Pepper

Album: Electriclarryland (1996)
Charted: 59 26
  • Mikey got with Sharon, Sharon got Sheriee
    She was sharin' Sharon's outlook on the topic of disease
    Mikey had a facial scar and Bobby was a racist
    They were all in love dying they were doin' it in Texas
    Tommy played piano like a kid out in the rain
    Then he lost his leg in Dallas he was dancin' with the train
    They were all in love with dying they were drinkin' from a fountian
    That is pouring like an avalance coming down the mountian
    I don't mind the sun sometimes the images it shows
    I can taste you on my lips and smell you in my clothes
    Cinnamon and sugary and softly spoken lies
    You never know just how you look through other people's eyes
    Some will die in hot pursuit and firey auto crashes
    Some will die in hot pursuit while sifting through my ashes
    Some will fall in love with life and drink it from a fountian
    That is pouring like and avalance coming down the mountian
    I don't mind the sun sometimes the images it shows
    I can taste you on my lips and smell you in my clothes
    Cinnamon and sugary and softly spoken lies
    You never know just how you look through other people's eyes
    Another Mikey took a knife while arguing in traffic
    Flipper died a natural death he caught a nasty virus
    Then there was the ever-present football player rapist
    They were all in love with dying they were doin' it in Texas
    Holly caught a bullet but it only hit his leg
    While it should have been a better shot he got him in the head
    They were all in love with dying they were drinkin' from a fountian
    That was pouring like an avalance coming down the mountian
    I don't mind the sun sometimes the images it shows
    I can taste you on my lips and smell you in my clothes
    Cinnamon and sugary and softly spoken lies
    You never know just how you look through other people's eyes Writer/s: Gibson Jerome Haynes, Jeffrey D. Pinkus, Jeffrey Scott Coffey, Paul Leary Walthall
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Comments: 2

  • Rico from ColoradoThis was (if memory serves) released the week of lead singer Gibby Haynes' 20-year high school reunion, in 1996. Several of the characters mentioned in the song are either high school acquaintances (from Lake Highlands High School, Dallas, Texas in the mid-70s) or others in, or on the periphery of, his social orbit in high school. The song talks about what happened to a number of these people, in the years between graduation and 1996. The character referred to as "Flipper"..."Flipper died a natural death, he caught a nasty virus", was Philip Dunevant (who died of AIDS, in I believe, 1986). The "Tommy" who "played piano like a kid out in the rain", is I believe, Tom Dixon.

    It's a story of the things that happen to people by chance, or by their own actions, good and bad (mostly bad, in this case) here on the 3rd rock from the sun.

    That's my take, anyway. I knew most of these people.
  • Ad828321 from SwanseaIt was released as a single in the UK and the US, the fact stating it was ineligible for the Hot 100 is incorrect. It simply didn't sell enough.

    UK commercial release was on 7" (cat# CL 778) and CD single (cat# CDCL 778)
    US commercial release was on cassette (cat# 4KM 7243 8 58578 4 3) and CD single (cat# C2 7243 8 58578 2 9).
    It was also commercially released in Europe, Australia and separately in France.

    https://www.discogs.com/Butthole-Surfers-Pepper/master/38843
    http://www.officialcharts.com/search/singles/pepper/
    (editor's note: It appears the song was only issued as a promotional single in the US, so you couldn't buy it.)
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