Vagrants and Pacifists

by the Ghostwrite

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Tracks 1 - 8 were recorded on 11/22/11 at Magpie Cage in Baltimore MD. All of these tracks were recorded in one-shot takes on an acoustic guitar that was missing the high E string. Some vocals were doubled afterward.

Tracks 9 and 10 were recorded sometime in December of 2011 at the Man Cave in Westwood, NJ.

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released November 29, 2011

Songs written and performed by Robby Lester. Jay Snyder played a bunch of instruments on tracks 9 and 10. He also added vocals on track 10.

Engineer: Brooks Harlan (songs 1 - 8)
Engineer/producer/musician: Jay Snyder (songs 9 and 10)
Mastering Engineer: Robby Lester
Additional Vocals: Kristia Moya (track 10)
Artwork: Rose Savage
Design and layout: Chris Fredricks

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Track Name: French Quartered
Do you feel like you're missing out
on everything
with all your friends?
I think that's part of the reason why
we parted last winter

Breathing heavy

Still working in an economy
that spawns enemies and war

Breathing heavy

Oh, I'm up in an airplane again
Thinking of that time we went to New Orleans
and how I wish I would have taken advantage of
the lack of oxygen in the atmosphere

Breathing heavy

Do you still feel like you're missing out
on everything, with all your friends?
Don't worry the rising tide
might become everybody's messiah
So grab a paddle boat
Grab a lover
Take advantage of the lack of oxygen
in the atmosphere
Track Name: Freight Train Locomotion
I wonder what it sounded like that night?
I wonder what it felt like?
With all those helicopters overhead,
those ground troops storming in

And I can empathize with anyone
who gets addicted to anything

All those for-profit prisons
making money off non-violent poor decision
All those mammoth corporations
neatly stacking up all our cash
And I'm watching my friends kill themselves
And they're watching me do the same

We're growing up in an era of endless war

And it's so fucking hard to stay neutral
on this moving train
Yeah, it's so fucking hard to stay neutral
on this freight train
Track Name: Vagrant Velocity
I tried to settle down once or twice before
But I can't seem to help myself
If my feet hit the ground I'm gone

Still a rolling stone

And there are factors I cannot comprehend
like war and greed and greed and war
and I don't know any more

Still a rolling stone

To all my friends and one-night stands
I love you more than these three chords
But I hope this clarifies
on why I cannot stay another night

Still a rolling stone
Track Name: Regurgitated Propaganda
It seems like everyone is running round
barking orders
following chains of command
It seems like everyone is running round
spouting nonsense
as if it's the truth

Well, my friends,
can't we do this better?
can't we learn from this?
Oh my friends let do this better
We can all learn from this

It seems like everyone is running round
flashing status
like it's some secret club
It seems like everyone is running round
in paranoia
like it's the end of days

But down at the harbors
It fades away
Positive power of peaceful protest
and demonstration
Down at the harbors
of Baltimore and Boston
It fades away

Come on, friends, lets do this better
We can all learn together
Track Name: Our Voices Crush
We are all individuals
with individual thoughts
But we are a unit united as one
We are all individuals
with individual beliefs
But we stand together in solidarity
We are all individuals
with individual talents
But we work together as a living, breathing whole

Because it's 99 versus 1
Oh yeah, it's 99 versus 1
And there is not a tyrant we cannot topple
No force required

Hey, hey!
What's going on, they ask
It's a people's movement
a world movement

Hey, hey!
What's going on, they ask
It's a people's rebellion
A world rebellion
Track Name: These Tyrants Are Cowards
I will not turn my back on this
I will not walk away from this
About as real as I anticipated
As much of a struggle as I could possibly imagine

I cannot comprehend how anyone
would turn their back on this
I cannot understand how anyone
would walk away from this
A little too real, I suppose
Too much of a struggle, I suppose
Track Name: Archaic Broadcasts
Another misguided passenger
screaming "get a job, you fucking bums!"

Another misguided passenger
screaming "anarchist, terrorist, socialist"
or whatever buzz word FOX News
tells them so

Another misguided passenger
equipped with batons and tear gas and LRADs

Another misguided passenger
about to take the wheel and crash it into us

Take the wheel
Wreck it into us!
All the while we're organising
Chipping away at foundations
of tyrants' towers

Peaceful, yet resistant
Peaceful, yet resilient
Track Name: Motion Mobilized
You might find me on a bus
on a train
possibly a plane
But if you do
please don't ask
what's my plan?

I have no direction
No defined course of action

But I'm organised and unionized
whether it's building or dismantling
or strumming this guitar

And if you really know
corporate greed is a foe
If that means capitalism has to go
I'll raise a fist in solidarity