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about

when i went back to chicago to visit friends 2 summers ago, for some reason i was able to convince friends to co-drink a box of franzia on two separate nights. (i am mainly just awesome at peer pressure)

the one night we saw a band play for free in milennium park. we ended up taking the box of wine on the subway back to our old apartment. my skinny and classy old roommate started slapping the bag. pictures were taken with strangers in the train who were laughing with us. it was a sloppy night but a memorable one.

at some point we were smoking on the porch shirtless (wine had spilled on our shirts per the lyrics) and i saw there was a message on the box of wine from teresa franzia, the founder of the wine. i was drunk but still thought it was sweet and one of the coolest things in the world.

so with this in mind, i really wanted to write a song about how cheap wine is something that i completely associate with friendship and fun times. making the best of our lives by enjoying the cheap stuff together is important to me.

somehow the song got away from me though and it just became another overly revealing vulnerable song about loneliness and finding love.

lyrics

Dear Teresa, I know you’re resting
I just wanted to say hi
Please know I’m thankful for all your blessings
I am glad you have lived a gracious life

But I’m still stuck here, I can’t stop drinking
I’ve never wanted that much more
Than love and wisdom, not wishful thinking
When love just seems too pricey to afford

That’s why I slap the bag on the subway
That’s why I always spill some on my shirt
It’s not cheap more than it is natural
Like the grapes grow off the vines of this damp earth

All the money I have wasted
On those liquors above my means
Like all the women I’m always chasing
In their cute goddamn skinny jeans

Now I’m a liar, I don’t do much chasing
In fact I let them come to me
Until I’m tired and sick of waiting
Nobody wants to be lonely

That’s why I slap the bag on the subway
That’s why I always spill some on my shirt
It’s not cheap more than it is natural
Like the grapes grow off the vines of this damp earth

Now call me crazy, we all have baggage
This is the lot that we are cast
Sometimes romance is poorly packaged
Fermented slow and boxed up in mass

Yet still I cling to what is solid
Hoping someone will patch me up
Until that moment so symbiotic
When I’m stuck staring at the wine that’s in my cup

That’s why I slap the bag on the subway
That’s why I always spill some on my shirt
It’s not cheap more than it is natural
Like the grapes grow off the vines of this damp earth

I’ve found more answers in broken hearts
Than I have ever cared to know
Years of mistakes and our lives get harder
But from the failures of the past well we must grow

So go head taunt me with all your riches
That glass of Riesling too good to be true
You’ll meet your maker under those bridges
That you have burned and continue to burn through

That’s why I slap the bag on the subway
That’s why I always spill some on my shirt
It’s not cheap more than it is natural
Like the grapes grow off the vines of this damp earth

Dear Teresa, I know you’re resting
Please don’t pay them any mind
Their cries of mercy won’t be forgiven
They will pay the price of their wealthy lives

I’ll still be stuck here, I won’t stop drinking
At least that much will never change
Maybe someday I’ll meet my true love
And we will celebrate and drink up in your name

That’s why I slap the bag on the subway
That’s why I always spill some on my shirt
It’s not cheap more than it is natural
Like the grapes grow off the vines of this damp earth

credits

from Never Wanted to Be Cool, released February 26, 2013
Backup Vocals: Shawnee Kilgore, Leah Nobel, Courtney Howell
Banjo: William Wallace

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