PIT BOSS

by Cecil Frena

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1.
Martyr 02:08
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?
2.
Now I Know 02:44
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
3.
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
4.
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?
5.
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
6.
Caterpillar 02:19
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
7.
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
8.
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
9.
Rise Again 02:50
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
10.
Titan 02:30
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
11.
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

credits

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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