"Over The Falls" as written by and Les Claypool....
They broke out in laughter again
His lip beaded with sweat as they strapped him in
And he stood by and waited to be called
The talk was of times that'd gone by
And the quantity and quality of women they lie
His eyes welled with wet and his mouth had gone dry

As he stood by and waited to be called
He stood by and waited to be called
He stood by and waited like the others before
For his turn to go over the falls

He got up and tried it again
For lack of persistence is surely a sin
As he stood by and waited to be called
He looked to the lightning with glee
And admired his vessel for its symmetry
Feeling twelve units shy of a bachelor's degree

As he stood by and waited to be called
He stood by and waited to be called
He stood by and waited like the others before
For his turn to go over the falls


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"Over the Falls" as written by Les Claypool

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  • +3
    General CommentI think that this song is about the beginnings of Les' musical career. "Stood by and waited like the others before for his turn to go over the falls" could be referring to waiting for his turn to have a shot at fame.

    "Got up and tried it again for lack of per..." Les had many bands before he finally struck gold with Primus.

    "Admired his vessel for it's symmetry" is probably referring to his bass.
    jaridicamuya87on December 21, 2006   Link
  • +3
    My Interpretationi believe this song is about les starting his band, the first part of the first verse is obviously referring to someone being nervous, perhaps his first big show? and then "the quantity and quality of women, they lied" people always say that rockstars always have tons of(quantity) hot(quality) girls all over them, and les is seeming to not notice this in his career. then the chorus, "he stood by and waited like the others before for his turn to go over the falls" the falls being a hit or miss thing, could be a representation of fame, so he could be saying, he waited for his shot at fame, like so many other people in the music business industry. then the second verse his first attempt at fame was a flop, so he tried again and went for a degree at burklee, but before he could finish his studies, he was called to try again at fame. perhaps the lightning could be inspiration, since light is sometimes used to symbolize new ideas and such, and the vessel, going with the bass idea, would be his form of expression.
    fatfoohyon July 27, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General CommentAlso... "Feeling 12 units shy of a bachelors degree..."
    Les dropped out of Berkeley to pursue Primus
    jaridicamuya87on December 21, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis one is hard, but i think it is about les' musical career. And that it is a simile between him musical career and someone going over the falls in a vessel (Taking a chance).
    Didn't les drop out of berkeley or something? (12 units shy...)
    MightyGoldenBoyon November 14, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe video is about a guy that built a little metal capsule and sealed himself in then went over niagra falls.It was a big event when it happened,and it has real footage of him setting off.

    That seems to be the surface meaning of the song...but as for deeper meaning...
    Razormasticatoron April 18, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentLeslooks cool playing that upright too.
    Razormasticatoron April 20, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's just about persistence, they're laughing at him, they don't think he can do it, so he proves them wrong.
    ThePythonon June 03, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI for one think it's about someone waiting in line for the electric chair or lethal injection. In this case, "going over the falls" signifies death
    pumkinhedon December 12, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYeah i thought this was about death row before the i saw video now im not sure
    amcilroyon December 19, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI agree that the surface meaning is about the person(s) that took the capsule thing over the niagra falls. A handful of people have done this, all against the law, but this song may relate to the first person doing it.


    As for a deeper meaning, I agree it could be about someone dieing, or being killed. But I also think it could be a general statement about doing somehting everyone says you should do and it turns out to be a not very good decision. Kind of like when people want to see the result of something and egg someone on to do it, when that person really doesn't want to, but they do it to appease those they are going on about them doing it.
    FilthEpitomeon January 09, 2006   Link

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