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A More Perfect Union
by Titus Andronicus

''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.

(Abraham Lincoln, address to the Young Men's Lyceum of Springfield, IL, January, 1838)''

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 seventy on seventeen, eighty over eighty four
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
And 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

I sense the enemy, they're rustling around in the trees
I thought I had gotten away but the followed me to 02143
Woe, oh woe is me, no one knows the trouble I see
When they hang Jeff Davis from a sour apple 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 rumbling 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 it deserves a better class of criminal,
Then I'ma 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

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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. 

gratefullyso

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

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."

Ice Kold Killa

Rocksmith brought me here!

Joey Fyan

Ice Kold Killa same haha

concars1234

The Lincoln quotation is super relevant today. "As a nation of free men we will live forver, or die by suicide"

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.

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?

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