taking life seriously

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Taking Life Seriously is a South African Punk Rock classic, and a must in every punk rock collection. It was recorded at B Sharp Studios in Johannesburg and released by Red Ambulance, South Africa’s premier Punk Rock label at the time. The album features many of the bands biggest hits, and played a crucial role in Half Price becoming known beyond Cape Town and South Africa.

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released September 1, 2004

Homo Pete, DFG, the Machine, Mark

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HALFPRICE Cape Town, South Africa

Half Price is a Non-Profit Party-Punk band from Cape Town, South Africa. Since their start in 2001 they have over 25 national tours, eight international tours as well as six full length albums and one ‘best of’ album under their belt.

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Track Name: the Crack of Dawn too
Do you really wanna know? The real reason Why america invaded iraq
It wasn’t even for their freedom - They gave them the crack of dawn
It wasn’t for there weapons program. It wasn’t even to steal their oil - They gave them the crack of dawn. They went there to administer, the crack of dawn. We saw soldiers, urinating on prisoners We saw them being stacked, in human pyramids. We saw them being sexually abused What we never saw was, the crack of dawn. It wasn’t even for their freedom - They gave them the crack of dawn. It wasn’t for there weapons program
It wasn’t even to steal their oil - They gave them the crack of dawn. They went there to administer, the crack of dawn.
Track Name: H.I.V
We live , in a country where thousands die every day OF AIDS
We all seem to think that it cant effect me (cant effect me)
But almost everyone I know might have HIV
Education Regulation abstain wait till you are old but
We don't listen we don't think we never did what we were told
There are drugs to help us all. But companies need to make a more pro -
fit so understand!!!People have to die.
The government is glad, less people means less unemployed after
all they cant afford the drugs,
Who cares we all think to ourselves man HIV it cant effect me!
So we pick up another fat easy score,
You and me , we all have HIV.
Track Name: Real Men
Well he's been drinking every weekend for as long as I can remember but not last night, he's still sober what the hell is going on.........

By the time the clock had struck two He was so damn bored he didn't know what to do, Thought to himself man this is just not right
to be at home all alone on a Saturday night. Dreaming of an ice cold beer, drunken girls licking his ear, drinking whisky jack and ice, when he's drunk all girls look nice.

He awoke not feeling to great (HEY cos) He wasn't hungover and he never got laid. So he tumbled out of bed with his straight clear head,
went straight to the doctor and this is what he said.... NO BEER.... NO....
He thought is was a great Idea to sit at home and drink no beer
Stay in bed and get some rest do what your mommy says is best
Dreaming of an ice cold beer, i'm dreaming of an ice cold beer,
i'm dreaming of an ice cold beer i'm dreaming of that ice cold beer.
Dreaming of an ice cold beer, drunken girls licking his ear,
Drinking whisky jack and ice, when he's drunk all girls look nice
Later that day when the clock struck four
he was standing in a queue at the bottle store,
drinking in the sun, what could be more fun
Sunday afternoon the weekends just begun.
He learned his lesson the hard way, real men drink all day.
real men drink all day, real men drink all day.
Track Name: Selling Out
When you left that day I was standing at the airport in a crowd…..
but I felt so alone I phoned you last night just to hear that voice
inside and tell you what I never could say. We're selling out, we wanna
start a boy band. Selling out WE also want 12 year old girl fans. We
even left out every single swearword maybe now we will get heard. The
public like meaningless text we'll be a commercial rock success, we'll
be screened on M.T.V. we'll hook a sponsor from S.A.B drinking
sh*itloads of free beer. Just look at Tweak man they really suck, they
use clichéd riffs like these just to make a quick buck, but are they
proud of what they've done. We're selling out, we wanna start a boy
band. Selling out We also want 12 year old girl fans.
Track Name: Can of Beer
We Met him on a Thursday night The fourth last day of his life no one of us seemed to know him to well but he was a fucking good guy. Now he's dead left all his friends alone Its kind of fucked up , how could we have known that he would die before his time. Don't expect me to believe this religious shit, When you die my friend this is it There's no master plan or what some call fate he died too young not to late. He spent that weekend at my house We had fun drank lots of beer Watched a lot of punk rock shows. I wish I could have known him longer But some guys go to soon, The last thing I said…. get home well. I'll see you soon. But things didn't seem to happen that way. Their car crashed on that Monday He never got, to start his band I would have been his biggest fan.
Track Name: The Crack of Dawn
One night we ..... Drank so much beer and we got so fucked we played monopoly for like four and half hours, Then we tried to stick a stick up the DFG's nought, the bat was dripping with cream it was the funniest thing that i've ever seen but it didn't work cos he woke up. But he didn't know that we gave him the crack of Dawn till the early morn - ing. This what happens if you pass out around any of us, i better not pass out till he forgets about it.
Track Name: Hippies Suck
On new years… Woke up near a tent I didn't know where I was and I
didn't feel so good. So I stood up and had a looked around I heard some funny thumping sounds and suddenly I knew .....we're at the trance party. So i picked up Jared off the floor and we headed back to the bar to get a couple of pints it was only 9 am the right time to start
thinking about drinking and luckily on the way……… we hooked up with Kyl and Skaapie they were laughing at the hippies chilling in the trees and they were both as fucked as me, So we went to vibe the vibe at fitz's car and in his tent and then Jared puked it all up - what a
waste of bucks. Where was the german you might be thinking at another hippie fest with the hogs and fuzigish hoping that they would get undressed, he went to vibe the vibe with some underage chicks and he had so much fun at the trance party, hey hey hey.
Somehow we got back to where we woke up and we then tried to toke it up by that time we were all wasted. Jared was shoving food right in his face and it was falling on the floor and that's when the crazy fucking
roman looking hippie from next door much to our dismay he told us he
was a closet gay that's when I knew just why we HATE the trance parties!
Track Name: 15 Years
Lying here say you'll never do it again
After a few beers the desire kicks in
Friend we tried to help you... HELP YOURSELF

your'e still young you thought the party would never end
but what you dont realize is that the young ones are the the ones to go.

15 years down the line
Stop convincing yourself that everythings fine
15 years down the line
all your friends are O'Ding and dying

Collapsed and convulsing on a hospital floor
you're almost in a coma but you still want more

you know its just a matter of time before the drugs take over your life

15 years down the line
Stop convincing yourself that everythings fine
15 years down the line
all your friends are O'Ding and dying
Track Name: Drink All Day
Beer beer beer beer beer fuck I know I have to study but I want to get drunk, I open up the fridge and all I see is beer I have one and then I have two more. 2 hours later I'm lying on the floor. I drink all day ,I drink alone ,I drink for fun its become my life its my life The next week looks the same I don't get fuckall studying done I drink a castle, and an amstel and a blacklable i drink as long as I am able. Monday morning I wake up I drink a beer to give me luck for my exam that starts at 9 I feel good I'm feeling fine I feel just.. fine I drink all day, I drink alone, I drink for fun, its my life. The exam starts now and I don't feel to fucking great The pages warping Oh my GOD I hope its not something I ate Tell me someone now is this my worst fucking day?, I guess it was not because I still passed anyway Criticize me all you want I wont listen for too long I hope you get the message in these fucking punkrock songs. I'm so sick of going through these daze my drinking is all I got living life in cheapskate ways just to pay for my next shot.
so FUCK YOU
Track Name: Buy Your Own
People are always coming up to me and asking me if they can use my shit. Now, Dont get me wrong man. Normally i wouldnt mind being a nice guy and all, but the truth / thing is...... If you do actually manage to get your shit back, which usually doesnt happen very often
Its more than likely in broken in half, wrecked or most probably totally
fucked up.

You try to be friend
You lend some one a hand
And then you get it back
And they fucked it up

It's been far to many times that i lend out what is mine
I never got it back, I never got it back its gone
Guess tho i shouldn't bitch and moan, cos i'm one of them
I gots about 50 Cd's and i only own about 10

Hey dude arn't you that guy from halfprice? YAH
Can i maybe borrow some money /amp NO
How about a CD NO NO NO NO NO
I'm freezing man lend me your rancid hoodie NO
Cmon, gimme a beer NO
What about an enchie NO NO NO NO NO

Leave me alone, why dont you leave me alone why dont you leave me alone why dont you buy your own? (X3) Buy your own buy your own
Buy your own fucking shit

You try to be friend
You lend some one a hand
And then you get it back
And they fucked it up
Track Name: 15 June
Oi Oi Oi hog hog hog hog HOG HOG We're gonna tell you a ….story about June 2002 we were in Bloemfontein now so tell me where the fuck were you we went to play an all age show with curb dogs and fuzigish and to get fucking drunk and see some ……… . Woke up hung-over at about 12 o'clock and saw Lucas the dog he seemed to like Jarod a lot . And we still…. Felt so kuck from the long drive on the way up and no-one had any spare bucks I felt we'd all run out of luck we swore like troopers on the stage to kids who never act their age and we said words like.... And then the fun begun…. Then we headed down to the nudie bar we all fitted into the Germans car Zoltan looked like he had a lot of fun Gareth's new life had just begun the Eager Beaver it changed his life it changes his whole fucking life. I like big fat titties in my face where at the Eager Beaver place where in my fucking face at the Eager Beaver Eager Beaver Ian and Ryan the married guys failed to realise that half price could be such dirty fucking guys. Just When you…………… Thought it was over and we'd all go the fuck home, these guys were screaming and shouting saying GO GO GO. And a good fucking time was had by all those who went and I spent all my cash every single last cent but it was worth it in the end cause I made some new friends and now I cant wait to fucking do it again.

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