"Hands Off The Bayou" as written by and Stephen Malkmus....
Run, run to the east confession trash
We don't need your thrills or your call-book cash
Let just, nature?s got plans to keep you up there

Swamps, fiddles that whine, about the Mayor
Our caves are divine, they've got conditioned air
Fan-tail, backwash factory, rooms will stay up here

Hands off of the bayou
(Get some bombs)

Heels, stay in your state, it's a new south trap
What, what is the bait? Ya silly aqua-cat
War, college exam, you know I learned a lot

About the fiction you tossed and the father's fat and lost
Your fail less father lost, your chivalry is lost
Your chivalry in shame

Hands off of the bayou
(Get some bombs)

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"Hands Off the Bayou" as written by Stephen Malkmus


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    General CommentPossible Themes: Louisiana, aquatic life, modernization vs. technophobia, rural vs. urban

    Meaning? Best guess is that this song is sort of a companion piece to "Unfair" from Crooked Rain. There are two groups against each other and they each speak through the lyrics. The first two stanzas seem to highlight the difference between two groups, the first group works down south, probably New Orleans in factory jobs,and mocks the second group which is made up of Cajun swamp people.

    Later in the song, the split seems to be between the college educated and the rubes. The country people defending their worth and saying "hands of the bayou" and the smart-arsed collegiate mocking their superstitions and limited perspectives.

    Pretty much stuff we see everyday on the news.

    I always thought it was "hit the bong" and not "drop the bomb." Could be wrong.
    supposablethumbson April 02, 2010   Link

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