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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 8, 2011 at 3:41 pm
    It's a song about death. Hazel was asked to write a song as if he just found out his mother died. The lyrics were put in by george clinton afterward and don't really mean sh@t in this song.
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    UnregisteredOct 15, 2013 at 9:53 am
    I think it is a personification and a story of life to death via instrumentals. Notice intro and emotional movement via guitar. The journey from innocence, to life, then, to death.
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    UnregisteredJan 16, 2012 at 1:43 am
    The person who is listed as unregistered that posted on november 28th, 2011 is dead on. That's exactly how the story goes.

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