"Dirty Drowning Man" as written by Les Claypool, Reid L. Iii Lalonde and Bryan Kei Mantia....
I'm a dog, a dirty flying dog.
I drink Campari with marinated wild hog.
I've no sense, I like electric fence.
I put barbed wire in my pants and do a Celtic dance.

But when I can, I'm a giving man.
I'll flip you out the fire and back up into the frying pan.

And if you're down looking like you're gonna drown.
Of all your friends I'm the one who's most apt to stick around.

I'm a drowning man.
Who will save this drowning man.
Who will save this drowning man.
Who will save this dirty drowning man.

You're so fine, so bright and shiny fine.
And I'm so proud to say that you in fact are a friend of mine.
And doubly pleased with crooked wobbly knees.
I dive on in and backstroke right across these seas of cheese.

But on the times when I'm not such a giving man.
Please flip me out of the fire and backup into the frying pan.

And if you're down looking like you're gonna drown.
Of all your friends I'm the one who's most apt to stick around.

I'm a drowning man.
Who will save this drowning man.
Who will save this drowning man.
Who will save this dirty drowning man.


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"Dirty Drowning Man" as written by Les Claypool Bryan Kei Mantia

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    General CommentThis is saying "no one gives a shit about me." It's saying -- i'm a dumbass but a good person and i'd help you in the hard times. But in my hard times, no one is there to help me.
    TheHeckler348on July 03, 2003   Link
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    General CommentA plea for his real friends in life. He's asking who is actually his friend, and who is just acting like one.
    bugmenoton December 08, 2004   Link
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    General CommentAs well as the context already provided, I also got the impression that this person who is deemed as "dirty" through his over-the-top actions is actually intending to pushing the boundaries between what is deemed as "appropriate" or "normal" behaviour, so there is a double-layer of questioning here as to the way people behave within themselves, and amongst others.
    The dirty drowning man is the eiptomy of "nakedness" and "truth" - these pretentious bastards who claim to be his friend (when it suits them) deem him as "crude" and "immature" by their standards, but he is actually the most reliable and moral one out there.
    The Distortedon May 08, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI'm pretty sure its "I licked (an) electric fence"
    Nebunauton May 27, 2006   Link
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    General CommentLes truely is a genius of lyric making i mean wow, he should be a lot more famous than he is. And primus too.
    Russianon September 01, 2006   Link
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    General Comment"The distorted", you're pretentious in your delivery, but your last point is great.

    "his 'friends' deem him as 'crude' and 'immature' by their standards, but he is actually the most reliable and moral one out there. "

    This is a really deep song considering that when I was a teenager I thought primus was a joke band. (they are definitely not) Well, we live and learn I guess.
    KurdtTBOon February 13, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI love the entire Antipop album, this song especially. Les's poetic ability is totally unreal. The words are simple to understand, but the message is buried beneath the sonic onslaught that has made Primus famous. Wacky or not, Primus is one of the last unplucked gems.
    OpinionHeadon September 19, 2008   Link
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    General CommentBack stroke right across the seas of cheese.The Sea of Cheese to primus i think is like all the things in life that are unpleasant that people just have to get through.Whether you sail the seas of cheese or swim,you do what you have to do
    SlothsAreFunnyon March 24, 2009   Link

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