Odd Fellows Local 151 recorded by R.E.M.

Odd Fellows Local 151

Picked up this information from a webpage regarding the lyrics of this song recorded by R.E.M.–Conductor

“…Peter Buck said that the “Oddfellows” were a social organisation, “just like the Mooses or the Shiners”, with lodges all over Athens.

He also explained that the song was about the old winos who lived near Michael Stipe. They drank all day and slept in their cars, so the band called them the “Motor Club”. Buck remebered that one of them really was known as Pee Wee. The name Oddfellows is used ironically to suggest that this assortmnet of drunks were like a fraternal society.”

Odd Fellows Local 151 Lyrics

Oddfellows local 151 behind the firehouse
Where Peewee sits to prove a sage to teach
Peewee gathered up his proof
Reached up and scratched his head
Fell down and hit the ground again

Firehouse, firehouse.

Why do the heathens rage behind the firehouse
Where Peewee sits upon the wall to preach?
This boy and girl that gather pearls
Of wisdom falling from his mouth
Wash off the blood wash off the rum

Firehouse, firehouse.

Oddfellows local 151 behind the firehouse
Where Peewee sits upon the wall to preach.
This boy and girl that gather pearls
Of wisdom falling from his mouth
Wash off the blood, wash off the 151.

Firehouse, firehouse.
Firehouse, firehouse.

The song recorded:

 

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