Count Me Out
Becky Baxter / Conal O’Donoghue / Shauna McGarrity / John McNulty / Hannah Baxter
A song about alienation; a song about superficiality; a song about modern society.
The driving drum beat, with its intricacies, that is such a feature of this track is the product of a great deal of hard work and self-examination on John’s part. The rest of the song was pretty much finished and polished to its final form, but John kept saying he was not satisfied with his part. Finally, after much frustration and a growing sense of embarrassment, John locked himself away to return to his roots and immerse himself in the works of John Bonham, Ian Paice and Ginger Baker … and inspiration duly arrived. John demonstrated it at the start of the next practice session and right away everyone knew we had the final piece of the puzzle.
The lyrics come from Becky’s sister Hannah and provide a glimpse of both her viewpoint coloured by Asperger’s Syndrome and her dismay at the shallowness of modern ‘pop’ culture. It is truly a song about alienation, a song about superficiality and a song about modern society and its skewed values. The lyrics are all about turning one’s back on modern binge drinking, living fast and superficially and society’s obsession with “being famous for being famous” without any underlying substance or talent. The title and the chorus, “Count me out”, reveal a rejection of the skin-deep and trivial outlook on life and suggest a desire for greater significance in our modern society.
The track is yet another product of the “kitchen sessions” at John’s house, with the initial riff and chord arrangement coming together in a short period of time thanks to Shauna and Conal and the rest of the song developing over the next few weeks.
There have been a few tweaks and changes over time, most notably in the tempo of the track, but it remains fundamentally what it always was: a protest song criticising modern attitudes to life and fame and the modern trend towards self-indulgence without offering any contribution in return: a song about alienation, a song about superficiality and a song about modern society.