Dark Days

by Streetlight Cardiacs

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released January 1, 2007

Evan Vaught - vocals

Phil Roberson - bass and vocals

Jesse Pleskovitch - guitar and vocals

Lauren Vaught - drums

Recorded, mixed and mastered by Sam Wartenbee at Take 92 studios

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Track Name: Soldier's Misfortune
Hey! Hey! Soldier! x2

Phil -

chorus - Gone its gone, my friend is gone / gone its gone, all hope is lost / (woah woah) / (woah woah) / (woah woah) / lost so many military (woah woah)

Hey! Hey! Soldier!

Polack - Atom bomb drops its total annihilation / how could I be forced into this barren wasteland? / stripped of my life and given and number / now I'm filled with fear of being six feet under / how many have come? how many will fall? / when will we ever see the end of it all?

chorus

bridge - Things aren't the way they seem / nation wants to see me bleed / imperialism is a killing dream / whatever happened to keepin the peace? x 2 (chant : waoh waoh waoh waoh) x 1 (chant: we're sick of it)

Hey! Hey! Soldier! x 3

Evan - My brother, whats up? / seems like its been forever / your times almost up, four years later / the service was an option when you felt like you had none / sometimes you feel stuck, sometimes fathers don't act right / serve your sentence, sail the seven seas / til you come back home my heart is where you'll be / know that I love you, family / ain't done yet over ten years deep

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Track Name: Youth for Minimum Wage
chant - Work! x 28

Phil - Got a job now, workin over time / two years gone what a waste of my life / straight to work when I turned legal age / sold my youth for minimum wage / straight to work! ??????????

Evan - At the tender young age of 16 years / they strip you of your dreams and submit your worst fears / come to find all the horrible stories are true / they came for everyone else and they're coming for you / I can tell this truly, cause they did me the same / they're the ones pulling the strings and we're playing their game / cause think about it, why would they get in the dirt? / why would they feel pain when we could hurt?

Phil - ?????? / get a job and have to shave my head yeah / can't afford the cost of living this way / can't afford the cost of living today yeah

chorus - Got a job now, workin over time / two years gone what a waste of my life / straight to work when I turned legal age / that's why I sold my youth for minimum wage

Phil - ?????

Evan - The Golden Arches were built on the backs of slaves / "a billion burgers sold", but who's getting paid? / Wal Mart's plan: devastate the little man / then set their greedy eyes on low income fams / hypocritical managers, preaching maturity / when I could teach them something about responsibility / after five and a half years spent bashing the Big A / I bet the late Joe Albertsons is rolling in his grave

Phil - ?????

chorus

chant - Work! x 16

Evan - Come on baby, rise up / take my hand lets protest real life / the ordinary, the plain, monotonous, mundane / hypnotic 9 to 5, lets start a picket line / this one goes out to all the abused / the beaten up, the broken down, the bloodied and bruised / single moms working double shifts every day / just to come home to a stack of bills that they can't pay / grown men with their pride, laying down their lives / the kids pushed into it, trying to fight / cause they still like you the best: back broken, bent over / man you give and then you give and then you die

chorus - Got a job now, workin over time / two years gone what a waste of my life / straight to work when I turned legal age / that's why I sold my soul / got a job now, workin over time / two years gone what a waste of my life / straight to work when I turned legal age / that's why I sold my youth for minimum wage

chant - Work x 17
Track Name: Absent Conscience
Explode!

Phil - ??????

chorus - Provoke fisticuffs / don't tell him its not enough / no future, no chance, plain out of sight / Charlie couldn't tell whats wrong from right

Evan - Bet you all know a kid just like this / clenched tight jaw and a balled up fist / with that same fist screams "anarchist!" / bet you big money couldn't be more pissed

chorus

bridge - Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey! / absent conscience / angry, alone / anti-social abomination / Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey! / absent conscience / angry, alone / anti-social abomination / ?????? (Phil's part)

Phil - ??????

chorus

Evan - Fate's cruel joke, a failed experiment / bi-product of a violent environment / sticks out like a sore thumb, yet hard to be seen / double poundin tall cans while punching your face in

chorus
Track Name: Stand Strong
Evan - Lesson one: first and foremost and above all else / loyalty's the pillar that we build ourselves on / love, devotion, honor, truth and pride / cause a brother by your side is a brother for life

Phil - ?????

chorus - Stand strong when you have no one / we've got your back when you've been deserted by your loved ones / stand strong! / the music is the way we fight the pain and live

Evan - Lesson two: the ultimate test of a man's mettle / how he handles himself in the heat of battle / step up your skills through strength and bravery / face your fears fight through the pain

Phil - ?????

chorus

Phil - Commiserate with the kids in the back of the bus (so lost! so lost!) /

chorus