This song appeared as a full band number at the famous Yoshi's show in 1995. According to story intros, Dave was supposedly inspired to write the song after watching a nature special in which native tribes burned live pigs to determine judgments. The last time it was played by the full band was on 8.31.96
. After that the song disappeared almost entirely with the exception of a few Dave and Tim appearances in 1997
It was not until 1998 during the studio sessions of Before These Crowded Streets
where the song was majorly reworked into Pig
. Although the phrase, "Don't Burn the Pig" was not included in the album version, it resurfaced in teases of the song in 2001
. When "Pig" returned to the setlists in 2002, it was listed on the road page setlists as "Don't Burn the Pig" but every version has been the modern song.