When The Hold Steady hits the stage on Friday night, some of the rock band's faithful fans will be glad that after a night of sipping tallboys they'll have Saturday morning to sleep in.
Songs by The Hold Steady, once dubbed “America's bar band,” range in subject from liquor, ladies and rock band problems to The Replacements, Tuscan Raiders and the Twin Cities.
Since the band is coming on Friday, we took a look at our four favorite songs by the band that deal with the weekend.
“Two-Handed Handshake” from “Stay Positive”
This track reads like advice to young people: you won't find love at the bar, girls need to be nicer to each other, don't force your crushes, don't quote so much from movies.
Lyric: “His two handed handshake/Says he's so glad to meet you/His one silver earring/Says he parties on weekends”
“The Weekenders” from “Heaven is Whenever”
Raise your hand if you've decided to go out, hit it hard and cause some trouble on the weekend. Its references to horses and clairvoyance make it a sort of sequel to The Hold Steady's “Chips Ahoy!”
Lyric: “‘Cause I was thinking we could pull another weekender/You've still got a bit of clairvoyance/...But it's not gonna be like in romantic comedies/In the end I bet no one learns a lesson
“Our Whole Lives” from “Heaven is Whenever”
Who said the weekend was just for partying? In this song, the narrator speaks of hitting up Mass before he hits the town.
Lyric: “Tonight we're gonna have a really good time/But I want to go to heaven on the day I die/Gonna make like a preemptive strike/Hit the five thirty Mass early Saturday night”
“Chillout Tent” from “Boys and Girls in America”
While most of us go to a music festival to enjoy good music and nice weather, the characters in this song have a bit too much fun and end up in the chillout tent after imbibing a bit too much.
Lyric: “It was his first day off in forever, man/The festival seemed like a pretty good plan, Cruise some chicks and get a sun-tan.”
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