Thank you. I just had it stuffed.
This exchange is from the 1988 movie The Naked Gun
, where Leslie Nielsen is admiring Priscilla Presley's taxidermied beaver.
Primus used a similar gag seven years later in this story about a woman and the adventures of her pet beaver. In a Songfacts interview with the band's frontman Les Claypool
, he explained that the story was inspired by a fishing trip. "I was fly fishing with a friend of mine up in Lassen County (California), and the sun was going down and we were heading back to the car," he said. "He was off in one direction, and I went off in another direction. I come around this corner and I step into the creek. And just as I spied this thing, it spied me. It was this big, furry mass coming my way. It flipped and popped its tail and scared the s--t out of me, and I scared the s--t out of it.
It was this giant beaver. I mean, it was huge.
So it kind of got in my head. This big brown beaver, big brown beaver. Okay. Well, how can I make a song out of that? And then it became, 'Wynona's got herself a big brown beaver.' And from there it just built into this little mythological character that obviously had a little double entendre to it."