Fishbone - Sunless Saturday Lyrics




I see the pestilence outside my window
I see the dung heaps piled at least a mile high
I see the shards of shattered dreams in the street
I face the morning with my customary sigh

I hear the sounds of children laughing aloud
A stumbling wino has attracted quite a crowd
My breakfast finished now I brave the outside
But clouds have hidden all the warmth inside

Chase these clouds away
I hate this sunless Saturday

Freedom come
For us now
Light our sky
Burn away these clouds

Perhaps the charcoal grey and brown around me
Is just the mirror image of tainted soul
I think the sun will never visit my sky
Until the truth is seen by each and every eye

I see the helpless and I see the insane
I see a pauper singing in the pouring rain
I see the means of help elude us again
I think the sun will never visit me again





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  1. Richard Chase

    For all of you that love this band...check out Kings X

  2. Mod Guitar

    This is clearly how it’s done right,folks🔥

  3. Miles Highson

    I love how the final acoustic section is like a more upbeat version of the intro acoustic part.... you know, like the sun has finally risen and all that. Amazing fucking songwriting all over this thing

  4. Mike Peterson

    I remember them from the last action hero soundtrack and then now, how could I not have been listening to them! there so much fun like faith no more!

  5. xwarx1000

    50times better than RHCP( with HN it was fantastic though)

  6. Christopher Wildrick

    One of my favorite bands ever. They never got their due. Those of us who knew, knew. I wish there had been more. But maybe that would have ruined things.

    Musically, the perfect overlap of in-your-face rock, shake-it-til-ya-break-it funk, and the exact amount of ska to make it effective without pigeonholing them. All done with SOUL. ALWAYS with soul.

    Lyricism that spanned from a modern day psalmist calling out from the broken (but still hopeful) heart of humanity that tomorrow will be better, to being the unflinching witness on the stand who will not be denied the opportunity to irrefutably call out the bull$%×+ tactics used to institutionally manipulate the masses against each other and keep us all in our socio-economic ranks.

    Nothing and no one else like them. Truth and Soul.

  7. RockNPunkBands

    The best metal bands of black members, like Living Colour or Bad Brains, wonderful bands of all time...

  8. CNend

    This was the first Fishbone song i herd, not long after it's release, changed my shit.

  9. dog of war

    Saw them a few times as a white teen skater. Fucking never left me.

  10. Hobock

    this song is the gap between the 80s and 90s

  11. Richard Johnson

    @1:52 making Pete Townsend proud

  12. emsafeman

    The SNL performance of this is my favorite

    Randy H.

    Angelo doing that jump kick at the beginning, let us know they were going to set it off on SNL.

    emsafeman

    Having trouble finding the SNL video now for some reason

    Randy H.

    @emsafeman It used to be on YouTube. Now if you want to see it, you'll have to go to DailyMotion.

  13. MarkOfTheNorth

    Damn this is good

  14. The Classic Manila-style

    I saw some dudes arguing in the comment section about where mike patton got his style and this diva kiedis accusing him of stealing his style , i believe this where mike patton and faith no more got their funk metal sound, and as far as kiedis claiming that he was the one being copied, look at this band this song is better than any song kiedis sang

  15. Roberto Chinaglia

    Banda muito boa o vocal bom pra caramba 👍👍👍👍👍👍

  16. ijcn0jir3nvjn3fjcifn

    I remember Fishbone was huge but in underground music in LA 80s as big as Jane’s or RHCP. I always thought fishbone was the one that would be commercially bigger but I was dead wrong.

  17. Diablo X Machina

    This song is an all time classic.

  18. Paul McCaffrey

    Amazing band

  19. Number 57

    Back in high school in 1993 NOTHING else was this positive, righteous, and badass!

  20. in visuo

    FISH u gave me strenght so many Times While i was young...5ku

  21. cookie cat

    Damn! So much going on in this song! I forgot how good this was. And now that im older i can truly feel this shit!!!!

  22. Robby Pancakes

    Fishbone for Hall of Fame 👍

  23. GyroMurphy

    I urge anyone to find a better song to wake up too....

  24. Marcus Lewis

    These guys are among the greatest

  25. slayer 1

    The music has a YYZ quality to it not quite as big but definitely every bit of that rocking possibly more scientifically speaking these guys rock Pure Energy from every band member all at once boom

  26. no.safe.place

    I am mexican i hate the black people but i like this song :D

  27. Aux OC

    I can’t be the only one who cries at the end of the song... like a little bitch 😭😭😭🤣😭 the 4:02 mark

  28. Motivique Studio

    As amazing today as when it came out. Killer production, killer song.

  29. THE CLARENCES

    Memories of 1991!!!
    xoxo The Clarences

  30. Angel'sChannel

    A great band!

  31. Stanley Rodgers

    This album was one of those "headphone albums" for me. Plug in, tune everything else out and let this one soak in. Man, they were at the peak of their powers here! Such a great point in time for music. Living Colour, 24-7 Spyz, Follow for Now and the mighty Fishbone. What great memories.

  32. Bevan Kelly

    I've been trying to get into Fishbone since I found out that they were the horn players on Avenged Sevenfold's Sunny Disposition. I don't know if it gave me the wrong impression because I loved the groovy metal sound with the horns over the top.
    So far I've either found heavy stuff or funky stuff with horns. Are there any songs with the horns playing over the heavier stuff? Because I think thats what I really wanna find

  33. Mattias Vejdegren

    This is absolute GOLD..bought "the reality of my surroundings" after seeing this video on MTV !! And heey the rest of the album does not really suck!! Fishbone should have been massive ok!!😁😁💗

  34. jjwp 1988

    I see the pestilence
    Outside my window
    I see the dung heaps
    Piled at least a mile high
    I see the shards of shattered dreams
    In the street
    I face the morning
    With my customary sigh

    I hear the sounds
    Of children laughing aloud
    A stumbling wino
    Has attracted quite a crowd
    My breakfast finished
    Now i brave the outside
    But all the clouds have hidden
    All the warmth inside

    Chase these clouds away
    I hate this sunless Saturday
    Chase these clouds away
    I hate this Sunless Saturday

    Freedom come
    For us now
    Light our sky
    Burn away these clouds

    Perhaps the charcoal grey
    And brown around me
    Is just the mirror image
    Of my tainted soul
    I think the sun will never visit my sky
    Until the truth is seen
    By each and every eye

    Chase these clouds away
    I hate this Sunless Saturday

    Freedom come
    For us now
    Light our sky
    Burn away these clouds

    I see the helpless
    And i see the insane
    I see a pauper
    Singing in the pouring rain
    I see the means of help
    Elude us again
    I think the sun
    Will never visit me again

    Chase these clouds aways
    I hate this Sunless Saturday

  35. Barek Halfhand

    Incredibly talented

  36. E J

    This music video is A Spike Lee Joint, if you didn’t know, now you know

  37. El Desgraciado

    YOU CAN HEAR THE BASS!!!!! YEAH!

  38. El Desgraciado

    1:20 PIECE OF MIND

  39. George P. Burdell

    This song is not political; it's not racial. The reason this song is great is that it's about depression, plain and simple. We can be depressed for different reasons, but it's part of the universal human condition.


    *Liked*

  40. propergait

    3.5k royalty!!

  41. Rex Thrasher

    Look, I am a fatass metalhead from Finland and pretty much only listen to stuff like Slayer and Judas Priest. But this band kicks ass! Originally a high-energy funk band (I believe?), turned heavier and even weirder (if that’s possible?) in the early 90s. Tracks like Swim and Servitude are all metal, while they still retained their funkiness and brilliant, weird humour. What we need in music is more bands that break musical - and cultural - boundaries. Great music is great music no matter what!

    jjwp 1988

    If you like bands that do different styles try Mr Bungle. Or incubus first album "fungus amongus"

    Rex Thrasher

    Jay 88 Mr Bungle is one of my favourites along John Zorn’s Naked City! Mr Bungle is unique, I doubt anyone else could come up with what they did back in the 90s! Incubus I am not familiar with, I need to check them out. Thanks!

  42. Ninja Grrrl

    They were gods on that stage. Never thrashed so hard in my life. They're still amazing.

  43. The Rick

    ahhh...takes me back where everyone was chill with each other...

  44. gregory tate

    Longevity is The Musical Black Man's Oscar in rock&roll.

  45. JHallDaBoss

    Amazing!

  46. Thomas Pfeifer

    One of my favorites.... all time.... ever!!!!!!

  47. WeinHara

    THX my dear and beloved Fisbone for yor music! Come back again to Vienna, Austria, Europe. Please, I, we need you to blow away those sunless days, ;) Cheerio, fil of WH.

  48. Froglegs 70

    Fark aint heard this in years .so so good ..

  49. mick destiny

    And fucking amazing live. Saw them on this tour in Brisbane Australia. Blindingly talented musicians..

  50. C Man

    Best Live Band ....!

  51. Duan Torruellas

    Classic , and highly underated . These guys were seriously skilled and tight musicians , they had a positive message and intense energy. Even now what ever projects they are working on i wish these musicians the best and thx for years of great work.

  52. M W

    Fishbone > RHCP

  53. Eric Williams

    This song is the perfect bookend to everyday sunshine!1

  54. Philip Simpson

    And living colour

  55. Philip Simpson

    If you like this check out mother's finest,

  56. Philip Simpson

    Love em, always have, red hot chilli peppers can't touch em

  57. Sunesis York

    A few months ago I got the honor to play a show with these guys, really fucking great band <3

  58. OMG OMG

    I LOVE you forever❣️From Japan

  59. WHACK

    Reminds me of Iron Maiden's Trooper...

  60. The Classic Manila-style

    So this is where faith no more got their style , both bands didnt get the credit they deserve , it was always about stadium mainstream bands back then good thing we have the internet to tell my kids what to listen it doesnt always have to be the hottest band of the famous bands

  61. toast ed

    This blew me away, still does

  62. DXSTRYR

    thanks for this list man. I havent heard Fishbone "Sunless Saturday" since I was a teen always loved that song and it still gets me psyched.

  63. NitroDamus

    AnotherrrrrRRROCKET COMINATCHYA....From the erstwhile radio-dial!

  64. GrungeKid

    "I see the pestilence outside my window" some of the best lyrics ever written

  65. Thomas Pfeifer

    Brilliant.
    As always.

  66. springer 90

    When is Kendall coming back to Fishbone?

  67. dale85300

    This song is about depression!!!!

  68. melissa bullard

    the best ending to a song ever, perfecto

  69. ratbunny

    My dad gives me some great bands to listen to

  70. Phylean Panache

    Fishbone - Sunless Saturday

    I see the pestilence outside my window
    I see the dung heaps piled at least a mile high
    I see the shards of shattered dreams in the street
    I face the morning with my customary sigh

    Whoa-oh-oh!
    Whoa-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh!

    I hear the sounds of children laughing aloud
    A stumbling wino has attracted quite a crowd
    My breakfast finished now I brave the outside
    But clouds have hidden all the warmth inside

    Chase these clouds away
    I hate this sunless Saturday

    Freedom come
    (Freedom come)
    For us now
    . (For us now)
    Light our sky
    (Light our sky)
    Burn away
    These clouds

    Perhaps the charcoal grey and brown around me
    Is just the mirror image of tainted soul
    I think the sun will never visit my sky
    Until the truth is seen by each and every eye

    Whoa-oh-oh!
    Whoa-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh!

    I see the helpless and I see the insane
    I see a pauper singing in the pouring rain
    I see the means of help elude us again
    I think the sun will never visit me again

    Saturday! Saturday!
    Oh-yeah-haa-yeah!

  71. Buck Paiva

    Muito bom essa banda!

  72. R S P

    Saw them yesterday in Amsterdam, still awesome!

  73. Thing 12 Games

    Incredible performances, super high energy, deep meaningful lyrics, thrashing riffs, super catchy beat and rhythm....Fishbone has it ALL.

  74. Derek Holland

    legends!!!!!!!!!!!!

  75. MatoMusic805

    Mos Def brought me here

  76. Crushi .Music, Art & Love.

    🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤

  77. Crushi .Music, Art & Love.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KK640dPPhXE&list=RDKK640dPPhXE&start_radio=1

  78. TagusMan

    Love this song. Love the energy these guys put out and their musical knowledge. That little homage to the Beatles at the end was perfect. These guys should have been bigger. The black community at the time completely ignored them. Hopefully they'll get the love and respect they deserve in years to come. Long Live Fishbone!

  79. hatednyc

    It just keeps getting better with age.

  80. Mr. E

    27 years later .... still relevant .... still the bomb!!

  81. mikdre

    I h8 you VEVO. You wasted so much of my time

  82. Robert Smith

    This lineup was perfect. Chris Dowd and Kendall Jones added so much.

  83. Paul A

    OMG amazing track, first time listening in decades. Memories!!

  84. daffhs

    A Spike Lee joint.

  85. Jeffrey Baron

    Still love Fishbone

  86. NYC 42

    Saw the singer (forgot his name) perform live in Paris as part of the touring band on "Celebrating Bowie Tour". He was phenomenal! I knew of them (Fishbone) but not so much aware of their music! I want to go back to their stuff and listen to it properly now! It's such a shame that have never got the recognition they deserved, possibly because as an all black male rock/punk band, label/record comapnies probably didn't know how to market/label them! In addition to not receiving enough airplay! Infuriating when you see the number of artists who serve nothing but crap and continue to be played ad-nauseam on radios!

  87. Matt G

    Fishbone gives me goosebumps.

  88. Billy Nuckles

    So powerful. The title. The lyrics. That opening scene, with a child in a cage. .....its just like Angelo. To create something so beautiful and profound. Out of tragedy. ❤

  89. Matthew Kowal

    I've played this song on the drums, and all I have to say is that it is intense with the bass drum/pedal and that you are crisscrossing your arms like a maniac with the hi-hat and snare followed by just hitting all the tom-toms and the floor tom with improvisation any way you want it. It may sound like he's using double bass, but he's actually doing it with only one pedal, and you have to hammer that sucker as if you are shaking your leg to get sand out of your pants. The Van Halen tapping solo was insane that it sends goosebumps all around every time I hear it. I'm shocked that the video doesn't have at least a seven figure amount of views! The tune not only makes you want to bang your head, but it gets you going, makes your heart race, and makes you move, the singer showed it by break-dancing in a straightjacket, hanging onto the cage fence, and seven guys playing by just going crazy, having a good time, and smiling while cooped up in a cage.

  90. Dash Hazard

    Thank you "Beer and Board Games" for introducing me to Fishbone!

  91. Ocean Sage

    Didn't Spike Lee direct this music video? Crazy killer band.

  92. Ozy Poe

    I'm a fairly young white guy from the south and your in for a treat if you like rock from 80s 90s these guy kickass

  93. bryans5150

    great band..they are each tremendous musicians and not only pull off a high energy show but sound is studio quality live..one of my favorite 90's albums with top notch engineering

  94. Erdinger Nullfast

    Fishbone is the of band isn't going to be hemmed in by racial lines. Those lines just disappear when you listen to Fishbone. They appeal to everybody. A truly unique band!

    Electricshrock

    They are a unique band. And because of that, sadly, they don't appeal to everybody.

  95. truestep

    Бий Ворогів!

  96. Buried InTime

    if ever there was a band that should've made a zillion dollars and been huge.

    Rollo Tomassi

    Maybe their label didn't know how to sell them, and they didn't care to be sold.

    Daniel Eyre

    They were poorly promoted by their label. And the fact they didn't follow-up their reality of my surroundings album didn't help.

    Bob Schneider

    @Daniel Eyre Well, technically they did, but it was with a Grunge album that didn't work, so I guess you are technically right, after all.

    manlypedro75

    no jew connection. requisite in L.A.

    Miguel McKenzie

    You are correct. They should’ve been huge. At the time the label had the opportunity to back and promote a highly talented all Black California Rock band. Or, an up and coming all White California Funk/Rock band. They went with the all White band, better known as The Red Hot Chili Peppers.