Georgia Satellites – Another Chance

Livin’ with my back against the wall
nowhere but forward to fall

The song reminds me of something Ronnie Lane of the Faces would write…in the vein of Oh La La. A loose song that could be played on a back porch somewhere in the south. This was an album cut that I first found on their greatest hits. It’s slowly became my favorite song by this Georgia band.

I remember being a senior in high school and watching one of my buddies band play in a talent show right before us. They played “Keep Your Hands To Yourself” and it sounded great. That song was made for a rock band…any rock band and I asked him if they wrote it. He said no they had an advance copy of the song or bootleg. I’ve liked this band ever since. They were a no frills raw rock band in the middle of the sometimes over produced 80s…a band I followed until they broke up.

The song was released on the album In the Land of Salvation and Sin but wasn’t released as a single and it probably should have been. Their popularity was down at this point and the album didn’t do well. They broke up in 1990 and reformed in 1993 but without lead singer Dan Baird.

Another Chance

Livin’ with my back against the wall
nowhere but forward to fall
well I close my eyes, somebody will catch my breath
oh my lord let’s get on board
the rides gonna scare me to death

I don’t wanna leave before my time is done
don’t wanna stick around when my race is run
I don’t wanna go before they call my dance
don’t wanna die asking for another chance

come help me Poor Richard
and won’t you help me raise the glass
here’s to me and here’s to you
may our dreams all come to pass
cruel trick of time, is played in the wink of an eye
well heaven’s above you don’t need no shove
the years go sailing bye, oh

I don’t wanna leave before my time is done
don’t wanna stick around when my race is run
I don’t wanna go before they call my dance
don’t wanna die asking for another chance

another game of chance
a lifetime come and gone
I guess it’s up to me
if I don’t want to sing another man’s song
I wanna say what Grandma said, lying on her dying bed
I ain’t been cheated, no mistreated, and I don’t have to say that yet, oh

I don’t wanna leave before my time is done
don’t wanna stick around when my race is run
I don’t wanna go before they call my dance
don’t wanna die asking for another chance
another chance
no not another chance
no no another chance

The Georgia Satellites – Keep Your Hands To Yourself

A friend of mine that played guitar in high school got a copy of this song the year before it was officially released. They were playing in the gym before us and they played this song. I thought they wrote it until I asked him. It’s a good sounding song live.

It was an instant bar band song. It was a song you didn’t really have to rehearse…just one listen would do it.

This was the only hit for the Georgia Satellites, although lead singer Dan Baird had a hit as a solo artist in 1992 with “I Love You Period.” They didn’t have another big hit but they did have some songs that got airplay on radio and MTV like Battleship Chains and a cover of Hippy Shake.

It was released in 1986 and peaked at #2 in the Billboard 100 and #69 in the UK in 1987.

 

From Songfacts

Lead singer Dan Baird wrote this about the problems their drummer was having with his girlfriend. He wrote it in one sitting on their tour bus.

The video portrayed a shotgun wedding, complete with very pregnant bride and actual shotgun. It was directed by Bill Fishman, whose other credits include the Ramones’ “I Wanna Be Sedated” and Good Charlotte’s “Lifestyles Of The Rich And Famous.”

Many people thought the line “I’ve got a little change in my pocket, going jingle, linga, ling” was a reference to masturbation. The group denied this.

The group was signed to Elektra Records after executives heard a cheaply made 8-track demo of this song. Elektra gave the band a 5-figure budget to cut an entire album of material, but despite attempting several different recordings of “Keep Your Hands to Yourself,” none of these takes were as good as the demo. The demo was included on the album, and that is the version you hear.

Keep Your Hands To Yourself

I got a little change in my pocket going jingle lingle ling
Want to call you on the telephone baby i give you a ring
But each time we talk i get the same old thing
Always no huggin no kissin until i get a wedding ring
My honey my baby don’t put my love upon no shelf
She said don’t give no lies and keep your hands to yourself

Cruel baby baby baby why you want to treat me this way
You know i’m still your lover boy i still feel the same way
That’s when she told me a story ’bout free milk and a cow
And she said no huggin no kissin until i get a wedding vow
My honey my baby don’t put my love upon no shelf
She said don’t hand me no lies and keep your hands to yourself

You see i wanted her real bad and i was about to give in
That’s when she started talkin’ true love started talkin’ about sin
I said honey i’ll live with you for the rest of my life
She said no huggin no kissin until you make me your wife
My honey my baby don’t put my love on no shelf
She don’t hand me no lies and keep your hands to yourself.