Butthole Surfers — The Shame of Life
Album: Weird Revolution
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Released: 2001
Length: 3:21
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I love the girls and the money and the shame of life
My shallow mind is just a sign of your game of life
There were girls in the front
There were girls in the back
And there were girls pettin' squirrels
And there were squirrels smokin' crack
With an old Navy Seal and the DEA
And a loaded automatic just to blow me all away
With a dog drinkin' liquor from a hole in the sky
And a picture of a pitcher throwin' pitches at a guy
He had a problem with his sister and her 3D cups
And a brother with a shovel just to shake it all up

I love the girls and the money and the shame of life
Hop down they're the people on the street
Where the fuzz in the navel make the people want to eat
My shallow mind is just a sign of your game of life
Get found at the level of the rest
Where the people on the street put their mettle to the test

Locomotive individual and a knuckle in a fight
And I was hidin' in the bushes but I couldn't stand the light
And he was highly indisputable the leader of the gang
Like a bullet in the freezer - Bang Bang

I love the girls and the money and the shame of life
Hop down they're the people on the street
Where the fuzz in the navel make the people want to eat
My shallow mind is just a sign of your game of life
Get found at the level of the rest
Where the people on the street put their mettle to the test

Get down - get down get get dow dow dow down
Invisibility is a relative thing
hah hah hah ha ha ha ha ha

I was all shaken up after I got shaken down
I was shakin' in the air
And I was shakin' on the ground
I was taken by the shaker who was preachin' to the crew
He was shakin' lots of bacon cookin' egg in his shoe
And awaken all the stereos began to sing a tune
Told us we were just a vision in a dream about a shoe
That was walkin' through a store
To find a needle for a soul
That had lost a little reason
Through a little tiny hole

I love the girls and the money and the shame of life
Hop down they're the people on the street
Where the fuzz in the navel make the people want to eat
My shallow mind is just a sign of your game of life
Get found at the level of the rest
Where the people on the street put their mettle to the test
I love the girls and the money and the shame of life
Hop down they're the people on the street
Where the fuzz in the navel make the people want to eat
My shallow mind is just a sign of your game of life
Get found at the level of the rest
Where the people on the street put their mettle to the test
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 bluematrix wrote:

I know, right? But Bill is the segue king and does things no one else can do, which is why I love this station.

 
Precisely !!!!
 Me too!
SteadyRollingMan wrote:
Reminds me of the wonderful slinky groove of "Woke Up This Morning" by Alabama 3...{#Devil_pimp}

 


Tom Waits meets Frank Zappa
Hell yeah!  Read those lyrics!  Condensed version of a blockbuster summer action movie!
Reminds me of the wonderful slinky groove of "Woke Up This Morning" by Alabama 3...{#Devil_pimp}
 bentonian wrote:
Poor Bill. Some of his listeners think Neil Young is a god on earth, and some can't enough Butthole Surfers... Try programming for that audience!

 
I know, right? But Bill is the segue king and does things no one else can do, which is why I love this station.
 LongGoneDaddy wrote:
these guys are the ONLY thing good about Texas!

 
Come on, really? How about ZZ Top and Austin, TX.
A little bit like the very fabulous FUN LOVING CRIMINALS but it's OK
Love the visuals...."squirrels smokin' crack"
 AnchorMan wrote:
Looked for this on iTunes.

It would only let me search on "b*******e surfers", and didn't find anything. Jezz. We can't use naughty words now.
The thought police are here.

 
They on a list of fake music. Blame the Russians!
 bentonian wrote:
Poor Bill. Some of his listeners think Neil Young is a god on earth, and some can't enough Butthole Surfers... Try programming for that audience!

 
And yet he does. Second that.
Last saw them play on a street stage in Deep Ellum about 2001 or so. It was a night performance. Small crowd. Dimebag Darrell stood next to me taking in the show. Nice guy, conversed with any admirer who approached. Gibby doused the inverted drum cymbals with lighter fluid and lit 'em up just like in the old days. Quite a fun show.
Cool {#Dancingbanana_2}
Looked for this on iTunes.

It would only let me search on "b*******e surfers", and didn't find anything. Jezz. We can't use naughty words now.
The thought police are here.
Cool stuff: They've mellowed & mainstreamed significantly since the early days in Austin/SA...but still Los Surfers de Butthole nonetheless! Their live shows (often at The Ritz Theater on 6th in Austin) were wild.

Gibby Hayes' father was Mr. Peppermint on PBS' The Mr. Peppermint Show. If I'm not mistaken GH attended Trinity University. He had the attitude of 'a rock-n-roll star' even when just a regional act.

The band's name has a pluralistic reference—the obvious anatomical one as well as perhaps a little Left Coast culture bashing...hey, I enjoyed both places! Try as you might it's been hard to beat Austin for music...for a long time now.
 LongGoneDaddy wrote:
these guys are the ONLY thing good about Texas!

 
Sounds like a band/guy lost in L.A. This is the techno-ghost of "Pepper." 
 bentonian wrote:
Poor Bill. Some of his listeners think Neil Young is a god on earth, and some can't enough Butthole Surfers... Try programming for that audience!

 
This stuff surprised me but it was a good kind of surprise, something refrefreshing.
Poor Bill. Some of his listeners think Neil Young is a god on earth, and some can't enough Butthole Surfers... Try programming for that audience!
Not only does this auld phart like their name I LIKE their music!!
Don't all squirrels act like they smoke crack? Perhaps just in Florida...
MOST EXCELLENT  : )
Where else do you hear this?? 8.
Now play something from "Hairway To Steven" or "Locust Abortion Technician"???

Zappa? All I hear is Kid Rock...
Brilliant follow up to the Mothers of Invention..  !      
these guys are the ONLY thing good about Texas!
Yo, homies, bus this like psychedelia, man!

(My pathetic attempt at combining hip-hop and acid rock the way this piece does.)
Wow I never realised just how demented these lyrics are.
 horstman wrote:
I have dared, DARED, Bill to play Dynamo Hum for years. I guess this audience isn't mature enough, or debase enough for that.
 
It was a late into the night at a karaoke bar with a few theater friends when I got up to perform Dinah-moh Hum. DJ said afterwards..."Have to note to not let that play before 11pm." I had a similar reaction when I did RHCP's Sir Psycho Sexy. Its fun finding the dirty songs the DJs didn't know they had.

There were girls in the front
There were girls in the back
And there were girls pettin' squirrels
And there were squirrels smokin' crack
With an old Navy Seal and the DEA
And a loaded automatic just to blow me all away
With a dog drinkin' liquor from a hole in the sky
And a picture of a pitcher throwin' pitches at a guy
He had a problem with his sister and her 3D cups
And a brother with a shovel just to shake it all up
I like this, and I'm a pentagenerian.  I think?
Lovin it from the funky beat to the incomprehensible lyrics.  I beleive there was a squirrel on crack at one point.  I like it.
Sounds like an updated version of "Pepper", but a little catchier. 
I now have renewed faith in RP Ahhhhhhhh!{#Bounce}
"This is the Central Scrrrrrrrrutinizer!!!"
Never heard this song before! I've heard of the BHS's but this is the first track, i've heard! MORE! i need MORE!!!   {#Music}

Dayum, the end of this song is in French! I need to pay more attention.
Very, Very Cool. 9

What surpised me was how much I enjoyed this tune.  I hadn't paid this group much attention in the past, but now I must.


I like it!
I would like to add my voice for more Frank Zappa.

Squirrels on crack.
yep.
I think they live around here.
Amazon wrote:
So, THIS is what the infamously-named (and ClearChannel-banned) Butthole Surfers sound like? Not bad, not bad at all. Very gutsy. It reminds me, too, of Frank Zappa and his noir style of social commentary (e.g., I am the slime on your radio.). Thanks, RP!
This is seriously weak compared to what they used to sound like and especially to what they were like live. I don't know what they're like live now. But it used to be they were one of the best and craziest live shows you could see.
I saw the Buttholes on acid in 1986, or something like that. I think that makes me s seriously cool guy. You may kiss my TCOB ring.
Go to Frank next and you'll have completed this musical traverse. Chicken
horstman wrote:
I have dared, DARED, Bill to play Dynamo Hum for years. I guess this audience isn't mature enough, or debase enough for that.
No doubt a solid set of utterly amusing stuff from the archives. Some listeners must not be old enough to get what is being played and from whence it emerged!
rm999 wrote:
Yep, they are a great band. But their name has stopped me from ever telling someone "I am a big fan of theirs." I honestly think their name limited them quite a bit.
Funny, I go out of my way to tell people "I'm a fan of ButtholeSurfers ..." for the same reason. BTW, I believe someone posted earlier that the name comes from the name hardcore surfers give to people who use surfboards as props on the beach so that they can look like a surfer.
Yep, they are a great band. But their name has stopped me from ever telling someone "I am a big fan of theirs." I honestly think their name limited them quite a bit. Amazon wrote:
So, THIS is what the infamously-named (and ClearChannel-banned) Butthole Surfers sound like? Not bad, not bad at all. Very gutsy. It reminds me, too, of Frank Zappa and his noir style of social commentary (e.g., I am the slime on your radio.). Thanks, RP!
So, THIS is what the infamously-named (and ClearChannel-banned) Butthole Surfers sound like? Not bad, not bad at all. Very gutsy. It reminds me, too, of Frank Zappa and his noir style of social commentary (e.g., I am the slime on your radio.). Thanks, RP!
paulmall wrote:
Great song! I had to run to the computer and see who this was, and I must admit I was surprised to see the Butthole Surfers! I guess I remember older (and weirder) stuff.
yeah, me too (remember songs like "clean it up" from independent worm saloon?)