Youtube lyrics: Pepper (BHS) vs Before the Deluge (Browne)

  • Larry Chamberlin
    1 year ago

    "Pepper" by Gibby Haynes & Paul Leary, 1996 Butthole Surfers on Electric Larryland
    "Before The Deluge" by Jackson Browne, 1974 on Late For the Sky

    Pepper is more than a song of death. Certainly it dwells on many ways of inviting death: the paean to heroin in the chorus, risking violent sudden death (trains, bullets) and disease. However, the emphasis of the song is life. These people are living to the fullest whether you agree with their pursuits or not. Each surviving person has a brush with death that reinvigorates them. They risk dying because they risk living. More than mere experience, they throw themselves into it and are swept away while "drinking from a fountain / That was pourin' like an avalanche comin' down the mountain."

    Compare the stark blood soaked tone of Pepper to Jackson Browne's "Before the Deluge." Browne casts much more of a mystical tone describing the hopes of a whole generation caught in the turmoil between idealism and reality in the face of the end-days. Their plight is their resignation to compromise but "in the end they traded their tired wings / For the resignation that living brings / And exchanged love's bright and fragile glow / For the glitter and the rouge / And in the moment they were swept before the deluge"

    Pepper: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=CO8vBVUaKvk
    Before the Deluge: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FhQM41vBKvs

    "Pepper" by Gibby Haynes & Paul Leary

    Marky got with Sharon, Sharon got Sherice
    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 drinking from a fountain
    That was pourin' like an avalanche comin' down the mountain

    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 in 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

    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 dyin', they were doin' it in Texas

    Paulie caught a bullet, but it only hit his leg
    Well, it should have 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 pourin' like an avalanche comin' down the mountain

    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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    "Before The Deluge"

    Some of them were dreamers
    And some of them were fools
    Who were making plans and thinking of the future
    With the energy of the innocent
    They were gathering the tools
    They would need to make their journey back to nature
    While the sand slipped through the opening
    And their hands reached for the golden ring
    With their hearts they turned to each other's heart for refuge
    In the troubled years that came before the deluge

    Some of them knew pleasure
    And some of them knew pain
    And for some of them it was only the moment that mattered
    And on the brave and crazy wings of youth
    They went flying around in the rain
    And their feathers, once so fine, grew torn and tattered
    And in the end they traded their tired wings
    For the resignation that living brings
    And exchanged love's bright and fragile glow
    For the glitter and the rouge
    And in the moment they were swept before the deluge

    Now let the music keep our spirits high
    And let the buildings keep our children dry
    Let creation reveal it's secrets by and by
    By and by...
    When the light that's lost within us reaches the sky

    Some of them were angry
    At the way the earth was abused
    By the men who learned how to forge her beauty into power
    And they struggled to protect her from them
    Only to be confused
    By the magnitude of her fury in the final hour
    And when the sand was gone and the time arrived
    In the naked dawn only a few survived
    And in attempts to understand a thing so simple and so huge
    Believed that they were meant to live after the deluge

    Now let the music keep our spirits high
    And let the buildings keep our children dry
    Let creation reveal it's secrets by and by
    By and by...
    When the light that's lost within us reaches the sky