Labor Day Massacre

from Photographs +2 by Mischief Brew

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From "Photographs From The Shoebox"


Brother, you know we're all in this alone,
Take what you can get, break all but your bones
And when they finally ask you "well, what have you done?"
Say, "Life is a game and I've won, yes I've won."
Say, "Life is a game and I've won!"

You gave the asphalt a heave and then looked back at me,
Said "that is a word from the wise ones, indeed"
When you've been here this long, one day you belong
One day you wake up and forget what seemed wrong.
As the first day of May, well it quietly passed by,
As the bosses still reign 5 to 9
And you curse when I say words like "living" and "wage"
You say: "I made my house out of mud, so should they
Now the ball field is level--let's play!"

I think of the bullets, the blood, and the rage
That went in there to stir up the eight-hour day
Seems the masters have found themselves new rats to cage
And the price for a union is great
Well they gave her a raise so they raised up her rent
She says "I'll never burst from this box that I'm in"
But she's too scared to talk, to step off the sidewalk
So she shrugs it all off as the luck of the draw
And the labor you cry that's been robbed from your kind
With dirt on your hands and sweat in your eyes
If the fortunate son really wants to eat dust,
Well. I'm sure there's a good chance he'll be hired

There's a million stories of the crimes left to rot
But I never will raise as long as I sleep on the job

So, you say "brother, you know, we're all in this alone
Take what you can get, break all but your bones
And when they finally ask us well what have you done?"
Say, "Life is a game and I'm done!"


from Photographs +2, released January 22, 2014


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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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