Aesop Rock - Tetra Lyrics

Don't fool with his cool

I turn a staff to a snake and back, evade crack
Shake a 5150 in shades and a fake stache
Dirtbike made of 5 worse bikes, uphill
Tabletop frames on dutch tilt, crush kill
MakerBot coin-op arcade punk
Talkin' arcane science, dark age pulp
Four eyes card face, bark Aes iron on [?]
Pork rinds orange age, Jarred brains die alone
No Mulligans, crow bars bird cage
Cold, colonize Mars on Earth day
And surface from the cellar door like worms into the petrichor
Messenger, better get a vessel for a Tetris score
Zilch, cowabunga homies call me "press ignore"
Devastating energy exploding off his Tesla coil
Farm baited breath and tempermental tremors
That taught a man to wave with 10 percent of his fingers
And I never lost tic tac toe to a live chicken
For the footage, I'm off cam dynamite fishin'
For diamondback rattles in his holy grail
Evoke colony collapse via gross betrayal
3 wolf moon shirt, two shoes one sock
Wore the same hoodie everyday like Mumm-Ra
Buh-dum-bum, follow the regenerated rebel flesh [?]
Out of sorts, out of water, suicidal tetra fish
Who stood by the conviction in his we should be together less forevermore
Before we are the severed heads of civil war
And basing [?] radio ricochet off the silver foil
Trash can fire looking for a kill to grill or spoil
Quickly, purveyors of fine hijinks
I know, this is why we can't have nice things
I prefer to skip the pleasantries
Flip the diner table, dip in time for final jeopardy

No shit
Oh and don't fool with his cool
Ma, can we get a pool?
... Is that a no?

Okay, magpies, Hoarders, and allied forces
Who lick zig-zags being dragged by horses
Transcribe stories in patterns of pins dropping
Skinned boars and exaggerated limb-lopping
Slow Mozart, no I've never heard a knocking
Might've burst in on it, splits or skin popping [?]
Opt out, sober on the eve of no saints day
Locate and aim for the token propane tank
Bang! Followed from a pulling of hair
To a homecoming sullied by a skull on a spear
It spun a human resources issue to public affair
Reciprocity is a pestilent compulsion to bear
And ultimately unfulfilling, concurrently that rigid upper lipping grudge or crippling [?]
The wonder twins are bitching
Armchair hater, I wouldn't piss on your coffin
But when I see your picture I draw dicks on it
The ozone breakaway tux
Holds chicken wire ribs and paper mache guts
Pipe cleaner mustache, fork hands, google eyes
Macaroni gas face, no plan to humanize
You are now rockin' with the worst
Nothing up his sleeve, nothing here is what it seems
Paranormal weather, mysteriously disappearing bees
Not to mention the collateral delirium it breeds
Jeez, forgive him and he dicey past
He from a tiny town called Deaths Icy Grasp
And he don't get out much but when he do it's beetlemania
Do not be asleep at the feet of his feelers radius
Too charitable, offerin' the average joe some real estate
Between the big mouth billy bass and jackalope
Cozy in a moment of bliss
Snatch the food off your plate, snatch a goat off a bridge
No shit

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Aesop Rock Tetra Comments
  1. Skip Sharky

    Slow Mozart, no I’ve never heard of knocking
    might’ve burst in on it splits or skin popping
    opt out silver on the eve of no saints day
    low kick and aim for the token propane tank

  2. Chainman93

    Maybe the hardest shit ever writ

  3. Rain Winchester

    "Purveyors of fine hi-jinks, I know, this is why we can't have nice things."
    So fucking genius.

  4. Wavy Vaporizers

    Pipe cleaner mustache folk pants Google eyes
    Macaroni gas face no plan to humanize

  5. Wavy Vaporizers

    Molar pistol dental cannon Aesop

  6. Jonathan Lopez

    You are now rocking with the WORST! Fuck main stream I love it.

  7. Seth Mathis

    ugh 480p


    If you want quality get off youtube bruh

    Seth Mathis

    @GOOGLE NO lol ok, i just went down 4 videos anyways and got quality, nice try though


    @Seth Mathis any quality of streaming sounds like shit to me

  8. Ebbin Pohanka

    we ave pwoof thap you are best scientiwst

  9. eh eh

    Snatching the goat of a bridge is a reference to a deal with the devil. A man made a deal with the devil to give him the ability to finish a bridge on time. In return the devil will take the first of the man's house to cross the bridge. The man tricked the devil by allowing his goat to cross before him. Thus the devil had no choice but to take the goat as it was the first from the man's household to cross the bridge.
    So I suppose Aes is the devil that got tricked into a bad deal.

  10. Dylan Stueve

    Maybe stop trying to analyze &or intwerpret just let them goose feathers pluck selves from they

  11. Benji

    hello reddit

  12. jesse brown

    Absolute filth

  13. Benjamin Miller

    this song is too dope

  14. nickdanger12345

    Is this MC Doom? I'm seriously beginning to believe this is an alternate persona.

  15. Luis Figueroa

    And he don't get out much but when he do it's beatlemania do not be asleep at the feet of feelers radius

  16. Connor Ollive

    Forgive him any dicey past, he from a tiny town called death's icy grasp, and he don't get out much, but when he do it's Beatle mania. Do not fall asleep at the feet of his feelers radius.

    This part makes me hyped every time



  17. Daliwonga Pantshwa

    surface from the cellar door like worms onto the petrichor

  18. MrEpic7203

    If there's one thing that I learned from this song...

    It's that you don't fool with his cool.

    Dan Fontaine

    MrEpic7203 no shit

    ZZZ HipHop

    Yea i didnt understand any of the other lyrics


    I learned how to wave with 10% of my fingers 🖕😂

  19. Linn M

    Best Rapper in the World! We ave scientific evidences. Sweden

    Dan Fontaine

    Linn M oh shit, god bless Sweden

  20. Check Engine

    So dirty.

  21. filthyreece

    Aesop Rock dropping that knowledge on these cats

    Nick Polymer

    Word Up

    Adapted MC

    Illuminati exposed, aesop is planting codes into the minds of domesticated house cats everywhere to rise and take over.

    I dig it

  22. Junohar

    "Armchair hater; I wouldn't piss on your coffin
    But when I see your picture I draw dicks on it"

    - Now see, that's what I call a good punchline!

  23. キツネ



    +Bread Fuck off


    not even close


    The depth of Aes's references versus Earl's is like a fracking drill versus a toddler digging a hole at the beach.

    Nick Lacy

    would be a super tight feature together. thats for sure

    John Petersen

    I feel like Tyler would be a better match, maybe that's just me. Either way I'll take what I can get. You can't fail with an Aes in the hole.

  24. MorallyGray



    Mikey Maffei it's the worst part of this song wym

  25. Byrdee Entertainment

    sick wit it

  26. TrueNorth StreetVision

    don't be asleep , gonna need more fuel....

  27. Ivan Harris

    I just now realized that the line "forgive him any dicey past, he from a tiny town called deaths icy grasp" works double... dicey past can mean shady dealings or since he follows it up with a Magic the Gathering card name he could also be referring to DVD style multi sided dice...


    Ivan Harris they actually have a song called All's Faire where they all have characters

    Carlos Ortiz

    This man writes with so many layers he's a beast.

  28. ergman

    Oh FUCK I just realized "Ma can we get a pool?" is supposed to rhyme with "uh, we're gonna need more fuel"


    +ergman Don't fool with his cool

  29. Dan Fontaine

    Cozy in a moment of BLISS snatch the food of your Plate snatch a goat off a BRIDGE no shit

  30. O Ra the Sun War

    locate and aim for the token propane tank.


    Followed from a pulling of hair
    To a homecoming sullied by a skull on a spear


  31. Padooshka

    i believe this song is about splitting with his wife. a beautiful "fuck you" balad

    Dan Fontaine

    @Padooshka I don't think aes has talked shit about anyone in his entire musical career
    he's got so much of his own shit that he has no choice but to make the music he does
    that shit is my favorite thing

    Dan Fontaine

    @Padooshka if nothing else he turns negativity into a more understandable language than hatred


    @Dan Fontaine i agree with the last thing you said. he does kind of turn it into a positive thing. but yeah dude, hes talking shit. he even said it in his "behind tetra" video. The dude is only human, perfectly capable of feeling shitty towards someone else. he just does a stellar job of turning that shittyness into creativity. "Arm chair hater, i wouldnt piss on your coffin, but when i see your picture, i draw dicks on it!"

    jordan peterson

    @Dan Fontaine he's talked a bunch of shit about other people on wax. We're Famous from Bazooka Tooth is one example, it's a diss track to the rapper Esoteric

  32. Padooshka

    macaroni gas face, no plan to humanize!

  33. Bazooka Tooth

    Aesop ending the paradox

  34. Padooshka

    is that a no?

  35. Michael Moody

    ma can we get a pool?.....

    The Real Autarch From The IRA

    We're gonna need more fuel....

    Adam Coquillard

    Is that no?

  36. Josay Olay Burrito

    homie callin press ignor

  37. COOLKASE Gaming

    My favorite song and best song when im playing COD ghost and im going to fight people who r way to op

    Super Hans

    you must be 12


    @Jent Brimstone I concur.

    Horus Cope

    Super Hans pretty cool 12 year old then

  38. Trevor Cory

    one of my favorite songs

    Jessica Opal

    Trevor Cory Trevor Cory 😊
    My name is Randy Layhe 😃

    Tim Saunders

    Tetra, Citronella and Rings would be my top three though in what order i'd never decide

    Lim Jahey


    Canned Laugh

    @Tim Saunders tetra, cat food and mystery fish are mine. Hail mary mallon has a str8 jams as well



  39. Deltaro Jones

    best rap song ive heard in a while...beat lyric excellent!

  40. TheWatsonGreen

    and surface from the cellar door like worms into the petrichor

    Dan Fontaine

    TheWatsonGreen legendary lyricist for real

  41. Zap Servicesusa

    RapGenius lyric website has some pretty compelling evidence that this song is about his breakup w his wife.

  42. Billy Mays

    Cold! Colonize Mars on Earth day.

  43. 99MrTys

    ...and then you listened and realised you were wrong.

  44. 99MrTys

    involuntary psychiatric patient.

  45. Cody Moore

    i think staff and snake is a reference to moses turning the staff to a serpent to convince pharoah he was Godsent. maybe the evade crack part is like saying its crazy

  46. O Ra

    imho this was the weakest like on the album.

  47. Brian Kirby

    trash can fire looking for a kill
    to grill or spoil. shit

  48. Strife Divine

    "Wore the same hoodie everday like MUMRAH!!!" - haha, that was fucken doooooooooope!

  49. z bat

    that like my fave new aes line

  50. Killax671

    I dont understand why youre so impressed....

  51. Kt Trs

    Love this fuckin music.

  52. Sacco Vanzetti

    Dead Kennedys sample at the beginning? Anyone know?

    Dean Allan

    Does sound like it aye

  53. parade

    it's about escaping from a mental institution, and the staff and snake is the medical logo. I think evading crack means he's off his meds

    Chris Cochrane

    parade nah it’s about him and his ex wife getting a divorce

  54. Denis Kapic

    Ma, can we get a pool?!


    Is that a no?

  55. thebrentbonner

    "Colonize mars on earth day"... ultimate disgrace.

    Billy Mays

    coldest line in the history of humanity

  56. Nelson Stack

    crippling the wonder twins.

  57. Jay Reed

    Enlighten me friend

  58. Mario Castillo

    Crush. Kill.

  59. Jon Danger

    dirt bike made of five worse bikes


    Jon Danger uphill...

  60. MrDoomw

    I really need to stop wearing this red hoody every day.

  61. c4mac11

    "reciprocity is a pestilent compulsion to bear"

    I love Aes

  62. jasperox01

    3 wolf moon shirt 2 shoes 1 sock,,,,,,,,from the Mountain Lots props Ace..thx, fellow Mountaineer..devoted fan..

  63. Frantikk

    "Wore the same hoodie everyday like Mumra!"


  64. Josiah Lee

    check out hail marry mallon-meter feeder

  65. dcpigpen

    hands down my favorite on the album. why does he even bother trying to write choruses anymore?

  66. Brian Kirby

    aesop rocks, thanx

  67. Xelso69

    i can be alot of things like a nokia mobile, van halen's album, but i think it refers to "loonie on the loose" police code

  68. J-Rod Musik

    am I the only one who just absolutely loves that breakdown at 1:40?


    J-Rod Musik I’m right there with you man. If you like that - look up the instrumental and fast forward to 2:25 - ish. Beginning of the second verse where he says “magpies, hoarders, and allied forces..”. Those arpeggiated synths In the back are insaaanneee. One is so Caught up in listening to his dense ass lyrics that you barely notice it unless you rock the instrumental

    Dan Fontaine

    arex82 that's aes's 80 upbringing shining through

  69. mike deulen


  70. J-Rod Musik

    who the fuck disliked this?

  71. Brian Kirby

    are u willing to explain it, so i can enjoy the boost of bad ass?

  72. Jocto Bizlow

    if you know what a 5150 is this song is 10x more bad ass


    Jocto Bizlow
    So...his wife was a crazy psycho!


    Yaassss. He has a way of saying things based on how his inner voice perceives it. Raw and uncut - doesn't give a fuck if it doesn't make sense to the listener. I just so happen to think the same way which is why I connect with him so much

    Bob Bobs

    @4some2joe0 no

  73. Brian Kirby

    ......looking for a kill to grill or spoil

  74. jasyoshi

    the production of this album is fuckin ridiculous, Brilliant

  75. kc802crew

    When i see your picture i draw dicks on it.

  76. Nick Vogelsong

    Hey mom can we get a that a no? LMAO!!

  77. Gil Arreola

    colonize mars on earth day

  78. deathbycoleslaw

    I can't pick a favorite track from this album. Typical of his work