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Pepper - Butthole Surfers

Pepper

Electriclarryland
90s alternative alternative rock rock punk


"Pepper" is a song by American alternative rock band Butthole Surfers. It appeared on their 1996 album Electriclarryland, and reached number one on Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks chart. The song shifts from rap-like verses to sung choruses. The lyrics of the verses list ten characters and describes how each either dies or escapes a brush with death. The Incidents, whether brought about by idiotic recklessness or meaningless bad luck, finds the victim romanced or invigorated by facing death. The lyrics of the chorus mention vivid sense memories of close physical human contact, but center on moments painful self-consciousness when one looks back and realizes that one's self-image at the time was not being shared. The relationship between the lyrics and title is not made clear, nor is the exact connection between the different types of peeked awareness presented in the different sections. Songfacts says: "Tricky ear-candy here includes an electric bass being played with a bow and a portion of the chorus being played backwards. There's also a stark contrast between the rapped verses in a distorted voice and the chorus opening up louder and flashier with each refrain."


The Butthole Surfers are an American band founded by Gibby Haynes and Paul Leary in Corpus Christi, Texas in 1981. Incorporating elements of hardcore punk, psychedelia, heavy metal, avant-garde and performance art, their live shows also made heavy use of strobe lights, background films (of note, footage of penis reconstruction surgery) and naked dancers. The band has a well-reported appetite for recreational drugs, particularly psychedelics, an evident influence on their sound. Show more ...

Pepper - Butthole Surfers

[Verse 1]
Marky got with Sharon
And Sharon got Sherese
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 with dyin', 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 a train
They were all in love with dyin', they were drinkin' from a fountain
That was pouring like an avalanche, comin' down the mountain

[Chorus]
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

[Bridge]
Some will die in hot pursuit and fiery 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 fountain
That is pouring like an avalanche, comin' down the mountain

[Chorus]
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

In Reverse:
(I don't mind the sun sometimes
The images it shows
You never know just how you look
Through other people's eyes)

[Verse 2]
Another Mikey took a knife while arguing in traffic
Flipper died a natural death, he caught a nasty virus
Then there was an ever-present football player rapist
They were all in love with dyin', they were doin' it in Texas
Pauly caught a bullet, but it only hit his leg
Well it should've been a better shot and got him in the head
They were all in love with dyin', they were drinkin' from a fountain
That was pouring like an avalanche, comin' down the mountain

[Chorus]
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



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