First off, I didn't feel comfortable.
I'd been drinking for weeks and forgetting to eat
and sleeping shitty in a college common room.

Trying to make friends with strangers, swapping telephone numbers
Making crazy demands to play a show in your basement.
Two days later I didn't think that you would give us our first Chicago punk rock show.

I didn't think I had a chance.
I had a hunch that lost a lot of my friends.
I never thought I'd get the feeling back again.
I never thought I'd smile again but I was dumb
'cause I felt kinda good in your neighborhood
Although I kinda fell down atop a pile of kinda dried up blood
and stumbled back to your home without outblacking.

These days, we're both getting old.
And while you're buying a house, I'm losing sight of my goals.
I took my time and now I've got nothing to show.
But when I see you next year, we'll have a coffee or beer
and I'll be real glad my failures aren't making things weird.

As we get older every day feels longer
and although I know I'll struggle I will
do my best to never get tired.
I know Chicago will be cold tomorrow
Let's cash in on our thin blood and have another one.
No flaking no leaving.

No flaking no leaving, mistaking our dealings
for burdens that stop us from waking up early
and working, repeating the process of bleeding
our tired heads dry with the motions of failing again.
I'm tired of complaining
I'm tired of complaining
But I'm thankful for the first time I met Sanawon.


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  • +1
    General CommentSo, did BTMI (or ASOB or one of Jeff's other projects) play an early show in Chicago or something? Just trying to understand what exactly this song is about.
    mocchabearon June 26, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMight be my favourite off the new EP. So awesome.
    AllChokedUpon February 21, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think the gang vocals on this song are really reminiscent of early Boys Night Out.

    But, this is easily my favorite song off of the new EP.
    original nameon March 13, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI love this song so much. :D
    indieshitteron November 07, 2010   Link
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    Song MeaningOk, so Sanawon is an indie-pop band from Chicago with Jenny Choi, who's a musician tied to the whole Asian Man Records family.
    And Sanawon's latest record came out on Jeff from BTMI!'s Quote Unquote Records.

    To quote what's on sanawon.org:
    “Jeff is the first person I ever knew to be ballsy enough to a) break up his already very successful ska punk band because it was getting annoying; and b) start over (and become uber successful again) using a totally new music business model based only on donations. I met him on tour in Cleveland several years ago when he had just started this second band (called Bomb the Music Industry!), and he and his hoodrat friends didn’t have a place to play in Chicago the next day.

    So I let him play in the basement of my house. He spray painted a cassette tape on one of the walls. Then he wrote a song about it that inevitably put the name of my band somewhere on the map of smelly heavily tattooed teenager boys.”

    So Sanawon put on a show in Chicago for BTMI! and Jeff/BTMI! wrote a song saying how grateful he was for meeting Sanawon. Nice.
    axxon March 23, 2013   Link
  • 0
    Song MeaningOk, so Sanawon is an indie-pop band from Chicago with Jenny Choi, who's a musician tied to the whole Asian Man Records family.
    And Sanawon's latest record came out on Jeff from BTMI!'s Quote Unquote Records.

    To quote what's on sanawon.org:
    “Jeff is the first person I ever knew to be ballsy enough to a) break up his already very successful ska punk band because it was getting annoying; and b) start over (and become uber successful again) using a totally new music business model based only on donations. I met him on tour in Cleveland several years ago when he had just started this second band (called Bomb the Music Industry!), and he and his hoodrat friends didn’t have a place to play in Chicago the next day.

    So I let him play in the basement of my house. He spray painted a cassette tape on one of the walls. Then he wrote a song about it that inevitably put the name of my band somewhere on the map of smelly heavily tattooed teenager boys.”

    So Sanawon put on a show in Chicago for BTMI! and Jeff/BTMI! wrote a song saying how grateful he was for meeting Sanawon. Nice.
    axxon March 23, 2013   Link
  • 0
    Song MeaningOk, so Sanawon is an indie-pop band from Chicago with Jenny Choi, who's a musician tied to the whole Asian Man Records family.
    And Sanawon's latest record came out on Jeff from BTMI!'s Quote Unquote Records.

    To quote what's on sanawon.org:
    “Jeff is the first person I ever knew to be ballsy enough to a) break up his already very successful ska punk band because it was getting annoying; and b) start over (and become uber successful again) using a totally new music business model based only on donations. I met him on tour in Cleveland several years ago when he had just started this second band (called Bomb the Music Industry!), and he and his hoodrat friends didn’t have a place to play in Chicago the next day.

    So I let him play in the basement of my house. He spray painted a cassette tape on one of the walls. Then he wrote a song about it that inevitably put the name of my band somewhere on the map of smelly heavily tattooed teenager boys.”

    So Sanawon put on a show in Chicago for BTMI! and Jeff/BTMI! wrote a song saying how grateful he was for meeting Sanawon. Nice.
    axxon March 23, 2013   Link
  • 0
    Song MeaningOk, so Sanawon is an indie-pop band from Chicago with Jenny Choi, who's a musician tied to the whole Asian Man Records family.
    And Sanawon's latest record came out on Jeff from BTMI!'s Quote Unquote Records.

    To quote what's on sanawon.org:
    “Jeff is the first person I ever knew to be ballsy enough to a) break up his already very successful ska punk band because it was getting annoying; and b) start over (and become uber successful again) using a totally new music business model based only on donations. I met him on tour in Cleveland several years ago when he had just started this second band (called Bomb the Music Industry!), and he and his hoodrat friends didn’t have a place to play in Chicago the next day.

    So I let him play in the basement of my house. He spray painted a cassette tape on one of the walls. Then he wrote a song about it that inevitably put the name of my band somewhere on the map of smelly heavily tattooed teenager boys.”

    So Sanawon put on a show in Chicago for BTMI! and Jeff/BTMI! wrote a song saying how grateful he was for meeting Sanawon. Nice.
    axxon March 23, 2013   Link
  • 0
    Song MeaningOk, so Sanawon is an indie-pop band from Chicago with Jenny Choi, who's a musician tied to the whole Asian Man Records family.
    And Sanawon's latest record came out on Jeff from BTMI!'s Quote Unquote Records.

    To quote what's on sanawon.org:
    “Jeff is the first person I ever knew to be ballsy enough to a) break up his already very successful ska punk band because it was getting annoying; and b) start over (and become uber successful again) using a totally new music business model based only on donations. I met him on tour in Cleveland several years ago when he had just started this second band (called Bomb the Music Industry!), and he and his hoodrat friends didn’t have a place to play in Chicago the next day.

    So I let him play in the basement of my house. He spray painted a cassette tape on one of the walls. Then he wrote a song about it that inevitably put the name of my band somewhere on the map of smelly heavily tattooed teenager boys.”

    So Sanawon put on a show in Chicago for BTMI! and Jeff/BTMI! wrote a song saying how grateful he was for meeting Sanawon. Nice.
    axxon March 23, 2013   Link

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