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Songwriters: Lyrics: Phillip Gardner | Music: Michael Gardner and Phillip Gardner
Story Behind The Song: I’d forgotten how many of these songs are influenced by cinematic impulses. I don’t remember a great deal about this one. But I do remember Michael’s saying that he thought about the song as a soundtrack to a film, and from that I wrote the lyric. The song’s “story” is pretty much summed up in the first verse/chorus: “Life on the street ain’t no life at all . . . Sins of the father become sins of the son.” It’s about the cycle of violence and poverty that we see repeating itself over time. I think the music expresses the emotion of the theme. But so far, I don’t think the song has changed the world the way we hoped it would. Maybe when more people hear it.
This is an example of the kind of songs we wrote after Too-Tall and Scottie joined, songs that were intended first as performance pieces. It has a kind of dramatic tension that lends itself to performance, I believe. Its heavy groove is a head-bobber, and its guitar work another reminded that these guys can play. Michael spoofs the spooky part in the middle by quoting Frank Zappa. – – Phillip Gardner