Nickelback Debut Super Heavy New Song ‘San Quentin’ + Ads 2022 Album

After last release Feed the machine in 2017, multi-platinum rockers Nickelback have just announced their new album, get started, which will be released in November later this year. Accompanying this news is a music video for the opening track “San Quentin,” and it’s a heavy one.

Towards the end of August, the band shared a sound teaser of a new song and it sounded shockingly heavy and even had a bit of metalcore to it. We now know that it represents the first few seconds of “San Quentin,” a song Chad Kroeger was inspired to write after meeting the warden at San Quentin Prison while attending a birthday party for celebrity TV host and foodie Guy Fieri.

“It’s actually interesting because I think Nickelback fans would know that for sure,” guitarist Ryan Peake told WRAT in a recent interview when asked if fans would recognize a song as heavy as this as a Nickelback tune. “I don’t think it’s unusual, that type of song, for us,” he continued, “it’s not necessarily indicative of the whole album, but as far as rock goes, it’s a heavy rock song. And if you’ve seen us live, you definitely get it too. I think it’s nice, I like that people feel like it’s a surprise that we could write or we could have those kinds of rock songs in our repertoire.”

Listen to “San Quentin” below.

Searching get started will be released on Nov. 18 through BMG and see the album cover and complete track list further down the page. Go to to pre-order your copy here.

Nickelback, “San Quentin” lyrics

Let’s get this circus on the road
We take bets on how far a tank of gas will go
Call your best friend, then call two more
About to do some shit like you haven’t seen before

There is no back door, there is no sign
Location changes almost every other night
The last time we found it, I don’t remember much
I thought I was a god until my lawyer woke me up
and I said…

Bear witness that I was completely out of my mind
Let the record show that I did it all for rock and roll
Scream every night, play twenty-five for life
So somebody, keep the hell away from me
San Quentin

Out of San Quentin

Just keep me out of San Quentin

Can someone please keep me away
San Quentin

Bail out, we hit the town,
Someone told me we should burn it to the ground
Too many favors, too much drink,
At 6 o’clock they got me back inside the clinker

I will…
Bear witness that I was completely out of my mind
Let the record show that I did it all for rock and roll
Scream every night, play twenty-five for life
So can someone keep the hell out of me
San Quentin

Out of San Quentin

Just keep me out of San Quentin

Can someone please keep me away
San Quentin

Hard to find, a damn alibi
Wrong or right, it’s hard to justify
Can’t deny, too many witnesses
When insanity is the pattern,
It doesn’t matter what it is

I will…
Bear witness that I was completely out of my mind
Let the record show that I did it all for rock and roll
Scream every night, play twenty-five for life
So somebody, keep the hell away from me
San Quentin

Out of San Quentin

Oh
Just keep me out of San Quentin

Can someone please keep me away
San Quentin

Nickelback, “San Quentin”

Nickelback, Get Rollin’ Album Art + Track Listing

Nickelback, ‘Get Rollin”

BMG

01. “San Quentin”
02. “Skinny Little Missy”
03. “Those Days”
04. “High Time”
05. “Vegas Bomb”
06. Tidal wave
07. “Does heaven even know you’re missing?”
08. “Steel still rusts”
09. “Horizon”
10. “Stand in the Dark”
11. “Just One More”
12. “High Time” (Acoustic)
13. “Does heaven even know you’re missing?” (Acoustic)
14. “Just One More” (Acoustic)
15. “Horizon” (acoustic)

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