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released November 13, 2006

Evan Vaught - vocals

Phil Roberson - bass, guitar and vocals

Lauren Vaught - drums

Additional vocals by Lauren Vaught and Bryan York

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

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Track Name: Clubber Lang
Phil - You're turning black and blue, cause you fight without pride / this rings my battlefield, and my strength is no lie

Evan - Double mohawks and double chains / double the blood, and double the pain / a lot to lose and a lot to gain / back to the streets, or worldwide fame

chorus - You can knock me out, but you can't keep me down / cause I will rise above / man I've paid the price, yeah man I've paid the price / I've paid it back in blood / lets go!

Phil - Cause I train on the streets / the chaos feeds me / my mission is destruction and your name, it tops my list

Evan - Don't remember my face, just remember my name / you'll need something to hate when I leave you nameless / the kid that beat you from the wrong side of town / I'm the king that reign, with the golden crown

chorus

Evan - Touch gloves, fair fight / best man win at my brain / lights flash, sweat drips / eyes swell, pain rips / clench teeth, watch feet / jab one, jab two / beat this, KO / what you gonna do?! / champion of the streets!
Track Name: Kingdom Come
Cleanse it with fire!

This is the end!

I'm disgusted with the state of the world today / God come down and blow the Earth away / the bloodthirsty thieves and their corporations / the dictators, presidents, the United Nations / no point in pointing fingers, we're all to blame / I'll go down with the ship, when it goes down in flames / let our sins be the gravity that pulls us to the sun / God pass judgement and bring Kingdom Come!
Track Name: Dressed to Kill
Phil - Singin "unite and win!" / you start fights, it'll never end / back then you were singin "no compromise!" / now I can't see through your eyes

chorus - You're dressed to kill / no compromise / really missing out on the something that we call life

Phil - You stuck around when it was goin good / you were a friend, I was misunderstood / now the scenes dead and you're turnin your back / whatever happened to the working class?

chorus

Phil - He said, "Phil I'm getting too tired to keep this up" / I always knew he never stood a chance / life's a sham if you're livin it drunk

Evan - You've been spotted, your time is up / put your egos down cause we've had enough / the deaf don't hear their own drums, and the blind lead the blind / take your copycat style and fall in line / you wrote the book on mediocrity!

chorus x 2 - still dressed to kill / no compromise / really missing out on the something that we call life
Track Name: Invasion
Phil - propaganda noise radio / turned into a media sideshow / you set em up and knock em down / into a nuclear winter / now no ones left to point the finger, got it?!

Listen up cause here's the battle now it on your front step / world war, apocalypse, within the next breath

Evan - genocidal maniacs/ kamikaze plane attacks / agent orange and mustard gas / nuclear bombs bring atomic death / soldier drones are burning homes / machine guns mow down the young / a million mindless marching to the drums of the one

chorus - nations deceive the brainwashed sheep they feed / terror comes knockin at your door / you can lie down, or take up arms / I still cannot believe the irrationality / fight and die! die with pride!

Phil - I follow old footsteps into a warpath / battle call, rise up, nightfall and then attack / trenches keep the chaos between a wasteland / a very real apocalypse on shell battered grounds

chorus - nations deceive the brainwashed sheep they feed / terror comes knockin at your door / take up your arms / and fight with honor!

Evan - If there's a medal for massacre, they got it / saw something moving, then they shot it / they turned off emotions, and threw away their feelings / they don't execute you up, they make sure you're kneeling / fire from the sky, acid rain / rivers of blood flow from the pain / its just like night when it rains all day / and nations are turned into massive graves

Listen up cause here's the battle now it on your front step / world war, apocalypse, within the next breath / fight and die! / die with pride!
Track Name: Youth
Phil - Because I have my own mind I don't need your opposition / my own thoughts are destroying my head / I'll just walk like talk and I'll talk like I mean it / opinion is a terrible thing to waste

Evan - Generations past, settled scores / values past from those before / but me and mine won't keep no peace / motivation lacking our wars won't cease / don't forget what its like to be a kid / take a chance, don't look back, regret nothin / ideals forged and memories made / I walk with em every day of my life

Phil - Been around about 17 years now / won't stick around til I'm 21 / this city's burnin my skin, yeah / this city's burnin and it ain't gonna stop

chorus - Future here? / no future! / say you wanna go? / well I don't wanna go! / future here? / no future! / say you wanna go? / well I don't wanna go!

Phil - Been around about 17 years now / won't stick around til I'm 21 / this city's burnin my skin, yeah / this city's burnin and it ain't gonna stop

Evan - Open eyes blinded by the things that you see / multiple paths all tell you where to be / what to think, what to feel and what to believe / wrong and right sides both trying to deceive

chorus

Phil - And I'm afraid I'll walk this same block til I'm 21, but you can't help me

Evan - And you never know what is lurking round the corner

Phil - I can see the good side to the bad side of town, and I can see it all through my own jaded eyes

Evan - Round the corner, round the corner / it waits there in suspense so you better pay attention

No future! No future! No future! No future here, there's no future here!
Track Name: No Way Out
Got no way! No way out! I got no way! No way out!

Phil - Got a life's integrity / just the way you said it'd be / these walls are burnin red / got a wrong mind set / man united we're dead

No, no! No way out! No, no! No way out!

Evan - Do you ever feel like you're stuck? / fallen down and you can't get up? / I've been following the same steps / going in circles / doing the same thing for way too long / in the 40 hour rate race, work to survive / slave and slave, feed the fat cats to stay alive / money makes the world go around / but I'm through with my part I gotta stop

chorus - Four walls holding me (no no) / curtains make it so I can't see out (no way out) / blind turn around the bend (no no) / now I see, but the streets a dead end (no way out)

Evan - Like a horse with its blinders on, or walking around in the thickest fog / got the numbers, but can't do the math / sleep walking through a maze, gotta find the right path / escape this place leave this town / gotta start running cause I'm hitting the ground / fight fire with fire and escape this cage / been cloudy and raining for too many days

chorus

Got no way! No way out! I got no way! No way out!

Phil - Got a life's integrity / just the way you said it'd be / these walls are burnin red / got a wrong mind set / man united we're dead

chorus x 2
Track Name: No Treason
Phil - Well I've been walking down Main St. with myself / my thoughts are turning red and yellow inside my mind / but I'm no Communist, I'm a pro American / smash the fascists with a fist American lets go

chorus - You we will eliminate / we will not hesitate / let us spell it out / no t. r. e. a. s. o. n.

Evan - Run, run, run I'm gonna get my gun / all traitors deserve to d. i. e. yeah / a tight group, but the knots coming loose / cut out our parasites and know where they go

chorus

Phil - Well I've been thinking critically about our heads of state / oh please, oh please don't put me in front of the firing range

Evan - There's no mutiny in mi familia / we reserve the right to take your life

chorus

No treason! No treason! No treason! No treason!
Track Name: Sad Story
Phil - Got to brace for an attack man cause evolution kills / I gotta find an upstart / can't just sit on the line and escape with your life / you've got to stand and be counted / gotta lead an uprising

chorus - Your sad stories been told / rise and take my hand, cause we're all that you've got / all your morals been sold / got a new plan and it ain't no decline

Evan - "The crowds getting crowded and the scene is getting old" / I can't understand it if the truth be told / express yourself with your heart on your sleeve / go against the flow, find yourself and be free

chorus

Evan - Don't pay attention to the idiot box / crying emo indie or some pop punk rock / its a fad, it'll pass, keep your morals intact / fight the line with your fist up and scream out loud!
Track Name: Exile
Evan - A drifter with no name / got a home, but my soul is homeless

Phil - Black smoke rising, its right before my eyes / well all I see is red lights and blue

Evan - Kinda float, no destination in particular / my world is highly random, and just as unpredictable / don't know when things come, don't know when they go / Springfield is a ghost town and I'm a phantom's shadow

chorus - I'm a runaway for life / got a train ride to nowhere / I walk for miles and miles / get me anywhere but here / exile! exile! exile! exile!

Phil - Black smoke rising, its right before my eyes / well all I see is red lights and blue

Evan - Unfiltered cigarettes burn baby, burn / cities and streets, the classrooms where I learn / modern day hobo, wandering vagabond / the only clue to where I'm going is the places that I've gone

chorus
Track Name: Take it Back
Phil - I'm gonna say it loud so you can hear it / cause man you know its death or glory here / I'm gonna say it loud so you can hear it / cause man its death or glory here

Evan - Though life's many obstacles try and block our way / the path that we were born to lead is still as clear as day / too much love, too much passion, come to far to let this drop / gonna keep moving forward and we ain't gonna stop no

chorus - Woah woah! taking back my life again / woah woah! reclaiming my life again / I'm stuck inside with a bleeding heart / so I'll kick the walls down and restart / no! taking back my life again / hey hey hey hey! my life again

Phil - I'm gonna say it loud so you can hear it / cause man you know its death or glory here / I'm gonna say it loud so you can hear it / cause man its death or glory here

Evan - Well I realize now that life can bring you down / in a town that is so black, sometimes I feel I'm drowning / walked through the gutters and I've walked in the rain / made all the choices and I've felt all the pain

chorus - Woah woah! taking back my life again / woah woah! reclaiming my life again / I'm stuck inside with a bleeding heart / so I'll kick the walls down and restart / no! taking back my life again / hey hey hey hey! my life again

Phil - Don't you know that we ain't gonna give? / its my life, its the way I live / don't you know that we ain't gonna give? / its my life, its the way that I live

Evan - This is a song about taking back control / cause you never know when you might not have it / this is a song about taking back control / cause I stand on my two feet, but I never stand alone

chorus - Woah woah! taking back my life again / woah woah! reclaiming my life again / I'm stuck inside with a bleeding heart / so I'll kick the walls down and restart / no! taking back my life again / my life again