"The Grand Pecking Order" as written by Les Claypool and Trey Anastasio....
In the Grand Pecking Order
Where is it you stand
Under foot of swollen bastards
Or on the neck of another man
At the grand feeding table
Are you sitting near the head
Or the corner by the bathroom
Where you're asked to pass the bread
And you pass it with a smile on your face
For to pout about would only bring disgrace
To the Grand Pecking Order
In the grand pecking order
Where is it you lie
Are you the tall hog at the trough
Or a piglet in the stye
On the grand ladder of life
Are you near the highest rung
Or somewhere near bottom
With your nose in hairy bung
And you sniff it with a smile on your face
For to pout about would only bring disgrace
To the Grand Pecking Order
And you're dancing with a smile on your face
For to stand about would only bring disgrace!
To the Grand Pecking Order


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"The Grand Pecking Order" as written by Ernest Anastasio Les Claypool

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    General Commentwhat the HELL does this mean?! lol!!! i love it though
    Jondude11on April 29, 2002   Link
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    General CommentYou dont get it? its about how we're seperated into differant social castes, and we basically have to just deal with it
    idioticon May 31, 2002   Link
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    General CommentOysterhead is the most fucked up band i know..and i'm a huge fan of modest mouse etc. They just make no since, and the dude this singer of oysterhead sounds almost gay
    heath_soccer4on June 29, 2003   Link
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    General Commentthat dude your talking about would be Les Claypool... and you think oysterhead is fucked listen to some Primus, which is also where you can find Claypool... He is a genious on the bass. Modest Mouse is good, Ween is better:) but anyways s'all good
    Suger_Magnoliaon June 25, 2004   Link
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    General CommentGay? what the hell's wrong with you, man. Yeah, they make no since at all, I mean nothing has made such little since in such a long time. That's my two since. "And the dude this singer", what are you retarded? Open up your damn palette, tool.
    /needed to rant at someone, and you're the perfect target, heah soccer4.
    bugmenoton December 09, 2004   Link
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    General Commentidiotic is right guys, the grand pecking order is a song about the spperated social classes, and it is also an exprestion which is where the song comes from. And gay I think is the wrong term, the all great Snap(claypool) is just promiscuous, there is a great story for Primus fans, where while Brain was still the drummer the trio got bored one day and began to measure there dicks to determin who had the longest/biggest wang. Brain won, I didn't make this up. Take the "you don't know cock" test on primusville.com
    GreenAndyon March 24, 2006   Link
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    General CommentFirst of all, I don't even see how one would think Les Claypool sounds "gay". What the hell does that mean? Is there a way one sounds gay? If so, I'd imagine it involves a lisp, which I'm not hearing in this song.

    Anyway, I don't really care what Les Claypool is. He's a god on bass.

    As already mentioned, the song is about the societal ladder. The second verse makes it pretty obvious. But I like the description in the first one more.

    Also note the line, "For to pout about would only bring disgrace." Basically, they're saying that in the "Grand Pecking Order," one is expected to at least pretend to be pleased with their position, no matter how horrible. It feels like they're describing the social hierarchy in nations like the U.S. and other similar places. In the U.S. we have this idea of freedom of opportunity. It's practically embedded in our brains that people get what they earn or even deserve. Rich people are rich because they worked hard to get there, poor people are poor because they're lazy--that sort of thing. I can't think of the exact word for that concept, but it's very prevalent in America. Not that the implications are this far-stretching, but it still applies. Besides that, I believe Les Claypool wrote the lyrics to this song, and he is an American, so I imagine he's drawing from his own experience.

    They're definitely not implying the Grand Pecking Order is a good thing. Imagine a bunch of people around a table, some in fat splendor, sprawled out on top of the lesser/miserable people. And the miserable ones have to pretend they are happy. All the while, they suck their own dicks, figuratively, by toasting "To the Grand Pecking Order" over and over again.
    nephoson August 26, 2006   Link
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    General Commentyes, for me it's about social classes too...... and it also presents the helplessness of changing the situation. either you put pressure on somebody or pressure it put on you.... reminded me somehow on tom waits' god's away on business. the situation is terrible, and there is no social evolution in fact.
    opterixon October 01, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThose who speak with the glint of enlightenment in their eyes are balanced in their femenine and masculine energies. Those who lack said enlightenment tend to find it threatening due to insecurity in their own masculinity/femininity...it's just one more tool to keep those on the bottom of the pecking order from having the confidence to push over the ladder ;)
    storytelleron June 12, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthank you nephos, you put it better than i ever would.. just had to salute you a bit^^

    Claypool Rules!
    HartigusHatton June 24, 2008   Link

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