"Little Joe" as written by and William York....
Little Joe, run for the border
Leave your home
Go where the reptiles roam
On the side of the border that is your home

Little Joe, eyes of your lover look back on you
As you run for cover
Though stick and fire and may break your bones
There's a light in the tunnel that leads you home

Little Joe, just like your father
Your eyes will water, your guts will splatter
Though sticks and fire, sticks and fire
Won't break your bones, it is a lie

Little Joe, run for the border
Leave your mother and father
Go to where the reptiles roam
They're waiting for you, Little Joe


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"Little Joe" as written by Kim A. Thayil Christopher J. Cornell

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    General CommentHmm, I'm thinking it's about a kid who goes off to fight a war. Sticks and fire...possibly dynamite, more likely guns/cannons. Reptiles could be a reference to tanks and other armored vehicles.
    Gfngfgfon September 12, 2002   Link
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    General CommentYes, a young man going to fight the war, GI Joe.

    Might be the Vietnam war?
    ShadowOfThePaston July 18, 2005   Link
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    General CommentSince you guys already said what i was thinking, ill throw another one out there. Border crossing from mexico to america!!
    Audiogarden1on February 16, 2006   Link
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    General Commentwhat cd is this on?
    dusstudon July 15, 2007   Link
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    General CommentBorder crossing? Yes, but not from Mexico to America.

    Fellow Seattleite Jimi Hendrix recorded "Hey, Joe" decades before this song. It's about a man who catches his woman cheating, shoots her, and flees for Mexico. This song is parallel to that one. Joe's kid is the one making the run now.

    And reptiles is a reference to reptiles. Seriously. There are reptiles in the desert between here and there. I live in that desert now. I've seen them.
    balshanon August 11, 2008   Link

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