"Left Hand Free" as written by and Augustus Unger Hamilton Joe Newman....
Hey, shady baby, I'm hot like the prodigal son
Pick a petal eenie meenie miney moe
And, flower, you're the chosen one

Well, your left hand's free
And your right's in a grip
With another left hand
Watch his right hand slip
Towards his gun, oh, no

I tackle weeds just so the moon buggers nibble
A right hand grip on his Colt single-action army, oh no

Well, your left hand's free
And your right's in a grip
With another left hand
Watch his right hand slip
Towards his gun, oh, no

N-E-O, O-M-G, gee whiz
Girl you're the one for me
Though your man's bigger than I am
All my days he disagrees, oh, no (Speak easy)

Well, my left hand's free
Well, my left hand's free
Well, my left hand's free, oh no

Hey, shady baby, I'm hot
Like the prodigal son
Pick a petal eenie meenie miney moe
And, flower, you're the chosen one

Well, your left hand's free
Well, my left hand's free
Well, my left hand's free
Well, my left hand's free
Well, my left hand's free oh, no


Lyrics submitted by jellyfishs, edited by jivves, Scuba101

"Left Hand Free" as written by Joe Newman Augustus Unger Hamilton

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  • +10
    My InterpretationThis is what I think

    When you marry someone, you wear your ring on your ring finger of your left hand. I thinks it's about a boy who really likes a girl. The girl has a boyfriend, who's not so good to her (Watch his right hand slip) (and is cheating on her?)

    Anyway. The boy still has a chance because her left hand's free (no ring)

    Can it be something like this? What do you guys think? :)
    blaadjeon July 11, 2014   Link
  • +4
    General CommentI can't help but think, is this to do with masterbation?

    "Pick a battle eenie meenie miney moe" - possibly selecting a video

    "Well you’re left hand’s free, And your right’s in grip" - hhmmm

    "Though your man’s bigger than I am" - talking about the males phallus being large than his own

    Just some food for thought..
    tongyijordanon July 12, 2014   Link
  • +4
    Song MeaningWhen they came to Salt Lake a few weeks back they did an interview with a local radio station. The radio hosts suggested the interpretation that most people on here had suggested. I think it was Joe Newman that answered but he said that song is actually about a 40's speakeasy and a bar fight between two guys over a dame.
    mattfaceon January 26, 2015   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think there are a few changes to be made to the lyrics:

    Reprise:
    ...Pick a petal eenie meenie miney moe
    And Flower you're the chosen one

    “Pick a petal” seems to refer to removing petals from a flower one-by-one to decide whether a chosen person does or doesn’t love you: “she loves me, she loves me not”.
    He refers to the woman/girl as a flower and this is related.

    Verse 1:
    I tackle, we tussle
    And oh my days we're rolling
    My right hand's gripped on his
    Colt single-action army

    It is a brawl scene from western times that ends in a old fashioned duel. The Colt SAA revolver is commonly associated with cowboys and the Wild West.

    Thus, as I do see the similarities and direct references to masturbation, I do think that there is more to this song...

    During the last chorus:
    "Well YOUR left hand's free
    Well MY left hand's free"

    Left hand...Marriage...Maybe... You decide!
    Scuba101on September 23, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General CommentFreedom running through your blood into the future, doing, with now and remembering the dawn of neverending times. Timing more though your eyes then.. telling a time to make it again.
    tiptoptommyon January 06, 2015   Link
  • 0
    General CommentA "left hand man" is someone who a woman is cheating with. The woman in the song is holding her boyfriend's hand with her right hand. Her left hand is free to hold the singer's hand. Her boyfriend notices and reaches for his gun, so the singer is gone.
    jonathan7don January 20, 2015   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationEveryone seems to be thinking of this song as relating to masturbation, and I understand how you could think that (Well, your left hand's free
    And your right's in a grip)

    but, you are forgetting what the next lines are saying (With another left hand Watch his right hand slip Towards his gun, oh, no)

    The visual image this gives is two men shaking/holding hands (which is a sign of trust.) Your right hand in his left hand. Your left hand is free (representing how you trust this person, you are free of doubt) yet his right hand is slipping towards a gun (which could be anything that could ruin someone's trust.)
    toriiibelleon January 25, 2015   Link
  • 0
    Song FactThey wrote this song in about twenty minutes because critics felt their first album didn't do well enough. So they put catchy lyrics to a riff that the guitarist was playing jokingly. Boom, hit song. Consider that while you ponder the meaning to the lyrics.
    jadedcynicon March 15, 2017   Link
  • -2
    My InterpretationIt literally relates to masturbating(like breezeblocks does to have fux with a girl).
    I think it is about right brain and left brain shit people talk about. Your left hand(controlled by right brain also controlling your emotions,love) is free. It just means you can't control such feelings. Your right's(controlled by left brain also controlling logic) is in a grip. It just means that you are logically sane.

    With another left hand
    Watch his right hand slip
    Towards his gun, oh, no
    Emotions fuck you up while logically that is too dumb. But you can only watch.

    This looks too dumb even to me but i just thought about it.
    shashwatsomon November 26, 2014   Link
  • -2
    General CommentI picture talking to someone planning suicide with a gun. Gun in a right hand but the left hand free. That makes me think of the left hand as free will to stay thier right hand. Maybe the issue is over a girl.

    However after hearing the 40s song in a speakeasy that certainly works :-)
    teodell70on March 19, 2015   Link

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