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The New America

You've Got A Chance
It's A Long Way To The Promised Land
A World Without Melody
New America
1000 Memories
A Streetkid Named Desire
Whisper In Time
Belive It
I Love My Computer
The Hopless Housewife
There Will Be A Way
Let It Burn
Don't Sell Me Short

You've Got A Chance

A rhapsody
Contestants in disguise, a nation of desire
But who will win the prize?
The people stand united
Reluctantly aligned
Copying and lying are the favorite pastime

You've got a chance to confront the world today
Desperate romance is the curse of castaways
What good is skill if you don't make it to the dance?
Despite circumstance
You've got a chance (x2)

Common life depicted on afternoon TV
It's spiked to give the miserable
A vogue identity
Hate your neighbors, cheat your friends, they don't discriminate
Popularity and fame don't care if you're a reprobate

You've got a chance to confront the world today
Desperate romance is the curse of castaways
What good is skill if you don't make it to the dance?
Despite circumstance
You've got a chance

I'm tired of all this Shakespearean misinformation
I wanna win the game

Oh yeah

You've got the right intentions but who's got time to think?
You've got a noon appointment
You've got to hit the links
You're talking in the stratosphere, you're curled up on the floor
With such a wealth of information why are you so poor?

You've got a chance to be relevant today
Desperate romance is the curse of castaways
What good is skill if you don't make it to the dance?
Despite circumstance
You've got a chance, you've got a chance to confront the world today
You've got a chance, now it seems so far away
Don't you believe what the wise men have to say?
Despite circumstance
You've got a chance, you've got a chance
You've got a chance, you've got a chance, you've got a chance, you've got a chance
Ohoh
Sing it
Ohohohohoh (x2)
Ohohohohohohoh
Ohohohohoh
Ohohohohohoh
Ohohohohohohoh
Ohohohoh (x2)
Ohohohohohoh
You've got a chance
You've got a chance, you've got a chance, you've got a chance, you've got a chance
Ohoh
On more time
Ohohohohohohohoh

It's A Long Way To The Promised Land

It's a long way to the promised 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
You bet your ass, if you give it to them they will gladly take your voice
And it's a long way to the promised land, ohohohohoh
(Ohoh) (x2)
It's a long way to the promised land, ohohohohoh
(Ohoh) (x2)

It's a long way to the promised 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
Cause if you fall in line you're gonna fall in time and you'll never make a stand
And it's a long way to the promised land, ohohohohoh
(Ohoh) (x2)
It's a long way to the promised land, ohohohohoh
(Ohoh) (x2)

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, gonna lead you to certain doom
Because the truth is just what you make of it, it begins and ends with you
(x2) It's a long way to the promised land, ohohohohoh
(Ohoh)
(Ohoh) (x2)
When you join the people who've joined the club you gotta clench and play your hand
(It's a long way to the promised land, ohohohohoh, it's a long way to the promised land)
(Ohoh) (x2)
Because the June is just right to make a stand
(It's a long way to the promised land, ohohohohoh)
(Ohoh) (x2)
It's a long way, get in line

 

A World Without Melody

I don't wanna live in a world without melody
Sometimes the rhythmic din of society's too much for me
But purpose is prioritized
These days the goal is win the prize
There's a sleeping resonance we hold through which we're unified so let it out
Don't just get lost in the crowd
No one can deter you from your own path
There's no trip too remote from which you can't come back
And I've got this hunch about you and me
None of us are ready for a world without melody

Melody's the key, it's the surest
(Melody, melody)
Way
To unlock your individuality
(Melody, melody)
Melody's the key
It'll set you free

Don't disrelish harmony, community will make you whole
Work and understanding are the chords way deep within your soul
They only need to be struck once
And the vibrations swell and spread but if we mute them they decay
Our sensibilities are dead so let it out
Don't just be one of the crowd
Hesitance and diffidence will do you in
And your soul doesn't care for social medicine
And I've got this hunch about you and me
None of us are ready for a world without melody

Melody's the key, it's the surest
(Melody, melody)
Way
To unlock your individuality
(Melody, melody)
Melody's the key
And it'll set you free
(Melody, melody)
And I know together
We could change the world
Just you and me
But I won't live without melody

New America

Give it

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, ohoh
Ohoh, transcend the mass hysteria, ohoh
Ohoh, change is the thing you're wary of, ohoh
Ohohoh, we need a new America, ohoh
Ohoh

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, ohoh
Ohoh, see through the lies they tell to us, ohoh
Ohoh, confront the fears that worry us, ohoh
Ohohoh, we need a new America, ohoh
Ohoh

Yeah, we don't have to be
Afraid to reinvent
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

Yeah, 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, ohoh
Ohoh, this is the new America, ohoh
Ohohoh, we are the new America, ohoh
Ohoh, this is the new America, ohoh
Ohoh, let's go

1000 Memories

You were the one
You were my everything
Never apart
No one in between
Then one day
When you went your own way you felt justified
And I was mortified
But today

You are just a picture, ohoh (x2)
And a thousand memories
Is all I take with me
Cause your smile is just too much
To see
You're just
A thousand memories

Fantasies
Broken dreams
Reveries
Sordid histories
Following my heart
Laden with reaction without calibration or design
Committed to a trial
Life of understanding, can't somebody show a sign
To you?
For me
To see
If you
Only knew

That you were the one
You were my everything
Never apart
No one in between
Then one day
When you went your own way you felt justified
And I was mortified
But today

You are just a picture, ohoh (x2)
And a thousand memories
Is all I take with me
Cause a picture is worth one thousand
Memories

A Streetkid Named Desire

Well, it was punk-fifteen in the morning
And it was time to stand my ground
And as the gawks and stares bombarded me
You know I didn't even hear a sound
No one gave a damn
If I was there or away
If I died and went to hell they'd throw a party on my grave and they'd all say
"This kid is just a fool
He'll never be cool
They might as well just ship him off to some other school"
Plain destitute
Just a little too guilty
Just a little too soon but that day
Was just like any other day
No work
And no pay, I knew that paradise
Was some other place and I'd get there
Another day I will find it
Before I expire cause I've got
The desire

Well, it was punk-fifteen in the evening
And it was time to set the town on fire
I saw my boots and my hair as reflected in the mirror reveal a streetkid
Named desire
I didn't give a damn
Cause I was just dying to be
And as the Hollywood street scene left its mark on me I changed from a boy
Into a man, I said "never again"
I stuck out my chin when I should have ran
Shit in the fan
I was driven so hard
By the sound of my heart but that day
Was just like any other day
No work
And no pay, I knew that paradise
Was some other place and I'd get there
Another day I will find it
Before I expire cause I've got
The desire

When the walls surround in deeper shades of blue and there's no voice of reason
Inside you and you search for meaning on an empty shelf
Then you're always dreaming of somewhere else

Today is just like any other day
No fear
No restraint, I know that paradise
Is some other place and I'll get there
Another day
You can come with me
No conditions or fares, somehow
Somewhere I will find it
Before I expire cause I've got
The desire, let's go

Whisper In Time

All those stories that my dad told me
They are just a whisper in time
All those things that never came to be
They are just a whisper in time

A whisper in time, a whisper in time
(Ahahahah)
Things that I can't shake from my mind
A whisper in time, a whisper in time
Moments that just flicker and die

All those places I wanted to go
They are just a whisper in time
All those friends who now I do not know
They are just a whisper in time

A whisper in time, a whisper in time
(Ahahahah)
Moments I can't shake from my mind
A whisper in time, a whisper in time
Memories that flicker and die
Ohohohoh

Maps and roads that brought me here today
They are just a whisper in time
Circumstances that were explained away
They are just a whisper in time

A whisper in time, a whisper in time
(Ahahahah)
Things that I can't shake from my mind
A whisper in time, a whisper in time
Moments that just flicker and die
Ohohohoh

Because we
Are messengers of memory
Just whispers in time

Belive It

Come on

It could happen to you
A defect
From the wasted outskirts of Los Angeles
With a crumpled up pass for the RTD

And no authority
Or trajectory
On the brink of insanity

Yeah, you'd better believe it
Cause it's written all over your face, just a neighborhood reject
Out of step and out of place
You'd better believe it

Would you ever have thought
Persistence
Could prevail against the almost unbearable weight of the system?

With nothing better to do
And no one else who
You can look up to

Yeah, you'd better believe it
Cause it's written all over your face, a political defect
Out of step and out of place
You'd better believe it

And the future's bright when ideas run astray
So turn out the light
A punk can't have a say
Sometimes
Desire is all that's there
Who said life was fair?
Better believe it

Oh, you'd better believe it
Cause it's written all over your face, just a neighborhood reject
Out of step and out of place
You'd better believe it
You gotta believe it
Cause it's written all over your face, a political defect
Out of step
And out of place
You'd better believe it, you gotta believe it
It's written all over your face, just a cultural reject
Out of step and out of place
You'd better believe it (x2)
Time

I Love My Computer

Oh
Click me (x2)
Oh
Click me here
Oh
Click me
Click me here
Click on me
Click me
Click me here

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, yeah

All I need to do
Is click on you
And we'll be joined in the most soulless way
(Ahahahah)
And we'll ever ruin each other's day cause when I'm through I just click
(Ahahahah)
And you just go away

(x2) Oh
Click me
Click me here (x2)

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, yeah

All I need to do
Is click on you
And we'll be joined in the most soulless way
(Ahahahah)
And we'll never ruin each other's day cause when I'm through I just click
(Ahahahah)
And you just go away

Oh
Click me
Click me (here)
You just go away

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

Ohoh, all I need to do
Is click on you
And we'll be together for eternity and no one's ever gonna take my love from me cause I've got security
(Ahahahah) (x2)
Her password and a key

(x2) (Oh)
Click me
Click me here, go away (x2)
(Click on me)
Click me
Click me here, go away
(Click on me)
Oh
Click me here, go away
(Click on me)
Click me
Click me here, go away
(Oh)
Click me
Click me here, go away
(Click on me)
Oh
Go away (x3)

The Hopless Housewife

Oh me, oh my (x3)
Oh me, oh my, get out of your 1950's fantasy
Your face shines with misery transparently
Spew out that sobering half-assed victim rhetoric
Make 'em all squirm
While they chew on it
It's a secret handshake and a passing wink of the eye
As the witches bridge club weekly meets to pen the tail on the sly

But they never ask "Why, oh why
Don't we raise our voices to the sky?"
Instead we're mute and fawn
Just waiting to die
Like some kind of hopeless housewife but you can change while you're alive
And let 'em all know at least you tried
To kill the demons inside
(Oh me), oh my
Oh me, oh my (x2)
Oh me, oh my, damn your transcendental paralysis
We can work together and make sense of this
Don't be so sure
You can chuck it all away
You've got to proceed no matter how bad you wanna stay
It's a natural cause and a comfort zone there in your head
And the world turns away as you tap the snooze button in bed

But nobody can hear a word you said
Your history was never read
Instead you're mute and fawn
Just waiting to die
Like some kind of hopeless housewife but you can change while you're alive
And let 'em all know at least you tried
To kill the demons inside
(Oh me), oh my
Oh me, oh my (x3)

There Will Be A Way

Shut your eyes
See the future's distant shore
March ahead
More enlightened than before
And there's sure to be bumps and distractions
But I know
We'll get through
There'll be me
There'll be you
There'll be a way

Unresolved
Repercussions from your life
Fortified
With the vitriol of strife
And you can be gridlocked by predictions
But you're wise
Grab the prize
Then revise
Realize
There'll be a way

Ohoh, there'll be a way
(Hey)
Ho
(x3) Hey
Ho (x3)
And I don't know where we are going
But you're here
On this ride
And we'll stand side by side
All along the way

Follow me
To the future's distant shore
Vagary
Needn't haunt us anymore
And now it's time to set the agenda
(Ahah)
Learn the past
(Ahah)
Make it last
Share the wealth
(Ahah)
Hold your fire
Conserve life
Make it right
Kill the hate
Negotiate
There'll be a way (x2)
There'll be a way, there'll be a way, there'll be a way

Let It Burn

Let your mind wander, look beyond the shadows
Focus on the skyline, read the silhouettes
Your deepest desires are a picture of tomorrow
All your darkest fears are just a vestige of regret and it's, ohohohoh
It seems like such a long way to go
As obstacles get bigger
Prevailing winds blow stronger and the fire
Continues to grow

Don't let shallow water limit your perception
Heed the new horizon, muster to it fast
Moments of your yesterdays are in the wake behind you
Can't assess the future if you're living in the past and it's, ohohohoh
It seems like such a long way to go
As obstacles get bigger
Prevailing winds blow stronger and the fire
Continues to grow
The fire continues to grow
Keep it stoked

If you are committed to a life of understanding
Then there's no agenda for vengeance in your life
Sharpen all your senses, face the opposition
You can overcome with fortitude and mental might and it's, ohohohoh
It seems like such a long way to go
As obstacles get bigger
Prevailing winds blow stronger and the fire
Continues to grow
The fire continues to grow
The fire
Continues to grow
In your soul
So be bold
Let it grow

Don't
Let
It die
Let it burn

Don't Sell Me Short

We don't need any more mountains
Cause the trail builders failed to give us passage there
So we can't reach the sky
We don't need any more failure
There is human tragedy that's written everywhere
We are all too young to die
Like a mystery that's here to stay
Some people never go away
Cause got something to say

Don't sell me short
(Don't sell me short)
Ohoh, you've been wrong too long
Don't brush me off
(Don't brush me off)
Ohoh, just because I don't belong
Like it or not, I'm all you've got
Dispose me when I'm shot, just don't sell me short, ohohoh, I might not be who you thought

We don't need any more fables
Cause the writers have passed and left us lessonless
We must find our own way
We don't need any more privilege
There is vivid desperation that is powerless
That no surplus can repay
Like the fix of rapture in a trance
Oh, fates are sealed by circumstance
So you gotta take a chance

Don't sell me short
(Don't sell me short)
Ohoh, you've been wrong too long
Don't brush me off
(Don't brush me off)
Ohoh, just because I don't belong
Pass me on by, ignore my cry
Forget me when I die, just don't sell me short, ohohoh, not while I'm still alive

Everybody's talking about heaven on earth
I'm still trying to figure out just what I'm worth
I'm full of emotion and stuff you can't contain
You just want to flush me down the drain

But you can't make me go away

Don't sell me short
(Don't sell me short)
Ohoh, you've been wrong too long
Don't brush me off
(Don't brush me off)
Ohoh, just because I don't belong
Like it or not, I'm all you've got
Dispose me when I'm shot, just don't sell me short, ohohoh, I might not
Be who you thought
Ohoh, you've been wrong too long
Don't brush me off
Ohoh, just because I don't belong
Pass me on by
And forget me when I die, don't sell me short, ohohoh, not while I am still alive