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Next To Go

living -- if you can call this living
thinking will it ever go away?
dying -- there's all these people dying
i'm conscious of it every single day
(chorus)
who's gonna be the next to go?
walking in a new kind of fear
laughing at all the people here
asking how could this happen here?
taking my choices away
(chorus)
under the gun
well it's been a month, standing in the shadows
under the gun
well it's been a month, hiding from the sun
parking lots all up and down the interstate
and on the news it's a great debate
back to the normal? it will have to wait

Put The Boots In

now everywhere we go
someone wants control
tells us what we can say
and how much blood we have to pay
well now i think i'm through
with other people's rules
gonna live life how we chose
even if we're born to lose
even if we're born to lose
(chorus): you gotta fight, fight, for what you want
put the boots in, then you walk away
they say that we're all free
but i just don't agree
they want conformity
well that's not what they'll get from me
i walked a crooked mile
and i'm never quite in style
there's tyranny and strife
everywhere you look in life
everywhere you look in life

Capitol Riots

There's a Coca-Cola kid in Seattle night
Not blinded by the Washington spotlight
Now he don't know but he's been told
That no government ever had soul
TV colors and NASCAR rules
Well he's taxed to death while he pays his dues
(chorus): Capitol riots in the street tonight
Move like a bullet in the neon light
Don't want no nightstick justice from the men in blue
No 1984 coming after you
Now we'll march on through the streets and time
Through the slings and the arrows and the dirt and grime
10 years from now no one will remember
A Backstreet moment or last December
To every punk that has gone before
This is your song -- now and forevermore
(chorus) All around the globe
It's government control
All hail the E.U.
'til it's coming after you
(chorus) In every brick and mortar town
The rain comes down
Let's salute the groovy corporate
Makes the world go round
But there's a kid out there
Who hears a different sound

Convoluted

Burning up, was it good to tear it down?
Convoluted thoughts inside of me
So far, so fast, so long and so what?
I guess I should grateful to be free
Well I'm not looking forward, and I'm not looking back
I'm stuck here in the middle and I'm off the beaten track
And I don't know where I'm going
But the road to better days seems far away
Shattered illusions cut deep when you believe
And even tough guys fall when it seems real
Sit here quite the psycho thinking of what was
This wasn't supposed to be part of the deal
Well I'm not looking forward -- I know I can't go back
I'm stuck here in the middle and I'm off the beaten track
And I've got a perfect life laid out in front of me
With memories of you
It's not betrayal -- it's just the truth
Wish I could learn to move on
If it hadn't been so great I might not feel so down
Guess you were right to move on
Tried to pass it off like I feel fine
A pain that doesn't seem to fade with time
Well I'm not looking forward, and I'm not looking back
I'm stuck here in the middle and I'm off the beaten track
And if I could buy oblivion, there's almost not a price I wouldn't pay

Superheroes Wanted

Captain America, can you come clean up this place?
Cause we need new hope, we need new attitude -- we need a brand new face
Now Beau Geste, he got overrun
By all the sheiks in the desert sun
He was a hero in an army of none
Well my outpost is about to be overrun
Gonna get a car, gonna escape, gonna be as cool as James Dean
Gonna get a motorcycle, give a grin, and drive like Steve McQueen
Now Beau Geste, he got overrun
By all the sheiks in the desert sun
He was a hero in an army of none
Well my outpost is about to be overrun
Steve Rogers, where are you? And Holden Caufield too?
Every rebel that ever was
Now Gary Cooper, he got overrun
By all the sheiks in the Arab sun
He was a hero in an army of none
And my outpost is about to be overrun
Steve Rogers, where are you?

Going Wrong

I've been thinking of the things you said to me
And I don't know if I can be
what you wanted me to be
I'm sorry if I failed
I'm sorry that I tried
It's a wound but now it's cut and dried
And I don't know what it's gonna be
All the illusions and dishonesty
A broken record -- the same old song
Everything is going wrong
We only have the time to make so many mistakes
One try to keep it real -- better than a hundred that are fake
A candle in the wind gets snuffed before it glows
I'm the candle, you're the wind -- so go ahead and blow
And I don't know what it's gonna be
Every wrong answer all I ever see
A broken record -- the same old song
Everything is going wrong
And I don't know what it's gonna be
Drowning in a sea of dishonesty
This is your story -- this is your song
"Come as you are" but come along
Totalitarian mentality
I tried it on but that's not me
Expectations -- I failed to measure up
Here's the poison -- would you like a cup?
Your perfect world was going strong
Your perfect world is going wrong

(I Wanna Be In) AC/DC

Well the week is over, you slaved for Friday night
When the whistle blows, the world looks better in lights
Put in a disc, hit the road, gonna drive all night
"Highway to Hell," or "Back in Black"
Now the world is right
Cause I want to be in AC/DC
For those about to rock, we salute you
Bon Scott, he rolled on the Highway to Hell
And Brian Johnson rocks it with every peal of the bell
And Angus Young -- what can I say? -- a rock and roller true
Phil Rudd and Malcom Young, Cliff Williams too
Cause I want to be in AC/DC
For those about to rock, we salute you
I'm a problem child and I'm feeling wild
If I'm shot down in flames, it's ok
Sin City/TNT/A Whole Lotta Rosie
Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap
Have a Drink on Me
If You Want Blood, You Got It
Take it from me
Turn it up, all the way, rock and roll is here to stay
Now punk rock is cool, and you know it's true
Like AC/DC it's a way of life that kicks ass too
An SG, a steady beat and a rock and roll scream
It's good for fighting, it's good for loving, and everything in between
Cause I want to be in AC/DC
For those about to rock, we salute you
I'm a problem child and I'm feeling wild
If I'm shot down in flames, it's ok
I'm gonna walk all over you!

Kickdown

It's all around you -- look out the window and see
You've got your whole life -- they've got your MTV
Turn off the TV
Get up on your feet
Make some noise in your head and on the street
It's waiting for you -- company hold
Try not to be bought, and try not to be sold
(chorus): kick down the walls, kick down the doors
but you can't escape it all -- it's you they're coming for
Teenage nights lead to grownup days
That's alright, cause you learn how to play
Take it or leave it -- there's not a lot of choice
Got to earn a living -- just don't lose your voice
Well I want to rock
Don't want to be caged
If that's their religion, then I don't want to pray
(chorus) It's you they're coming for, and it's hard to escape
The harder and harder you work, the better target you make
Better knuckle down, buckle down and break away
If you want to be saved

Baked With Sublime

hearing that sublime song
reminds me of a life i left behind
i remember hearing it with you
feeling good -- life was fine
we had lots of time
i hadn't heard it in a while
and it makes me smile
it's a life you still have
one i had to leave
cause i had to get back home to dixie
it's a bit sad that we lost touch
but my friend i understand it's the life we keep
and we're in deep
we've all got our problems
and our morals too
well here's one of mine: i still miss you
it's all so confusing
have we been misled?
hearing that song now inside my head
baked with Sublime
those were some good times

8th and Main

Standin' on the corner of 8th and Main
With too many beers still coursin' through my veins
And I don't remember anything
about what I said last night
But I can see you standin' there by your bedroom light
(chorus):
But I said no
I hope you don't see me turn and go
Cause I'll be there walking away
And don't you know it tells me where I'm supposed to be
Feelin' like a ship, yeah a ship lost out at sea
But please don't you let me come back to shore
I think I need the time to wander on some more
(chorus)
So now I'm steppin' off the corner of 8th and Main
I got five minutes left to get to that train
My tickets in my hand
And my bags are all packed
I'll see you again
If I ever do come back

Easy Street

I've been wandering so long
But I never had it made
Everyone in the summer sun, well, I was hiding in the shade
Excuse me ma'am, did you happen to see
the shining place that they promised me?
(chorus):
I'm looking for the place they told me
To escape from where they bought and sold me
I've been all around the world
But I've never been to easy street
And I'm starting to think that it doesn't exist, just for me
(chorus)
Feel like a mental patient losing patience
Like a guitar top popping every string
Like a firecracker that goes off in your hand
Like a black rainstorm in June, at your command
I'm looking for the place they told me --
and I need you to see it through

Johnny Law

Streetlights glare but nothing's clear
And Robin Hood, he doesn't live round here
Johnny Law is in the rearview and it's no good
He's gonna get us now, and it's understood
And I want to know what the answer should be
Flashing lights in my mind -- true sounds of liberty
Who is the promise for? It seems so far away
No matter where I go
I just can't get away
And in the burning sun
There's someone on the run
We'll wave the black flag
We'll wave it right there in his face
Johnny Law is here today
And it echoes here
Streets of America
He's gonna get you here --
Streets of America
Who is the promise for?
It seems so far away
Between the bad guys and the badge
Don't go alone today
And in the D.C. sun,
there's someone on the run
We'll wave the black flag
Salute the one that got away
From Johnny Law
Let's get away from Johnny Law
He wears a hundred faces
And hides in so many places
He'll cut you down to size
Say your rosary tonight
All over Detroit, down to south L.A.
From a Dixie town to a Capitol parade
Let's get away from Johnny Law

Everlasting Girl

In the night I will never let you down
In the night when my conscience comes around
There's a feeling I wouldn't change for all the world
In the night, you're my everlasting girl
And I'll play my guitar
And I'll close my eyes
Block out all distractions
Until I see your smile
I miss you even when I'm not alone
Sorry guys but I've gotta find a phone
Though I'm off far away
Another night of fun with the boys is great
And though others may try to win me
When I'm far from you
I retreat in myself
Cause only one will do
And all the songs I sang before
Well I guess what I mean to say
Is that I still feel the same way
And I'll play my guitar
And I'll close my eyes
Block out all distractions
Until I see your smile
Until I see your smile

Accelerator

Red white and blue dreams of a future
Too many gray days in soggy skies
Sense of direction -- look to the future
But things they told you are nowhere in sight
You're a tiny scratch in a flawless finish
You're a star that isn't quite bright
There's 50 stars waving in misdirection
No flag can help the Lone Ranger tonight
(chorus):
And every teenage G.I. Joe
Stares into darkness, driving all night alone
Accelerator one more time
It's just another burning night
And everything's on the line
Seeing red in black and blue, kid
Breaking away from lies in the past
Everything in neon direction
Plastic expectations coming in fast
Dead ends and detours come out of nowhere
So hard to see what you should do
So hard to see where it went wrong
When things look bleak you just gotta be strong
(chorus)
It's time to break away
From the attitude they put on you
It's time to make your play
Hit accelerate -- do what you want to do
(chorus)