I don't want to kill my China pig
No I don't
A man's gotta live
A man's gotta eat
A man's gotta have shoes to walk out on the street
I don't want to kill my china pig
Eli, he was a baby, I want you to see
I don't want to kill my china pig
Well I used to go to school
With a little red box
And I used to have my pig go with me
We walked for blocks
I don't want to kill my China pig
His tail curled five times in a circle 'round
It's glazed
He's got a slot in his back, flowers grow
My China pig be a quite a show
I don't want to kill my china pig
Woe, no
My china pig
I got him by the snout
And I takes him by the cuff
And I whipped out my fork
And I poked at him.
Three hairs laid out, on my floor
I remember my china pig
I fed the neighborhood
It was a big neighborhood
A lot of people liked my pig
One little girl used to put her fingers in his snout
I put a fork in his back
I didn't want to kill my china pig


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"China Pig" as written by Don Van Vliet

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    My InterpretationKeep in mind; this was the only spontaneous recording on the entire album (excluding the woodwinds in Hair Pie: Bake One). So what was the Captain thinking of at that time? Was it a lack of food? A lack of money? Memories?
    It could be his way of expressing his grievance towards human being killing things they love so they can keep their own lives going.
    I've also interpreted it as, like, a ceramic piggy bank being broken for reasons of survival.
    Regardless of it's intentional meaning, there's that regretful, skeptical refrain, "I DON'T wanna kill...my china pig."
    merrickjohn92on August 20, 2014   Link
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    General CommentYes, it's the ceramic piggy bank. He does not want to smash it to get his savings.
    Pagliaroon February 26, 2015   Link

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