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A New Kind of Army tracks

Lyrics

1. TEARING EVERYONE DOWN

I thought I'd begun, to see a change
But the more things change, the more they stay the same
Back stabbing and name calling, the trademarks of your act
You talk and talk of unity, but divide with your attacks

(You say)
I'd like to see a change
I'd like to see a change
I'd like to see a change, but I'm too busy...
Tearing everyone down
Tearing everyone down
Go!

All us kids, we try to make a change
Some kids start a band, others start a zine
YOU!!!, no matter what your path
You throw a curve in what could be achieved,
Then give up and move onto some other thing

(You say)
I'd like to see a change
I'd like to see a change
I'd like to see a change, but I'm too busy...
Tearing everyone down
Tearing everyone down

Take a break
from your fights,
try to open your mind tonight
When you feel
that's complete
then we can tackle this society!!!

You may not like
everything in life I do...
but that doesn't mean
I'm not trying to change
the same problems as you

(You say)
I'd like to see a change
I'd like to see a change
I'd like to see a change, but I'm too busy...
Tearing everyone down
Tearing everyone down
Tearing everyone down (down!) down! (down!) down! (down!)
Tearing everyone down (down!) down! (down!) down! (down!)
Tearing everyone down




2. CAPTAIN ANARCHY

A-N-A-R-C-H-Y!

He says that for the punk rock scene
He'd give his fucking life,
But he only ever paid to see a show once
maybe twice...

Instead he stands outside the halls
And pan handles for beer,
Then sneaks into the hall
To deface the bathroom mirror !

A-N-A-R-C-H-Y !
His name is captain anarchy,
But only in his mind...
A-N-A-R-C-H-Y !
So punk that he's a poser and he'll be one
till he dies !

You never saw an anarchist
With such perfect hair,
Or so many ten dollar spikes,
Or so much punk rock gear...

He said he used his welfare checks
To buy his boots and plaids...
In reality it was all paid for
By his mommy and his dad !

A-N-A-R-C-H-Y !
His name is captain anarchy,
But only in his mind...
A-N-A-R-C-H-Y !
He's anarchy incarnate but only in his (mind)...

You know he just can see,
OI! OI! OI! OI!
It's up to you and me...
OI! OI! OI! OI!
I don't want to be,
OI! OI! OI! OI!
Fighting, let's stride for...
Some unity!!!

...Let's go!!

A-N-A-R-C-H-Y !
His name is captain anarchy,
But only in his mind...
A-N-A-R-C-H-Y !
So punk that he's a poser and he'll be one
Till he dies !




3. A NEW KIND OF ARMY

LOOK BACK... on history, nothing much has changed
THOUSANDS... of soldiers of all countries, all marching the same
Every nation's leader says that our side is right
Every nation's leader says the time has come to fight
But they use the common people to settle their scores
It's time that we refuse to fight in any of their wars!

We're looking to start a new army, (that's) too smart to fight, too smart to die
We're looking to start a new army, (that's) too smart to fight, too smart to kill
For you
For you!

JOIN NOW... the ranks of all nations who refuse to go to war
REFUSE... to pull the trigger of a gun for leaders 'round the world
I'd rather fight to spread some tolerance & unity
Than buy into their nationalistic brainwashing
Killing mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, common human beings
Not savages but people, like you, like me!

We're looking to start a new army, (that's) too smart to fight, too smart to die
We're looking to start a new army, (that's) too smart to fight, too smart to kill

We're looking to start a new army, (that's) too smart to fight, too smart to die
We're looking to start a new army, (that's) too smart to fight, too smart to kill
For you!

We're looking for a few good men
We're looking for a few good womyn
Who are not afraid to fight against tyranny
But who refuse to fight....with tyranny...tyranny
(refuse!) [x16]

We're looking to start a new army, (that's) too smart to fight, too smart to die
We're looking to start a new army, (that's) too smart to fight, too smart to kill

We're looking to start a new army, (that's) too smart to fight, too smart to die
We're looking to start a new army, (that's) too smart to fight, too smart to kill
For you
For you!




4. THAT'S YOUTH

Go!

We were just hanging out on the corner, after skating for a few
We were just killing time looking for something new
Then some came 'long with a guitar, and we just started to play
And we sang Clash songs and the songs of our lives until late into the night

Thats youth!!!...Thats all!!!...Thats all!!!
Thats all!!!...Thats all!!!

Thats youth!!!... Thats all!!!...Thats all!!!
Thats all!!!...Thats all!!!

We'd only been friends for short time, but in just an hour or two
it was like we'd been friends our entire lives through
and i was so in love with you, but not sure if I should say it
And I thought: Yeah, I'm scared, and I don't know if I should, but I'll do it anyway!

Thats youth!!!...Thats all!!!...Thats all!!!
Thats all!!!...Thats all!!!

Thats youth!!!... Thats all!!!...Thats all!!!
Thats all!!!...Thats all!!!

When all you hear is that, you cant or give up or you're a fool
and you're so sick of all the in crowd and trying to be cool
And you still dont, still you dont. still you dont know what to do...
But in the end you do your own thing, and you tell'em to get screwed!!!

Thats youth!!!...Thats all!!!...Thats all!!!
Thats all!!!...Thats all!!!

Thats youth!!!... Thats all!!!...Thats all!!!
Thats all!!!...Thats all!!!




5. NO APOLOGY

slaughtered by the hands of a butcher
The hands of the butcher were the hands of a doctor and
And these are the golden days that you want to bring back?

Making it illegal won't make it go away
The rich will fly to far off lands, the poor will stay and pray
That their back alley abortion is clean and safe

You can't make it go away,
So why endanger womyn's lives?
Because the issue here for you isn't life...

It's control!
Control of what we do and say
But you'll never gain control-control-control

Is to value life, to move a factory to,
The place that you can most easily fuck those laboring for you?
That isn't what i call a high value on life

And yet that is the policy of those on the right
Who back the brainwashed jesus jumpers with the cash flow for the fight
But we won't let you control our lives

We're not gonna be,
Herded like your flock of sheep
I value life more than anything...

And your false morals,
Can't do a thing to brainwash me
I'll never be your's-your's-your's

And there's no justice in a system,
That's run by greedy old men,
Who want to control our lives

There's no justice in a system,
That's run by greedy old men,
Who want to control all our lives

You're not gonna control our lives anymore
(you're not gonna control our lives anymore)
[x3]

You're not gonna cont... You're not gonna cont... You're not gonna control!




6. GOT THE NUMBERS

You push and push a people, what are they to do?
Soon this corporate run government will be through
See, it doesn't represent the people anymore
Big business are the pimps and governments' their whores
We don't need more time to talk over a solution
We know what we need, we need a fucking revolution

We don't need your war machine, or your filthy blood stained dollars
We've got one thing you ain't got
We've got, we've got, we've got... got the numbers!

To you the masses are not even human beings
We're dogs that will be grateful for any scraps you leave
But even dogs will only put up with so much abuse
Keep stealing from us like you are we're gonna let loose
We don't need more time to talk over a solution
We know what we need, we need a fucking revolution

We don't need your war machine, or your filthy blood stained dollars
We've got one thing you don't have
We've got, we've got, we've got... got the numbers!
We've got...we have... we've got the numbers!

We don't need more time to talk over a solution
We know what we need, we need a fucking revolution!!!

We don't need your war machine, or your filthy blood stained dollars
We've got one thing you ain't got
We've got, we've got, we've got... got the numbers!




7. NO DIFFERENCE

As I look from this stage at the hundreds of kids in this room with me,
The truth is so plain and so obvious, I just can't help to see...

That all of us, we are one and the same,
Only different in our ages and our names !!!

How many times have you heard that you're a bore or you're no good ?
I know that all of us have been there, that's why we're all here joined as one !

We don't need that shit, this ain't no punk rock clique !
We're as one at the show, and one after the show.
We don't need that shit, this ain't no punk rock clique !
Acceptance at the show, and then after the show...

Society says that we're crazy, with utopian unreal goals...
But we're figthing for something we truly believe,
And all I can say his I'm glad we do,
We do...
And they can say what they want,
Because our hearts are TRUE !!!

What we've had through these years has been so unforgettable...
And what we've had through these years has been so unbelievable !
[2x]

We don't need that shit, this ain't no punk rock clique !
We're as one at the show, and one after the show.
We don't need that shit, this ain't no punk rock clique !
We're equal at the show, and then after the show...

It's what we want to do !!




8. I DON'T BELIEVE

I don't believe
I don't believe
I don't

I learned about america from my first day in school
Land of opportunity, land of the free
They told us we were blessed and fortunate
But they turned away my questions on homelessness

I don't believe (i don't believe)
I don't believe (i don't believe)
I don't believe (i don't believe)
I don't believe (i don't believe), i don't believe (i don't believe)

Born into a national identity
A citizenship that defines the word free
But if we're so fucking free
Why don't we even get a choice?
I never choose to be a citizen,
There was no choice given to make

I don't believe (i don't believe)
I don't believe (i don't believe)
I don't believe (i don't believe)
I don't believe (i don't believe), i don't believe

I don't believe in america
Or the american dream
I don't believe in nationalism
We're all the same

Until the rich old men who control the world
Find something they can't have
And they send us out there to kill each other,
Let the rich fight their wars themselves

I don't believe... I don't believe...
I don't believe... I don't believe...
I don't believe... I don't believe...
I don't believe... I don't believe...

I don't believe... I don't believe... (you've got nothing to gain, by fighting for them!)
I don't believe... I don't believe... (you've got nothing to gain, by fighting for them!)
You've got nothing to gain, by fighting for them!
You've got nothing to gain, by fighting for them!




9. RIGHT ON

[Pocatello, idaho:]
punk rock?!?!?!
Isn't that the type of music
Where kids cut each other with
Razor blades and knives?

[new york, ny:]
you guys were so awesome tonight.
Well actually, i'm so drunk
I can't remember your set,
But you're my favorite band...ha-ha

Right on, that's the phrase,
To the fucked up stupid things you say,
We say: right on! Right on! Right on! Right on...!

[newark, nj:]
you know, if you guys think america's so bad,
Why don't you move to russia?

[los angeles, ca:]
what do you mean you don't drink?
Drinking's my entire life.
You've gotta start drinking!

right on, that's the phrase,
To the fucked up stupid things you say,
We say: right on! Right on! Right on! Right on...!

[pittsburgh, pa:]
anti-flag?
That doesn't mean anti the american flag,
Does it...?

Right on!!!

Right on, that's the phrase,
To the fucked up stupid things you say,
We say: right on! Right on! Right on! Right on...!




10. WHAT YOU DON'T KNOW

It's gonna take some action and some reaction from... From me and you
'Cause you gotta stand up and you gotta make demands to... Obtain the truth
Time after time there are so many secret... Decisions made
Where we have no choice and no representation... And have to say

It's in front of your face
It's in front of your eyes
But you must open your eyes,
If you're to see the truth

It's in front of your face
But you must open your eyes,
If you're to see the truth
[x3]

They try to tell us as a free we... Run this country
But nobody wants to talk about the cia files... Files we can't see
national security concerns a whole country but... We have no say
Our security blamed for our restricted freedom a game... The government plays

It's in front of your face
It's in front of your eyes
But you must open your eyes,
If you're to see the truth

It's in front of your face
But you must open your eyes,
If you're to see the truth
[x3]

When there are secrets that we don't know
Then the ideal they pass as freedom in this country is a fake
When we are left with no right or no voice to choose
Then we're not living in a free and democratic state

It's in front of your face
It's in front of your eyes
But you must open your eyes,
If you're to see the truth

It's in front of your face
But you must open your eyes,
If you're to see the truth
[x3]

It's what you don't know (don't know, don't know)
It's what you don't know (don't know, don't know)
It's what you don't know (don't know, don't know)
It's what you don't know




11. OUTBREAKĀ”

The president got caught getting head
So soon some people will be dead
Iraqi bodies scattered around
By the cluster bombs that land
In their barracks and their homes

They get on t.v. And openly state
That saddam hussein should be removed from his place
If anybody said that about the u.s. President
The u.s. Military would rip them a new ass

So where is the real terrorist?
In the middle east or in the u.s.?
So who is the real terrorist?
Is it saddam hussein or your own president?




12. POLICE STORY

A black man driving down the street one day
Pulled over by racist boys in blue in Brentwood, Pa.
Theres no reason, they don't have any right
It's just that in their eyes he's not the correct shade of white....
Driving in a neighborhood that's reigned by whites
Ain't healthy for a black man trying to live a lengthy life
All those cops they walked off free, but him he's in a grave
His name is Johnny Gammage, one of thousands they have slain

We've got no rights.....
....When cops can kill
It's not right....
.....we live in fear

Patrol man cruising in his car at night
Just looking for some homies he can rough up in a fight
Pulled over 3 kids in a total rage
Next thing that you know there's bodies all over the place
His back up came & they're all acting tough
3 kids vs. 6 or 7 cops all armed with billy clubs
The cops they did it just cause those kids color and their age
They say that's not the truth, but this happens every fucking day!!!

We've got no rights....
....When cops can kill
It's not right.....
.....we live in fear

Fear of what you're gonna do, when a cops talking shit to you
Fear of what you're gonna say, when the cops come gunning your way
Fear of what you shouldn't do, when the cops try to provoke you
Fear that on any given day, the cops could take your life away......

They say they're here, to keep the peace........
What a bunch of fucking shit!!!

We've got no rights...
....when cops can kill
It's not right.....
....we live in fear

Take back your rights!!!




13. THE CONSUMER'S SONG

Don't trust them as far as you can throw them
Because as strong as you may be you won't be able to move them an inch
But you don't have to believe me go ahead and
Be the corporate stooge that they trained you to be and...
Then you'll see what you get for your loyalty!

They call it down sizing but that's just a backhanded saying
For the phrase: we're gonna screw you, until you're down on your knees...
And you better not try to complain 'cause there's another hundred stiffs like you,
All who'd plead...
i'd kiss your ass just for a chance to be a whore to your company!!!

You see it every day, everywhere, on the t.v. Screen
Each time a different face or family, but it's always the same
we worked here all our lives, gave them everything we had
And now they say they're gonna move the factory,
To a third world country where the labor is cheap.

But the fact my friend that you don't see
Is the money you spend on the goods they make
Supports their methods of abuse on the third world scene
And in your very own backyard, yes your country

So i won't be the consumer that they want me to be
Because the goods i own, aren't going to set me free
So i won't buy that crap, they want to sell me
Because the goods i own, won't set anyone free




14. THIS IS NOT A CRASS SONG

You're walking down the street in the middle of the day (day!)
The sun is shinning brightly everything is quite ok (Ok!)
But then you hear this song, it makes you stop and yell out, Hey!
You might think that it is... But this is not a crass song.

You might think that it is but I'm telling you it ain't!
Although I will admit, it sounds like something they might write
It's a happy little ditty makes you stop and move you're feet
You might think that this is... But this is not a crass song!

Masterpieces don't usually get written in a minute,
But this one took just seconds or even less time to pen it
But don't be too amazed, 'cause it's just got one verse and chantin'
You might think that this is... [British accent] ahh...right...it's not a crass song is it?

The guitar riff is real savage and it ain't on all that on time
The vocals are so cockney that they may just blow your mind
And it's got made up words like icklee, zicklee, vin, and plime
You might think that this is... No! No! This is not a crass song!

We like to play it in the morning like to play it in the night
Do yourself a favor matey, sing it instead of starting fights
After only just one verse i'm telling you you'll feel all right
You might think that this is... But this is not a crass song!

Play it when you're walking, walking down the street
Play it when you're riding on your bike or on your feet
Doesn't really matter 'cause it's really really neat
You might think that this is... Ahhh...
Sing it to your mommy, sing it to your dad
Sing it to your new girlfriend or the one you just had...

[British accent] Hello? Right, uh, well so right, uh..
Hello I'm from England right? Uh, I love the telly tubbies!.
Uh, Telly tubby's my favorite show! Hello? Anybody there? Right..