Tracks

01. Death Or Jail
02. The Divide
03. Dominated
04. A Month Of Sundays
06. Bent Outta Shape
07. Lowest Common Denominator
08. Good Cop
09. Lifeline
10. Watch It Burn
11. Waiting For The Day
12. Long As She's Standing
13. Nobody Rules
14. Dirty Money



01. Death Or Jail

It was the usual crowd growing up
All good, all bad, ALL UGLY
They were like brothers 'cause we all felt the same
The future tore them away

Born with our senses keen - HOPE AND FEAR
With a sense of danger and demise
The world will numb everything - HOPE AND FEAR
A negative discipline, a vacuum

What evil force dragged them down?
What demon singled them out?
What evil took them away?
Allowing only two choices

So tell me
Was there a secret never shared with others?
Was there a hidden trauma?
What made the bonds break?
What caused the mistakes?
Why was the criminal life so desired?

Born with our senses keen - HOPE AND FEAR
With a sense of danger and demise
The world will numb everything - HOPE AND FEAR
A negative discipline, a vacuum

From afar bleak reports trickle in, but
The world has spread apart, the world has spread apart
All the promise that was held now is wasted
The soul is delicate, the walls have crippled it
From afar troubled lives lose their purpose
The world has given up, the world has given up
The world has finally forsaken its sons

What evil force dragged them down?
What demon singled them out?
What evil took them away?
Allowing only the choice between
DEATH OR JAIL


02. The Divide

Since the beginning there's been a division not at all desired
Always standing in the way, so hard to push to the side
Hidden from the world of others, dwelling in the heart
Sad emotions that pervaded both the good and the bad times

DON'T LET IT WIN
Don't let it break the love of kin
DON'T LET IT WIN
The dark division, the darkest sin

Making the best of it is such a challenge being ill at ease
Always learning how to act to preserve the honesty
True regret will earn respect and unite both sides
But division keeps resentment growing slowly over time

DON'T LET IT WIN
Don't let it break the love of kin
DON'T LET IT WIN
The dark division, it's time to break through the divide

Time to think, right the wrong, time to BREAK THROUGH THE DIVIDE
Time to think, right the wrong, time to BREAK THROUGH THE DIVIDE
Time to feel regret, forgive and forget, time to BREAK THROUGH THE DIVIDE
Time to neutralize, time to smooth it out, time to BREAK THROUGH THE DIVIDE


03. Dominated

Out of touch with autonomy
Guided from the outside
DOMINATED
Free with trust
Passive to a fault
Sniffed out and suckered in
DOMINATED
So much strength
Necessary to deal
With the everlasting shit storm

LOSE YOURSELF - take a blind position
LOSE YOURSELF - powerless condition
LOSE YOURSELF - in this oppression
LOSE YOURSELF - just accept DOMINATION

Turned around on autonomy
Guided from the outside
DOMINATED
Character in question
Confidence destroyed
Resignation handed in
DOMINATED
Wake up stressed
Far more often than not
To the realization that life's fucking shot
SHOT, SHOT, SHOT
Life's fucking shot, SHOT, SHOT, SHOT

And now the poison is spreading outwards 'cause it can't strike in much more
And the innocents forced to share it must accept they also lose the same control
So lost
Stripped bare
So DOMINATED


04. A Month Of Sundays

Two o'clock on a Sunday afternoon
Hop on the 7 train, we know just what to do
Switch at Jackson Heights for the F downtown
When we hit the Bowery, we're ready to explode

Time - never seemed to cross our minds
Never thought that this would end
Change - after all was said and done
We would never be the same

Rain or shine, didn't mean a thing
Came for the friendly faces and to blow off steam
Big Charlie, Tommy Rat, Brendan's on the door
Hanging with Johnny Stiff, watching Murphy's Law

Time - like a thief in the night
Blink your eyes and it's gone
Change - after all was said and done
We would never change a thing

When life got rough
We couldn't get enough
It's where we grew up
Down at the matinee
We made friends for life
Yeah, there were fights
But we turned out alright
Down at the matinee

Now CB's is closed, the building has been sold
They took away the heart but couldn't kill the soul
NEW YORK HARDCORE - lives inside of me
NEW YORK HARDCORE - the flag so proudly raised
WORLDWIDE HARDCORE - that's our family
I'M SO THANKFUL - for those times at the matinee


06. Bent Outta Shape

The pressure's building from deep inside
Judged in a way so unfair and blind
Done nothing wrong, done the right thing all along
Been written off as if guilty of a crime

Subject of hate
BENT OUTTA SHAPE
And reeling from that fucked up exchange
Subject of hate
BENT OUTTA SHAPE
Worked up, no longer down to work it out
Get it out
Get it out
Take that pressure off

Calling for exoneration
Out of nowhere quick knee-jerk reaction
And so it goes - The insults start to fly
Respect is pushed aside and no one does the right thing anymore

Subject of hate
BENT OUTTA SHAPE
And reeling from that fucked up exchange
Subject of hate
BENT OUTTA SHAPE
Worked up, no longer down to work it out
Get it out
Get it out
Take that pressure off, take it off

It's but a name
It's such a strain
It's all too much to take
Now it's time to break
Break oneself away
Time to just abandon
Let go of the burden
Allow no rules or self-induced confusion
Allow no fucking quarter


07. Lowest Common Denominator

My principles, good sense
Got shut down by ignorance
Thought I made myself really clear
But couldn't overcome the L.C.D.

That's what I said, GET IT THROUGH YOUR HEAD
The plain truth speaks for itself
It's common sense, GET IT THROUGH YOUR HEAD
Nothing else speaks for me, I won't bend

Not gonna join in, I won't partake
The party's over in many ways
I feel despondent, I feel confused
Saw nonsense win and logic lose

That's what I said, GET IT THROUGH YOUR HEAD
The plain truth speaks for itself
It's common sense, GET IT THROUGH YOUR HEAD
Nothing else speaks for me, I won't bend

Repetition's useless
The concept never grasped
We keep going on, over and over again
The same argument

What's so hard to figure out?
What's so hard to accept?
We're on a tightrope, shake and lose your step
If we fall, it's the end

It's common sense
C'mon and get it through that thick head
It's the means to an end
Nothing else speaks for me
Nothing else, I won't bend

My principles, good sense
Got shut down by ignorance
Thought I made myself really clear
But couldn't overcome the L.C.D.
L C D. - L.C.D.


08. Good Cop

There it is
The smiling face, the kind expression
Bringing hope to the demoralized
GOOD COP
Could there be a useful change
A better future
Is it just a clever power game
GOOD COP

CHANGE ISN'T IN THE AIR
JUST IN WHAT WE HEAR
Still held down, but never fear
Least the bad one's history
The good cop is here

Working for the same old man
Doing his bidding in his interests
For his heartless plans
GOOD COP
If you're tempted to believe
Caught up in it, drink the kool-aid
You'll also be deceived
GOOD COP

CHANGE ISN'T IN THE AIR
JUST IN WHAT WE HEAR
Still held down, but never fear
Least the bad one's history
The good cop is here

A ruse, a hoax, a trojan horse
It's the old guard with a new look
They've made good cop man of the hour
They won't ever let go of power

Out of the fire that came before
We're back in the frying pan once more
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09. Lifeline

No fear or concern
Ready to take on the world
Not playing it safe
Gonna change everything

So blind in youth
To all the hidden truths
Reality hits
And puts out the fire within

You've got to fight the rising tide
Don't let it win, don't let it win - HOLD ON
Snuffs out the spark of life you have inside
Don't let it die, don't let it die

No fear or concern
Ready to take on the world
Not playing it safe
Gonna change everything

You've got to fight the rising tide
Don't let it win, don't let it win - HOLD ON
Snuffs out the spark of life you have inside
Don't let it die, don't let it die - STAY GOLD

No way, no how, no compromise
You choose the path you walk in life
No way, no how, no compromise
Don't let the fire inside die out

Hold on to your anger
Keep it inside
It's your lifeline
Never let it go, never let it go - NEVER

Hold on to your passion
Keep it alive
It's your lifeline
Never let it go, never let it go

No fear or concern
Ready to take on the world
Not playing it safe
Gonna change everything

So blind in youth
To all the hidden truths
Reality hits
And puts out the fire within

No way, no how, no compromise
You choose the path you walk in life
No way, no how, no compromise
Don't let the fire inside die out


10. Watch It Burn

Head straight for the edge
Same mistakes again
Lessons never learned
Strike the match and watch it burn

Burn myself once again
I ride it out to the bitter end

It's easy to ignore writing on the wall
Block out all concerned
Head for the crash and burn

Burn myself once again
I ride it out to the bitter end
When will I ever learn?
I strike the match and watch it burn

Good intentions pave the road
A one way street and we all know where it goes
I see the warnings and how this ends
I block it out and fail myself once again

Burn, burn myself once again
I ride it out to the bitter end
When will I ever learn?
I strike the match and watch it burn
I'll watch it burn

I'LL WATCH IT BURN
A constant battle that never ends
Against the prison walls I put myself in
I'LL WATCH IT BURN
Under the pressure, I start to fold
As this demon tears away at my soul
I'LL WATCH IT BURN
I won't go out, no not that way
I steel myself and live to fight another day
I'LL WATCH IT BURN

Burn, burn, I'll strike the match and watch it burn


11. Waiting For The Day

Every dog has his day they say, well, I'm still waiting for mine
You work and slave, you break your back and you're still at the end of the line
You give and you give till there's nothing left, but that's just what it takes
So you pick yourself up, push on ahead and hope you catch a break

WAITING FOR THE DAY
WAITING, WAITING FOR THE DAY TO COME

Waiting for the day
Waiting for the day
Waiting for the day, our day to come
Waiting for our time
Waiting for our time
Waiting for our time, our time in the sun

A dollar and a dream, seems more like a scheme!
Won't put food on the table
It's another device to keep their grip tight and keep you in their sights
You scrape and scrounge what you can and still they bleed you dry
When you feel like giving in, you've hit the end of the line
You got to shut your eyes and dig in deep, it's the only way to survive

WAITING FOR THE DAY
WAITING, WAITING FOR THE DAY TO COME

Waiting for the day
Waiting for the day
Waiting for the day, our day to come
Waiting for our time
Waiting for our time
Waiting for our time, our time in the sun

And when the well runs dry
You gotta reach down and dig a little deeper

Waiting for the day
Waiting for the day
Waiting for the day, our day to come
Waiting for our time
Waiting for our time
Waiting for our time, our time in the

Waiting for the day
Waiting for the day
Waiting for the day, our day to come
Waiting for our time
Waiting for our time
Waiting for our time, our time in the sun


12. Long As She's Standing

We won't let our spirit break
LONG AS SHE'S STANDING
Even though our nerves are frayed
WE WON'T GIVE UP THE GHOST
Keep on through thick and thin
LONG AS SHE'S STANDING
We have something on which to cling
WE WON'T GIVE UP THE GHOST

We were born to suffer for posterity
Not for god or country - FOR FAMILY
We did what we had to, so remember
We went down a path that no one chose

We'll keep trying to believe
LONG AS SHE'S STANDING
That there's good in humanity
WE WON'T GIVE UP THE GHOST
We'll continue to look for strength
LONG AS SHE'S STANDING
Even if we have none left
WE WON'T GIVE UP THE GHOST

Digging out, not knowing what's next
Digging in, put to the test
Standing strong, our beacon prevails
In the face of all this iron rain

Born into this chaos, NO REASON OR RHYME
Born into this downward spiral, WRONG PLACE, WRONG TIME
Born into this hellhole, NO REASON OR RHYME
Irreplaceable lives cut short, WRONG PLACE, WRONG TIME


13. Nobody Rules

Whose voice is loudest? What do they say?
What earns them positions of authority?
No one's got the answers - NOBODY RULES
No one's more than human - NOBODY RULES

These ancient words echo so much
Why has the modern world not had enough?
No one's got the answers - NOBODY RULES
No one's more than human - NOBODY RULES

Don't pay filthy people to give praise
No one's filthy hands wash clean
Don't pay to be a slave

Don't give these mortal words eternal life
Question every angle and possible side
No one's got the answers - NOBODY RULES
No one's more than human and NOBODY RULES

The killing fields speak for us
We value words before we value life
And we're so willing and eager
The killing fields show what we're made of
Where our conceit and cruelty converge
And we'll stop at nothing

Pity, such a pity, how deadly simple words can be
People misguided, nearsighted, can be molded like clay
Pity, we can't break free, this prison of the mind
It's the fucking blind leading the blind

Bullshit righteous - NOBODY RULES
How dare they act so pious? - NOBODY RULES
No one's got the answers - NOBODY RULES
No one's more than human and NOBODY RULES


14. Dirty Money

There's only dirty money in this system we extol
Can we live with it?
How long 'till it implodes?
And our selfish wicked ways lavishly provide
For ourselves
A shameless love of wealth
On our bed of roses we wear a crown of thorns
We toss and turn and still want more

NICE AND STUFFED BUT STILL CAN'T GET ENOUGH
Living in the rat race, desperate for the cheese
NICE AND STUFFED BUT STILL CAN'T GET ENOUGH
Pushing through the rat race, rewarded for our greed
NICE AND STUFFED BUT STILL CAN'T GET ENOUGH
Urged to keep morality from getting in the way of the dream

We snatch at dirty money
Just as soon as it appears
Can we live with it?
We know that it's unclean
And our selfish wicked way places all the blame on ourselves
Cause we all play the game
They say "more money, more problems"
Even though we see it's a pretty good fix
Tortured by human aspirations
What we want
What we need
What's beyond
And in-between

NICE AND STUFFED BUT STILL CAN'T GET ENOUGH
Living in the rat race, desperate for the cheese
NICE AND STUFFED BUT STILL CAN'T GET ENOUGH
Pushing through the rat race, rewarded for our greed
WOAH-OH, WE'RE UNDER ITS CONTROL
The dirty money system rules the world
WOAH-OH, WE'RE UNDER ITS CONTROL
The dirty money system rules the world

WOAH-OH, WE'RE UNDER ITS CONTROL
The dirty money system rules the world
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