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©2019 Joe Canzano

ARMED AND AMPLIFIED 

LIKE A HAMMER

I had a dream about a revolution
There was no blood I heard nobody scream
A quiet ending to the institution
But baby I know it was all a dream

Let the rain come down
Let the rain come down
Let the rain come down
I don't care at all

Let the rain come down
Let the rain come down
Let the rain come down
Like a hammer, let it fall

Now right and wrong have always been self-serving
For those who pay to have their good word told
But me I think I am just as deserving
As he who has the glitter and the gold

Chorus

And when we're young we're told it's unappealing
To just reach out and grab at something more
Sometimes babe, what they say is stealing
Is taking what's been taken once before


 

TOP OF THE SLIDE

There's something quite appealing
'Bout this reeling kinda feeling
From my younger days so long gone
And my mercury is high
Just like the stars up in the sky
That keep laughing out "hey, come on"

You take me to the top of the slide

I can see you're smiling
'Cause your heart has been compiling
Lots of pirate loving poetry
A runnin', rhymin' riddle 
Just as fast as it can fiddle
Unworried like the wind so free

You take me to the top of the slide
You take me to the top of the slide
I like my cherries picked and my chickens fried
You take me to the top of the slide

Oh, we're free falling all of the way
Oh, with our fear in full display
So, baby be on guard
Whoa—we're gonna hit the bottom hard

As quick as you can think
And just as fast as you can blink
We'll be planted right under ground
So kiss me with a power
That gets hotter by the hour
Like the sun up in the sky so round

You take me to the top of the slide


 

THIS WHOLE COUNTRY

Well I hear you found a new fool
And you're living on his daddy's cash
Riding in the back of his long limousine
Proud to be a part of his stash
Well baby, I am surprised
I expected more from you
That lollipop you're inhaling, honey
Has left you without a clue

And you're lost in the mountains
Lost up in these hills
Where the Twin Towers meet the dirt on the street
Searching for thunder and thrills
And this whole country's going to hell babe
'Cause of people who think like you
Who wine and dine on the profit line
That feeds the fortunate few

Now back when you were young
You could have done most anything
So free like a bird that bobs in the breeze
With its silver song to sing
But those days they are gone
You've flushed them all away
They're down at the bottom of a very deep drain
Where those bug-eyed bankers play

And you're lost in the mountains
Lost up in these hills
In your Manhattan dream of cashmere and cream
Painted passion and pills
And this whole country's going to hell, baby
It's a sad and twisted tale
Of dead ideals and slick appeals
And every soul up for sale


I guess I somehow closed my eyes to this
I don't know why, well just because
I was in love with what did not exist
With a you that never was

And you're lost in the mountains
Lost up in these hills
Where the Twin Towers meet the dirt on the street
Searching for thunder and thrills
And this whole country's going to hell baby
This whole country's going to hell
Yeah this whole country's going to hell, baby
This country is going to hell


 

SORT OF ANTISOCIAL

Well I live down in a basement
I never see the light of day
I am graffiti, I am defacement
I am society's decay

And I guess you would say 
I'm sort of antisocial
I know you would say 
That I got left behind
I guess you would say 
I'm sort of antisocial
Just put me out of your sight 
And you can put me out of your mind

Throw a stone from your uptown apartment
It bounces baby, right at my feet
You rule the world at each of its four corners
But I rule the corner of your street

Chorus

Oh baby I'm here to stay
Never ever gonna go away
Though I hear you talking up plans
To hurt my health
And I know that it's a tragedy
How you never really endanger me
Though I'm living right here in the middle 
Of all of your wealth

And I guess you would say
I'm sort of antisocial
I know you would say it's that way
With my kind
I guess you would say 
Well he's just antisocial
And it's best to leave him there
To whatever he can find

 

 

IF I WERE A MILLIONAIRE

I wanna tell you that I care
But baby, I don't know how
If I were a millionaire
You'd be in love right now

You think you've got a lot to offer me
How you do overrate your touch
You're at the center babe of all you see
But when I search deep in your stare
Sometimes I don't see much

I wanna tell you that I care
But baby I don't know how
If I were a millionaire
You'd be in love right now
I wanna tell you something meaningful
But it's nothing that you'll allow
If I were a millionaire
You'd be in love right now

 

TOTAL GARBAGE

Now you've been with that guy for a while, girl
And there's nothing left that he can show you
You've got a way of catching somebody's eye, girl
Until he really gets to know you

That's right honey, yeah, that's OK
You never had a kind word for me anyway
You'll be a drunk fat slut on your dying day
Yeah, Yeah
You've got no friends and you've got no class
You're only happy when you're drinking or smoking grass
I don't know what I ever saw in your big fat ass
Yeah, Yeah

Now you think that you can play the guitar, girl
But you're really just a silly pretender
The fight in you, it won't go too far, girl
'Cause you were never too much of a contender

That's right honey, yeah that's OK
You never had a kind word for me anyway
You'll be a drunk fat slut on your dying day
Yeah, Yeah
There's nothing much happening in your head
You lied like a snake, every word you said
And I feel sorry for the bum lying in your bed
Yeah, Yeah

You're nothing but garbage
You're nothing but garbage
Baby you are total garbage
Yeah, Yeah

Your eyes are shaded by
Delusions, I don't know why
And they infected me
Oh the things they made me see
And there are places where
Your sneaky smile hangs in the air
I can't forget
These awful days since we first met

 

PINS IN MY EYES

I don't believe in noble savages
Who lived in harmony
With all those others of their kind
Mankind loots and kills and ravages
It's just the way we were designed

To lead a lifetime free
Of debts, regrets, apology
Is something I'd like to revive
There is a certain freedom
In not needing what you do not know
A freedom found in living
Just because you are alive

And I'd rather stick pins in my eyes
Than suffocate

I want to run off somewhere far from here
To a place where there is no society
Where the sky is polished blue and clear
And no one plays the lottery

To feel the wind blow like
A wakeup warning through my face
Uncompromised and dignified
To be surrounded by
The honesty of open space
To drop down when I'm finished
Dead and satisfied

And I'd rather stick pins in my eyes
Than suffocate


 

RESISTANCE FORCE

Last year they got a friend of mine
Last week they snagged another
The first was set up by his girl
The second by his mother
And this chick who calls me all the time
I know she's a spy
Her boyfriend holds her head in place
With the knot on his bow tie

I don't want to be a suit
I don't want to be
They'll never get me in a suit
They'll never capture me

The conscripts they'll approach you
With a certain apprehension
Silly smiles and dumb remarks
And words of condescension
But all in all they're powerless
I might just laugh at best
'Cause baby we're all naked when
We're standing there undressed

Chorus

I met her at a carnival
She said what do you do?
I said I don't do anything
But sing a song or two
Oh, you're in the resistance force?
I'm a captain honey
And all I've got is this guitar
And a few words that are funny


 

WILDFLOWER SONG

All the pretty flowers
I planted in your garden
Will not survive the winter's frozen frost
And all the summer showers
Won't come to beg your pardon
For sunny skies and meadowed moments lost

And I feel the cold breezes blowing
But I know just where we are going
And I will be there
With a warm day to share
While all of our love keeps on growing

I gave you a rose
So fresh like springtime rain
So bold as any promise I will share
And do you suppose
We could have much more to gain
Than all the love that each of us can bear

Chorus

And I feel so fine
With you on my mind
And I'm never gonna leave you


 

DOUBLE CROSSED

The boss he called me in
He said you have to go
So sorry but we're downsizing
The company, you know
He threw me out the door
Right out into the street
It was lunch time and the boss he had
Some big pork chops to eat

Now I've been double crossed
By lying hypocrites
And they can kiss me, mama
Right down where I sits

Now the boss he had a son
The boy could barely speak
And though he'd forget the alphabet
His prospects were not bleak
The girls said he was cute
His hair weave it was new
But he's an ugly motherfucker when he's without
His BMW

Chorus

Now I worked hard for the most
That the boss, he could afford
And some severance pay is what they say
Will be my great reward
But I don't give a damn
'Cause baby, it's been found

The worms they like us all the same
When we're lying in the ground