"Donkeys" as written by Tim Kasher, Matthew Ryan Maginn and Ted James Stevens....
Don't lie
Where have you been?
Your teeth are red
Your eyes are peppermints
Sailing out to sea with your new best friend
You don't like the way you live
So's you play pretend

But isn't it time you act your age?
You got a mortgage on your shoulders
Got a babe on the way
You shrug it out with your jackass grin
Thinkin' as soon as you clean up
You're gonna do it again

He says
I'm going to pleasure island
I don't wanna come home
The reverend says beware
He swears we're goin' to hell
We may be donkeys
But at least we have a tale to tell

Don't start with a slap on the wrist
I don't need no cease and assist
I ain't foolin' 'round
And it ain't no sin
So's you best be stepping back those ugly ultimatums

And never you mind what your old maid says
There ain't nothin' to complain
So long's you're earning bread
She's got a way of getting under your skin
She plants a little seed of doubt
The guilt blossoms

She says
If you're going to pleasure island
You can never come home
The problem with your kid: you can't say no
You can't take a little nibble
You got to lick the bone

I pushed off
I'm sailin' away
And I ain't lookin' back
Can't have you seein' me this way
This just might be my greatest mistake

Throwin' the future tense away
For the present's presence
My life was but a pleasure
But it sure was pleasant

He says
I'm going to pleasure island
I ain't never going home
I'll make an ass out of myself
Sooner than say I'm wrong
Yeah I'd sooner be fuckin' around in the mud

I'm going to pleasure island
I ain't comin' back home
Mama's thumpin' her bible
She swears we're going to hell
And papa's just jealous
He wants to come here as well
We may be donkeys
But at least we have a tale to tell


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"Donkeys" as written by Ted James Stevens Matthew Ryan Maginn

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    General CommentI love this song. Pinocchio references abound. Song is about debauchery and refers to in Pinocchio when they go to Pleasure Island and turn into donkeys. Pinocchio grows a donkey tale and ears. Hence a TAIL to tell (same as tale to tell). Fits perfectly with Caveman.
    neverbesaved2003on March 15, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentno way man, this song is TOTALLY about Club Dread! Coconut Pete! Pleasure Island!
    MizunoPunkon March 21, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentlol lets all laugh at that girl who commented twice. HAHAHAHA
    CAPTAINMORGUNon March 24, 2009   Link
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    General Commentflapjack!
    oceanbreathesaltyon April 20, 2009   Link
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    General CommentIt is:
    "Whoa, oh, oh no
    *IF you're going to Pleasure Island, you can never come home
    Whoa, oh, oh no
    The problem with you, kid, you can't say no
    You can't take a little nibble, you got to lick the *BONE"
    britinaon March 07, 2010   Link
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    General Commentif anyone is interested, i've taken the time to copy the "lyric book" for "Mama, I'm Swollen" so people can actually try and find it on the internet... i only have it on facebook right now, and i know that theres a few minor mistakes, but become a fan! heres the link:

    facebook.com/pages/Mama-Im-Swollen/…

    hopefully this gives you a better idea of what the album is about exactly...

    :D
    AnonyMasonon April 21, 2010   Link
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    General Commentisn't it "my life was void of pleasure but it sure was pleasant"??
    jazzyboopson August 26, 2010   Link

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