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LYRICS and COMMENTARY: SEA OF BITTERNESS

1. WORSEFUL LIFE

When I met you, baby You were sweet and fine Now I notice something changing You're getting meaner all the time

And I've been thinking about what I've seen Things I still cannot believe

All the times you cheated and lied You've been living the worseful life

When I was so much younger I was so naïve I never thought that anyone Could come between you and me

Now… I've been thinking about what I've seen You treating her like you used to me

All that time pretending you're mine You've been living the worseful life

Watch out (Watch out) Watch out (Watch out) Watchin out, Watchin out, Watchin out

When I met you, baby You were sweet and fine Notice something changing, Getting changing meaner all the time

I was so much younger; I was so naïve I never thought that anyone Could break up you and me

When I met you, baby I was sweet and fine Now I notice something changing I'm getting meaner all the time

And… I've been thinking about what I've seen Things I still cannot believe

All our lives all cheatin and lyin We're all living the worseful life

COMMENTARY: This song was inspired by our hatred of living in a modern metropolis. Life in Vancouver gave us a taste of the evils corporations bring: pollution; piss poor wages; compartmentalized, isolated living conditions; traffic nightmares; small business takeovers; MSG addictions; advertising assaults; no nature, no real art, no free space; jobs no one cares about doing; and a myriad of mental frustrations. Capitalism today has nothing to do with free enterprise, fair play, morality, community, or humanity. So, listen to this song as a boy meets girl scenario if you must, but understand the bitter emotions that inspired it run very deep. Point of interest: a First Nations friend of ours coined the term "worseful" in describing Whistler, BC, home to the 2010 Winter Olympics in Canada

 

 

3. RED ARMY OVERDRIVE

Baby, why do you seem To be moving where you don't belong?

Baby, why do you seem? To think it's over when it's just begun?

You can try and move me But I'm not taking one step back

I'll be rolling right over you Gonna stop you dead in your tracks

You're burning in a sea of fire Burnin' up in a sea of fire

You're burning in a sea of fire Burnin' up in a sea of fire

Baby, why do you say I'll just come a crumbling down? You think you're taking over me

But you're sinking While I'm holding my ground You can lay it on me But I'll be coming at you twice as strong

Until the offensive has ended And you're back to where you once belonged

Take me down and out You think you'd take me down In just one year

You hit it; I'll hit it back You push it; I'll push it back You give it; I'll give it back You kick it; I'll kick it back

 

COMMENTARY: This song is written from the perspective of Russia during WWII. Russia is the girl "voice" in the song. We've alluded to many famous historical quotes: Hitler's - about Germany having only to kick in Russia's front door and the whole rotten structure would come "crumbling down", Stalin's policy of "not one step back", etc. We've even printed a picture of a T-34 Soviet tank on the cover of the single. The heroism of the forty million Russian men and women, who gave their lives to defeat an enemy who considered them less than human, has always been downplayed in the West. This is a morality tale: don't underestimate the power of the people.

 

 

BACK OFF

Back off! I'm not kidding You better listen to me I'm not messing around! I really mean it

Back off, yeah; watch what you're doing Why you being' this way? Do you think it's okay? Hey, I don't need it

Take off and don't ya come back If I catch ya round here You're gonna get a smack

Like I told you before move it or lose it You think I'm cruel? Look at what you did to me

You really tear me up inside

Your last chance, you already had it You just blew it away At the end of the day, I finally had enough

Get lost! I don't want you near me What more can I say? I said it simple and plain Go on and give it up

I always get what I want Just leave it up to me honey Anything I say I can make come true

Why you try to bring me down? When I ain't goin' down and out You can bring me down down down

I ain't even close to out I know what you're about You'll come and fast And then you'll leave me crash and burnin'

You'll leave me crash and burnin' You'll leave me crash and burnin' 'Til I'm on the ground

 

COMMENTARY:This song did start out as a relationship song, fifteen years ago. The lyrics sound so simple, but it's tricky to write "in the language of the common man". We wanted to make the words sound completely natural, conversational even. That's how it started, but it didn't end there. We learned about the things that Big Box companies do to communities, and to people around the world. We learned about Free Trade, the government kickbacks, the cycles of poverty. So, this one is for the Wal-Marts of the world: "Back off and don't you come back!"

 

 

7. BOUNTY KILLER BLUES

Only five miles from town There's no one around I'm waiting for my man there

Things are gonna get rare (He's a bounty killer) Now I'm on a mission Fatal and black

Yes, I'm on a mission Someone's gonna get whacked

They got the bounty killer blues (He's coming for you) He's got you now

Joined up for the fun / They gave me a gun And taught me how to kill a man there And how to know when to run

Now I'm on a mission / Fatal and black Yes, I'm on a mission Someone's gonna get whacked

Gonna take another hit of my very best shit And ride on a hundred miles, babe Before stopping to rest

Now I'm on a mission and I gotta go Yes, I'm on a mission / Why do you gotta know?

You got the bounty killer blues?

COMMENTARY: Has anyone ever stopped you on the street and offered you twenty grand to knock off his wife? Well, it happened to Donnie - he must have been looking particularly nasty that day. More inspiration for the song comes from Sergio Leone's spaghetti westerns.

 

9. ZOMBIE ATTACK

Sun beats hard / For days had to starve But food's been found so that's where I'm bound

In an underground place on a military base Deep in the heart of the land of the dark

Took a 12 gauge / A box of shotgun shells My 18-wheeler runs like hell

Ain't much to use but it'll have to do It's a last chance ride to keep my family alive

It's one long road through The Forbidden Zone (stay strong) One long day since I been away (too long)

I got one long night (darlin) So I can make it right (come home) Now I'm on the road and coming back to you

The people there were caught unaware Fire rained down / burned up the towns People changed / DNA arranged

A new lifeform / from Hell they were born The almost dead / they're right up ahead The next five miles / the undead alive

I drive real fast / I'm hauling ass I gotta make it back before they attack

Now it's dark outside / And we're tryin to hide But the moon is full / And the stocks are low

Now hear that moanin / Eyes a glowin Nails a scratchin / Windows crackin

Zombies attackin / Make it back in time Please darlin, make it back in time

Now it's dark outside / And we're tryin to hide But the moon is full And the stocks are low

Now hear that moanin /Teeth a showin Lips a smackin / Windows crackin Zombies attackin / Make it back in time

Please darlin, make it back in time

COMMENTARY: We took what was originally a simple truckin' song and turned it into a tribute to George A. Romero's zombie films. More and more, the notion of Armageddon has transferred into the realm of reality today -- be it from nuclear attack, disease, climate change, or something unknown. This notion is even more prevalent now than it was at the Millennium. What is becoming obvious is that people are aware that a new civilization is at hand.

 

11. ANYTIME

Anytime you feel alone Just give me a call 'cause baby I'm home

I got some Muddy on to make you feel nice And a burning love to melt through the ice

There's nothing goin' wrong 'round here Gonna make you feel right

Anytime you feel afraid I'll be by your side the whole way

There's nothing like a shoulder to lean on Or a superman to battle your demons

Anytime the world's got you down Get your guitar on and play it real loud

There's country and blues and old rock and roll It's great for the heart and good for the soul

COMMENTARY: On one level, this song speaks of the lonely isolation of modern existence. It's ironic, because living in the city, you are literally surrounded by thousands of other people. How could anyone be lonely? Yet, the song features a lonely guy and a girl who's always at home - anytime. It speaks to the need for companionship, and music, in a world afflicted with a general malaise.

 

13. FORTY DEGREES BELOW

I need a ride I need a ride I crashed my car Why don't you come on over take me to the bar?

I need a ride I need a ride I crashed my car Why don't you come on over take me to the bar?

I need a ride I need a ride it's cold outside And it's forty degrees below tonight

My baby kicked me out she won't let me back in Now I'm staying over in the Yukon Inn

With ice for a blanket and snow for a stove Right now I'm hurting bad like nobody knows

I need a ride I need a ride it's cold outside And it's forty degrees below tonight

Knock knock knock guess who it is My little brother with a beer in his fist

He's here to pick me up He's got a full tank of gas in his pick up truck

My bad ass brother's gonna drive me round All across town so I can let it all out

To BB-Q Pete's and Flapjack Flo's My wife ain't here so she ain't gonna know

I'm never gonna have a better time than this And when we get back there's beer in the fridge

Went to the monster truck rally And a wrestling show A hot dog eatin' contest where we got too full

At Hooty McBoob's the drinks were cheap And over at the Legion I won some meat

We finally got back and drank what was left My bad ass brother's what I call the best

Knock, Knock, Knock Guess who it is? His old lady and she looks pissed

She's here to drag him home And once again I'm left all alone

Knock knock knock guess who it is My little baby with a slap and a fist She's here with my stuff

She says she's had it up to here And she's had enough

She tells me once she won't tell me again Don't come around cause She won't let me back in

And I don't think I can just go back She said her Uncle Charlie is gonna kick my ass

He told me once that he won't tell me twice He'll get me back if I don't be nice I should have thought about it long ago

Now I'm left in the snow, And there's nowhere to go And its forty below so

COMMENTARY: When Donnie's brother "settled down", we wrote this song as a memorial to his bachelorhood. We tried not to exaggerate parts here and there. It makes us laugh.

 

15. THE GERALD CHARLIE STOMP

It's 2 in the morning / I don't why We keep dancing up all night Two in the morning / the moon is high

We keep dancing up all night It's the Gerald Charlie Stomp

The roof flies off, the windows open wide

At the Gerald Charlie Stomp (Yeah!)

The fun it won't stop / All day you're on top You can't get enough / Of that good time stuff

Now it's 3 in the morning and I don't know why We keep dancing up all night

Three in the morning and the beer ran dry But we keep dancing up all night It's the Gerald Charlie Stomp

The music is playing / Your body starts swaying You're having a ball

Gerald Charlie's got 'em movin' now You'll get down like you don't know how

Black Owl Blues is groovin' now Clap your hands and scream and shout

Shake 'er down and move about Click your heels get it all out

Swing and sway and stomp around To the Gerald Charlie Good Time Sound

Now, it's 4 in the morning and I don't know why We keep dancing up all night

Four in the morning / Friends all bye-byed The beer ran dry / We danced all night It's the Gerald Charlie Stomp

COMMENTARY: Gerald Charlie, a First Nation blues singer/songwriter, is one of the all-time great musicians living today, but he's virtually unknown. We tried to capture the spirit of his live shows. Great musicians should be forever celebrated and recognized, but they're not. So, that's why this song is on Sea of Bitterness.

 

16. SPECIAL KINDA MUSIC

It takes a special kind of music to get me moving Gotta have a rhythm that gets me grooving

Can't stop my feet once they start dancing Turn up the music and let's get at it It has to be a song that we can all sing to There's Leadbelly Woody Guthrie Sonny Terry Brownie Mcghee Little Richard Ike Turner Little Walter Muddy Waters

James Brown The Velvet Underground Phil Spector and his Wall of Sound The Beatles The Beach Boys Duran Duran

The Beastie Boys JAMC and Primal Scream TREX The Clash AC/DC

Grandmaster Flash can cut so fast We got Jayz and Public Enemy

Music puts you in the mood Brings you up when you are blue Listen up here's what you do Eat it up it's good for you

There's Chuck and all his rock and roll Johnny Cash Fats Domino The Rolling Stones The Ramones The Shangri Las and

The Go-Gos The Minutemen and Split Enz The Grateful Dead and Boney M Good ol Hank Williams can rock me still

The Texas Playboys with Bob Wills Hot Club of Cowtown Merle Haggard Burrito Brothers Tom Connors

Soledad Brothers Stone Roses Southern Culture on the Skids

COMMENTARY: "Special Kinda Music" sounds positive, but we are really very bitter about the sub-standard state of music today. This track is a bit of nostalgia for songs that we can actually dance to, and that are part of the songwriting tradition.