Us Against The Crown

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released February 7, 2006

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Track Name: People to People
The women in the valley forge
They go day to day
Don’t let them raid my home and
My home and place
But the men they can’t see beyond
So they war and war
They don’t remember
What they came here for

People to people are
So unjust
Carry yourself well so
Carry yourself well

Women in the valley forged her
The once home of the brave
Don’t let them raid me home and
My home and place
But the men they can’t see beyond
So they become what they hate
They don’t see that the moon has just
Yeah the moon is just getting its legs

People to people are so unjust day
Carry yourself well so
Carry yourself well
People to people are so unjust
Carry yourself well so
Carry yourself well

And you don’t even close the barn door
After the horses have scattered
And no one knows anymore
Where all the souls have gathered
Though they will keep an eye on what you do
And when the people have spoken
We won’t cry mercy on, mercy on you
Cause we will, we will be alive just broken

People to people are
So unjust they say
Carry yourself well
Carry yourself well
People to people are so unjust they say
Carry yourself well so
Carry yourself well
Track Name: Mr. Larkin
I work in the kitchen
At an old folk’s home
I do my best, but I too am gettin' on
I do the dishes but lately I been droppin plates
See as I get older my hands are starting to shake
So Mr. Larkin
See I got to hold this job
Did you misspeak when you told me
She was all but gone
Mr. Larkin
Dock me my one week’s pay
But don’t ask me to leave
I can’t afford that today

Ten years ago, my wife took sick
So I brought her here, my job I quit
I started working for the home
So I could be by her everyday
We couldn’t afford the cost in any other way
So

So Mr. Larkin see I
I know she know who I am
Every now and then
She’ll squeeze my hand
It’s what I live for
And it’s why she don’t die
So Mr. Larkin won’t you
Won’t you give me this try

I walk to work on route 27
I see the same cars pass everyday
And through all this New England weather
You know never once have I been late

So Mr. Larkin see I
I know she know who I am
Every now and then
She’ll squeeze my hand
It’s what I live for
It’s why she don’t die
So Mr. Larkin won’t you
Won’t you give me this try

I see the argument you’re makin’
I understand you got to do your job
And believe me I know she’s turning angel
But you see this woman is all I got

So Mr. Larkin…
Track Name: Camilo
Woke him up with a barrel to his head
His eyes shut tight bracing for the blow
Resigning his life to the metal held in another
Man’s hand

Twenty days in a concrete fallout
What life have I to take your own
Oh my country, won’t you call out
Doorbells are ringing with boxes of bones
From another land’s war torn corners
To a prison cell in my own
Punish me for not taking your orders
But don’t lock me up for not leavin’ my home

Your words just a bloody fallacy
A house of cards you painted white
You tried to recreate Normandy
But you made up the reason to fight
And now red oil is spillin’ down on the street
And your eyes too big for the belly is weak
Will you not refuse this currency
Or is blood money just money to you
Is blood money just money to you

Twenty days in a concrete fallout
What life have I to take your own
Oh my country, won’t you call out
Doorbells are ringing with boxes of bones
From another land’s war torn corners
To a prison cell in my own
Punish me for not taking your orders
But don’t lock me up for not leavin’ my home
Camilo
Camilo
Leavin’ my home
Camilo
Track Name: Right Me Up
Manny don’t need no comforting
He don’t ask of the world to bring him up
Ain’t gonna see him waiting on waitin’ on waitin
On the day
Got him a chair in ’73
It was his only option
So manny agreed
Same chair he has today since they threw the
Cane away
Manny wasn’t doing nothing
He just doing his own thing
You know it gettin’ pretty cold out by the jub jub
Swing

Oh this friend today
Right me up
Oh this friend today
Right me up
I’m not so weak

Manny gonna go where the rabble go
He gonna roll down the world and he bring me up
Ain’t gonna see him giving into the others way
Cause they may beat us and search but our fall
Is unstained
You know he says it won’t be long till we be up
Again having another swing
And manny wasn’t doing nothing
He just doing his own thing
You know it gettin' pretty cold but he the one
Who bring

Oh this friend today
Right me up
And oh this friend today
Right me up
I’m not so weak

‘cause the bottle’s not empty
‘cause your voices are all there
my life will fight in my body for air
‘cause the bottle’s not empty
‘cause your voices are all there
my life will fight in my body for air

oh this friend today
right me up
oh this friend today
right me up
I’m not so weak

Manny we gonna get that a.m. dial just right
I’ll hold that hanger up as long as the sox put up
A fight
Track Name: Black Cab Motorcade
Well indeed you lost your friend
On the south side of where you live
Heard the call and had to leave
Boarded up windows and burned out brick
Oh please don’t you get
Little known fact about the pace you sit
It’s always an empty plate
It’s just there so we don’t

Forget your loss and your history

Well indeed you found your friend
On the south side of where you live
All curled around his knees
Was it worse then you fret
The punishment you get
Hollow points in the concrete

Have you wailed for the likes of the walls and
Hunger strikes
Are you more than what you hate
Your fear will not fade the lines
That paint your face
It’s a black cab motorcade

Well this one must be lost
At this untimely god of day
A broken curfew has a cost
A tidy sum you’ll pay
Teacher won’t you teach your lesson
Though the young are hard to break
Mr. Smith and Mr. Wesson
And the cost of school these days

Well indeed you found your friend
On the south side of where you live
He was up and walking again
And have you heard what’s happened since
Oh please don’t you get
Is there any honor outside of revenge
Don’t let her set another empty place
We swear that we won’t

Forget your loss and your history
Forget your cross and your history

Have you wailed for the likes of the walls and
Hunger strikes
Are you more than what you hate
Well your fear will not fade the lines
That paint your face
It’s a black cab motorcade
Black cab motorcade
Track Name: Riddle In Londontown
Heard of a land held by a troubled hand
Where the whiskey runs the coal
Don’t you dare go ask the newsman
Cause he’ll tell you everything
He don’t know
She was the daughter of the second American
Revolution
A tall girl with a stones constitution
And when she looked into their eyes to see
She know she ain’t never going back to what
She believe
To what you believe

So go and riddle me over
I’m a man got nothing to show for
My work in the ground
In this here londontown
So go and riddle me over
I’m a man got nothing to show for
My work in the ground
Got my back to the fire
But it ain’t the bridges that are fallin’ down

They said they would never fight no more
After the day she went away
What in the world are we all fighting for
If we don’t give they’re going to take
So go and riddle me over
I’m a man got nothing to show for
My work in the ground
In this here londontown

Go and riddle me over…
Track Name: Man In The Hall
I did not know but
Someone died in my sleep last night
I tried to reach the phone
But in the darkness I knocked over the light
Can you speak up
A semi just jack knifed on a dirt bike (turnpike)
I’m on a pay phone
And it’s gettin to be a cold cold night

One man in the corner
One man in the hall
One man standin up sayin god save us all
One man in the one man in the one man in demand
In the man in the hall

She was telling me not to worry, that it’s all in my head
Said no ma don’t want to go to sleep, no not quite yet
Cause there seem to be somethin and I can’t put it all to bed
Don’t want to go to sleep ma, don’t ever never want to go to sleep

One man in the corner
One man in the hall
One man standin up sayin god save us all
One man in the one man in the one man in demand
In the man in the hall

Have you not seen the woman that belonged to this one
She was overcome thinking about the role of the side you on
Have you not seen the woman that belonged to this one
She was uptight thinking about the role of the side you on
Side you on side you on
What side you on

One man in the corner
Track Name: Waitress
The waitress is sliding down the wall
You can see her chest rise and fall
Her mascara running thin
And the pay phone is swinging against the wall
Don’t ask her ‘bout the call
You know she only trying to begin again

Ay oh ay oh…

And the manager is yelling
Something about her hair being in her face
Customer complainin’
But he really ain’t got no case
And the counterqueens don’t even look up from their magazines
But oh and the waitress oh she stares straight ahead
Saying something she never said

Ay oh ay oh
Ay oh ay oh

And the waitress has them backing
Has them backing up against the wall till they white in the face
She got ‘em going now oh them praying
But they n ever know of the role they play
And the manager is quiet as she fumbles with the drawer
No he said, no he said
You’ll never get away with this
No she said
You will never get away with this

‘cause today when the door opens
the rain slants in
there’s water all over the floor
the busser waves to the
metermaid
who don’t wave back no more
Track Name: The Diner Song
Whoa a little love at caesar’s
Whoa you know I love to please her
Whoa a little love at caesar’s
Goes so far

Hope I get a little snack tonight
Hope I get a little smack tonight
I’ll be starving
Standing in the broad day light
Just waitin’ on the comin of the night
24 hour diner’s almost closed
all I need’s a cup of joe
cause she’s so nice
treats me like I tip her from my head to her toes
brings me my water with her skirt so high
I catch a little glimpse in the silverware shine
I ain’t no thief
Cause that just ain’t right
But I ain’t got no money
And I intend to pay for my meal tonight

Whoa a little love at caesar’s
Whoa you know I love to please her
Whoa a little love at caesar’s
Goes so far

She got a tattooed tongue
She loves to abuse
You can tell that she’s good by the language
That she use
She says meet you in the bathroom at a quarter
To two
You know what you must do
‘cause the flood gates open
your hips are gettin loose
you got a rocket in your pocket
cause you don’t know what to do
so go, whoa she says I betchyathaticantake all
of your soul
you say put your money where your mouth is
and let it all be told
whoa a little love at caesar’s
whoa you know I love to please her
whoa a little love at caesar’s
goes so far

they got crayons on the placemats
refried beans
don’t give me half-and-half
just whip up my cream
gimme some slap jacks
flap on the butter
corn-beef-hash
my mind’s in the gutter
heavy with the syrup
heavy with the grease
my foot’s in the stirrup
just do as you please
whoa a little love at caesar’s
whoa you know I love to please her
whoa a little love at caesar’s
goes so far
Track Name: Gunship Politico
On the one they’ll catch you
If you skirt disaster
On the day they told her
But she want to stay, stay

And the ones that saw you
Witnesses of goya
Elected to serve you
‘till your dying day

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
I know you be reaching your time
Just a product of your mind

But when you continue to let loose on a 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
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

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
Asks 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.

Watch out for them politicos

Don’t mess mess with the down downpresser
Way
They got it down pat; they got it down to a tee
No one gets through the lockstep jaw
You ain’t guilty but you did get caught

So for lack of a better suspect we nominate
You
To ride this one out, to see this one through
See a, see a…

Arms thrown up in an ever fearful protest
As if the firing squad would ever think to
Notice
As if he could summon the likes of moses
To put the blood back in his friend’s 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’s 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
See a, see a
See them know but they will not say
Track Name: Rushian
Rushian, always rushian

Anatole, do ya have to
Keep on telling me
That this time will pass you
And we won’t be
Rushian, always rushian
Rushian, always rushian

You set up the road block and don’t think of
Kafka
And keep on telling me
The way you ride them czars men will never
Catch you
Oodalolly oodalolly golly what a day
Rushian, always rushian

But don’t look back
It’ll only slow you down
Don’t wanna’ know the odds when it’s us
Against the crown
And if you hear ‘em close behind ya
Don’t let the coin out shine you
Just leave them one by one by one on the
Ground
‘cause my sweet czarina
I’m sorry, my sweet czarina I’m sorry
My sweet czarina I’m sorry but you have to
Step down
Track Name: Calvado's Chopper
There’s a quiet in the cellar
If they find us
It’ll be all she wrote
And by the time the ground had thawed
The summer
She had barely spoke

I feel so
I feel so blind to what you’re sayin

If you don’t
If you don’t know the cost we’re paying

He came screaming down the river
All hopped up on the calvados

Whatever he’s taking
Whatever he’s making please don’t give me any
Of those
Last time I saw him
He was sitting up high in the caravan
As if to say if we are anything
If I am anything
Then this is who I am

I feel so, I feel so blind to what you’re sayin
If you don’t
If you don’t know the cost we’re paying

Wake up the mother
I feel like no other word could break her more
What’s another lie
Tell us you don’t exactly know for sure
How it goes
Calvados
What’s another war
When it’s not your child
Track Name: Sybil I (Bonus Track)
We will walk along the road
Just watching the days come and go
And how you said the evening lied
Saying never you mind
It's sure to be all right

We were dancing in the kitchen
Oh, laughing about something we didn't know
'Till you stopped and said
I don't ever want you to die
Oh, never you mind
It's sure to be all right

Yah, never you mind
It's sure to be all right

Hey, Sybil
Yah we're doing ok
You're my straight six, baby
I wouldn't change a thing
'Cause I watched your momma love you with all her soul
And the apple don't fall far from the tree
Luckily for me
It's sure to be all right

Hey, Sybil
Yah, we're doing ok
I know what you're saying but
I wouldn't change a thing

It's got to be a lovely world to sew
the likes of this girl I know
And may she,
may she sleep well tonight

'Cause it's got to be a lovely world to sew
the likes of this girl I know
And I hope that she,
she sleep well tonight

Never you mind
It's sure to be all right
Track Name: Indian Moon (Bonus Track)
On this Earth not alone we stand
Outstretched arm and upturned hand
Never knowing when the shakes steady
And 'till now we have seldom seen
And I will go if you go with me
Understand I will wait for thee
I'll try to catch up if you move quickly
If the rain does blow

And oh sir
If you ever lose your way
You can call upon this family
You can call upon this day
And old man
If you ever lose your way
You can call up on this family
You can call upon this day

'Cause you're my present my future
My lesson my teacher
Oh... My world is still
You're my God you're my guide
In my life I confide to ever shelter your will
And my words are forerver, my blanket my shiver
Whatever you give I'll never lack

You're my chorus my refrain
The verse of my first pain
Let the voices come barreling back

'Cause I can stand to stay right where I am
Let the water fill this hand
Bring it to your mouth
And pass beyond your lips
No gale can down this ship

And I'll stand on your shoulders
To watch us grow older
I can see us far along the road
As the trail grows deeper
You're my giver my keeper
Laughter for years untold

'Cause I can stand to stay right where I am
Let the water fill this hand
Bring it to your mouth
And pass beyond your lips
No gale can down this ship

And wherever you go there you are
And if I go I won't go far
Wherever you go
There you are
And if I go I won't go far

And oh sir
If you ever lose your way
You can call upon this family
You can call upon this day
Track Name: State I And I (Bonus Track)
Let me trip the reason of your lecture for a change
Let me tell you how you feel
Let me strap you down a put morphine in your veins
Let me fuck this bed of steel

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

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

Deinstitutionalization
She had a wife but left her at the station
And now there's women in the stairwells
Where their love lives don't fair well
They be whoring themselves away in the kitchen

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

Callin' all the presidents men
'Cause I'm stuck in this room locked in
Won't you 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

... She was the daughter of the second American Revolution
A tall girl with a stones constitution
Track Name: Democracy In Kind (Bonus Track)
There's a U.N. White and Blue
Fell from half mast, now
Half covering a red shoe,
Half asked if they were us
What would we do?

Mr. Newsman send your wire
Let Washington conspire
You know the company men
wait for you in their lair

But a moment is calling
Calling us all
As your one time supporters
hang from media walls
And outside the gates
fate is closing in
You can turn us down but you can't
deny the din

From the farmlands to the townships
The masses are classless
Warcries rise with every hour that passes
The trampled voice of the past are seizing us
Go ahead and load the magazine 'cause them bullets are treasonous

Quiet!

Your leader is going to speak now
Everyone turn off your mind

Quiet!

You're listening to a raid on the state of your
A Democracy in kind

But a moment is calling
Calling us all
As your one time supporters
hang from media walls
And outside the gates
fate is closing in
You can turn us down but you can't
deny the din

From the farmlands to the townships
The masses are classless
Warcries rise with every hour that passes
The trampled voice of the past are seizing us
Go ahead and load the magazine 'cause them bullets are treasonous

Quiet!

Your leader is going to speak now
Everyone turn off your mind

Quiet!

You're listening to a raid on the state of your
A democracy in kind

Hey for ya
Hey for ya
Hey for ya

Hey it's another
Hey for ya
Hey for ya
Hey for ya

Quiet!

Your leader is going to speak now
Everyone turn off your mind

Quiet!

You're listening to a raid on the state of your
A democracy in kind