S.O.B.

So I happened to catch this performance when it originally aired last year, but when I finally got around to posting it to my blog, NBC had already taken the video down.  And while the band also has an “official” video of this song, it isn’t half as good as the live performance from The Tonight Show, so I refused to post it.  Well, lo and behold, The Tonight Show video is back, and I’m happy to get to share it tonight.

As soon as I saw this performance, this became my new favorite song.  Nathaniel Rateliff is kind of like if Joe Cocker and James Brown had a country/western rockabilly baby, and his band is one part Blues Brothers Band and one part Village People.  But they’re all soul.  I mean, they’re on Stax Records, for God’s sake- it doesn’t get much more legit than that.

So without further ado, here’s a link to the video, followed by the lyrics:

nathanielrateliff

I’m gonna need someone to help me–
I’m gonna need somebody’s hand.
I’m gonna need someone to hold me down–
I’m gonna need someone to care.
I’m gonna writhe and shake my body–
I’ll start pulling out my hair.
I’m going to cover myself with the ashes of you,
and nobody’s gonna give a damn.

Son of a bitch, give me a drink–
one more night escaping me.
Son of a bitch, I can’t get clean–
I’m gonna drink my life away.

Now for seventeen years I’ve been throwing them back–
seventeen more will bury me.
Can somebody please just tie me down?
Oh, somebody give me a goddamn drink.

Son of a bitch, give me a drink–
one more night, this can’t be me.
Son of a bitch, I can’t get clean–
I’m gonna drink my life away.

My heart was aching, hands are shaking–
bugs are crawling all over me.

Son of a bitch, give me a drink–
one more night, this can’t be me.
Son of a bitch, I can’t get clean–
I’m gonna drink my life away.

 

 

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