Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Social Distortion

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I heard "Ball and Chain" by Social Distortion on the radio today. It is one of my favorite songs by one of my favorite groups. It is one of the few songs that I actually will sing along with - anyone who has heard me sing is very happy that I don't sing very much.

I bought all of Social D's discs when I was in college but lost track of them afterward. Apparently they are still doing their thing.

On that album with "Ball and Chain" (the album is called "Social Distortion") is a pretty cool remake of "Ring of Fire" by Johnny Cash. Some will feel that the tune is sacred and not re-doable, but I think they do a pretty good job. You have to have guts if nothing else to remake a Cash song.

They play a sort of "punkabilly" type of music. Hard driving melodies, but not super heavy metal like a Slayer or Motorhead. Just plain good 'ol rock and roll. I also like the tune "Bad Luck" from their awesome album "Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell".

Lyrics from one of the best songs of all time (IMHO) Ball and Chain:
Well it's been ten years and a thousand tears
And look at the mess I'm in
A broken nose and a broken heart,
An empty bottle of gin
Well I sit and I pray
In my broken down Chevrolet
While I'm singin' to myself
There's got to be another way

Chorus:
Take away, take away
Take away this ball and chain
Well I'm lonely and I'm tired
And I can't take any more pain
Take away, take away
Never to return again
Take away, take away
Take away Take away this ball and chain

Well I've searched and I've searched
To find the perfect life
A brand new car and a brand new suit
I even got me a little wife
But wherever I have gone
I was sure to find myself there
You can run all your life
But not go anywhere

Chorus

Well I'll pass the bar on the way
To my dingy hotel room
I spent all my money
I've been drinkin' since half past noon
Well I'll wake there in the mornin'
Or maybe in the county jail
Times are hard getting harder
I'm born to lose and destined to fail

Chorus

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