The Regressives

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    The Regressives features members of Stockyard Stoics, 241ers, and more.
    Joe Piglet: Bass/Vocals
    B Bekowies: Guitar/Vocals
    Aron Gallagher: Guitar
    Adam Schrager: Guitar
    Early Gates: Drums
    Special guests on this album include:
    Jonny Onelung (Filaments): guitar and vocals on "Wildlife in America"
    Zero: vocals on "Wrong Animal"
    Jason $#!+#E@D (As$troland/Miscegenator): vocals on "Steal the Key"
    Recorded 2014 at Cannon Found Soundation Studios by Jesse Cannon in Union City, New Jersey.
    Mixed and Mastered by Jesse Cannon
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The debut album. Featuring members of Stockyard Stoics and 241ers.

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released May 5, 2015

Joe Piglet: Bass/Vocals
Bee: Guitar/Vocals
Aron Gallagher: Guitar
Adam Schrager: Guitar
Early Gates: Drums

Special guests on this album include:

Jonny Onelung (Filaments): guitar on "Wildlife in America"
Zero (Agitätor): Vocals on "Wrong Animal"
Jason $#!+#E@D (As$troland/Miscegenator): Vocals on "Steal the Key"

Recorded at Cannon Found Soundation Studios by Jesse Cannon in Union City, New Jersey.

Mixed and Mastered by Jesse Cannon

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Track Name: Revolution Ballad
Revolution Ballad

You had to stop before we even got started
Slip into something more flame retardant
I hope the hard times stop and the good times roll
And trust the beat you keep will have a little soul
You’ve done your time and not done in your mind
Props to the feet planted over the line
It itches and it frays every crook and bend
Now you’re drinking to all good thing’s end
So stop, my friend

This is a ballad for the revolution
This is a ballad for your revolution

The world has come unglued and the history is wearing thin
I don’t know where I’m going to or even where I’ve been
There’s a boarded up house on a crumbling foundation
A welcoming corner in a lunatic nation
Though the wind may blow and the boat may rock there’s a key that fits this lock
We all gotta stop now and then

This is a ballad for the revolution
This is a ballad for your revolution

Paint a picture in the pouring rain
Search the dial for that lost refrain
Counting down the minutes and we’ve still got time to kill
It’s like it all stands still
Watch the ashes wash down the drain
I can’t complain and I won’t explain
Bleed them all dry until we’ve got none left to spill
And we’ve had our fill

So stop right now
You’re ready to drop and you’ve gotta get out

This is a ballad for the revolution
This is a ballad for your revolution

This is a ballad for the revolution
This is a ballad for our revolution
Track Name: Culture War
Culture Wars

Evolution is a scam
Are you calling me some kind of monkey man?
The wrath of God
A pox on your firstborn
No war but culture war

Global warming is a liberal fix
Voodoo science 666
23 - 17 = 4
No war but culture war

I won’t fight for you no war but culture war
I wouldn’t even know what I was dying for
Your numbers don’t add up and your morality is such a bore
I won’t fight for you no war but culture war

Women should be meek and plain
Or comatose for political gain
Schiavo soiled Christian sheets galore
No war but culture war

Hatred is the American way
Racist, sexist, anti-gay
Ignorance and arrogance and bloody gore
No war but culture war

Chorus!

No fucking war
Go culture war

Fuck your god
Your religion is shit
Smug self-righteous hypocrites
Go fight
And kill
Go die for a half-assed lie
No war but culture war
Track Name: Long Time Coming
Long Time Coming

My throat’s been singing melody
My heart’s been singing harmony
I finally found a place
where I can live my life like I damn well please
It’s been a long time coming
One constant downward slide
Spent so long in the freezing cold
but now it’s time to come inside

All I want to do is stay here til I die
The rest of the world is rotting away
and if I stayed there so would I
All I want to do is hang on to my high
At least just for a little while
Before I go back outside

Cold winter cracks its knuckles and gives a grin outside the door
Buttress up all the barricades, but they won’t last long
You can be sure
But I’ll shake the dust right off my coat and hang it on a nail
Put my feet up by the fire
Outside the cold winds wail

Chorus!

Time ticks by
All rhythm no rhyme
And the sands will surely flow
Every blasted worn-out soul
Needs a little bit of rest before they go
Out to swim in the poison sea
Twist in the icy flow

But for now I’m where I want to be
This is the way that it’s supposed to be

More chorus!
Track Name: The Wrong Animal
The Wrong Animal

I try to think the best of my fellow man
but there are things I just can’t understand
Feeding bleeding greeding all night long
This is not a hopeful song

Up in flames
Up in flames-what a shame
Up in flames
Whole damn world has gone insane

Every new chapter of history
is commensurate to our capacity
to wonder how it all could go so wrong
7 billion mistakes strong

Up in flames
Up in flames-what a shame
Up in flames
Whole damn world has gone insane

How can we expect to ever change?
When we can’t tame our hunger and our rage
Pull the curtains down and kill the lights
This animal is just not right
We’re just not right

Up in flames
Up in flames-what a shame
Up in flames
Up in flames-what a crying shame
Up in flames
Whole world gone insane
Whole world gone insane.
Track Name: Lt. Pigott (We Salute You)
Lieutenant Pigott (We Salute You)

Arms folded in cold rejection
Florescent lights and faded signs
You glare and you smirk at the public you serve
What world do you see through your reptilian eyes?
You’re like an island in the ocean
Embankments holding back the tide
You build and you brace as we bury our dead
The cracks in the concrete continue to spread

The one good cop took himself off the streets
He is not what his city needs
My friend if only there were forty thousand more of you
Lieutenant Pigott we salute you

Lieutenant Pigott we salute you
For your accountability
Though you fed at the feast and you lived as a beast
The blood on your hands couldn’t drown your humanity
Lieutenant Pigott we salute you
For the courage of your hand
Though surrounded by liars and tyrants and cowards
Deep in your chest beat the heart of a man

The one good cop took himself off the streets
He’s exactly what his city needs
My friend if only there were forty thousand more of you
Forty thousand crimson corpses NYPD blue
Lieutenant Pigott we salute you
We salute you

On a bright Bed Stuy morning stood a man on a ledge
A taser in hand on your shouted command
Sent the man off his plan crashing over the edge
They took away your badge and they took away your gun
They said you had to wait until the paperwork was done
Until the i’s were all dotted and the t’s all crossed
But beneath all the ink an innocent life had been lost
Repayable by one and only one reasonable cost
Lieutenant Michael Pigott
We salute you

Iman Morales
Fermin Arzu
Khiel Coppin
Gilberto Blanco
All the victims of the beasts in blue
We remember you
Track Name: Fairytale
Fairytale

Turn the key and bolt the door
I’m not going out no more
All that mess just makes me sick
Rant and rave and point and click

Throw it all away
Pay the price some other day
Throw it all away
It’s a common crime
All the good old once upon a times

Fade to black
There’s no coming back
And there’s no higher ground
Than where we stand
Here and now

Throw it all away
Fix it up some other day
Throw it all away
We could choose to stay
And we could learn to grow
There’s no other day
And we will never know
Track Name: Red Blood
Red Blood

I don’t care that this ain’t going anywhere
I don’t know where I was going anyway
And I don’t mind that I don’t know what I might find
Keep on walking right past all the signs along the way
With my head turned

Thanks a lot I’m feeling fine
I’ll stop and talk another time
In a more conversational frame of mind
I don’t want to learn

You don’t give a shit that there just ain’t no point to it
Win some, lose some, sit some out, it’s all the same
You can’t sleep because you’re too far gone and you’re in too deep
Keep on playing even though you know it’s a loser’s game
With your head turned into the flames

Hey it’s nice to see you too
Doing fine and how are you?
Smile and nod and wait for the tides to turn
I don’t want to learn

I don’t want to learn how fires burn
how the flames come up and the house goes down
just ash and cinder and hallowed ground
Oh no I don’t want to know
how it hurts to cut yourself (no shit)
and you best put some sort of ointment on it
But what if it just won’t stop bleeding?
And what if the flames keep on feeding?
Keep burning underground
Keep gushing out icky and sticky red blood

I don’t care that this ain’t going anywhere
I don’t know where I was going anyway
And I don’t mind that I don’t know what I might find
Keep on walking right past all the signs along the way

Hey it’s nice to see you too
Doing fine and how are you?
Smile and nod and wait for time to turn
I don’t want to learn
God why the fuck are we still alive?
What’s with all this survival jive?
Win some, lose some, sit some out, it’s all the same
I don’t wanna play
And nothings changed
Or ain’t that right?
Track Name: Problems
Problems

I’m going good and blind
My maladies assorted
Status quo is well unsorted
I can’t keep it out of my mind
All the signs along the way
Lost tomorrows and yesterdays
Sweet disasters left uncourted
There’ve been so many times!
When I can’t keep my head in place
And I can’t keep my feet in gear
I can’t speak and I can’t hear
And I can’t wipe it off my face
I’m going deaf and dumb
Can’t talk to anyone
Should have stayed at home tonight
That’s right
And that’s alright

I can’t get up out of bed
Can’t keep these thoughts out of my head
And everyone has had it up to here with me
I can’t relate
Can’t keep it straight
I’ve got problems

Annie lost her job again
And Robert is taking all them pills
Sarah can’t stop talking
About all the folks she wants to kill
Susan wants to cut herself
And Paul is getting really high
Justin can’t get out of bed
We’re all just getting by
Stumbling and fumbling
And falling on your face
Life can be so humbling
You still feel out of place
You’re going deaf and dumb
You can’t talk to anyone
Should have stayed at home tonight
That’s right
And that’s alright

You can’t get up out of bed
Can’t keep these thoughts out of your head
And everyone has had it up to here with you
You can’t relate
Can’t keep it straight
You’ve got problems

I’ve got problems
And you’ve got problems
We’ve all got problems
Ain’t it great?
It’s alright now

I’ve got problems
You’ve got problems
We’ve all got problems
Yeah!
Track Name: Roots
Roots

The green leaves have all turned to red and brown
There’s a north wind blowing in to bring them all down
Into the river and away on down the stream
until the next spring brings back all the winter’s dreams

When a tall tree grows above my head and roots beneath my feet
I hope there’ll be no stone unturned to keep me from my sleep
When you have a moral and an ending of your own
I hope they’ll think to spread your ash upon my modest home

And this won’t kill us
It will just make us stronger
All the same
if I were to choose
I’d like to stay right here with you
to laugh and to love and to live just a little bit longer

When a tall tree grows above my head and roots beneath my feet
I hope there’ll be no stone unturned to keep me from my sleep
When you have a moral and an ending of your own
I hope they’ll think to spread your ash upon my modest home
For that tall tree’s leaves will one day fall and not again return
Dirt and rain and worms and wind will help a young seed learn
We’ll be dirt and we’ll be rain and worms and wind and sun
And we will live forever more as one
Forever more as one
Track Name: Untitled
Untitled

For what it’s worth I am not angry
only sagging-shouldered sad
that in the end you’ve made the world
More like you always said it was
Less like I hoped that it would be
I was wrong
You were right
We are not free
Haunted by time
Shackled by memory

Old histories are shadowed by the recently composed
You’ve handed down on yourself
a sentence much harsher than any court could ever have imposed
I was wrong
You were right
We are not free
Haunted by time
Shackled by history

And no I haven’t been there
I haven’t walked in your shoes
but were I to and when I do
I will refuse.
Track Name: Wildlife in America
Wildlife in America

Ant-like scratch the humming hive
Peek inside to see what’s alive
Creatures clack their hungry jaws
Embracing nature's laws
Subsist like grazing animals
The herd is thinned by canine culls
Pray for greener grass to gnaw
Fear the fickle claw

We're all clever animals
Sinewy machines
Bleeding breeding taking what we need

Kitten-like at the crack of dawn
All caught up in what's going on
Leap wide-eyed right over the edge
And bounce back up again
Swim like fish and fly like birds
Topple mountains and move rivers
Laughter is our state of grace
We’re never out of place

We're all clever animals
Rapturous machines
Find a place to lay your head
Build your tribe and break your bread
Don’t let up until you’re dead

We can be the least of beasts
Huge fleshy army ants
Mandibles in a bleak carnivorous trance
And we can be the kindest creatures
Thoughtful at the feast
We could be a different kind of beast

Animals

We’re all clever animals
Sinewy machines
Fill your belly and spread your seed
Let the crippled critters bleed
Taking what you think you need
We’re all clever animals
Rapturous machines
Laughing crying dying to be free
Animals
Track Name: The City in Strategic Retreat
The City in Strategic Retreat

Words fail unavailable
Ships sail away on the seas
Cold hearts unassailable
Bright eyes that cannot see

How can we live?

Dreams fade unattainable
You’re made into a new machine
Remains unintelligible
Embrace the shadow of a scheme

Times change unavoidable
Out of range into the deep
Feels strange way out in the cold again
Tired eyes can finally see

How can we live with ourselves?
How can we live

Words fail unavailable
Ships sail away on the seas
Cold hearts unassailable
Bright eyes that cannot see
Eyes that cannot see
Track Name: Steal the Key
Steal the Key

Lined up in rows and hung out to dry
Shattered and battered and taught how to die
Clip all your wings and wonder why you can't fly
So high
Brought down to earth and bored half to tears
Scattered and tattered and counting the years
To playtime and sunshine and all of those childish things
Goodbye

Shut it down
And get in line
No questions asked
No petty crimes
Shut it down
The door is closed
No one cares
And no one really knows

Pay no mind to what they say
It don't matter anyway
They won't be on board to see you through
You've just got to follow what's inside
And try to make the most of your precious time
Search and you might find
What really makes your trains and clocks all run on time

Shut it down
And get in line
No questions asked
No petty crimes
Shut it down
The door is closed
No one cares
And no one really knows

Open up
Fall out of line
Ask all the questions
Do all the crimes
Open up
And ask for more
Freedom is as close as the open door
Pick the lock
Steal the key
Track Name: Central Standard Time
Central Standard Time

Interstate 80 cutting through the weighty heart
of this heartless nation
Chain store signs and ancestral crimes
count down to the last gas station
Lines of corn and the native born turn to face the passing breeze
And there’s a race in the the rows until heaven knows
outrunning the fall’s first freeze

It’s a long lonely road back home

Spin that dial searching lurching all across the road
For that one song that’s just never on
How did the chorus go?
Something something should have something could have been, you know?
I only heard it once or twice a real long time ago

It’s a long lonely road back home
These feet have walked one hundred miles
One thousand miles to go
It’s a long lonely road back home

All the speed that we put on
won’t hide the tracks of where we’re coming from
And though the road is plainly marked
it’s no small thing to get back to the start
Central standard time
Across the yellow lines
Exits all lead to nowhere
Nowhere

Head is humming fingers drumming I’m lost in a fantasy
Gonna roar gonna groove gonna make my move
Right down into the shining sea
The light turns dim and a mist rolls in and the dead of night is near
And there’s a man over the line with a fading sign
that reads anywhere but here

It’s a long lonely road back home
These feet have walked one hundred miles
One thousand miles to go
It’s a long lonely road back home