Artist: Titus Andronicus
Song: Theme from “Cheers”
Album: The Monitor (2010)
XL Recordings is excited to announce the release of The Monitor, the second album by Titus Andronicus. It’s set for release on March 9th, 2010, which also happens to be the 148th anniversary of the Battle of Hampton Roads (see track 10), wherein the U.S.S. Monitor and the C.S.S. Virginia entered into their epic struggle off the coast of Virginia.
The Monitor is 65 minutes long, and is comprised of 10 tracks varying in length between 1:55 and 14:02.
The Monitor is a concept album about the Civil War, “sort of”, says singer Patrick Stickles. He goes on to say that “It doesn't take place in olden times, nor does it necessarily feature any characters that participated in that conflict. Really, it is a record about how the conflicts that led our nation into that great calamity remain unresolved, and the effect that this ongoing division has on our personal relationships and our behavior and how they're all out to get us (or maybe not?) and yadda yadda yadda.”
We invite you to listen to a track from the album, “Four Score And Seven”, Parts 1 + 2. The full song is 8:39 minutes long, but it’s been conveniently split into 2 parts for your listening pleasure and for the purposes of the vinyl double A side 7” which will be released on February 9th, (Abraham Lincoln's 201st birthday, 201 being the area code of Glen Rock, NJ).
I'm sorry, mama, but I've been drinking again
Me and the old man got us a head start on the weekend
And rest assured tonight I'm going to be in Kevin's basement with all my friends
Provided we can get, get our lazy asses down to Bottle King by ten
And the walk home is going to be a real shit-show
I'll be picking up half-smoked cigarette butts all up and down Rock Road
And then throw up in the warm glow of the traffic light
But I'm going to put the devil inside me to sleep if it takes all night
So let's get fucked up
And let's pretend we're all okay
And if you've got something that you can't live with, save it for another day
Alright, save it for another day
I'm sorry, Mama, expect a call from the neighbors tonight
All of my asshole buddies are coming over and they're feeling a little too alright
I'm sick and tired of everyone in this town being so goddamn uptight
But don't you worry, I'll do all the talking when they turn on the flashing lights
When I'm an old man I can be the quiet type
And I can go without a moment of fun for the rest of my life
I can read a good book and I can be in bed by ten
And I can get up early, go to work and come home, and start it all over again
But while we're young, boys, everybody raise your glasses high
Singing, "Here's to the good times, here's to the home team
Kiss the good times goodbye
Oh yeah, kiss the good times goodbye"
I need a timeout
I need an escape from reality
Or else I need eternal darkness and death
I need an exit strategy
Down in North Caroline
I could have been a productive member of society
But these New Jersey cigarettes and all they require of me
Have made a fucking junkie out of me
So give me a Guinness
Give me a Keystone Light
Give me a kegger on a Friday night
Give me anything but another year in exile
I need a whiskey, I need a whiskey, I need a whiskey right now
I need a whiskey, I need a whiskey
God know how many times I've said this before
But I really don't feel like doing this anymore
So hey, Andy, let's turn into dirty old men
Close down the bar every night at the Glen Rock Inn
Talk about our grandkids as we stroke our gray beards
Funny we're still doing car bombs after all of these years
Now I know there are bicycles waiting to ride
But I could swear I heard voices from the other side
Saying, "Wait until you see the whites of their eyes"
And now that I'm older, I look back and say
"What the fuck was it for anyway?"
Those dreams are lying in the still of the grave
What the fuck were they for anyway?
So let it be on a stretcher if I get carried away
What the fuck was it for anyway?
What the fuck was it for anyway?