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Here In America

by The Whale

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Here In America Words & Music by The Whale, © 2012 M. McCormack / Fiat Lux! ASCAP Here In America - we’ve got lots of cars and gasoline Here In America - just like movies on the silver screen Here In America - people try to keep the city clean Here In America - urban decay’s tearing at the seams We’ve gotten out of harmony with life my love We don’t have no room for all this push and shove And some of our convictions are leading us astray Get your ship together man, yeah try and find the way We are one all US on our way home Here In America - folk’s aint known for what they’re doing good Here In America - bullets fly all through the neighborhood Here In America - fingers point but not to where they should Here In America -things don’t grow the way they really could We’ve gotten out of harmony with life my love There’s so many things that we must rise above And though our indiscretions are standing in the way Better get a grip on it before it’s time to pay We are one all US on our way home Here In America - rich folks like to pay their taxes – yeah Here In America - other folks they live in shacks – as though Here In America - folks don’t know just what the facts is though Here In America - we all like to grind our axes We’re out on the highway of life my friends And what happens next, well that just depends The sum of our positions we can’t righteously defend The truth is reality don’t let yours be pretend We are one all US on our way home Yeah we’re going home, Bye bye, see you later On our way home today! Oh, welcome to America.
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Cash Register Sound Words & Music by The Whale © 2012 Fiat Lux! ASCAP It's a hard life that we live in this world ain't to forgivin You try hard just to make it then somebody else takes it And they're selling your dreams while they're beating you down With their smiles all ablaze, they can hear that cash register sound It's a hard life that your livin if you're taken what they're givin Just try hard not to follow what they want you to swallow Cause they're selling your dreams while they're beating you down, With their smiles all ablaze they can hear that cash register sound Who gives a damn if we sold our souls, We never used them much anyway We don't give a damn what you people may say We're gonna make big money today oh yeah We're gonna hear that cash register sound It's a hard life that you're livin if you take instead of givin You think that you will make it deep inside you only fake it, But you're selling those dreams while you're beating them down With your smile all ablaze you can hear that cash register sound It's a hard life that we live in but some won't be forgiven Just try hard to remember that your soul's not legal tender When you're selling your dreams and you're beating them down With your smile all ablaze can't you hear that cash register sound? don't you hear that cash register sound? we all hear that cash register sound. Cha-ching.
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“Working For Gas” Words & Music by Juan Guanco & The Whale © 2012 Fiat Lux! ASCAP I need to get out of line before I blow my mind working for gas babe, working for gas Forgot to fill up Sunday, now the price has really climbed working for gas babe, working for gas This is my last five dollars I got two gallons left I'm just working for gas babe, working for gas It used to cost me thirty bucks now it's seventy five working for gas babe, working for gas My poor credit card is more dead than alive working for gas babe, working for gas That was my last five dollars I got two gallons left I'm just working for gas babe, working for gas Working for gas, working for gas This whole crazy world is just working for gas Flipping burghers for gas, sell your soul for some gas Then drive around the world in your SUV The tank's on E oh baby can't they see I'm just working for gas babe working for gas Have mercy! They put up puppet leaders to lie and deceive. working for gas babe, working for gas The epitome of greed is the call of their creed working for gas babe, working for gas Hey, can you spot me five dollars, I ain't got two gallons left I'm just working for gas babe, working for gas Dick Cheney’s smiling cause they're all getting fat working for gas babe, working for gas The president is lying, he knows where it's at working for gas babe, working for gas Can you spot me five dollars I ain't got two gallons left I'm just working for gas babe, working for gas Working for gas - working for gas This whole crazy world is just working for gas We'll go to war for some gas – kill the world for some gas Then drive around the world in your SUV The tank's on E oh baby can't they see I'm just working for gas babe working for gas Got gas?
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The Billionaire Blues” words & music by The Whale (c) 2012 Fiat Lux ASCAP Old Bill Ford’s a billionaire He thinks I can live on water and air Pays big money five dollars a day, But the agency takes its share No health insurance, no union dues. I kind of miss them old Cold War Blues My hungry child ain’t got no shoes, But the agency takes its share Billionaires oh billionaires Them billionaires are everywhere They own the ground they own the air And they don’t have to pay their share hey, leave some for the rest of US that Donald Trump’s a billionaire He sure does have some funny hair He says your fired on the TV show I'd like to tell him just where to go that Rupert Murdock’s a billionaire His media empire rules the air That No Spin Zone is every where But you know it ain't balanced or fair His propaganda plays like news You know you’ll get the narrow view Right Wing Politico cheer leader crew They made a dupe out of you & me Billionaires oh billionaires Them billionaires are everywhere Your money doesn’t talk it swears And you know it ain't balanced or fair Greedy bastards! Our Congress thinks they’re billionaires They spend our money everywhere From Abramoff they grabbed their share And I wonder who really cares I bet Dick Cheney’s a billionaire Cause Halliburton’s everywhere Got a no bid deal on a twenty year war I kinda wonder just what it’s for? Billionaires oh billionaires Them billionaires are everywhere Your money doesn’t talk it swears and you know it ain’t ballaced or fair How much does one man need? That Walton family’s billionaires Their Wal Mart Stores are everywhere Employee abuse beyond compare They’re all on Medicare No health insurance, no union dues. I kind of miss them old Cold War Blues My hungry child ain’t got no shoes, Low prices who really cares? Billionaires oh billionaires Them billionaires are everywhere They own the ground they own the air And you know it ain't balanced or fair I wish I was a billionaire I’d spend that money everywhere I’d quit my job and grow my hair And I wouldn’t have to pay No I wouldn’t have to pay And I wouldn’t have to pay my share Hee haw, The Billionaire Blues
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I’m An American words & music by The Whale © 2012 Fiat Lux! ASCAP You can take my guns from my cold dead hands I got em loaded up right here I’ll make my stand I’m an American I’m an American I got a folded flag they gave me for my dad He loved to serve his country it made him really glad He was American and driving Deroit wheels He was American oh yeah he knew just how it feels to be Red White and Blue Standing tall and true I live for you You where true blue I used to have a job that covered all my bills but now I’m unemployed dear Lord I hope I don’t get ill I’m an American I’m buying Chinese junk I’m an American damn - that NAFTA bill is bunc Red White and Blue selling out on you you know it’s true what you gonna do? Now Obama’s in the White House and change is on the way I still can’t see it coming, man it should be here today I’m an American I got holes in my shoes I’m an American I got them New World Order blues Red White and Blue selling out on you what you gonna do when that bill comes due? oh no you can’t take my freedoms. God gave them to me said if I would believe him the truth will set me free I’m an American I got hope in my soul God bless American yeah I don’t need no galop poll to be Red White and Blue Waving free for you good men died for you so stand up straight and true so you can’t take my guns from my cold dead hands I got em loaded up right here I’m goina make my stand I’m an American I aint not elephant or ass I’m an American yeah and I’m gonna to kick your ass!
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“The Land Of Liberty” Words & Music by The Whale © 2012 Fiat Lux! Living in a vacuum cleaner with my head shoved up my ass I’ve got a nasty attitude since they made me cut the grass This marching through the mundane plane just ain’t my cup of tea I’m sure glad I’m living in The Land Of Liberty Where you can steal a trillion dollars, YEAH! They think that’s mighty fine You can be a homosexual. do tricks with your behind, woo? But you can’t smoke marijuana. . They say that’s not for me I’m sure glad I’m living in The Land Of Liberty Oh – The Land Of Liberty, The Land Of Liberty, I’m so glad I’m living in The Land Of Liberty But you can’t smoke marijuana. No, they say that’s not for me I’m sure glad I’m living in The Land Of Liberty Where you can poison all the oceans and make a pile of cash Build your self a fortune on a mountain made of trash But you can’t clean up the environment. No! I guess that’s not for me I’m sure glad I’m living in The Land Of Liberty Where if you sneak into our country, we’ll put your kids through school put your folks on welfare. Hell, you probably vote here too But don’t take my social security… No! I payed that in for me I’m sure glad I’m living in The Land Of Liberty Oh –The Land Of Liberty, The Land Of Liberty, Lots of good men gave their lives to make this country free But they can’t pledge allegiance. So I guess it’s up to me I’m sure glad I’m living in The Land Of Liberty Where you can say your prayers in a synagogue. You can say them in a mosque But if you say ‘em at the public school, they’re goina through some rocks And you can’t say the name of Jesus. No ! They say he’s not for me I’m sure glad I’m living in The Land Of Liberty Now the moral of this story, the moral of this song Is simply that power should never be where power does not be long For power is of the people. and that’s how it should be I’m still glad I’m living in The Land Of Liberty Oh –The Land Of Liberty, The Land Of Liberty, Praise The Lord, I’m living in The Land Of Liberty But you can’t smoke marijuana. No, They say that’s not for me I’m sure am glad I’m living in The Land Of Liberty The Land Of Liberty, The Land Of Liber T. H. C. - God bless America
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NEW WORLD ORDER Words & music by The Whale, © 2012 Fiat Lux! ASCAP Yawn, etc… I awoke to the smell of burning flesh The dollar bills where green and fresh – consecutive numbers yeah And barrels of blood that flowed like oil Spilled out of them boys to the desert soil You know the TV news didn’t show a thing They where helping the government Do it’s thing – creating a New World Order Do it’s thing – making the world safe for democracy Do it’s thing – with our soldiers at the border Do it’s thing – the sheep may safely graze And all the patriots waving their flag They screamed at the protestors, “Hey man, you’re a drag!" Yeah love it or leave it. You better believe it.” It’s a militariffic New World Order You best pray to God it don’t come to your border Because the TV news they won’t show a thing They’ll be helping the government Do it’s thing – developing economic opportunities Do it’s thing – giving tax breaks to the wealthy Do it’s thing – it’s an odious importunity Do it’s thing – the sheep may safely graze So when they ask you to pick up a gun Rest assured they want some killing done It’s a grizzly job for measly pay But the memories last till your dying day And the TV news they won’t show a thing They’ll be helping the government Do it’s thing – busting the labor unions Do it’s thing – robbing your Social Security Do it’s thing – and serving the corporate interest Do it’s thing – the sheep may safely graze
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Obama Yo Momma Words & music by J. D. & The Whale, © 2012 Fiat Lux! ASCAP His name’s Saddam Hussein, he plays with war like a game He preys on the rich and poor, he’s the devil at our door U.S. force is on the way, there’s goanna be hell to pay And the parents pray and pray that their children live for an other day Before the bullets fly and the rockets flare, bombs are bursting in the air Does it matter at all if you really care? Just try hard not to catch your share Of all the blood and all the gore, there aint no need to fight this war So tell me, what are we fighting for, before I go down to the killing floor? The Middle East about to ignite into a thousand points of light On a starless desert night, you should know what’s wrong or right Before the bullets fly and the rockets flare, bombs are bursting in the air Does it matter at all if you really care, just try hard not to catch your share Of all the blood and all the gore, there aint no need to fight this war So tell me, what‘s the killing for? Before I go down to the killing floor The leaders of our nation plead and watch us sacrifice with glee They tell us that we’re totally free, to live our lives upon our knees I won’t give my life for that one percent that owns the U.S. Government How many of our lives are spent to pay a billion dollars rent? With all the blood and all the gore, there aint no need to fight this war So tell me, who are we fighting for? Before I go down to the killing floor The leaders of our country have betrayed our sacred trust For money, lust and power they will grind us into dust And all the fears that devastate the psyche of our modern fate Won’t heal the wounds or close the gate, for only love can conquer hate His name’s Saddam Hussein, he plays with war like a game He preys on the rich and poor, he’s the devil at our door U.S. force is on the way, there’s goanna be hell to pay And the parents pray and pray that their children live for an other day Before the bullets fly and the rockets flare, bombs are bursting in the air Does it matter at all if you really care, just try hard not to catch your share Of all the blood and all the gore, there aint no need to fight this war So tell me, what am I dying for? Before I go down to the killing floor Osama yo mama!
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Why’d You Do It? Words & music by The Whale, © 2012 Fiat Lux! ASCAP Oh, why’d you do it? Oh, why’d you do it? Why’d you kill all the fish in the sea? Don’t you know that God wants those fish to be free! Free the fish! So why’d you do it? Oh, why’d you do it? Oh, why’d you do it? Why’d you kill all the birds in the trees? Don’t you know that God wants those trees to be free! Free the trees! So why’d you do it? Why’d you kill and rape and mutilate my world? So why'd you do it? Oh, why’d you do it? Oh, why’d you do it? Why’d you kill all those kids in the street? Don’t you know that God wants those kids to be free! So why’d you do it? Oh as I look out through the window of my soul I see the destiny of this world looming black as coal I see dead fish floating belly up in the mourning tide Oh Lord, it seems as from the waste of man there aint no place to hide
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The Promised Land Words & music by The Whale, © 2012 Fiat Lux! ASCAP When I look out my window what do I see? A whole lot of good people struggling to be And I know that if we struggle right along Heaven knows, we’ll find a place where we belong through all my woes I can almost see the promised land When I look in my mirror what do I see? A whole lot of changing faces telling me they’re me Now I know that if I look them in the eye I will grow although I can’t say just how high Heaven knows I can almost see the promised land When I look at my TV what do I see? A whole lot of smiling faces want me to believe Though I know that if I put them to the test they will go and leave the whole damn thing a mess and so it goes I can almost see the promised land Hold on to your freedom or it will take wing and fly and the cost of your freedom is that you can’t live a lie No you can’t live a lie When I look at the problems that perplex our time the unfulfilled potential rotting on the vine Then I know that if we act it’s not to late to hoe the row and change our destiny and fate from high to low I can almost see the promised land

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While being crushed under the boot heels of the global hegemony songs began to poor out of The Whale like new wine pressed from
the grapes of wrath.

Whale is accompanied on Here In America by an International Coalition Of The Willing. Musical Mercenaries, willing to try and lift
our sinking ship on the wings of music.

The songs on “Here In America”, are about a great nation run amuck
by those who hold the reigns of power. Fiat Lux.

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released March 15, 2012

All tracks © 2012 Michael McCormack / Fiat Lux All Rights Reserved. ASCAP

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