The Temporary Blues

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"The Temporary Blues"
a song by The Features
 
Performed By: The Features

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"The Temporary Blues" is a song written and performed by The Features. It debuted on March 15, 2001. It originally had a much more rocking sound to it.

It was later re-tooled slightly, the new version including the bridge from the retired Features song, "Discotheque," with the lyrics, "I wanna go home" repeated over a few times before going back into the main part of the song. This version was eventually dropped from setlists over time as the band began heavily touring in promotion of Exhibit A.

It resurfaced again with a different sound in late 2006, after Mark Bond joined the band. The first known performance of this latest version was on November 11, 2006[1]. This version, with a slower, more keyboard-driven sound and anthemic chorus, was included on Some Kind of Salvation and has since become one of the band's most widely-known songs.

The original music to "Temporary Blues," minus the distinctive flourishes given by Parrish Yaw, bares a similar structure to "How It Starts" on the band's third full-length record, Wilderness.

Usage in Other Media

  • The song was used in the trailer for the film Life As We Know It[2]
  • In January, 2012, the "hey hey hey" part of the song was used in a commercial for the ASICS GEL-NEO33 running shoe[3][4]

Lyrics

As Reported by Matt Pelham

A recent incarnation of the lyrics were posted on the message board by Matt Pelham himself.[5]

traded in my tennis shoes
for steel-toe rubber boots to wear
i've got my own uniform
funny net to wear upon my hair

watch out, here they come
temporary blues are gonna bring you down
one day i'm gonna make a change
and try to turn this mess around

As Recorded on Some Kind of Salvation

Traded in my tennis shoes
For steel-toed rubber boots
I got my own uniform to wear
They've given me a plastic hat
Earplugs and a funny net for my head
I'm well-prepared

Time comes when you have to choose
Occupation you can use
Well they say it should be something you like
But hard times just don't allow
Poor boy to be choosy how he provides
How you get by

Watch out now here they come
My god what have I done?
The temporary blues are gonna bring me down
One day we're gonna make a change
We gonna turn this mess around

Underneath fluorescent light
Night is day and day is night
Oh we're waiting on a break to come
For some coffee with a honey bun
And small talk about the things we wished we'd done
When we were young

Time's up boy

Watch out now here they come
My god what have I done?
The temporary blues are gonna bring me down
One day we're gonna make them change
We gonna turn this mess around

Down the line, down the line
We're sending it down the line, down the line
We're putting in overtime, overtime
We're gonna stay late

Watch out now here they come
My god what have I done?
The temporary blues are gonna bring me down
One day we're gonna make them change
We gonna turn this mess around

Recorded Versions

There are no known studio recordings of this song.

Performances

This song has 3 documented performances.

PerformanceSlotEncore?VenueCity
2004-01-24 at 12th & Porter10no12th & PorterNashville, TN
2006-03-09 at Blue Cat's7noBlue Cat'sKnoxville, TN
2008-01-12 at The DamenoThe DameLexington, KY

Tournament of Features Songs Results

"The Temporary Blues" appeared in the very first Tournament of Features Songs in 2002. It was grouped into the "West" region as the #5 seed.

  • Defeated "Stick Together" by a score of 6 to 1 in the First Round
  • Defeated "Paid to Think" by a score of 8 to 3 in the Second Round
  • Defeated "Armani Suede" by a score of 5 to 4 in the Sweet Sixteen
  • Lost to "Dark Room" by a score of 5 to 6 in the Elite Eight

In 2003, the song was grouped into the "South" region as the #7 seed.

  • Defeated "Disco" by a score of 16 to 5 in the First Round
  • Lost to "Walk You Home" by a score of 8 to 15 in the Second Round

In 2004, the song was grouped into the "New Jersey" region as the #4 seed.

In 2005, the song was grouped into the "Old Favorite" region as the #9 seed.

  • Lost to "Oh My Love" by a score of 9 to 10 in the First Round

In 2006, the song was grouped into the "Old Favorite" region as the #10 seed.

  • Lost to "Buffalo Head" by a score of 8 to 11 in the First Round

In 2010, the song was grouped into the "Some Kind of Region" region as the #3 seed.

  • Lost to "Rambo" by a score of 6 to 7 in the First Round

In 2013, the song was grouped into the "Roger" region.

References

  1. Features Message Board Archive: 11/11 Chattanooga Show
  2. Features Message Board: "Life As We Know It" Trailer
  3. Run Blog Run: ASICS New Lightweight Shoe, GEL-NEO33, Takes Flight in Latest Spot
  4. Nashville Cream: This Asics Commercial Features The Features
  5. Features Message Board Archive: Temporary Blues