Let's get on with the business.
I'm really sorry about that prick in the parking lot.
I wanted this to be our year.
But they cut off supplies and they sent over some guys.
And those guys they made it perfectly clear.
I know I made them a promise but those are just words
And words can get weird.
I think they made themselves perfectly clear.

Blood on the carpet
Mud on the mattress
Waking up with that American Sadness.
Dead receptors.
Body limitations.
Weak handshakes and great expectations.
Bountiful chemicals
Beautiful kitchens.
So many choices
Decisions, decisions.
I said a couple things that probably weren't technically true.

They disconnected the phone last week.
That's how we lost the connection
So we went down to the taverns
And tried to make an impression.
I know I made them a promise but those are just words.
And words can get weird.
I think they made themselves perfectly clear.

Blood on the carpet.
Mud on the mattress.
Waking up with that American Sadness
Afternoon matinee.
Midnight madness.
Come on everybody, let's get on with the business.
Pledge of Allegiance.
War of attrition.
So many choices
Decisions, decisions.
I said a couple things that probably weren't technically true.
Conventional wisdom says we should probably cruise.

We should probably cruise.

Blood on the carpet
Mud on the mattress
Waking up with that American Sadness.
Chemistry, currency
Plastic and magic.
Everybody rise, we're an American business.
Great expectations.
LA Fitness.
So many choices.
Decisions, decisions.
I said a couple things that probably weren't technically true.
I saw that whole crew on the news.
We should probably cruise dude.

Now all our friends are acting
Sketchy and lifeless.
Waking up with that American Sadness.
Dead receptors.
Body limitations.
Weak handshakes and great expectations.
Chemistry, currency
Plastic and magic.
Come on everybody, let's get on with the business.
I said a couple things that probably weren't technically true.


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    General CommentCraig: In it I mention “that American sadness.” I read David Foster Wallace talk about this particular American sadness where, no matter what, through drugs or alcohol, especially consumer goods, we can’t seem to fill this void inside of us. The song is really about consumerism and people screwing other people over to get ahead, to get more stuff. Also, it’s really heavy and I like that. At 42 years old and on our sixth record, I was proud to make a heavy record this time around.

    Tad: I think that song is a great example of the interplay between Steve [Selvide, the band's new second guitar player] and I on the record. We both have really similar influences and we come from a really similar place — we were even born on the same day, just a few hours apart. But stylistically, as guitar players, we’re very, very different. I think that song is a really nice snapshot of that. Craig had a tough time finding where the words were going to fit because it’s dense and there’s a lot of guitars, and I remember rehearsing it and just being able to barely hear the lyrics, and then we’d get to the chorus: “On the carpet, on the mattress, waking up with American sadness.” When we finished and I said, “Are you saying 'American sadness'?” And he’s like, “Yeah.” And I’m like, “That’s fucking awesome. That’s perfect.”

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    General CommentSeems to be about small-time drug dealers being caught up in a much larger gang war.
    Crane42on July 16, 2014   Link

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