EMPIRE GONE

by Downcity Armory

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released April 17, 2013

Written and performed by Todd Bowes
Produced and mixed by Phil Petrie
DCA logo by Dasha Vladimirova

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Downcity Armory Providence, Rhode Island

Downcity Armory is an industrial band from Providence, RI. They are committed to using their music for the greater good, and will donate all proceeds from download sales to charity.

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Track Name: You're a Weapon
Wash me in debris
from the ocean's wrath.
Send me a message
on a drowned rat.

Don't declare war
without a weapon to fight,
and send them a message
about what's right.

Over a hundred years in the making
their invisible war
wage enslavement waged on us all.
Real social welfare
is corporate dependence,
a disease of ideas
twisted to intimidate.
When they come for you
and they will soon,
reach for your voice and remember
you're a weapon.

Invisible war no longer
Together we are stronger

Stealing children from
their mother's arms.
Parens patriae and
hurricane harm.

Placate us with
money fit to burn.
Lock up the young
and the old in turn.

Invisible war no longer
Together we are stronger

Our enemies' names adorn bridges
buildings, arenas, statues like masters gazing down.
When symbols are sick the world is sick.
School, media, a mania
fought only when you know the trick:
You're a weapon.
Track Name: Square WAV Good-Bye
The city collapses as the sea rolls back
black water on fire
Skeletons of ships and older ghosts
exposed for the first time

I've seen things no one should see
a secret no one should know
that this is when you need
a way of letting go

Wave good-bye
and turn around
Don't look back

Locked up inside every house
was a bawling child, abandoned
How could they hear the water coming
over the sound of the screaming?

Wave good-bye

Sometimes at night you will hear them
crawling out of the sea
They will tell you their names
but make no reply
They will drag you under the waves

You will find a sky so dark
you'll feel like falling up
above this brutal life
until it's gravity cannot be ignored

Nothing in this darkness guides us
our lines are ours for the making
There is no history
without the means of creating

Wave good-bye
and turn around
Don't look back
Track Name: Cease the Wheels
We're finally surrounded by their idea lines
The party won't stop 'til we're behind their times
It's all illegal
It's all illegal
It's all illegal
It's all regulated

So cease the wheels
scrap the new deal
it only sounds like I'm out of my mind
Cease the wheels
get a whole new deal
there's no more time for running out of time

We got a clock on the screen that tells us when to dream
each mark on the bill's a record of activity
They watch what we got
They watch what we get
They watch what we watch
The TV's watching us

Burn up

So cease the wheels
scrap the new deal
it only sounds like I'm out of my mind
Cease the wheels
get a whole new deal
there's no more time for running out of time
Track Name: Private Army
Six years running
since the punk hub shuttered
the city's secret war
of nightstick and nightclub
used see something say something
to get at the kids.
Now the Whitestone Bridge
looks like the Gaza Strip.

No threat, no threat from downtown
was a menace to the mayor
like the bars we'd hang around in.
If it couldn't be safe for the suits and ties
They'd erase urban culture
right in front of our eyes

You say you got a private army?
Well so do I
eight million members had enough with the lies
You say you got a private army?
Well so do I
eight million members now rise

CompStat, CompStat, what's that?
Consolidation and gangland banks.
Not since COINTELPRO
and Geronimo Pratt
have they tried so hard to wipe out our culture
and thin our ranks

So Rudy starts a turf war
Kelly has to keep score
Stopped at a checkpoint while
Bloomy just collects more
Stop and frisk, stop and frisk
became the policy
from AZ to DC via NYPD

You say you got a private army?
Well so do I
eight million members had enough with the lies
You say you got a private army?
Well so do I
eight million members now rise
Track Name: BEATSURGE
This is your final warning
They're watching all lines tonight
Take a step out of stream and say,
"I know!"

None of this is an accident
our lives not carved in stone
but buried in cement.
Whatever it takes
see past the education
of consumption that's driving us
to extinction now.

Let the beat surge you go go
Let the beat surge you go go
Let the beats urge you on
Let the beat surge you go go
go go go

I know what they know

A message from state to state
We must cross every kind of line
Too much is at stake
With the future under fire

See through distortion
The corporate media lies
Program or be programmed
in time

History is not consensus
or left to the devices of our governments
Equality of information
is a mass destruction weapon
in a divided, violent nation now.

Let the beat surge you go go
Let the beat surge you go go
Let the beats urge you on
Let the beat surge you go go
go go go