"Lee Van Cleef" as written by and Les Claypool....
Got a badge, a Red Rider at Rocket Camp out at Nohack Peak
Lookin' for jailbirds left and right gotta knock 'em up out the tree
Everybody I know's watchin' Clint, we all like watchin' Clint
Hi Hi Hi Hi
All the li'l Snaps wanna be like Clint; they all wanna be like Clint
But I wanna be like Lee Van Cleef; ya know I wanna be like Lee
Whatever happened to Lee Van Cleef; whatever happened to Lee?

A yellow Studebaker with a 302, I see the green Naugahyde
He put a coupla dings in that pick-up truck, a few more dents in his pride
At Hilltop Drive-In they're watchin' Clint; they all like watchin' Clint
Hi Hi Hi Hi
All the babies scream they wanna see ol' Clint; they all wanna see ol' Clint
But I wanna see Lee Van Cleef; ya know I'd like to see ol' Lee
Whatever happened to Lee Van Cleef; whatever happened to Lee?

Now the Studebaker's gone, Lee's passed on, Clint's still sharp as can be
Hilltop Drive-In is an Auto Mall, but no one's built over Lee
He'll get a kick outta watchin' Clint, we all get a kick outta Clint
Hi Hi Hi Hi
But Lee never been none quite like Clint, there's really only one Clint
But I really did like Lee Van Cleef; I sure did really like Lee
Whatever happened to Lee Van Cleef; whatever happened to Lee?

We still get a kick outta watchin' Clint; we all get a kick outta Clint
Hi Hi Hi Hi
There ain't never been one quite like Clint, there's really only one Clint
I always did like Lee Van Cleef; always did like Lee
Nobody's steely like Lee Van Cleef. Whatever happened to Lee?
Whatever happened to Lee Van Cleef? Don't forget about Lee.


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"Lee Van Cleef" as written by Les Claypool

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    General Commenten.wikipedia.org/wiki/…

    Interestingly Lee was an actor in what are specifically titled "Spaghetti Westerns" hmmmmmmmm lol. I can see why Les would wanna be like Lee Van Cleef, looks like a tough sonsa...
    miramarjuiceon September 16, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentLee Van Cleef is the man! He's an actor most known for westerns, he starred alongside Clint Eastwood in For a Few Dollars More & The Good The Bad & The Ugly (the best western ever & my favorite movie) He was also good in Escape From NY


    this song is saying how everyone watching these movies would like to be like Clint Eastwood but Les would rather be like Lee Van Cleef

    awesome song!
    JeffKaos71on November 07, 2011   Link
  • 0
    Lyric CorrectionGot a Classic Red Ryder at Rocky Camp out in ol' Hat Creek.
    Lookin' for jaybirds left and right.
    Try and knock 'em up out the tree.
    Everybody I know's watchin' Clint.
    They all like watchin' Clint, HIGH!
    All the little snypes want to be like Clint.
    They all want to be like Clint.
    But I want to be like Lee Van Cleef.
    Ya know I want to be like Lee.
    What ever happened to Lee Van Cleef?
    What ever happened to Lee?

    A yellow Studebaker with a 302 and a seat of Green Naugahyde.
    Put a couple of dings in that pickup truck.
    A few more dents in his pride.
    At hilltop drive-in they're watchin' Clint.
    They all like watchin' Clint, HIGH!
    On the big screen they want to see old Clint.
    They all want to see old Clint.
    But I want to see Lee Van Cleef.
    Ya know I like to see old Lee.
    What ever happened to Lee Van Cleef?
    What ever happened to Lee?

    Now the Studebaker's gone and Lee's passed on.
    Clint's still sharp as can be.
    The hilltop drive-in is an auto mall.
    But no one's built over Lee.
    We all get a kick out of watchin' Clint.
    We all get a kick out of Clint, HIGH!
    There ain't never been none quite like Clint.
    There's really only one Clint.
    But I really did like Lee Van Cleef.
    I sure did really like Lee.
    What ever happened to Lee Van Cleef?
    What ever happened to Lee?

    We still get a kick out of watchin' Clint.
    We all get a kick out of Clint, HIGH!
    There ain't never been one quite like Clint.
    There's really only one Clint!
    I always did like Lee Van Cleef.
    Always did like Lee.
    Nobody's steely like Lee Van Cleef.
    What ever happened to Lee?
    What ever happened to Lee Van Cleef?
    Don't forget about Lee.
    StixsmasterHDon July 01, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhen I saw Primus at Vibes, Les said this song was about "That little boy playing with some 4-stringed piece of furniture."

    So, inferencing from that quote, I think that Les is using Lee being overshadowed by Clint as a representation of Les's feeling as a Bass player when he was young. Perhaps feeling that he was in the background while the guitarist took the main stage, the spotlight.

    But as we all know, Lee is just as good as Clint, and Les proved that the bass can share the spotlight with the guitar any day!

    That's my thoughts on this song.
    FrankVonon October 20, 2012   Link
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    General CommentThis Video to this song gives away a secret. It's subtle but effective. connect the dots and it draws you a conclusion. Watch ol' Clint polishing his GUN, do u see what I see.)
    MazMan1on February 04, 2013   Link

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