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1.
Shame 02:01
SHAME This is the high water mark Look where the driftwood lay Premonition of a rising tide Debris from a shift This is the change that you’ve heard of There is the money they made It’s a murder of culture It’s a shame, shame, shame There is a line in the sand Do you dare cross it They tear it down to build it back up They talk about all the profit
2.
ALTERNATE HISTORY As sure as surgery Cut out the cancer Forgot the question But know the answer Remix the tragedy Puzzle out some new sensations Picasso up the plot Drink in sweet mutation Alternate the history Rework the ending Even if it just Feels like pretending The guilt will hunt you Hunt you just like a noose It’s neither here nor there It’s fucking everywhere The scars may never go away But that doesn’t mean they own you They can carry you forward Just like your bones do Alternate the history Rework the ending Even if it just Feels like pretending As true as alchemy You’ll conjure up a new day And if it doesn’t kill you first You’ll find a new way You’ll find a new way You’ll find a new way You’ll find a new way
3.
Say a Prayer 02:15
SAY A PRAYER I don’t wanna talk about it We don’t want to wait for change These small victories don’t seem to mean a thing Still we are angry Still we are lonely Still we are threatened and harassed and murdered daily Say a prayer for safety Each time you go outside A prayer to find community One to end HIV Say a prayer for hand jobs In the front seat of a truck Please Jesus give me two limp wrists A gag reflex and a big mouth full of cock
4.
BODIES IN MOTION Our hearts pump mutiny It sings all through our limbs Come on and bring your noise And join this riotous howl of hymns They’ve tried to groom us to be satisfied Each in our own soft but sweltering cage Tried to coffin up our bodies But our feral lights still rage No more apologies (Untamed, untamed!) All your fictions are in flames (Take aim, take aim!) We all contain Multitudes Spill of spark Strikes fearless fuse Let’s seize the secret frequencies No more lives as easy meat Just the songs of our freest selves Set on infinite repeat No more apologies (Untamed, untamed!) All your fictions are in flames (Take aim, take aim!) We won’t play dead anymore Cause this is not a fucking game We won’t play dead anymore Cause this is not a fucking game
5.
Parable 04:50
PARABLE To order to rise from its own ashes A phoenix first must burn
6.
KIM GORDON Q&A Whimper or bang? Neither, more like dull roar Self-serving slang Obscures what we’re all here for When Q supplants the A There’s nothing left to say When Q supplants the A There’s nothing left to say There’s nothing left to say! Testosterone fog This painful slog Cluster of fuck The dumb's finally been struck When Q supplants the A There’s nothing left to say When Q supplants the A There’s nothing left to say There’s nothing left to say! Please stop talking So much past tense We want what is to come The sweet suspense
7.
Fight Back 03:17
FIGHT BACK They say the first 40 days to establish the tone A murderous rage some violent fun The precedence set since they were fucking freaks There will be no recourse it’s just the nature of things You better fight back, fight back Don’t bear your neck to the brass, you better sharpen the sword Because the blood that is spilled, it could someday be yours There’s a war out on difference, a hatred for women A plan to put every resistor in prison Fight back, Fight Back
8.
Oral History 05:06
ORAL HISTORY My oral history It’s not just swapping spit It’s a generation fucking dead From a willful ignorance My oral history It’s a disturbing story It goes liberation, annihilation, then "You will be assimilated" You’re too young to remember going dancing at the club There were poppers poppers poppers and killer blow jobs Then the bodies piled up There were funerals everyday The question seemed so simple but the answer far away How to survive a plague? Ronald Reagan, coward of the country With absolute power came absolutely nothing Cause the silence equaled death for the junkies and the faggots And the women of the night who dared to ask the question How to survive a plague?

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Marc Mazique // Drums
Corey J. Brewer // Guitar
Clyde Petersen // Bass
Lori Goldston // Cello

Recorded at High Command by Captain Tripps Ballsington
Mastered by Mell Dettmer
May 2015//Olympia, Washington

Fight Back // Sample from Sylvia Rivera's speech at the 1973 Christopher Street Liberation Day Rally
Parable // Words by Octavia Butler

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released May 27, 2015

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