Sixteen years ago, one day,
I was walking down the street
I was cruising in Brooklyn
You know what I mean?
Something was cooking,
But wasn't yet a chicken.

There was a man,
Selling chicks in a box.
He said, "two for one, but three for two."
I said, "That's not bad,
Here's money for you."
One was magenta,
The other was blue.

I know my chicken
You got to know your chicken
I know my chicken
You got to know your chicken
I know my chicken
You got to know your chicken
I know my chicken

One day, the blue one went away.
The other grew up fuckin' well.
She was noisy every night.
I had always chicken-bite.

Then I met a lover
One night, she made me dinner.
Licking finger, I wondered
Where she got the chicken.
Then I met a lover.
One night, she made me dinner.
Licking finger, I wondered
where she got the chicken.

I know my chicken
You got to know your chicken
I know my chicken
You got to know your chicken
I know my chicken
You got to know your chicken
I know my chicken
You got to know your chicken

Spare the rod and spoil the chick
Before you go and shit a brick.
Spare the rod and spoil the chick
Before you go and shit a brick
Spare the rod and spoil the chick
Before you go and shit a brick
Spare the rod and spoil the chick
Before you go and shit a brick

I know my chicken
You got to know your chicken
I know my chicken
You got to know your chicken
I know my chicken
You got to know your chicken
I know my chicken
You got to know your chicken

She went to college to study anatomy
I followed her father's butchery
We got two babies. Is it cool?
One was magenta, the other was blue.

I know my chicken
You got to know your chicken
I know my chicken
You got to know your chicken
I know my chicken
You got to know your chicken
I know my chicken
You got to know your chicken
I know my chicken
You got to know your chicken


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Know Your Chicken Lyrics as written by Yuka Honda Miho Hatori

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    General Comment

    Chicken is pussy.

    This song is about oral sex.

    You've got to know your chicken. "Spare the rod (dick) and spoil the chick" could be a reference to making sure you spoil that pussy with some oral before you think about applying the "cock" (no pun intended).

    But then, I'm orally fixated so maybe all songs are about cunnilingus to me. ;-D

    EverWiseron June 21, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    No one knows what this song means.

    dd59714on February 22, 2005   Link
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    General Comment

    Uh... yeah, it's a weird song, at first I thought maybe it was about abortion of adopting away a baby. "Something was cooking, but wasn't yet a chicken." Like she's pregnant, but it's not yet a baby it's just a fetus? Then, um, one went away (abortion, adoption, death? I dunno) Then her lover... makes dinner out of the dead baby... >_> uh ok no, I don't know haha, this song is mad weird. Magenta and blue might mean girl and boy? O.o OH! Maybe, she gave one away for adoption, then she met a "lover" who had one and it could be the one she gave away for adoption earlier?! I'm gonna shut up now.

    Cyreneon June 30, 2005   Link
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    General Comment

    Maybe you are right Cyrene, about the chicken thing meaning boy and girl or male and female. And it's like a metaphor for which 'colour' or which 'chicken' she prefers, as she learnt later on...? lol Or...who knows?

    green_monkeyon December 30, 2005   Link
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    General Comment

    i think they said something about getting drunk and writing it. so yeah,possibly no meaning. that's not a bad interpretation i suppose,if it's possible to give it a serious meaning

    blackangelsohon March 15, 2006   Link
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    General Comment

    this is all about knowing your chicken

    smallwonderroboton September 10, 2006   Link
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    General Comment

    Not everything is about drugs, however easy it is to think so.

    Eternieon July 16, 2008   Link
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    My Interpretation

    It's very possible that this was just a drunken scribble-fest, but there is a distinct storyline to me... about a person growing up and learning responsibility by having pets.

    The story starts with the singer buying two baby chicks on the street... One was male (blue), and one was female (magenta).

    The rooster ran away or died, but the chicken grew to adulthood (and probably was nice and fat). She (the chicken) was noisy and would bite the singer all the time.

    The singer eventually met a lover who was a butcher's daughter and cooked the chicken for them one night. The chicken was delicious, and was missed (inferred by the fact that the owner asked where the lover got the chicken).

    The chorus seems to talk about how the singer got to know the chicken before it was eaten, something that not many people experience.

    As a result of raising the chick to a chicken, the singer learned about responsibility, discipline, and caring for another living creature ("spare the rod, spoil the chick"... maybe the chicken used to bite because it was spared discipline? there's also possibly a dual-meaning of sparing the chicken's life and letting the source of meat spoil?)... The "before you shit a brick" part is probably referring to listeners' reactions to eating the pet chicken, and ties into what the singer is learning about life (it's just a chicken... better to eat it than let it grow old and go to waste).

    The singer concludes the story by saying the lover went off to learn about anatomy (maybe to become a doctor?), and the singer followed the lovers' father's trade, becoming a butcher. The singer and the lover have two children (one boy and one girl) and the singer will probably apply the responsibility and maturity they learned through raising a pet to raising their kids.

    Triskelioniston October 20, 2010   Link
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    General Comment

    ^^Everwiser nailed it. That's exactly what I thought this song was about when I was a kid! SO I figured I had a very dirty mind, or it was painfully obvious. The whole bridge about "When I met a lover, she made me dinner..." gives it all away. Lickin finger, indeed.

    Revidescent_84on June 21, 2011   Link
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    the thing im most trying to figure out is why miho is speaking from the mans point of view in the song. why she didnt say one day HE made me dinner and HE went to collegue studied anatomy. but ive noticed miho likes to speak more about females in her song writing. perhaps she does know her chickens a bit better we thought

    grazmataz71on November 10, 2014   Link

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