|"Ain't No Rest for the Wicked"|
|Single by Cage the Elephant|
|from the album Cage the Elephant|
|Released||June 16, 2008|
|Format||CD single, 7" Vinyl|
|Genre||Alternative rock, cowpunk, punk blues|
|Jared Champion, Lincoln Parish, Brad Shultz, Matt Schultz, Daniel Tichenor|
|Cage the Elephant singles chronology|
"Ain't No Rest for the Wicked" is the third single by the American rock band Cage the Elephant. It was released as a CD single on June 16, 2008 by Relentless Records and became the first Top 40 hit for the band in the UK. A music video was filmed for this song which was directed by D.A.R.Y.L of Pulse Films. A later re-release in North America the following year reached number 92 on the Billboard Hot 100, reached number 3 on the Alternative Songs chart and number 8 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart.
The song talks about three particular instances in which the narrator realizes "there ain't no rest for the wicked." First, he encounters a prostitute asking if he desires to spend the night with her. The narrator proceeds to ask her why she does what she does. The chorus (her response) analyzes the main reasons why individuals follow the paths they follow ("...Money don't grow on trees, I've got bills to pay, I've got mouths to feed..."). The narrator, fifteen minutes later, is mugged by a criminal, whom he asks the same question and from whom he receives the same answer. Finally, upon turning on the television, the narrator sees a preacher being arrested for stealing the funds of his church. This is followed by a third chorus saying that everyone is the same and we all have no rest "until we close our eyes for good."
Lead singer Matt Shultz stated the song was inspired by an old co-worker of his who at the time was a drug dealer. When Shultz asked him why he dealt drugs, the co-worker told him that "There's no rest for the wicked." Shultz was a plumber at the time, and said that he wrote the lyrics on a piece of drywall which he found while working at his co-worker's house.
The song appeared in a commercial for the TNT series Leverage; in the 2010 film The Bounty Hunter; in an episode of The Vampire Diaries ("Isobel"); in a third-season episode of Jersey Shore; as the opening song of Canadian reality television series Yukon Gold; and for the opening sequence of the 2009 video game Borderlands. It is also mentioned in Borderlands 2. Cage the Elephant performed the song on national television on the Late Show with David Letterman. In the pilot episode for FOX's Lucifer, the song is in both the opening and closing scenes of the episode. It was also used in the Netflix series, 13 Reasons Why. Also used in Hawaii Five-0, Season 8, episode 1: A'ole e 'olelo mai ana ke ahi ua ana ia.
|Canada (Canadian Hot 100)||42|
|Japan (Japan Hot 100)||90|
|UK Singles (Official Charts Company)||32|
|US Billboard Hot 100||83|
|US Adult Alternative Songs (Billboard)||24|
|US Alternative Songs (Billboard)||3|
|US Hot Rock Songs (Billboard)||6|
|US Mainstream Rock (Billboard)||8|
|United States (RIAA)||Platinum||1,000,000^|
*sales figures based on certification alone