don't start a band, nobody wants to hear
nobody understands. don't start a band, you will be so dissapointed that it was nothing like you planned, don't start a band...oh yea yea yea

I hate to ruin the magic, I hate to kill the dream, but once you've been behind the scenes well you'll know just what I mean...
you might think that it's cool to get up on the stage and play rock and roll with your heart and soul, but when no one shows up and your songs all suck and there's no applause and no flying bras

no girls will scream for you and no one's gonna sing along with you

don't start a band, nobody wants to hear
nobody understands. don't start a band, you will be so damn terrible, they will think you're shitty and bland, don't start a band...oh yea yea yea
cuz you won't get paid...and you won't get layed, yea yea

and even if you make it, all the way to MTV, I don't think you could take it, all the bullshit and the greed,
everyone is so fake when they shake your hand
and they kiss your ass cuz you making cash
and the business end will turn every friend to an enemy, oh you will see

they'll turn their backs and they'll be gone, faster than you can say, "what did I do wrong?"

don't start a band, nobody really cares
nobody understands. don't start a band, you will sign your life away and then you will be working for the man, don't start a band, oh yea yea yea.

your message will get lost, you will be double-crossed...

and if you think that the joy of playing, will keep you going through the years, wait 'til you're poor and frustrated, and the fun just dissapears,
nobody cares what you have to say and no one's gonna listen anyway

rock and roll will bring you down and it will kick you while you're on the ground...

don't start a band, don't even try you will regret it yeah. don't start a band, you will be so dissapointed that it was nothing like you planned, don't start a band...oh yea yea yea

so just give up now, I'll show you how

don't start a band
don't start a band
don't start a band
don't
start
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    General CommentThis song i just about the pressures of the music biz, and how there are so many backstabbers. It's a fair warning from our friends RBF
    BrandNewEndon July 28, 2005   Link
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    General Commentyes BrandNewEnd is correct and the video for this song is awesome if you get a chance to watch it...its the best song off their new album
    A7XWakingTheFallenon January 11, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI agree... don't start a band, they are a bitch. Sometime the biggest pains in the arse are the people who are meant to be on your side, your own band.
    I am really enjoying this song now because it is summing up my mood perfectly
    clarkeyon January 23, 2006   Link
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    General CommentWhat's funny about this song is it's the kind of song that MAKES you want to start a band.
    Logan Soreseon April 19, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthis is a great song but I agree with Logan.

    This song has actually encouraged my band because it puts a humorous spin on the problems a band has. It helps us remember that we didn't start a band to get on MTV or have chicks throw their bras.
    Sidekick Suicideon May 29, 2006   Link
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    General Commentmtv sucks balls. plain and simple.
    HeartlessNewon June 05, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI love this song, only Reel Big Fish could have pulled it off and made it a good song.
    Baukeon January 23, 2007   Link
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    General CommentReel Big Fish is amazing. ;o Aaron has that amazziiinggg quality of being funny and truthful.
    loverlieson June 15, 2007   Link
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    General Commentreel big fish had a hard start, so I think that's what this song is about. It's funny, true, and a great ska/punk song.
    plastic_sconeson August 15, 2007   Link
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    General Commentwow.
    This song is so true, because unlike most people, i can relate.
    Although, we won't give up...
    I like being in a band, but still, this song says alot, and its true.
    Mindbreaker4228on August 22, 2007   Link

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