THE PLEDGE OF AGGRIEVANCE

by The Counter Elites

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written and produced by Jonathan A. Berz and Shaun Wisniewski
recorded at Woodshed Studios in Oak Park, MI 2014-16
mastered by Ed Sertage

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released October 13, 2016

Jonny Germicide: bass guitar and vocals
SW Son of Sam Walton: drums

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Track Name: WE ARE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER
we are all in this together
in your suit or in your leather
in the clear or stormy weather

we are all in this together
in your skin, fur, scales or feathers
every Tom, Dick, Jane or Heather

we are all gonna live
are you gonna take or gonna give?
you gonna stomp on us to win?

we are all gonna die
you tell the truth or gonna lie?
you gonna love or gonna fry?

we are all in this together
Track Name: NATURAL LIGHT
I don't need nothin' but the natural light
I don't need nothin' but the sunshine
I don't need nothin' but the wind in my hair
I don't need nothin' to do
I don't got nothin' to mend or repair
I don't got nothin' to lose

I don't need nothin' but the will to survive
I don't need nothin' but my freedom
I don't need nothin' but my hope for today
I don't got nothin' to prove
I don't got nobody standin' in my way
I don't want no one but you

I don't need nothin' but the natural light
Track Name: MY HEART IS NOT IN IT
the pants, the jacket
the people, the racket
I'll bury the hatchet
but my heart is not in it

resilient, complacent
tied up in enslavement
a smile, I'll fake it
cuz my heart is not in it

I'm dialin' it in
deliverin' the spin
blowin' in the wind
and my heart is caught
I'm makin' a din
refusin' the win
I'm wearin' too thin
and my heart is taut

the routine, the duties
the sorrow, the cruelty
I'll hang my head loosely
cuz my heart is not in it

virulent, impatient
asleep at the station
hey captain, let's face it
that my heart is not in it

persuade the whole nation
broadcast from all stations
my brain's on vacation
and my heart is not in it

the game, the players
the lovers, the haters
I'll see all ya later
cuz my heart is not in it
Track Name: FANTASY LAND
you're livin' in a fantasy land
you and all of your fantasy friends
you're diggin' deep in fantasy sands
payin' your dues to the fantasy clan

yes you are
in your heart
you're a star

you're livin' in a fantasy land
it's nothin' but a fantasy sham
displayin' all the latest fantasy fads
derivin' yourself fantasy mad

yes you will
off a cliff
take a spill

you're livin' in a fantasy land
surrounded by your fantasy brands
you're makin' all your fantasy plans
believin' all your fantasy ends

you're livin' in a fantasy land
puttin' your life in fantasy hands
I'll be your number one fantasy fan
I wanna be your fantasy man

yes I do
I'm a fool
so are you
Track Name: GO TO EXTREMES
I was once a kid in paradise
you bore us stupid with your advice
lack of words entice our appetites
we succeed by way of sacrifice

no you're gonna go to extremes
no you're gonna live by the screens
reign in the dreams

my world was alive with pain and vice
you called out my heart 'twas cold as ice
same old song long played on my device
it went on for years, but I won the fight

no you're gonna go to extremes
no you're gonna rain on the greens
die in degrees
no you're gonna go to extremes
Track Name: NIGHTMARES
nightmares, nightmares
are all I dream about
nightmares, nightmares
never find my way out
nightmares, nightmares
recurring every time
nightmares, nightmares
I open my eyes

nightmares, nightmares
pervading every thought
nightmares, nightmares
I'm endlessly distraught
nightmares, nightmares
where inner demon's thrive
nightmares, nightmares
they're comin' alive

nightmares, nightmares
Track Name: GOTTA HAVE ENOUGH
gotta have enough

gotta pay the mother-huggin' poor tax
satisfy the man before he reaches for his axe
gotta get that monkey off my back
gratify the clan before they move in for attack

gotta have enough

gotta pay the milk
gotta find some dough before the doo-doo hits the fan
gotta get that marmalade
gotta mine for more, I'm gonna bleed before I'm paid

gotta have enough

gotta rustle up some cents so I can pay the rent
gotta hustle up some ones before I come undone
gotta wrangle up my fives so I can stay alive
gotta strangle out some tens before the evenin' ends
gotta muscle up some twenties, money
gotta have enough
got a hundred dollar bill? who I gotta kill?
gotta have enough
Track Name: AN INVISIBLE THREAT
there's an invisible threat
droppin' down from the sky
an invisible threat
bubblin' up from the pipes
an invisible threat
workin' overtime
an invisible threat
and it's ready to fight

there's an invisible threat that's listenin' in
there's an invisible threat and it's bettin' to win
there's an invisible threat rewritin' the rules
there's an invisible threat that's comin' after you

it's an invisible threat
founded on true belief
an invisible threat
and it knows no defeat
an invisible threat
with one goal for the nation
an invisible threat
complete subjugation

a-n i-n-v-i-s-i-b-l-e threat

an invisible threat
and it's armed to the teeth
an invisible threat
and it's name is elite
Track Name: LET'S GET EXPLOITED
read about it in
none of the papers
we'll put our faith in
wholly owned saviors

let's get exploited
we can't avoid it
let's get enslaved
it's all the rage

floundering fathers
inherit the meek
we are all in line
to get sold up the creek

let's get exploited
let's get depraved
it's all the rage
Track Name: ONE CRIME AT A TIME
these beans ain't just gonna count themselves
key principal reminder
one crime at a time

sacrosanct to the regiment
paramount to the rider
one crime at a time

cardinal and fundamental
prime directive, bottom line is
one crime at a time
Track Name: COMMON SENSE
common sense
make amends
be the good
do the right

common sense
comprehend
that pure evil
can win the fight

common sense
feed the wealth
send no lies
into the night

common sense
praise yourself
open your eyes
let in the light
Track Name: I LIKE IT
I like it
Track Name: I'M NEGATIVE
I'm negative
I blame the few distorting hope and the view
I shame the game, defenders, numbers and food
I'm hopeless

I'm critical
I ramble on along my westward way east
I gamble on and suffer fear from the beast
I'm boneless

I'm villainous
I got the weapons and I'm ropin' 'em in
I shot the sheriff and I'm against the wind
I won't get fooled again
I'm nullifyin'

I'm negative
Track Name: IT'S A PLOT
it's a plot
Track Name: NEW MAJORITY
we need a new majority
to fight the old seniority
we need a new majority
new values and priorities
we need a new majority
a call for solidarity
we need a new majority
to stand for all posterity

we need a new majority
[EXPLETIVE DELETED] the old authority
Track Name: SURFIN' COUNTER-ELITES
saw my baby walk into the show
leather jacket, she was all aglow
five three and thirty six
all she wanted was another fix
she screamed "are you a counter-elite?"

little honey at the record shop
flippin' through the newest top of the pops
nineteen and hungry for fun
she was lookin' for her number one
she saw "are you a counter-elite?"

musical thievery
plagiarism is the new liberty
annexation is amazingly fine
it's all assembly yeah, get to know mine
I'm askin' "are you a counter-elite?"