NEW SINGLE: GRASS MUD HORSE ARE BACK WITH ‘Pissed It All Away’

Chris Barry from Grass Mud Horse has been a very busy man since we last heard from him. Starring in several movies (or at least appearing in several movies!) and then re-locating back to his adopted home in Canada. From one totalitarian state to another !! Well he has a new single out this week and here’s the story behind it.

Well it has been a while since we featured Grass Mud Horse and it’s great to see them back and back on top form too. ‘Pissed it All Away?’ is the first single since ‘Johnny Todd’ a collaboration with Frankie McLaughlin in June 2021 and while that may not seem long for most Celtic-Punk bands for Grass Mud Horse it’s an eternity! The song was the first that Chris wrote for the band and is based on a auld mate’s story about his Grandad back in Glasgow. We’ll let Chris take it from here

” The story went that by all accounts his Grandad was a great Goalie, but also a great drinker.  Celtic scouts had taken an interest and arranged to meet with him and his Mum and Dad after he finished work.  All he had to do was swerve the pub after work and go straight home.  Sadly his mates twisted his rubber arm and he went down the pub, and the opportunity to try out for Celtic went down the drain. He quite literally, pissed it all away.  

I realised, as I’d hit my 30s I had more and more mates with similar stories about their own opportunities that they’d pissed away, in one way or another. In actuality there’s was more than one opportunity that I’d pissed away myself.  So from all that I wrote the first Grass Mud horse song. “

He coulda been a keeper
For Celtic it was said
He coulda done so many things
But he was always off his head
He coulda been the president
Or an artist they would say
But hed rather drink than write or think
So he pissed it all away

He had an eye for business
He was always in the know
When making new investments
He was the man to go
Well I heard he made a million
And I heard they made him pay
When he shot the lot on booze and pot
And pissed it all away

Pissed it all away
He coulda done so many things
If from drinking he could stay
And its another night another fight
As they carry him away
Well they shake their heads put him to bed
Who pissed it all away

He coulda been the champion
He coulda ruled the ring
He coulda won the belt
Yeah he woulda been a king
But he vowed to throw in the towel
If it ever got in the way
For his love of booze hed gladly lose
And piss it all away

Pissed it all away
He coulda done so many things
If from drinking he could stay
And its another night another fight
As they carry him away
Well they shake their heads put him to bed
Who pissed it all away

On karaoke night
Hed always steal the light
He could barely stand
But his voice was grand
In between him talking shite
An I assure you its no fluke
He was in an indie group
But he drank the advance on a tour of France
And pissed it all away
He coulda been the champion
He coulda ruled the ring
He coulda won the belt
Yeah he woulda been a king
But he vowed to throw in the towel
If it ever got in the way
For his love of booze hed gladly lose
And piss it all away

Pissed it all away
He coulda done so many things
If from drinking he could stay
And its another night another fight
As they carry him away
Well they shake their heads put him to bed
Who pissed it all away
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What happened to the last two albums?

China and Covid. The situation there became too much and one by one the original line up of Grass Mud Horse got out. For the first two years the borders where closed and we effectively couldnt leave, then it opened a little but flights where incredibly expensive. So we where waiting to see if China eased up, or flights became more reasonable.

Weve all left except Josh who is seeing out a contract and then I think he will leave too, so that should tell you which happened first. I still have family there and will maybe go back one day, so I wont say too much more.

It became very stressful, months without work, sometimes on rations and I have a 4 year old so the stress and anxiety made finishing the albums the least of priorities.

Well me and my daughter are in Canada now, where my parents emigrated to years ago. My plan is to put together a new Grass Mud Horse line-up to play live and slowly get back to recording. This (Pissed it All Away) single was about ready to go, so I decided to get it out as sort of celebration that Im free and able to get back to what I love doing. The other two albums will come in time

So what else is in the future for you and Grass Mud Horse?

Well I write and record all our original stuff myself, so Grass Mud Horse is just a matter of me finding people I gel with to perform the material together live. Ive found a bass player and will keep looking for others.

At some point I will return to the Pirate songs and Sea Shanties album and I think Pieces of My Heart will eventually come out as a collection of the singles to date as well as a couple of unheard tracks.

Right now though, Im looking forward to putting together a band, getting out there again livethat hasnt been an option for a few years, so that will be enjoyable. And of course Pissed it All Away comes out on the 25th which is the first single since back in like spring 2021, when we did Johnny Todd with Frankie. So for me its an important one.

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