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Just Another Pigeon

by Michael Psycho

I won’t be held hostage to secure your happiness through exploitation Won’t feel any guilt by ditching you if I’m escaping being used This world has many ways of getting people into messed up situations I’ve seen the traps disguised as opportunities and easily refused So go and sin no more Or sin some more and stay away from me My stomach has no tolerance For your pipe dreams and selfish needs You’ve devised some lofty plans in order to secure your satisfaction Unfortunately, your success depends upon the deeds of someone else Imagine what your thoughts could be if you had only followed up with action But all your actions have become a parasitic tribute to yourself I wish you the best of luck And I feel lucky nowadays indeed I figured out your strategies And cut the chain and now I’m free Satan must be jealous of your able talents of manipulation And yearns to have the grand ability to persuade the way you do The schmoozing most admittedly is rather an impressive demonstration With the right victim you could have their soul signed up before it’s through You sure are a funny one Except the joke for me has gotten thin. The open mike is closing down And now it’s time to pack it in.
The greedy and ignorant need To control the masses so they don’t Discover their asses As intellectual pretenders reality benders Distorting the truth with a smokescreen Paving a path of lies Discreetly disguised as secrets to success But they’re really just excuses for being mean And leaving our world in a mess Suppressing the human process with Profits and losses so that they can Prove who the boss is Set up on an inhumane system which constantly Gyps the oppressed ones Who can’t get inside That circle of privilege made Smaller and smaller for anyone Caught outside of the gates And left in the cold to forage for ways To get through the day And barely survive This really doesn’t need to happen This terminal trap in Which things are planned out and done But when the control ends up In the hands of the shallow You can’t expect much to follow I see a day when somehow they get wiser And living quality rises And people don’t have to behave like they’re In the wild jungle To keep their stomachs from rumbling Why after thousands of years can’t humanity Come up with better ways to survive I guess some folks are just slow learners And some hope that change will never arrive Until we reach that higher level We’re just lower animals Not any better or worse Despite all the gadgets and edifices If we don’t wake up We shall cease to exist
Fin 03:29
Some see me as negative Having not much love to give But that’s just their bitterness disguised These are all the same ingrates Spiritual deadbeats hiding hate Never really can reciprocate Optimists like to pretend They are happy ‘til the end There’s a lot of pain they’re keeping down What will this lead to in time What will this lead to inside Happiness is just a state of mind Why have we gotten here Where will we go I have no real answers That’s not for me To really know People say that life’s unfair That’s not true so I don’t care If my views will get me ostracized Life is fair, we’re born, we live Then we go and hopefully We left in something good before we die Human schemes and human acts Make things unfair and that’s a fact Try and fool me with your best debate Some blame demon wickedness Some hate God ‘cause we exist I just want to exorcise their hate And when I close my eyes For the very last time I’ll have no regrets That can’t be said By everyone…
War 03:39
The puppeteer of propaganda Strikes again And sells the citizens A lust for death In the name of nationalism And the pride of acting tough The blood is shed Upon the ground Because their minds have not Evolved enough You wrap the flag and wear it Like a social womb And chastise those Who don’t agree with you As the bloodlust reaches fever pitch You’ll sloganeer some more No longer care or recollect The reasons that your nation’s fighting for A country’s ego Is the sum of its intent I’d hope the lives and money Would be spent On improvement of the common good And quality of life But more often than not It builds up armies Just to slaughter and divide The ways to solve the problem When it’s waging war Is just the lower animal’s way to go It’s much easier than dialogue Diplomacy takes time In the instant world they live in They must stick to faster ways Of changing minds A convenient tyrant Always helps the cause Although the conquerors Can be much worse With the promise of democracy Of course it’s for a price Though freedom is the selling point Their profit is the genuine device Civilizations kill themselves after a time The greed leads to eventual suicide With the ache for power taking over Like a deadly drug The addicts do not know Or really care about What they are dying of The ones who gain true wisdom Tend to see the signs When their world loses Its collective mind And the time is coming soon When we will see this for ourselves The foundation’s going to crumble And the structure will collapse Upon itself And from the ashes Of destructed humankind The phoenix of the higher mind Will rise And the hope is then renewed To see the chance of better ways To resolve the conflicts And to end the savage tactics Of the darker days
Lost in a jungle full of phoniness and lies She came to me without a method of disguise And as the time has moved upon its endless way I cannot feel the emptiness of yesterday I can’t declare all of the things I want to say It’s just an overload of stillness on the ground While at the top I feel my mind is spinning round And yet the answers are still few and far between Although the clues are there I now know what they mean And I am grateful that I have now found my queen I all but gave up on my happiness it seemed But now she’s helping me to tear down the machines And after dealing with the things which we have dealt I see my own life is reflected in her self And when I close my eyes and go to sleep at night I see my perfect dream and wish to hold her tight And then to reminisce upon the morning light We start to navigate the course of no man’s land And ride it carefully and try to understand That there ain’t really any end to this here road And there won’t be a time for everything to know The movement will be fast although it may seem slow The trip will be a mystery and rightly so And we will never know how many miles we’ll go
Au Contraire 01:19
You say you’re sick and tired Of government as usual I’m sick of you And all the foolish shit you do You have a chance to show Some true responsibility You’re fuckin’ blowing it Your vote’s a tragedy You think you took a stand But really you were led You let yourself get used Now you’re a pawn instead I wish to God that someone Could display some common sense But I won’t kid myself That’s not the present tense You bought the lies and games And happily had played along You think you changed the station But it plays the same old song The grassroots movement Wasn’t really there and run by those who Used you just to get more power Now they can laugh at you Your blind stupidity helped to Preserve the status quo But why feel any guilt Aw Hell, you didn’t know The greedy interests are grateful That you bought the sting When things get even worse You can’t recall anything You are all suckers You are all suckers You are all suckers And only have yourselves to blame
My patriotism isn’t from my being vain My principles don’t come from my financial gains I am American and proud of what we’ve got I won’t let anyone try to tell me I’m not If anyone thinks they can take this country from me they are wrong If they dare step over the line then they’ll get stopped before too long I know I’m not alone and there are other out there besides me Who will not tolerate intolerance and fight to keep us free There’s no accomplishment from brute force alone Just fill up a bunch of body bags to send back home My right to speak my mind about the government Is no less vital if my views are in dissent To try to question any loyalty in me is their mistake If anything their hate’s disguised as loving freedom and that’s fake And I respect the flag and all the sacrifice for which it stands I won’t turn it into a new swastika for some fascists’ plans Some day We will have A land of liberty And justice once again… Some one Must take a stand So we can live as free Americans again… Don’t tread on me Don’t dare tread Don’t tread on me
Whathafuzzit 02:56
It’s not even about compulsion It’s not even about obsession It’s all about identification And your alleged maturation You got your grown up props And they define who you are They prove that you’re an adult Although you still live with Mom and Dad You go and hang out in bars And try to get some results And tell yourself it’s not so bad You know it’s not an addiction But your logic is fiction And you can’t see the connection You got your grown up props You got your drink in your hand You got your smoke in your mouth You have become your old man But you know you have full control You think you know about yourself You think you know what you’ve become You’re just your version of everyone You think you have got it all set But you’ve only replaced your parents You are now your parents You’ve replaced your parents You let yourself get bought and sold Just like your parents You’re satisfied with your station Of social regeneration It’s only my observation You can’t outgrow your frustration
And it turns out like it’s never bad enough Yes it turns out like it’s never bad enough And it comes and goes and hangs around And comes back in a while But it turns out like it’s never bad enough And it looks like there’s a morning sky of red Yes it looks like there’s a morning sky of red And if we are all so lucky By the night we won’t be dead And it looks like there’s a morning sky of red And there’ll be some celebrating come the sun Yes there’ll be some celebrating come the sun But the rain is fast approaching And who knows when it be done And there’ll be some celebrating come the sun
Enough 03:41
In the course of our lives We seem to learn nothing Just trying to survive And letting so much go their way We let them control us And make us do what they please If we don't stop it We'll never be free They tempt us and bribe us We just go for the bait They drag us wherever they please We pretend to like it We're not as dumb as it seems Just lonely and desperate We think that we have this full What we've really made is garbage They more we think we have The lesser we become Is there ever any end? When will we have enough?


released October 7, 2003


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