"The Bucket" as written by and Caleb/followill Followill....
I'll be the one to show you the way
You'll be the one to always complain
Three in the morning, come a-bang-bang-bang
All out of fags and I just can't wait
Cancel the thing that I said I'd do
I don't feel comfortable talking to you
Unless you got the zipper fixed on my shoe
Then I'll be in the lobby drinking for two

Eighteen, balding, star
Golden, fallen heart

Look at the shakies, what's with the blush?
Fresh off the plane in my fuzzy rush
Everyone's gathered to idolize me
I hate the way you talk, your Japanese scream
It's been too long since I've left the shed
You kick the bucket, I'll swing my legs
Always remember the pact that we made
Too young to die, but old is the grave

Eighteen, balding, star
Golden, fallen heart

I'ma gonna show the way.
I'ma gonna show the way.
I'ma gonna show the way.
I'ma gonna show the way.

Eighteen, balding, star


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"The Bucket" as written by Jared Followill Caleb Followill

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  • +7
    General Commentactually, I read that caleb wrote this song about jared. It makes a lot of sense. They were touring a lot, and jared's the youngest (eighteen). It's basically caleb's observations about jared (how he's dealing with the fame), and the things that would get on his nerves. look at it in the context of the song, "I'll be the one to show you the way, you'll be the one to always complain. three in the morning come a bang bang bang, 'all out of fags and I just can't wait.' " another clue is in the last verse when he says "I hate the way you talk, your japanese scream." not only is jared known for his girly laugh...the first bass he played was japanese. but at the end of the day, as cliché as it may be, it's about brotherly love, "always remember the pact that we made. too young to die, but old is the grave."

    that's my two cents. call me obsessed. but kol are the best band ever.
    goldenfallinghardon March 28, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General Commentshut up
    paulleonard666on January 24, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General Commentwhen i first heard it i thought it was about teenage suicide with the whole "you kick the bucket and ill swing my legs" "always remember the pact that we made, too young to die, but old is the grave"

    but apparently caleb wrote this song about jared(his younger brother and the youngest of the band) who was turning 18, its about how he was coping with touring from calebs point of view.

    man oh man this is an excellent song- caleb is pure genius-not to mention SEX AND STYLE GOD!
    Aha-Shake.on April 16, 2007   Link
  • +2
    Song MeaningI always thought that this song was about suicide; 'You kick the bucket and I'll swing my legs' the feeling of being hanged!
    bladesmadon June 12, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis songs about alot of things getting to you and turning you into a different person and how you don't like this person you've become.
    the byronon November 23, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThat last post is really weird...

    Good song though.
    SimpleKindOfBoyon February 11, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI don't know if any of you have seen that German interview that Jared did. But, it's one of my favorites. I bring it up because Jared mentions that whenever they have a song with particularly deep (or even disturbing) lyrics, they try to come up with a happy melody to go along with it -- because it results in an unexpected, bittersweet effect. The opposite is true if they have happy lyrics etc. etc. I think The Bucket is a pretty good example of that technique. The lyrics are clearly serious, but the melody -- while maybe melancholy -- isn't as serious.
    goldenfallinghardon August 02, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentBeen too long since I left the shed. Referring to Woodshedding (practicing)
    So, they're always practicing.
    kiss these starson August 05, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is the song that got me into KOL. My mate was playing it one night in his flat and that was it... I was hooked.

    Shame everyone thinks they like them now though thanks to Sex on Fire. It's completley different to the songs on the previous three albums
    greatone1987on January 05, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this song is about suicide. In the video for MTV, they blip out when he says "legs" so my roommate and I came to the conclusion that it's about suicide and the line:

    You kick the bucket I'll swing my legs

    has to do with hanging. Also:

    Too young to die, but old is so grave

    makes me think of suicide. Just me though.
    octavison February 20, 2005   Link

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