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For those of you already dreading that some random bloke named Kaz (operating under the moniker Redlight King, named after the so-called ‘tree’ that kicks off a drag race) is going to butcher a Neil Young classic, fear not, as it’s not a cover song.


Hell, it’s not even about a ranch hand who looked after some cows. It is a rather heartfelt tribute to his father, a schoolteacher by day and a stock car racer at night (“The life he demanded / Kept us all in a struggle / When he ruled with his fist / It kept us all out of trouble,” writes Kaz, before jokingly relaying that there are no father issues).

He has added in recent interviews that his songs on his forthcoming debut “are written about real issues, real experiences. I like to bring listeners in deep, and give them time to look around . . . . [w]riting songs when you’re in a dark place is dangerous. The songs I wrote for this album I won’t write again. I won’t have to. I hope people will be able to connect with it and take from it what they need. It’s about the human condition; in the end, we’re all the same.”

Kaz did ask Mr. Young, however, for rights to sample the song. Rarely one to entertain sample requests, Young (and/or his lawyers) refused multiple times before finally relenting.

Sonically, imagine Everlast meets non-Devil Without a Cause Kid Rock, but just for this track; evidently, the record will have a “warm, analog feel [with] sampling, hip hop grooves and beats, but [I] also wanted good old fashioned meat and potatoes: bass, guitar, drums. I’m all about mixing in the old sounds.”

The lyrics, transcribed below, do carry a similar tone. You can also stream the song below as well if VEVO is blocked in your country or you are anti-Youtube above.

What do you think about the track? Feedback appreciated but not necessitated. Or required. Whatever.

Someone should write a song about how awesome Fridays are…

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Redlight King’s debut record, entitled Something for the Pain, is slated for a June 2011 release.

He didn’t have much
A pair of hard working hands
Everything that I needed
I got it from the old man
With a nine second dream
He drove the Redlight Bandit
And the grease on his hands
Was the way he commanded
And the life he demanded
It kept us all in a struggle
When he ruled with his fist
It kept us all out of trouble
Even though he would leave
He wore his heart on his sleeve
And by the way that he walked
He taught me how to believe

Old man, look at my life
Take a look, take a look
Old man, look at my life
Old man, old man, take a look at my life
Take a look, take a look
Old man, old man, take a look at my life
‘Cause I’m a lot like you

Growin’ up at the track
He had a reason for being fast
His heart felt like breaking
He’d look right up at the ceiling and
Start again, never breathe a word of his loss
Cause it’s not about winning
It’s the rivers you cross
And the pain that you feel
Could be the fuel that you use
And if you’re in need of direction
Be it the path that you choose
My old man is a legend
He cast a shadow so great
I think of how he is watchin’
With every move that I make

Now there’s no slowin’ down
There’s only settin’ the pace
No more dreams to be stolen
Just the right ones to chase
You’ve been through the worst
Now you know who to trust
Leave them something behind
Before the ashes and dust

Reminds me of Everlast or Uncle Cracker (I think that's how he spelled it)

Ahh, yeah, that guy! He was also a Kid Rock-related dude. Rock-solid memory, Fisterman.

what the hell i was just saying how this guy was an everlast rip off today

It's good though, but I never really got into this style.

uncle kracker went bald and lost some weight

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