"Positive Jam" as written by and Craig Finn....
Woke up in the twenties.
There were flappers and fruits in white suits.
It was right before the crash.
We got thrashed throughout the thirties.
Queuing up for soup in scabby sores.
And they sent us off to war.
We came back in the forties.
There were wheelchairs, guns and ticker tape.
We poured it on the floor and made love to the interstates.
We got shiftless in the fifties.
Holding hands and going steady.
Twisting into dark parts of big Midwestern cities.
Tripped right through the sixties with some blissful little hippie.
Some Kennedy's got shot while you were screwing San Francisco.
The seventies got heavy we woke up on bloody carpets.
Got tangled up in gas lines.
I guess that's where it started.
The eighties almost killed me, let's not recall them quite so fondly.
Some Kennedy o.d. while we watched on MTV.
In the nineties we were wired and well connected.
Put it all down on technology and lost everything we invested.

We got to start it off with a positive jam.

All the sniffling indie kids.
Hold steady.
All the clustered up clever kids.
Hold steady.
I got bored when I didn't have a band.
So I started a band.
We're gonna start it with a positive jam.
Hold steady.

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"Positive Jam" as written by Craig Finn


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    General Commenthe got bored when he didn't have a band, so he started a band, man. and god damn am I glad he got bored. this song almost killed me.
    kemekongkaon October 09, 2006   Link
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    morecerealon October 04, 2006   Link
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    General Commentgreat little history lesson there. 'mazin lyricism as usual.
    BlackLungFeveron July 23, 2007   Link
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    General CommentIt seems to me as though this song is about starting a stretch of time (namely the `00 decade) out with something positive after so many other time periods that weren't. I think it might give some insight as to the name of the band--the Hold Steady--as well; a 'positive jam' represents the band, whose message, as outlined by the last part of the song, is to 'hold steady.'
    tippy_typewriteron April 09, 2008   Link

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