Nevermind the Ballads

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a dog stares in to a gramophone trumpet

waits for its call to action

mute and obedient standing to attention

look a little closer the dogs an old friend

just waiting for the end but don’t know it began

waiting to be off, - waiting for a break

and somewhere deep inside he knows he’s made a mistake

that someone inside will soon catch him off guard

watch for the end - he never wanted to start

never thought he’d go and change his mind

never thought he’d join the other side

but when he clocks in well we all clock in

when we let a friend enforce the situation we’re in

see they have an understanding and this is it

they let the dogs out but we scoop the shit

look a little closer, the dog is a dog

a metaphor for what we had and how it went wrong

idioms of english mean to make you feel dumb while

the idiots are screaming that you're not fucking punk

these boots were made for marching but in all the wrong directions

up side down, inside out and backwards

these little dogs are barking,, run-on sentence

the ground we tread will rise back up and strike us down with vengeance

the vests that we wear the pants and the hair

the politics the music and the feelings we share

watch for the end - we never wanted to start

back when it began before punk jumped the shark

i thought we had an understanding, what is this?

we pay attention while you take the piss


from Nevermind the Ballads, released October 1, 2016



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