"Pig Charmer" as written by and Jerry Cantrell....
Well I'm a pig charmer, lie in filth getting off
I make my bed in a wallow, lackey, fill my trough
Digging through the garbage bubble fried a pork rind
I pick and save all my scabs to serve up dinner time

And I say welcome to my sty
Throw my shoe, turn the light out
Come on in, get high
Don't mind the piss-filled bottles
Hack and cough, I write
Peppered walls I spit out
And my future looks bright, swelter geek inside

Way past hilarious, Mr. Yuk Mouth I slay
It turns out he's a big pussy, Satan hoof had its way
Two months no shower, cigarette methane fog
And if you ever need it I gave mean horse hog

And I say welcome to my sty
Throw my shoe, turn the light out
Come on in, get high
Don't mind the piss-filled bottles
Hack and cough, I write
Peppered walls I spit out
And my future looks bright, pretty sure I'm gonna fry
This time I hope I'm wrong, not right

Man I don't really want to die
Pretty sure I'm gonna fry
And I don't really want to die
Pretty sure I'm gonna fry
And my future looks bright

Well I'm a pig charmer, lie in filth getting off
I make my bed in a wallow, lackey, fill my trough
Digging through the garbage bubble fried a pork rind
I pick and save all my scabs to serve up dinner time

And I say welcome to my sty
Throw my shoe, turn the light out
Come on in, get high
Don't mind the piss-filled bottles
Hack and cough, I write
Peppered walls I spit out
And my future looks bright, pretty sure I'm gonna fry

Man I don't really want to die
Pretty sure I'm gonna fry
Man I don't really want to die

Oh fuck I think I'm gonna fry
I really think I'm gonna fry
Really sure I'm gonna fry
Now I know I'm gonna fry


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"Pig Charmer" as written by Jerry Cantrell

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    General CommentThis is clearly about how jerry cantrell thought of himself at the lowest point of his drug addiction.

    He caricaturizes himself as this disgusting loathesome animal-person. A thing that is only so loathesome, because in the grip of sickness one ceases to be fully human. There is a compulsion that comes over you and everything else goes to shit. It is said with a bit of humor, perhaps to make what happened more palatable to the conscious brain... but really there's nothing funny about it. It's tragic and deeply sad. You can almost hear the "moment of clarity" when human consciousness cracks through hellishness of such an irrational dejected greyed out existence...

    "Man I don't really want to die...
    ...Pretty sure I'm gonna fry"

    Yea. Perhaps because I've been so low so many times myself I am all too familiar with that "moment" of humanity... the one that only comes when you are just so grossed up and fucked up that humanity has become so alien, so coldly alien that when a human thought overcomes you, you're awake like cold icewater. You're like "oh my god look at me". But then it's back to "pig charmer" really because ultimately ... you're sick. The song plods along and dissipates.

    Awesome song yea.
    Noonie!on February 21, 2007   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningIt's about Jerry staying in his house and not showering for months, period.
    satanaesinagogaon January 08, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentA correction to the lyrics, hilarious should be halitosis. Listen to the song closely and you'll hear it right. As for the song itself, I honestly don't know but my guess is that it's Jerry angrily commenting about Layne's life in the time before his death. The lyrics just seem to be about a grotesque thing living in filth. Mr. Yuk Mouth is the green label put on many dangerous chemicals to warn children too young to read that they are harmful to ingest.
    MungFairyon December 23, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI have never actually been high, but my guess is that ths song was written about somebody (Jerry,Layne or any of the hundreds of people that Jerry knew) The way I understand drug use is that an addice eventually does look and feel like an extremelu ugly and loathsome individual.
    MMxCon March 18, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Commentsounds like me when i used to get high... ya its definately about someone jerry knew who was in a very poor state, it could be layne, but could be about anyone who is severely doped up and doesnt take care of themself. Which could be a lot of people. Just because layne is an easy target doesnt mean its him.
    bandobandoon December 31, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI absolutely agree with Noonie 100 percent. It says it in the cd booklet on degradation trip.
    fleisadon February 04, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI always assumed this song was about his visits with Layne Staley in his darkest days. But apparently Jerry has claimed that this song is about himself, in that he shut himself off from the world while writing this album, living in the way described above, in all its intensity.

    That could very well be the case, but so many artists say misleading things about the songs they write, maybe some things are too personal in some cases. It's apparent that Layne was overwhelmingly on his mind as he wrote Degradation Trip, so I wouldn't be surprised if he started living like him in the depths of the writing process. In which case, the song is about them both, in a way.
    cataclysm0on January 30, 2009   Link
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    General CommentYou never know, cataclysm0. I actually figured this song was about Jerry being a shut-in while writing the album until you guys started talking about the drug addiction connection. That definitely makes sense, considering Jerry and Layne's past addictions. I remember reading about how "Psychotic Break" is about Jerry slowly losing his mind while writing "Degradation Trip," and my first image about this song was Jerry holed up in his apartment for months writing songs, never showering or changing his clothes. Of course, he easily could have been drugged up on something at the time, so maybe both interpretations apply here.
    rock_hawkon February 17, 2009   Link
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    General CommentProbably about Jerry...not very likely it would be about Layne for this reason: 'lie in filth getting off'. Heroin takes away your sex drive. According to a friend I knew that was on it (clean now :D) "The hottest chick on earth could be standing naked in front of you and all you'd care about was that she's blocking your cartoons." Dunno though...could just be artistic embellishment and all. Good song no matter what.
    Grungegirl7on May 29, 2011   Link
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    General CommentThe song is about Jerry in his maximum degradation - nothing left to care about phase. Seems like his rock bottom, the one when the instinct to survive starts to break through. Interesting part: Layne used to call him "Satan Hoof" for apparently, a foot odor issue, and he quotes Satan Hoof in this song about the fact that he hasn't showered in two months.
    kalypso109on August 19, 2014   Link

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