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Music Monday – Ain’t No Rest for the Wicked by Cage the Elephant

02/28/2011

Borderlands was a pretty good game. I’ve beaten the main campaign, but a friend of mine and I are planning on playing co-op through the main campaign and the DLC expansions sometime this year. Borderlands is a shooter that is more like an RPG but in the vein of an MMORG like World of Warcraft, in that the guns all have stats, level up, etc. I dig the cel-shaded art style, more mature aethetic and themes, and the general atmosphere of the game. It’s just fun, and at times very difficult. I may write up more about Borderlands when my friend and I start playing through it together.

This song, Ain’t No Rest for the Wicked by Cage the Elephant, is the song that opens, and in many ways, defines the game. It’s simply a catchy little tune with fun lyrics, great for singing along with and evoking a certain mood.

Here’s a fan made music video composed of footage from the trailers for Borderlands.

Ain’t No Rest for the Wicked by Cage the Elephant

I was walking down the street,
When out the corner of my eye
I saw a pretty little thing approaching me.
She said “I’ve never seen a man
Who looks so all alone,
Could you use a little company?

If you can pay the right price
Your evening will be nice,
And you can go and send me on my way.”
I said “You’re such a sweet young thing
Why you do this to yourself?”
She looked at me and this is what she said:

“Oh, there ain’t no rest for the wicked,
Money don’t grow on trees.
I got bills to pay,
I got mouths to feed,
There ain’t nothing in this world for free.
I know I can’t slow down,
I can’t hold back,
Though you know, I wish I could.
No there ain’t no rest for the wicked,
Until we close our eyes for good”.

Not even fifteen minutes later
I’m still walking down the street,
When I saw a shadow of a man creep out of sight.
And then he sweeps up from behind
And puts a gun up to my head,
He made it clear he wasn’t looking for a fight.

He said “Give me all you’ve got
I want your money not your life,
But if you try to make a move I won’t think twice.”
I go like “You can have my cash
But first you know I got to ask
What made you want to live this kind of life?”

He said “There ain’t no rest for the wicked,
Money don’t grow on trees.
I got bills to pay,
I got mouths to feed,
There ain’t nothing in this world for free.
I know I can’t slow down,
I can’t hold back,
Though you know, I wish I could.
No there ain’t no rest for the wicked,
Until we close our eyes for good”.

Now a couple hours have passed
And I was sitting at my house,
The day was winding down and coming to an end.
So I turned on the TV
And flipped it over to the news,
And what I saw I almost couldn’t comprehend.

I saw a preacher man in cuffs he’d taken money from the church,
He stuffed his bank account with righteous dollar bills.
But even still I can’t say much
Because I know we’re all the same,
oh yes we all seek out to satisfy those thrills

“Oh, there ain’t no rest for the wicked,
Money don’t grow on trees.
We got bills to pay,
We got mouths to feed,
There ain’t nothing in this world for free.
I know we can’t slow down,
We can’t hold back,
Though you know, we wish we could.
No there ain’t no rest for the wicked,
Until we close our eyes for good”

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