Wynona's Big Brown Beaver (4:22)

Cover of Tales From The Punchbowl

From Tales From The Punchbowl and 9 other releases

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1. “Wynona’s Big Brown Beaver” - 4:23

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The song epitomizes Primus’s musical eccentricities, whereby the group’s signature funk metal stylings are comically inflected with a sound vaguely reminiscent of bluegrass and southern rock. During the song’s guitar solos, Larry LaLonde’s playing shifts from almost “noise” guitar in the first solo to a somewhat country-sounding technique and banjo-style finger-picking on the second (inspired by Jerry Garcia). The song’s lyrics constitute an absurd, rambling tale about a woman named Wynona and her “beaver. ” They combine an on-the-surface crude sexual double entendre in “beaver” with the more purely nonsensical silliness typical of the band (e.g., strange references to baboons, Taco Bell, carnies, and porcupines).
Music video

The band also filmed a music video for “Wynona’s Big Brown Beaver,” centered around the band dressed as comical-looking, shiny latex-suited cowboys. The costumes bore a strong resemblance to those used in a popular Duracell advertising campaign at the time which featured a family of battery-powered, toy-like people (the Puttermans). In an interview, bandleader Les Claypool revealed the suits were intended to resemble “cheap plastic cowboy action figures.” The video jumps between shots of the band playing in a barn and of the band engaged in parodies of cowboy activities. The video also features some airbrushed drawings done by Claypool. The video’s live action sequences were filmed at Claypool’s home, known as Rancho Relaxo. The video marks the second video appearance of Les’ Red jazz bass.

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Wynona's got herself a big brown beaver
and she shows it off to all her friends.
One day, you know, that beaver tried to leave her,
So she caged him up with cyclone fence.

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