This Message Repeats

by Widows Watch

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1.
If we don’t choose to see It stays hidden from our view I’m so sick of my complicity How about you? Sell half your day, every day Still can’t feed your family Only a blackened heart Would take the time To make you feel so helpless now Keep you on your knees begging for ways out Make you apologize for someone else’s mess Talking boot straps while their boot is on your neck
2.
Fake Smile 03:38
Are you waiting up again Until sleep finally takes you? Are we bearing more than we deserve? That’s a question I can’t answer alone Are you even asking the right questions? So far, just so many miles on my mind We’ve all been there Flash a fake smile and go along for the ride Are we keeping fires lit That will come to be the end Of this world as they are carried on the wind? Are the desires in our heads Just a sick joke to make us spend Our best days in the belly of this beast?
3.
Stumble 03:23
It’s not the busy times that bother you It’s the ones that make you wonder Could this shit get any worse? When you know full well it could It’s not the brain I might have picked But I’ll work with it for sake of a replacement No I don’t want to talk about it I just want to sleep it off That give up, I know it’s inside of us both You lean on me, I lean on you as we stumble through It’s the lonely times that drag on and on I know it’s all in my head A lot of good that does in practice Because it’s where I’ve got to live It’s not the brain I might have picked But I’ll work with it for sake of a replacement No I don’t want to talk about it I just want to sleep it off That give up, I know it’s inside of us both You lean on me I lean on you as we stumble through
4.
Twenty-seven years never heard a sound So I keep my eyes trained on the ground Feeling helpless, useless, dumb Sound didn’t leave me, it just didn’t come No connection, no direction And I ain’t got a name But everything it has a name Everything it has a name I never knew until today I’ll keep a list so I don’t forget them World is open now, never let it close Every word just expanding the scope Of possibilities that always seemed out of reach What’s your name? and tell me quick And I’ll add it to my list So I never will forget What is possible when we speak the same language I’ll keep a list so I don’t forget them
5.
Inside these walls time seems to stop No matter which side you’re on You better bet you’re dying young You do your time The time does you Dehumanized and shoved down in a hole Get out “worse than before” Endless tension and paranoia Packed in wall to wall Because it’s not about Justice It’s about a process in the American Gulag
6.
Zero Sum 03:48
They’re for the increment They’re for the slow rise They hide in shining castles Never feel the down side You play along in time Masters of the universe never had no sympathy for me Zero sum, you can’t get none, nothing is for free They’re for the easy game They’re for you forging your own chains They’re offering cold comfort As long as you can take the pain You’re the type of person that makes me doubt myself Makes me doubt my mental health
7.
What will they say, what will they do When they find out what we’re planning? Recall when we spoke to them in soft tones These faceless monsters left us bloodied We stood alone, and we wondered Where are our brothers? Are we cowards? We could talk for hours And never solve a thing So if you’re tired of their tricks and you’re tired of their shit I hope you would agree Out in the streets the pavement steams Bated breath anticipation Never forget the weight of this one percent A generation sold for profit We stood alone, and we wondered Where are our sisters? Here come the pigs to move us off again
8.
Lazy 03:51
You’re up already, ‘cause I can already smell the coffee I’m laying low you know, lazy is just a word but I earn it I guess I want to stay at home all day The rest are racing off somewhere To find a way back home all the same Hey now don’t take this personally, but let’s take a personal I know you’re feeling healthy today, but I think we’re coming down with something
9.
Riverbanks are cresting and I’m miles from home Getting set to drive these roads alone Rolling hills and small towns Hoping you’re home safe and warm Time to put the pedal down Speed away from this storm Angry skies they follow me Thunder shaking flooded ground They know kindred company Head is pounding with the sound So sick of the rain But then I’m sick of everything that’s under the sun You’re the only one who knows the shame And pain and dark that weighs daily on my heart And it’s comforting to know you’re never letting go Flooded out highway down Radio’s a static storm You know I’ve never liked this town Full with close-kept secret scorn Angry skies they follow me Thunder shaking flooded ground They know kindred company Head is pounding with the sound
10.
The Shadow 04:03
An expression of care, a dry spot in a storm Up for bid, put out on loan Close another door, message received Those who still care are no longer welcome here Drawing lines on the map where they don’t belong It’s a slow bleed down to the water’s edge Building walls on our lives where they don’t belong So tired of the climb Money places power where it don’t belong And the shadow covers us all Any victory, is just too much for them to bear Proof of life amongst the dead, nothing to see here “See that it’s stolen, and sold back to them” This message repeats. This message repeats. “If you find your house on fire please feed quarters to the hydrant”

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These are songs for people who still believe in the power of music to connect those of us that don't sit quietly while those in charge strip away everything that we hold dear. Earnest songs about the beauty in giving a shit and the ugliness in keeping your mouth shut. Honest songs about the struggles of living with anxiety and depression, and eager songs about sticking it out with your friends and your loved ones by your side. Widows Watch play melodic punk rock with power and grit, delivered in a style reminiscent of bands like Leatherface, No Choice, Doughboys, and Husker Du. Hailing from Baltimore, MD, the band features former members of Chernobyl Kids, Greasegun, and the Gamma Rays.

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released January 9, 2015

Recorded and mixed at Tesla Electric Recording by Chris
Camden and Fred Fritz using psychic scientific remote viewing
and experimental ESP techniques.
Mastered by Dan Coutant at Sun Room Audio.
Additional backing vocals by Chris Camden and Fred Fritz.

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Releasing great hardcore/punk records since 2002 for bands like The Spark, Ruiner, Nux Vomica, Formaldehyde Junkies, Psyched To Die, the Ergs, Pulling Teeth and more.

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Started in 2007 as a sister label to Firestarter to indulge our pop desires with releases from Sick Sick Birds, the Ergs, Dead Mechanical, Sundials, Tenement...
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