Nobler than Oedipus
Clairvoyant and toothless
Foreplay with no friends
Premature until the end

I've got a secret
Babbling senseless
No one will ever know

Kids can be so cruel
Smash the feeling
Suckle the sugar breast

Too happy - a jerk beyond a smile
An asphyxiophile
I'm the Humper; stop hitting me
Walking the plank, swallowing dirt

Johnny - just skin and juice and hair
A hero unaware
Tied in a knot beneath giggling
My own two hands tickling me

Innocent friction
Boys and girls are stealing my oxygen
Sex? There's no such thing
All that's left is laughing, choking, laughing

Playing solitaire
A rope and mommy's underwear
Hanging on, letting go
Dangling to and fro


It can't happen here

Floating away
Fluid seeping
Family weeping
It feels so good
So bad
But please
Don't tease me

Lyrics submitted by Fear_Of_Mole_Rats

Dead Goon song meanings
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    General CommentThe fact that you can hear his body swaying on the noose greatly disturbs me.

    Either way it makes for an awesome album closer.
    The Honest Liaron April 14, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is about a happy little clown who goes insane and becomes a pedophile and eventually hangs himself.
    jimbobjoeon May 17, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI will never look at a clown the same way again after listening to this cd. (and looking at the artwork)
    EBAon May 23, 2002   Link
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    General CommentActually I've heard somewhere this is about a mentally retarded kid who died while performing autoerotic asphyxiation (if you don't know what that is, I'm not explaining, go look it up). And somewhat surprisingly considering the likes of "The Girls Of Porn", it's actually kind of a sympathetic portrayal; he gets made fun of and beat up in school and has no friends, and this is his only escape.
    destroyalltacoson May 07, 2006   Link
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    General CommentWow, it is about autoerotic asphyxiation. It makes so much sense now. The gurgling noise near the end of the song....fucking SICK. Hahaha, I love Mr. Bungle!
    ewg118on May 20, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe bass line in this song is sick!
    deletedaccounton September 20, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYeah, the AEA comment makes the most sense. A wonderful, feel-good song if ever I heard one. Mr. Bungle for President.
    hercteryxon December 23, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis definately has some child loving phrases, the way he sings the little johnny is like an old perv lol. The fact that he's only skin and juice and hair, makes it more obvious he's a kid, then there's some sick giggling after the verses. Boys and gurls are leaving him breathless, he just wants sex all the time, no matter who or what sex they are.
    INXS frontman Michael Hutchins died of autoerotic blaa....
    aaron14on January 30, 2008   Link
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    General CommentAt the end he doesnt take the noose off in time and accidentally kills himself while his " fluid seeps" and leaving his family horrified and the kids can no longer tease him anymore. What you cant tell by the lyrics is the music,is after he dies a calming waltz starts playing to symbolize his peaceful after life but goes back to his horrified dead body then back to his after life which ends in heavenly bliss.
    Alec2234on May 12, 2009   Link
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    General CommentBut Alec's right, it's pretty obvious that the protagonist of the song does die. I also read that ejaculation can only occur after death of this practice, which could explain the "fluids seeping" line.
    The Honest Liaron May 03, 2010   Link

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