"Those Damned Blue-Collar Tweekers" as written by Les Claypool, Reid L. Iii Lalonde and Timothy W. Alexander....
I've seen them out at soco
They're pounding sixteen penny nails
The truckers on the interstate
Have been known to ride the rails
The sweat is beating on the brow
Can't keep these fellas down
'Cause those damned blue-collared tweekers
Are runnin' this here town

I knew a man who hung drywall
He hung it mighty quick
A trip or two to the blue room
Would help him do the trick
His foreman would pat him on the back
Whenever he would come around
'Cause these dammed blue-collar tweekers
Are beloved in this here town

Now the union boys are there
To protect us from all the corporate type
While curious george's drug patrol
Is out here hunting snipe
Now they try to tell me different
But you know i ain't no clown
'Cause those damned blue-collar tweekers
Are the backbone of this town

Now the flame that burns twice as bright
Burns only half as long
My eyes are growing weary
As i finalize this song
So sit back and have a cup o' joe
And watch the wheels go round
'Cause those damned blue-collar tweekers
Have always run this town


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"Those Damned Blue-Collar Tweekers" as written by Reid L. Iii Lalonde Les Claypool

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  • +4
    General CommentThis song was originally written to bring to light the number of blue collar workers who were addicted to meth.

    Curious george's drug patrol is the police, asking locals for any leads on any illegal activity. the locals are told that everything will be fine, but they know better. if the police find out about the workers, they would be locked up. But since so many workers were addicted to meth, it would devastate the town.

    The workers in this situation figured that since the town depends on them, and since they are already loved by the town, they can do whatever they want.

    but since "the flame that burns twice as bright burns only half as long", the workers will eventually burn out completely. les is sayng to the listener at the end of the song to sit back and watch the inevitable and disasterous end of the blue collar drug craze.

    or something like that.
    usernamedeletedon January 17, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI heard him say this song is about an old guy who can't keep up with the younger folks so he takes some speed to get through the day.
    Petary791on April 10, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThe blue room is the porta-potty on the construction site. A very popular and convenient place to get high on the job site.
    drewzer15on February 24, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General CommentActually, this is about blue-collar workers who take drugs to keep themselves going. The references to "tweekers", "trip or two to the blue room would help him do the trick" and "flame that burns twice as bright burns only half as long" help show this.
    MyNameIsMudon November 10, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentActually Les said only 1 verse is about tweekin' union boys, the rest is about his blue-collar upbringing.
    bugmenoton December 05, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThose three guys up there are right. A line that stood out to me is this:

    While curious George's drug patrol
    Is out here hunting snipe

    Curious George likely means Bush Sr, and "hunting snipe" pretty much means a wild goose chase. One time on King of the Hill, Hank and the adults take out Bobby and the kids to hunt a made-up creature called a snipe for their "straight arrow" batch. Bobby ends up whacking an extrememly endangered whooping crane but that's another story. The point is he's criticizing the massive failure and waste of American tax dollars known as the War on Drugs.
    delta 9on July 15, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAnd of course by "batch" I meant "badge". Don't know how that happened. And I didn't explain it that well. Les is pretty much saying Bush Sr is (was) going after an unachievable goal: abolition of all drug use, via the WoD. I hope that makes sense.
    delta 9on July 15, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commentsorry,
    *this song was originally inspired by/written about the recent (early 90's) news stories about large numbers of blue collar workers who were addicted to meth.

    had to clear up some stuff.
    usernamedeletedon January 17, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti've tried just about every drug there is, but i'll never touch a hit of meth.
    fine+2ptson May 10, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Comment''Tweekers'' are meth-heads, not coke-heads.
    2c-easyon March 03, 2008   Link

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