un-nerved by sobriety and is only comfortable when he is high.
    swamperon May 07, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI agree with you swamper - he is a man that immerses himself in the suppossed "good things in life" and is always surrounded by people because he wants to be the life of the party, but he is really just doing this as a form of escapism, as he can't bare to face up to reality and/or be alone/left to his own thoughts.
    The Distortedon May 08, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is one of my most favorite primus songs. The effects les puts on his base and the way hes playing is just makes an incredibly orgasmic sound. I fucking love this song, and this band.
    BogFrogon June 11, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song has THE COOLEST bass line ever concieved. The live DVD version is intence
    Landstanderon June 22, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think everyone who's posted so far is correct, but I think Fats is someone Les used to know (from Barrington probably). My comment in 'The Air Is Getting Slippery' reflects how on how certain songs may refer to Fats or his friends (On 'The Tweek Again' has a different name, but 'The Air Is...' mentions his friend Fats who sells meth).

    As far as I can tell Les writes about people and places he knew and metaphors about social theory, life, politics and all sorts. Some including this song (if not all) are personal and metaphors simultaneously.
    Baudson July 30, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI agree with the above post, though a lot of it is surely about the hell his addiction has caused (Les even sings 'hee-ee-ee-ell' though the lyrics don't mention it), and 'The Air is Getting Slippery' mentions Fats and his METH addiction.
    Baudson February 17, 2007   Link

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