Rhapsody For Knives

by Mischief Brew

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You’re really doin’ some bang-up policework You ripped the whole damn garden out You got the rats out of your corn And let the vampires in your house You got a bug for son and daughter To always know the time and place And it don’t seem all that crazy Just the way the world is run today You say it's just the way the world is run today And it don’t seem all that strange You’re really doin’ some bang-up policework You’re gonna sweep up all the mess All the streets look good on camera Citizens under arrest You’re watchin’ too much television You’re waitin’ for the lights to change Let ‘em search, serve ‘em coffee Just the way the world is run today You say it's just the way the world is run today And it don’t seem all that strange You’re really doin’ some bang-up policework Ever think about becoming a cop? Bang bang, shoot ‘em up It’s giving them an easy job Another chapter in dominion Another ripped out history page A job ain’t hard if you do it for them Half the battle won for them today When you say: it’s just the way the world is run today And it don’t seem all that strange Ever think about becoming a cop?
2.
The state is just a baby spoiled with lollipops and bubblegum And it will never give you some unless you take it away The state is just a royal brat who wants you to give, but won’t give back Builds a fortress in the hills and never comes to play You toil to send some water up, he sends you down with drops His bully thugs will pound you down and spin you like a top A button war, a color war, he’s captured all the flags But only we can cry aloud: olly-olly-oxen-free! The president’s a motley mix of ruling parties’ politics A trickster in a two-faced mask who entertains us all The company will lend a hand, pull his strings, make him dance Strike the bell! Time to stand, for pyramids to fall So cast your ballot in the box like money down the aisle The bankers and the barons have been the killers all the while An oil war, a holy war, it’s just a different flag I’d love to see the game end with an olly-olly-oxen-free!
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Catch Fire 04:48
Down at the station Impatiently waiting To be thrown in a cage Hungry and naked Bleeding and nameless Broken piece of a chain Don’t know what I’m in for But I’ll show you disorder Call a cop by his name Hey you Watch me catch fire Well they gave you a number With hundreds of others Then they came from behind They called out no warning And sprayed you with poison And the gas made you blind Packed into boxes Shipped to a dungeon To a laugh and a cry Hey you Watch me catch fire Hey, don’t believe the news tonight It ain’t a party for your rights Cause I can see the hotel lights Their silhouettes are singing: “Fall down to the rising of wine.” Now when they come to party They wall up the city And they board up the stores They come in on horses And crack up your faces Then give the report With jails over-spillin’, You’re gonna spend millions Fighting this war Hey you Watch me catch fire Fall down to the rising of wine.

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Three songs that were considered for 2011's "The Stone Operation," but recorded afterwards. A barnburner, a medieval-sounding anarcho-carol (performed by The Orphans once), and a protest march! Features Tom from Meisce on fiddle. Recorded by Steve Roche at Permanent Hearing Damage, mastered by Carl Saff, pressed on blue vinyl!

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released August 28, 2012

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Mischief Brew Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Emerging from the undead ashes of PA punk troupe The Orphans, Mischief Brew started with a scratchy demo tape in 2000 and has since spread the good word of anarchy, hilarity, and rebellion across state lines and even the Atlantic Ocean a few times. We've managed to exist for over 13 years in one form or another by kissing nobody's ass and doing everything ourselves, for the most part. No rules! ... more

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