A Song A Day: Feb 13 – ‘He’ll Just Keep On Writing’

13 02 2011

I can’t start todays post any other way apart from thanking everyone who supported the giveaway competition. I was lucky enough to get a mention on the moneysavingexpert forums which drove the giveaway ahead and resulted in over 100 entrants to the giveaway. I’ll be drawing a name at random and annoucing the winner Monday. Good luck to all!

Onto today’s post!

I think it was only about 6 months ago that I discovered Tim Minchin. I saw him as a guest on the popular music ‘quiz’ show Nevermind The Buzzcocks. I didn’t think much to him until not long after I saw a live show of his on the TV. After I saw that show I was completely taken with him. I think he is absolutely fabulous. He reminded me of a modern day Victor Borge and definitley inspired by Bill Bailey. He blends comedy with music really well. A very talented musician he is.

The one song I saw performed on that show was Rock and Roll nerd. The song is an anthem to any budding bedroom guitarist or wannabe rockstar. Even I can relate to some of the lyrics. One of the ideas of the song is not feeling part of the crowd, feeling like an outsider etc. I’m not saying that’s me – but the lines about ‘he goes home and showers, gets a good eight hours’ – that reminds me of university days. I’d always get invited out to clubs and nightclubs but didn’t want to subscribe to the student lifestyle.For half of my university days I couldn’t drink alcohol (not that I did before really, the odd pint here and there with a curry if the footie was on, but that was it) I never really got the notion of going out, getting drunk, then feeling crap the following day.

I’ve never been drunk, never smoked a cigarette, never tried drugs etc. Besides, I got my ‘thrills’ if you like from the near 90 minute commute which was a great chance for me to sit on the bus and get lost in the music, read through textbooks, watch film clips, make notes etc. I could also grab a sneaky double (or triple somedays) breakfast en route. It was odd how that used to happen. I’d have normal breakfast at home, then maybe stop by McDonalds for a cup of tea… and a bagel would fall into my hand. Then maybe at university I’d buy a bacon and sausage bap (depending on what work was following. It was very thirsty and hungry work you know *wink*

Anyway, I digress. I’m very fond of my university days and my friends I made there and still keep in touch with (a reunion is planned) – no doubt future posts will reflect university memories. Until then, just enjoy Tim Minchin – Rock and Roll Nerd.

Todays post does contain some strong language. Actual Song Starts around 1m 50s

He doesn’t have a problem with drugs
He just doesn’t get them
He’s fine that his mates have tattoos
But he thinks they’ll regret them
He likes going to pubs
But he hates when the music’s too loud
He tends not to go to rock concerts
Cos he can’t stand the crowd
But all he’s ever wanted to be
Is a rock star on Rage or MTV
But he knows that it’s not fucking likely
He’s just turned thirty

He knows that he will always be
A rock ‘n’ roll nerd
He’ll keep writing songs the world will never hear
And though they won’t be heard
He’ll just keep writing
Oh yeah

But you see the problem is
He always dreamt of being a star
But he learned piano instead of guitar
Which in the nineties didn’t get you very far
So while all the other kids were learning Stairway
He was the piano to their forte
But he was convinced one day
He’d rock their fucking asses
Be an icon for the disenfranchised masses
And grow his hair long
And rebel against the state
But just for now that’d have to wait
Cos he’s running late for his morning classes

And he will always be
A rock ‘n’ roll nerd
He’ll keep playing gigs that no one knows about
And though it sounds absurd
He’ll just keep playing
Oh yeah

But you see the problem is
There’s not much depth in what he’s singing
He’s a victim of his upper middle class upbringing
So he can’t write about the hood
Or bling bling
So he sits and imagines his girlfriend is dead
To try and invoke some angst in his middle class head
But the bitch is always fine at half past nine
When they go to bed
And he’s not spent a single night in prison
He has no issues with nutrition
He has no drinking problem
And no drug addiction
Unless you count the drugs they put in chicken
And marijuana always tends to make him cough
He doesn’t look good with his t-shirt off
And when he tries to act tough you can tell he’s trickin’

While his mates all go out late
Popping pills and having fun
He goes home and showers
And gets a good eight hours
He gets his thrills from his morning run
And while his mates all go on dates
Taking speed and drinking cans of Jim Bean
He stays home and cooks
Curls up with a book
With the girl he’s had since he was seventeen

Cos he’s never really been part of the scene
Give him guns ‘n’ roses, he’ll take Queen
He’s more into Beatles than The Stones
He’s more Stevie Wonder than Ramones
And he’s never owned a panel van
He’s never shot a Panterra fan
He doesn’t know the difference between metal and thrash
He couldn’t tell you nothing about Axel and Slash
He likes Ben Folds to the Jackson Five
He knows all the words to Staying Alive
And though he wants to be all grungy and cool
He spent eleven years in a private school

So it don’t matter how he tries
He cannot hide behind his rock ‘n’ roll lies
Cos you’ve either got it or you don’t
You’ll either rock it or you won’t
Yeah, you’ve either got it or you don’t
Yeah, you’ll either rock it or you won’t

He knows that his music lacks depth
But it just can’t be helped
He has nothing interesting to say
So he writes about himself
But he doesn’t want to seem self obsessed
So he writes in third person
In an attempt to seem more rock ‘n’ roll
But he suspects it’s not workin’
And deep in his heart he knows
That he’ll never be Silver Chair or Eskimo Joe
And even if he was quite pretty
With small pants like Kylie

He knows that he
Will always be
A rock ‘n’ roll nerd
He’ll keep writing songs the world don’t care about
And though it sounds absurd
He’ll just keep writing
Oh yeah
You can criticise him
But he won’t care
Cos he wants to rock, and he will never be deterred
But he’ll always be a fucked up little, try-hard, wannabe rock ‘n’ roll nerd
Rock ‘n’ roll nerd

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