"No more waiting on them / As you rise inside new rooms," sings Joey Cape in Lagwagon's "May 16th." "It's just another Saturday." Or is it?
Apparently May 16th is the day an old friend of Joey's got married. The problem being that Joey wasn't invited. "There's no gain in failure. You succeed at being mine, yeah, old friend, see you there. I will be proud from a afar." Rumors say that the friend in question was Fat Mike from NOFX who's wife supposedly didn't want Joey at the wedding. (This rumor has been deemed false.)
As someone who has been around long enough to see a handful of his own old friends tie the knot, I can relate. An old buddy whom I had known since elementary school got married a few years back. Although we had rarely seen each other or even spoken following high school, I had always considered this person a friend, nay, a "brother from another mother." We may not always get along or agree wit…
This song speaks out against racial bigotry handed down from older generations, and perpetuated by the media. I'll admit that I often have a hard time deciphering what Tim Armstrong is saying without consulting a lyric sheet. However, the lines "he's a different color, but we're the same kid / I'll treat him like my brother, he'll treat me like his" always give me those feel-good goosebumps.