"Restin' Bones" as written by Les Claypool, Reid L. Iii Lalonde and Bryan Kei Mantia....
Came up on a worried man, asked him if he had a light.
He reached on down, dug in his shoe, figured in his sock he might.
He asked if he could come and join, at what we was partakin' in.
I says,old soul if you got a match, you also got yourself a friend.

The smoke drew hard but laid in good, the neon gave us extra shine.
We passed around a flask of knockando, and a half litre bottle of wine.
The worried man dropped down to his knees, and let out with a somber groan.
He looked up to me and when I asked, he said,I'm just restin' my bones.

I looked down at him, and him up at me, then a smile rose above his chin.
He grabbed me by the arm and pulled me down, said, listen to me now my friend.
When I was your age I did it all, more than many men could do,
Now my possessions are the ones I wear on my back, and this lighter I keep in my shoe.

That's why I'm restin' my bones.

I'm restin' my bones for the times I fell, fell and hit myself on the ground.
Restin' my bones for the loneliness, of being the only genius around.
I'm restin' my bones for prosperity, in hopes that it'll do me some good.
I'm restin' bones from amphetamines, see they turned teeth to balsa wood.
I'm restin' bones for johnny cash, 'cause for me and mine he's wearin' black.
I'll be restin' my bones for Elvis, I seen him last week at the track.
If I'm restin' bones and you come along, just try and tippy toe on by.
'cCause when I'm restin' bones I hope to sleep, and maybe slip away and die.


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"Restin' Bones" as written by Les Claypool Bryan Kei Mantia

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    General CommentI think that this song is either about Drugs or about a past experience that Les has had with this "worried man".

    I dont' really know.
    JAStewarton December 21, 2004   Link
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    General CommentMore specifically, it's seems to be about a man Les meet when they were smokin' and having a good time. During this time the man starts talking about his life's story of good times and bad times. He;s kind of a semi-mentor, cause he's seems to have been through it all.
    SirSquigglyon May 23, 2005   Link
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    General CommentIt certainly isn't just about smoking weed, and if its about drugs at all its about taking it easy later in life after bingeing on drugs and such at a younger age. It kind of feels like he's talking about dying, or more likely stopping to think about his heroes and suchlike and paying them respect, with some nostalgia and learning from past mistakes too maybe.
    Baudson September 11, 2006   Link
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    General CommentSeems like a standard northbay occasion of sitting and smoking marijuana with a homeless gent who starts bumming out. Fuggin Slownoma.
    Leadslingeron February 02, 2007   Link
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    General CommentIt's got nothing to do with marijuana. Marijuana doesn't turn your teeth to balsa wood. He's smoking meth with a long time meth addict who's lost it all. It's practically stated explicitly.
    A2STALLIONMANGon June 12, 2010   Link
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    General CommentIt's got nothing to do with marijuana. Marijuana doesn't turn your teeth to balsa wood. He's smoking meth with a long time meth addict who's lost it all. It's practically stated explicitly.
    A2STALLIONMANGon June 12, 2010   Link
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    General Commentits about a young man might be les we dont know but he meets an older man who has been through it all before and is giving him advice,the old man is sore from all the abuse he gave his body over the years and thats why he is restin his bones.it definatly is nt about weed i think the amphetimine line gave that away and the rotten teeth and seeing elvis at the track as alot of old homeless men are crazy.it ends with him saying hopefully he ll pass away and die because hes had enough of the game he played for so many years
    bigben69on March 12, 2011   Link
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    General CommentI think the main point of the song is that if you live too hard you either die young or end up broken down and used up like the homeless man the narrator is smoking with.

    "When I was your age I did it all,
    more than many men could do
    now my possessions are the ones I wear
    on my back,
    and this lighter I keep in my shoe "
    Chard121on December 13, 2011   Link
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    General Commentthis has the same riff and beat as 2:19 by tom waits, which isn't surprising seeing as he helped write this album
    duhmanon August 31, 2015   Link
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    General Commentsmoking weed, duh
    SirSquigglyon May 17, 2005   Link

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