"Chickenman" as written by and Amy Elizabeth Ray....
I am an only child
Born of the wild
Riddled to spend my time
Defending my land
You are the only one
Born in the sun
Riddled to spend your time
Defending my plan

Dead dog on the highway
Median cats are growling at me
I turn my lights on brighter
I'm counting through the night ride

And it's one more life
(For the taker)
Chickenman, chickenman
One more song
(For the maker)
Chickenman, chickenman

On the road to Athens
I saw a dead deer on the highway
I slipped into a desert
Five prairie dogs and a rabbit

I was running down on Queen Street
I saw a woman on the sidewalk
(Danger danger)
She was beaten by a stranger
(Danger danger danger danger)
Danger danger danger

And it's one more life
(For the taker)
Chickenman, chickenman
Chickenman hold my hand
One more song
(For the maker)
Hold my hand
Chickenman

I was on the road to Austin
Met a man on the highway
He sold me junk and conversation
He was wise and dirty from the weather

I said, "Darkness into darkness
All the carnage of my journeys
Makes it harder to be living"
He said, "It's a long road to be forgiven"

It's one more life
(For the taker)
Chickenman, chickenman
Chickenman hold my had
One more song
(For the maker)
Chickenman, chickenman
Chickenman hold my hand

I am an only child
Born of the wild
Riddled to spend my time
Defending my land
You are the only one
Born in the sun
Riddled to spend your time
Defending my plan

I went looking for a car
Found myself beneath the stars
I went looking for a girl
Found a man and his world
Chickenman, chickenman
(I went looking for a car)
Chickenman hold my hand
(Found myself beneath the stars)
Chickenman, chickenman
(I went looking for a girl)
Chickenman hold my hand
(Found a man and his world)

I am an only child
(Chickenman, chickenman)
(Chickenman hold my hand)
Hold my hand
(Chickenman, chickenman)
(Chickenman hold my hand)
I am an only child
(Chickenman, chickenman)
(Chickenman hold my hand)
Hold my hand
(Chickenman, chickenman)
(Chickenman hold my hand)
Chickenman chickenman
Chickenman hold my hand
Chickenman chickenman
Chickenman hold my hand
Chickenman chickenman
Chickenman hold my hand
Chickenman chickenman
Chickenman hold my hand



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"Chickenman" as written by Amy Elizabeth Ray

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    General CommentI saw them play this live and Amy explained the song during an instrumental break. It was amazing because it was the first time the song made any sense to me. The chicken man was an old guy selling stuff on the side of the highway. I remember she started her explanation by saying that, when they were first touring, she was driving around in a beat up VW(?) and she was saddened seeing so many dead animals (roadkill: "median" cat(?), dead deer, prairie dogs, rabbit). She said something about the woman who was beaten in Austin; again, another reflection from life on the road at the time, I think. She then said something about how "all the carnage" can upset a person so much that she would end up walking around the street with a loaded gun not knowing what to do but feeling desperate; sounded like something she really did one day ("darkness into darkness/all the carnage of my journey/makes it harder to be living"). But without the explanation, the song would have made no sense.
    kazuon April 03, 2006   Link
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    General CommentWhen I was delivering pizzas in Austin around about 1995, an old homeless drifter came into our pizza joint and was hanging out talking to us in the kitchen. I happened to have Indigo Girls playing on the house sound system and this sound came on. Out of nowhere, this man turns to me all excited and says "This song is about me!! I met them!! They're gay you know." LOL

    I honestly cannot attest to the truth of his statement, but he did know lots of details about them, including the fact they they were touring in an old van. I kind of like to think that he was telling the truth... :)
    rogerstigerson June 30, 2006   Link
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    General CommentIs the chickenman supposed to signify/be a reference to someone in particular? the rest of the song?
    Cryptonite006on December 07, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI wonder if any connection was intended (not saying this is the "meaning", just that they might have had it in mind) with the Bruce Springsteen song "Atlantic City", which is about a man being paid to assassinate someone, and references the killing of a gangster known as the "Chicken Man"; there's certainly a similarity of theme, death and travelling. Er, and chicken. Men. :)
    John Johnstonon February 06, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThis is a song that the girls play almost always while in Austin. I wish I loved it more but it is indeed about their travels to Austin. I don't get it.
    Nomadgrrlon June 10, 2009   Link
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    General Commentok so the comments about this song being about drifters/homeless and traveling the country and encountering road kill. but I still don't get the chorus. any insight?
    sillynapkinon August 15, 2010   Link

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