Song of the Day #3,915: ‘Bought For a Song’ – Fountains of Wayne

When my Decades series gets around to 2003 (probably in a year or so), there’s no question one of my top albums from that year will be Fountains of Wayne’s Welcome Interstate Managers.

This is a great album to give anyone looking for an introduction to the band. From great power pop (‘Stacy’s Mom,’ ‘Bright Future in Sales,’ today’s SOTD) to beautiful acoustic tracks (‘Hackensack,’ ‘Valley Winter Song’) to charming love songs (‘Hey Julie’), this album serves up a little bit of everything.

I’ve always felt Welcome Interstate Managers runs just a couple of tracks too long, losing steam before it wraps up. Today’s song, #14 on the 16-track set, might have been a better place to end.

Come on, now get your ass out of bed
You heard what the man said
The crew is already gone
We were all kinda high, but man what were you on?

Tried to take a shuttle to Spain
They kicked me off of the plane
I guess I’ll go to Japan
It all looks the same when you stump for the man

And down in the valley we crawl in the alley
Who knew the 101 was so long?
Before you get sold, you get bought for a song

Sake in aluminum cans
It fell in the wrong hands
And now we’re chewing the scene
Stumbling out of the Lexington Queen

Walking through a German hotel
And not walking very well
I gotta get to the van
Excuse me, I’m weaving as fast as I can

And Tom won’t admit he got lost in the city
He’s saying that the directions are wrong
Before you get sold, you get bought for a song
Before you get sold, you get bought for a song

And down in the valley we crawl in the alley
Who knew the 101 was so long?
Before you get sold, you get bought for a song
Before you get sold, you get bought for a song
Before you get sold, you get bought for a song

One thought on “Song of the Day #3,915: ‘Bought For a Song’ – Fountains of Wayne

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    This album must run a bit too long as I’m not sure I’ve ever made it to this song.

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