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Butthole Surfers: Pepper Meaning

Song Released: 1996


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Markie got with Saron
Sharon got Sherri
She was sharing Sharon's outlook on the topic of disease
Mikey had a facial scar and Bobby was a racist
They were all in love with dying
They were doing it in Texas
Tommy played piano like a kid out...

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    anonymous
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    Nov 12th 2011 report

    Well, very good theories, but if you research the Surfers, you would find that Gibby Haynes wrote Pepper about his high school class. All those people are real. I couldn't find anything about their names, so they might be pseudonyms, but Pepper is based on real people from Haynes high school class that were injured or killed in Dallas.

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    anonymous
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    Mar 24th 2012 report

    They mention the people that "fall in love with life and drink it from a fountain that is falling like an avalanche, coming down a mountain. Then it notes that some of them were in love with dying. The do end up mentioning the fountain several times again. I think its that the people who are in love with life and drink it from the fountain are the people who end up actually surviving death. For instance loosing a leg while dancing with a train, and getting shot in the leg when he should have gotten shot in the head. Then there are the other people that end up dying by accident, like a nasty virus and the rapist. While these people are all drinking either life or death from a fountain (metaphorically) because they are obsessed with life and death, this guy is just obsessed with the girl, who he breaths in and smells everywhere.

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    anonymous
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    May 4th 2012 report

    I went to high school with Gibby, and I knew the people in the song. He didn't use pseudonyms.

  4. anonymous
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    Jun 23rd report

    I believe the football player rapist might be a reference to Wesley Wayne Miller who was convicted of rape/murder of Retha Stratton. She was a cheerleader and he was a defensive football player at Castleberry High in River Oaks (Ft Worth, TX) I’m not certain that’s who it is but it follows suit. Not sure exactly where Gibby Haynes went to high school though. I have no idea who the others in the song could be either.

  5. anonymous
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    Oct 9th 2020 report

    It's about death and how some fight it and some embrace it we use to listen to this on deployment and it meant to us no matter what you embrace death always wins

  6. anonymous
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    Oct 21st 2019 report

    Someone told me a long time ago that they thought the song was about the Branch Davidians in Waco, Texas.

  7. anonymous
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    Sep 15th 2019 report

    This song is clearly a metaphor for the angst and fear everyone faced in the 70's and 80's living under the perpetual possibility of nuclear annihilation. But really, I think this is a song that Gibby Haynes wrote about some folks he knew where he grew up in Dallas, Texas. I don't think there is any hidden message. I think it's very literal and very honest.

  8. anonymous
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    Mar 20th 2018 report

    I think, it's probably about heroin
    ... but It depicts colorados, Mile high methamphetamine epidemic of the 90s, when we were the #1state for that drug. Describs it pretty well, because the druglords were literatly being it down the mountain if you think about it, and how many documentaries on busts report the all porn and sexual behavior all the meth kids were exposed too? Needles are used in meth junkies and often spread hepititas C, deaths, rapes,burgurlaries and murders are all associated with any drug problem so could be general.

  9. anonymous
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    Dec 2nd 2013 report

    Everyone is either in love with dyin or fall in love with life you can live on the edge and you see and loose so much but when you find something or someone " I can taste you on my lips and smell you in my clothes" that will make you see life for what it is it's a game you can be taken out any moment some will die young some will live to grow old but I think the chorus is to take the focus off the game of death and life just like falling in love would

  10. anonymous
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    Jul 16th 2012 report

    While the song was about his high school class, when he says "fall in love with life and drink it from a fountain that is falling like an avalanche, coming down a mountain." I feel like hes saying that in high school, its easy to get caught up with drama and details and material things.

  11. anonymous
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    Apr 19th 2011 report

    I thought it sounded like a song just reminicing and observing the diversity of people and how many different people you meet throughout you'r life and the steriotypes people put on all of us and reminds me of how we sometimes take the fist thing we see or hear about a person and lable them until maybe one day we fall in love and let most of the bulls*it kinda take the backseat and don't let it bother us anymore.

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  12. holnrob
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    Dec 1st 2010 report

    He was living life with on the edge until he met a special girl (i don't mind the sun sometimes the images they show i can taste you on my lips and smell you on my clothes) and then he doesn't want to live on the edge anymore. Must've happened in Texas though lol.

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  13. GrungyJohnn
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    Jan 23rd 2009 report

    Considering that the Butthole Surfers are a psychadelic rock/punk rock band, I would be tempted to say that this, as with most of their songs is the story of a trip they had, or at least includes things they thought of or said when they were not thinking about this world. For me, the tone of this song suggests that maybe this was a peyote trip? The wind whistling through the first verse and so on puts me on a hill out in the badlands of perhaps new mexico, or some southern state, looking at the sun setting. Consider the line "I don't mind the sun sometimes, the image that it shows". A mirage perhaps? Also, it may just be a story that they came up with. Who knows, save those who wrote it.

    ~JD~

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