"The Living Bubba" as written by and John Cooley Patterson Hood....
I wake up tired and I wake up pissed
wonder how I ended up like this
I wonder why things happen like they do
but I don't wonder long cause I got a show to do

I'm sick at my stomach from the A.Z.T.
Broke at my bank cause that shit ain't free
but I'm here to stay (at least another week or two)
I can't die now cause I got another show to do

Don't give me no pity don't give me no grief
Wit till I die for sympathy
Just help me with this amp and a guitar or two
I can't die now cause I got another show to do

Don't give me no preachin' no self servin'
I ain't no angel but nobody's deserving
I can dance on my own grave, Thank You!
but I can't die now cause I got another show

Some people keep saying I can't last long
but I got my bands I got my songs,
liquor, beer, and nicotine to help me along
and I'm drunk and stubborn as they come
chain smoking, guitar picking, til I'm gone

I ain't got no political agenda
Ain't got no message for the youth of America
'cept "Wear a rubber and be careful who you screw"
and come see me next Friday cause I got another show

Some people stop living long before they die
Work a dead end job just to scrape on by
but I keep living just to bend that note in two
and I can't die now cause I got another show


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"The Living Bubba" as written by Patterson Hood

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    General CommentNo argument that the song is about Smalley, but what makes the song great is that it isn't just about Smalley. It could have turned into just a story song about one guy (and yeah, the story's all there), but there's plenty of other stuff in here that keeps me coming back to it... The story of the starving artist just doing whatever he has to do in support of that art; the idea that feeling sorry for yourself is just a waste of time; and, of course: "some people stop living well before they die... ... and I got another show to do..."
    AndrewMuon January 18, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDamn great tune - anyone in the band HIV (+) or is it bout someone else?
    ranger235on June 20, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWow - its all here:

    pastemagazine.com/articles/2003/06/…

    Great story
    ranger235on June 22, 2009   Link
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    General CommentExcellent song. Love hearing this live on the Live from Austin and the dirt Underneath Albums.

    "I can dance on my own grave, Thank you!" - Love that line, Think I may get it tattooed on my body somewhere.

    This song is about Greg Smalley - I'm sure the link above explains but I can't open it for some reason. My understanding of Smalley is that he was a fantastic guitar player who was in many bands. He was diagnosed with HIV (AZT is a HIV+ Drug) and spent his last few years doing almost a show a night in the hope (as Paterson Hood explains on the Dirt Underneath CD) that doing what he loves might make him live a little longer, or at least a little better.
    MarkCox11on July 05, 2011   Link
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    General CommentHere is the link to that Paste article. Love Patterson!
    pastemagazine.com/articles/2003/06/…
    krugeron December 20, 2013   Link

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