"Get on the Snake" as written by and Kim A. Thayil Christopher J. Cornell....
Hey
Uh
Ah ah
Ah ah
Get on the snake with a swarm of motor fly's
Get on the snake under the cola colored sky

Don't worry, everything's clean
Road worthy, hungry and mean
Hungry and mean

Get on the snake where the metal river bleeds
Get on the snake where you never will believe

Hey baby, what's your disease
My hearts bleeding
I'm dying to leave
Dying to leave
I'm dying to leave
Leave

Get on the snake where the water turns to steam
Get on the snake with a suicide machine

Don't worry, everything's clean
Road worthy, hungry and mean
Hungry and mean
Hungry and mean
Hungry and mean
Hungry and mean
Hungry and mean

Hungry and mean
Hungry and mean
Hungry and mean
Hungry and mean


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"Get on the Snake" as written by Kim A. Thayil Christopher J. Cornell

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  • +1
    General CommentAt first, I was confused that this was on the same album as "Big Dumb Sex", but the more I thought about it, the more I figured it's just a metaphor for peer pressure in general, and encouraging people to get involved in things they shouldn't ("get on the snake, everyone else is doing it", etc). It could also be another, subtler jab at butt rock, with the way that everyone's dirty mind thinks the title is a double-entendre at first glance, but the actual meaning is different.
    F2B&Gon April 26, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI don't think this song is sexual at all... I think its about the freeway system in the US and its pollution... I think Chris is expressing his disdain or skepticism of our freeway/car dominated culture...

    the snake is the freeway

    motor flies are cars

    the cola colored sky is air pollution

    metal river is a line of cars



    suicide machine is a car... it can kill you in a crash or perhaps our species as a whole if ari polution gets out of control
    momurda69on July 02, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHaha, thought so... Yeah, Chris, I'll get on the snake, just name the time and place Mmmmmmmmyeahhhh lol
    Angry Saron March 16, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"Get on the snake with a suicide machine?"

    WHAT?!
    The Honest Liaron May 06, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentsnake - highway

    swarm of motorflies - pack of motorcycles

    suicide machine - motorcycles

    cola colored sky - ever seen the sky on a beatiful day in the NW
    RazorDogon December 31, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWho cares what the snake refers to...This song rocks, and now I want to get on the snake too!!
    RacketManon May 19, 2013   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationMy guess is that this song is about the fear of joining a gang. (motorcycle gang)

    "Get on the snake with a swarm of motor flies,
    get on the snake under the cola-colored sky."
    -Join a gang that is badly viewed by others and is dark. (cola-colored)

    "Don't worry, everything's clean, road worthy, hungry and mean."
    -The person gets worried and the gang says: it's fine, we won't get caught and someone has to do this job.

    "Get on the snake where the metal river bleeds,
    Get on the snake where you never will believe,
    Hey baby, what's your disease? My heart's bleeding I'm dying to leave."
    -He sees destruction and death like he'd never believe and his heart and mind are through. (guess the disease and STD thing was to add filth?)

    "Get on the snake where the water turns to steam,
    Get on the snake with a suicide machine."
    -He sees that the gang turns something that gives (water) into little or nothing. (steam) He also finds out gangs gain and loose members from death. (suicide machine)

    "Don't worry, everything's clean road worthy, hungry and mean hungry and mean... hungry and mean..."
    -He leaves and realizes that the clean and worthy parts only look good in evil eyes. I guess the repetition of hungry and mean shows that it's the most of it.

    Thanks for reading.
    CaptainCoxon June 24, 2013   Link
  • -1
    General CommentIt's Chrisses favorite pickup song. "hey baby, get on the snake, you know what I'm talking 'bout?" And when he sees they have some STD he's like "hey baby, what's your disease? I'm dying to leave - bye" he he he he he
    Oh Peaon July 02, 2003   Link
  • -1
    General CommentThe lyrics are obviously talking about coercing someone into something.

    As far as to what, it could be anything. Drugs, sex, crime, etc.

    I would prob say sex on this one.
    OrigGrungeGangstaon June 29, 2008   Link
  • -1
    General Commentsuicide machine is heroin !
    hamas41on April 25, 2011   Link

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