Songs About Bands And Touring

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  1. scotchandcigar

    scotchandcigar arrogant bastard

    I don't think we've done this before, but there are a lot of songs about being in a band, and/or touring in a band. It's sort of an existential concept - being in a band that goes on tour, to sing songs about being in a band and on tour.

    Here are a few examples to start, and I'm sure there are plenty of others. Include the pertinent lyrics too.

    Bob Seger – Turn The Page
    Here I am, on a road again
    There I am, on the stage
    Here I go, playing star again
    There I go, turn the page

    Chicago – Introduction
    So this is what we do
    Sit back and let us groove
    And let us work on you
    We've all spent years preparing
    before this band was born
    With heaven's help it blended
    And we play for you

    Dire Straits – Sultans Of Swing
    You check out Guitar George he knows all the chords
    Mind he's strictly rhythm he doesn't want to make it cry or sing
    Left-handed old guitar is all he can afford
    When he gets up under the lights to play his thing
    And Harry doesn't mind if he doesn't make the scene
    He can play the honky tonk like anything
    Saving it up for Friday night
    With the Sultans, with the Sultans of Swing

    Ramones – I Wanna Be Sedated
    Twenty-twenty-twenty four hours to go I wanna be sedated
    Nothin' to do and no where to go-o-oh I wanna be sedated
    Just get me to the airport put me on a plane
    I can't control my fingers I can't control my brain
    Just put me in a wheelchair get me to the show

    Boston – Rock And Roll Band
    Well, we were just another band out of Boston
    On the road to try to make ends meet
    Playin' all the bars, sleepin' in our cars
    And we practiced right on out in the street
    But when we got up on stage and got ready to play
    People came alive.
    Playin' for a week in Rhode Island
    A man came to the stage one night
    And said, "Boys, I think this bands outta-sight
    Sign a record company contract
    Rock and roll band
    Play, play, play, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

    MGMT – Time To Pretend
    Let's make some music make some money find some models for wives.
    This is our decision to live fast and die young.
    We've got the vision, now let's have some fun.
    Yeah it's overwhelming, but what else can we do?
    Get jobs in offices and wake up for the morning commute?
    Forget about our mothers and our friends.
    We were fated to pretend.
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  2. Jon

    Jon Well-Known Member

    A few off the top of my head.

    Metallica - Wherever I may Roam

    and the road becomes my bride
    I have stripped of all but pride
    So in her I do confide
    And she keeps me satisfied
    Gives me all I need

    ...and with dust in throat I crave
    Only knowledge will I save
    To the game you stay a slave

    Rover, wanderer
    Nomad, vagabond
    Call me what you will


    Journey - Wheel in the Sky

    Winter is here again oh lord,
    Haven't been home in a year or more
    I hope she holds on a little longer
    Sent a letter on a long summer day
    Made of silver, not of clay
    I've been runnin' down this dusty road
    Wheel in the sky keeps on turnin'
    I don't know where I'll be tomorrow
    Wheel in the sky keeps on turnin'

    (If you really think about it, 90 percent of Journey's stuff is about touring in some form or another)


    Bon Jovi - Wanted Dead or Alive

    It's all the same, only the names will change
    Everyday, it seems we're wastin' away
    Another place where the faces are so cold
    I drive all night just to get back home
    I'm a cowboy, on a steel horse I ride
    I'm wanted dead or alive
    Wanted dead or alive
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  3. Aaron

    Aaron Moderator

    Yep... Journey

    Journey - Faithfully

    "They say that the road
    Ain't no place to start a family
    Right down the line
    It's been you and me
    And lovin' a music man
    Ain't always what it's supposed to be"
  4. Aaron

    Aaron Moderator

    One of the best...

    Jackson Browne - The Load Out

    "Now the seats are all empty
    Let the roadies take the stage
    Pack it up and tear it down
    They're the first to come and last to leave
    Working for that minimum wage
    They'll set it up in another town
    Tonight the people were so fine
    They waited there in line
    And when they got up on their feet they made the show
    And that was sweet,
    But i can hear the sound
    Of slamming doors and folding chairs
    And that's a sound they'll never know

    Now roll them cases out and lift them amps
    Haul them trusses down and ge t'em up them ramps
    'Cause when it comes to moving me
    You guys are the champs
    But when that last guitar's been packed away
    You know that i still want to play
    So just make sure you got it all set to go
    Before you come for my piano

    But the band's on the bus
    And they're…
    But the band's on the bus
    And they're waiting to go
    We've got to drive all night and do a show in chicago
    Or detroit, i don't know
    We do so many shows in a row
    And these towns all look the same
    We just pass the time in our hotel rooms
    And wander 'round backstage
    Till those lights come up and we hear that crowd
    And we remember why we came

    Now we got country and western on the bus
    R and B, we got disco in eight tracks and cassettes in stereo
    We've got rural scenes & magazines
    We've got truckers on the cb
    We've got Richard Pryor on the video
    We got time to think of the ones we love
    While the miles roll away
    But the only time that seems too short
    Is the time that we get to play

    People you've got the power over what we do
    You can sit there and wait
    Or you can pull us through
    Come along, sing the song
    You know you can't go wrong
    'Cause when that morning sun comes beating down
    You're going to wake up in your town
    But we'll be scheduled to appear
    A thousand miles away from here"
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  5. memebag

    memebag Top Brass, ADVP

    "Danny Says" by The Ramones

    Danny says we gotta go.
    Gotta go to Idaho
    But we can't go surfing
    Cause it's twenty below.

    Sound check's at 5:02.
    Record stores and interviews.
    Oh, but I can't wait to be with you tomorrow.

    Baby
    Oho-ho-ho, we got nowhere to go
    And it may sound funny, but's true.
    Hangin' out in 100 B
    Watching 'Get Smart' on TV.
    Thinkin' about
    You and me and you and me.

    Hangin' out in L.A.
    And there's nowhere to go.
    It ain't Christmas if there ain't no snow.
    Listening to Sheena on the radio.
    Oh-ho oh-ho.
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  6. HecticArt

    HecticArt Administrator

    Rush - Limelight

    Living on a lighted stage
    Approaches the unreal
    For those who think and feel
    In touch with some reality
    Beyond the gilded cage


    We're an American Band - Grand Funk Railroad

    Out on the road for forty days
    Last night in Little Rock put me in a haze
    Sweet, sweet Connie, doin' her act
    She had the whole show and that's a natural fact
    Up all night with Freddie King
    I got to tell you, poker's his thing
    Booze and ladies, keep me right
    As long as we can make it to the show tonight
    We're an American band
    We're an American band
    We're comin' to your town
    We'll help you party it down
    We're an American band
    Four young chiquitas in Omaha
    Waitin' for the band to return from the show
    Feelin' good, feelin' right, it's Saturday night
    The hotel detective, he was outta sight
    Now these fine ladies, they had a plan
    They was out to meet the boys in the band
    They said, come on dudes, let's get it on
    And we proceeded to tear that hotel down
    Last edited: Nov 27, 2016
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  7. memebag

    memebag Top Brass, ADVP

  8. kingchuck69

    kingchuck69 Joker! Joker! Joker!

    Moving On - Asking Alexandria

    A boy of anguish, now he's a man of soul
    Traded in his misery for the lonely life of the road
    The years were cruel to him
    No, he won't let them go
    Lays awake tryna' find the man inside to pack his bags and escape this world

    I've never been so torn up in all of my life
    I should have seen this coming
    I've never felt so hopeless than I do tonight
    I don't wanna do this anymore, I'm moving on

    He wanted to change the world, to make it all worthwhile
    So he put his pen to paper and poured out everything inside
    His red eyes tearing up at the man that he'd became
    Slowly, but surely on the fast track to falling into his grave

    I've never been so torn up in all of my life
    I should have seen this coming
    I've never felt so hopeless than I do tonight
    I don't wanna do this anymore, I'm moving on

    I can't believe I've come so far in such short time
    And I'm still fighting on my own
    If I stop to catch my breath up I might never breathe again, so just know this:

    I've never been so torn up in all of my life, I can't believe I let myself break down

    I've never been so torn up in all of my life
    I should have seen this coming
    I've never felt so hopeless than I do tonight
    I don't wanna do this anymore

    I've never been so torn up in all of my life
    I should have seen this coming
    I've never felt so hopeless than I do tonight
    No, I don't wanna do this anymore, I'm moving on

    A boy of anguish now, he's a man of soul
    Traded in his misery for the lonely life of the road
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  9. scotchandcigar

    scotchandcigar arrogant bastard

    I think what meme is trying to say is We're An American Band is by Grand Funk Railroad, not The Guess Who
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  10. memebag

    memebag Top Brass, ADVP

    While that's a true fact, I'm just sharing a wonderful bit of Houston music with y'all. That video is Culturcide's "Industrial Band", which may bear some resemblance to "We're an American Band".
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  11. scotchandcigar

    scotchandcigar arrogant bastard

    Oh, ok. I started playing it and it sounded like the latter.
  12. JHDK

    JHDK Release Robin's Bra

    3 of my favorites:



    Some folks trust to reason, others trust to might
    I don't trust to nothing, but I know it come out right
    Say it once again now, whoa I hope you'll understand
    When it's done and over, Lord, a man is just a man

    Playing, playing in the band
    Daybreak, daybreak on the land

    Some folks look for answers, others look for fights
    Some folks up in tree tops, just to look to see the sights
    (just looking for their kites)
    I can tell your future, whoa just look what's in your hand
    I can't stop for nothing, I'm just playing in the band

    Playing, playing in the band
    Daybreak, daybreak on the land

    Standing on a tower, world at my command
    You just keep a-turning, while I'm playing in the band
    If a man among you, got no sin upon his hand
    Let him cast a stone at me for playing in the band

    Playing, like a wave upon the sand



    The road is fuckin' hard,
    The road is fuckin' tough-ah,
    There's no question that-eh
    It is rough, rough stuff.
    It's the fuckin' road my friend
    But it's the only road I know.
    When I'm lunchin' on a tasty boosh
    Right after the show.
    You g-go go go!

    The road is fuckin' hard,
    It's also really fuckin' tough,
    There's no question that
    It don't take no guff.
    The road is a be-a-itch my friend
    But it's the only fuckin' road I know,
    When I'm snackin' on a tasty boosh
    Right after the show.
    You g-go go go!

    I met a tasty baby in Michigan.
    We screwed two times then I left.
    Sometimes I think of my baby in Michigan.
    Why can't I stay in one place
    For more than two days.
    Why?!
    Because I'm talkin' about the road. [5X]
    Road!



    We've got it simple
    Cause we've got a band
    And we've got cymbals in the band
    We've got it simple
    Cause we've got a band
    And we've got cymbals in the band

    What is a band without cymbals?
    Ooh ooh, cymbals are grand

    We've got a saxophone
    Cause we've got a band
    And we've got a saxophone in the band
    We've got a saxophone
    Cause we've got a band
    And we've got saxophone in the band

    What is a band without saxophone?
    Ooh ooh, saxophone is grand

    Cymbals and saxophones
    Saxophones and cymbals
    Cymbals and saxophones
    Saxophones and cymbals

    We've got Bebop
    Cause we've got a band
    And we play Bebop in the band

    We've got skyscraper
    And it sings a pretty tune
    'Cuz every band needs skyscraper too

    What is a band without skyscraper?
    Ooh ooh skyscraper is grand!

    Sim-Bop & Be-Bophone
    Sky-Balls & Sax-Scraper
    Last edited: Nov 27, 2016
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  13. HecticArt

    HecticArt Administrator

    True story. Typo on my part. I had some cocktails with dinner.
    Grand Funk it is.
    We play that song.
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  14. scotchandcigar

    scotchandcigar arrogant bastard

    A song that every garage band has played (including mine)

    Smoke On The Water - Deep Purple

    We all came out to Montreux
    On the Lake Geneva shoreline
    To make records with a mobile
    We didn't have much time
    Frank Zappa and the Mothers
    Were at the best place around
    But some stupid with a flare gun
    Burned the place to the ground
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  15. Jon

    Jon Well-Known Member

  16. scotchandcigar

    scotchandcigar arrogant bastard

    Good picks! Definitely some of the top touring songs.

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