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Tax the Rich

Verse
The politicians say there's not enough to go around
So they're laying off the teachers, and the schools are shutting down
Will our children live as serfs, suited only for their chains?
If we love them, we had better use our brains

Verse
With government turned upside down, the money flows uphill
And it makes its tired journey there against the common will
Now we need that money back, and our lives are on the line
So let's go after what we know is yours and mine

Chorus
TAX THE RICH!  They've got much more than they will ever need
TAX THE RICH!  And they're standing by and watching as we bleed
TAX THE RICH!  Their giant wealth is taken from the common store
And now it's time for them to give a little more
Yes, it's time for them to give a little more

Verse
One percent of all the people owns one half of all the wealth
They like to show off their possessions to everybody else
But they crawl out through a loophole when tax-time comes around
Just when we need them most, they're nowhere to be found

Verse
And when the wealthy do not pay, then the budget axe must fall
And when a child feels the blade, it's the unkindest cut of all
Each young life is like a song, and if we want to hear it played
Then we can't allow these debts to go unpaid

Chorus
TAX THE RICH!  They've got the crops, and now they want the seed
TAX THE RICH!  Why should the future be a hostage to their greed?
TAX THE RICH!  Their giant wealth is taken from the common store
And now it's time for them to give a little more
Yes, it's time for them to give a little more
 
Verse
Well, I must be a dreamer, 'cause I think that there could be
A country of and for the people, blessed with peace and harmony
But the first step on that path is fairness and equality
So, let's take that step together, you and me

Chorus
TAX THE RICH!  Release us from the prison of their greed
TAX THE RICH!  We need that money now to care for those in need
TAX THE RICH!  Their giant wealth is taken from the common store
And now it's time for them to give a little more
Yes, it's time for them to give a little...More!

  1993.  All Rights Reserved.
Thanks to L. John Ernst Productions, which provided backing vocals, live instruments, some sequencing,
and production assistance for this track (all performed by L. John Ernst).

      

The Scrapheap of History

Verse
We were a mighty empire
But now we're in decline
So busy ruling others
That we've been left behind
So now our plants are closing
And millions of us crowd the streets
Where our poor and homeless
Search through trash cans for something to eat

Chorus
Where are we now?
And where will we be?
Well, we could all be headed
For THE SCRAPHEAP OF HISTORY

Verse
We've got the biggest weapons
But we've destroyed our farms
And now we're economic midgets
With giant military arms
We've ordered doomsday missiles
Like drunkards on a drinking bout
But we can never use them
Without snuffing all of us out

Chorus
Where are we now?
And where will we be?
We'll have to bite the bullet
On THE SCRAPHEAP OF HISTORY

Bridge
Now we had better prepare for the shock
'Cause it's coming and it can't be too far down the road
We were the scariest kids on the block
But the neighborhood is changing
And growing
And it could be about to explode

Instrumental Break

Verse
Now the Reds have crumbled
And Russia's come undone
We love to tell the story
Of how the West has won
But those dreams of glory
Turn into nightmares fast
Instead of back to the future
We're heading forward into the past

Chorus
Where are we now?
And where will we be?
There's still room at the bottom
Of THE SCRAPHEAP OF HISTORY

Tag
History
History
Yeah, we could all be history

  1992.  All Rights Reserved.
Thanks to Arrow Productions, which provided live instruments and production
assistance for this track (guitars:  Mike Kisur, bass: Sandy McKnight).

Who Will Pay?

Verse
In the middle of the night
A giant tanker runs aground
And by the breaking of the light
Its cargo covers all the Sound
And the birds lie dying in the bays
From black tar that can't be washed away
And it dawns on the world that profit was the motive
For a crime that toppled Heaven in a day

Chorus
WHO WILL PAY
For all the damage done today 
To the Earth, our only home?
With such a loss
How can we tolerate the cost
Of traveling onward down this road? 

Verse 
A great explosion shakes the night
Windows shatter miles around
Voices choke and cry with fright
As poisoned smoke enfolds the town
And when the clouds of Death begin to fade
A flaming fact'ry flickers through the haze
And I see in a flash that profit was the motive
For a crime that took the breath of life away

Chorus
WHO WILL PAY
For all the damage done today
To parents and kids in their own homes?
With such a loss
How can we tolerate the cost
Of traveling onward down this road?

Verse 
In a violent desert storm
Bombers crush an Arab town
Houses burn and hearts are torn
As they bring it to the ground
And when the body count is fin'ly made
They say that freedom justifies the raids
But I know in my heart that profit was the motive
For a crime that carried thousands to their graves

Chorus
WHO WILL PAY
For all the damage done today
To innocent people and their homes?
With such a loss
How can we tolerate the cost
Of traveling onward down this road?

  1993.  All Rights Reserved.

From My Machine

Verse
From my machine, I see your machine
From your machine, you see my machine
Through shells of steel and glass, we curse each other as we pass
Through shells of steel and glass, we curse each other as we pass
And when our eyes meet, our machines drive us away

Verse
From my disguise, I see your disguise
From your disguise, you see my disguise
Costumed and cloaked we go, and never let our feelings show
Costumed and cloaked we go, and we never let our feelings show
And when our eyes meet, we don't know what to say

Bridge
I can't read you, so I don't like you
And you don't know me, so you don't want to
The game's no fun, but we keep on playin'
There's no way out 'til we find a way in

Verse
From my uniform, I see your uniform
From your uniform, you see my uniform
Life is a battleground, where we try to hunt each other down
Life is a battleground, where we try to hunt each other down
And when our eyes meet...

Bridge
I can't read you, so I don't like you
And you don't know me, so you don't want to
The game's no fun, but we keep on playin'
There's no way out 'til we find a way in

Verse
From my machine, I see your machine
From your machine, you see my machine
Through shells of steel and glass, we curse each other as we pass
Through shells of steel and glass, we curse each other as we pass

  1993.  All Rights Reserved.

Anymore

(Inspired by the visual artwork "Lost Horizon" by Matthew Sugarman)

Verse
As the sun draws back the curtains of the night
What I see revealed is troubling my sight
For, where there once was a forest, taking in the morning light
There is nothing left to greet the day

Verse
All across the planet, life is losing hold
Like a youthful heart that suddenly grows cold
Like a sad, broken spirit dying under our control
As we turn and look the other way

Chorus
Our ship has left the harbor lights
And we're headed out into the night
And the angels of unending life
Line the distant, disappearing shore
I can't see their faces ANYMORE

Verse
There's a river near the place where I was born
Like to think of it as goin' on and on
But old man river can't keep rollin' right along
With a yoke of poison 'round his neck

Verse
And all the things I thought would last beyond my time
Are being burned out, used up, trashed and cast aside
And I pray that new life can grow from what remains behind
When we've taken all that we can take

Chorus 
Our ship has left the harbor lights
And we're headed out into the night
And the angels of unending life
Line the distant, disappearing shore
I can't see their faces ANYMORE

Tag
ANYMORE
ANYMORE
I can't see their faces ANYMORE

  1993.  All Rights Reserved.

Death Pours In


Verse
Maybe you live at the top of the world
Rakin' in money, high as a bird
But someday you'll have to come down again
And share the cold earth with mere women and men

Build
Just when you think that you're safe in your home
Counting the things that you own

Chorus
DEATH POURS IN
DEATH POURS IN
Like honey into a jar
Before you get too far
DEATH POURS IN

Verse
We're only here for a moment or two
And we'll fly away when our moment is through
But holding on to material things
Can drag you back down just as you find your wings

Build
Can't take it with you, so why not give back
Some of the things you have packed...before...

Chorus
DEATH POURS IN
DEATH POURS IN
Like water into a boat
We've hardly been afloat
When DEATH POURS IN
 
Bridge
The time will come when there is no tomorrow
Not a day that you can beg or borrow
And when it hits you there'll be just one question:
Who are you as you look back from that final day?

Instrumental Break

Verse
How many years do we think we can last
Before we're all buried deep in the past?
Caught on a rock that is hurling through space
We're burning a path to the end of our race

Build
We are the ashes and dust of the stars
And we hardly know who we are...before

Chorus
DEATH POURS IN
DEATH POURS IN
We're spinning out of control
So hold on to your soul
When DEATH POURS IN

  1994.  All Rights Reserved.

Change Comes in Waves


Verse
Change comes in waves
It uncovers the Earth
It shatters all it creates
And the pieces only fall into place at the moment of a new birth

Verse
Life goes on and on
And nothing remains
With every breaking of dawn
A thousand shadows come forward only to vanish into the day

Chorus
So on with the beginning of the end
If nothing stays, then nothingness is our friend
And it's nothing that we take with us to our graves
So we can always be riding with the waves

Verse
Change comes in waves
When our hopes have been crushed
It washes mountains away
To reveal the dreams that were taken from us, and pull them out of the dust

Verse
Time is on our side
Though the Earth is in flames
New life will rise like the tide
When the beams burn through, and the house collapses, and only ashes remain

Chorus
So on with the beginning of the end
If nothing stays, then nothingness is our friend
And it's nothing that we take with us to our graves
So we can always be riding with the waves

  1993.  All Rights Reserved.
Thanks to L. John Ernst Productions, which provided live instruments, some sequencing,
and production assistance for this track (all performed by L. John Ernst).

Sidewalks Cracked in the Summer Sun

Verse
People throwing rocks are charged by the police
All the faces on the TV set are cryin' out for peace
Cryin' out for peace!  When no justice can be found
'Cause a handful's grabbed up everything, and nothing's trickled down
	
Verse
Now it's too late for a curfew to bring order to this place
'Cause it's morning in America, and we've lost another race
Lost the human race!  Blown into yellow, black and white
And it's hard to see the forest once the trees start to ignite

Chorus
But sometimes I get this feeling
That the damage could still be undone
And the rich could be made to join in the repair
Of the SIDEWALKS CRACKED IN THE SUMMER SUN

Verse
Politicians swing the axe, and give the poor another shove
While the music on the radio's playin' love, love, love
Who will love us now, when we can't even love ourselves?
The denial of catastrophe has turned us into shells

Verse
So we change another channel, and pour another drink
And let some empty-headed newscasters tell us what to think
Tell us what to think!  And we'll do anything you say
'Cause if the price of thought is action, then it's more than we can pay 

Chorus
But sometimes I can't help feeling
That the damage could still be undone
And the rich could be made to join in the repair
Of the SIDEWALKS CRACKED IN THE SUMMER SUN

  1992.  All Rights Reserved.

Downward Hostility

Verse
I was just an ordinary working slob
'Til the factory I worked in laid me off my job
They hired in some immigrants at half my pay
Slavin' there for thirty-seven bucks a day

Build
Well, I could blame the wealthy guy who runs the place
But these foreigners he's ripping off are in my face...So, it's...

Chorus
DOWNWARD HOSTILITY
I can spit on you if you're worse off than me
Yeah, it's DOWNWARD HOSTILITY
I think you don't even have a right to be
Yeah, it's DOWNWARD HOSTILITY
The people higher up do the same to me
So, it's DOWNWARD HOSTILITY
And the ones on top who made the mess get off for free

Verse
The governor, he cuts the taxes for the rich
Robbing from us all to grant their ev'ry wish
He leaves the cities dying in a pool of waste
While inner-city neighborhoods go up in flames

Build
You think he'll be thrown out, but no, he's got a plan
He blames it on the welfare bums and wins again, and it's...

Repeat Chorus

Instrumental Break

Verse
We used to think our kids would have a better life
"Work hard enough," we said, "and you can reach the sky"
Then corporations moved their plants to Mexico
Kicked us off our jobs and told us where to go

Build
Now, maybe we should organize to stop their game
But we'd rather find some victims we can beat and blame, So, it's...

Repeat Chorus/Tag

  1995.  All Rights Reserved.

Control

Verse
You take your orders and you get your pay
Just enough to keep you day to day
Ahh, CONTROL
It's easy to be caught

You get a life on the installment plan
And spend it working for another man
Ahh, CONTROL
It's how you pay for everything you've got

Chorus
Somebody has CONTROL
From morning until night
They keep you slaving on and on
And wondering if you'll ever see the light
Somebody has CONTROL
Of everything you do
Even the things you do for fun
Somebody's trying to program into you

Verse
A silent mind is like a golden ring
Where you become a part of everything
Ahh, CONTROL
It's such a pointless ritual

But in a guarded palace on a hill
There's a scheming mind that won't be still
Ahh, CONTROL
He's got to have it all

Chorus
He's got to have CONTROL
Of everything there is
It's as if every other soul
Could be swallowed up in his
He's got to have CONTROL
The fire is in his eyes
So busy trying to buy the sun
He doesn't even notice the sunrise

Bridge
Sometimes its hard to make yourself care
You open your heart and noone's there
So you and the television share a glass of wine

Control has kept us divided and lonely for years
Now we've got to get past controlling fears
Together, we'll stand and fight
The time is right
The hour is near

Instrumental Break

Verse
So crack the pavement like a growing tree
And find your roots in the community
Ahh, CONTROL
It isn't gonna keep us underground

'Cause when you trust me like I trust in you
It doesn't matter who's controlling who
Ahh, CONTROL
It's just another wall to work around

Chorus
To get beyond CONTROL
You've got to reach beyond yourself
To pull yourself out of a hole
You've got to give your hand to someone else
And just beyond CONTROL
There's a place where we all can live free
If we can let each other go
We'll travel there together, you and me

Tag
If we can learn to trust ourselves
This can be the world we wanted it to be

  1991.  All Rights Reserved.

Doctors of Disaster

Verse
Had a little headache, so I went in to see my doctor
He grabbed me by the ear lobes, and shook my head to and fro
Then he called a surgeon who he plays golf with every Sunday
To have my head examined, and see just what had to go

Build
Well, I still had my brains, so I headed for the door
And if you think you need a doctor, you better know what you're in for:

Chorus
They drug you up
They cut you up
They take your money
And they sew you up
And though there are honest healers, still, the thieves are thick as flies
Those DOCTORS OF DISASTER are gonna leave you paralyzed
Unless you open up your eyes

Verse
People in the hallways for weeks on end in the county meat shops
A simple operation is all they're waiting there for
But look at all the heroes puttin' monkey hearts into dyin' babies
There isn't any money in healing poor people's sores

Build
They start off their careers with a Hippo-critic oath
When the one thing on their minds is to go out and make some dough

Chorus
They drug you up
They cut you up
They take your money
And they sew you up
And though a few have true compassion, the others just don't care who dies
Those DOCTORS OF DISASTER will leave the poor to agonize
Unless we open up our eyes

Instrumental Break

Verse
Now cancer is a business, and heart disease is a corporation
Diet is the answer, but they don't want you to know - So...
They give you radiation, which everybody knows causes cancer
Or how about an X-ray, to help your cancers to grow?

Build
And everything they recommend costs an arm and then a leg
And when they've taken everything, they put you on the street to beg

Chorus
They drug you up
They cut you up
They take your money
And they sew you up
And to all you honest healers, I truly do apologize
But those DOCTORS OF DISASTER will bury all of us alive
If we don't open up our eyes

  1993.  All Rights Reserved.

There's Only a Moment

Verse
Our hands can feed a hungry world
Or they can feed the flames of fear
What we shall sow, we soon will reap
Will it be joy, or painful tears?

Build
The pattern of love is in our hearts
It's written there as it's written in the stars

Chorus
THERE'S ONLY A MOMENT
For each of us here
To reach one another
Through curtains of fear
A new human nature
Is ours if we dare
To open our arms
Step into the dark
And find ourselves there

Verse
Reach out your hand to someone else
Someone who may not look like you
They may be from another place
But they have a life and feelings, too

Build
The pattern of love is in their hearts
It's written there as its written in the stars

Repeat Chorus

Instrumental Break / Repeat First Build
 
Verse
All of your good comes back to you
In ways that only time can tell
But don't just take my word for this
Go out and try it for yourself

Build
The pattern of love is in your heart
It's written there as it's written in the stars

Repeat Chorus

Tag
Let's open our arms
Step into the dark
And find ourselves there

  1995.  All Rights Reserved.

The Damage We Have Done

Verse
I heard it on the news today
We're fighting for a cause
In a country far away from here
Against a madman without laws
The talking heads on my TV
Say we must put him on the run
And that he's bad enough to justify
All THE DAMAGE WE HAVE DONE

Verse
Our bombs are tearing up the Earth
And crushing ancient walls
Making babies cry and children scream
And drowning out their parents' calls
From the rubble pokes a tiny hand
That never held a gun
A small body bears more than its share
Of THE DAMAGE WE HAVE DONE

Verse
Maybe I'll meet a refugee
From the war-flames we have fanned
And help him build his life again
In our strange and violent land
But who can help the relatives
We left rotting in the sun?
No, there's no way we can make amends
For THE DAMAGE WE HAVE DONE


Verse
Now fires are burning everywhere
And the sky is turning black
Oil is filling up the sea
And soon the Earth will turn its back
We will be the final victims
Of the wars that we have won
Because we can't escape the consequences
Of THE DAMAGE WE HAVE DONE

Verse
Maybe you're a righteous person
And maybe you believe in peace
You may work to stop the bombs and guns
So that this bitterness can cease
But if you go outside this country
To where you don't know anyone
When they look at you, all they'll see
Is THE DAMAGE WE HAVE DONE

Verse
We grow poorer by the minute
We lose a school for every bomb
As we crush this so-called enemy
We're crushing others here at home
And when an angry world brings us the bill
We'll have to turn and run
Because there's no way we can ever pay
THE DAMAGE WE HAVE DONE

Verse
We heard it on the news today
And took it to the streets
Left the TV talking to itself
And raised a new voice loud for peace
We've got to make our country realize
The only fight that must be won
Is the one to stop and turn around
THE DAMAGE WE HAVE DONE

Tag
Yes, we've got to stop, and turn around
THE DAMAGE WE HAVE DONE

  1991.  All Rights Reserved.


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