There are certain songs that just resonate with you. Whether that song recreates a moment in time or is just one that you really like, these songs are the songs that helped create the person you are and were a constant companion in the journey called life.

Today we continue exploring those songs in my life and what they mean to me.   This is Those Certain Songs. Don’t Let The Bastards Grind You Down (DLTBGYD)

The Song:

Title: Don’t Let The Bastards Grind You Down

Artist: The Toasters

Album: Don’t Let The Bastards Grind You Down

The Lyrics:

Each day I wake up in this gray old town
Each day the system tries to bring me down
With a minimum wage in the factory
I’m slaving in the Twentieth Century

And the whole damn world is gangin up
to bring me to my knees

And the neighbors make it loud and clear
That they want no ravers moving in around here
I won’t play ball, won’t do as I’m told
I’d rather be a square peg in a round hole

Don’t let the bastards grind you down
Don’t let them grind you down
Don’t let the bastards grind you down
Don’t let them grind you down

I’m living in a world where I don’t really fit
Every day walking through the same old shit
I’m gonna get my gun, gonna get prepared
I’m not impressed and I’m not scared

Don’t let the bastards grind you down
Don’t let them grind you down
Don’t let the bastards grind you down
Don’t let them grind you down

Me Say the war must stop
An no one can win…
(Honestly, I have no idea what is being said in this segment
and it seems the internet was of little help here. If you know,
please comment below so I can update it!)

Don’t let the bastards grind you down
Don’t let them grind you down
Don’t let the bastards grind you down
Don’t let them grind you down

What it means to me:

Near the end of the last century a wave of music hit the airwaves known as third wave ska and boy was I along for the ride. I had become obsessed with the rock beats that blended with island sounds and of course, the horns.  There was a certain level of intoxication that came with the blasts of trumpets, trombones, saxophones and every other brass instrument used in the plethora of Ska bands that seemingly appeared out of nowhere in the late 90’s. Soon I found my source, a cd compilation series called Give ’em The Boot from Hellcat Records and dove in to each and every band I could locate outside of those discs packed full of ska and punk goodness.  It was through these compilations that I soon discovered The Toasters and man was I hooked.

In my discovery of The Toasters, it would not be long before I ran across today’s song. There is nothing more poignant than the legendary fight against the man.  Through time immemorial humanity has had a drive to rise up against the oppressors and fight back, whether that fight was to free a people or just get an extra coffee break, it was a fight we all have experienced and will continue to as long as there are those above us in the pecking order. This song, DLTBGYD became an anthem to me, telling us that we have no reason to let anyone get us down and it has remained a rally point for me ever since.

Any time I feel down or ready to throw the towel in, I hear  Rob Hingley’s voice reminding me to keep being that square peg in a round hole. To this day, I love Ska and all if it’s incarnations even though I may not be as ‘into it’ as I was back in the latter half of the 90’s.  Ska will always be a reminder of somewhat better times that ushered me into a world where I still don’t quite fit.   In a way, I hope I never do.

Late to the Game 5/16/2020


Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed  Those Certain Songs.  If you would like to read more about music you can find my Music Reviews Here.

Additionally, I have a weekly series called Key Movies Of My Life that comes out every Thursday and also check out some retro tv goodness with the ongoing series Retro TV Reviews. 

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