Seasick Steve – Started Out With Nothin’

Shout out to MJ for putting Seasick Steve on our radar!

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This unlikely lookin’ fella seen here sipping apple pie moonshine is one badass guitar player.

Seasick Steve - I started out with nothin' (and I still have most of it left).

The shaggy-backed Wookiee who runs Victory First turned us onto this dude. We can’t explain how we never heard of this cat before. Give Seasick Steve a listen. You’ll be glad you did.

You can subscribe to Seasick Steve on YouTube here. His website is here. You can find him on Facebook right here.

Started Out With Nothin’ [Lyrics] – Seasick Steve

I can’t lose what I never had
You can’t take what I ain’t got
When I’m happy, you won’t make me sad
Depending on you all
Well I’m not
Cause I started out with nothing
And I’ve still got most of it left
When I’m down I just get up
When I’m down well I stand up
Been down many times well you know it’s true
Haven’t had a red dime between me and you
Cause I started out with nothing
And I’ve still got most of it left (x3)
Repeatedly while rambling random stuff
Cause I started out with nothing
And I’ve still got most of it left (x3)
And if all fell apart today
I could just walk
Get on down the street
I ain’t worried where I’m going to sleep
I can always find some food to eat
Cause I started out with nothing
And I’ve still got most of it left (x3)

Here’s a whole damn concert. Says Matt,

I will tell you, skip to about the 35 minute mark to see him burn shit down with homemade guitars…about ten minutes of cool stuff and dig it music; three and four string guitars built out of hubcaps, spatulas, a hoe handle and an old Ford air cleaner. This cat has talent.”

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“Music is for every single person that walks the planet.” Robert Plant

“All of these situations involve aspects of a ritual where soldiers come together and participate, either by listening or singing/yelling along with the lyrics, in organized, pre-combat actions. Many times these actions are repeated before each mission or patrol. In this way, metal and rap are means of creating aspects of social ordering. The soldiers psychologically prepare themselves for the possibility of combat through the shared experience of music…Music is a means of establishing the identity of the group and supports the feeling of togetherness through a ritualized musical experience.” The Ashgate Research Companion to Modern Warfare.

“Music has been an integral part of warfare and the soldier’s life since the dawn of history. Even the instruments on which it is played have themselves acquired great symbolic power — a regiment’s drums are second only to its colors as an emblem of honor and tradition. In the 18th century, the act of enlisting was described as ‘following the drum…” William Trotter

Read Trotter’s Music of War here.


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4 thoughts on “Seasick Steve – Started Out With Nothin’

  • November 15, 2018 at 11:28 pm

    I first came across Seasick Steve several years ago on the BBC’s Top Gear TV show, back when it still was hosted by Clarkson, Larry and Curly (and when it also was still totally irreverent and hysterically funny). SSS was the featured celebrity driving their “reasonably priced car.” It struck me as odd then that America had overlooked such a talent but the British had taken him to their bosom and made him a cult figure. Better that, I suppose, than him living out his life overlooked and unrewarded. His story about his freight car hopping hobo past might be just a touch embellished but his talent is talent is the genuine article.

  • October 1, 2015 at 11:57 pm

    There’s not much better than a dude playing from his fucking heart.

  • September 30, 2015 at 11:40 am

    Sounds pretty good. Found x4 of his albums on Spotify too. Thanks for the recommendation.

  • September 30, 2015 at 9:17 am

    The descriptions of all the cars he has owned when he was on Top Gear was great.


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