Bands with managers are going places
Bands with messy hair and smooth white faces
You don't believe when I say
It won't be alright
Vans with fifteen passengers are rolling over
But I trust t. william walsh
And I'm not afraid to die

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Bands With Managers Lyrics as written by David Shannon Bazan

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    General Comment"We were in North Dakota and I was listening to my friend and booking agent tell a story about one of the bands that he had worked with. They had just fired him. It was on a trail of other firings that they had done at the same time, including one of the band’s supposedly friends and supporters. It just struck me as really funny how unscrupulous people could be when someone is whispering in their ear, “You’re gonna be huge.” Out of that, the first lyric for the song came out and I just jotted it down, and later on it developed a little further.
    There’s this thing that I do when we’re touring. When your turn at the wheel is over and it’s somebody else’s turn you usually get dibs on the sleeping spot in the back. It’s really hard to sleep when someone else is driving though because you’re scared for your life. Especially late at night. You hear them hit the rumble strip and you can’t sleep. At one point I needed to sleep really bad and I was trying to figure out a way to calm my mind down and I developed a mantra that I use when I can't sleep because I’m preoccupied with the driver. I’ll just say, “I trust Tim Walsh (or whoever it is), and I’m not afraid to die.” Usually if I say that a couple times I’m able to relax my mind and go to sleep. " -David Bazan interview on
    etcetera_whateveron September 22, 2004   Link
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    General CommentWhen he did this song live in Washington last year he played part of "June 18, 1976" towards the end after he said "and I'm not afraid to die" he sang "speeding toward the ground, through the air..." and then went back, it was kinda cool...
    fewerbrokenpieceson April 26, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis song is beautiful, but I don't think it should have been chosen to be the first track on the CD. It seems almost too slow-paced. It's still an amazing song though.
    Sepulchraveon November 05, 2004   Link
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    General Commentthanks etcetera..that was awesome..

    ya I think its all about how bands with managers get all about the money and fame and think they are gonna be huge..but less famous bands will "be alright"
    Heather200408on March 11, 2006   Link

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