Nathaniel & The Night Sweats

by Screedler on September 9, 2015

Have you ever experienced night sweats while trying to get clean.  Did your hands shake?  What about feeling that bugs were crawling all over you?  Has your drinking ever led to some jail time?

A strong contender for Best Music Video of the Year.

 

From Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats press kit:

The place where Rateliff is coming from is intensely real and intimate. Doing what he does is an act of bravery. “These songs are about the struggles I’ve had in my life—drinking too much, that kind of crap,” he says with characteristic candor, punctuating the admission with a rueful laugh. “And then the relationships we all have. I’m not a great communicator in my personal life, so it’s funny to be writing songs that say the things that I’m never very good at saying. It’s taken me a long time to figure that out. I’m trying to be a better communicator, but it’s horribly awkward—it’s awful—to tell somebody something you know is gonna hurt their feelings. I’ve always been one to go, oh, I’ll just eat this one; it’ll be okay.”

“Writing at home is one of my favorite things to do,” says this constitutionally solitary man. “But for years touring was really hard for me—being alone, being married and having my relationship run through the mire, because a lot of my songs are about that. Sometimes it sucks to sing those songs and have to relive those situations. It leaves you pretty exposed, and your partner too; it can be unfair. But now I love being on stage and cracking jokes, trying not to take myself too seriously, even if the material is about failed relationships and alcoholism, that kind of stuff”—there’s that rueful laugh again.

“I try to be lighthearted,” Rateliff continues, “because, although the songs are heavy, I want it to be a release for people. I’m trying to do something that’s emotionally charged and heartfelt, and I want the experience to be joyous, for people to feel excited and dance around instead of being super-bummed by reality—I mean, things are hard. But I can remember dancing around to some song that was breakin’ my heart, dancin’ with tears in my eyes. I love that feeling, and I wanna share it with people, and hopefully they’ll feel it too.”

S.O.B.

I’m gonna need someone to help me
I’m gonna need somebodies hand
I’m gonna need someone to hold me down
I’m gonna need someone to care
I’m gonna writhe and shake my body
I’ll start pulling out my hair
I’m going to cover myself with the ashes of you and nobody’s gonna give a damn

Son of a bitch
Give me a drink
One more night
This can’t be me
Son of a bitch
If I can’t get clean
I’m gonna drink my life away

Now for seventeen years I’ve been throwing them back
Seventeen more will bury me
Can somebody please just tie me down
Or somebody give me a goddamn drink

Son of a bitch
Give me a drink
One more night
This can’t be me
Son of a bitch
If I can’t get clean
I’m gonna drink my life away

My heart was aching hand are shaking bugs a crawling all over me.

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1 Barbara February 27, 2016 at 2:00 pm

Oh! My! God! I can’t get this song out of my head since being bowled over by this group’s performance on Jimmy Fallon. We all know that Jimmy gets excited about all of his guests, but he went berserk over the performance by Nathaniel & The Night Sweats, joining them ecstatically as they re-did their performance at the end of the show. This is one of the most original songs ever created and it deserves a bunch of major honors. Nathaniel’s gravelly voice is a perfect match for the music and lyrics and his band members are tops. I’m almost dreaming this performance when I sleep, but it returns to me over and over during the day, always making me smile, which is great therapy for me because I suffer from severe depression and anxiety. What Nathaniel has done is take a serious topic and give it humor and cleverness — I think he’s a genius. (P.S. I’m 65, a woman, and a retired newspaper reporter.)

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2 Alpine Recovery Services September 10, 2015 at 9:30 am

These lyrics are so personal, raw and hopefully helpful to a lot of recovering alcoholics.

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