Viva Death

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1.
Honor, duty, loyalty, and vigilance God and country, wisdom and benevolence It feels good to you doesn’t it? Like a lovely fairy tale It’s what they taught you wasn’t it? And in the cross you bear…another nail Fundamentalist Prove to them that your god exists Fundamentalist The greater cost the more they resist Anger, hatred, irresponsibility Violence, vengeance, take the opportunity This feels right to you doesn’t it? Like you ever had a choice It’s making sense to you isn’t it? Just concentrate and listen to that voice Fundamentalist Prove to them that your god exists Fundamentalist The greater the cost the more they resist Disinformation, fascination, indoctrination, lies Guilty by association, suffocation, you would take a life To demonstrate your reverence for all things living Aspirations, complications, suffering and pain Inspiration, trepidation, vindication, make them pay Because you believe in what is right and that makes it OK Fundamentalist Prove to them that your god exists Fundamentalist The greater the cost the more they resist
2.
The Start Up 01:58
Blown, my intuition Smile sweetly, but act discreetly Time and place, mine to waste I guess time is running out I just can’t get around it Don’t tell me the race is won, I’m only getting started It’s getting late, no mistake, there’s no mistaking Always faking interest Burn, my inhibition Turn completely, into a memory Ball and chain, my confusion It stops me where I am It starts the whole thing over Why should I get involved, why should I get excited? I’ve got more than I need, contract civility Always faking interest
3.
We are the generation, hell-bent on liberty Freedom from contradiction, freedom from history Incorporate, educate the masses If you believe what you want to believe We’ve got more than a reason You call it truth and they call it treason I’ll get my way, I’ll get my problem solved I’ll get my pay, I’m a professional The problem of my reflex, the shelter of my defense So what’s the point of the revelry? And all your superficiality? We won’t get good advice from any institution Nobody has the answers, but nobody’s going to tell you I’ll get my way, I’ll get my problem solved I’ll get my pay, I’m a professional
4.
Don’t trust a fool, who won’t see it through Don’t want to wait forever, don’t want to wait forever for you Desire us a flood Desire us a fraud Rain, rain hits to the ground My eyes can’t see the wild is drawn Stop | Start Maybe the you in I could be the what is missing in we So don’t delay, I’m around, I’ll always be there when you call I’m always free So what’s it worth to the magistrate? And what’s it worth to the delegate? Nothing? Desire us a flood Desire us a fraud Rain, rain hits to the ground My eyes can’t see the wild is drawn Stop | Start
5.
We’ve all got our faith in superman And we don’t care how he gets it done We want to wake up everyday Secure in knowing what we believe is true We’re all so ashamed We must be to blame For everything that’s wrong So why the weakness? I don’t know And why the pretense when we know the truth? We all want our cake and eat it too Then we feel ashamed for what we’ve done We demand the knowledge and the truth Behaving like we’ve been staring at the sun We’re all so ashamed We must be to blame For everything that’s wrong So why the weakness? I don’t know And why the pretense when we know the truth? It’s just a matter of time
6.
Forget the bones in the basement I don’t care just what you do it for They don’t know anything about it The fact the fiction the friction Got moral and cocaine powder brain And a speed cocked inject Super 8 Flash car in your Detroit “What’s a name” I confuse you I could use you Sympathy That’s all you wanted was their sympathy Congratulations on your infamy You can’t escape your own mortality So glad to meet you Go call the cops if you want to I don’t care They can come if they got to Say again Three times and get out The Pack religious conviction Got no reason to believe they’ll be there In the after affect of the white hot god stare You go laughingly Into the dark And all your intentions a flicker and dead spark Sympathy That’s all you wanted was their sympathy Congratulations on your infamy You can’t escape your own mortality So glad to meet you Forget the bones in the basement I don’t care just what you do it for They don’t know anything about it The fact the fiction the friction Got no reason to believe they’ll be there In the after affect of the white hot god stare You go laughingly Into the dark And all your intentions a flicker and dead spark Sympathy That’s all you wanted was their sympathy Congratulations on your infamy You can’t escape your own mortality So glad to meet you
7.
First your eyes stop blinking The heart stops on the beat No pulse no more breathing It’s going to knock you off your feet It’s still a mystery where it comes from We’re going to show you how it goes It’s starting in the jawbone Last stop is in the toes You’re doing the rigor mortis shake, pal You’re doing the rigor mortis shake After three to six hours That’s when the real fun begins Rigor mortis death stiffening Has taken over all your limbs You’re doing the rigor mortis shake You’re doing the rigor mortis shake, pal You’re doing the rigor mortis shake When your skin turns pale and your muscles relax You let the jawbone drop and your lips turn black Dehydration, desiccation it’s all the same It’s the end of the line but not at the end of the game You’re doing the rigor mortis shake You’re doing the rigor mortis shake, pal You’re doing the rigor mortis shake
8.
Down I go deeper and deeper Light escapes around me and the sound winding higher Voices whisper to me but I can’t respond Voices whisper through me but I won’t respond Let go Phone it in You’re insulated in obscurity It begins All in the interest of security Rub it in A wink and a smile it’s your identity And once again The polls reflect your popularity
9.
Trust Me 02:55
Nine lives ninety degrees – show me If it’s the crime of the century – have we Wealth and position technology – have we Board of directors a hill of beans In a position to demand a thing? Trust me Do you believe in the CIA? And in a world economy? Or in a future where everything’s free? Cause that’s the way that it’s supposed to be Trust me
10.
Intermission 01:47
11.
So much for the revolution See what can happen when you make some noise So much for your resolution See what can happen when you make that choice And you think you’ve got it all figured out Make way for the reputation You come in like you’ve never been here before It’s something less than sophistication The way you come on like a filthy whore And you think you’ve got it all figured out Everybody wants some competition Everybody wants some compromise You’ve been acting on your own volition Now you’re here because you’ve crossed that line And you think you’ve got it all figured out
12.
You want it so badly It’s the only thing you’ve ever wanted Acceptance, friends, popularity They hate you so vehemently You represent everything they hate about this world Weakness, compassion, vulnerability Manipulate Capitulate Manipulate Capitulate They descend upon you as subtle as a heart attack Compliments, praise, reassurance You follow like a lamb innocently to the slaughter Deceit, lies, treachery Manipulate Capitulate Manipulate Capitulate You hate him the way you hate yourself He represents everything you hate in this world Innocence, joy, inexperience It’s the only thing he’s ever wanted And you’re going to give it to him Manipulate Capitulate Manipulate Capitulate
13.
Make way for the execution Make way for the media whore Everybody loves an execution Make time for the explanation It’s mostly lies because the truth is a bore Everybody’s got to have an opinion And that’s great How we’re doing it to ourselves It’s like some kind of game That we keep trying to tell ourselves That we’re safe From the danger in our lives The price we pay Competition Has its just rewards Ammunition High time for an education A little late on the common sense They’re so effective with intimidation Make time for the explanation It’s mostly lies because the truth is a bore Everybody’s got to have an opinion And that’s great How we’re doing it to ourselves It’s like some kind of game That we keep trying to tell ourselves That we’re safe From the danger in our lives The price we pay And that’s great How we’re doing it to ourselves It’s like some kind of game That we keep trying to tell ourselves That we’re safe From the danger in our lives The price we pay Competition Has its just rewards Ammunition
14.
Crosses 04:33
It’s not important, just to want your freedom Just because you think so It’s just not going to happen, just the way you like it Just because you want it Draw a breath, its science fiction, it’s an illusion Thought control, misinformation, mister integration There’s just not that many crosses I can bear It’s the ones you can’t recall that count the most And if you can’t remember, all your charitable acts They’ve gone into hiding Let’s hope that they come out On the horror of your judgment day There’s just not that many crosses I can bear
15.
Misled 03:00
Be it overt or covert, there’s a war being waged No cause or politics, this time will it delay Faces of death All cash in the laundry No time for revolution No time to set you free Misled Don’t need to know the reason Misled Lay down and cover your head Are you glad to be part of the system? Are you proud of democracy? Have you got more than your brother? What do you want from society? Faces of death Lead the way to the execution No more my inspiration You’re just another liability Misled Don’t need to know the reason Misled Lay down and cover your head Are you glad to be part of the system? Misled Don’t need to know the reason Misled Lay down and cover your head Misled We’re going round in circles Misled We’re better off dead

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released September 24, 2002

Scott Shiflett – vocals, baritone guitar
Trever Keith – vocals, baritone guitar
Chris Shiflett – baritone guitar
Josh Freese – drums
Chad Blinman – other

Produced by Scott Shiflett, Chad Blinman and Trever Keith.

All music and lyrics by Viva Death BMI 2002
except “The Rigor Mortis Shake” lyrics by Evil Wilhelm
and “Murder by Proxy” by Chris Taylor and Viva Death.

Vocals on “The Rigor Mortis Shake” by Evil Wilhelm.
Additional vocals on “Desire us a Flood” by Monica Richards.

Recorded and mixed by Chad Blinman.

Recorded at
Rumbo Recorders in Canoga Park, CA (Assistant engineer: Jeremy Blair)
Westbeach Recorders in Hollywood, CA (Assistant engineer: Chris Gresham)
The Eye Socket in Venice, CA.

Mixed at King Sound in Los Angeles, CA (Assistant engineer: Pete Magdaleno).

Mastered at Ocean View Mastering by Ramón Bretón.

Design by Joby J. Ford.

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Viva Death Los Angeles, California

Viva Death is an alternative rock recording project led by Scott Shiflett (Face to Face, Gimme Gimmes et al) and producer Chad Blinman (Real Space Noise). Past collaborators have included Trever Keith, Chris Shiflett and Josh Freese.

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