Jerry Was A Race Car Driver

Album: Sailing The Seas Of Cheese (1991)
  • Jerry was a race car driver
    And he drove so goddamn fast
    He never did win no checkered flag
    But he never did come in last
    Jerry was a race car driver
    He'd say el sob number one
    With a Bocephus sticker
    On his 442 he'd light 'em up
    Just for fun

    Captain Pierce was a fireman
    Richmond engine number three
    I'll be a wealthy man when I get
    A dime for all the things that
    Man taught to me
    Captain pierce was a strong man
    Strong as any man alive
    It stuck in his craw that they
    Made him retire at the age of 65

    Jerry was a race car driver
    22 years old
    Had one too many cold beers one night
    And wrapped himself around a telephone pole. Writer/s: LES CLAYPOOL, REID L. III LALONDE, TIMOTHY W. ALEXANDER
    Publisher: Downtown Music Publishing
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 16

  • Jsabuilds from FloridaI listen to the song just for the funky bassline.
  • Guy from Benson, NcLes can play bass, but this music is not that great.
  • James from Murray, IaWhile all of this may be true, using the bass as the lead instrument IS original. Don't get me twisted, Larry is phenominal and ties the whole thing together. But Les' bass is the lead.
  • Austin from Greenwood, ScGreg, If I'm remembering right, he got the Four Finger "Plaucking" from Geddy Lee who started doing that towards Rush's 2nd tour.
    Also Cliff Burton would hammer notes on the bass alot for Metallica's agressive style.
  • Russell from Davis, CaFirst, I'm not taking anything away from Claypool and his bass prowess. I agree that he invent and reinvented many things for the bass, and I find myself emulating him. But many of these techniques predated him, however he brought much of it to a new audience, which does not diminish his significance, originality, or ability. You asked for a bassist doing these same things *before* 1984 and *before* Primus. The obvious answer is Tony Levin with King Crimson. Find the song "Elephant Talk" and tell me you don't hear "Jerry was...." in the song, albeit generally performed on the Chapman Stick. But this should come as no surprise, since Primus has said repeatedly that KC was a major inspiration to their music. I could list several other bassists who pioneered the two-handed tapping, flamenco-styles, and slap techniques, but you should do some research for yourself.
  • Kitty from Vancouver, Bckinda weird song lyrics... good beat though.
  • Josh from Fayetteville, TnLuke, Les Claypool pretty much did create his own style. You could say that any artist just made someone else's style their own, but then there would be no such thing as personal style. You don't have to reinvent playing technique to create your own style. Very few musicians have ever done that successfully, although you could argue that Les Claypool did it with bass. Name a bassist that plays like Les Claypool or a band like Primus before 1984.
  • Ed from York, Pathat is amazing how LEs Claypool can play the bass
  • Eric from Boston, Mathe eariest creepest song I've ever heard when I was 7 the bass listen to the very carefully it's so weird.
  • Luke from Manchester, EnglandGreg, just because Winamp gave them their own genre ("Primus") it doesn't mean they invented that style, they just made it their own.
  • Justin from Freehold, Njthe song shows irony at its best.
  • Sam from Portsmouth, VaOn the commetary of this song Larry said that it take him a while to compose the entire solo to this song.
  • Greg from Manchester, Tn"Dog will hunt!" was sampled from the movie "Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2". Notice the chainsaw noise in the background.
  • Kenny from Ubly, MiGreg, right-hand tapping is not a unique playing technique. Guitarists, especially hard rock and heavy metal guitarists, have used the technique for a long time.

    Not as many bassists use the technique, but they still do it.
  • Greg from Oakville, CanadaWhatever man. It doesn't change anything. Les Claypool gave birth to this genre of music now, which is named after the band "Primus". It's different because Claypool uses many different types of methods on his bass, like hammering the neck with just his playing fingers, or plaucking with four fingers instead of two!
  • Todd from Denver, CoHank Williams, Jr.'s nickname is "Bocephus."
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