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The Mystery of Neil Diamond's "Porcupine Pie"

Googling the phrase “porcupine pie recipe” leads to porn, but was that what Neil Diamond was thinking when he wrote Porcupine Pie 40 years ago? He seems to be speaking in metaphor or code. Perhaps it’s about a surreal erotic dream?  I don’t know, but it’s certainly a catchy tune.

Neil Diamond "Hot August Night" (1972)

“Porcupine Pie”

(words and music by Neil Diamond)

Porcupine pie, porcupine pie, porcupine pie,

Vanilla soup, a double scoop please.

No, maybe I want, maybe I won’t, maybe I will.

The titti fruit, with fruity blue cheese.

Ah, but porcupine pie, porcupine pie, porcupine pie,

Don’t let it get on your jeans, I know it sounds a little strange,

but you got to eat it with gloves–or your hands will turn green.

Ah, but porcupine pie, porcupine pie, porcupine pie,

It weaves its way through my dreams,

And I do believe I’m gonna have one and leave enough room for dessert,

chicken ripple ice cream.

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