Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Songs that Capture a Mood: “No Shame”

Two Cow Garage’s song “No Shame,” from their 2007 album III (Suburban Home Records, Amazon, iTunes), is about quitting the band and getting a “real job” according to guitarist/singer Micah Schnabel.  Like all great songs though, the lyrics touch on much more than quitting a band and deal with issues of growing up and facing the responsibility of adulthood.



Well there's a TV set
on a Peavey amplifier.
I'm lying in bed
watching The Outsiders.
And thanks for asking
but things have never been worse.

Cause nicotine and losing
is all we've been doing
since the heat came off the wall.

My mind starts to wander.
I begin to ponder.
The thought of just selling it all.

There ain't no shame
in just giving up and walking away.
Walking away
and just giving up
and just giving up
and walking away yeah.

Well now there's a guitar
that's leaning on my wall.
The instrument of my
ultimate downfall.
And notebooks scattered
all over my floor.
Six hundred pages
all filled with regret
and hundreds of songs
that I ain't finished yet
and a job application getting
harder to ignore.

There ain't no shame
in just giving up and walking away.
Walking away
and just giving up
and just giving up
and walking away yeah.

There ain't no shame
in just giving up and walking away.
Walking away
and just giving up
and just giving up
and walking away yeah.

There ain't no shame...

There's a TV set
on a Peavey amplifier.
I'm lying in bed
watching The Outsiders.
And thanks for asking
but things have never been worse.

“No Shame” strikes a chord with me as someone struggling with finding his place in the world and finding a job that doesn’t suck.  In my adult life I’ve gone from essentially one dead end job to another and the prospects for finding a fulfilling long-term career seem to get slimmer and slimmer each year.  Obviously I’m the only one to blame for my lot in life, what with only having an associate’s degree (in broadcast journalism no less) and fairly lackluster work ethic, customer service jobs seem to be all I’m destined for.  Luckily my current job is with a good company but still the work isn’t at all fulfilling.  That is where the line “There ain’t no shame, in just giving up and walking away” really hits home because I truly feel like giving up on this career and walking away. 

Here is an excellent acoustic version of “No Shame.” 

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