Slice me up a big slab of that sympathetic cheer.
If I'm zapped with radiation they say I'll last another year.

Line 'em up now to greet the sacred cow.
My hands are full of protein, my arms are made of fire.
If you're calling me a diplomat, I'll be calling you a liar.

Line 'em up now to greet the sacred cow.
Line 'em up now to greet the sacred cow.

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Greet the Sacred Cow Lyrics as written by Les Claypool Bryan Kei Mantia

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  • +2
    General CommentWeird song...

    Starts with what sounds like a recording of a tour in the middle east, showing some old schools, you hear the sound of the call to prayer that muslims do 5 times a day. Then the tour guide saying to a little boy, hello back to his greeting, because it's a tradition to greet like that, the tour guy says, he is a real religious little shit ! Great stuff !

    Greet the sacred cow then kill it....hmmm...

    First lines talk about false sympathy for someone.
    Other lines are hands full of protein, like strength maybe...arms like fire...all consuming and powerful, destroying...then a denial that this person is diplomatic.

    So probably about iraq, the americans being like a sacred cow to the arabs, it's a false reverence towards the americans helping them, not really deserved but unquestionable. So the line kill the sacred cow is the image of america being saviors, without question. So the message here is to think for yourself I believe.
    MysteryAvengeron October 22, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe sacred cow part is about man made religion..... atleast thats what i think
    sethod3020on December 28, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI had this CD in the car, and the beginning of the song came on, and my Wife immediately said "wow, that's weird". She was stationed in Iraq when she was in the air force and the sounds at the beginning of the song are the prayers that they blast over loudspeakers over in the middle east at various times throughout the day.

    Still confused about the second verse in this song: "hands are full of protein, arms are made of fire" and the diplomat part. Also, not sure about the "line em up now" in the chorus. Interesting song though.
    LordVerminaardon May 26, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentTo be honest, I dont know what this song is about? Anti-Commercialism or something?
    JAStewarton December 06, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe indians (in india) think the cow is sacred so lines like " Line 'em up now to greet the sacred cow." may have something to do with the masses of people dying slow deaths due to cancer from eating too much red meat (beef?) "If i'm zapped with radiation, they say i'll last another year." has to do with kemo and radio therapy to treat cancer? i dunno, love primus, antipop is for sure their most listenable album and the one with the fattest bass licks from claypool.
    caramelprisoneron November 09, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe cow is sacred so they dont eat the cow.
    Russianon April 29, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentobviously Indian Religion.....but what it truely means is hard to say
    BGG_001on October 25, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song rules. Primus dont fuck around
    MikePattonRuleson January 29, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commenthe's a real religious little... shit!!
    necrophageon May 04, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think its about western culture taking over others. In India most religions believe in reincarnation, so the delaying of death by cancer using kemo could be seen as a bad thing in thier culture. I think the chorus is about fast food expanding and taking over those countries. I can't really hear what is being said at the start, but I think its an american tourist. I think this song is about ideas being introduced to countries that don't need or maybe were better off without them
    distilledfxon May 28, 2007   Link

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