"Coattails Of A Dead Man" as written by Les Claypool, Reid L. Iii Lalonde and Bryan Kei Mantia....
He wasn't lookin' for fanfare or fame
But it all came around just the same.
He then met a girl with desire in her eye,
He gave her love, she took his name.

The times they were good, the times they were bad,
Most times it was just in between.
The hard pill he swallowed was the times that they had,
She put on display for all to be seen.

Some find their solace in work or the lord,
She was quite content in her dream.
When his eyes they burned from the bright lime light,
He found comfort in the bottle of Ol' Jimmy Beam.

One day from the depths of his deep darkened hole,
He reached out for something to feel.
She offered back nothin' but lack of respect
So he left himself out with two barrels of steel.

She cried in the day, she cried in the night.
She cried loudest when someone was near.
Whether crying for him or she cried for herself,
The bigger the camera, the bigger the tear.

Most folks agree that she was living a hell
And publicly she showed her pain.
And never once was there a thought for herself,
And the ever-growing slices of fortune and fame.

Now on the coattails of a dead man she'll ride
On the coattails of a dead man she'll ride.
On the coattails of a dead man she'll ride she'll ride,
On the coattails of a dead man she'll ride she'll ride high.

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"Coattails of a Dead Man" as written by Les Claypool Bryan Kei Mantia

Lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., Downtown Music Publishing

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Coattails of a Dead Man (feat. Martina Topley-Bird & Tom Waits) song meanings
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  • +2
    General CommentI have no idea if it is about Cobain/Love.. and I really don't think it is for my own reasons.

    cutebabydoll: «"He wasn't looking for fanfare or fame" Oh SURE that's what you want to believe. Sure turn Kurt into the poor tortured saint again who never ever wanted to be a rock star or carried an ounce of ambition in him.»

    You must be on dumb chick. Do you even know who Kurt Cobain is?

    I kinda get the feeling:

    "you're" the one who likes all our pretty songs
    And (s)he likes to sing along
    And (s)he likes to shoot his gun
    But (s)he don't know what it means

    "Rock & roll loves to hate it's women" man you are one dumbass chick!

    Improve our species, shoot yourself today. Thank you.
    paposecoon January 27, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentYou do realize that this is just a song don't you? Take a few deep breaths and carry on with your life.
    Chris Ron August 07, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentBut apart from all that it's a very well constructed song - I like the way the chorus is repeated over & over at the end instead of between the verses as you might expect. And Tom Waits' backing vocals are sublime. He sounds like he's having a whale of a time!
    Re the Cobain/Love angle: I'm neutral on that, but songs have to take a stand somewhere. Primus & Waits think this - anybody's free to disagree. Makes for a good, contentious song.
    morbid moragon July 18, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is about Kurt Kobain/Courtney Love
    jimbobjoeon May 12, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI very much agree. At first I just thought it was telling a regular story, but then I saw that documentary on Kurt Kobain.

    This song is awesome. It really is like a sea shanty or something. Primus is awesome
    JofaGuhton May 29, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI don't suppose you have any links that would confirm that? It makes perfect sense and I'd never looked at it that way before, but I was just wondering if one of the guys had explicitly said that.
    SgtBakeron June 11, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentha ha ha yeh, it fits perfectly. And by the way, Tom Waits rules! What would this song be without him?
    MardyAsson September 18, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWOAH, this could be about Cobain/Love.
    bugmenoton October 09, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt is.
    JAStewarton November 27, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentit full on is, its clear.
    Terminal Sickieon January 05, 2006   Link

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