Wasted​/​Back to Life

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about

Two songs, one track!

"Wasted" is - guess what - a not so subtle allegory for alcoholism and the escape thereof. "Back to Life" is, lyrically, a tribute to 2 Tone and third wave/ska punk, with references abound.

I always wanted to do a two-song medley, in the spirit of Devo's "Smart Patrol/Mr. DNA". I gave "Wasted" to Katon, who took it from an acoustic dirge to a guitar-driven full-band tune, and we combined it with his then-instrumental "Back to Life" with a short, sweet little transition to get a four-minute track out of them both.

lyrics

Oh my God, well, it's happened again
I've already seen how this story ends
Most other folks would just let it all pass
But in twenty-six minutes I'll be on my sixth glass

I sit here getting wasted
The grim reaper's out there waiting
But a little red devil's already possessed my mind
I've got no hope for freedom
Made best friends with all my demons
And they prefer I spend my time inside (yeah, yeah, yeah)

Surprise, surprise!
Woke up late again
But I've got no job and I've got no friends
The rich ain't happy and the sad get sadder
So if I sit here getting drunk
Does it really even matter?

I sit here getting wasted
The grim reaper's out there waiting
But a little red devil's already possessed my mind
I've got no hope for freedom
Made best friends with all my demons
You know what, man? I'll take a chance outside!

(Let's talk it on out)

We're looking good, we're feeling fine
I think I'll take you out tonight
Ghost Town, boomtown
Going to the show
I've got my coat, I've got my hat
I'll wait outside your London flat
Likkle old time reggae on my red radio

Hey, little rude girl
Where you going?
Hey, little rude girl
Don't you know the music brings this town to life?
Hey, pretty rude girl
Are you listening?
Hey, pretty rude girl
Don't you know that you brought me back to life?

So shake your rump to this mighty beat
I think I killed my losing streak
Good luck is on my side and that's alright
I said, Hey, Miss Katella
I just wanna be your fella
We can take the 50 bus to the party downtown
You know her love is lethal
But deep down she is an angel
I can't get enough of that Orange County sound
Can't get enough of that Orange County sound

Hey, little rude girl
Where you going?
Hey, little rude girl
Don't you know the music brings this town to life?
Hey, pretty rude girl
Are you listening?
Hey, pretty rude girl
Don't you know that you brought me back to life?

credits

from Hooray for Our Side, released July 30, 2013
Katon Guinen - lead guitar, co-lead vocals on "Back to Life", backup vocals
Nikki Klein - drums
Veg McCoy - bass
Evan Wohrman - lead vocals, backup vocals

Karen Roberts - backup vocals
Vincent Walker - trumpet, organ, tambourine
Brian "T-Bone Willy" Williams - trombone

Produced, recorded, and mixed by Vincent Walker
Mastered by Steve Foote

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Hooray for Our Side is a ska/punk/alternative rock band based in Orange County, California.

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