Can you believe it’s been almost two years since the Hoods released a Restrung album and tour to wrap up their Drinking From The Sun, Walking Under Stars album saga?
They’ve made a comeback with ‘Clark Griswold’ – named after Chevy Chase’s bumbling dad character from the old National Lampoon’s comedy films. The Adelaide veterans say it’s an ode to fatherhood and accepting our flaws, and the single is literally a “couple weeks” old.
“We’ve got a bunch of other tracks we had for singles and we wrote this a few weeks ago and went, ‘you know what? We really prefer this song’,” MC Suffa told Ben & Liam on triple j Breakfast.

Clark Griswold’ is a song about becoming a father and taking account of our weaknesses as a result. On a basic level it’s about being a flawed person that’s trying to do better.’
Hilltop Hoods have also released the companion video for the single which was filmed by Richard Coburn on location in Ironbank SA.

With “Clark Griswold”, the Dudes are now presenting a first taste of their new album, which will come this year. Take a look at the accompanying music video here. If you want to see the guys live, you have the opportunity on 14 August 2018 in the Markhalle Hamburg (admission: 19:00 clock).

[Chorus: Adrian Eagle]
I’ve always tried to do
The right thing in my life
Take care of my house, my picket fence
My children and my wife
On my way home
On my way home
I’m on my way home
Clark Griswold, here I go

[Verse 1: Suffa]
Check
You could walk a mile in my shoes, but could not
Mope around for a day in my socks, wakin’ up
Coughin’ up a whole range of crap
Coffee mug, ‘World’s Greatest Dad’
Livin’ life in a bathrobe or some cargo’s
On borrowed time, worry lines like a barcode
Wearin’ my Chicago Bears cap, feelin’ like Clark
My family fillin’ my heart, I try to do right
(Oh) Try to do good
I try to do the best I can, man, all of my life
I’ve done all I could
To try and be a better man, but I’ve realised
Hey, I gotta be clever now
(Hey) I gotta go get it now
I took a look at the way that I’m livin’
Mistakes are better never made than forgiven, right

[Pre-Chorus: Adrian Eagle]
Whoa, whoa, whoa
Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, oh

[Chorus: Adrian Eagle]
I’ve always tried to do
The right thing in my life
Take care of my house, my picket fence
My children and my wife
On my way home
On my way home
I’m on my way home
Clark Griswold, here I go

[Verse 2: Pressure]
Yeah, they say a real man’s a family man
Pays the bills, has a travel plan, a caravan
That way it feels like everywhere that I am
Trouble follows till I unravel and crash the van
Always managin’ in damage control
Count my blessings like casualties and add up the toll
And matters resolve, I plan on gettin’ back to my goals
But this life a getaway, so grab on and hold
When I’m away (oh) this world leads me astray
Everything starts breakin’ apart, so I’m spendin’ my days
(Oh) Tryna carve out a place
That’ll fill that empty space in my heart
To say that I’m a beautiful mess, I’d say the truth is a stretch
I confess I’m only human, but I’m doin’ my best
Uncertain if all the hurtin’ is worth it
Yeah, I know I couldn’t be further from perfect

 

 

[Pre-Chorus: Adrian Eagle]
Whoa, whoa, whoa
Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, oh

[Chorus: Adrian Eagle]
I’ve always tried to do
The right thing in my life
Take care of my house, my picket fence
My children and my wife
On my way home
On my way home
I’m on my way home
Clark Griswold, here I go

[Bridge: Adrian Eagle]
Life can be so beautiful
But sometimes I feel
I make a mess of things
Life can be so beautiful
But sometimes I fear
I make a mess of everything
Life can be so beautiful
But sometimes I feel
I make a mess of things
Life can be so beautiful
But sometimes I fear
I make a mess of everything

[Outro: Adrian Eagle]
Woo
Oh!
Uh, I’m on my way home
Clark Griswold, here I go

 

 


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