"John the Fisherman" is a song by alternative rock band PRIMUS. The song was mentioned in the Season Eleven episode, "Guitar Queer-O".

Background

Manager Charles Kincade introduces Thad Jarvis as Kyle Broflovski's replacement for Stan Marsh's Guitar Hero team. Charles claims Thad can play the song "acoustically" on his video game controller. When Thad taps the buttons, the crowd at the cafe reacts as if they were actually hearing the song.

As Stan and Thad play the song in front of an audience of children, Kyle arrives only to find out he has been replaced. He leaves disappointed that Stan chose being famous and earning points over their friendship.

Guitar Hero Appearances

  • Guitar Hero II (2006)
  • Guitar Hero Mobile (August 2008 monthly download)

Lyrics

When he was young you'd not find him doing well in school
His mind would turn unto the waters
Always the focus of adolescent ridicule
He has no time for farmer's daughters
Alienated from the clique society
A lonely boy finds peace in fishing
His mother says "John this is not the way life's supposed to be"
"Don't you see the life that you are missing?"
And he says
When I grow up I want to be
One of the harvesters of the sea
I think before my days are done
I want to be a fisherman

Now years gone by we find a man that rules the sea
He sets out on a dark May morning
To bring his catch back to this small community
He doesn't see the danger dawning
Four hours up, oh the ocean swelled and swelled
The fog rolled in it started raining
"The starboard bow."
"Oh my God we're going down!"
They do not hear his frantic mayday
And he says
When I grow up I want to be
One of the harvesters of the sea
I think before my days are done
I want to be a fisherman
"I'll live and die a fisherman"
Calling John the Fisherman
Calling John the Fisherman
We're calling John the Fisherman


Songs from Season Eleven
California Loves the Homeless | Carry On Wayward Son | Cherry Pie | Come to My Window | Down with the Sickness | Easter Parade | Every Rose Has Its Thorn | He is Risen | Help Me | Hippitus Hoppitus | (I've Got a) Golden Ticket | I Remember You | I Wanna Be Sedated | Imagination Song | John the Fisherman | Jordan | Pie Jesu (Requiem) | Pretty Vacant | Surrender | Woman

See Also: List of Songs | List of Minor Characters from Season Eleven | Season Eleven

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