Hey! We’re a Band!!!

Blue Tattoo (more or less) did our first ever performance tonight–it was totally off the cuff. We all turned up to see our buddies in Men Without Rogaine play (check out http://www.myspace.com/menwithoutrogaine) and our long-time friend Tim Heeley (who you might remember as the drummer on my “Things I Meant to Say” record and/or as the drummer from Uncle Dick) asked us to play something…so we did two songs. First one was “The Difference” (which is on our forthcoming demo) and the second was “Fighting Drunk” (which isn’t).

We sounded good! It was odd in that we had two acoustic guitars, some congas, and a couple of microphones (and a tambourine at one point). Quite different from our usual sound…but nonetheless, it just further convinced me that we can actually DO this and do it well. There was an irony in that it came full circle for my brother and I–and Chris (the other guitarist) in another way. Dave and I started the project as an acoustic duo, and after months of electric rehearsal, we did our first performance on acousticsheh. Also, this was Chris’s (is that how you make that possessive?) first performance since he left our old band, Uncle Dick–and his last show with that band was ALSO acoustic. Kind of funny how that worked out.

I mentioned that we played “Fighting Drunk.” I’ve mentioned that song a couple of times on this blog. It’s one of my favorites I’ve written in a long time, and it’s kind of a personal song. I’m glad we’re doing it, and I’m glad it went over well. Wanted to share the lyrics with everyone who reads the blog, since it keeps popping up…

Just remember…I own the copyright. 🙂

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Fighting Drunk (All Along)
by Derek Brink, for Blue Tattoo

I didn’t think I’d hold out this long…
I always said I planned to die by 25.
But the longer I keep kicking, I feel less like screaming,
and it feels pretty good to be alive.
I’ve got a little less anger, a little less pain,
and a little less hair on my head.
I don’t exactly think I’m more mature, I’m just wiser,
and I’m better off for living life instead
of dying when I said I would…

It’s just about time I felt like this.
I’ve been fighting-drunk too long.
Sad songs are great, but it’s time I celebrated
that there’s something much better going on.
It’s been there all along.

I almost stepped into a noose when I found myself deserving
of a necktie and a shiny pair of shoes…
But it ain’t selling out to have a little bit of money
if all you had before was nothing left to lose.
I’m still too dumb to bite my (f**king) tongue instead of cursing
but I’ve never said a thing that I regret.
If saying things that somewhere down the line made you look stupid was a crime,
we’d probably all be put to death…
I ain’t going out alone…


It’s just about time I felt like this.
I’ve been fighting-drunk too long.
Sad songs are great, but it’s time I celebrated
that there’s something much better going on.
It’s been there all along.

I didn’t think I’d hold out this long…
I always said I planned to die by 25.
But the longer I keep kicking, I feel less like screaming,
and it feels pretty good to be alive.

It’s been there all along.

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Good, innit?