You start out with a punk rock band just trying to have fun
Your lousy seven inch is not impressing anyone
You get your first show and you're ready to go
When it's stopped by the fire chief
Do not pass go do not collect your ten bucks gas money
But pretty soon you're playing almost constantly
You buy a crappy, rusted out old van
You leave your mom's house happy to be on your own
And move in with the rest of your band

You get a record deal with a big label on the coast
You feel important as you eat your Ramen and your toast
Your money is spent and you can't pay the rent
But you're having a gay old time
You don't have cash for food but you still get drunk every night
The local fanzines all start wanting interviews
And then you're in Maximum RockNRoll
Your record starts to sell and you get paid for it
But the fun's just starting now hit the road

The merchandise is selling out, you're the talk of the scene
The profit margins far exceed your most orgasmic dreams
But touring feels wrong when they're shouting out songs
Or punching you in the mouth
The ones who don't want your autograph scream at you that you've sold out
You wonder why you ever got involved in this
You find yourself despising all your fans
Your appointments with accounts and your lawyers are
More important than the stupid punk band

You come out with a half assed record made too fast
You hate your band and they think you're a jerk
And suddenly you're not the hottest thing around
It's time for a career in spoken word

Lyrics submitted by fishpunk

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    General CommentI tried to find these lyrics on the internet before I got the cd and it was virtually impossible, so I decided I would put them here in case anyone finds themself in that position also.
    This song is basically about what happened to Screeching Weasel... I think it's one of their best, definately a very rad song.
    fishpunkon June 12, 2002   Link
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    General Comment"time for a career in spoken word?" ouch. perhaps a stab at a certain jello?
    bittersweeton April 06, 2003   Link
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    General Commenthah exactly bittersweet. exactly.
    somegrrrlon May 03, 2003   Link
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    General Commentgreat song, and what a great bassline! :)
    sazchopson February 06, 2005   Link
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    General Commentyou guys think it was a stab at Jello? My first thought in response to that line about spoken word was Henry Rollins.
    JeffKaos71on March 02, 2005   Link

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