"The Air Is Getting Slippery" as written by Les Claypool, Reid L. Iii Lalonde and Timothy W. Alexander....
It's incredibly hot in here today, incredibly hot in here
It's incredibly hot in here today, incredibly hot in here
The air is getting slipper and it's not to my surprise
My heart, it beats irregularly and the sweat it fills my eyes
I do not mind what I excrete 'cause
I'm here to make a buck
And those that cannot take the heat can take a flying
Forgive me if I hesitate
It's incredibly hot in here today, incredibly hot in here

The dogs are barking merrily as Jerry sits on high
If you've studied your Floyd property, you'd know that pigs could fly
Now if you want an encore you might hear it is luck
But me, I'd rather play Residents, 'cause I don't give a
Forgive me if I hesitate
It's incredibly hot in here today, incredibly hot in here

Now, Fatty, he's a hell of a guy but he sweats like a dancing mule
He likes to hang out at Checker Gas with the Chets he knew from high school
He sold enough crystal meth to buy a stepside truck
But if you ask me twice I'd say the boy ain't worth a
Forgive me if I hesitate
It's incredibly hot in here today, incredibly hot in here

The act of perspiration is far beyond control
If the heat compels to aspirate please try not to miss the bowl
If sweatiness makes you horny, well darlin' I think you're in luck
'Cause all this clever banter gives me the urge to fuck


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"The Air Is Getting Slippery" as written by Reid L. Iii Lalonde Les Claypool

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    General CommentI get the impression that when he mentions an irregular heartbeat and stuff that he isn't thinking straight, and a bit flustered from the heat. That's why he doesn't give a fuck (e.g. what people want to hear live) as has been mentioned.

    However he also thinks about a lot of different aspects of his life and others' that he also refers to in other Primus songs' lyrics (past and future for this song written in '93 e.g. the line about Fats is almost identical to a line in 2003's My Friend Fats, 'pigs could fly' brings to mind my theory for Southbound Pachyderm, meth/tweek.) as well as their influences (e.g. Residents).

    Also the fact he never actually says 'fuck' draws attention to it, the only time he's meant to say it in the lyrics is at the end when the word has a different meaning to elsewhere in the song, possibly referring to how songs like Groundhog's Day are full of metaphors.

    So I think it refers to how they create music and gig setlists. Each verse refers to a different one of these meanings.
    Baudson July 27, 2006   Link
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    General CommentYeah, I totally agree with that chiefhky29, though I stand by everything else I said! It refers to lots of their songs as a reference to their varying setlists and the audience's anticipation of his singing about whatever Primus-y character (e.g. Fats, Jerry), though he really just wants to play Residents covers!

    'I'm here to make a buck' shows that he has to play to the audience, and that it is about a live performance.
    Baudson February 17, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHe doesn't actually say "fuck" at the end.

    I don't really know the true meaning behind this song.
    JAStewarton November 27, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe second verse refers to Jerry Garcia ("Jerry sits on high"), Pink Floyd, and the Residents, an awesome band that Primus has covered (and even performed with!) on occasion.
    Imnotsureon December 03, 2004   Link
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    General CommentWhat does it actually mean though?
    JAStewarton February 05, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDrugs.
    Petary791on May 14, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThe dogs are barking merrily as Jerry sits
    on high
    If you've studied your Floyd property,
    you'd know that pigs could fly
    Now if you want an encore you might hear
    it is luck
    But me, I'd rather play Residents, 'cause I
    don't give a...


    this part at least is about their nagging fans who expect them to play certain songs, i.e. shouting out songs to play during their live show. he's basically just telling them he doesn't give a fuck. "Now if you want an encore you might hear it is luck" it's actually "Now if you want an encore you might hear 'Is it Luck?'" as in their song, "Is It Luck?" which, by the way, is a great song.
    monticelloon August 12, 2005   Link
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    General Commentyeah its hard hes just talking bout shit in life u no like with the encore he deosnt give a fuck cuz there little cnotnoise kids who wont to here one song but he would rather play a residents song and i think he is getting a bit pissed of when he goes if u carnt take the heat somthing reather ur a fuck our somthing so its a hard one.
    pipewagonon August 08, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI'd say he we're looking to get laid...
    smat42on January 10, 2007   Link
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    General Comment"if you studied you floyd property youd now that pigs could fly"

    bauds said that this refers to southbound pachyderm... im pretty sure its a clear and straight u refrence to pink floyd. flying pigs is one of their trademarks. the song as a whole is probly referring to playing live.
    chiefhky29on January 11, 2007   Link

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