Lessons on Love, Sharing, & Hygiene

by The Capitalist Kids

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It's pretty rare that we fall in love with a band on first listen, but that was exactly the case when Austin, TX's The Capitalist Kids sent us their new recording. It's really hard not to get sucked in by the familiar pop-punk hooks first made popular by Lookout! Records bands like Green Day and The Mr. T Experience, but the new recording really had us yelling "Hell yes!" when the third song, "Parachute of Gold", kicked in with it's socially critical lyrics. It's easy to find a pop-punk band that can write a catchy song about a new or lost love, but when they can seamlessly flow between a song like that and a song about the growing income gap in this country, it's a really, really special thing. Other often neglected topics in the genre that can be found on this album include the cold-hearted Ayn Rand, Socialist as badge of honor, and the disappointment and anger at famous punk rockers punching women. Don't worry traditionalists, songs about girls are abundant as well.

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released June 20, 2012

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Track Name: On My Mind
you’ve been on my mind for a long, long time
and I wanna tell you something
I think you and I should hang out sometime
and I am not bluffing
maybe we could go see a movie at the Alamo
Roadhouse with Master Pancake
do me a kindness, say yes, because anything less
would cause my heart to break
I’m aware that I can be kind of shy
and I’m a bit nervous around you
but if I get to work my charm on you
you’ll fall for me, yeah, you’re bound to
and pretty soon now you’re gonna wonder how
you ever lived before you met me
lower that eyebrow, I’ve got it all figured out
now you don’t have to worry about a thing at all
such a shock to find I was on your mind
and I think it’s really something
kind of blows my mind, planets have aligned
now let’s get down to the loving
maybe we could go to an island way off the coast
live a life of solitude and happiness
have a couple kids
tell them not to do the things we did
and then hold hands and wait for death
Track Name: Eagle Thunder
even though you’re so smart sometimes you feel kinda dumb
hang around with me you’ll feel smarter by comparison
when you get depressed because this world is a shitpile
I will be right there to help you crack a smile
and you know I couldn’t ever love anyone else
so you know I’m never gonna leave you by yourself
I’m here for you-ooh-ooh
when your day at work is long
and filled with frustration
you need to blow off steam with someone I will be that one
when you’re tired and hungry and you just don’t want to cook
I won’t hesitate to open that phonebook
[chorus]
‘cause you’re everything a man could ever want
at least if that man happens to be me
and you’re everything that I’ve been looking for
and you’re everything that I wish I could be
I’m here for you through thick and thin
so stop resisting, just give in to happiness
because this just might be as good as it gets
now I may not be too good
at most things, yeah it’s true
but I’m pretty great at being devoted to you
so, for what’s it’s worth
you know that we’ve got each other
no obstacle too great for Team Eagle Thunder
[chorus]
Track Name: Parachute of Gold
rail against any welfare for the poor
but when it comes to you, you only want more
and you don’t give a second thought the those
whose homes have been foreclosed
and I don’t wanna hear another word from you
elite class above the whole nation
balk at the mere idea of regulation
need a bailout, call your government friends
taxes prop you up, cycle begins again
Americans are left out in the cold
you got a parachute of gold
and I don’t wanna hear another word from
you are the ones I hate the most
capitalism’s walking ghosts
moving pieces of paper around
all rewards are privatized
and all the risks are socialized
our eyes are open now
we might just bring you down
but you know you got everybody fooled
don’t have to play by any rules
and you don’t wanna hear another word from me
Track Name: That's When I Knew
I remember our first date
the jukebox picks you played
met my approval, yeah you had taste
the obvious Ramones, but also Undertones
I knew you weren’t just a pretty face
eventually we were wasted and singing They Might Be Giants underneath the moon
and that’s when I knew that I wanted a second date with you
I remember our second date
the bowling alley had a 2 hour wait
so we just walked to some shitty bar
and as we sat and talked
found out you bused and walked
to protest the war you sold your car
and quickly I began to see that
the more I learned, the more I liked about you
and that’s when I knew that I needed a third date with you too
I remember our third date
the vegetable pot pie you made
was wonderful, and my crush grew
I got to finally watch Simpsons dvd’s
with the girl with the Hellfish tattoo
and the next morning we went out for brunch
and then down to the lake before you had to leave too soon
and that’s when I knew that I wanted ten million dates with you
Track Name: Ayn (LP version)
Ayn, Ayn, Ayn
such a remarkable mind
novelist, philosopher, sociopath combined
she was born in old St. Petersburg, Alisa Rosenbaum
moved out to America, made Hollywood her home
wrote some books
influenced crooks
like Clarence Thomas and Alan Greenspan
the darling of the rightwing fundamentalists, Ms. Rand
Ayn, Ayn, Ayn
the critics were so unkind
they didn’t see your genius
you thought that they were blind
but Ayn, Ayn, Ayn
your books sold just fine
and flying in the face of logic, sales have not declined
now we’re seeing a resurgence in your popularity
but it’s a shame to think about all of the better books that people could read
Ayn, Ayn, Ayn
it’s so hard to devine
how you’ve fooled so many people for such a long, long time
after all these many years
still garnering new fans
carrying around the Foutainhead
pronouncing your name “Ann”
holy heck!
now Glenn Beck plugs your books on his show
I didn’t think that his viewers could read
but you never know
Ayn, Ayn, Ayn
protagonists with spine
the spoils go to the supermen, the rest can wait in line
Ayn, Ayn, Ayn
Objectivism defined
as fuck everyone else, as long as I’ve got mine
Track Name: Broken World
we have no moral compass
no fucking common sense
bound and gagged our consciences
locked them in our basements
we live in a world of imbalance and disparity
where one’s manipulation serves another’s greed
some people live in comfort
others suffer, bleed, and die
we’re too hard and cynical to question why
it’s a broken world
we live in a world of escapism
a world of fantasy
we spend our every minute running from reality
we spend our whole lives searching
for small pockets of light
occasionally work for what we think is right
in this broken world
Track Name: Never Fear, Capitalism Is Here!
these corporations are great
see, look, their logos are green
free market capitalism is gonna save everything
I see that look on your face
I know that you have your doubts
but if you’d only have faith
the market will work it out
you see we realized we’ve raped the planet and now we’re fucked
but some genius will find a way to make some big bucks
off of turning it all around
and then we’ll turn it all around
corporations are your friends
just put all your faith in them
corporations have the R and D
and your best interests at heart
and though they may not all be saints
they’re what made this country great
corporations are your friends
so kick back, consume, and wait
these companies are so great
see, look, their products are green
now we can shop our way out of this whole crisis thing
the more products we buy
the better we feel
like when we’re driving a shiny hybrid automobile
you know we realize we’ve pushed the planet up to the brink
but the system will correct itself so don’t even think
about burning it all to the ground
because we’re turning it all around
[chorus]
Track Name: New Start
trying to make it through the long sober night
my girl’s away so I can not hold her tight
I bet if she were here she could convince me everything is all right
I really thought I was falling apart
she came along and I got a new start
I get the funny feeling that she’s never gonna break my heart
she’s so great, I’m outclassed in every way
shooby-doo, it’s too good to be true
I need a tube or two of super glue
so I can glue her to me today
how did I land such a dynamite dame?
how can she stand me when I am all lame?
2000 miles away I’m left alone to kiss a picture frame
she’s so great, I’m outclassed in every way
her boyfriend was an asshole
now she’s the queen of my castle
we get on the floor and wrassle
while we drink until we pass out
Track Name: We Are Each Ultimately Alone In the Universe
I never dreamed that I’d get you
but then I did and now it seems like all I do
is wait here for the other shoe
to drop upon my head when you tell me we’re through
I’ve failed at everything that I have ever tried
I’ve always been a loser in the world’s cold eyes
but now I must confess I’ll have to reassess
because I won your heart, a most sought-after prize
when two attempt to fuse to one
it always ends up easier said than done
treacherous roads must be traversed
ultimately we’re each alone in the universe
but since it’s you, I’ll keep on tryin’
to break on through and get behind
these walls you manage to construct
relationships can be a trial
but what we have is so worthwhile
we’ll pull it off with any luck
please don’t give up on you and me
Track Name: Socialism Ain't a Dirty Word
irrationality has come to rule the day
what year is this? I can’t believe the shit you say
you know that you’re being manipulated, man?
you’re a sucker and this system is a scam
Socialism ain’t a dirty word
despite the things you might have heard
we’re out of work or we’re overworked and overstressed
in decline and still believing we’re the best
and no other system will ever be allowed
slander me with Socialist and I’ll be proud
Track Name: Weasel
I always admired you for all your catchy hooks
but I was there the night you chose to throw that hook
at that girl’s jaw
and we all saw
what a piece of shit you are
well, we were well aware that you were a total asshole
I guess we never figured you could sink so low
through the Scott Inn fences
I saw you lose your senses
and what a piece of shit you are
what kind of punker thinks that hitting women is fun?
I’d like to see you weasel your way out of this one
you were such a huge influence on our musical style
but I don’t think we’ll cover “Leather Jacket” for a while
now we all know
woah-oh-oh-oh
what a piece of shit you are
Track Name: Luckiest
when she’s around I wanna kiss her
and when she’s not, then I just miss her
I try so hard just not to piss her off
‘cause I don’t wanna do that
it took too long for me to find her
no one could ever treat me kinder
with every new day a reminder of just how lucky I am
I know that I am the luckiest guy
to have her in my life
I know that I am the luckiest guy
she said she’d be my wife
now all I wanna do is hold her
and let her rest her head upon my shoulder
and maybe one day when we’re older
we’ll put some babies in her
now I’m aware that overpopulation
is creating quite a scary situation
but it could only benefit the nation
if her genes were allowed to carry on
[chorus]
Track Name: I Dreamed I Saw Phil Ochs Last Night
[This song is tricky to credit. In 1930 Alfred Hayes wrote a poem titled “I Dreamed I Saw Joe Hill Last Night”. In 1936 Earl Robinson put the poem to music. In 1990 Billy Bragg recorded a version of the song with just a vocal track where he changed the lyrics to be about Phil Ochs. This is the version we are covering, adding our own music behind it. There you go.]
Track Name: Three-Oh
standing on a rooftop on a summer evening hanging out
watching bird flocks
hearing nighthawks
all alone just thinking about
where it was I’d ended up
what I had not done with my life
weighing what was wrong and what was pretty much all right
thinking ‘bout the drinking and sobriety
thinking about my fear of therapy
and my fear of
let’s be honest here
of pretty much everything
melancholy but I’m fine
just constant chaos in my mind
I know that everybody fights battles of their own kind
even if nothing goes my way
I live to fight another day
never forgetting I could be in a much worse place
and I may define myself more by what I don’t do
I’ve made it to 30, I know I’ll never be like you
I’m not all that I want to be
but I know who I am and I’ve got time
and I’m ok
Track Name: Ericacoustic
come and hold me, one and only
‘cause I love you so much and
I’m missing the electicity
that happens when we touch hands
ey ey Erica
tell me where in the world have you been
all my life I’ve waited for you
oh oh Erica
you know there was a time when I used to think
that dreams did not come true