Song of the Day #3,466: ‘The Only Way To Be’ – Save Ferris

The ska punk genre hit its peak in the mid to late 90s, a mercifully brief period that did manage to produce some quality music.

No Doubt is the best known of those bands, with Gwen Stefani remaining a household name to these days thanks to her move into dance pop and her stint on The Voice. Other bands riding the ska punk wave were Sublime, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Rancid and Reel Big Fish.

I’ve always had a soft spot for the band Save Ferris and particularly its 1999 album Modified. This record was not well-received by critics, who found it lacked the edginess even the most melodic punk should retain. I find it perfectly enjoyable, probably for the same reason.

Hello Everybody
Guess what I just found
Another wannabe, somebody
Gonna’ sell their body pound for pound
Gonna’ be a big star
If they can get the chance
But it takes more than talent
In this high priced world if you want a little song and dance

Do you like what you see?
To live this life of luxury?
No cares, no dignity
It’s all about the money
It’s the only way to be

Here’s another person
Who’s a little worse for wear
Tried to live that life so fast
Tried to live without a care
But fame can be a fickle friend
Who makes you feel quite tall
And when your empire starts to crumble
It can push you for a fall

Do you like what you see?
To live this life of luxury?
No friends, just enemies
It’s all about the money
It’s the only way to be

If this is what you wanted
And everything you need
Then be quite prepared, my friend
For the life you choose to lead
Cuz’ fame has many faces
For each of us to see
Bu the wise man is the one who knows that
You should never believe

Do you like what you see?
To live this life of luxury?
No cares. No dignity
It’s all about the money
It’s the perfect way to be

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One thought on “Song of the Day #3,466: ‘The Only Way To Be’ – Save Ferris

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    Ive never heard of Save Ferris. I agree that this song is more melodic than most punk and, for me, that’s a good thing also.

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