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Fly The Flag
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Fly The Flag

pulverized
cast aside
but i survived
now fly the flag
criticized
opened wide
left to die
now fly the flag
brutalized
cut down to size
but i'll survive
now fly the flag
deified
mystified
crucified
now fly the flag
justified
penalized
but i survived
now fly the flag
learned to fight
two black eyes
but i'll survive
now fly the flag
all the things i thought i'd never be
now it looks like they're all happening to me
battlewise
streetwise
lies and lies
now fly the flag
lonely eyes
on my own tonight
but i'll survive
now fly the flag
hypnotize
petrified
but i'll survive
now fly the flag
glorified
victimized
but i'll survive
now fly the flag
all these things i thought i'd never be
and it looks like they're all happening to me
this one's for every lonely heart
when they've got you beat before you start
when it seems you're all alone
you've got nowhere to go
beaten down again
don't let the bastards get you down
get up tonight
stand up tonight
just don't let them keep you down
and fly
just fly
now fly the flag

Promises

there was a day
when we made promises
and there was a day
when we kept them
we were like one
no one could stop us
we ruled the world
from the throne you made
promises -- we were young and free
promises -- how it ought to be
promises -- but somewhere it changed
promises -- nothing remains the same
now when we were tight
you made such promises
the world was alright
and we believed them
but now it's through
and your stock is down
put out the fuse
the sparks are on the ground
promises -- we were young and free
promises -- how it ought to be
promises -- but somewhere it changed
promises -- nothing remains the same
hurrah for yesterday
long live yesterday
drink a toast
to yesterday
we got the most
out of yesterday
we were like one
we were like one
promises -- we were young and free
promises -- how it ought to be
promises -- but somewhere it changed
promises -- nothing remains the same
hurrah for yesterday
long live yesterday
drink a toast
to yesterday
we got the most
out of yesterday

Nothing Good on the Radio

back street boys
boys to men
i never want to hear that crap again
there's nothing good on the radio
nothing!
matchbox 20 - once was plenty
alternajunk
giving me a headache
there's nothing good on the radio
nothing!
no bands that rock get played today
mr. radio programmer
playing it safe
you spin you're dial looking for the clash
and all you hear is worthless trash
there's nothing good on the radio
nothing!
puff daddy sucks, that's for sure
almost as bad as tupoc shakur
from jewel to mariah carey
it's all so horrible
all so scary
everything on the dial sounds so lame
everything on the dial sounds the same!

Automatic

today's world is always on
my modem speeds life right along
my brain is off but that's ok
you can reach me any day
my darkened ?
with blinking digits
let me know the world is r?
monitor
so bright and huge
sanity
you slowly lose
turn your fax on
turn your fax on
it's automatic
automatic
turn your fax on
turn your fax on
it's automatic
automatic
color printer
makes pretty pictures
machines in life
permanent fixtures
e-mail me
anywhere
i can't escape
i don't care
turn your fax on
turn your fax on
it's automatic
automaticturn your fax on
turn your fax on
it's automatic
automatic
solitude
i forgot
quiet time
for deeper thought
i'm one with the world
and everything is spinning
out of control
turn your fax on
turn your fax on
it's automatic
automaticturn your fax on
turn your fax on
it's automatic
automatic
you can reach me
anytime
with your cell phone
i've got mine
you can page me
in the movies
silent buzz
cuts right through me
turn your fax on
turn your fax on
it's automatic
automatic
turn your fax on
turn your fax on
it's automatic
automatic...
life is automatic.....
life is automatic.....
life is automatic...
life is automatic

Breakout!

time to breakout
now it's time to go
try to breakout or you'll never know
so have a drink or 3 and sing with me
wild rover
roam 'til you're free
in the days of 1916, back before the dawn of time
when i was just a gleam to my grandpa before
well he found a little lassie
to whom, he took a fancy
and they had my mum and then they had some more
and he told me with a grin
as he took a sip of gin
someday son you'll breathe free celtic air
and it may not be today
but look now that's o.k.
cause someday son the soldiers will
all march away
try to breakout now
it's time to go
try to breakout or you'll never know
so have a drink or 3
and sing with me
scotland, ireland and wales must be free
try to breakout
or you'll never know
try to breakout
or you'll never really know
time to breakout
or you'll never really know
time to breakout
or you'll never really
never really know
now every boy around the world
dreams he could save the day
be the hero, get the girland walk away
now grandpa isn't here today
and the soldiers are still there
but i love an irish girl who took my name
and we'll raise our kids to know
the tales of scotland's woes
and hope that someday they will
breathe free air
and it may not be today
but look now that's o.k.
cause someday son the soldiers will
all march away

Greenwhich Mean Time

if you're scared on the streets
tonight
looking for a place to hide
this is greenwhich mean time
too many people in washington
playing power games they love to play
they're all on greenwhich mean time
it's a world i don't want to know
bowing how low can you go?
hear about the people's problems
they don't want to know
and the businessman in london
and the new york stock exchange
they're all on greenwhich mean time
corporate pollution and greed
in the driver's seat
keeping greenwhich mean time
it's a world i don't want to know
kill each other chasing gold
hear about the world's problems
they don't want to know
i think no matter what time it is
from tokyo to peru
they're on greenwhich mean time
how's the world going to improve
when the dollar continues to rule
and it's always greenwhich mean time
it's a world i don't want to know
kill each other chasing gold
hear about the world's problems
they don't want to know -- and for
every artist out there, there's a
hundred want to be a cop!

Steel & Concrete

today's a day to get away
tune out the noise from yesterday
floating far away and free
nothing's going to get me
now you're thinking
you're gonna get away
from this grey and weary place
grab a hold of some steel and concrete
grab anything that makes you strong
do you feel a fire?
is it in your eyes?
there's a lava lamp inside my mind
that breaks the clouds in a burning sky
you can't escape reality
in a pouring rain
starting at your feet
now you're thinking
there's no escape
from this grey and weary place
grab a hold of some steel and concrete
grab anything that makes you strong
do you feel a fire?
is it in your eyes?
grab a hold of some steel and concrete
grab anything that makes you strong
do you feel a fire?
is it in your eyes?
this is your time
unity -- such an easy word
nut you and me, well it seems absurd
take a chance on reality
it's a bitter pill
but it's ofter free
now you're thinking
there's no escape
from this grey and weary place
grab a hold of some steel and concrete
grab anything that makes you strong
do you feel a fire?
is it in your eyes?
grab a hold of some steel and concrete
grab anything that makes you strong
do you feel a fire?
is it in your eyes?
this is your time

Revolution Compromised

the revolution will be compromised
if we don't move now
1,000 mental road signs
go blurring by
telling us that this is the time
this is the time
the revolution will be compromised
if we don't move now
see the kids out on the street
so much wasted energy
if they had a leader
what an army they would be
but that's not reality
there is no reason without reason
complacency to be feared
why do we get out of bed?
light a fire in your head
the revolution has been compromised

Firey Shade of Blue

gonna head on out of town
on a greyhound bus tonight
you can say that it's a retreat but i'm not
fighting
broken tatooed heart
like words and promises
and i've seen just too many wrongs for righting
bitterfree -- the road that lies ahead
two blue eyes, focused rage
dear god i'm seeing red
i'm free
free of you
i'm free
free to choose
you can say it's alright
life's just a roll of dice
you can say that it's just a game but i'm not playing
and friends i once believed
seem so distant now to me
and i don't even know which way i'm facing
bitterfree, the road that lies ahead
two blue eyes, focused rage
dear god i'm seeing red
there's been up that we've been through
but i've had too much bitter fruit
i'm free
free of you
i'm free
free to choose
color me a shade of blue
can you see me
pull away from you?
now i haven't got a hope
there's no place left to turn
wondering if that bridge is far behind me

Sorry Sometimes

you're such a sweet girl
i'm so sorry when ni lose my cool
seems like sometimes i most appreciate that
when i'm far way from you
and i know that's not how
it's supposed to be, o.k.
and it's usually not, but
somehow it is today
you're such a cool girl
and i really think that every day
and just to prove it's true,
i'm dreaming of you
when you're a thousand miles away
and i know that's just how
it's supposed to be, o.k.
but i forget when you're
close to me
i'm sorry sometimes
don't build up walls of
toughness to protect your
self from me
i'm still the boy you love,
and you're the girl for me
those walls are going to fall
those walls are going to fall
i'm sorry sometimes

Find It

sitting in my room
just wasting time
i've spent my whole life asking
questions
and when the answers come
they hurt or wound
i don't know what it takes to bind it
i don't know what it takes to find it
is there such a thing as piece of mind?
on the telephone
i hear your voice
and i wonder what's behind it
and in your eyes
the blankest beauty
i wonder what there is inside it
i don't know what it takes
to find you
i'll give pieces of my mind
i'm always mixed up every time
pathetic ramblings, this i know
welcome to this bitter show
this poetry is not romantic
and anger is not a tonic
painting on a smile
so you'll never know
just how deeply your words
hurt me
and boys don't cry
this i know
i've been socialized to
hide it

This is the New Breed

somewhere in a cold jail cell
is a man doing time,
in a living hell
for perjury
but it's o.k. for billy
somewhere is a young girl
her life is forever swirled
she's out of luck
but it's o.k. for billy
and so many pawns will fall
for every king's stone wall
i believe that we should strive
for more
obstruction, deception
and still they blindly support him
they've lowered the standards
that they could've raised
it's such a shame
this is the new breed
and i'm standing on my own
i remember when
there were democrats
who stood tall and
were cool cats
now all i see are
more suits and ties
double standards,
equivocate
but even kings can get checkmate
just be honest and show this
king the door
some say that it's just lies, but
i think it's just trust
and i believe that we should
strive for more
if he were in the g.o.p.,
you know that instantly
they'd be lining up to fire
but now they lowered the standards
that they could've raised
it's such a shame
but this is the new breed
for every little kid today
who wonders why this one's o.k.
well, kid these are double standards
and this is the new breed
and i'm standing on my own
and maybe it's naive
for someone to believe
that there's a better way
to run the show today
but somewhere is a man or woman
political in stripe
whoe doesn't want to fall in line
who'll say what's wrong is right
and it's time to put it right
the king should lose his crown
this time
who has the guts to say
this thing is not o.k.
for the sake of kings to come
but now they lowered the standards
that they could've raised
it's such a shame
this is the new breed
for every little kid today
who wonders why this one's o.k.
well, kid these are double standards
and this is the new breed
this is the new breed
well i'm standing on my own

Man on the Street

the man on the street --
he doesn't know my name
but i am sure we're not at all the same
man on the street -- ou know he looks like me
but he'll never know all the things i've seen

see him and there's no enmity --
sometimes there's jealousy
but would you be him? i don't think so
no a hair is out of place -- he sets the pace
and he's a step ahead of me

the man on the street --
he doesn't look at me
and if he did i wonder what he sees
he might be kind; he might be alright
are his concerns so far away from mine?

see him and there's no problem --
thought he always looks so cold
but would you be him? i don't think so
not a stich out of place -- he sets the pace
and he's just a step ahead
he keeps a step ahead of me

he lives as expected
secure and protected
the world won't affect him
and so i reject him now

i feel so different, though i might no look so
you can wear the costume, but do you march in time?
there's so many targets in the world to see
feel the dirt of rebellion beneath your feet!