PIT BOSS

by Cecil Frena

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released August 21, 2019

Recorded during the polar vortex in Edmonton, February 2019.

Written, produced and mixed by Cecil Frena*
Mastered by Bob Weston

Engineered by Lealand Grauwiler
Guitar by Eric Clark
Bass by Graham Nichol
Drums by Be Murda
Backing vocals by Ruby Insides
Gang vocals by Daniela Gesundheit, Jim Cuming, Eric Cheng and Graham Nichol
Additional guitar by Eric Cheng, Cecil Frena and Lealand Grauwiler
Horns by Audrey Ochoa, Dave Babcock and Eric Weiden
Percussion by Nathan Ouellette
Cover Photo by Landon Speers

*EXCEPT--Are You a Cop chorus and bridge basslines + Now I Remember guitar lead, written by Eric Cheng

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Track Name: Martyr
MARTYR

so he who hurts can be hurt too?
come on man say something new

yeah we're all down here in the spew
your cross just has a better view

you're not some kind of fucking martyr
deliver us from horseshit father
you're not some kind of fucking martyr

they are all props you are the lead
you walk on heads and hurt your feet

you got a bone stuck in your teeth
its really tough now, eating meat
('why does it bleed?')

you're not some kind of fucking martyr
deliver us from horseshit father
you're not some kind of fucking martyr

we'll never know how you survive
we'll never know how you survive
hell is other people, right?
Track Name: Now I Know
NOW I KNOW

give me back
my good advice
you were about to take it, right?

give me back
my steady feet
the ground is shifting under me

now i know
that i can’t believe you
now i know
that i can’t believe
now i know
that i never knew you
now i know
now i know

we once were
a bridge across
you led me home when i got lost

we once were
bound like the mud
but then a sinkhole opened up
Track Name: You Can Say Never
YOU CAN SAY NEVER

in a brutal spray of lead
surrounded by her friends
today the truth has died
gotta get both sides

on the front page of my paper
the racists and the center
are wed as i preside
gotta get both sides

BUT

you can say never
whenever you want
however you want
whenever you want

in the alley by the church
god was stabbed, left in the dirt
for a wallet and some fries
gotta get both sides

without papers on the beach
a new hope was born to me
but it doesn’t have my eyes
gotta get both sides

i thought i heard you moan
the center cannot hold
well maybe the center needs a spine

fuck fascism
Track Name: Are You a Cop?
ARE YOU A COP?

you’re afraid of college kids
scared of some dumb shit they said

you’re the devil’s advocate
whoa whoa whoa

you’re afraid of all extremes
so you don’t believe anything

washed your brain till it was clean
whoa whoa whoa

when someone shows you
who they really are
believe them

when someone shows you
who they really—
man, are you a cop?

you’re afraid that words could change
god forbid you feel ashamed

washed your sheets but left a stain
whoa whoa whoa

you’re afraid the left is right
but they’re like stalin: impolite

why can’t people just be nice
whoa whoa whoa

when someone shows you
who they really—

man, are you a cop?
Track Name: Fake It Like a Man
FAKE IT LIKE A MAN

my name is cecil and i gave it to myself

i never thought you’d ask
these days i’m pretty goddamn well

from the window of your pickup
to my young and frightened ears

from your endless faux debate
to your boots that crush the queers

make sure the kids don’t have a choice
you know the rules, boys will be boys
make sure the kids don’t have a choice
they got to fake it like a man

fake it fake it fake it
fake it fake it fake it
fake it fake it fake it
like a man
fuck that

by the grand will of the doctor
i began to just make sense

and in a world that does my bidding
i never questioned it again

from the bankrupt pseudoscience
to the crippling self-reliance

from the alpha to omega
uh huh yeah even the beta
Track Name: Caterpillar
CATERPILLAR

don’t kick i’m already down
i feel like somebody else
don’t kick i’m already down
and i can barely take it
Track Name: Baby You Got This
BABY YOU’VE GOT THIS

we both know this is hard
to do

but you’ve won before you start
that’s you

no one thinks you can
but they’re stupid man
no one will believe in you

no one gives a shit
but they’re idiots
and i don’t need to remind you—

baby you’ve got this
you know i've got to be honest
yeah baby you’ve got this
you’ll knock their eyes out their sockets
you know that baby you've got this

you blow the fear apart
yeah you do

you know it in your heart
that’s you
Track Name: Say Goodnight
SAY GOODNIGHT

soaring over barbed wire
landing in the dirt
or were those the moans of
everyone you hurt
creeping past the pitbulls
sleeping in the hall
open up the fusebox
rip it off the wall

no we don’t have time to fight
we came to put out the lights

whoa ho oh oh oh
say goodnight

caught us in your headlights
feasting on the guard
shot us in the moonlight
then we took your car
there is no remorse and
there is no relief
don’t prey on the weak or
angels show their teeth

no we don’t have time to fight
we came to break the ice

say goodnight
Track Name: Rise Again
RISE AGAIN

we’re a team
you and me
yeah no one here’s in charge

we can beat
anything
we rip out the beating heart

no no no no no no
we’re not gonna listen
no no no no no no
we died but now we’ve risen

when they have our spirits pinned
we will rise again
when they’ve broken every limb
we will rise again
never dare to mock
the underdog
when they tell us to give in
we will rise again

we’re a team
you and me
yeah no one here’s the same

we can beat
anything
yeah we pound down like the rain

no no no no no no
we won’t fight on our own
no no no no no no
no one can rise alone

we’re a team
you and me
yeah we hold each other up
Track Name: Titan
TITAN

stumbling through the city
breathing in the fire

crying in the alley
shadow right beside her

she says there’s romance in pain
and i know she’s right

you sit and watch the shadows grow
and soon it’s night

taller every day
don’t you dare get in her way
she’ll be a titan

facing down the sky
holy anger in her eyes
she’ll be a titan

hiding in a new room
she learns to trust her feet

more alone than anyone
who burns this bright should be

she says a song can’t do a thing
and i know she’s right

but i don’t care, i’m gonna sing
you know i have to do something

yeah those preachers may be right
when they say our hands are tied
but why can’t we reach together
for the last breath of the light

you’ve been a friend to me you know
you’ve been a friend
Track Name: The Rats Are Winning
THE RATS ARE WINNING

welcome to the morning
a new day like the last
where the winners eat their children
and the losers get to fast

welcome to the morning
where the sun closes its eye
i woke up from the scratching
in the darkness of my mind

a few short miles away
barely stirring in his cot
another silverlake cowboy
survives a long hard night of shots

meanwhile the old kings haven’t slept
they know the knives come to your bed
so they take speed and clutch their chests
on pillows stuffed with workers’ heads

you know i wanted to be good
and only sin when its worth sinning
but from the crawlspace to wallstreet
the rats are winning

the clubs in hollywood are filled
with your heroes and your villains
all high on the same pills
all sway to the same rhythm

in westlake the militia
batters down a door
the family is screaming
the baby’s on the floor

their neighbor called them in
and the landlord didn’t care
half the country prays each day
that they were never there

and when the fires close in
and wander down the hills
will we be dancing in the ashes
or buried in the swill?

you know i wanted to be good
but the rats are good at living
from the west wing to the new spring
the rats are winning

want want want a better future
want want want a new beginning
want want want to pay for junior
i fear my dear
the rats are winning

want want want to reach a new height
want want want why are you cringing?
want want want well nothing’s free, right?
i fear my dear
the rats are winning

want want want and what have YOU done?
want want want my hair is thinning
want want want they’re not my problem
i fear my dear
the rats are winning

want want want a taste of riches
want want want my chalice brimming
want want want to leave the dishes
i fear my dear
the rats are winning

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