|“The Ballad of Buckethead”|
|Song by Buckethead|
|Album||Monsters and Robots|
|Released||April 20 1999|
|Recorded||Rancho Relaxo studios|
|Genre||Experimental rock, funk metal|
|Writer||Buckethead, Les Claypool, Bryan Mantia|
|Monsters and Robots track listing|
The Ballad of the Buckethead is a song by guitarist Buckethead. It is the third track on his 1999 album Monsters and Robots, and is one of the few Buckethead songs to prominently feature vocals, which are performed by Primus' Les Claypool. It is one of four Buckethead songs to have a music video, the other three being "We Are One" from Buckethead's album Enter the Chicken, Spokes for the Wheel of Torment from Buckethead's 2004 album The Cuckoo Clocks of Hell, and Viva Voltron which isn't from any particular album.
It is split into three verses, with the chorus following the first and third verse. The song, as its title suggests, tells the story of Buckethead's life, particularly his upbringing. According to Buckethead's official biography, he was raised in a chicken coop by chickens, and the lyrics to The Ballad of Buckethead continue this theme:
|“|| Buckethead found his freedom at the age of 17|
When he burned the chicken house down with a quart of gasoline
The song contains a smoking guitar solo after the second verse. The lead is very technical and utilizes a lot of trademark Buckethead licks, including extended augmented chord sweeping/tapping and multi-finger nubbing.