"Kalamazoo" as written by Les Claypool, Reid L. Iii Lalonde and Bryan Kei Mantia....
A B C D E F G H I gotta' gal wears her toenails long.
Drives a red Barracuda, singin' meat packer songs
And she ain't from Kalamazoo.

A B C D E F G H I gotta' friend lived in a Mercedes-Benz.
Then a 55 Chrysler where the trunk never ends/
And the plates say Kalamazoo.

He had a steady job and watched what he spent.
He'd say I don't believe in payin' no goddamn rent.
I'll squirrel away every goddamn cent
And buy my own damn house in Kalamazoo.

I knew a guy that mangled his hand,
And he went from pipe fittin' to a hot dog stand.
They say last year he cleared fifty grand
Selling dogs round Kalamazoo.

She turned to the world with a bastard child.
Said, "I just can't handle him he's too damn wild".
But the years and the liquor have made him mild.
And he lays around in Kalamazoo.


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"Kalamazoo" as written by Les Claypool Bryan Kei Mantia

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    General CommentKalamazoo is a state of mind. It's what divides me from you. Maybe Kalamazoo is the state of attitude and life. "i dont believe in payin' no goddamn rent" or "years and the liquor have made him mild and he lays around Kalamazoo" shows this is how these people think and where they want to be in the world or how they want the world to be.
    TheHeckler348on July 03, 2003   Link
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    General CommentJofaGuht, there was a song called Kalamazoo by the Glenn Miller Orchestra that started with the ABCDEFGH..., and this song sounds like it's loosely based on that. It's nowhere near an exact cover, a lot of the lyrics and some of the basic melody are changed, but it is somewhat based on the Glenn Miller song.
    immortalbatteryon December 06, 2006   Link
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    General CommentKalamazoo is a state of mind. It's what divides me from you. Maybe Kalamazoo is the state of attitude and life. "i dont believe in payin' no goddamn rent" or "years and the liquor have made him mild and he lays around Kalamazoo" shows this is how these people think and where they want to be in the world or how they want the world to be. oh, yeah -- killer bassline.
    TheHeckler348on July 03, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentClever lyrics though.
    JAStewarton February 01, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentKalamazoo is actually a city. If you read the lyrics, it actually makes more sense then some elaborate metaphor.
    Lino120on December 07, 2005   Link
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    General CommentIt's true Kalamazoo is a city in Michegan, but TheHeckler348 is right. Living in Kalamazoo (in the song) means having no ambition or direction in life, where every day is exactly the same.

    Les Claypool tends to write lyrics based on an obscure metaphor underneath a direct everyday symbol. Much like Mr. Krinkle.
    JofaGuhton January 07, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIs it possible that this song is a cover? It sounds very familiar. However I think it may be from the 50's or 60's.
    shaun050on January 30, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentNope, it's an original Primus tune, though I think the "A B C D E F G H" thing has been done before.
    JofaGuhton March 18, 2006   Link
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    General CommentShaun050 is write its a cover cuz i was talking to my dad the other night about this song and he goes i sware that another song so it must be a cover and i sang the lyrics and he picked it up straight away ao there we have it
    pipewagonon August 12, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThe lyrics to the Glen Miller song (googled):

    A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H
    I got a gal in Kalamazoo
    Dont want to boast but I know
    Shes the toast of Kalamazoo
    (Zoo, zoo, zoo, zoo, zoo)

    Years have gone by
    My my how she grew
    I liked her looks when I
    Carried her books in Kalamazoo
    (Zoo, zoo, zoo, zoo, zoo)

    I'm gonna send away, hoppin
    On a plane, leavin today
    Am I dreamin?
    I can hear her screamin
    (Zoo, zoo, zoo, Kalamazoo)

    K (K)
    A (A)
    L-A-M-A-Z-O

    (Oh, oh, oh, oh what a gal, a real pipperoo)
    (Were goin to Michigan to see the sweetest in Kalamazoo)
    (Zoo, zoo, zoo, zoo, zoo, zoo, zoo, zoo, zoo)
    (Kalamazoo!!)
    goldsacon October 26, 2007   Link

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