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Talking Seattle Grunge Rock Blues

by Todd Snider

Hey, hey, my, my
Rock and roll will never die
Hang your hair down in your eye
You'll make a million dollars

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Well we were in this band going nowhere fast
We sent out demos but everybody passed
So one day we finally took the plunge
Moved out to seattle to play some grunge
Washington state that is
Space Needle, Eddie Vedder, Mudhoney

Now to fit in fast we wear flannel shirts
We turn our amps up until it hurts
We've got bad attitudes and what's more
When we play we stare straight down at the floor
Ain't seen nothing like that on television in like... an hour

Now to fit in on the Seattle scene
You've gotta do something they ain't never seen
So thinking up a gimmick one day
We decided to be the only band that wouldn't play a note
Under any circumstances
We called it Silence, music's original alternative... roots grunge

Well we spread the word through the underground
That we were the hottest new thing in town
The record guy came out to see us one day
And just like always we didn't play
It knocked him out
He said he loved our work
He said he loved our work but he wasn't sure if he could sell a record with no music on it
I said shit, you've been doing that all year


Well they made us do a video but that wasn't tough
Since we just filmed ourselves smashing stuff
It was kinda weird because there was no music
But MTV said they would love to use it
The kids went wild, the kids went nuts
Rolling Stone gave us five stars, said we played with guts
We're scoring chicks, taking drugs, they asked us to play MTV Unplugged, you should have seen it
We went right out there and refused to do acoustic versions of the electric songs we'd refused to record in the first place
Then we smashed our shit

Well we blew them away at the Grammy show
By refusing to play and refusing to go
And then just when we thought fame would last forever
Along come this band that wasn't even together
Now that's alternative
That's alternative to alternative
They're called Guns 'N' Roses

Sing if you know it!

Well our band got dropped and that ain't funny
Because we're hooked on grass but we're outta money
So the other day I called up the band
I said "Boys, I've taken all I can
"Shave off your goatees, pack the van
"We're going up to Boulder to follow the Yonder Mountain String Band"