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Feast or Famine

by Chuck Ragan

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1.
03:20
Some days we're ripped and torn away From the shore and tossed to a watery grave Set adrift in the depths of the drink in the hands of the gods we curse We call for help when no one's around Shot down fleeting thoughts never make a sound Set adrift in the depths of the dark in the heart of the sea where we wish I feel it in my bones when the storm is close Then await for the rain and the wind to blow As dark colors fill the sky I'm drenched I'm feeling so alive Eyes closed tight my ears open for the boat We all carry the tune we love Think of home when the waves and the going get tough Hold our breath and go down with the wish of just one last kiss to rest I feel it in my bones when the storm is close Then await for the rain and the wind to blow As dark colors fill the sky I'm drenched I'm feeling so alive Eyes closed tight my ears open for the boat
2.
Where are the ones who carry their guns To the far away lands with the blackened suns From the smoke and narrow minds The half-truth trails and holy lies Of an empty heart and overflowing mouth A plastic smile and a coward’s frown Repercussions come around When the word named free burns to the ground somehow Where are the deaf and where are the dumb From the side of the tracks Where no reason comes from And the tables never bare The water runs and mamas always there So who separates the world from the start Where such words would come and such thoughts would cause A shot heard round the world Or just as sad never heard at all So down, down, down like a ball of flames To the rotten core filling up with names of hypocrites. What a massive list Don’t exclude yourself from it Don’t compromise administration lies Carried out and covered up with time Carried out and turned around to shine Or high on a pedestal of broken lives Compassion speaks loud for itself Falls on broken ears and off the value shelf Into the dirt left to the wind Coming up strong ready to begin To obliterate the word from the start Where such ideas come and such ideas cause A spark that’ll set a blaze And leave the embers red until the end of days So down, down, down like a ball of flames To the rotten core filling up with names of hypocrites. What a massive list Don’t exclude yourself from it Don’t compromise administration lies Carried out and covered up with time Carried out and turned around to shine Or high on a pedestal of broken lives Where are the ones who carry their guns To the far away lands with the blackened suns From the smoke and narrow minds The half-truth trails and holy lies Of an empty heart and overflowing mouth A plastic smile and a coward’s frown Repercussions come around When the word named free burns to the ground somehow
3.
How cold can a heart become Before it crumbles Or decides to stay numb I know what it's like to feel cold I don't wanna die alone 'cause I can't stand feeling nothing I can't stand feeling old I cant stand standing for nothing When standing up is all I know So why waste another day Turning our backs And walking away I wanna feel everything I wanna grow in every way Because I can't stand feeling nothing I can't stand feeling old I cant stand standing for nothing When standing up is all I know I can't stand feeling nothing I can't stand feeling old I can't stand standing for nothing When standing up is all I know
4.
04:04
Hold tight, Geraldine, I need to say what I mean. Time's gone by for so long and I've seen all the wrongs that I've done. Since we have yelled and stomped our feet after you took me in your arms. Cut from you, near death you drew the breath that made me one. And I must call on your sweet soul In the times when we walk In shadows of sorts I cherish the mother you are. Hold tight, Geraldine, I need to say what I mean. Oh, I owe you for the stars in the sky And the breath that was life of my own. And I must call on your sweet soul In the times when we walk In shadows of sorts I cherish the mother you are. And I must call on your sweet soul In the times when we walk In shadows of sorts I cherish the mother you are. Yes, in the times when we walk In shadows of sorts I cherish the mother you are. Hold tight, Geraldine, I mean to say what I mean.
5.
We are the common not filth and disgrace You would know better if you saw it that way Lock your scapegoats and shut out the lights Lock up your secrets and give your skeletons the keys We will never be what you want the world to be You’ll never have a glimpse of what true can see Mind the world that’s dying, it isn’t yours to kill Look around it’s what you will We are the blue so strong and confused Tracking down dusty roads finding what we lose Dancing with the casualty spirits of the wars Shedding a few tears for the beggars and the whores We will never be what you want the world to be You’ll never have a glimpse of what true can see Mind the world that’s dying, it isn’t yours to kill Look around it’s what you will Maybe there’s a mutiny rising with the sun To come shed some light on the damage that was done Maybe it’s an army or a sleeping four year old Resting from a hard day of “army” in the cold We will never be what you want the world to be You’ll never have a glimpse of what true can see Mind the world that’s dying, it isn’t yours to kill Look around it’s what you will
6.
03:04
Do you pray? Do you fall On your knees when everything goes wrong? Go back to the word In the good book you heard That will save you a place somewhere. Do you sing From your soul When you feel that calm before the storm? Bleed out your throat Or sound just like a bird When she wakes from the light of first morne. Brother don't doubt everything, we don't even have that power. Sister don't heed the battles we breed, upon those waking hours. I wanna dance like nobody's watching, and sing like nobody cares. Climb to the top of those mountains we see, to find peace, and die up there. Do you work? Do you slave? Breaking your back every day Whether for food, or whether for pay Or just for your baby's sake? Do you die? Belly up and cry When you feel like there's nothing worth trying Down on your luck and hopeless for fate Those tables will turn one day. Brother don't doubt everything, we don't even have that power. Sister don't heed the battles we breed, upon those waking hours. I wanna dance like nobody's watching, and sing like nobody cares. Climb to the top of those mountains we see, to find peace, and die up there.
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02:37
Don't cry if you've never seen the rain A thousand ways we come undone, we're never quite the same When the air we breathe is golden brown I don't seemly understand We have built a common masquerade Don't cry if you've never seen the rain Go back to where your memory served And recognize the pain Don't drink the water, war will bring Or open gates not meant to swing So we don't see the red spread on the ground Don't let me down Don't lay off For the time that we cull is our own We know we're coming around And the way that we walk will last long I've been afraid and so lonely My heart's bleeding through to know only There comes the moments we always Look back to the sun that we know Don't let me down Don't lay off For the time that we cull is our own We know we're pushing change And we all need to walk in the rain
8.
03:35
How would we have known we would wash away? As two solemn searching souls, together to the sea Amongst the creatures underneath the deepening Holding to the flame burning you and me We sacrifice the talk and praise the eyes in all wonder and amazement And notice every star floating in the arms of symmetry so ageless How would we have known we would wash away? As two solemn searching souls, together to the sea Among the mountains underneath the deepening Rising to the sun but in the shadows all along We sacrifice the talk and live for holding on to everything sacred Surrounded by the miles of broken oars and trials covering the surface We sacrifice the talk and cherish what we’re taught come what may surround us And drift with clutching arms in a world so ever dark, wondering what betook us How would we have known we would wash away? As two solemn searching souls, together to the sea Amongst the creatures underneath the deepening Holding to the flame burning you and me We sacrifice the talk and praise the eyes in all wonder and amazement And notice every star floating in the arms of symmetry so ageless
9.
I see the fire through the trees Hear the hollers through the breeze Drowning out the season like there’s none Hold the blue steel in my hands Moving my feet over land While I’m thanking God I’ve got a gun Nothing like a war at hand To turn a boy into a man Learning bout surviving on the run Dodging whistles in the dark Walking soft and hiding sparks Praying bullets find another home Oh here we go, another stand you know. Carry on, carry strong, and pray that we don’t fall between the lines. I was born with a choice fight for freedom or fight the tours either way the fighting never ends stuck in mud in no mans land or resting easy in the sands smelling that great ocean in the wind Oh here we go, another stand you know. Carry on, carry strong, keep surviving keeping on. Oh here we go, another stand you know. What a rush oh what a ride either way I fall between the lines. Oh please mama here my distant call This may be my last stand after all So if the night comes and I fall somewhere in the dark I ask know for greater good I gave my all give the ones I know my love tell them I was worth the blood that I shed on grounds far from home Oh here we go, another stand you know. Carry on, carry strong, keep surviving keeping on. Oh here we go, another stand you know. What a rush oh what a ride either way I fall between the lines.
10.
How do you get right with one eye closed so tight Slipping backwards, falling prey to plastic eyes? So hard to walk straight For the style has made you sway And every cavalry on every strip that bears your name. Open your eyes, you are standing empty and cold. Open your mouth if you voice can never be sold. Burn the bridge down. Take the long road into town. Where all the bastards and all the witches mark their ground. Open your eyes, you are standing empty and cold. Open your mouth if you voice can never be sold. I only know that hearts made of stone Will rarely sail far and may never reach home. So is a cost to live dead and lost Searching the stars to find which is ours. Well in the corners where all the lost souls have been found Lies a purpose before yourself dead in the ground.
11.
02:52
Cut the line I’ve heard the rest You’ll never get me answering To the cold hand of the dying man Bred to take and to rape what the leavers left Oh come on. Show a little mercy to dying suns Oh come on Show a little mercy to humble ones Some will go as the timid type Facing down soul strapped inside The method of the trilene knot Never fails until the line is cut So come on Show a little sympathy tired ones So come on Show a little empathy busy ones And slow down We are all flesh and bone Mere vessels so exposed Just walking on the grove We are constant wrath With what we think we own While we walk upon And tread upon the grove On the contrary some will walk In the dirt cut up by the dogs Soaking up the sun and rain Just to break and to shake up captivity So come on Destruction is the nature of everyone So come on Destruction is the killer of everyone So calm down We are all flesh and bone Mere vessels so exposed Just walking on the grove We are constant wrath With what we think we own While we walk upon And tread upon the grove
12.
Come dance with me or I’ll explode The reckless side is now shining through you So shake your hair and do what you do And I’ll break my legs to keep up with you Cause I don’t like being alone Unless I feel alone Dancing with you is everything I know that it can’t be wrong Steady after the wine Time after time we arrive To watch the light shine through us Like ghosts as the candles burn as low as they go Spinning until we hit the floor Pain has never felt so good Light our selves up to crumble in Just to never let it end Cause I don’t like being alone Unless I feel alone Dancing with you is everything I know that it can’t be wrong Steady after the wine Time after time we arrive To watch the light shine through us Like ghosts as the candles burn as low as they go So hold me close, to keep me close Cause I don’t like being alone Unless I feel alone

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released August 7, 2007

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