Song of the Week – Chosen to Deserve, Wednesday

Ignored             Obscured              Restored

Wednesday is a band from Asheville, NC.  They combine shoe gaze with alt-country in their own unique way.  Their latest album, Rat Saw God was released this past January.

“Chosen to Deserve” was released as a single and is today’s SotW.

The song is about confessing to your partner all of the things you wouldn’t want them to know about your past until your relationship is secure enough to weather those truths.

I used to drink ’til I threw up on weeknights at my parents’ house
My friends all took Benadryl ’til they could see shit
Crawlin’ up the walls
One of those times my friend took a little too much
He had to get his stomach pumped
They took him over to the hospital and told us he was lucky to survive

The key to the song comes in the final lines:

Thank God that I was chosen to deserve you
‘Cause I’m the girl that you were chosen to deserve

Guitarist/vocalist Karly Hartzman sings the song with a drawl that’s reminiscent of a younger Lucinda Williams backed with some serious guitar riffage.

In an article on the NPR Music website, Marissa Lorusso wrote that Hartzman “says that she wrote “Chosen to Deserve”… as an homage to Drive-by Truckers’ “Let There be Rock” but with Hartzman’s own “experiences from growing up and f***ing around and getting into stupid s***,” as she explains.”

So, let’s have a little fun and listen to “Let There Be Rock” too.

The Drive-By Truckers’ track starts like this:

Dropped acid, Blue Oyster Cult concert, fourteen years old,
And I thought them lasers were a spider chasing me.
On my way home, got pulled over in Rogersville Alabama,
With a half-ounce of weed and a case of Sterling Big Mouth.
My buddy Gene was driving, he just barely turned sixteen.
And I’d like to say, “I’m sorry”, but we lived to tell about it
And we lived to do a whole bunch more crazy, stupid, shit.

Enjoy… until next week.

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