"Wield The Spade" as written by Stewart Armstrong Copeland, Les Claypool, Trey Anastasio and Patrick Lee Mac Donald....
Barber
Get this mirror cleaned
I'm troubled by the face I see before me
As we shave our nations face
Keep a steady hand
Listen to these words that soon will ring across the land
Wield the Spade
Ready the blade
Sacrifices must be made
There are many fools who dare propose imposing limits on my power
Those ungrateful who've been swayed by intellectuals in their ivory towers
They will pay for crimes that God and I will not allow
Some before the firing squad and some behind the plough
Wield the spade
Barber
Get this mirror cleaned
I'm troubled by the face I see before me
Be careful not to miss a whisker
Soon I face my people who adore me
As you shave our nations face
Keep a steady hand
Listen to these words that soon will ring across the land
Wield the spade
Ready the blade
Sacrifices must be made
Barber
You've done very well
Much cleaner now
The mirror's telling no lies
I know I'm not imagining the telltale glint of death I see in your eyes
I can't trust you
So I must do something with my knife
It's a shame to lose a damn good barber
But that's life
Wield the spade
Ready the blade
Sacrifices must be made


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"Wield the Spade" as written by Les Claypool Stewart Armstrong Copeland

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    General CommentRE: BugMeNot

    As to "What is Trey saying?" -- "Babylonian Impaling", or a similar set of syllables in characteristic Trey ambiguous mumble which should evoke the same sense.
    bugmenot123on February 20, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is meant to represent two different people, similar in that their both about to start a war, but, as indicated by the strong voice in the first and Les Claypool sounding snivelly in the second, the first was a general in the old days (WWI, WWII) and the secondwas someone like Bush, maybe Kennedy. I think then that the barber has witnessed both these mens plans, and the second decideds to kill him out of paranoia. Maybe the second is Hoover......
    senorreverteon May 23, 2002   Link
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    General CommentWhat the hell is Trey saying throughout this song? Anyway, I doubt this is about Kennedy, due to the fact that Les is such a liberal. That is a very unique perspective, with the different voices thing.
    bugmenoton December 09, 2004   Link
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    General Commenti dont think really it is anyone in particulary but senorreverte has the basic idea.
    ploidoon April 04, 2005   Link
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    General CommentActually I havn't really checked the lyrics, but from the chorus I think its a sort of silique from the perspective of a conservitive goverment official. They don't want to make a scene for the public, but they are addressing thier minions to take care of the problem without making a mess. They are also fearful about losing the numbers in their population poles. I think the spade is a simale in a way making the polition a gardner, picking out the renegade weeds who could dismantle all that the gardner has worked for. So yeah, a song in the perspective of a conservitive leader who is fearful of over informed revolutionaries.
    GreenAndyon March 24, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI just saw them at bonnaroo and they didn't play this song which was a huge disapointment.
    GreenAndyon June 26, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthis song is about ceaucescou, a romanian dictator during one of modern romania's worst times as a country; it involved a large loss of crops and agriculture overall due to some of the dictator's choices, etc. wielding the spade, using it as a weapon, shaving the nation's face, literally, meaning trim the plants, and hurry to make romania's image better.
    juliog.juarezon July 30, 2006   Link
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    General Commentidk if juavez is right, but it sounds reasonable. its just hard to believe that a supergroup would form and write a song about... that. i think its not about a spcific person just like a dictator of sorts preparing a nation for war, and obviously killing off everyone who wasnt perfect, or seemed suspicious similar to a soviet union scenario.
    chiefhky29on February 21, 2007   Link
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    My InterpretationI always thought that this was about government attempts at censoring the internet. The mirror being the internet user reflecting the injustices of the government elite. The Barber being martial law which will eliminate all who oppose. And the elite, in turn, kill the Barber(who become too powerful for the Elite to control) to cover their tracks.
    joey503on December 27, 2011   Link
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    General CommentThis is about NWO. The president is part of it and isn't going to let people put limits on him. The sacrifices that must be made is the American way of life. Ready the blade to kill, wield the spade to bury people. The barber is symbolic too, he represents the people of the country. The barber had a blade to the presidents throat but didn't do anything about the man who is obviously drunk with power and paranoid and eventually is killed by that man. This song is chilling, especially the presidential voice.
    ZuckDaddyon May 27, 2014   Link

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