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Mother Earth is pregnant for the third time
For y'all have knocked her up.
I have tasted the maggots in the mind of the universe
I was not offended
For I knew I had to rise above it all
Or drown in my own shit.
Come on Maggot Brain
Go on Maggot Brain



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    UnregisteredMar 2, 2014 at 6:59 am
    So the song is about Eddie Hazel pretending his mother was dead, then finding out she was alive and they were on LSD. Does that mean it means nothing? Absolutely not, and thinking this way is ignorant. LSD does not turn someone cynical enough to make a song about pretending to someone's mother is dead for shits and giggles. His mother could be a metaphor for feelings to "mother earth" as in the lyrics and the change in heart as he imagines that she is still alive could represent the hope that still exists. This hope could be represented by the "not drown in my own shit" lyric, implying that self pity and sorrow lead to nothing positive. Even if that was not their intended interpretation, they still stumbled upon a course that crosses it, which for my perception and my knowledge is good enough for me to hold on to it.
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    UnregisteredFeb 17, 2012 at 9:02 pm
    The question is: what do the lyrics to this song mean, not what was the inspiration for hazel's performance - which seems to be a major hangup for some of the commentors (sic) here. Regardless of whether clinton and hazel were on lsd, or if clinton wrote the lyrics after-the-fact, they still mean something. To suggest they mean nothing is ignorant, as anyone who has attempted to write poetry or lyrics to original music can attest.
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    UnregisteredNov 29, 2011 at 12:46 am
    People are idiots. George clinton and eddie hazel were both under the influence of lsd and clinton told hazel to imagine his mother just passed away. Then halfway through the song clinton told hazel to imagine he just found out his mother is actually alive. You can hear the difference in the second half of the song.
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    AtlanusSep 4, 2011 at 11:11 am
    I interpret the lyrics to Maggotbrain as this: the greatest abuses to mankind have been committed by mankind. Abuses to our planet and to our fellow man. The maggots are abuse and injustice. The artist sees this clearly and accepts that this is a part of our humanity and our world. Not that it is correct 'simply that it is. He can't change it thus he is not offended by it. Becaude whatever injustice we endure we simply have to rise above it all or drown in our own misery.
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    82wsmfp82Sep 15, 2009 at 1:57 am
    I have come up with 2 meanings. Either of which could be true. (A) A drunken and doped out rockstar dosed up on some funky vitamin A, (acid, for those of you who are ignorant) and just sputtered out a few words that he thought sounded good at the time and people really enjoyed it becuause of the passion and drive of the powerful music driving the nonsense spewing from his mouth. Or, (B) Upon dropping a funky dose of a some vitamin A, and any other combination of intoxicating substances, the writer or writees found themselves entering a parallel universe so far beyond anything any of us have ever known or believed in. Upon entering this universe they were given magical powers and learned to speak in code and this my friends is what we are seeing. This is something beyond any human explaination. So dark and mystical and powerful that if we were to truly discover the meaning, it would be too much for our simple human minds and we would either parish or spend the rest of our days blind, deafened and senseless from the knowledge we hold in our brain. Our maggot brain.

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