Be Safe

Album: Men's Needs, Women's Needs, Whatever (2007)
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  • This is a track from English indie rock band, The Cribs' third studio album, Men's Needs, Women's Needs, Whatever.
  • The song features a spoken word contribution from Sonic Youth's Lee Ranaldo, in which he rails against the ills of the modern world. He recalled to Mojo magazine October 2009: "They wanted to challenge themselves, go out on a limb. They gave me this pop song and said, 'We want you to talk over it.' I couldn't see how it would work. I was apprehensive but it fell into place."
  • The song is included on the soundtrack of the 2008 action movie, Never Back Down.
  • Bassist Gary Jarman recalled to NME in a 2013 interview how the song has become one of the band's most popular numbers: "It was a weird one," he said. "We were trying to be a bit more leftfield, but rather than it being this anonymous thing we can't leave it out of the set."

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  • Tara from Dallas, TxI like how the monologue speaks of challenge, while the cribs sing be safe. be safe. be safe.

    a challenge indeed to steer on and stay the course. because a challenge, is a fall. a fall that makes you wish you were dead.
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