Payday Is The Best Day

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This was written originally for What's So Bad About Being A Grown-Up, but it didn't come out as well as I'd hoped so I left it off, and ended up giving it to the french fanzine tape Metropolit@n Audio #1. The words came about at a time in my glittering career when I'd always be skint at the end of the month, and so really did look forward to payday, and really did do the things mentioned in the song.

When we came to do the sessions for Say It With Words I bought it a band rehearsal and it worked out pretty well almost straight away, and it ended up going into the live set for a REALLY long time, and was our default Last Song for AGES until Easily Impressed USURPED it. Tom from Reveal Records chose it to release as a single, in a (doomed) attempt to get some interest going for the album itself, and everybody seemed to like it - odd really for a song that I didn't like at first!

Of note in the recording is that I think this may have been the first thing Tom recorded with us. I'm not sure but it may also be the only time I've been allowed to record my ACE KAZOO SKILLZ. Also, the "reprise" of this at the end of the album is actually the end of the normal version chopped off and stuck there - it went on a bit too long to keep for the song itself, but it ended so well we didn't want to lose it.

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Oh how i long for the last working day of the month
That's when i get paid
I get my money out all in one go
So i can roll around in what i've made
I spend my money fast before it all runs out
I've no idea where it all goes
But while it's there i'll get a chinese takeaway
Some records some books and some clothes

Because payday is the best day of all
It's the best day of all
It's the best day of all
It's like a three day festival

All of my friends seem to bank with the Co-op
But i prefer to stick with Barclays
I like a bank that doesn't hide the fact
That they're a bunch of money-grubbing bloody nazi's
When i was a student they gave me the hassle
Because i never ever had no bread
But now they kiss my derriere because they're well aware
That every month i'll be back in the red

Because payday is the best day of all
It's the best day of all
It's the best day of all
It's like a three day festival

I know it's not efficient, I know I should be thinking of the future
I know I should save
But what's the point of that when We could all be dead tomorrow
You can't take a TESSA to the grave
I'd rather have a week of decadence, two weeks of being all right
And then put up with week of pain
Because if you spread your cash across the course of the month
You miss out on the joys of Payday

Because payday is the best day of all
It's the best day of all
It's the best day of all
It's like a three day festival

Spend when you can
When you can't get your card and flex it.


Published by Wipe Out Music Publishing

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from Say It With Words, released March 27, 2000

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MJ Hibbett & The Validators have performed live on Radio One, had a Record Of The Year in Rolling Stone, an Album Of The Day on 6Music, released one of the first ever viral videos, toured the UK and Europe, featured in an Edinburgh Fringe Festival show, and recorded a science fiction rock opera, all while maintaining their complete independence from outside record labels. ... more

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