"The Heckler" as written by Les Claypool, Reid L. Iii Lalonde and Timothy W. Alexander....
Through the door it slithers in,
Accompanied by its peers.
Always groveling for attention,
While no one really hears.
In its mind it's full of wit
And quite the social king.
It plants itself among the rest,
To give its deadly sting.

It's just a matter of opinion.

Further now there's a man of taste.
Of talent and precision.
To work and strive at his art form.
Has been his life's decision.
The stage is set. The perfect show
Is put before the mass.
Only to be ridiculed
By some slimy, pompous ass.

It's just a matter of opinion.

Lyrics submitted by knate15

"The Heckler" as written by Reid L. Iii Lalonde Les Claypool

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    General CommentIt's basically about how music critics, in general, are elitist assholes. See pitchforkmedia.com for example.

    "It's just a matter of opinion"

    All music really is just a matter of opinion. Don't let critics do the thinking for you.
    tehpressmanon July 21, 2002   Link
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    General Commentthis is an awesome song...well written. im not totally sure but i think its about like some dudes band and then les (and his band, maybe before primus) and they were in some battle of the bands type thing. the first verse is about his rival and the second verse is about him and the battle of the bands. "The perfect show is put before the mass. Only to be ridiculed by some slimy, pompous.... " i think he is gonna say ass..
    its just a matter of opinion...lol
    blind_rockstaron August 17, 2002   Link
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    General Commenttehpressman got it right on the nail. Blind retard -- I have no idea where you pulled that story out of your ass, but that aint right. What the hell makes you think he's gonna say ass? This is just about those "Hecklers" that ruin it for musicians and are assholes.
    TheHeckler348on July 03, 2003   Link
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    General Commenterm...ass rhymes with mass.
    kirbyak3on April 30, 2004   Link
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    General CommentHmm, i thought it was "pompouse bastard" but asshole works great.
    The title says it all, the heckler.
    bugmenoton January 27, 2005   Link
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    General CommentTheHeckler348 I would reread the lyrics I think my interpetation can be taken into consideration.
    I get the "ass" part because it rhymes with mass and in the song it seems as if Les was interuppted by the crazy guitar as if he was about to say something else, probably ass. Note that the person that submitted the lyrics also added the dot dot dot dot (....)

    "The perfect show is put before the mass.
    Only to be ridiculed
    by some slimy, pompous...."

    slimy and pompous are both adjectives and adjectives decribe a noun so it needs to be followed by a noun, so anything could fit in there...
    by some slimy, pompous..fish?
    by some slimy, pompous..roadsign?
    by some slimy, pompous..apron?
    seems like "ASS" would fit best?
    blind_rockstaron February 01, 2005   Link
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    General CommentYou're all morons, from the title ALONE you can tell what the songs about.
    BigJilmon March 30, 2005   Link
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    General Commentwe all know what it's about...its just theyre arguing what its supposed to be...and its ass, they rhyme, since ass would describe "only to be ridiculed"...why would you be ridiculed by anything other than an ass considering its the only word that fits
    BGG_001on November 04, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti don't know too much about this song but that it was the last suck on this song to be made into a studio version. funny how they HIDE it on Antipop at the very end
    Zack Parkeron June 21, 2007   Link
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    Song MeaningI think it is an Anti-personification. Compairing the heckler to a snake, saying it "slithers in" and is "slimy" and not saying He/she but using "it" instead.
    Jhopelesson September 12, 2009   Link

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