Cage the Elephant – Ain’t No Rest For The Wicked
The blues-punk quintet Cage the Elephant, features singer Matt Shultz, his brother; guitarist Brad Shultz and a pack of high school buddies from Bowling Green, Kentucky.
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The song talks about three particular instances in which the narrator realizes “there ain’t no rest for the wicked.” First, he encounters a prostitute 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, whom he asks the same question and from whom he receives the same answer. 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 Shultz stated the song was inspired by an old co-worker of his who at the time was a drug dealer. When Shultz asked him why he dealt drugs, the co-worker told him that “there’s no rest for the wicked.” Shultz was a plumber at the time, and said that he wrote the lyrics on a piece of drywall while working at his co-workers house.
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… With Special Dedication To Guy Mosier
Somebody That I Used To Know – dedication to Guy Mosier
No matter how I feel about you, then or now, y o u deceived me; lied to me, made a fool of me, made a mockery of my life.
What was precious and necessary to me – you destroyed. And you destroyed it in the most blatant, unkind, traumatic, brutal, and cruelest of end-all manners – forever permanent … you left me with damages – in every conceivable way.
Damages that no amount of money could ever substantiate, cannot be replaced, what you robbed me of … chaos and emptiness you blindsided me with.
You completely, callously left me . . . broken, depleted and unprepared for such … not from you, or so I thought. Y O U failed me, and I want you to take that to your grave. I don’t care how long it takes you to realize just what you have done. I know that you will. I know things, I just k n o w certain things. I just do.
This, all of this, I never wanted it; I didn’t ask for it, you gave it to me. You handed it over to me. I didn’t want it, don’t want it and Mr. – you can have it all back, it’s yours — came from you — and to you it shall return. You will then know of the horrible injustice you committed. You will know of the empty senseless, endless hours of pain that you left me with … on my own to figure out.
You will know of it — all of it. It will come back to its rightful owner- Guy Mosier.
You will never forget; I won’t let you.
As for me, I am gone. Gone, gone, gone,
aeh/s | 1-3-2012
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