"Curl of the Burl" as written by and William Brent Hinds Brann Timothy Dailor....
I killed a man 'cause he killed my goat
I put my hands around his throat
He tried to reason with the sky and the clouds
But it didn't matter, 'cause they can't hear a sound

Oh
Oh oh
Oh
Oh oh oh

It's just the curl of the burl
It's just the curl of the burl
That's just the way of the world
It's just the curl of the burl

Splinters in my skin, just like needles and pins
I cut through the pine, love the feeling it gives
Been out here for days running through these trees
I'm using my hands, cuttin' through the disease

Oh
Oh oh
Oh
Oh oh oh

It's just the curl of the burl
It's just the curl of the burl
That's just the way of the world
It's just the curl of the burl

I feed the powerless
Chewed it up, spit the rest
I feed the powerless
Chewed it up, spit out the rest

It's just the curl of the burl
It's just the curl of the burl
That's just the way of the world
It's just the curl of the burl

Oh
Oh oh
Oh
Oh oh oh

Oh
Oh oh


Lyrics submitted by MhantisJak, edited by The-Anxiety-In-All, JasonScando, EventHorizonoftheDistortions, creazil

"Curl of the Burl" as written by Troy Jayson Sanders Brann Timothy Dailor

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  • +6
    General Comment"The burl is the knot that’s found in various trees – it’s almost like a cancer of trees. Within that burl are unique swirls or curls. A lot of people will cut those down and sell them to wood-makers, wood sculptors, and furniture makers because it’s got a unique design to it. And this is a true story which happens in the Pacific Northwest – a lot of people go out in the woods with chainsaws, they find these burls, they cut them down, they load their pickup trucks with these burls, take them in to town sell them to various wood-makers, take the money from that, purchase more meth, go back in the woods and continue that circle of insanity. So it’s based on a true story. People will steal your cars, steal copper…and people will go out there in the woods and steal burls." - Troy Sanders
    black_cow_of_deathon September 28, 2011   Link
  • +4
    General CommentI am 99% sure these are the correct lyrics:

    I killed a man, cause he killed my goat
    I put my hands around his throat
    He tried to reason with the sky and the clouds
    But it didn't matter cause they can't hear a sound


    *Chorus*

    It's just the Curl of the Burl (x2)
    That's just the way of the world
    It's just the Curl of the Burl


    Splinters in my skin, just like needles and pins
    I cut through the pine, love the feeling it gives
    Been out here for days, running through these trees
    I'm using my hands, cutting through the disease

    *Chorus*

    I feed the powerless.
    Chew it up, spit the rest.
    x2

    *Chorus*

    Oh and of course I forgot about the oooooohhhsss.

    If you don't agree, look up a vocals only video on youtube. It's pretty clear what the lyrics are (unlike many Mastodon songs).
    JTAnderson06on August 22, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General Commentfor some reason the mood and lyrics give me thought of some kind of forest spirit similar to a werewolf lol. mastodon is known for writing songs about monsters ^_^
    2_fingers_from_fateon September 18, 2011   Link
  • -3
    General CommentI wondered why it seemed like goat didn't fit... gall is a better word but I definitely hear 'goat" in the first line, and way of the world could symbolize a life for a life, regardless of what shape that life takes. and I think it's "I feel the powerless" not I feed the powerless.
    Cold_Steel_Hearton March 27, 2013   Link
  • -4
    General CommentThe first line definitely says "I killed a man 'cause he killed my GALL"...not goat or gold.
    A gall is an infection that causes a wood deformation on plants. They are usually created from wasps laying their eggs in developing fruits. A gall is almost like a small version of a burl and logically fits this song. I hope not too many people have wasted energy trying to interpret the meaning with goat or gold.
    Redverson March 26, 2013   Link

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