She played for The Angels,
I played for The Tribe
The summer had been stolen
And the bases were all loaded
There was big money on the line
Big money all the time, yeah
There was big money on the line

I can`t walk so I guess I`m gonna stay at home
They can have my legs just leave my head alone

I was in the kitchen
The year was in the fall
A friend of mine had told me
That there weren`t no point in mowing
No there weren`t no point at all
There big fire in the hall, yeah
There wern`t no points at all

I can`t walk so I guess I`m gonna stay at home
They can have my legs just leave my head alone
And I can`t talk so I guess I`ve got nothing to say
I`ll keep my eyes just take these tears away.

Lock, stock and barrel
All the dogs were gone and feral
And the car ran like a broken percolator
His liver had gone hard
And he wouldn`t mow the yard
There was big money on the line


And I heard that his brother was a viking
He liked to solve a problem with gun
If you want to know the facts
You`ve gotta teach them how to act
And I hate cough syrup
Don`t you?


I`d rather be a sailor than a fighter
I'd like to sail a ship into the sun
If you want to know the truth
You gotta dig up Johnny Booth
And I hate cough syrup
Don`t you?

I know that your mother is a martyr
I`ve heard shes got connections with the mob
If you wanna learn to fight
You`ve gotta drink up all night
And I hate cough syrup
Don`t you?

I rather be a matchstick than a lighter
I like to see the wood curl up and burn
If you wanna touch the sky
You must be prepared to die
And I hate cough syrup
Don`t you?

I hate cough syrup
And I hate the food in Europe
And I hate cough syrup
It's true

If you wanna know the truth
You`ve gotta dig up Johnny Booth
And I hate cough syrup
Don`t you?
I hate cough syrup
It's true




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  • +2
    General CommentThird BS song that I've re-done tonight:

    She played for the Angels
    I played for the Tribe
    The summer had been stolen
    And the bases were all loaded
    There was big money on the line
    Big money all the time
    Yeah, there was big money on the line
    Well, I can't walk so I guess I'm gonna stay at home
    They can have my legs just leave my mail alone

    I was in the kitchen
    The year was in the fall
    A friend of mine had told me that there weren't no point in moanin
    No there weren't no point at all
    There was big fire in the hall, yeah
    There weren't no points at all

    Well I can't walk so I guess I'm gonna stay at home
    They can have my legs just leave my mail alone
    And I can't talk so I guess I got nothing to say
    I'll keep my eyes just take these tears away

    Lock stock and barrel
    All the dogs were gone and feral
    And the car ran like a broken percolator
    His liver had gone hard and he wouldn't mow the yard
    There was big money on the line

    And I heard that his brother was a viking
    He liked to solve a problem with a gun
    If you wanna know the facts you gotta teach em how to act
    And I hate cough syrup, don't you?

    I'd rather be a sailor than a fighter
    I'd like to sail a ship into the sun
    If you wanna know the truth you gotta dig up Johnny Booth
    And I hate cough syrup, don't you?

    I know that your mother is a martyr
    I heard she's got connections with the mob
    If you wanna learn to fight you gotta drink up all the light
    And I hate cough syrup, don't you?

    I'd rather be a matchstick than a lighter
    I'd like to see the wood curl up and burn
    If you wanna touch the sky you must be prepared to die
    And I hate cough syrup, don't you?

    I hate cough syrup and I hate the food in Europe
    And I hate cough syrup, it's true
    If you wanna know the truth, you gotta dig up Johnny Booth
    And I hate cough syrup, don't you?
    I hate cough syrup, it's true.


    The song is about things that suck that you can't avoid. Such as cough syrup. "I can't walk, so I guess I'm gonna stay at home." "A friend of mine had told me that there ain't no point in moanin."

    "If you wanna know the truth you gotta dig up Johnny Booth" alludes to John Wilkes Booth, who shot a great president, which is something we can't change. The food in Europe sucks, but if you want to enjoy Europe, you've got to eat.

    People who think that Butthole Surfers' lyrics don't make sense are retarded, they're all some of the most blatant lyrics I've ever heard.

    He mumbles. That's all.

    Try listening harder, every song is really easy to understand if you pay attention.
    thomhaleon May 14, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General CommentAh metaphors. Having spent years upon years trying to figure out some of the most "coded" song lyrics out there (I love enigmatic music, you can find new things every time you listen... The one exception being Beck {Whom I love, don't get me wrong...} who, no matter what chemicals you put into your system, a lot of his music is just utterly incomprehesible or understandable... ) and purposely imbibing in various altered states (including my favorite, DM...) in the quest to decipher them, I have a few things to say about this song. One, I think this was about River Phoenix (He was a friend of the Surfers and dropped dead outside the Viper room while they were playing there that night). From experience, the mixture of chemicals River had in his system wouldn't have necessarily killed him without a large amount of DM (The news commented how he had been on several drugs including an "over the counter cough medicine". Large amounts of DM can really increase your blood pressure which, in my opinion, mixed with the other, contra-indicated drugs, lead to his aneurysm...). Of course this is all debatable. The lyric "I'd rather be a matchstick than a lighter", in my opinion, means that while a person, like me (for two years), can take DM everyday, all day, and have some of the most intense hallucinations possible, Gibby would rather take LSD, mushrooms, ETC. (or whatever...) for two reasons, 1) once you take LSD (or the other traditionals) you acquire a short lived, but pronounced tolerance to it, meaning that you'd have to take a lot more if you wanted to get off again the next day (whereas with DM you can keep drinking that stuff and continue to get off until your kidneys give out from the repeated daily intake of the massive amount of glucose its suspended in...) and 2) many look at an LSD trip as an experience to be cherished, not something you can or should do all the time. Its cheapens the whole experience. Now, while this may be my opinion, most of my fellow Hallucinaughts agree with this interpretation. Also, River's family may have looked at his friends as leading him to this life of drug use and may have blamed the surfers and surrounding influences (The lyric "Brother... likes to solve his problems with a gun" Joqain (or however you spell it...) is NUTS and can be a violent guy. I dunno. As for the Johnny Booth reference, I have an idea, but its not solid enough to try and defend. Anyway, God love the Surfers and I hope River is hanging out at the drugstore in Heaven...
    ZStar930on August 16, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentA few things... "And I hate the fruity Mirror" I think is acutally "And I hate the food in Europe" because most of the food there does suck.

    "That there wern`t no point in moaning" might be "There wern't no point in mowing" which makes sense with the other grass mowing lyric, and since grass always grows back there really is no point in mowing it.

    If you wanna touch the sky
    You must be prepared to die

    You have to be prepared to face the unknown and not fear the random if you want to see divinity


    dontpanic42on September 12, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commentfruity guck makes perfect sense.. it's wrong. but id does make sense. more sense than the actual lyrics, in fact.

    also... its genius, not genious. and an inquisition is a question...he didn't ask any questions.
    infamous branmuffinon April 08, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentand faces were all lonely?
    i thought it was the bases were all loaded..
    hence the whole baseball analogy

    and im not sure about the "drink up all the white" lyric
    KaB0b0on October 17, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"Drink up all the white" is a reference to drinking egg whites to build up a persons body.
    "And I hate the fruity Mirror" is actually "And I hate the food in Europe"
    Brown moseson April 07, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentcool lyrics. so obscure.
    subterranean_summeron January 14, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAnyone ever drank cough syrup, such as Robitussin MAX? Not that it helps this song make any more sence, but if you've tripped on DXM before the thought process of just random things and such is kinda understandable.
    If you are gonna try it, or do use it, check out Erowid for safty tips. Kurt Cobain was a big cough syrup user (him and Courtny "the c*nt" met while both on it), it had it's run in the late 80s/early to mid 90s. Alot of good songs were inspired by it.
    And I hate cough syrup
    Don`t you?
    >Erowid's DXM Vault: erowid.org/chemicals/dxm/
    NeoZiggyon February 26, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI honestly don't think there's too much meaning to this song. Gibby has a tendency for not making anysense whatsoever,
    Narco_Darkoon June 25, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI always heard something like Yeah, I hate the fruity guck!, which kind of makes more sense than fruity mirror or food in europe. Not that this is entirely a sensical song to begin with, but yeah.
    destroyalltacoson May 08, 2006   Link

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