Backs Against The Wall

There are lots of new readers to the blog  and it’s been a while since I posted a song by what Rolling Stone Magazine called  “the most famous unknown band”, The Good Rats.

The Rats were “The Band” of the New York City/Tri-State area during the 1970’s-1980’s, which coincidentally was the time and place  I grew up and developed my love of music.

Like a fine, single malt Scotch, The Good Rats are an acquired taste.

Over the years, I have enjoyed both greatly and was saddened when the music was silenced in 2013.

Here is the original, 1978, studio version “Local Zero” from the Rats to Riches Album.

Lots more where that came from if you put “GoodRats” in my search box.

Volume Up.


The lyrics:

We been taking a lot of it
from the bosses and unions
Backs against the wall, who can quit?
Near our daughter’s communion
Formed a local to help us out,
put us out is more like it
Time to show them no idle mouth
We don’t like it – we strike it

Masses on our way – stick together now
Lead pipes – breakin’ heads

If we sit back and let them ride
Then we’ll be dead tomorrow
‘Cause the longer we let ’em slide
Means the deeper we borrow
Want to end up like that old man
Eating dog food for dinner?
Was a union man 40 years
Freeze his ass off in winter

Masses on our way – stick together now
Lead pipes – breakin’ heads

Up the local unions
Up the bosses too
Scratching each others back and laughing
At you

Masses on our way – stick together now
Lead pipes – breakin’ heads


About Ray V.

Living in Aiken, South Carolina, USA, I like to share what I am looking at, thinking about or listening to. I refer to this as the view out my window. Thanks for stopping by.
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2 Responses to Backs Against The Wall

  1. Tony R says:

    Love the music. I will be listening to some more of them but I will late for work if I don’t go now. 🙂
    Tony R

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Those are interesting hours you keep. Gonna guess you are at the site. There are dozens of songs/videos/stories on the blog. Enjoy, please.


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