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The "infamous" TRAILER PARK TRASH ~ About the song

At my shows I usually get a number of requests for songs by this artist or that artist, but when someone requests an original, more times than not it's for a song called "Trailer Park Trash!"  Trailer Park is actually the first complete song I ever wrote.  I had co-written a few songs before, but this one (for better or worse) was 100% all mine.  

 

NOW BEFORE I GO ANY FURTHER, LET ME SAY IT:  THERE AIN'T NUT'N WRONG WITH LIVING IN A TRAILER!  The first place I can remember living was a small single wide (mint green - cool vintage!).  Momma and Daddy bought it because the old house had too many snakes in it (that's another song and story for another day).  My sister and her husband's first place, trailer. Both nieces, trailer.  At least a dozen cousins, trailers!  A trailer can be a beautiful thing and the inhabitants of these mobile castles where given the unfortunate nick-name of "trailer trash" long before I wrote this song.  

 

AND NOW, ON WITH THE STORY…

 

It started out as a joke in 1997 when my then girlfriend and I were picking at her little sister about a guy that she kinda liked who made pizza's at a local gas station/food mart, probably making somewhere below minimum wage in one of the wealthiest, high cost of living areas in the country.  I remember us kidding around telling her that they could get a little trailer out in the middle of the woods somewhere, have a couple of kids, some cats, maybe a horse or two, and all her friends could call her trailer park trash.  I remember singing that hook, "People Call Me Trailer Park Trash" and we all just laughed.  Later that night, I had the whole thing down.  It was and is the easiest song I've ever written.  It might've taken 15 minutes to finish it up…just came right out.  Not sure what that says about me, but there you go!  

 

I played it for my family and several friends and they all seemed to get a big kick out of it.  I took it to the studio over at 365 Great Circle Road in Nashville to record the demo.  I was kinda going for a Joe Diffie type of sound.  Pick-Up Man was still hitting hard on the radio and that was what I was shooting for.   I think we just about it hit it!  My friend Jesse Pena (one awesome guitar picker) came in along with my friend Chuck Schwartz who laid down the drums.  We added Frank Wilkinson and Vern Antry on acoustics and the engineer, Alan Litten jumped in on some of the background vocals.  We had one LARGE time!  We also had a couple of large Papa John Pizzas.  I remember after Alan had finished mixing, I was riding around with a friend of mine and she had it blaring in her car and these guys beside us at the red-light yelled, "Hey, what radio station is that???"  It was a shining moment in my musical career! HAHA  

 

SERIOUS MOMENT ALERT:  What's weird about this song is that while started out as a joke, it ended up making a lot of sense!  If you really pay attention to the lyrics, you'll hear it.  At the end of the day, it really doesn't matter if you're living in a trailer, a small 1 bedroom apartment, or even a mansion in Manhattan.  It's about being content and happy where you are.  THIS CONCLUDES THE SERIOUS MOMENT.

 

When word got out that I was going back into the studio for the first time in more than 15 years, the first question was, "You gonna put Trailer on there?"  It was a no-brainer.  Had to do it.  Wanted to do it.  Adam Lester, Troy Klontz, and Dan Needham knocked it out on the track.  We even managed to keep those crazy "oooo-wah-oooo" background vocals on the new version!  

 

So there you have it!  Not deep lyrical journey with this little diddy.  Just some Joe Diffie-esk Pick Up Man lead-ins with big tele guitars, and a Fender Twin Reverb '65 pushing some funny-pure country lyrics for about 3 1/2 minutes.  You can buy the track from my music store.  Sing along with the lyrics below.  LIKE IT!  LOVE IT!  PLEASE BUY IT!  :)  TELL YOUR FRIENDS!  

 

YeeHaaaw~ 

 

Mark

 

TRAILER PARK TRASH

words & music by Mark Box

 

People call me trailer park trash

But that's alright with me

Cause I'm sitting here in my hand-me-down furniture

Watching this satellite TV

 

I'll never live in a mansion

Or drive a mercedes benz

I'll be as happy as a bug in a big ol' rug

Hanging out with my trailer park friends

 

Well I'm the king of my mobile castle

An old recliner is my thrown

The royal family's just me and my queen 

And a couple of kids and an old coon dog

 

And we'll never need a butler

And we'll never hire a made

And if we don't get hit by a tornado

LORD we'll have it made

 

People call me trailer park trash

But that's alright with me

Cause I'm sitting here in my hand-me-down furniture

Watching this satellite TV

 

I'll never live in a mansion

Or drive a mercedes benz

I'll be as happy as a bug in a big ol' rug

Hanging out with my trailer park friends

 

Well I work 12 hours a day at the factory

Just to make ends meet

When I get home from a hard day's work

My queen is right there to rub my sore feet

 

And you can say I've got a tough life

But you can just say what you want

Cause I've got forty-five neighbors

In this old trailer park that says I don't!

 

Yeah they call me trailer park trash

Woah that's alright with me

Cause I'm sitting here in this paid for furniture

Watching this satellite TV

 

Well I'll never live in a mansion

Or drive a mercedes benz

I'll be as happy as a bug in a big ol' rug

Hanging out with my trailer park friends

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