24 October, 2014 - RollingStone.com
Cracker have been weaving subtle yet undeniable country twang throughout their sound since their 1992 self-titled debut. See "Mr. Wrong" from that album, or even "Lonesome Johnny Blues" from the 1993 follow-up Kerosene Hat. But with their new double album, Berkeley to Bakersfield, out December 9th, the alt-rock radio band known for such hits as "Low" and "Get Off This" dives headfirst into the California country sound. At least on the Bakersfield portion of the album. Listen to an exclusive premiere of the track "Almond Grove" below. 100 Greatest Country Songs of All Time "I remember when we delivered the first Cracker album to Virgin, our A&R guy said something to the effect of, 'OK, good songs, but are you sure you want to deliver a country-rock album when Nirvana is at the top of the charts?'" Cracker's David Lowery tells Rolling Stone Country. "And he was right. But because [the album's lead single] 'Teen Angst' came off as such an alternative-rock track, no one really noticed how much of a roots-rock album it really was. We had songs that got played on alternative radio, but you basically have a record that is more influenced by mid-period Stones, the Band and the writing of Jim Lauderdale." Cracker, co-founded by Lowery and Johnny Hickman in 1991, were an amalgamation of two distinctly California sounds: the country of the Inland Empire and the rock and punk of the Bay Area. Berkeley to Bakersfield then is the group paying tribute to those influences. "If this was the last record we ever made — and I'm not saying it is — it sums up what the band does very well. It sums up our history, our career," says Lowery, who prior to Cracker formed the cult-fave band Camper Van Beethoven. Upon starting out, the group would alternate playing shows at a honky-tonk and a punk club in Santa Cruz. Berkeley to Bakersfield isn't Cracker's first album foray into country music — but it is their first of all-original material. In 2003, the band released Countrysides, a collection of mostly covers, including Hank Williams Jr.'s "Family Tradition," Ray Wylie Hubbard's "Up Against the Wall Redneck Mother" and even Bruce Springsteen's "Sinaloa Cowboys." "We knew there was a harder edged, shit-talking part of country music, the more honky-tonk stuff, that was not really being addressed by our peers. And part of that is a tradition of having this tongue-in-cheek wordplay in country music," says Lowery. "With Countrysides, we wanted to embrace that." Lowery indulges a darker side of that wordplay on the loping country track "Almond Grove," from Berkeley to Bakersfield. A story of a guy who lost his family and longs to reunite with them, the lyrics reveal a surprise sad ending. Lowery acknowledges that it's similar to "Green, Green Grass of Home," the doomed prisoner ballad made famous by Porter Wagoner. "It's a dark song and I'm playing with that 'Green, Green Grass of Home' archetype. You don't really know what he means by 'going home' until the third verse. You think he's getting $100 for a bus ticket; you think he's going to go back home to the family homestead to the almond groves and cotton fields," says Lowery. "But he spirals down and purposely ODs." Berkeley to Bakersfield marks Cracker's 10th studio album, a milestone that isn't lost on Lowery. "If somebody had told me I was going to be in the music business for over 30 years, when I was first forming Camper Van Beethoven, or that Cracker would still be playing 23 years later, I really would have been very surprised by that," he laughs. "I would have asked them what they were smoking." Related Lyric Websites Targeted in Legal Takedown Stagecoach 2013: Onstage and Behind the Scenes Hank Jr.'s 'Rowdy' Party
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Joe Budden - Quality Of Life Shit songtext

Parks on the board
Klasikx on the beat
Hood on my shoulder

Im on some quality of life shit right now b
Just want my gas tank on F
I want Trey Songz away from all my hoes
Im fucking with you, we dont love these hoes

[Verse 1: Joe Budden]
Some niggas drink away the pain
I think of ways to gain
And it happens so naturally you'd think its preordained
Straight from Lyor's Reign
Escaped from the ball and chain
Can't tell if I was in it for the long haul or fame
Im laying low on the island
Been learned the saying no is a talent
Niggas want beef but keeping up is a challenge
Can't tell if Im trying to get even or find a balance
But im much closer I won't front
Hoes love it so so but yet he so blunt
A charming asshole, warn them all the same
Tell them I feel the ice as its forming in my veins
Chasing the high so much that we both hurting
To the point it ain't even about the other person
So we even, Im in love with her rear and her pussy
And she in love with idea of what I could be
On top of the world but desire to fall
Cuz Whats the point of dreaming big if you've acquired it all?
But if lyricism is back, I helped it spearhead
If we ordering CL's make mine a year ahead
I skipped the club line and dont get turned around
So girls come at a high volume, I dont turn em down
No pregnant hoes and no minors
A-1 bars with Em as a co-signer
I filled the counter up without checking the cost yet
I ain't rich my nigga but check the way I off set
Dont get confused by the Bentleys and the Corvettes
Got stories from my hood that will rival those of war vets
Jersey City helped to mold what I amounted to
My only beef is they dont hold theyself accountable
So a few resent me, But I'm cool with it
They handed me the city before I knew what to do with it
This last chick that I put under the wing
Just taught me the younger the age, the younger she think
I mean, she shaped like a stallion with bomb sex
But dont understand me when Im trying not to be complex
Done raising my voice, I ain't with it
Fuck is the point of arguing if she ain't gonna get it?
Plus my future is now, hers is down the pipeline
And thats the difference between a good time and a life time
But my current situation
Is I keep meeting chicks who need a way out of their current situation
Some cool, some silly, some serious
They trying to come up, Im trying to come period
Na I dont do the pickup line
I give her the number to the cheauffer with a pickup time
One weekend its vegas, the next its Turks
Hard to love or do for him when he come with that many perks
I need a sign she attracted to more than designer fabrics
If by chance I am passed my prime, im tyring to lap it
Too many checks to deposit
Smoke too many bones, no skeletons in my closet
But talking rap off the work that I got
If I ain't crack your top 10 you should reserve me a spot
Till then I play the strip club, and Jerz rockin
So when life lands before my eyes its all worth watching
Im about honor and respect
And boredom just made me rent a condo on the edge
Cause God gave me everything I was hoping for, doe galore
Trying to quit smoking more
Just me her, going raw
So how could we end up trusting each other?
When our bond started out with us judging each other?
Both fronting like "yea, we just fucking each other"
But nobody getting fooled while we bluffing each other
Got one broad, theres too much history with
Another thats never happy, too much misery with
Another that will guzzle shots until she literally sick
And another that only text me to say "give me some dick"
I swear, how could you ever say Joe went soft?
When if I told you my problems, you'd think im showing off
I keep it quiet, its all covered on my end
My quality of life is pretty high end