Ain’t No Rest For The Wicked ~ Cage The Elephant

Cage the Elephant is an American rock band from Bowling Green, Kentucky where they were originally known as “Perfect Confusion.” The band consists of brothers Matt Schultz (vocals) and Brad Shultz (guitar), Lincoln Paris (guitar), Daniel Tichenor (bass, vocals) and Jared Champion (drums).

The band members hail from Bowling Green, Kentucky – a town where working in the nearby Chevrolet assembly plant or Fruit of the Loom headquarters were the main employment games in town. “It was the kind of place where if you didn’t play football, or you were a little bit different, people thought you were gay,” Matt says. “I didn’t want to be part of that jock world. I liked music so I quit the football team when I was a junior and started a band. Forming Cage the Elephant was a rebellious thing – a way for us to carve out our own path instead of following the path created by the community that surrounded us.”

The Shultz brothers grew up poor, sharing a tiny room in the family’s two-bedroom apartment with two other siblings. “Our dad drove a supply truck and he was gone a lot,” Matt recalls. “There wasn’t a lot of money or anything to do so we would make up goofy songs to pass the time.” At age 12, Brad bought a beat-up guitar from a neighborhood kid for $20 that he played until it literally fell apart. Not long after their parents were divorced, Brad snuck home a cassette of Jimi Hendrix’s Live at Woodstock, which the brothers listened to obsessively for three years, cementing their love for rock and roll. A few years later, Matt bought Bob Dylan’s The Times They Are a-Changin’. “That was a huge, life-changing album for me.” he says. “Just the honesty in Dylan’s music and how he looked at society, it really opened my eyes to how blind we really are.” After the brothers’ parents divorced, the music floodgates opened and they began to devour everything they could find from the Beatles, The Ramones, Led Zeppelin, Chuck Berry, the Rolling Stones, Nirvana, and the Pixies, to name but a few.

“A lot of bands put themselves in a box and say, ‘We’re not going to be influenced by anything,’ Matt says. “We don’t mind being influenced though. I don’t think you should force influence but to fight against it would be like fighting against nature. You have a responsibility to innovate but a lot of the time people allow pretentiousness to taint their innovation and what you end up with is very contrived soulless music. Everything we love about music we wanted to put in our own music. When it comes down to it, we just want to make music that we love.”

In a June 26, 2008 interview with The Sun, Matt was asked where the name “Cage the Elephant” came from:

Where did the name Cage The Elephant come from?

Matt: I was having my fortune told and the woman pulled out this card and started freaking out. She was saying “cage the elephant” over and over. It freaked me out, too, and I got up and left. It was really weird.

Ain’t No Rest For The Wicked

The song talks about three particular instances in which the narrator realizes “there ain’t no rest for the wicked.” First, he encounters a hooker asking if he desires to spend the night with her. The narrator proceeds to ask her why she does what she does. The chorus (her response) analyzes the main reasons why individuals follow the paths they follow (“…Money don’t grow on trees, I’ve got bills to pay, I’ve got mouths to feed…”). The narrator, fifteen minutes later, is robbed by a criminal, of whom he asks the same question. Finally, upon turning on the television, the narrator sees a preacher being arrested for stealing the funds of his church. This is followed by a third chorus saying that everyone is the same and we all have no rest “until we close our eyes for good.”

Lead singer Matt Schultz stated the song was inspired by an old co-worker of his who at the time was a drug dealer. When Schultz asked him why he dealt drugs, the co-worker told him that there “ain’t no rest for the wicked.” Shultz was a plumber at the time and said that he wrote the lyrics on the drywall behind a toilet in Bowling Green.

Ain’t No Rest for the Wicked – Matt Schultz

I was walkin’ down the street
When out the corner of my eye
I saw a pretty little thing approaching me

She said I never seen a man
Who looked so all alone
Oh could you use a little company

And if you pay the right price
Your evening will be nice
You can go and send me on my way

I said you’re such a sweet young thing
Why you do this to yourself
She looked at me and this is what she said

There ain’t no rest for the wicked
Money don’t grow on trees
I got bills to pay
I got mouths to feed
Ain’t nothing in this world for free
No I can’t slow down
I can’t hold back
Though you know I wish I could
No there ain’t no rest for the wicked
Until we close our eyes for good

Not even 15 minutes later
I’m still walkin’ down the street
When I saw the shadow of a man creep out of sight
And then he swept up from behind
He put a gun up to my head
He made it clear he wasn’t lookin’ for a fight

He said give me all you got
I want your money not your life
But if you try to make a move I won’t think twice

I told him you can have my cash
But first you know I gotta ask
What made you want to live this kind of life

He said there ain’t no rest for the wicked
Money don’t grow on trees
I got bills to pay
I got mouths to feed
Ain’t nothing in this world for free
No I can’t slow down
I can’t hold back
Though you know I wish I could
No there ain’t no rest for the wicked
Until we close our eyes for good

Well now a couple hours past
And I was sitting in my house
The day was winding down and coming
To an end

So I turned on the TV
And flipped it over to the news
And what I saw I almost couldn’t
Comprehend

I saw a preacher man in cuffs
He’d taken money from the church
He’d stuffed his bank account with righteous
Dollar bills

But even still I can’t say much
Because I know we’re all the same
Oh yes we all seek out to satisfy those thrills

You know there ain’t no rest for the wicked
Money don’t grow on trees
We got bills to pay
We got mouths to feed
Ain’t nothing in this world for free
No we can’t slow down
We can’t hold back
Though you know we wish we could
No there ain’t no rest for the wicked
Until we close our eyes for good

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Doomed ~ Brent Amaker and the Rodeo

Brent Amaker and the Rodeo is an American Country Western band from Seattle, Washington consisting of Brent Amaker, Tiny Dancer, Sugar McGuinn, Ben Strehle, and Bryan Crawford.

Brent Amaker and the Rodeo formed in Seattle, Washington, in 2005. The band’s image recalls influential country musician Johnny Cash, ‘The Man in Black’, as they dress head-to-toe in black with matching Stetson hats and cowboy boots. They are billed as influenced by art rock performers Devo and glam rock’s David Bowie.

Much emphasis is put into the band’s image as evidenced by a large collection of photos and music videos done by the band, fans, and photographers and videographers. The Rodeo have a cinematic quality and are often put in context of spaghetti western films made by Sergio Leone and Ennio Morricone.

Their concerts often feature a dancing girl from local burlesque troupes and a phenomenon only known as the “Whiskey Baptism” where Amaker welcomes new fans into the “Church of the Rodeo” by pouring shots of liquor into their mouths.

Recently, they have been gaining notoriety from their cover of “Pocket Calculator” by German electro-pioneers Kraftwerk.

They also performed in the indie slasher film “Punch” directed by Jay Cynik. Cynik also wrote a comic book based on the exploits of the band on tour called “Mescal de la Muerte.” Illustrated by Portland, Oregon artist, Simon Young, the graphic adult novel was included in their 2010 release “Please Stand By.

Doomed

The best country music expresses profound things in the commonest of terms, and these postmodern cowpokes do a decent job approaching that. “In the end/ We’re all doomed/ Even if you’re living/ On the moon” on “Doomed” comes off as just careless rather than an endearingly glib take on mortality. But based on the hooting and hollering from the band during the interlude before the last chorus, that’s not their main concern. If country music really is for the everyman, why shouldn’t songs about the apocalypse two-step in on nursery-rhyme couplets? —   J. Arthur Bloom – Tiny Mix Tapes

Doomed was featured in the closing song of Showtime’s series finale of Weeds on September 26, 2011.

Doomed – Brent Amaker

In the end We’re all doomed
Even if your livin’ on the moon
We’re all doomed.

Super volcano near
Even if we get out of here
We’re all doomed.
We’re doomed.

Enjoy your stay while you’re here
We’re Doomed.

So take this time to pass some love around
And tell your friends before they’re dead
Love is the only legacy you leave behind
Love is the only legacy you leave behind
And we’re all doomed

In the end We’re all doomed (yee haw)
Even if your livin’ on the moon
We’re all doomed.

How ’bout the big line across the sky
If it’s here we’re gonna die
Everyone dies

So take this time to pass some love around
And tell your friends before they’re dead
Love is the only legacy you leave behind
Love is the only legacy you leave behind (yes it is)
Love is the only legacy you leave behind
And we’re all doomed

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Those Were The Days ~ Mary Hopkin

Mary Hopkin credited on some recordings as Mary Visconti, is a Welsh folk singer.

Hopkin was born in Pontardawe, Wales into a Welsh-speaking family and her father worked as a housing officer. She took weekly singing lessons as a child and began her musical career as a folk singer with a local group called the Selby Set and Mary. She released an EP of Welsh language songs for a local record label called Cambrian, based in her home town, before signing to The Beatles’ Apple Records. The model Twiggy saw her winning the British ITV television talent show, Opportunity Knocks and recommended her to Paul McCartney. She became one of the first artists to record on the Beatles’ Apple record label.

Those Were The Days

Those Were the Days” is a song credited to Gene Raskin, who put English lyrics to the Russian romance song “Dorogoi dlinnoyu” (“Дорогой длинною”, lit. “By the long road”), composed by Boris Fomin (1900-1948) with words by the poet Konstantin Podrevskii. It deals with reminiscence upon youth and romantic idealism.

Georgian singer Tamara Tsereteli (1900-1968) and Russian singer Alexander Vertinsky made what were probably the earliest recordings of the song, in 1925 and in 1926 respectively.

The song is best remembered, however, in English-speaking countries, for Mary Hopkin’s 1968 recording, which was a top-ten hit in both the US and the UK. On most recorded versions of the song, Raskin is credited as the writer, even though he wrote only the later English lyrics and not the melody.

Gene Raskin frequented the White Horse Tavern in New York’s Greenwich Village the 1960s and the song lamented the passing of the golden folk days of Dylan, Paxton, Ochs, and The Clancy Brothers & Tommy Makem.

Those Were The Days - Boris Fomin, Gene Raskin

Once upon a time there was a tavern
Where we used to raise a glass or two
Remember how we laughed away the hours
And dreamed of all the great things we would do

Those were the days my friend
We thought they’d never end
We’d sing and dance forever and a day
We’d live the life we choose
We’d fight and never lose
For we were young and sure to have our way.
La la la la…
Those were the days, oh yes those were the days

Then the busy years went rushing by us
We lost our starry notions on the way
If by chance I’d see you in the tavern
We’d smile at one another and we’d say

Those were the days my friend
We thought they’d never end
We’d sing and dance forever and a day
We’d live the life we choose
We’d fight and never lose
For we were young and sure to have our way.
La la la la…
Those were the days, oh yes those were the days

Just tonight I stood before the tavern
Nothing seemed the way it used to be
In the glass I saw a strange reflection
Was that lonely woman really me

Those were the days my friend
We thought they’d never end
We’d sing and dance forever and a day
We’d live the life we choose
We’d fight and never lose
For we were young and sure to have our way.
La la la la…
Those were the days, oh yes those were the days

Through the door there came familiar laughter
I saw your face and heard you call my name
Oh my friend we’re older but no wiser
For in our hearts the dreams are still the same

Those were the days my friend
We thought they’d never end
We’d sing and dance forever and a day
We’d live the life we choose
We’d fight and never lose
For we were young and sure to have our way.
La la la la…
Those were the days, oh yes those were the days

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Let it Be ~ The Beatles

the-beatlesThe Beatles were a rock and pop band from Liverpool, England that formed in 1960. During their career, the group primarily consisted of John Lennon (rhythm guitar, vocals), Paul McCartney (bass guitar, vocals), George Harrison (lead guitar, vocals) and Ringo Starr (drums, vocals). Although their initial musical style was rooted in 1950s rock and roll and skiffle, the group worked with different musical genres, ranging from Tin Pan Alley to psychedelic rock. Their clothes, style and statements made them trend-setters, while their growing social awareness saw their influence extend into the social and cultural revolutions of the 1960s. After the band broke up in 1970, all four members embarked upon successful solo careers.

The Beatles are one of the most commercially successful and critically acclaimed bands in the history of popular music, selling over one billion records internationally.

Let it Be

Let It Be” is a song by The Beatles, released in March 1970 as a single, and (in an alternate mix) as the title track of their album Let It Be. It was written by Paul McCartney, but credited to Lennon—McCartney. It was their final single before McCartney announced his departure from the band (by that time, Lennon had already left). Both the Let It Be album and the US single “The Long and Winding Road” were released after McCartney’s announced departure from and subsequent break-up of the group.

McCartney said he had the idea of “Let It Be” after he had a dream about his mother during the tense period surrounding the sessions for The Beatles (the “White Album”). McCartney explained that his mother-who died of cancer when McCartney was fourteen-was the inspiration for the “Mother Mary” lyric. He later said, “It was great to visit with her again. I felt very blessed to have that dream. So that got me writing ‘Let It Be’.” He also said in a later interview about the dream that his mother had told him “It will be all right, just let it be.”

The first rehearsal of “Let It Be” took place at Twickenham Film Studios on January 3,1969, where the group had, the previous day, begun what would become the Let It Be film. During this stage of the film they were only recording on the mono decks used for syncing to the film cameras, and were not making multi-track recordings for release. A single take was recorded, with just McCartney on piano and vocals. The first attempt with the other Beatles was made on January 8th. Work continued on the song throughout the month. Multi-track recordings commenced on January 23rd at Apple Studios.

The master take was recorded on January 31st 1969, as part of the ‘Apple studio performance’ for the project. McCartney played Blüthner piano, Lennon played six-string electric bass, Billy Preston played organ, and George Harrison and Ringo Starr assumed their conventional roles on guitar and drums. This was one of two performances of the song that day. The first version, designated take 27-A, would serve as the basis for all officially released versions of the song. The other version, take 27-B, was performed as part of the ‘live studio performance’, along with “Two of Us” and “The Long and Winding Road”. This performance, in which Lennon and Harrison harmonized with McCartney’s lead vocal and Harrison contributed a subdued guitar solo, can be seen in the film Let It Be. The film performance of “Let It Be” has never been officially released as an audio recording. The lyrics in the two versions differ a little in the last verse. The studio version has Shine until tomorrow…there will be an answer whereas the film version has shine until tomorrow…there will be no sorrow.

On April 30, 1969, Harrison overdubbed a new guitar solo on the best take from January 31st that year. He overdubbed another solo on January 4,1970. The first overdub solo was used for the original single release, and the second overdub solo was used for the original album release. Some fans mistakenly believe that there were two versions of the basic track-based mostly on the different guitar solos, but also on some other differences in overdubs and mixes.

Let it Be – John Lennon, Paul McCartney

When I find myself in times of trouble
Mother Mary comes to me
Speaking words of wisdom
Let it be
And in my hour of darkness
She is standing right in front of me
Speaking words of wisdom
Let it be

Let it be, let it be
Let it be, let it be
Whisper words of wisdom
Let it be

And when the broken hearted people
Living in the world agree
There will be an answer
Let it be
For though they may be parted there is
Still a chance that they will see
There will be an answer
Let it be

Let it be, let it be
Let it be, let it be
Yeah, there will be an answer
Let it be
Let it be, let it be
Let it be, let it be
Whisper words of wisdom
Let it be

Let it be, let it be
Let it be, let it be
Whisper words of wisdom
Let it be

And when the night is cloudy
There is still a light that shines on me
Shine until tomorrow
Let it be
I wake up to the sound of music
Mother Mary comes to me
Speaking words of wisdom
Let it be

Let it be, let it be
Let it be, let it be
There will be an answer
Let it be
Let it be, let it be
Let it be, let it be
Whisper words of wisdom
Let it be

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Bad Company ~ Bad Company

bad_companyBad Company were an English blues rock supergroup founded in 1973, consisting of band members from Free (Paul Rodgers, Simon Kirke), Mott the Hoople (Mick Ralphs), and King Crimson (Boz Burrell). Bad Company was managed by Peter Grant, who had also guided Led Zeppelin to massive success. The band enjoyed great success throughout the 1970s.

The band split up in 1982, but was re-formed in 1986.  By this time, Paul Rodgers was engaged in a new supergroup called The Firm, so the three remaining members hired ex-Ted Nugent vocalist Brian Howe as the new lead singer, Steve Price as the new Bass player and Greg Dechert (ex-Uriah Heep) on keyboards.  The band had limited success mainly because it sounded rather contrived with a pop-rock flavor.  Howe left the band in 1994.

The remaining band members hired Robert Hart, ex-Distance vocalist, and released one album in 1995 that tanked.

In 1998, Paul Rodgers returned to Bad Company between 1998 and 2002 to put together a compilation album with four new songs.  The new tracks appeared on the 1999 compilation album called The Original Bad Company Anthology which crawled to #189. Many fans were displeased with the track listing which left off many hits, although a number of rare tracks did appear. Bad Company toured with Paul Rodgers for only 30 dates in the U.S.; the tour drew well.

Bad Company

Bad Company” is a song from the hard rock band Bad Company. It was released as the third single from their debut album Bad Company in 1974, although it did not chart (in America). Co-written by the group’s lead singer Paul Rodgers and drummer Simon Kirke, the song’s meaning comes from the movie of the same name featuring Jeff Bridges and Barry Brown. The introductory three chords of the song are also in the movie. The Joni Mitchell song “Woodstock” from 1970 uses the same chords and piano figure.

It is also a rare instance of the artist, album and song names being the same. Other examples include “Black Sabbath”,”Iron Maiden”, “Motörhead”, “Electric Wizard”, Pennywise, “Children of Bodom”, “Damn Yankees”, “Bang Camaro”, “Deicide”, “Iced Earth” and “Living in a Box”.

Timothy McVeigh, the terrorist responsible for the April 19, 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, was quoted as saying as he fled the site of the bombing that he thought of a specific ” Bad Company” lyric, “…dirty for dirty,” heard towards the end of the song. Many websites describe this, but confuse that short phrase within a song as the title for another song.

The following video is from the April 11, 2010 concert at Wembly Arena in London.  Since Boz Burrell died in 2006,  the three remaining original members were accompanied by  former Heart guitarist Howard Leese and bass guitarist Lynn Sorensen.

Bad Company - Simon Kirke, Paul Rodgers

Company Always on the run
Destiny is the rising sun
Oh I was born 6-gun in my hand
Behind a gun I’ll make my final stand
That’s why they call me

Bad company
And I can’t deny
Bad company
Till the day I die
Till the day I die
Till the day I die

Rebel souls
Deserters we are called
Chose a gun and threw away the sun
Now these towns
They all know our name 6-gun sound is our claim to fame
I can hear them say

Bad company
And I won’t deny
Bad Bad company
Till the day I die
Till the day I die
SOLO

Bad
Bad company
I can’t deny
Bad company
Till the day I die
And I say it’s
Bad company Oh Yeah—Yeah
Bad company
Till the day I die Oh Yeah

Tell me that you are not a thief
Oh But I am
Bad Company
It’s the way I play
Dirty for dirty
Oh Somebody Double-crossed me
Double-cross
Double-cross

Yeah
We’re Bad company
Kill in cold blood

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How to Sign

We’ve all heard the “controversy” over the South African who was hired to do the deaf sign language for Nelson Mandela’s memorial in South Africa.  Sign language experts say that he didn’t know what he was doing.

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