Checked Out

from Sunday Scaries by Bloody Your Hands

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This is a song about hating my job (a classic punk theme). But it’s bigger than that. It calls bullshit on the philosophy I was taught about adulthood, employment and happiness. “Do what you love and it won’t seem like work.” Nice sentiment but in most cases it’s total BS. Things that make us happy tend not to pay well. There’s generally too much of a focus on careers in this country anyway. Our society incentivizes us to become really good at one thing. As if getting really good at something wasn’t hard enough - you now have to make sure that thing is the thing you want to do - the ONLY thing you want to do - for the rest of your life. What happened to the jack of all trades?

It’s a coincidence that this song was originally called “WeWork”. I spent a few years working for a company that was briefly owned by WeWork, but the song was written while I was working at a WeWork (for yet another shitty employer). The company actually used that slogan - “do what you love”. It was plastered all over the walls and hallways of their dismal, track-lit, fishbowl office that sold the modern American Dream of getting rich quick with a sold startup. The place was a startup graveyard.

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I watch the leaves turn in my head,
and another year descending to its end.
Sitting in fluorescent rooms,
and wondering why I don't like what I do.

Don’t ask me to act my age
when nothing pays a living wage.
If you asked me, I won’t ever know what to say.

My lessons as a child are corporate suicide.
"Do what you love, it'll all work out."
More money makes a dent but I'm not happy just paying rent
when all I want is to check out.
When will I figure this shit out (repeat)

A sea of faces drone away.
So happy with the same shit every day.
They wonder what is wrong with me.
I wonder too, this is the American Dream.

Don’t ask me to act my age
when no one liked those happy days anyway.
If you asked me, I won’t ever know what to say.

My lessons as a child are corporate suicide.
"Do what you love, it'll all work out."
More money makes a dent but I'm not happy just paying rent
when all I want is to check out.
When will I figure this shit out (repeat)

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from Sunday Scaries, released August 28, 2020

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"Bloody Your Hands deliver loud, brash ’90s guitar-rock vibes with a healthy amount of 21st-century angst." -Alt Press

Described as "a rattling frenzy of irresistible power" and "a multi-faceted canvas of all that is likable about twenty-first century indie rock", NYC-based Bloody Your Hands combines catchy hooks, 90's alternative and driving punk - all with an explosive live show.
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