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A More Perfect Union
Titus Andronicus Lyrics


"Are we ready to go?"

"From whence shall we expect the approach of danger?
Shall some transatlantic giant step the earth and crush us at a blow?
Never! All the armies of Europe and Asia could not, by force
Take a drink from the Ohio River
Or set a track on the Blue Ridge in the trial of a thousand years
If destruction be our lot, we ourselves must be its author and finisher
As a nation of free men, we will live forever, or die by suicide"

There'll be no more counting the cars on the Garden State Parkway
Nor waiting for the Fung Wah bus to carry me to who-knows-where
And when I stand tonight, 'neath the lights of the Fenway
Will I not yell like hell for the glory of the Newark Bears?
Because where I'm going to now, no one can ever hurt me
Where the well of human hatred is shallow and dry
No, I never wanted to change the world, but I'm looking for a new New Jersey
Because tramps like us, baby, we were born to die

I'm doing 70 on 17, I'm doing 80 over 84
And I never let the Meritt Parkway magnetize me no more
Give me a brutal Somerville summer
Give me a cruel New England winter
Give me the great Pine Barrens
So I can see them turned into splinters
'Cause if I come in on a donkey, let me go out on a gurney
I want to realize too late I never should have left New Jersey
Whoa-oh-oh-oh, whoa-oh-oh-oh
La da da da da da da da da da da, yeah! Yeah!
Whoa-oh-oh-oh, whoa-oh-oh-oh

I sense the enemy, they're rustling around in the trees
I thought I had gotten away but they followed me to 02143
Woe, oh woe is me, no one knows the trouble I see
When they hang Jeff Davis from a sourapple tree
I'll sit beneath the leaves and weep
None of us shall be saved, every man will be a slave
For John Brown's body lies a'mouldring in the grave and there's rumblings down in the caves
So if it's time for choosing sides, and to show this dirty city how we do the Jersey Slide
And if they deserve a better class of criminal, then I'm'a give it to them tonight
So we'll rally around the flag, rally around the flag
Rally around the flag, boys, rally once again, shouting the Battle Cry of Freedom
Rally around the flag, rally around the flag
Glory, glory, Hallelujah, His truth is marching on

"I will be as harsh as truth and as uncompromising as justice
On this subject, I do not wish to think, or speak, or write with moderation
I am in earnest
I will not equivocate, I will not excuse
I will not retreat a single inch, and I will be heard"

Lyrics © Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.
Written by: Patrick Stickles

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Comments from YouTube:

jinxfink

i cant believe i found this band from looking up "songs with american history references" for class. ugh best decision to attempt homework ever. 

Alex Gillespie

I feel bad for the people who can't get over this guy's voice. There's so much in this album The drumming is fantastic, the guitars are fantastic. The big moments are massive and the build up to those moments is put together really well. These guitarists use feedback so well. There's so much energy and rage in all of these songs. Makes you want to get in a barfight or something. 

It's just so ambitious. They could have made another shitty indie album with catchy little choruses, instead they tried to make an absolute beast of an album, and they totally succeeded imo. This one's a total blast from front to back. The songs are all tied together with a strong lyrical concept about struggling to find success/accept failure within yourself.  This album gets better everytime you listen to it, and that's what makes it so great.

Acharich Speaks

🔍🤔

Terry Beardmore

@Abonodi... What.

Proto-punk, 77 punk, punk-pop, ska punk, hardcore punk, dc hardcore, cali hardcore, straight edge, skate punk, emo punk, ramonescore, krishnacore, electropunk, melodic hardcore, folk punk, anarchopunk, commiecore/labor core, Irish-folk-punk, etc etc.

Punk is very much a form of music. In fact it's a very diverse form of music. Your definition doesn't even make sense, not that many punks embrace "anarchy" (especially not the populist "fuck everything" nihilist version people like you mean) and the punk "attitude" isn't the angry thing people expect but usually a sense of community and kindness towards things. Punks tend to be the ones booking all ages shows, planting trees, running soup kitchens, etc.

Seriously one of the shallowest and most asinine comments about punk that I've ever god damn read. And that's saying something.

Terry Beardmore

@Abonodiwait, you mean a punk band has a deliberately sloppy and raucous, loud sound? What a fucking shock.

Abonodi

@Andy Franklin I dont know. Why does one enjoy taking a shit?

Andy Franklin

@Abonodi Then why do I like it so much?

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mrhungry2008

"From whence shall we expect the approach of danger? Shall some transatlantic giant step the earth and crush us at a blow? Never! All the armies of Europe and Asia could not, by force, take a drink from the Ohio River or set a track on the Blue Ridge in the trial of a thousand years. If destruction be our lot, we ourselves must be its author and finisher. As a nation of free men, we will live forever, or die by suicide."

Carlo Olivari

It's never been more true until now

gratefullyso

They played this at my funeral in 1863. I'm back.

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