Riff: Alkaline Trio – “I, Pessimist”

Apr 2, 2013

Disappear, disappear/I don’t need this body

from I, Pessimist lyrics by Alkaline Trio

Lyricist Matt Skiba gets transcendental here with the help of Rise Against’s Tim McIlrath on one of My Shame…’s better tracks. This separation of body, mind and soul is unique in punk, keeping  “Pessimist” less bogged down by old idioms. Still, no track needs five choruses; [LISTEN].

  • Na tsomuch

    “Lyricist Matt Skiba” did not write this song. Alkaline Trio has two song writers and this one is written by bassist Dan Andriano. Get your head out of your ass.

Riff by Karl Ernest

Karl is a Seattle-based musician and writer at SONGLYRICS; a veteran of both east and west-coast scenes, he has performed with the likes of The Ying Yang Twins, David Arquette, Wynton Marsalis, among others. But he's no stranger to seedy dives or house shows, either.

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