What does Little Bones mean?

The Tragically Hip: Little Bones Meaning

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Little Bones Lyrics

It gets so sticky down here
Better butter your cue-finger up
It's the start of another new year
Better call the newspaper up
2.50 for a hi-ball,
And buck and a half for a beer
Happy hour, happy hour
Happy hour is here

The long days of Shockley...

  1. anonymous
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    Feb 5th !⃝

    I always thought it was about him getting a bj...and apologizing about those little ones ..aka hairs in her mouth and sticky down there...u can figure that out..

  2. anonymous
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    May 26th 2017 !⃝

    They came up with the idea when they were in New Orleans, which was the last city they were performing in while on tour. on the last day they were in a taxi cab and the band was eating chicken, the cab driver said "better eat that chicken slow, it's full of them little bones" and lead singer Gord Downie compared what the driver said to the book he had been reading about a cat named "Little Bones"... Them singing about how "it gets so sticky down here, better butter your cue finger up" was them explaining what it was like in New Orleans at the time, and the part about "Nothing is dead down here, it's just a little tired" was a reference to the hot summers of New Orleans.

  3. anonymous
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    May 26th 2017 !⃝

    They came up with the idea when they were in New Orleans, which was the last city they were performing in while on tour. on the last day they were in a taxi cab and the band was eating chicken, the cab driver said "better eat that chicken slow, it's full of them little bones" and lead singer Gord Downie compared what the driver said to the book he had been reading about a cat named "Little Bones"... Them singing about how "it gets so sticky down here, better butter your cue finger up" was them explaining what it was like in New Orleans at the time, and the part about "Nothing is dead down here, it's just a little tired" was a reference to the hot summers of New Orleans.

  4. BOBBYM
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    Nov 13th 2016 !⃝

    It's clearly about voodoo and the experience of recording in New Orleans.

  5. anonymous
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    Aug 27th 2016 !⃝

    From my recollection, the Trag were in a taxi cab somewhere and were eating chicken. The Taxi driver had mentioned to them to "eat that chicken slow as its full of them little bones". It was an interview or something where I had heard this.

  6. mandy66
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    Aug 22nd 2016 !⃝

    I heard that Little Bones is a song about chicken wings :-)

  7. anonymous
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    Oct 12th 2014 !⃝

    I'm pretty sure it has to do with a child, that died during birth, Or a miscarriage. Or even just a young child that died early. "Nothins' dead down here, Just a little tired" in denial of what happened, Drinking himself away "Buck in a half for a beer", A child would also have "little bones". The music video if you watch could also suggest to this heavily.

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