Standing Strong

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released August 15, 2005

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Track Name: Haymarket Riots
IT'S 8 O' CLOCK ON A VERY QUITE NIGHT AND THEY GATHERED ON RANDOLPH ST.
1886 A CHAPTER OF UNITY
THE DYING BRIDGE OF CAPITAL & LABOR
THE WORKERS ASSEMBLE A STRIKE! STRIKE! STRIKE!
THE CHICAGO RIOTS A WORKING CLASS STORY

chorus:
THEY REPRESENT THE COLORS OF THE BLACK AND RED
WAS THE BATTLE FOR THEIR LIBERTY
IT WAS THE HAYMARKET RIOTS WE FIGHT TO THE END
AND THE BEGINNING OF ALL EQUALITY

THE "Y" WAS THE SIGN FOR ALL ARMED MEN
AND RUNE FOR THE REVOLUTION
SO ANARCHIST ASSEMBLED A MASS CAMPAIGN
300 OR MORE CALL OUT TO REVENGE
TO ARMS ALL THE WORKING MEN
AND THE BOMB EXPLOSION THAT CHANGED OUR HISTORY

Chorus:

THEY CALLED IT A CRIME. WE CALLED IT AVENGE
THE TRIALS OF THE CENTURY
CHICAGOAN’S WILL RISE AND STRIKE FOR ALL THEIR MEN
THE STORY CONTINUES TO THE BITTER END
TO ALL OF THE WORKING CLASS
JUST REMEMBER THAT BOMB THAT CHANGE OUR HISTORY
Track Name: Standing Strong
THEY SAY I WILL FAIL THEY SAY THAT I WON'T ACHIEVE
THEY LASH OUT THE WORD AND ATTACK ON MY BELIEFS
NO NO NO I WON'T GO WAY
THIS GIVES ME A REASON WHY I WON'T GIVE IN
I'M BETTER PERSON AND I WON’T TURN AWAY
WATCH ME TAKE THEM DOWN AND BURN THEM AWAY
SEE! ME! STANDING RIGHT HERE
THERE IS NOTHING IN THIS WORLD
THAT WILL CHANGE MY BELIEFS
SEE ME STANDING HERE
I’M STANDING STRONG
SEE! ME! STANDING RIGHT HERE
THERE’S NOTHING YOU CAN SAY
THAT WILL CAHNGE MY WAYS
SEE ME STANDING HERE
I'M STANDING STRONG
YOU KNOW THAT STICKS AND STONES WILL BREAK MY BONES
MY PRIDE IS STRONGER THAN WHAT YOU CAN THROW
SO GO BACK TO YOUR CORNER DON’T SHOW YOUR FACE
IT’S JEALOSY WHEN YOU CALL MY NAME IN VAIN
I’M SICK AND TIRED OF YOUR COWARDLY GAMES
I’LL MAKE THEM WALLOW IN THEIR DISGRACE
YOU’RE NOT GOING TO BREAK US
YOU’RE NOT GOING TO FAKE US
YOU’RE NOT GOING TO TAKE US
Track Name: The Loss
TUESDAY MORNING ON THE BLUE LINE EXPRESS I SAW SOMETHING THAT GOT ME STRESSED
THE REALITIES OF MAN THE UGLINESS
AN ELDER WOMAN WHO FELL TO HER BACK WHAT GOT HER DOWN WAS A HEARTATTACK
AND NO ONE REALLY CARED NO SYMPATHY
SO WHAT DID THIS MEAN
THAT I LOST MY FAITH IN HUMANITY ONCE AGAIN

THE OTHER DAY I WAS WALKING DOWN THE STREET I SAW SOMETHING THAT FELL TO MY FEET
AN IMAGE OF A MAN AND I COULDN’T UNDERSTAND
A PICTURE OF AN OLD MAN COVERED IN PAIN DOWN ON HIS KNEES AND GRASPING FOR AIR
NO BODY WAS THERE NO BODY CARED
SO WHAT DID THIS MEAN
THAT I LOST MY FAITH IN HUMANITY ONCE AGAIN
Track Name: Rusted Nail
LET ME TELL YOU ABOUT THE GOOD OL' TIMES
WHEN THE WORKING TOWNS WERE THE BACKBONE OF LIFE
THE PRIDE! THE GLORY! THE WORKING CLASS!
PROSPEROUS TIMES DOWN MAINSTREET LANE
THEN IT TUMBLED DOWN WHEN THE FINAL PUNCH CAME!
THE END! LAID OFF! SHUT DOWN THE LINES!
ONCE THE STREETS WERE FILLED WITH VICTORY
NOW ARE TERMINATED BY THE ECONOMY
THE LOST! THE CURSED! THE LOWER CLASS!
chorus
JUST LIKE A RUSTED NAIL
FORGOTTEN AND THROWN AWAY EMPTINESS CONSUMES THE PLANT
NO WHISTLE WILL CRY TODAY
JUST LIKE A RUSTED NAIL
GETTING WEAKER EVERYDAY MORALITY AT AN ALL TIME LOW
IT'S ALL GONE AWAY
YEARS HAVE PAST AND THE FACTORY IS GONE
THE STREETS GO DIRTY AND THE CARS ARE ON THE LAWN
HARD LIFE! HARD TIMES! UNEMPLOYMENT LINE!
WHAT THE RICH DEEM IT AS RUNDOWN
TO THE REST OF THE WORLD WE CALL IT HOMETOWN!!
THE LAST! THE DOWN! BLUE COLLAR STRIFE!
chorus
THE LUSTER'S GONE NOTHING LEFT BUT BROKEN FAMILIES
THE DOCKS DON'T SHOW NO LIFE TODAY ALL TRADES END HERE
EMPTY SHELVES TELL US NOTHING LAST FOREVER
EMPTY BUILDINGS LEFT WITH BROKEN DREAMS
ALL DREAMS END HERE
chorus
JUST LIKE A RUSTED NAIL
FORGOTTEN AND THROWN AWAY
EMPTINESS CONSUMES THE PLANT
NO WHISTLE WILL CRY TODAY
JUST LIKE A RUSTED NAIL
GETTING WEAKER EVERYDAY
MORALITY AT AN ALL TIME LOW
IT ALL GONE AWAY
JUST LIKE A RUSTED NAIL
FORGOTTEN AND THROWN AWAY
JUST LIKE A RUSTED NAIL
GETTING WEAKER EVERYDAY
JUST LIKE A RUSTED NAIL
FORGOTTEN AND THROWN AWAY
THE WHISTLE WON'T CRY THIS TIME
AT 5 O' CLOCK TODAY
Track Name: B.C.Boys
PRIDE COMES OUT IN MANY WAYS
BUT THEY DON’T LET IT FADE THEM ON THE HARDEST DAYS
HOOLIGANS! SOME WILL SAY
IT DOESN’T MATTER TO THEM ANYWAYS
ALL THE TROUBLES AND ALL THE CRIMES
LABORING LIVES IS HOW THEY SPEND THEIR TIME
HERE THEY GO HERE TO STAY
SINGING OUT SONGS OF THE BRETHERN

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THEY YELL! THEY SHOUT!
THEY’LL TAKE ON THE WORLD
AND PISS THE NIGHT AWAY
YEAH BLUE COLLAR ALL THE WAY
STAND TALL! CRY OUT!
THEY’LL TAKE ON THE WORLD
AND PUKE THE NIGHT AWAY
YEAH UNITED ALL THE WAY

WILD AND CRAZY BLUE COLLAR CREW
HAVE A COUPLE BEERS WHEN THE DAY IS THROUGH
WE STRUGGLE WITH THE WORLD YES CONSTANTLY
TOIL TO SURVIVE YES ENDLESSLY
PUT IN THE TIME AND PAY THE RENT
LIVING IT NOW CAUSE RETIREMENT IS THE END
SO HERE WE GO HERE TO STAY
SINGING THIS SONG FOR OUR CLOSEST FRIENDS
Track Name: Nothing to Say
I HAVE NOTHING TO SAY
MY PAGE IS EMPTY THAT'S WHERE I'LL STAY
I'VE SAID ALL I CAN
NO ONE WILL LISTEN NO ONE WILL UNDERSTAND
WORDS AND MEANINGS ARE PISSED AWAY
THAT'S WHY I HAVE NOTHING TO SAY

chorus
I'VE GOT NOTHING TO SAY
TO SAY TO YOU

ALL OF THIS HAS BEEN SAID BEFORE
BE KIND TO OTHERS AND YOU WILL BE ADORED
GREED AND MONEY ARE THE RULERS OF THE LAND
THE TREES ARE BURNING THE WAIST IS IN OUR HANDS
RHYMES AND REASONS ARE PISSED AWAY
THAT'S WHY I HAVE NOTHING TO SAY

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THERE'S A BLANK PIECE OF PAPER
STARRING RIGHT BACK AT ME
MY BRAIN IS OVERLOADED
AND THE PRESSURE IS GETTING TO ME
I WISH I CAN FIND A REASON TO EXPRESS
OF HOW OUR SOCIETY IS IGNORING THEIR MESS
Track Name: Porcelain
I PICKED UP A BOTTLE AND MADE IT MY FRIEND
AND IT'S YELLING OUT AT ME
I'M A VIRGIN TO THIS WINE FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME
AND IT'S TAKING OVER ME
I DRINK N' CHUG AND TAKE THE PLUNGE AND LET MY FREEDOM SWAY
MESMERIZED BY IT'S POWERS I'M DRINKING WITH MY FRIENDS DON'T KNOW WHATS OUT FOR ME
chorus
SO I PREY TO THE PORCELAIN AND DRIED UP HEAVES AND BOW TO THE POWERS BE AS I SPIN AROUND N ROUND
THE VOICES INSIDE MY HEAD
ARE TELLING ME TO DO IT AGAIN
AS I SPIN AROUND N ROUND SO HERE I DRINK AGAIN!
DRINK AGAIN AND SEVENTEEN YEARS HAVE PAST
I'VE REACHED MATURITY I HAVE TO DEAL WITH THIS
STRESS OF EVERY DAY LIFE AND HAVE TAKEN OVER ME
I WORK ALL DAY AND SLEEP ALL NIGHT
AND WAIT FOR THE WEEKEND SPREE MESMERIZED BY IT'S POWERS AND HERE WE GO AGAIN GOING DOWN TO THE PUB AGAIN
chorus
GLUED TO THE GROUND WITH ON MY FACE
I'M HAVING SO FUN LIKE YESTERDAY
Track Name: Ode To Thee
DRINK UP MY FRIENDS THIS ONE IS FOR YOU
THE DAY IS THROUGH SO REJOICE WITH A BREW
THROUGH THE GOOD TIMES AND BAD TIMES
WE’LL STICK TO THE END
WITH A BROTHERHOOD THAT’LL NEVER DIVIDE
SO WE’LL RAISE OUR GLASSES AND CHEER THE NIGHT AWAY
TO A PARTY THAT WILL NEVER DIE

OLE! OLE! TO THE BLUE COLLAR CREW
THIS IS A WORKING CLASS CRY
AND WE HUSTLE AND TOIL BURN THE MIDNIGHT OIL
CHASE OUR SORROWS WITH RYE

HARDSHIP AND TURMOIL WILL ALWAYS ARISE
BUT IF YOU STAND WITH YOUR BROTHERS
THEY WILL GET YOU BY
SO COME ON MY PATRONS WITH BEER AND TRUE FRIENDS AND TOGETHER WE WILL SEIZE THE NIGHT
LET’S DRINK TO GOOD FORTUNE AND PUKE THE NIGHT AWAY
WE’LL GIVE EVERY STRUGGLE A GOOD FIGHT