American Ethos album

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pin me right upon the cross jurisprudence ain’t enough I’m a villain and I’m a cop and I’m a little loss cause everyone knows everyone knows what IS best for you it is easy to pick and choose what path to take when it isn’t you so if you’re feeling blue don’t worry, there is a pill for you cause everyone knows everyone knows what IS best for you my little coffin wouldn’t fit amongst the rows of eager kids buried dreams at 6x6’ nothing worked, it never did a little rough around the edge feeling stressed and feigning death kissing bottles at a cost at least I’m lost among the lost cause everyone knows everyone knows what IS best for you it is easy to pick and choose what path to take when it isn’t you so if you’re feeling blue don’t worry, there is a pill for you cause everyone knows everyone knows what IS best for you so…break into your mind remind yourself that you are doing just fine (yes) your friends all come and go so take back what the middle man stole and if you still talk to God tell that old fuck that he forgot someone …but please, call this ‘art’ and excuse me as I’m falling apart.
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I saw your eyes, and yeah I guess, that they are brighter than mine I guess your trick was knowing how to turn piss into wine so how much should I pay for this? tell me again where I went wrong tell me again how to rewrite the song how every note that I played was wrong but nobody wants to dance with the dead when there are egos here that need to be fed on the stage we both bled but I guess that didn’t matter much! sink or swim as you mouth words from the side of the stage the sycophants? they’re in the back still trying to get laid so how much should I charge for this? tell me again where I went wrong tell me again how to rewrite the song oh where do I belong? but nobody wants to dance with the dead when there are egos here that need to be fed on the stage we both bled but I guess that didn’t matter much! so move your crowd show me where it is at but as you retire backstage I hope you remember that: you are fucking nothing with out ME here come your punishers
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so here is your song for your pussy grabbing demagogue what’s right is right there is no room here for dialog the biggest loser won and now I lost my appetite have all you stupid fuckers lost your minds? some things need to change with the right you want to save the conceptus but you’re cool with gassing kids?* you don’t know real sin cause you only see skin some things need to change with the right demand a world where every human being has access to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness “give me your tired and poor, those yearning to breath free” as so it once said on the steps of lady liberty but now she is gagged when we no longer believe in democracy so demand the country you want not the one you deserve *in reference to tear gas used at the US-Mexico border against migrant families attempting to claim asylum.
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we really out did ourselves sitting at the bottom of a wishing well taught to dream in Technicolor: red, white, and blue so what’s a boy to do? sit under stars and dream about her what’s a boy to feel? come on and hit me baby, show me what’s real “well I’ve got it made” she throws her voice like a hand grenade well I don’t bow to Gods and I don’t bow to you “well I’m doing fine” she throws herself across the party lines well I don’t bow to Gods and I don’t bow to you so set me up and sit me down spin me dizzy like a carousel but when the lights burn out what’s left to do? when she is feeling low, she cracks a smile through the alcohol when she is feeling high, …well, I’ve never really seen that side “I’ve got it made” she throws her voice like a hand grenade well I don’t bow to Gods and I don’t bow to you “well I’m doing fine” she throws herself across the party lines well I don’t bow to Gods I don’t bow to you so what about it. what about it? on the floor or through the door you can’t live with out it but when the magic is gone, when the record stops we will still find ourselves clinging to the mattress so what about it. what about it? dance dance dance dance my little princess but when the magic is gone, when the record stops we will still find ourselves clinging to the mattress SHE SAID: “oh darling, we’re just damaged goods so late into the party come meet me in the bathroom” oh darling, we’re just damaged goods but aren’t we all?
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Mulligan 04:13
oh hey there poltergeist I’ve been here more than twice old haunts I can be found cause I’m better underground “oh don’t be reticent, come take your medicine” left one out, so walk right in! (I need a mulligan) always seemed so self assured but under breath: discouraged words so lets make up, and let’s pretend we don’t need mulligans Red Queen runs in one place I’ve been awake for days why is it so commonplace to just feel so erased ? oh don’t be reticent, come take your medicine left one out, so walk right in! (I need a mulligan) always seemed so self assured but under breath: discouraged words so lets make up, and let’s pretend we don’t need mulligans where is the party now? when do the embers set? when do you apoplex? talking heads stopped making sense I need to recommence …but the clock is laughing now (you did nothing right) (but the end is in sight) (if you can just make it through this night) (you will be alright)
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Awkward 03:09
oh Mother Mary please mercy me I know misery loves company but I think I forgot how to tie the knot oh what a shame that nobody loves you so cut me off cut me off cut me off oh what a shame that nobody cared so who the fuck are you going to run to? who the fuck is going to really be there? oh what shame that nobody loved you, what a shame that nobody cares a bleeding heart that’s been long bled dry long walks alone at night but what does it matter? what does it all matter when your body shakes oh what a shame that nobody loves you so cut me off cut me off cut me off oh what a shame that nobody cared so who the fuck are you going to run to? who the fuck is going to really be there? oh what shame that nobody loved you, what a shame that nobody cares how I wish you could find me interesting how I wish I wish I wish you could fucking like me so check your posture don’t be awkward say some nice things say the RIGHT things stare the sun down eat your heart out dream of contact don’t be awkward
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Sugarglass 02:19
daddy’s dirty little secret was mommy’s jagged little pill I can’t keep up with these people who want to fuck,marry,kill eight billion people how do you measure your worth? are you the king of the castle, or another child dead at birth. we’re such beautiful creatures feral and untamed so why let pedos hide in pulpits why not open their veins? see the thing about ‘love’ it’s never going to be enough when the party is over and the trust is gone.
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must be nice to have friends yeah! life is a party bus and the fun never ends! but who’s that milling around with the holes in his shoes? oh poor, poor pitiful me what do wallflowers DO? I never got it how people mend I said so many things I never meant must be nice to be rich have all those people around always eager to hear you bitch oh such ‘little people’ how they dance underneath I hope all that booger sugar rots out your teeth but I never got it how people mend I said so many things I never meant fall in love, fall in line, or fall apart must be nice to be you and just have all of your plans always come true. I guess I’ll fuck off and die what else in life should I do? but I never got it how people mend I said so many things I never meant fall in love, fall in line, or fall apart but when that blood moon rises, and those levees break, the only ones who’ll be surviving are the ones with nothing left at stake so throw me down in the deep end cause I’m good at holding my breath and as I think to the bottom I’m not afraid of death
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you’ll never be what you want to be when you sit in your electric chair plug me in, turn me on, tune out baby, I’m going nowhere through long summers, and cold winters stay young, stay dumb, stay bitter because your world is going to hell will you run and hide? or will you save yourself oh you’ve been forgot? well so fucking what spinning wheels in the same ol’ ruts only led us to kicking up dust demand your money demand your respect it’s not the cards in your hands it’s how you play the deck don’t you know? it’s the chair that kills you
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when the seas spill over when the last tree’s cut what will you be holding? your bible or your gun oh time marches on and time won’t be kind we always play god when we should sharpen our minds talk all you want consume all you can but what kills us all is the hubris of man
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I built my pipedream in a two car garage (I should have known better) but I gave the keys to the baby, ma (I should have known better) it’s so hard in the mirror just to look at yourself it’s so hard why so hard? walk past with a smile and nod (I should have known better) oh my knees and I prayed to your gods (I should have known better) so do you call your pickled heart in jar? why a “love letter” you made your point when you said so long I should have known, I should have known… (audio clip from the 1986 movie ‘Down by Law’)

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released December 26, 2019

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