Hokus Pokus – Unveiling the Mystique of the Carnival


You can view the lyrics, alternate interprations and sheet music for Insane Clown Posse's Hokus Pokus at Lyrics.org.
Article Contents:
  1. Music Video
  2. Lyrics
  3. Song Meaning
  4. A Grand Entrance to the Spectacle of the Juggalos
  5. The Jester’s Toolbox: Madness as a Metaphor for Freedom
  6. The Ark of Anarchy: Veiled Symbols in the Carnie Ride
  7. The Incantations of Outcasts: Memorable Mantras of ‘Hokus Pokus’
  8. ‘Faygo Dreams and Nightmare Schemes’: Embracing the Iconoclastic Mythos

Lyrics

Hokus Pokus

“Serial slaughtering stranglers
Jugging Juggling juggalos
Folded, fat, floppy-tittied freaks
I see fuckin P’s in the haugh”

[Violent J]
Abracadabra boom shacka dae
I’m Violent J, and I’m back like a vertebrae
And I come with a hat full of tricks
Trunk full of Faygo, car full of fat chicks
Hahahahahahahaha, fuck you
Wicked clowns, we’d like to say what up to
The Cobra’s, X-men, and Counts, and everybody with clown luv
Even sets I’ve never heard of
Roll into town, and out with the big top
Four cards down, and two more still to drop
And when it does, I pack up and hit the road
’cause I don’t want to see your head explode
Toss me an axe, and I’ll toss you a dead chicken
Add a buck, you get a two-liter with em
And when the genie says on with the show
It’s hokus pokus jokers, Great Milenko.

[Chorus (1x)]
Once again, the psychotic carnival creatures in the haugh
Hokus pokus, joker’s ride, come take a spin on a carnie ride
Southwest slithering snakes of darkness come
Hokus pokus, joker’s ride, come take a spin on a carnie ride

[Shaggy 2 Dope]
Shazam BAM, shocka locka lokey
Shaggy the clown back like scoliosis
Call me a psycho-skitso freak
And I’ll call you by your name (dick-anus)
’cause I can give two shits and a fuck
I bounce down Verner in a popcorn clown truck
I’m a circus ninja southwest voodoo wizard.
I grab your gizzard
Jump on the carpet, let’s take a spin
Everybody’s waitin for the show to begin
Up to the top, by the neck, and let you go
Try to land in a glass of Faygo
Uh, you suck, you missed the fuckin glass
Broken neck, and busted your fuckin ass
But the genie says on with the show
Hokus Pokus Jokers, Great Milenko.

[Chorus (1x)]
What awaits you after death, rub the lamp and explore
Hokus pokus, joker’s ride, come take a spin on a carnie ride
Enter Milenko’s Fun House, walk right through the wretched hall
Hokus pokus, joker’s ride, come take a spin on a carnie ride

“Fuck em all, fuck em all
Clown dawg, freak dawg
Joker dawg, Milenko dawg”

Fidgets of joker’s cards blasting in your mother’s face
Hokus pokus, joker’s ride, come take a spin on a carnie ride

[Violent J]
Rude Boy and Chucky down wit the clown
First time we ever went to Mexican Town
I remember, we couldn’t pay the bill, they got hot
And beat us down in the fuckin parking lot

[Shaggy 2 Dope]
Tall Jess, Jump Steady, and Nate the Mack
Tagged ICP by the train tracks
And it was on, the dawn of a new day
Magical carpets screaming down the freeway

[Violent J]
Walked in a gypsy’s tent with a food stamp
And walked out with a magical lamp, yeah
I met Milenko, he gave me 3 wishes
That night, I fucked 3 fat bitches

[Shaggy 2 Dope]
Then get the fuck with it, forget it
I’ll rip your face off, and wipe my ass with it
When the genie says on with the show
Hokus pokus, jokers, Great Milenko

[Chorus (x)]
Climb aboard our magic train and join us inside
Hokus pokus, joker’s ride, come take a spin on a carnie ride
Fifty-two villians, hammered town, the show must go on
Hokus pokus, joker’s ride, come take a spin on a carnie ride
Giant ladies, bearded ladies, midget ladies, ladies!
Hokus pokus, joker’s ride, come take a spin on a carnie ride
Clowns of darkness and underneath them comes the cloud
Hokus pokus, joker’s ride, come take a spin on a carnie ride

“Fuck dat!”

Full Lyrics

Swathed in the otherworldly milieu of a macabre carnival, Insane Clown Posse’s ‘Hokus Pokus’ is a labyrinthine tapestry, woven with the raw threads of horrorcore rap and the gritty essence of Detroit’s street culture. It is a spectacle of bizarre incantations, a hymn dedicated to the societal outcasts and a metaphoric romp that challenges normative perceptions.

Within the rebellious echoes of this raucous anthem lies an encrypted atlas to the ethos of the Juggalo, as it converges into a mystic narrative of chaotic reverie and liberation from societal constraints. Here we unravel the enigma, exploring the intricacies and layered philosophies that drive this juggernaut of off-kilter poesy.

A Grand Entrance to the Spectacle of the Juggalos

‘Serial slaughtering stranglers / Jugging Juggling juggalos’ – right from the outset, ‘Hokus Pokus’ parades an arsenal of evocative imagery and adrenaline-pumping verses. These lines not only introduce the Insane Clown Posse’s devout fanbase, the Juggalos, but also encapsulate their esoteric sense of belonging to a tribe at odds with the mainstream.

The track becomes a call to arms for avatars of the bizarre, forging an explicit visual association with the carnivalesque and embracing a lifestyle that flourishes on the fringes of the socially acceptable. Here, ICP claims dominion over a culture rooted in jubilant anarchism and wild-hearted resilience.

The Jester’s Toolbox: Madness as a Metaphor for Freedom

‘I’m Violent J, and I’m back like a vertebrae / And I come with a hat full of tricks’ – Violent J’s entrance in the song is a proclamation of relentless revival, a recurring presence that can’t be subdued. The ‘hat full of tricks’ suggests a magician’s unpredictable nature, drawing parallels to the group’s ability to continually conjure bewildering narratives and provocative commentary.

Through this line, ICP reiterates their artistic identity as provocateurs; the horrors they spew are the illusions crafted for their carnival, a fantasy space where they are free to invert societal norms and conjure a twisted reality without repercussion.

The Ark of Anarchy: Veiled Symbols in the Carnie Ride

‘Four cards down, and two more still to drop’ – This lyric nods to the group’s elaborate mythology, the Joker’s Cards, which are central to ICP’s discography and conceptual narratives. Each card is an album, each with its own distinct message and moral, ultimately constructing a complex commentary on life, death, and morality.

The Joker’s Cards symbolize a riddle wrapped in the enigmatic yarn spun by ICP, becoming talismans of cultural critique. Through its references, ‘Hokus Pokus’ plays a pivotal role in the overarching tapestry of ICP’s odyssey, enticing listeners to delve deeper into their arcane world.

The Incantations of Outcasts: Memorable Mantras of ‘Hokus Pokus’

‘Hokus Pokus, joker’s ride, come take a spin on a carnie ride’ – The recurring chorus transcends simple lyricism, transforming into an incantation that invites the listener to embrace the deranged ecstasy of the Juggalo lifestyle. It rings as both an invitation and a warning: Enter the world of ICP at your own risk.

This memorable line serves as more than just an adhesive chorus; it is a covenant, a pledge to the experience of the uncanny and the affiliation shared by those who resonate with ICP’s anarchist wizardry.

‘Faygo Dreams and Nightmare Schemes’: Embracing the Iconoclastic Mythos

The grotesque vividness of ICP’s narrative in ‘Hokus Pokus’ speaks of more than just shock value. It is an intricate allegory for reclamation of individual identity, a profound acceptance of the ‘self’ in its rawest form, manifested through the visceral imagery of Faygo sodas, dark magic, and lurid escapades.

Through their spellbinding canopy, ICP crafts a sanctuary for those who have been ostracized, building a mythos where oddities reign supreme. The song becomes a powerful crescendo that doesn’t merely entertain, but rather vindicates the existence of the misunderstood.

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