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Where the bad folks go when they die
They don't go to heaven where the angels fly
Go to a lake of fire and fry
see them again 'till the Fourth of July

I knew a lady who came from Duluth
Bitten by a dog with a rabid tooth
She went to her...

  1. anonymous
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    May 16th report

    I think "Lake of Fire" is a piece of fluff on the surface, suggesting a non- Christian view of who goes to heaven and who goes to hell. "Bad folks go to a lake of fire and fry." Well no they don't. First of all, "good folks" don't necessarily go to heaven; Christians go to heaven. Second, technically they wouldn't fry, they would boil. Just saying. But the funniest (and deepest?) line is "see 'em again till the fourth of July." Huh? Is the author making fun of those "folks" who equate being American and being Christian as the same thing? Then this nonsensical song becomes an indictment of right wing Americanism. Cool.

  2. anonymous
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    Feb 7th 2020 report

    On the 4th of July we celebrate America's Independence. Bad people don't go to heaven. They go to a place of fire o and fry. Man... The man who "conquered fire" like in the jungle book... Or like Eve who ate if the Apple if knowledge... As American we display our privilege of "freedom" in American with fireworks. God gave man "freewill" which also ultimately doomed Adam and Eve from "Heaven" to "Earth" with their new freedom and also sovereignty... So sinners... Like a purgatory of freedom with no heaven in waiting... Are sent like inhabitants of a free country to live and perish in their own shit and happiness... Blowing up the light that fades into the darkness that inevitable follows the explosions of beauty and wonder we have so carelessly made into a spectical while blinding ourselves of the reality that we just piss in the wind and waste our chances of wonder with pettiness such as millions of dollars spent too blow up fireworks, which another country Banks off of... Or take a bite of the Apple to understand a sliver of a university that could have offered us an eternity of bliss and complete paradise!

  3. anonymous
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    Oct 21st 2017 report

    When the Meat Puppets wrote this song he wasn’t writing about anything religious at all- he wrote a couple songs the same night and lake of Fire was one and was written around Halloween and he was making fun of his friends they were dressing up for Halloween party and he refused to go - that really has nothing to do with this song - most times the meat Puppets don’t remember writing songs they just don’t it in their journals

  4. anonymous
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    Sep 11th 2016 report

    Bad folks don't go to heaven when they die; they go to hell. But the coming back on the 4th of July is puzzling. What has it got to do with American Independence Day! And who are the bad folks. Does this refer to a certain group of people who have died but whose memories return every 4th of July!

  5. anonymous
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    Oct 11th 2014 report

    Maybe he was afraid that he would go to hell, so he wrote a song about it to pretend like he was able to make fun of it.

  6. anonymous
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    Jul 10th 2013 report

    He seemed like he was venting frustration at Christianity or merely poking fun at it, you have to understand Nirvana mellowed but they never lost their punk roots. He is saying people die suddenly and instantly and don't have time to think about it (their afterlife) everyone takes life for granted and assumes there is either heaven or hell after death.

  7. anonymous
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    Apr 8th 2010 report

    I love the fact that when they played songs like the man who sold the world, jesus doesn't want me for a sunbeam and all the meat puppets songs he said they were covers but I kinda think this things are useless as no of us are Kurt Cobain and be for anyone says I'm only here as the link came up cause I need the lyrics for my singer

  8. anonymous
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    Jan 16th 2009 report

    wow 597 song interpretations for this one band alone.
    alotta dedicated fans out there or people who think they know what they are talking about with every song. that my friend is what i call a genius song writer....congrads kurt cobain. pretty damn nifty with those words he was.

  9. CHAD
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    Oct 21st 2008 report

    I thought everyone knew it was a Meat Puppets song, and that it was obviously a lighthearted look at the concept of hell.Its amazing how many songs are credited to the bands that cover them,and not the original artist. I'm just as guilty though, when I was a kid, I thought "Train kept a rollin" was an Aerosmith original.At the time, I had yet to discover the Yardbirds.

  10. mattrod
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    Oct 18th 2008 report

    This is not a Nirvana song! By the Meat Puppets. It appeared on Unplugged in New York, While the meat puppets played backing guitar.

  11. jeff_mitchell91
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    Aug 26th 2008 report

    Lake of fire is the place of burning in fire (hell)
    "where do bad folks go when they die they don't go to heaven where the angels fly, the go to a lake of fire and fry."
    the people who sin and murder, rape etc, go to a lake of fire and fry aka hell so when he's asking where bad folks go when they die he answers they go to a lake of fire (hell)
    people cry and people moan they look for a dry place to call their home, try to find somewhere to rest their bones while the angels and the devils try to make them their own."
    people live their lives and cry and moan and have fun and then they die and rest their bones and the whole time they live angels try to get them to moan (have fun and be happy)and devils try to get them to cry

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