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Put out the word we need a new taster
There's one king left and so much food to eat
The interception by the last one
Was absolute professionalism
If he's laying there saying he's sorry
Tell him, "It's okay, we learn this way"

Taster, you're the automatic saint
Taster, you're the automatic one

Rival sabotage a bad pot of duck stew
With just one breath left he warned the dinner crew
Selfless line of work the word that comes
To mind with me is selflessness
If he's laying down saying he's sorry
Tell him, "It's okay, we learn this way"

Taster, you're the automatic saint
Taster, you're the automatic one


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    General CommentThis is my favorite song of there's. It's kind of morbid in a way since it's about a king's taster who eats some poisoned food and is sitting there dieing. It's like people are just standing around watching him die and are offering him their gratitude for doing such a good job. The really creepy part is that it was probably a job that he was forced to do.
    lololeelaon April 17, 2004   Link
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    General CommentExactly. It's about sacrifice, and not necessary a voluntary one. I love its creepiness, how everyone around the taster is congratulating him as he dies.

    I've always felt that, in a way, the songs from their earlier albums are more, erm, edgy, than the stuff they put out later on.
    frijolito_tson April 26, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI have a live Grandaddy show where he prefaces this song by saying it was inspired by Jason's brother, who had been an alcoholic and screwing up in life, and Jason kind of learned from his mistakes. But then Jason says that the brother eventually sobered up and Jason became the drunk depressed screw-up so maybe now the song is about himself now.
    enjoymywaffleson August 21, 2007   Link
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    General CommentMy fave song of theirs just for the jazzy twang at the end of each line. I think its about emotional people that set themselves up for falls cos of the attention and sympathy-im gonna write a song about that anyway!
    benfoldsfanon May 12, 2003   Link
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    General CommentArgh, I meant, necessarily.
    frijolito_tson April 26, 2007   Link
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    General Comment"If he's laying down saying he's sorry
    Tell him, "It's okay, we learn this way"

    something about this line gets to me. it's like, you have to sacrifice so much [in the taster's case... die] to learn something sometimes. i've been laying there saying i'm sorry a time or two.

    one of my favorite early grandaddy songs.
    RocknRollFunon June 22, 2007   Link

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