"Sgt. Baker" as written by Les Claypool, Reid L. Iii Lalonde, Timothy W. Alexander and Todd Huth....
Sgt. Baker is my name
I'm gonna teach you how to play the game
Of warfare
Suddenly it appears to me
You got a bit much dignity
For your own good, boy
Yes sir, yes sir.

I will rape your personality
Pummel you with my own philosophy
Strip you of your self-integrity
To make you all a bit like me
I said right, left, right, left

Sgt. Baker here again
And if you calls me Puddin' Tame
I'll stomp you down, boy
Steers and Queers
Steers and Queers where you come
From there's just steers and queers
And you ain't got no horns, boy
Yes sir, yes sir

I will rape your personality
Pummel you with my own philosophy
Strip you of your self-integrity
To make you all a bit like me
I said right, left, right, left, right, left


Lyrics submitted by knate15, edited by Lye22, CrimsonDecay

"Sgt. Baker" as written by Reid L. Iii Lalonde Les Claypool

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  • +3
    General Comment'And if you calls me "puddin Tame"
    I'll stomp you down, boy' ... I'd guess its pudding 'taine, from that string of words.. and which is allso a title of another of their magnificent songs
    HartigusHatton February 08, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt's about Full Metal Jacket - Sgt Baker (played by R. Lee Ermey) was a dick of a drill instructor, this song is just sort of about the things he said and his goals.
    aspacemonkeyon May 19, 2004   Link
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    General CommentTo correct aspacemonkey, the character played by R. Lee Ermey in Stanley Kubrik's Full Metal Jacket would be Gunnery Sergeant Hartman. Sergeant Baker is not exactly the same man. He does use the "steers and queers" bit used on Tex, but this is just supposed to be a generic drill sergeant or maybe even someone Les Claypool or someone from Primus might have known.
    ProfessorNutbutteron March 21, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt's prety much about the Army, boot camp, or drill sargents in general. Satiring the way they will tear you apart verbally and rebuild you in their own image.

    "I will rape your personality, pummel you with my own philosophy, strip you of your self integrity to make you all just a bit like me"

    Basically just destroying an individual and building a clone of every other army recruit. Making them all into mindless machines to the purpose of killing. Les is very political man, and his politics are quite obvious with Colonel Claypool's Bucket of Bernie Brains.
    SlightlyShinobion August 18, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentSounds a lot like Full Metal Jacket and the Marine Corps. Just like Slightly Shinobi mentioned, they tear you down and then bring you back up again in an image of a soldier.
    Levitator89on March 07, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commenthaha i like the lyrics dont know what theyre about but somethin about them makes me like em
    DrLoveon June 21, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is almost impossibly hard to play and sing at the same time, considering Les sings offbeat.
    ThePythonon May 25, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt was funny, my cousine who is in the millitary and currently in Iraq said in his training cam the drill sgt. seamed to quote both the movie (F.M.J.) and the excelent song based off of it.
    GreenAndyon March 24, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThe Full Metal Jacket references are clearly there, but I think this may be in reference to Sgt. Baker of WWII, who was awarded the Medal of Honor for being a flat out bad as*. This guy definitely knows how to 'play the game of warfare.' distantcousin.com/military/medalofhonor/wwii/1/…
    spivey3587on April 04, 2006   Link
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    General Comment'And if you calls me "puddin Tame"
    I'll stomp you down, boy'

    I think it's less about war, which Too Many Puppies addresses, and more about how capitalist society changes us, and how we're forced to be capitalist ourselves.

    Or maybe it's another one about conformity (what with Seas of Cheese and Eleven etc. maybe it's a theme for this album) and how we're forced to conform by society ('To make you all a bit like me', 'rape your personality').
    Baudson February 17, 2007   Link

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