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VIVA! / Punk Is Not A Sound

  • WARPAWN
    Are you ready for the new redaction?
    Simple words for simple actions.
    It's time to call out wrongs;
    take a serious look at our reflections
    A definition of 'heroes' that goes beyond just 'paid killers'
    Calling out the corporations that poison us and then enslave us
    Someone's got to say it
    Someone's got to say it
    Even... if you're the only one
    
    D'you know what it is yet?
    Did you work it out all by yourself?
    Which part of the jigsaw didn't fit?
    Or did you just need more time to twist it in?
    
    Twist it in
    
    Hey...
    Been sold down the river
    A long time ago
    You wouldn't know
    
    So please believe me when I tell you
    I've been digging for my cleansing
    People are running, but they don't know what from, don't know where to, I'm
    one - I know
    Bending, yielding, fates conceding, worshipping heroes *while* still
    bleeding
    I'm one of you, I'm one of us, I guess it's just one those things
    You've got to figure it out for yourself
    
    The Cats' [have] got hearts made of stone
    The Man won't leave you alone
    Find yourself trapped between a rock and a hard place
    Wondering what you're doing wrong
    STILL TRYING TO FIGURE IT OUT
    If you see it
    Please won't you let me know
    If you find it
    Please don't let it go
    If you see it
    Please won't you let me know
    If you find it
    Never let it go
    Who're the liars? Who are the liars?
    Follow the money...
    Who're the liars?
    Just follow the money...
     Who are the liars?
    Just...
    Never let it go
    STILL TRYING TO FIGURE IT OUT
    
    Just follow the money
    
    Hey
    Come on, come on, come on, come on
    Someone's got to say it
    Just follow the money
    Someone's got to say it
    You'll sometimes be the only one
    But you'll never be alone
    Are you ready for our reaction?
    Simple words for simple actions
    				
  • MEXICO
    It's Friday Night, let's party!
    
    Hey, Charlie, it's Friday Night - let's party!
    Time for a party! It's Friday Night - let's party!
    Where's Charlie? 'Cos you're a rock-star... Let's party!
    Time for a party
    We'll pay later
    
    You can't say "No"
    
    A thousand miles away
    It's a different story
    Might as well be a million miles away
    A very different fucking story
    Hey, Charlie
    Time for a party
    Don't count, don't count, don't ...
    They'll pay later
    You can't say "No", you can't say "No"
    A thousand miles away
    It's a different story
    Might as well be a million miles away
    A very fucking different story
    Every day, every day, every day
    Some other victim on the back of a truck
    Or a mother, now without a son or a daughter
    South of the border where lives are worth less than
    The price of this powder that everyone knows:
    But no-one has the guts to talk about
    So let's spring it direct; This "War On Drugs" that you're against
    Yes, marijuana needs to breathe free in the "Land of White Suburbia"
    I agree, but sixty thousand dead in Mexico's drug war... it doesn't raise a
    head
    Why?
    Are Brown People, worth the same as White People?
    Sixty thousand dead in Mexico's drug war...
    White people... worth the same as Brown People?
    
    Sorry, I didn't mean to spoil your party
    But it's "Friday Night"...
    It's Friday night
    
    So sing if you want to sing, sing if you want to sing, So dance if you want
    to dance, dance if you want to dance,
    Play if you want to play, play if you want to play, Shout if you want to
    shout, shout if you want to play, Let's hear it
    
    Let's have a different party
    Let's tell a different story
    We'll have a different party
    'Cos it's a different story
    In Mexico
    In Colombia
    In Brazil
    In Guatemala
    South Of The Border
    Oh, I think I've worked you out
    Who'll tell your story?
    Who'll tell your story, Charlie?
    South Of The Border
    Careful...
    There's money where your mouth is
    
    Hey, Charlie!
    				
  • DEMOCRACY
    Ain't going nowhere
    Ain't going nowhere
    Ain't going nowhere
    Nowhere but forwards
    
    You face defeat
    Your life's out of reach
    Every dream
    Is falling down
    Sexism, racism
    Homophobia,
    And a "trickle-down economy"
    That's just hoovering it all up
    You're in denial
    
    IT'S FAKE
    YOU CAN SEE IT.
    YOU CAN SAY IT.
    YOU CAN SEE IT.
    SO SAY IT.
    
    The world is a battlefield
    Not just talking about "the 3rd world"
    The whole world
    Our whole world
    The world is a battlefield
    Do you remember... the "boom time"?
    Yuh...
    Neither do I.
    
    The world as it could be.
    Now that's a picture I would take
    And show on TV
    Everything is balanced out
    But on the wrong side of the scales, sit you and I and...
    Never mind the forest for the trees
    Can't even see the fire for the flames
    In which we fry, in which we burn
    To set the picture  alight, we're taking turns
    
    Is someone testing me?
    Is someone testing me?
    A rose by another name...
    When last I checked this didn't look like democracy
    Come on, sister, come on, brother...
    Is someone watching me?
    Is someone watching me?
    A rose by another name...
    When last I checked this didn't even smell like democracy
    Come on, sister, come on, brother...
    
    The world as it could be.
    Now that's a noise I would make
    And play on the radio
    Everything is balanced out
    But on the wrong side of the scales, sit you and I and...
    Never mind the forest for the trees
    Can't even see the fire for the flames
    In which we fry, in which we burn
    To set the stereo alight, we're taking turns
    No more life in retreat
    Pass it on, Take it on, march to your own beat
    (Please repeat:)
    No more life in retreat
    Pass it on, Take it on, you march to your own beat
    
    Is someone testing me?
    Is someone testing me?
    A rose by another name...
    When last I checked this didn't look like democracy
    Come on, sister, come on, brother...
    March to your own beat
    March to your own beat
    Let's march with each other
    Run with each other
    And never be afraid to shout
    "I have a dream"
    
    "I have a dream"
    [Oh-woah, don't bring it down on me]
    
    Not like this nightmare
    Not like this nightmare
    We're living in
    
    Every chance we get, they take it
    But we'll take a chance
    Every chance they get, they take it
    But we'll take a chance
    Seems every bridge we build, they break it
    But fuck it, we'll build another bridge
    Seems every bridge we build, they break it
    But fuck it, we'll build another bridge
    Let's build another bridge
    We'll build another bridge
    
    ...We've nowhere left to go
    ... Nowhere left to hide
    ...Nowhere left to run
    ...Nowhere but forwards
    A RIOT - FORWARD MARCH!
    
    A FIST... IN THE FACE OF HYPOCRISY
    
    THEY SAY WE CAN'T DANCE HERE, AND WE CAN'T DANCE THERE
    BUT WHERE ELSE CAN WE GO WHEN THEY'VE BOUGHT EVERYWHERE?
    THEY SAY "WHEN G.D.P. DOUBLES, THE DISEASE WILL BE RARE
    BUT IT MAY TAKE A WHILE: WELL, LIFE'S NEVER BEEN FAIR"
    YOU KNOW IT'S CALLED SLAVERY WHEN YOU GET PAID NOTHIN'?
    I KNOW IT'S NOT ENOUGH BUT WE'VE GOT TO DO SOMETHING
    'COS WE CAN'T EAT SHARES AND WE CAN'T DRINK MONEY
    SO SAY SOMETHING. DO SOMETHING.
    I'M DONE GONE LAUGHING AT JOKES THAT AIN'T FUNNY
    WAITING FOR TH'PEOPLE T'GET HUNGRY ENOUGH T'GET ANGRY
    'COS WE CAN'T EAT SHARES AND WE CAN'T DRINK MONEY
    SAY SOMETHING. DO SOMETHING...
    
    No more life in retreat
    DENIAL
    No more life in retreat
    DENIAL
    No more life in retreat
    DENIAL
    No more life in retreat,
    We're marching to another drum
    				
  • (reprise)
    D'you remember when we used to sing
    When our feet were in the clouds
    When smiles that seemed like frowns, began to make sense?
    Because the world's still upside down
    Who can turn it round
    If not for you and I...
    The world is blind
    The world is blind
    
    This isn't Black Music
    This isn't White Music
    It's our music
    And I won't back down
    This isn't Black Music
    This isn't White Music
    It's our music
    And I won't back down
    
    So ideas that have no words
    Thoughts that have no sounds
    These things that have no names
    Begin to make sense
    Because if the world is upside down
    Then who can turn it round
    If not for you and I
    The world is blind
    
    The Rising Tide
    Is you and I
    The Rising Tide
    Is you...
    				
  • SKIN
    I see you
    
    The colour of our skin, the cover of our kin
    Lest we should forget, it's our original sin,
    If we would just desist, then they could resist
    The urge to remind us where we're really from
    
    Ever been struck by a Wannabe?
    Thank God, I sold that ticket
    I'd never been hit before, I never did care
    I'd watch my back but I'd never been scared
    Seven years old when I heard the refrain:
    "Go back where you came from"
    Didn't know where it was, but I had to get there
    This is the story of how a kid learned fear
    
    We all bleed red
    Ever been struck by a Wannabe?
    Thank God, I sold that ticket
    We all bleed red
    
    I wish they could get over, under, over...
    Could get them out from under, over, under...
    Under my skin
    'Cos I'm moving back in  [because we're moving in]
    Because I live within  [because we live within]
    Under my skin
    But it covers everything
    
    They say "Boys don't cry"
    But there's more to this than meets the eye
    And if you ask them this, they won't deny
    That the world... is...
    "Black boys don't cry"
    But I don't know the reason why
    So I let the tears run dry
    Because The World... The World is blind
    The World is blind
    
    OPEN YOUR EYES... Can they even see me?
    
    I wish they could get over, under, over...
    Get them out from under, over, under...
    Under my skin
    BECAUSE I'M MOVING BACK IN  [because we're moving in]
    BUT I WON'T BE TRAPPED WITHIN [we won't be trapped within]
    WHAT I'M LIVING IN [what we're living in]
    UNDER MY SKIN
    UNDER MY SKIN
    
    "Big boys don't cry"
    Well, that turned out to be another lie
    It was nothing but a lullaby
    And The World remains...
    "White boys don't cry"
    Come on, who believes this alibi?
    And we can see it, you and I
    But The World... The World is blind
    The World's still blind
    
    Sometimes I wish I could just tear it off
    Tear it off
    Ever been struck by a Wannabe?
    Open your eyes
    				
  • A MOMENT'S VIOLENCE
    Hold still
    Hold still, you may not feel a thing
    
    Not all that glitters is gold
    Not all that ages gets old
    Not all that enters here is destined never to leave
    I do believe
    
    Not all the stories are true
    Not all the mirrors show The Real You
    Not all the promises we make can hold
    I do believe
    
    D'you feel like you'd be less without this?
    This hole in your soul
    Nothing but a ghost lost in this machine
    If this picture was whole?
    
    Not all our children will grow
    Not all our heroes will be known
    Not all our futures are set in stone
    
    Not all the die are yet cast
    Not all these things, can they last
    I'm making a vigil for all that's yet to pass
    I do believe
    
    D'you feel like you'd be less without this?
    This hole in your soul
    Nothing but a ghost lost in this machine
    If this picture was whole
    Do you believe?
    
    Hold still, you may not feel a thing
    Hold still, we're still remembering
    A moment...
    A moment...
    A moment...
    One moment
    Hold still, you may not feel a thing
    Hold still, we're still remembering
    A moment...
    A moment...
    
    ... you may not feel a thing
    				
  • A PRAYER
    Wait 'til the smoke clears
    But where there's smoke, there's...
    But where there's smoke, there's...
    And when the smoke clears...
    
    You'll see what I see, you'll see what I see
    
    Yes I know I'm on fire,
    No-one can put it out,
    That's how I know I'm on fire,
    No-one can put me out
    
    We don't even think of victory
    We're just fighting to survive
    And though we're living hand-to-mouth
    We're yet to pay the cost, just to survive
    
    D'you see what I see?
    
    Yes I know I'm on fire,
    No-one can put it out,
    That's how I know I'm on fire,
    No-one can put me out
    
    Such a lonely view from here
    D'you see what I see?
    D'you see what I see?
    
    I'm a painter, so I paint
    Using whatever colours I find
    Sometimes it's a dark day:
    A wash in black.
    My teacher taught me to draw I see;
    Trust even the corner of my eye
    Have the faith to believe
    In my own vision
    And my pen to make it be."
    She said
    (Use your pen to make it be)
    "I'll help you find a new religion...
    This is my prayer for you"
    
    "Then even in the darkest days
    You'll shine"
    
    In the darkest days
    I heard a voice
    In the darkest of days
    I heard a call
    From somewhere deep inside
    From someone from whom I can't hide
    It said...
    
    "You had a friend set you alight, said 'hold my hand' then let it go, so now
    your heart's on fire [So, you're not invincible]
    "(So) forget all the things you think you know, you can fly the kite but
    then let it go, throw out the seeds and let them grow where they fall...
    [No, You're not invincible]
    "Learn all you ever can from love, you don't need no faith in Man's God
    above, to know (that) you're not invincible
    No, You're not invincible
    "But the holes in your armour also let the rays reach into your soul,
    So let there be light..."
    So let there be light
    "So now you know the reasons why
    It's time to find a new religion
    So I wrote this prayer for you
    "That's why your heart's on fire
    Be glad no-one can put it out
    This is my prayer for you"
    "Forget all the things you think you know
    Throw out the seeds and let them grow
    Don't let the smoke blind you"
    
    "All the things you think you know"
    
    "All the things you think you know"
    Will you ever forget?
    
    MY HEART'S ON FIRE
    
    ALL THESE BEATS, THESE BEATS YOU KNOW
    				
  • LAST OF THE TRIBE
    Hmmmmmmmmmmm
    Oh, won't you lead from this place, we'll follow
    Oh, won't you lead us to the promised land, we'll follow
    War, we don't want it but we'll play, we'll follow
    Wrongs, we won't right them but we'll pray, we'll follow
    you
    Down
    We'll follow you down
    				
  • REVOLUTION PER MINUTE
    Yo, check out what the tide brought in
    Y'all look at what the cat dragged in
    SPIN IT
    SPIN IT
    
    So help me God I won't be saved
    Now self-righteous idiots want my ear
    So help me God I can't be saved
    Their heartbeats quicken when I'm near
    
    If we don't dance,
     they'll set our feet on fire
    
    They held a gun to my head
    Then whispered their secret
    "This is no empty threat", they said
    "Now this stage is set, ... it's perfect"
    
    Take it as read,
    The blood that spilt was tainted,
    We've been misled,
    But now we know their secret
    Eyes on the prize
    And tho' the sign  says 'danger',
    Don't be afraid
    It's conquering the fear that'll save ya
    TURN IT ROUND
    
    Take it as read
            - don't say we won't be heard
    We've been misled
            -  don't say we won't be heard
    Eyes on the prize
            - and though my heart bleeds red
    Don't be afraid
            -  don't say we won't be heard
    Take it as read
            - DON'T SAY WE WON'T BE HEARD
    We've been misled
            -  DON'T SAY WE WON'T BE HEARD
    Eyes on the prize
            - AND THOUGH MY HEART BLEEDS RED
    Don't be afraid
            -  DON'T SAY WE WON'T BE HEARD
    DON'T SAY WE WON'T BE HEARD
    Don't say we won't be heard
    
    TURN IT ROUND...
    HEY
    GET UP, GET UP, GET UP, GET UP
    EYES ON THE PRIZE...
    EVEN THOUGH YOU CAN'T STOP THE BLEEDING...
    GET UP, GET UP, GET UP, GET UP
    EYES ON THE PRIZE...
    EVEN IF YOU CAN'T STOP THE BLEEDING...
    Yeah
    Yes, we know what you mean
    All our HEROES are TRAITORS
    All our TRAITORS are HEROES
    Yeah, we know the score, 'cos we've played this before...
    So help me God
    
    So stop pointing the finger, let's shout it together:
    "we can all do better"
    WE CAN ALL DO BETTER
    To this jury of saints, let's shout it together:
    "we can all do better"
    WE CAN ALL DO BETTER
    Let's shout it together, we can all do better
    WE CAN ALL DO BETTER
    TOGETHER
    WE CAN ALL DO BETTER
    Together forever
    Together!
    We're in this together, we're...
    We're tied at the hip and we'll live and we'll die
    We'll be buried together
    Together, together forever
    And don't you forget it
    And so it goes [WELL, CAN YOU DO BETTER?]
    And so it goes [WELL, CAN YOU DO BETTER?]
    And so it goes
    If we can't turn it round then
    Throw it back
    Throw it back
    WELL, CAN YOU DO BETTER?
    				
  • BORN AGAIN
    I died that day
    
    Say it
    And you might believe
    You might believe
    
    When you're really alive
    You see every colour, bright like shimmering ores
    When you're really there
    When you're here, You breathe every ocean you see,
    And you touch, and you feel, you feel like...
    
    When you feel like ending... everything
    
    There's no time to waste
    
    But I still remember...
    
    The cup I was holding,
    The light on the landing,
    The fear and the loathing,
    The end of pretending
    The dream wasn't ending,
    The air I was breathing;
    It tasted like evening
    Before a storm
    
    And you're right
    When I feel like ending, when I feel...
    I'm born again
    
    But I still remember...
    It's definitely me
    				
  • VIVA
    Well, you're gonna have to let go
    Stop holding on
    
    The world, as you know,
    You know it's ending, you know it's ending
    It's ending
    The world, as you know,
    You know it's ending
    It's disappearing up it's own arse
    
    I have the same nightmare every night [How do you know?]
    I have the same nightmare every night [How do you know?]
    Submerged under a sea never been breached by light [How do you know?]
    These never-ending nights
    Oh, these never-ending nights
    
    Where I watch my unborn son
    Growing up in the dark
    He doesn't even know I'm there
    And I can't tell anyone
    
    Come on, tell me it's alright, I'm dreaming
    I'm the last of a dying tribe, and I'm screaming
    Well, I know you think we'll be all right, Jack
    But what do you know
    What don't you know..?
    
    So, sing a song for me,
    This isn't hip hop, brother,
    You can trip up, lover
    whistle a melody
    ... isn't two step, sister,
    You beat that, lover
    Just to keep the memory
    This isn't retro, brother
    Can you see that, lover?
    Alive, a little longer
    Yes you love your mother,
    I can see that, brother
    So, won't you sing a song for me,
    This isn't hip hop, brother,
    You can trip up, lover
    I'm dancing for my life
    In poetry
    Yes you love your mother,
    I can see that, brother
    It's getting so hard
    Getting so hard to see
    
    Come on, tell me it's alright, I'm dreaming
    I'm the last of a dying tribe, and I'm screaming
    And I know you think we'll be all right, Jack
    But what do you know
    What don't you know..?
    It's getting so hard
    So hard to see
    
    Let go
    
    Where the sun doesn't set
    That's where you gotta look
    Where the rot set in
    That's what you gotta check.
    Let go
    Let go
    Let go
    Let go
    
    Slow down.
    Slow down.
    slow down, you're talking too fast
    Slow down, you're moving too fast
    So used to marching we've forgotten how to walk,
    So used to shouting we've forgotten how to talk,
    So slow down, you're talking too fast
    Slow down, you're moving too fast
    
    Y'know, If I had a God then I might pray
    That in this ocean I could breathe
    Though in this night that I may die
    That first I'll
    Live
    
    First let me live
    
    In this never-ending night
    In this fast-receding light
    In this never-ending fight
    
    D'you remember when we used to sing?
    So sing a song for me
    Just to keep the memory
    				
  • MOTHER
    D'you remember I was scared of the dark?
    So you switched the light on
    When I slept I walked
    Just to be nearer
    Nearer to you, just to hear your voice
    I slept in the corridor just to know your touch was close
    Those days we all slept alone
    
    I'm open wide, I see you
    I know, (I'm) not always the one you can run to
    I know, (I'm) not always the one you can talk to
    And I know it's my own fault,  but I remember...
    
    When I was scared of the deep
    Well, you pulled me out from under...
    When I was scared of heights
    Well, you told me I could fly
    When the sands were moving, and I couldn't find my feet
    You held on to me, you held on to me
    When the glass was empty
    You filled it for me, you filled it for me, you filled it for me
    
    I'm open wide, I see you
    And I know, I didn't notice at the time
    And I know, I didn't thank you at the time
    And I know it's my own fault, I'm a closed book
    I know it's my own fault, but I want you to know...
    
    You'll always be The...
    You'll always be The...
    You'll always be The Reason Why I came
    ...The Reason Why I stayed
    ...The Reason Why I play
    ...The Reason Why I'm here
    The eyes, the eyes, the eyes, will tell you how I feel
    And you said,
    If I believe it, I can win
    
    You'll always be The...
    You'll always be The...
    You'll always be The Reason