On Freedom (A Carol)

from Rhapsody For Knives by Mischief Brew

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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!


from Rhapsody For Knives, 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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