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FLETCHER: The opening lines are from the Steinbeck novel The Pearl…”we are cheated at birth to the prices of our coffins…” There’s also another lyrical nod to Paul Westerberg in there somewhere. Themes include: man finding his place in a hostile world; survival of the fittest; class discrimiation; poor getting poorer. The spoken word stuff that comes in during the outro is the interogation scene from Doestoevsky’s Crime and Punishment. Well now that I’ve proven this song is lyrically a big mess (not sure what it’s all about honestly). I do know that a Fletcher is a maker of arrows, so I took the title form the 2nd verse. It’s like the Who’s Tommy – I love it but I lose the plot about 1/2 way through. “Fletcher” musically… Bechamps’ bass line is wicked and harmonies very nice indeed. I love John Williams’ guitar riff in the middle and outro. Brilliant very Superdrag type stuff. Brilliant drumming from Mr. Martin throughout. This one was actually a lot of work and a long time in the making. Glad we stuck with it! – Mick

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from Three Nights (2010), released May 1, 2010

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The Successful Failures Trenton, New Jersey

With a name borrowed from a Jack London short story, an indie rock work ethic, and a penchant for melody, harmony, and heart- in-your-mouth-foot-on-your-sleeve lyrics The Successful Failures burst onto the scene out of the NJ pinelands in 2006. TSF has released 5 full length CDs full of songs about vikings, armadillos, old cars, murder, prison, fences, and girls. ... more

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