Flag of the Shiners

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released November 5, 2002

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Track Name: Mountain
Up on over the mountain, where it's keepers stay
Causin' all that racket boy, they been doing that all day
And if you could find one
I wouldn't take him on
'Cause those boys are as clever now as the day is long

But he who holds the north wall
Has come to save his mortal kin

Back from the eastern wars they tell you what they've seen,
Mountains knelt for dreadful armies and their new man machine

And the days they are retreating just as the condor steals his keep
And it's taking me over
It's taking me over
It's taking me over
It's taking me over

(Don't you see)
We're all useless, here in your new society
Estranged in our own land
On the earth of our father's hand we swear
To remember that we're not alone child

Up on over the mountain East to the end
Those who desire a fitfull affair on the knowledge of all men

But let you be forewarned from North to South
Whatever your burn is yours and no one else

Beyond the seventh hour
And takin' beyond the saturn's shade
Take your leave young prowler
And takin' beyond the balance made
It's takin' me over...
On this crowd of hollowed mirth
It's taking me over...

(Don't you see)
We're all useless here in your new society
Estranged in our own land
On the earth of our father's hand
We swear to remember
That we're not alone, child
We're not alone, child
We're not alone, child...

Now know you leave you falter...
Track Name: State Inspector
Let me trip the reason of your lecture for a change
Let me tell you how you feel
Let me strap you down and put morphine in your veins
Let me share this bed of steel

'Cause here comes the State Inspector
So doctor all the resident records
Truth is he really don't care less
It's just the function of the politics and business

Oh the squalor
Oh the squalor
Let it empty me
Welcome to whatever God may do
It's no secret that you'll never leave

'Cause here comes the State Inspector
So doctor all the resident records
Truth is he really don't care less
It's just the function of the politics and business

Deinstitutionalization
Had a wife but left her at the station
Now there's women in the stairwells
Where their love lives don't fair well
Whoring themselves away in the kitchen

But look see that woman gettin' all dressed up
Putting on her earrings and her makeup

And in another world there's a long necked girl
Who's wishing she'd never been a grown up

Oh the squalor
Oh the squalor
Let it empty me
Welcome to whatever God may do
It's no secret that you'll never leave

Maybe today I wont get the wrong meds
Maybe today I'll get my 46 cents
And maybe today I'll jump that barbed wire fence
And leave this place all together

'Cause were callin' all the presidents men
'Cause I’m stuck in this room locked in
Do me a favor and give me ten so I can peek into the hallway again

Oh the squalor
Oh the squalor
Let it empty me
Welcome to whatever God may do
It's no secret that you'll never leave
Track Name: Gunship Politico
On the one they'll catch ya
If you skirt disaster
On the day they told her
But she want to stay, stay

And the ones that saw ya
Witnesses of Goya
Elected to serve ya
'Till your dying day
'Till your dying day

I hope you don't get what you're after
I hope you don't get what you're after

To whom it may concern
I'm writing on behalf of a brother
Twice burned
Do you be reachin' your time
Just a product of your mind

But when you continue to let loose on the running man
You send him crashing to the edge of the pavement
You're doing something you don't quite understand
Makin' like he's a lesser man

So be gone be gone to plea
Just give me your vehicle to ride on
You're doing something you don't quite understand
Making like he's a lesser man

In your
Gunship gunship
Gunship politico
I hope you don't get what you're after
In your
Gunship gunship
Gunship politico
I hope you don't get what you're after

I know you're reaching your time
Just a product of your mind
But when you continue to let loose on the runnin' man
You send him crashing to the edge of the pavement
You're doing something you don't quite understand
Makin' like he's a lesser man.

So be gone be gone to plea
You got your vehicle to ride on
Off to the commissioner as fast as you can
With your smoking gun in hand.

In your
Gunship gunship
Gunship politico
I hope you don't get what you're after
In your
Gunship gunship
Gunship politico
I hope you don't get what you're after

In your gunship, gunship
Gunship, gunship
In your gunship, gunship
Gunship, gunship

Six men on their knees eyes shinin' in the
High beams of the searchlight
Cop's shadows on the wall, several stories tall
Instilling whoa such a fright
One's kicked in the gut; he's all cut up by the corner cop
One stands in defense in a broken sentence
Ask not to be shot

If you please
You men of authority
We do not speak your language see
Please act accordingly

'Cause he wasn't beggin'
He was just keeping time with his cup
You go on and believe that
You keep your eyes straight up
I was just looking
I had no intention to touch
But I know when I'm not welcome
So I thank you very much.

See A, See A; see the women there demonstrate
See A, See A, see them know but they will not say
See A, See A, see them set the trial date
See A, See A, see the confidence on the DA's face

Watch out for them politicos
Watch out for them politico
Watch out for them politicos
Watch out for them politico

Don't mess mess with the down downpresser way
They got it down pat; they got it down to a tee
And no one gets through the lockstep jaw
You 'aint guilty but you did get caught
So for lack for a better suspect we nominate you
To ride this one out, to see this one through
See A, See A
See A, See A
Arms thrown up in a ever fearful protest
As if the firing squad would ever think to notice
As if he could summon the likes of Moses
To put blood back in his friends veins

And if you're one step faster
You can skirt disaster
But if it's not you, it'll be the next guy
Who's the wrong color at the wrong time

Another day is over and the decision still stands
His honor in his chambers still washin' his hands
You know he's been fiddlin' in his room all day
Just trying to wash all his conscience away

No one's asking for hangman's tree
They just looking for something true to believe in
See A, See A
See them know but they will not say

He wasn't beggin' he was just keeping time with his cup
He wasn't beggin' he was just keeping time with his cup
You go on and believe that
You keep your eyes straight up

'Cause I was just looking I had no intention to touch
I was just looking I had no intention to touch

And I know when I'm not welcome so I thank you very much
Track Name: Uncertain
Heavy from walking
We stopped for the night
Lettin' the shallow river
unnerve our fright
But night fell on us before dawn
'Till all of our hope was all but gone

If every man lay down his gun
We would no longer be

'Cause your war is your sickness
And so it's our disease

Oh distant constant quarrelling lot
Your risk is greater than what you've got
Up in your highroom
You drag us along, the long road
Of our brothers gone

We didn't fight back
We fought to escape
Smuggling gasoline for food
Before we were of age

'Cause your war is your sickness
And so it's our disease

Oh distant constant quarrelling lot
Your risk is greater than what you've got
Up in your highroom
You carry us along, the long road
Of our brothers gone

'Cause we are so uncertain
Of the future, that we may face
And we don't like the burning
Up of everything we had in place
Some day we will be replaced by the guns of the sons and their fatherless rage
And we are not deserting
But we see no course to take

No like a curtain falls
And heralds the curtain calls
Comrad come alike
Time is no ally
Little one are you in or out
So quiet and so devout
Can you resign yourself
To accept a better hell
We'll not fall in their curse
Facing life in prison or possibly worse
Our fathers are calling mass
Asking us to drink from the pain of their past life

Oh distant constant quarrelling lot
Your risk is greater than what you've got
Up in your highroom
You carry us along, the long road
Of our brothers gone

'Cause we are so uncertain
Of the future, that we may face
And we don't like the burning
Of everything we had in place
Someday we will be replaced by the guns of the sons and their fatherless rage
And we are not deserting
But we see no course to take

In the riot of your machine gun ways
Track Name: Ill Advised
To what do we owe this occasion?
My life is falling out of reason
To what do we owe this occasion?
My life is falling out of reason

So wake my cell.
Oh how your faces light up this day

Well my friends, gather round
It seems my mind, is not so sound
Oh how your faces light up this day

'Cause I am ill advised to feel
That the inner lives are real
And ill advised to call upon the hour of this day
And I’m sanitized and still, movin for the kill
I’m ill advised to call upon the hour of what may

I, I, I x4

Oh how your faces light up this day
And this hour, and on this ground

'Cause I am ill advised to feel
That the inner lives are real
And ill advised to call upon the hour of this day
And I’m sanitized and still, you move in for the kill
I’m ill advised to call upon the hour of what may

To what do I owe this occasion?
My life is fallin' out of reason

I'm not so
All my insides
I'm not so right like them
I'm not so
All my insides
I'm not so right like them
Right like them
Not in this hour or on this ground
Track Name: The Legacy of Margaret Brown
Dear man, you must be mad
Good man, how many drinks have you had?

Don't you know? Your family's worried sick over you
In any event we have no time to spare
The canvas of your age has a tear
And a needle without a thread does not a life mend
Mamma's worked yourself into a terrible fret
Keep saying, "You can see him"
And we say, "Not quite yet."
Oh, not quite yet

All quiet on the streets we hear the footsteps echo
Kids run up the stairs and look down from below
But the streetlight flickers
Mamma gets sicker
She says she's goin' to the place where no one twice goes
So I had to come and arrest you from your sleep
You see you got too many promises to keep
And what's more they be dying of starvation
With all the food on this world there still be famine in this here nation
You know you love them but they really don't know
How can they see where the poison go?

'Cause it's far, far better thing than I've ever done
For you to become the father to your only son
Look long at the father before you
Sits with his hands on his knees 'cause he don't know what to do
In his old tweed coat and his dress shoes
Furrowed brow and the eyes of the confused
Tries desperately to explain his
Subsequent recluse
In the remainder of his days
I know he old but mind you
How the years go by in a second or two
Won't be long to your kids are lookin' at you
Just as you are now
Just as you are now

Turn around, my good man, turn around
Turn around, my good man, Margaret Brown
Turn around, my good man, turn around
Turn around, for dear Margaret Brown
Turn around, my good man, turn around
Turn around, make your way down
Turn around, my good man, turn around
Turn around, for dear dear Margaret Brown.