The Bone is the Orbital Planet of the Nerve

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Hey, our drummer Mike "Rattlesnake" Romano wrote this tune, then Kelly came up with the lyric. It's about her Dad gettin' smacked in the head and not having to go to Vietnam because of his terrible injury. So there.
-ne

Is it just me, or does this song sound louder than the others on this record? No fair! (Mike Romano wrote it.) Mike wanted this tune to sound--in spite of its rapid chord changes--like the glissando pop of Cheap Trick. Kelly wrote lyrics that were a little too staccato at first for Mike's taste; then she re-wrote them to his "general specifications," being the consummate professional that she is, and they sound great. A very difficult melody to match with lyrics. I love this song, and I hope it's just the beginning to M. Romano's songwriting contributions. But my rapid-fire down-strumming during certain sections requires practice; right now my wrists are feeble because I have a girlfriend and I don't jerk off enough. OK, maybe that's TMI, but these comments are supposed to provide secret insight into musicians' lives. If my parents are reading this, I can only defend myself by saying that the music business is brutal. Brutal.
-gg

lyrics

(Wake up you lucky boy...)
You were chosen with such care when you were born
It's nineteen sixty-four!
You will volunteer to wear a uniform

The floor of the station cradles my life
I had a grip on him, had him picked from the corner of my...
eyes squeezed shut and I'd know him a mile away
And the smell! I recognize it well...

Smoke and whisky wrung him out
Dragged him down
Drove him from his home
He tries to kill me, just about blacking out
before he slams a full soda-glass bottle
down on my skull, down upon my skull
Seeping out a nineteen year-old recruit
all the blood meant for the...

War of nerve and bone - showing very limited attention spans
I've never been so lost and alone
The yolk of my youth slipping through their grimy hands

The doctors will bet on left or on right... side of my face is numb, like a line was drawn
Am I paralyzed?
One seizure a day keeps me in the game
Is this Hell?
I recognize it well...

Smoke and whisky wrung him out
Dragged him down
Drove him from his home
He tried to kill me and just about snuffed me out
when he slammed a full soda-glass bottle down on my skull.
Using all his might, leaving me to fight my own impossible war on the ground

Left me on the ground
Bleeding on the ground
Seeping out a nineteen year-old recruit
all the blood meant for the war!

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from Famous People Marry Famous People, released July 11, 2008

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