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PUNK ROCK SONGS (THE EPIC YEARS) / PUNK ROCKOWE PIOSENKI (EPICKIE LATA) (2002)

1. Punk Rock Song
2. The Gray Race
3. The Streets Of America
4. A Walk
5. Ten in 2010
6. New America
7. I Love My Computer
8. It's A Long Way To The Promise Land
9. Hear It
10. Raise Your Voice (z Campino)
11. No Substance
12. Infected
13. 21st Century Digital Boy
14. Stranger Than Fiction
15. Dream Of Unity
16. Punk Rock Song (niemiecka wersja jezykowa)
17. Leave Mine To Me (live)
18. Change Of Ideas (live)
19. Slumber (live)
20. Cease (live)
21. We're Only Gonna Die (live z Biohazard)
22. Henchman (live)
23. The Answer (live)
24. The Universal Cynic (Ithaca session)
25. The Dodo (Ithaca session)



1. Punk Rock Song

have you been to the desert?
have you walked with the dead?
there's a hundred thousand children being killed for their bread
and the figures don't lie they speak of human disease
but we do what we want and we think what we please

have you lived the experience?
have you witnessed the plague?
people making babies sometimes just to escape
in this land of competition the compassion is gone
yet we ignore the needy and we keep pushing on
we keep pushing on

this is just a punk rock song
written for the people who can see something's wrong
like ants in a colony we do our share
but there's so many other fuckin' insects out there
and this is just a punk rock song

have you visited the quagmire?
have you swam in the shit?
the party conventions and the real politic
the faces always different, the rhetoric the same
but we swallow it, and we see nothing change
nothing has changed...

this is just a punk rock song
written for the people who can see something's wrong
like workers in a company we do our share
but there's so many other fuckin' robots out there
and this is just a punk rock song

10 million dollars on a losing campaign
20 million starving and writhing in pain
big strong people unwilling to give
small in vision and perspective
one in five kids below the poverty line
one population runnin' out of time


2. The Gray Race     [info]

the framework of the world
is black and white
the infrastructure builders
flex their might
turning true emotion
into digital expression
one by one we all fall down

the gray race shrivels
trapped inside the world it creates
it's black and white

the perputual destructive
motion machine
began to chart a course
never before seen
turning raw compassion
into fields of plus and minus
one by one we all give in

I'd swear there were times when I was someone else
a person with determination and knowledge of the self
but you flattened me to rubble and now I can see
that I'm just faded negative of the image I used to be
and that's our dilemma!


3. The Streets of America     [info]

desolate and without purpose
radiating from so many septic sources
forming the fabric of a wayward people
disappearing as the vestiges of our past
scratched like tartan into virgin soil
a substrate for progress and disarray
a spreading network of broken dreams
searching for a thoroughfare to take us away

just a little tale from the streets of America
sparkled promises paved with pathos and hysteria
trenchant, weary native sons
step back and see the damage done
meander to the horizon
the streets of America

black, tarred concrete, pine for me
lying domant for you and your country
hardened surface cracked within
catch the sweat from off the chin
of men and women, senior and child
who look to you and your sterile miles
and in their stares is bald dismay
for what you promised led them astray

hard-cracked, daunting, lifeless veins
false hope corridors to greener pastures is all that remains

say a little prayer from the streets of America
sparkled promises paved with pathos and hysteria
trenchant, weary native sons
step back and see the damage done
shoot straight to the horizon
the streets of America


4. A Walk     [info]

I'm going for a walk
not the after dinner kind
I'm gonna use my hands
and I'm gonna use my mind

and who the hell are you to tell me what to do?
you can't even tie your own haggard shoes
your closet is a mess, and your backyard's falling down
and I have no grand ideas or intentions of sticking around

and I'm gonna build a world
independant and exempt
all alone I'll be an empire
with no mortgage and no rent

and I don't need to live in your stinking zoo
you can't even feed the animals donated to you
your storage sheds are ramshackled, flies decorate the walls
and you expect me to die here in this shit-filled tiny stall?
I'm going for a walk

and I know you're watching everything I do
call me threat to your children call me socially unglued
call me master of insanity, unable to relate
call me lazy, bane, and filthy
call me monstrous reprobate

I'm going for a walk
and there's nothing you can do
'cuz I don't have to live like you
I'm going for a walk


5. Ten in 2010
    [info]
parched, cracked mouths, empty swollen guts
sun-baked pavement encroaches on us
haves and have-nots together at last
brutally engaged in mortal combat
10 in 2010

what kind of God orchestrates such a thing?
10 in 2010
ten billion people all suffering
10 in 2010
truth is not an issue just hungry mouths to feed
10 in 2010
forget what you want, scrounge the things you need
10 in 2010

happy and content it can't happen to you
10 in 2010
fifteen years we'll think of a solution
10 in 2010
it won't just appear in one day
10 in 2010
for ten in twenty-ten we're well on our way
10 in 2010

like piercing ear darts, I heard the news today
10 billion people...coming your way
10 in 2010


6. New America

Do you know the cost of future misery?
Have you lost your sense of sustainability?
We are just a step away
From realizing what we strive to be
But we've got to break out
From this insulated, blind and lame senility

Wake up the new America wo-oh!
Transcend the mass hysteria wo-oh!
Change is the thing you're wary of wo-oh!
We need a new America wo-oh!

Laurels, human triumph
Bestowments from the past
Victories don't mean a thing
If they don't last
We are just marching toward extinction
With blinders on our eyes
Jeopardizing everything
We've learned and come to realize
You call that wise?

Open your eyes America wo-oh!
See through the lies they tell to us wo-oh!
Confront the fears that worry us wo-oh!
We need a new America wo-oh!

We don't have to be afraid to re-invent
We've got to start to build
Progress and implement
For when we take our fill
And never pay the price
We only build ourselves
A fleeting, false paradise

You can live in staunch denial
And mark me as your enemy
But I'm just a voice among the throng
Who want a brighter destiny
They say with me

We are the new America wo-oh!
This is the new America? Wo-oh


7. I Love My Computer     [info]

I love my computer
You make me feel alright
Every waking hour
and every lonely night
I love my computer
for all you give to me:
predictable errors and no identity
And it's never been quite so easy
I've never been quite so happy

All I need to do is click on you
and we'll be joined
in the most soul-less way
And we'll never ruin each other's day
'cuz when I'm through I just click
and you just go away

I love my computer
you're always in the mood
I get so turned on
when I turn on you
I love my computer
you never ask for more
You can be a princess
or you can be my whore
And it's never been quite so easy
I've never been quite so happy

The world outside is so big
but it's safe in my domain
Because to you
I'm just a number
and a clever screen name

All I need to do is click on you
and we'll be together for eternity
And no one is ever gonna take my love
from me because I've got security
her password and a key


8. It's A Long Way To The Promise Land
    [info]
It's a long way to the promise land
So you'd better well know your way
There's a ship on the ocean and an albatross
Who is trying to lead you astray
Leaders, politicians, and power whores
Are in line to receive your choice
And you bet your ass, if you give it to them
They will gladly take your voice

And it's a long way to the promise land
Wo-oh oh oh oh oh

It's a long way to the promise land
If we work we might find it here
There's no substitute for enlightenment
There's no reason for bridled fear
When you join the people who've joined the club
You gotta clench and play your hand
'Cuz if you fall in line you're gonna fall in time
And you'll never make a stand

What are you going to do?
When they call for you?
Bend and capitulate?
Or keep your head on straight?

Easy answers bought without experience
Is gonna lead you to certain doom
Because the truth is just what you make of it
It begins and ends with you!


9. Hear It

like a morning crow and his unwelcome song
or a worn-out broken record that keeps skipping along
mountains of instructions you keep piling on me
resound like a cacophonous symphony
but I don't wanna hear it anymore
no, I don't wanna hear it anymore
let's go!

priests and politicians pretend they're your friend
and police speak to you like you're children again
blanket statements cover you like a rug
and they tell me maybe I'm acting a little too smug
but I don't wanna hear it anymore
no, I don't wanna hear it anymore
no more!

every day we hear the secrets of life
reduced to cheap jokes, poetry, and friendly advice
they'd rather see us all pusillanimous
absorbent in their chorus of correctness
but I don't wanna hear it anymore
no, I don't wanna hear it anymore
I said, I don't wanna hear it anymore
no, I don't wanna hear it anymore


10. Raise Your Voice     [info]

fa fa fafa fa fa fafa raise your voice!
don't be played like someone else's board game
don't be classed out like some desperate redoubt
don't be misled you've got a lot on your head
and nobody's gonna pay attention when you are dead

so...
fa fa fafa fa fa fafa raise your voice!

it's the primary rule, you gotta wanna be fooled
it's our daunted restraint that keeps us silent in shame
it's our nature to be adversarial and free
our evolution didn't hinge on passivity

so...
fa fa fafa fa fa fafa raise your voice!


11. No Substance

history doesn't make something right
consensus is not a fact-based exercise
you're tied and bound to this self-indulgent enterprise
we call America
a brush with a star, a token of love
a name in the sand, enough is enough
a diet of air, a face on the net
a fish in your palm, your television set

once you convince yourself
the Universe falls into place
you've got your ideas
and your posse of friends
you all make up rules
and the fun never ends

but still there's a problem, leaves you gasping for air
you look for some meaning, blank smiles are all that's there
and still water stales a soft summer breeze
you cling to your hopes while you drop to your knees
there's no substance!


12. Infected     [info]

now here I go
hope I don't break down
I won't take anything, I don't need anything
don't want to exist, I can't persist
please stop before I do it again
just talk about nothing, let's talk about nothing
let's talk about no one, please talk about no one, someone, anyone

you and me have a disease
you affect me, you infect me
I'm afflicted, you're addicted
you and me, you and me

I'm on the edge
get against the wall
I'm so distracted
I love to strike you
here's my confession
you learned your lesson
stop me before I do it again
just talk about nothing, let's talk about nothing
let's talk about no one, please talk about no one, someone, anyone

you're clear - as a heavy lead curtain want to drill you - like an ocean
we can work it out, I've been running out, now I'm running out
don't be mad about it baby

you and me, you and me
I want to tie you, crucify you
kneel before you, revile your body
you and me, we're made in heaven
I want to take you, I want to break you
supplicate you, are incurable
I want to bathe you in holy water I want to kill you
upon the altar, you and me, you and me


13. 21st Century (Digital Boy)
    [info]
I can't believe it
the way you look sometimes
like a trampled flag on a city street
oh yeah
and I don't want it
the things you're offering me
symbolized bar code quick id
oh yeah

'cause I'm a 21st century digital boy
I don't know how to live
but I've got a lot of toys
my daddy is lazy middle class intellectual
my mammy's on valium
she's so ineffectual
ain't life a mystery?

I can't explain it
the things they're saying to me
going yayayayayayayaa
oh yeah

'cause I'm a 21st century digital boy
I don't know how to read
but I've got a lot of toys
my daddy is lazy middle class intellectual
my mammy's on valium
she's so ineffectual
ain't life a mystery?

I tried to tell you about no control
but now I really don't know
and then you told me how bad you had to suffer
is that really all you have to offer?

(Cat's foot, iron claw
Neurosurgeons (neurofuckingsurgeons)
scream for more
Innocents raped with napalm fire
Everything I want, I really need
21st century schizoid boy
21st century sofa boy
21st century digital boy
21st century video boy)


14. Stranger Than Fiction
    [info]
a febrile shocking violent smack
and the children are hoping for a heart attack
tonight the windows are watching
the streets all conspire
and the lamppost can't stop crying
if I could fly high above the world
would I see a bunch of living dots spell the world stupidity?
or would I see hungry lover homicides
loving brother suicides
and olly olly oxenfrees
who pickaside and hide

the world is scratching at my door
my morning papers got the scores
the human interest stories, and the obituary

cockroach naps and rattling traps
how many devils can you fit upon a match head?
caringosity killed the Kerouac cat
sometimes truth is stranger than fiction

in my alley around the corner
there's a wino with feathered shoulders
and a spirit giving head for crack and he'll never want it back
there's a little kid and his family eating crackers like thanksgiving
and a pack of wild desperados scornful of living

cradle for a cat, Wolfe looks back
how many angels can you fit upon a match?
I want to know why Hemingway cracked
sometimes truth is stranger than fiction

life is the crummiest book I ever read
there isn't a hook, just a lot of cheap shots
pictures to shock and characters an amateur would never dream up


15. Dream of Unity

I had a dream of unity
where we would walk side by side
but today I see that it's only me
just tryin' to get by

sometimes we strive undeterred
to walk as one toward our goals
but as people stray toward more selfish ways
we see we have no control

I had a dream of unity
where we would walk side by side
but today I see that it's only me
just tryin' to get by
just tryin' to get by


16. Punk Rock Song (niemieckojęzyczna wersja)

warst du schon mal in der wuste? schon mal den tod gesehen?
hunderttausend kinder sterben fur brot
und die zahlen lugen nicht, es ist die krankheit der menschen
doch wir tun was wir wollen, wir denken wie es uns gefallt

hast du die erfahrung gemacht? hast du die plage gesehen?
leute machen kinder, einfacht nur, um zu fiehen
im land des wettbewerbs ist kein mitleid mehr da
und wir vergessen die armen, wir machen weiter und weiter
weiter und weiter

das ist nur ein punk rock song
fur die, die sehen, daB es so nicht weitergeht
wie ameisen im haufen sind wir programmiert
aber es gibt immer mehr von dieser verfickten art
aber das ist nur ein punk rock song

hast du schon mal nicht weitergewuBt? schon mal in der scheibe
gesteckt?
die parteitagungen und die realpolitik, die gesichter wechseln, das
gelaber bleibt
alles wird geschluckt, und so wird sich nichts andern

das ist nur ein punk rock song
fur die, die sehen, daB es so nicht weitergeht
wie flieBbandarbeiter tun wir unsere pflicht
und es gibt noch mehr von diesen stumpfsinnigen idioten
das ist nur ein punk rock song

10 million dollars on a losing campaign
20 million starving and writhing in pain
big strong people unwilling to give
small in vision and perspective

eins von funnf kindem lebt in armut
der menschheit lauft die zeit davon

das ist nur ein punk rock song
fur die, die sehen, daB es so nicht weitergeht
wie ameisen im haufen sind wir programmiert
aber es gibt immer mehr von dieser verfickten art
aber das ist nur ein punk rock song

figures don't lie they speak of human disease
but we do what we want and we think what we please
one in five kids below the poverty line
one population running out of time

das ist nur ein punk rock song
das ist nur ein punk rock song
das ist nur ein punk rock song


17. Leave Mine To Me

there are desperate times upon us
there are codes of white and black
political resentment and people start to crack
there's hate and opposition
there's fumbling dialog
yet you sit there and judge me
and you think it makes a difference

if you think I'm all alone you are foolishly wrong
there's an entire army who blindly follow along
and you happen to be one of them believe it or not
even though you try not to be we are of the same plague

the other ways we're taught to fear
don't even scratch the surface of the problem here
but I'm not blind, and I'm not scared
so many crucial factors exist out there
and we're but one, and they're bout two
and how we come to terms will help us pull through

things cannot change too fast
it took us this much time
to reach our current platform and walk this fragile line
if I thought I'd make a difference I'd kill myself today
but so many are like me lost in the fray

you create your own reality
and leave mine to me


18. Change Of Ideas     [info]

well the sheaves have all been brought
but the fields have washed away
and the palaces now stand
where the coffins all were laid
and the times we see ahead
we must glaze with rosy hues
for we don't wish to admit
what it is we have to lose

millennia in coming
the modern age is here
it sanctifies the future
yet renders us with fear

so many theories, so many prophecies
what we do need is a change of ideas
when we are scared
we can hide in our reveries
but what we need is a change of ideas
change of ideas, change of ideas
what we need now is a change of ideas


19. Slumber
    [info]
so, you're feeling unimportant
'cuz you've got nothing to say
and your life is just a ramble
no one understands you anyway
well, I've got a piece of news, son
that might make you change your mind
your life is historically meaningful
and spans a significant time

slumber will come soon
and you are helping put it to sleep
side by side we do our share faithfully
assuring that slumber will come soon

well, now do you feel a little better?
lift up your head and walk away
knowing we're all in this together
for such a short time anyway
there is just no time to parade around sulking
I would rather laugh than cry
the rich, the poor, the strong, the weak
we share this place together
and we pitch in to help it die

I'm not too good at giving morals
and I don't fear the consequence
if life makes you scared and bitter
at least its not for very long


20. Cease

blacktop pavement cover me
like a chemical reaction or a steam roller
spreading randomly
there's a distant and a low frequency
it tickles my ear, it rumbles under my feet
and it shakes the leaves off of every tree
violently
what pretension! Everlasting peace
everything must cease

institution on the Hill
like a beacon in the mind of an ancestor
to ignite a people's will
there's a shadowed stain on the west facade
it has spread like decay to enshroud the fraud
and the descendants find oh so odd
oh so odd
what pretension! Everlasting peace
everything must cease

grave memorial hewn white stone
like the comforting caress of a mother
or a friend you've always known
it evokes such pain and significance
what was once is reduced to remembrance
and the generations pass without recompense
what pretension! Everlasting peace
everything must cease


21. We're Only Gonna Die
    [info]
early man walked away as modern man took control
their minds weren't all the same, to conquer was his big goal
so he built his great empire and slaughtered his own kind
then he died a confused man, killed himself with his own mind
go!

we're only gonna die from our own arrogance


22. Henchman

stranded
in a life in which your struggle for acceptance
is a never-ending chore
upbraided
for your actions past and present and rewarded for ideas
of the future's bright open door

the henchman
is the human analogue of the suffering multitudes
who like good dogs sit and lick for their reward
so what good advice have I got for you
to insure against your likely metamorphosis into this reprobate?

don't be a henchman!
stand on your laurels
do what no one else does
praise the good of other men for good man's sake
and when everyone else in the world follows your lead
although a cold day in hell it will surely be
that's when the entire world shall live in harmony


23. The Answer     [info]

long ago in a dusty village
full of hunger, pain and strife
a man came forth with a vision of truth
and the way to a better life
he was convinced he had the answer
and he compelled people to follow along
but the hunger never vanished
and the man was banished
and the village dried up and died

at a time when wise men peered
through brass tubes toward the sky
the heavens changed in predictable ways
and one man was able to find
that he had thought he found the answer
and he was quick to write his revelation
but as they were scrutinized
in his colleagues eyes
he soon became a mockery

don't tell me about the answer
'cause then another one will come along soon
I don't believe you have the answer
I've got ideas too
but if you've got enough naivite
and you've got conviction
then the answer is perfect for you

an urban sprawl sits choking on its discharge
overwhelmed by industry
searching for a modern day
saviour from another place
inclined toward charity
everyone's begging for an answer
without regard validity
the searching never ends
it goes on and on and on for eternity


24. The Universal Cynic     [info]

Catch a shooting star and put it in your pocket
Then your skin will start on fire
One bird in the hand, or two birds in the bush
Neither do you any good, when you're stuck in the quagmire
Show everyone you're not sure that they're telling he truth
Then you can be known as the universal cynic too

Benefit your fellow man with good deeds for the day
And you'll serve your life away
Pennies saved today are pennies still tomorrow
Strewn upon the desk, piled up in the paper weight
Show everyone you're not sure that they're telling the truth
Then you can be known as the universal cynic too

Wipe your opaque eyes and restore your crystal vision
Turn another cheek and exalt in your decision
A bit of exercise for the universal cynic in you

Early to bed, and early to rise
Precludes you from seeing the most brilliant starry nights
Sticks and stones can break bones, words can't really hurt
Unless you carry guns, and are hungry for a fight

Challenging the standards, or questioning the established rules
Trying to understand how they can benefit you
Showing everyone you're not sure that they're telling the truth
Just a bit of exercise for the universal cynic in you


25. The Dodo     [info]

I see a white haired man, he's got a suit on hand
He's telling people how they're supposed to live
Nobody's listening to the politician
No matter what sage advice he has to give

He's got a clumsy, outdated m.o.
And he's come to a fork in the road
And there is only one direction to go

Among the commuters, dwarfed by the skyscrapers
I watch the countless millions fighting for space
See hateful, petty acts, disjointed images
And can't believe that I'm one of the same race

We're all just struggling to cope
And we come to a fork in the road
As we watch our foundations erode
There's only one direction to go

It's the way of the dodo
Such a noble destiny
It's the waltz of desperation
Passed along to you and me
The way of the dodo
It's the gray stuff in your head
It's the pulse of the living
and the voices of the dead