Well you can ride a Hennepin Crawler for a dollar
and pedal it around the world
Well you can ride a Hennepin Crawler for a dollar
impress them steam-punk girls
If you ride a Hennepin Crawler for a dollar
you'll feel that burn in your thigh
Cause when you ride that Hennepin Crawler
You get to touch that pie in the sky

He'll show his greasy ol' pickle for a nickel
Must say I'd rather not
He tried to show a girl on Florence Street
He's damn lucky he didn't get caught
Fell asleep last night with a lit cigarette
As he tried to drink away his pain
When the fireman doused out his burnt out shack
All they found was a grease stain

Now you can ride a Hennepin Crawler for a dollar
And pedal your cares away
You can ride a Hennepin Crawler for a dollar
But you best be prepared to pay
Cause when you ride the Hennepin Crawler for a dollar
There's no friends who're fit for deals
You can ride the Hennepin Crawler for a dollar
Sweat's gonna grease them wheels

Go, go, go etc.

He tried to buy law and order for a quarter
Way back in the olden days
He sold his soul for a donut hole
And couldn't muster the nerve to ask for a raise
She sold seashells and other things
Down by the old seashore
When she sold her song to a beer commercial
She looked like a filthy whore

Now you can ride a Hennepin Crawler for a dollar
and pedal it around the world
Well you can ride a Hennepin Crawler for a dollar
impress those steam-punk girls
If you ride a Hennepin Crawler for a dollar
you'll feel that burn in your thigh
Cause when you ride that Hennepin Crawler
You get to bite that pie in the sky x5

Go, go, go etc.

Hennepin Hennepin Crawler x2
You can ride a Hennepin Crawler for a dollar


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  • +2
    My Interpretationimo, the deeper meaning with respect to this song is the same as the overall concept of Green Naugahyde. Les is referring to the foolish Go-Green movement that's happening in the world right now. The Hennepin Crawler is an example of how naive people are about "saving the planet" by using recycled waste materials to build more impractical material goods. He's pointing out how gullible people are being converted into self-righteous green fascists. They are fed false information about what is happening to the planet and false solutions.

    The TV, the UN, national governments, corporations, etc. are basically telling these people that if they recycle enough and use highly-inefficient, impractical sources of power (i.e. wind & solar power), then they're doing their part in saving the planet (so they'll get to "touch that pie in the sky"). But really, they're only doing it for their own selfish benefit (e.g. to "impress them steam-punk girls" at Burning Man or whatever). So they can't see how it actually compromises their own survival, and how it keeps their eye off of the only real game that is played in this physical reality: the money game (so you end up with "no friends who're fit for deals"). This idea sort-of hearkens back to Groundhog's Day.. you have to pay to play. It's sad truth, but when you deny it instead of dealing with it in a realistic/rational way, the dominators will take advantage of your self-deceit, and you end up pedaling a bicycle (i.e. compromising your already-difficult life) for no good reason.
    rejesterdon September 28, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI knida just thought of this song meaning what stupid things people will do for money. the verses show that. The Hennipen Crawler choruses are kind of explaning what stupid things people spend their money on. The whole album has overtones of stupidity with money and vices.
    proghead81on August 09, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHad no idea what a Hennepin Crawler was til I looked it up and recognized it immediately
    Can see why it would impress the steam punk girls. Still not sure about what the song is about if there is a "deeper meaning" or just Les rambling. But I think there's always a method to his madness, anybody else got ideas?

    Hennepin Crawler:
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    miramarjuiceon September 16, 2011   Link
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    General CommentAs the fellow who posted these lyrics, I listened intently to this great, albeit poorly mixed, song, it was tough to pull out the words. Got em though. Like miramarjuice, had to look up what a Hennepin crawler was. Must say, its more silly than practical.
    Lyrics just stream of consciousness. No deeper meaning here except for brief vignettes of four characters.
    1. the exhibitionist on florence street
    2. the guy whose house burned down
    3. the miser who sold his soul
    4. the girl who sold out her song to the beer commercial

    Nothing deeper than this.
    Meatflapson September 23, 2011   Link

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