I'll make a shoehorn outta your shin
I'll make a lampshade of durable skin
And, oh, don't you know that I'm always feeling able
When I'm sitting home and I'm carving out your navel?
I'm just a sitting here carving out your navel

When will I realize that this skin I'm in? Hey, it isn't mine
And when will the kill be too much meat for me to hide on?

Hey, I could really use a couple of hands
To complete one hell of a plant stand
Oh, and don't you know that I'm caught here in the middle
Making rib cages into coffee tables?
I'm just making em into coffee tables

And when will I realize that this skin I'm in? Hey, it isn't mine
And when will the thrill be too much meat for me to find anymore?

Oh, because you know I can't hide but oh how hard I try
But this is just the shape I'm in
Although I know I can't hide but, oh, how hard I try
But this is just the shape I'm in, oh yeah, oh yeah

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    General CommentShannon: "Well, I knew the melody line I wanted to sing, but as far as subject matter and lyrical content I hadn't arranged it. And I was sitting there and reading about serial killers – I'm inspired in a surprising way by them – and I was intrigued to read about
    their mentality. Obviously not condoning what they do, but they're fascinating. Ed Gein – do you remember the movie Silence
    of the Lambs? Part of his story was used in the film. He was kind of like an Indian – he would make use of everything he
    killed. He would use parts of human bodies for everything. He would make furniture out of their bones and use skin to make
    lampshades. At the time of his arrest he had three full bodies of skin in his barn! He just peeled them off and he would dress up
    in them and dance around.

    It was horrible, but I believe there are two sides to everything. To find the humor in things can keep you going. Obviously
    things like crimes against children I can’t find any humor in, which is the subject of ‘Car Seat.’ Because children are so pure,
    and being a new father now I can really see it that way."

    AbsentMindedon June 23, 2010   Link
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    ForeverYoungon May 13, 2002   Link
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    General Commentthis song is about serial killer ed gein, one crazy son of a bitch
    6 to 8on June 02, 2002   Link
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    General Commentnot only did that crazy fucker make furniture from his victim's bone and flesh, but he also gutted one of his victims like a goddamn deer in his storm cellar, and kept the labia of his dead mother's vagina in a shoebox!

    no shit!
    roger wilcoon June 02, 2002   Link
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    General CommentFor a much different approach on a song about Ed Gein, check out Mudvayne "Nothing To Gein" A song even more graphic than this one.

    But I love this song also, most songs about Ed Gein rock(Slayer "Dead Skin mask").
    Muzzyon April 06, 2003   Link
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    General CommentShannon: "You know everybody's a lawyer in one way or another I think everybody's just fascinated with the mentality of people who commit these crimes. Did society create this person or was this person born like that.  What a guy to have host a party... man I don't know if I would want one of his tables or not. I mean it's disgusting but at the same time can you imagine..."
    Glen: "Shannon's  fascinated by that, it's his thing - he's got the encyclopedia of serial killers with him at all times."

    I love this song. When i first heard it i was happy cuz of the kazoos and i love kazoos and i heard "carving out ur navel" and i had to replay it again to find out what it was about. ed gein was really sick but he took most of the body parts he made for furniture from women that were already dead. He used to rob their graves and take arms, hands, heads, whatever it was he wanted. ......
    k9ttyk1ton September 30, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThe very beginning of the song where its someone talking it says:
    You know the local made ones would be nice
    to see a little Dahmer like you
    walking around with a couple of hammers like that
    At least Ed Gein would
    Ed Gein was a very good fellow you know
    k9ttyk1ton September 30, 2004   Link
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    General CommentEd Gein also cut out the whole vagina of one of his victims (not his mother in this instance) tied a bow around it and spray painted it silver....There is sick, and then there is sick with alot of spare time....
    True story...check it out!

    The Kazoos and the beat...the inflections that Shannon uses in his voice and the kinds of instruments that the band uses in this song make it awesome...just like the rest of Soup and Blind Melons other albums.
    Bellyfull of Swanson January 14, 2005   Link
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    General Commentthe really upbeat banjos & kazoos set against the lyrics works brilliantly! hilarious song despite its disturbing references
    JordyWordyon July 20, 2005   Link
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    General Commentkazoos make the world go round

    i love this song
    spemcc123on March 06, 2006   Link

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