Music Discovery Monday: Nathaniel Rateliff &The Night Sweats

This song makes my list for several reasons. First—the sound reminds me of some kind of Elvis meets Johnny Cash for a drink in a hipster bar situation. I love the vibe. Second—the lyrics. When you really listen, you discover they are dark and deeply serious. Even those who aren’t dealing with the torment of addiction first hand can relate to the internal tug-of-war this song demonstrates.

*WARNING* EXPLICIT LANGUAGE

S.O.B.—Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
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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
If I can’t get clean I’m gonna drink my life away

Whoa- oh
Whoa- oh
Whoa- oh – oh – oh
Whoa- oh
Whoa- oh
Whoa- oh – oh – oh
Now for seventeen years I’ve been throwing them back
Seventeen more will bury me
Can somebody please just tie me down
Or 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
If I can’t get clean I’m gonna drink my life away
Hey, yeah now

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My heart was breaking, hands are shaking
Bugs are crawling all over me
My heart was breaking, hands are shaking
Bugs are crawling all over me
My heart was breaking, hands are shaking
Bugs are crawling all over me
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
If I can’t get clean I’m gonna drink my life away
Son of a bitch , give me a drink
One more night
This can’t be me
Son of a bitch
If I can’t get clean I’m gonna drink my life away
Yeah ah

Whoa- oh (uh huh)
Whoa- oh
Whoa- oh – oh – oh
Whoa- oh
Whoa- oh
Whoa- oh – oh – oh
Whoa- oh
Whoa- oh
Whoa- oh – oh – oh
Whoa- oh
Whoa- oh
Whoa- oh – oh – oh