"Duchess and the Proverbial Mind Spread" as written by Les Claypool, Reid L. Iii Lalonde and Bryan Kei Mantia....
Burnin', I feel a burnin' in my stomach,
I want to know if I'm a gonna make it.
If I don't just spread my ashes,
If I do just spread your mind.

Swimmin', I see myself a treadin' water
I see no signs of any other people.
There's a heron up above me
I lay back and spread my mind.

Duchess, she used to be a movie maker.
She used to like to watch the boys watch her.
And she saved enough money
To go to cal and spread her mind.

Billy, used to follow the dead with arnie
And they made a hundred thousand dollars.
But ended up in federal prison
Twenty years for spreading minds.


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"Duchess and the Proverbial Mind Spread" as written by Les Claypool Bryan Kei Mantia

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  • +2
    General CommentACID. This song is about acid. "ended up in federal prison twenty years for spreading minds." Or "i feel is burnin' in my stomach" or "swimmin', i see myself a treadin' water/i see no signs of any other people" OR "I lay back and spread my mind." "The Dead" is (if your so damn music ignorant) THE GRATEFUL DEAD. Back in the sixties acid just hit and ya know possession of acid over 4 hits is 10 years. Awesome bassline as always.
    TheHeckler348on July 03, 2003   Link
  • +2
    General CommentNo, sir, not even close. Meth is more for rednecks, anyway. A good place to go for your questions about drugs and such is Erowid.com.
    SirSquigglyon March 05, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"Burnin', I feel a burnin' in my stomach"

    - that tends to lean towards the suggestion that's it's the effects of acid he's most likely talking about. It's obviously not stated though.
    The Distortedon May 08, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentits certainly a psychodelic drug referenced song, but i would say its mushrooms rather than acid...i would imagine a 'burning' stomach refers to the cramps associated with digesting shrooms, while acid has no physical effect
    TheIrieEyedJedion May 09, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIncubus have ripped this little number of just a tad... listen to Zee Deveel by them..heard that intro riff somewhere before??
    stew331on November 16, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI heard the Incubus song, and I totally agree they ripped it off. Great song, by the way.
    bugmenoton December 06, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI can't see any stunning resemblance with Zee Devil and this...
    JAStewarton January 22, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIs acid and meth the same thing?
    Petary791on March 04, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyeah this song is about acid, using it, people who use it and selling it.
    Terminal Sickieon January 05, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti cant see any thing that tells that it is about acid.
    Russianon April 30, 2006   Link

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