Meat Puppets - On Lyrics




You fools, you geniuses
Take your flight to the dawn
The all in its emptiness
Makes a break for the sun

And the moon in its sights
Keeps the tide from rolling on
On, on

There in the afterglow
When the feelings are all gone
The stars float across the sky
To escape from the sun

But the high life is a straggler
And it keeps on holding on
On, on

Somewhere in my empty head
I hear a distant song
And it sings to the end of day
And after day is gone

Like an old broken record
It just keeps on playing on
On, on

Like an old broken record
It just keeps on playing on
On, on





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  1. Raven Williams

    The song is incredible. When you realize the subtle meaning of it being an afterlife and or religion. It's beautifully depressing.

  2. John Watson

    Forgive Kurt for putting his own voice to this song. He truly and wanted to bring this alive its original way.

  3. Morten Winther Olsson

    Pretty good cover, but the original by Britney Spears is still better.

  4. Dawid Trela

    Many a hand has scaled the grand old face of the plateau
    Some belong to strangers and some to folks you know
    Holy ghosts and talk show hosts are planted in the sand
    To beautify the foothills and shake the many hands

    There's nothing on the top but a bucket and a mop
    And an illustrated book about birds
    You see a lot up there but don't be scared
    Who needs actions when you got words

    When you're finished with the mop then you can stop
    And look at what you've done
    The plateau's clean no dirt to be seen
    And the work it took was fun

    There's nothing on the top but a bucket and a mop
    And an illustrated book about birds
    You see a lot up there but don't be scared
    Who needs actions when you got words

    Well the many hands began to scan around for the next plateau
    Some said it was Greenland and some said Mexico
    Some decided it was nowhere except for where they stood
    But those were all just guesses, wouldn't help you if they could

  5. Wurst Brot

    I would put that very high on list of best songs ever written

  6. Boy Racer

    Good cover but Nirvana did it best

    James Menzies

    Not in the same league as the original.

  7. future shock

    Kurt had good taste...i need to get this now

  8. Colton Roark

    Once you really think about it. As humans, we are all meat puppets.

  9. Ktrain Productions

    One of the best songs I've ever heard

  10. Samuel Pile

    The funny thing is, Nirvanas best songs were leadbelly or meat puppets songs. Nirvana were fucking amateurs except Grohl.

  11. Matthew Holt

    Who needs the Meat Puppets when you have Nirvana...jk

  12. lukedukey

    This is one of those songs that I feel so lucky that I know about it, and feel badly for all those who don't

  13. e. l

    Many a hand has scaled the grand old face of the plateau
    Some belong to strangers and some to folks you know
    Holy ghosts and talk show hosts are planted in the sand
    To beautify the foothills and shake the many hands

    There's nothing on the top but a bucket and a mop
    And an illustrated book about birds
    You see a lot up there but don't be scared
    Who needs actions when you got words

    When you're finished with the mop then you can stop
    And look at what you've done
    The plateau's clean no dirt to be seen
    And the work it took was fun

    There's nothing on the top but a bucket and a mop
    And an illustrated book about birds
    You see a lot up there but don't be scared
    Who needs actions when you got words

    Well the many hands began to scan around for the next plateau
    Some said it was Greenland and some said Mexico
    Some decided it was nowhere except for where they stood
    But those were all just guesses, wouldn't help you if they could

  14. Guillermo Larrousse

    Thanx you Nirvana for makes us know this piece of musical art......Zanxxs U Nerrvanaaaa.....:) :)

  15. Samuel Pile

    As dope shooting music as it gets. Nirvana were amateurs except grohl. Andy wood especially, Chris Cornell, Staley, several Seattle singers and bands were far more talented. Most of nirvanas most sold songs were leadbelly or meat puppets songs.

  16. Sage Cox

    whoa, so some of my favorite nirvana songs aren’t even really nirvana songs? :/

  17. Blackspot M.B

    Man oh man how I just love this song.

  18. Chastity Renee

    the end of this song tho….

  19. Charles Rast

    Now this was a GREAT band!♥️

  20. Alex C

    dog time

  21. uh huh

    Nice Nirvana cover!

  22. Nirvana Love

    This really satisfies my Kurtty Kurt Curt Desire for musical enjoyment! Thanks Curt and Kurt!

  23. Dawn Stone

    Ahhh. Very nice.

  24. David Bailey

    It's never polite to be curt

  25. German Gonzales

    01:43 - I still remember the first time I heard that outro. I had just smoked some grass and bought this album on vinyl after hearing Kurt cover their songs.

    It was, the most beautiful sound I had ever heard. It’s like a mixture of fuzz and distortion all swept into outer space. I had never heard sound like that before.

    That was around the 10th grade. 7 years later and it brings back distant but so so beautiful memories. I can recall everything about that day, cause after I heard this song, I was a changed man.

  26. Caligula

    wew how many of their songs did nirvana cover?

  27. Castlebell

    Y‘all need to check out their live versions; holly sh.. are they fantastic 🙀👏🏻

    Axel Bartmoss

    I followed your advice and God you're so right.

  28. Roman Rigaud

    Wow i just discovered these guys, they are great writers, i think i found my new fav band

  29. Axel Bartmoss

    Thanks to Kurt I know Curt and his band. This song is fantastic. Let's hit that replay button again...

  30. Kristijan Petak

    Not Nirvana. LOL. Really? Thanks.

  31. Vin D

    epic ending

  32. DrSnausage

    Kurt would've been a great lead singer for Puppets' lyrics...

  33. Shane Wheeler

    Always thought this band was like a country band on acid... kind of awesome..

  34. Aodhan O'Donnell

    Does anyone else think the lyrics are really good "nothing on the top but a bucket and a mop and an illustrated book about birds"

  35. Charles Ingleton

    0:28 1:03

  36. Jerry

    Who needs action when you got *Druuugs*

  37. Jerry

    Why this song isn't in Spotify?

  38. Daniel Mark

    This song is awesome and profound. I listen to it and I feel like I know exactly what he’s talking about, although it’s hard to explain. The song gets to the core of life in the realm of samsara

  39. xtx landon

    Kurt brought me here

  40. Leo Farias

    Una de las razones por las que amo tanto Nirvana es que puso está música genial de nuevo en escena,a pesar de los piojosos de las compañías

  41. Brian Williams

    What a great song. By both bands but sorry lol Nirvana made it even better.

  42. Logan Creed

    That outro goes perfect with the lake of fire painting. Should've been swirling around when the outro came in.

  43. Orion Simerl

    Wow this is a shitty song when Nirvana isn't covering it.

  44. Kristen Austin

    I prefer Nirvana's cover of these songs. I didn't really listen to Nirvana until 2017, well after high school.

    I think I see why Kurt liked these dudes. My first listen was like "Oh fuck that is so off" but by the middle of "Oh me" it was good. So much is rough and raw.

    Not a fan of the meat puppets version of Lake of Fire but I can see the appeal.

  45. J West

    Dude, Nirvanas version is a billion times better wow

    Ruok

    i like this better

  46. sthow

    как же вы все задолбали Нирваной.

  47. Trevor Lyons

    First time I heard this, I was in iraq. That was over 12 years ago. This song is still one of my absolute faves. Helped me find other good jams, and helped me through some shitty times.

  48. Marcos Gutierrez

    I love this Nirvana cover.

  49. Dameon Bailey

    Now go check out LeadBelly, kids

  50. Andrew's Fitness Training

    Heard this on Jersey City's WFMU on Clay Pigeon's Wake and Bake morning show. Made my morning that day. He's the man. Always shizamming his songs. Of course loved this song from Nirvana unplugged too

  51. Hokuto Shinken no kōkei-sha

    people talking only about Nirvana in comments... i'm very thankful that Kurt covered this, and now Meat Puppets II are one of my favourite albums of all time... grunge was so epic! Meat Puppets and Nirvana forever!!!

  52. Shruggz Da Str8-Faced Clown

    ...love the bass-tone on this song!

  53. Nathan Martin

    Outro is almost exactly the same on both records. One is just played on an electric with heavy distortion and effects.

  54. Richard Bonney

    Can't believe it's taken me this long to hear the original version.......haunting

  55. RideMyTruck

    "I'm THING ONE....that's THING TWO" :D

  56. CARLOS NAZ

    i dont like this version..dont like his voice

    James Menzies

    I love Curt's voice it fits perfectly with their music.

  57. ABRAKAS

    this is cool,well mr cobain u have good taste in music

  58. Pradeep Nepali

    Wow..nice not bad than nirvan,s cover

  59. General Kenobi

    The end solo makes my heart ache in such a beautiful way

  60. Poopy pants detector

    This is a great song.

  61. assmane999

    Such brilliant lyrics. Much of what we do is out of the denial of the nothingness. We fill it with all sorts of material tings, but it doesn't change the inherent nature of existence. It's ok though. Those experiences make up our lives and that's why we are here: to share experiences with each other and to have lived and died rather than never have lived at all.

  62. Sir. Vladmir Jerkov

    Nirvana sucks dick

  63. grant graef

    Love the meat puppets

  64. Robert Weston

    Nirvana murdered this song 100x over Kurt vocals omfg

  65. Mustafa Terzi

    İs that a fuckin horrible wendigo on screen?

  66. Daniel DeMoro

    The outro is such a banger.

  67. ID0ntHaV3 ANam3

    This song is awesome. I love my life bruh

  68. Loretta Santos

    Mexico college station would play this..... original version ,man I thought I was a rocker.....heard all this old school meat puppets ...they were almost to play Laredo TX but fell through.....our loss........ Patrick

  69. Doom58

    Play at 0.25x speed

  70. Hani S

    Chris Cornell brought me here

  71. Gary Dixon

    Who needs high jackson when u got words

  72. Troglobyte

    cant stop thinking about this fucking song, for some reason its so haunting

    Scooter

    It's a great little piece of abstract story telling with an awesome melody, that's why.

    Troglobyte

    @Scooter Abstract storytelling is a good way to describe it. I try to grasp the meaning behind the song but fail everytime. The greenland and mexico bit throws me off so much

  73. Charles Deason

    I must admit Nirvana made me check this out...fuckin great song!!!!!!!!!!

  74. Dev LHStrat

    This was an amazing live band, they delivered the goods. Great song.

  75. Mathis Miles

    Is there any actual meat puppets fans here

  76. Ian Williams

    Meat puppets > nirvana's version

  77. Kimberly Andreson

    The Meat Puppets wrote and recorded it, but as so often happened, Nirvana made it their own song by recording it live and making it popular, like Bowie's Man Who Sold the World

  78. Sean Warren

    Shit yeah, this is fucking amazingly good.
    👍

  79. Fjordavy

    This song is out of everybody’s vocal range

  80. Wanessa Salimeni

    Fodaa...

  81. GrungeKid

    I love Nirvana but this is 100 TIMES BETTER than the Nirvana version

  82. Cheap Charley

    Nirvana

  83. wrgtb

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  84. Matt Jackson

    If you don't get why Kurt Cobain played this song from his heart, you need to listen again and again and agai......

  85. Gio Azvdo

    1:37 Sublime Go!!!!!!!!!

  86. RomeandJames

    Good taste

  87. jwardbass

    I love how he cant sing well at all (in the traditional sense). That adds so much charm imo

  88. Somaggit

    1:43 Beautiful

  89. Shelton Wilson *

    1:43 Amazing

  90. yparchei

    i love ittt honestly better than nirvana in my opinion 😂i just like how it sounds weird and gives me a weird feeling 😂

  91. allen binion

    Isnt Curt in the dean ween group now?!
    Exercise man!

  92. Joshua Prince

    Nirvana did a cover of this song, they never claimed it as their own. They said that it was by the Meat Puppets, on their album, "Unplugged in New York."

  93. Mike Holloway

    Better than Nirvana version .

  94. William Sophistos

    I recently came across a book which instantly made me think of this song. It's called "A Thousand Plateaus: Capitalism and Schizophrenia" by Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari. I wonder if it had any influence, since it was first published in 1980?

  95. Radovan Karadzic

    Better version