Fuck You LA

December 5, 2008 10:46 AM

A song about leaving Los Angeles. Some cussing.


I arrive late for my own goodbye party
It's a small group tonight, smaller than expected
I'm bad company as I'm already drunk
And full of self-pity and surly and dejected
This was a bad idea
I knew it was a bad idea
All ideas are bad when you leave LA

A guy with a beard picks up my drink check
I've met him before but I don't know his name
He says Fitzgerald once said that you're lucky
If you leave LA with more than you you came with
He says I'm lucky.
I don't feel lucky.
Nobody is lucky when they leave LA

There's Jackie at the bar in her leopard print jacket
The last time we kissed was just a week ago
She's here with that German she met at the gallery
She's been with him a month and doesn't care that I know
She says that she'll miss me
She's not going to miss me
Nobody misses you when you leave LA

Netty is in the corner getting drunk all alone
And Bonnie is in the booth screaming at the phone
There's Marco and Rude Boy and Franklin and Tim
They were going to bring Douglas but don't ask about him
And then there is me at Musso and Franks
Lining the bar with the cocktails I drank
I'll have another Jameson and I'll drink it too
And fuck you, Los Angeles, I'm fucking leaving you

I have a 9am flight from Los Angeles X
And it's time that I went because sometimes you just go
I didn't get what I wanted, nobody gets what they wanted
Fitzgerald was right: You're lucky not to owe
Fuck you LA
Fuck you LA
Everyone says fuck you when they leave LA

posted by Astro Zombie (5 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

Recorded the instant after I wrote it, so it's SUPA rough. Ugh, rougher than usual, rather.
posted by Astro Zombie at 11:01 AM on December 5, 2008

This is not a dig on you - because I am guilty of it myself. However, I think it's funny how all musicians have some type of pre-qualifier for music they put out for consumption. Examples being "Oh, it's real rough" or "This is a pretty new recording, so excuse it if it's a bit rough" or "We just recorded that and I haven't mastered it yet, so, ya know.".

MUSICIANS! BE PROUD OF WHAT YOU CREATE! As much of a glut of music there is out there, being creative and throwing your stuff out there takes balls.

KUDOS TO YOU! Regardless of what I thought of this song, nice work for doing something you love. The song was kinda rough though.... :-)
posted by Brettus at 12:37 PM on December 5, 2008

Oh, I wouldn't post if if I wasn't okay with it. I tend to post my music rough because I post it here when it is fairly new, often just after I have written the songs. Sometimes I go back and rerecord the songs before posting them elsewhere. Not always though -- I like it a little rough.

In this instance, though, I haven't completely worked out the some of the phrasing, which is tricky with this song.
posted by Astro Zombie at 1:16 PM on December 5, 2008

This was really great AZ! Replace LAX with the train station downtown and this could have been me several years back.
posted by schyler523 at 1:46 PM on December 5, 2008

Dug this.

Fuck Jackie, too.
posted by papafrita at 4:08 PM on December 5, 2008

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