"Sell Out" as written by Steve Smith, Gary Stewart, Tony Frater and Leslie Cobb....
Well I know you can't work in fast food all your life
But don't sign that paper tonight
She said but it's too late.

I don't remember what I read
Don't remember what they said
Guess it doesn't matter
Guess it doesn't matter anymore

You're gonna go to the record store
You're gonna give'em all your money
Radio plays what they want you to hear
They tell me it's cool but I just don't believe it

Sell out, with me oh yea, sell out, with me tonight
Record company's gonna give me lots of money and
Everything's gonna be all right

No more flippin' burgers puttin' on my silly hat you know
I don't want that no more
And I didn't ask when we'd get paid
I quit my day job anyway
Guess it doesn't matter, guess it doesn't matter anymore

Coz you're gonna go to the record store
You're gonna give'em all your money
Radio plays what they want you to hear
Tell me it's cool, I just don't believe it

Sell out, with me oh yea
Sell out with me tonight
The record company's gonna give me lots of money
and everything's gonna be

And I don't think it'll be so bad
And I know it won't be so bad
Cause the man said "that's the way it is"
and the man said "it don't get better than this" no no no

So I signed on to the record company
they say they're gonna give me lot's of money
if i play what they want you to hear
they tell me it's cool, and i sure believe it

Sell out, with me oh yea
Sell out with me tonight
The record company's gonna give me lots of money
and everything's gonna be all right

Yeah, yeah yeah, yeah yeah
The record company's gonna make everything all right

Baby don't you sign that paper tonight she said
But I can't work in fast food all my life


Lyrics submitted by sawg

"Sell Out" as written by Gary Stewart Steve Smith

Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Universal Music Publishing Group, Peermusic Publishing, Downtown Music Publishing

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  • +2
    General CommentI love this song. Expecally the line"radio plays what they want you to hear." gotta love it.
    DrugedintoSilenceon February 20, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentMy god. I can't believe no one has commented on this song. This song is what got me addicted to Ska. RBF is just the best. They're stupid, funny, and have good songs. Too bad they can't go on tour all the way to south-east Asia.
    braykeron January 20, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentMy friend told me what this song was about and I agree with her. Basically its about a person who works in fast food and is in a band in his spare time. The band is good, but play 'unconventional' music. The person is sick of working in fast food and changes who he is to conform to what the record company wants him and his band to be like. His band now play and do what they want them to. The record companies decide what music should be like, the radio shows then play you what they want effecting directly what music the general public will get to hear. They decide whats the in thing and then you go out and buy it. Sadly thats the way it is. And this person is sad to be adding to it, but as he says,
    "You cant work in fast food all your life."
    Shezzieon April 29, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI find it quite ironic that their one big hit was "Sell Out". Pretty fitting.
    kmk_natashaon February 17, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti love the beat to this song. it's awesome!!!
    laurensusie18on March 12, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti'ts just a joke, they're joking about themselves and about other bands who might or have sold out. it's just cute and fun and a big joke.
    bluekitty2on April 26, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThey wrote the song and made a video out of it, becuase universal bought out mojo records, and wanted a single out of one of the mojo bands. reel big fish, being the band they are, made sell out, to make fools out of universal. the song completely makes fun of record labels and radio stations, which is why RBF never had another single out. gotta love it
    NoSkaSuckson May 06, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentby the way 4 the uninformed they changed their label because the one they were with crashed out an went under. they went 2 a big label because goldfinger did, n they stick together
    lankmasteron June 04, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis Is A Great Song And Has A Message And Obviously People Posted It Already But Reel Big Fish Was The GateWay Band To Op Ivy Since They Did A Cover Of Unity A Pretty Good Job They Did Too Well No Matter What Any Says This Band Is Cool
    Spade9on July 25, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis and the bosstones got me into ska...happy tune dat cant help but make me dance...try their cover of Take On Me...great song....RBF and BOSSTONES rule ass.....
    tsunamibomb420on July 27, 2002   Link

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