My Grand Pa gave me a hand me down
When I put it on I looked like a clown
All the kids'd beat me up at school
Made me itch 'cause it was made of wool
Leather bound buttons in a monkey shit brown
Everywhere I go people putting me down
When I go and do the little bottom buttons up
Makes me look like I got a big beer gut

I could never, wear that sweater!
I could never! Wear that sweater!

Come'n home late on an afternoon
My lip was all bloody and my forehead all bruised
Singing all the blues like a hooty led better
All because of that shitty brown sweater
Shitty brown sweater causing too much pain
Hung it in the closet never wear it again
No disrespect to my Grand Pa
But this sweater incident has gone to far

I could never, wear that sweater!
I could never! Wear that sweater!

Late last June I was buying some slacks
At my favourite OP shop named Aunty Jacks
To them back to my abode
Had a good look through my big wardrobe
Then I spyed that certain sweater
But somehow it looked so much better
When I put it on no turning back
Even looked good with my new brown slacks

I could never, wear that sweater!
I could never! Wear that sweater!

Lyrics submitted by BJs_GaL

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    General Commentgr8 feel good song, just listen and laugh
    the other oneon April 15, 2002   Link
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    General CommentHave to agree, this song is cool and Eskimo Joe rock!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    ULrocksmyworldon May 18, 2002   Link
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    General Commentpossibly the funkiest song for a debut...the joe rocks!!!!
    Miseryheadon September 01, 2002   Link
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    General CommentSo sad...never heard the tune, but have read the lyrics over and over. Its a great song, just like all their songs. eskimo joe rock!!!!!!!!
    jeskimoon June 18, 2004   Link
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    General Commentawesome feel good song and great if you're int he car driving to sing along to....i swear so many people know the song but no idea who its by! my dad likes it too! awesome....just awesome!
    LoveThyEnemyon October 31, 2004   Link
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    General Commentthe band don't play it anymore and never will again.

    catchy song but not what the Joes are about.
    wilson November 19, 2004   Link
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    General Commenthaha, i think its this guy who was a kid with the sweater and it was ugly, then he got old and suddenly the sweater looked really good on him
    (like his grandpa)
    smashing_meon December 04, 2004   Link
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    General Commentif just one more person at one more eskie joe gig yells for sweater i swear i'm going to have to knock them unconscious!
    yes, it's a pretty good song BUT anyone who causes the band to walk off early WILL feel my wrath!
    give it up, people, they're obviously never going to play it again and why should you complain since they've got so many many other great live songs?
    katie-son March 01, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI have to say, katie-s, that this attitude annoys me. I really don't like bands who 'disown' their old stuff and refuse to play it anymore, despite the fans still really wanting to hear it. The fans are the ones who got behind them in the beginning and provided them with the oppurtunity to make their arty, serious music. The very, very least they can do is show their appreciation by giving the fans their money's worth when they come to see them live. The decision to stop playing the crowd's favourite song smacks of arrogance and selfishness.
    willia05on June 26, 2006   Link
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    General Commentwhy do they refuse to play it?! its an awesum song
    thelaststrawon March 19, 2007   Link

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