Shuffle Song Of The Day (2/24/22): “Me vs. Maradona vs. Elvis” By Brand New

“Me vs. Maradona vs. Elvis”is a song by the Long Island pop punk band Brand New, and it appeared on their second album, Deja Entendu, which was released in 2003. “Deja entendu” is French for “Already heard”, and the album title was a backhanded comment for how played out and similar sounding pop punk music was becoming in the early 2000’s. Although Deja is a great album and change of pace, I find it kinda funny that Brand New was trying to lecture people about vanilla sounding music when their first album, Your Favorite Weapon, is the most generic pop punk album of all time. Don’t get me wrong, I love that album too, but facts are facts

It’s tough to get confirmation on what the title “Me vs. Maradona vs. Elvis” really means, but the consensus speculation Diego Maradona and Elvis both struggled with alcoholism and drug abuse that eventually ruined their careers and lives, so Jesse is comparing the main character in this song to them, who is most likely based on himself

As for the lyrics themselves, there is some debate on what is happening in the song. I used to always interpret it as a drunk dude taking advantage of an even drunker girl and raping her, but upon listening to it recently, I think it is just about some drunk guy who is a womanizer and sleeps with a ton of drunk girls he picks up at the bar

Regardless of the true meaning, this song became popular once again a few years back after lead singer Jesse Lacey came under fire during the height of the #MeToo movement when he was accused of soliciting nude pictures from an underage fan years ago. I’ve never understood rockstars’ fascination with underage fans. They literally have an unlimited supply of 18+ girls that would let them do whatever they want to them at their disposal in every city they visit, so why fuck around with some high school sophomore? Bananas. Anyway: Great song, great album, great band


With one or two, I get used to the room
We go slow when we first make our moves
But five or six, bring you out to the car
Number nine with my head on the bar
And it’s sad but true, out of cash and IOUs
I’ve got desperate desires and unadmirable plans
My tongue will taste the gin and malicious intent
Bring you back to the bar, get you out of the cold
A sober straight face gets you out of your clothes
And they’re scared that we know all the crimes they’ll commit
Who they’ll kiss before they get home
I will lie awake
And lie for fun and fake the way I hold you
Let you fall for every empty word I say
Barely conscious in the door where you stand
Your eyes are fighting sleep while your mouth makes your demands
You laugh at every word, trying hard to be cute
I almost feel sorry for what I’m gonna do
And your hair smells of smoke
Who will cast the first stone?
You can sin or spend the night all alone
Brass buttons on your coat hold the cold
In the shape of a heart that they cut out of stone
You’re using all your looks that you’ve thrown from the start
If you let me have my way, I swear I’ll tear you apart
‘Cause it’s all you can be
You’re a drunk and you’re scared
It’s ladies night, all the girls drink for free
I will lie awake
And lie for fun and fake the way I hold you
Let you fall for every empty word I say
I will lie awake
And lie for fun and fake the way I hold you
Let you fall for every empty word I say
I will lie awake
And lie for fun and fake the way I hold you
Let you fall for every empty word I say

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