"Little Bones" as written by Robert Baker, Gordon Downie, Johnny Fay, Paul Langlois and Gordon Sinclair....
It gets so sticky down here
Better butter your cue-finger up
It's the start of another new year
Better call the newspaper up, two-fifty
For a hi-ball and a buck and a half
For a beer, happy hour
Happy hour, happy hour is here

The long days of Shockley are gone
So is football Kennedy style
Famous last words taken all wrong
Wind up on the very same pile
Two-fifty for a decade
And a buck and half for a year happy hour
Happy hour, happy hour is here

I can cry, beg and whine
To every rebel I find
Just to give me a line I could use to describe

They'd say, baby, eat this chicken slow
It's full of all them little bones
Baby, eat this chicken slow
It's full of all them little bones

So regal and decadent here
Coffin-cheaters dance on their graves music,
All it's delicate fear
Is the only thing that don't change
Two-fifty for an eyeball
And a buck and a half for an ear happy hour,
Happy hour happy hour is here

Nothing's dead down here,
Just a little tired they'd say,
Nothing's dead down here,
It's just a little tired
Nothing's dead down here,
Just a little tired
Nothing's dead down here,
It's just a little tired

Baby, eat this chicken slow
It's full of all them little bones
Baby, eat this chicken slow
It's full of all them little bones
Little bones
Full of all them little bones
Little bones


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"Little Bones" as written by Gordon Sinclair Gordon Downie

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    General CommentWell I can't remember the source exactly but...

    I've been told Gordie was sitting in a bar in New Orleans writing down what people were saying around him. Later on he fashioned it into a song.

    Sounds plausible and reasonable.

    Whether its true or not I don't rightfully know but I like to believe this.
    Whitewulfon November 11, 2005   Link
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    General Comment"Beauty can't save the world. Beauty can't save the world. But a kitty could. a Fuckin cat could save the world" - Gordon Downie
    Whatever that means.... I couldn't quite figure it out when i heard him say this live right before he started signing this, while baker was playing the opening riff to little bones
    Fully__Completelyon March 07, 2003   Link
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    General CommentI think it is an ode to the downfall of our culture. Turn on any news channel at any random moment and anyone will want to remember the old days. Awesome song; it is one the first I had ever heard by The Hip.
    OpinionHeadon May 07, 2004   Link
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    General Comment"Baby eat this chicken slow
    it's full of all them little bones"

    This is probably one of the best one-liner's i've ever heard, you can apply this to n e thing in life and it'll make sense.
    Daryl24on November 07, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI sort of think it's about worrying about all those things -- famous last words taken all wrong, the loss of the Kennedy's, or getting caught up in the rush of a new year, but then remembering to forget all that, and have a drink, and not forgetting to take care of the here and now, like not choking on chicken bones.
    DevastatorJr.on January 26, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI've got to admit, I have no idea what this song means, but I do remember a couple of things from a radio interview years ago (at least 15).
    1. Little Bones was the name of a cat in the book ' The Last of the Craxy People' by a famous Canadian author named Timothy Findlay.
    2. His most popular book was titled ' Famous Last Words' (see verse 2,line 3 of the song)
    Gordon Downie always seems to sprinkle tidbits of Canadiana in his lyrics. Maybe this means something to somebody and could expand upon this for me
    wetcoasteron March 20, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI don't know, but i think this song is about how the world today is always focused on the negative, and people have to watch what they say, or they will end up choking on their words.
    jcool_caon May 08, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI definitely think its about living for the here and now and enjoying the simple things in life (maybe this is why he says a cat could save the world - the love from a cat could make the loneliest person feel loved). I'm not sure but I'd love to read those books wetcoaster mentioned so I could possibly gain a little more insight. I think maybe this song is also about how human it is to think there's something more to look forward to and make the mistake of taking whats infront of you for granted. Chew slowly and enjoy the chicken for what it is. :)
    carlyesson July 28, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI heard somewhere that he wrote the song shortly after he almost died from choking on a chicken bone.
    SingingStormWindon January 24, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Comment This song is about New Orleans - a favourite hang out & recording location for the hip.
    edge24on July 28, 2011   Link

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