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  THE MASSES (1985)
  1. RIX
2. Real Life
3. Personal Edge
4. No Choice
5. I Don't Know
6. The Masses/Shaboo Shaboo
7. Shallow Graves
8. Look At You
9. The Pain
10. What Do You Do?

11. [Notes]


 

RIX

Scene snobs? Fuck no!
Open to all-friend, foe
We're open, we're not closed
And we're having fun at the shows

RIX-much more than a crew
RIX-we don't need that fucking glue
RIX-Stay open, it's all we can do
RIX-and if you're hearing us, we're reaching you

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REAL LIFE

If hardcore's ever gonna be a real alternative
It's going to have to deal with the real life of the kids
"Fuck the system," and other old clichés
It's time for real answers, let the bullshit rot away

Clothes and hair may change
But the world still stays the same

And maybe real answers can't always be patly written in the songs
So the audience can understand it and simply sing along
Maybe the answers depend on the individual
His or her situation, and what they must do

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PERSONAL EDGE

I'm not gonna enforce it
Or tell you what to do
It's my personal edge
My edge on you

If you drink
That's your decision
I'm not gonna turn it
Into a religion

To some it's a label
But to me, it's mine
I'm not gonna let it
Rule my mind

You say you need it
I say I don't
Let it come between us
That I won't

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NO CHOICE

Forced, pressured
Two paths to take
Either one
A painful mistake
No clear-cut answer
Only pain
To escape the pressure
I can't remain

I have no choice

Either way I'm ripped
Either way I get hurt
Either way I can't win
Neither way will work

No choice

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I DON'T KNOW

The more you say you don't belong
The more people you need to lean on
Grab control of all your peers
To use them as a wall to hide all of your fears

Your rules? I'm not jealous
They just change with everybody else's
You say you don't care; we know that's a lie
Your idea of going sick is getting high

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THE MASSES/SHABOO SHABOO [INSTRUMENTAL]

Fuck the masses
Everybody does
Fuck the masses
It's what they love
Fuck the masses
For every cent
Fuck the masses
'cause they're ignorant

Capitalism fucking rules

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SHALLOW GRAVES

I'm the funeral attendant
For the world's powers
I bury every kind

I'm the morgue attendant
For the imperialists
I bury what they leave behind

Now I'm digging
Many shallow graves
So many, so many
Shallow graves

The bodies of the murdered peasants
I see them all
Soviet and Afghan dissidents
I see them fall
The ruined lives
Propaganda, lies
Torture remains
One's socialist, one's democratic
But to them it's all the same

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LOOK AT YOU

I look at you
All I see
Are the things that
Cannot be
I'm trapped, I stare
There's no escape
All I can do
Is look at you and wait

Maybe someday
I'll know what to do
And perhaps someday
I'll know when it's through
Maybe someday
I'll know the truth
But for right now
I just look at you

I can't stand it
A situation I hate
It seems to follow me
To my dying day
It rips me up
It tears me inside
And there's nothing
I can do to hide

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THE PAIN

Can we really feel it?
The screaming pain
Of the tortured millions
With forgotten names
All of our trials, worries and fear
Seem so petty when compared to theirs

And yet my pain feels real enough

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WHAT DO YOU DO?

What do you do?
You just consume
Sit back and simply
Let it roll in
You don't create
Only destroy
Or amuse yourself
With expensive toys
There's nothing left
For me to say
When I see you all
Act that way
Middle-class black holes
Again and again
Always fucked up
On the weekends

What the fuck do you do?

What is your worth?
I your life just a lie?
Will anything be different
If tomorrow you should die?
Filled with
Social apathy
Concerned only with
What can make you happy

What the fuck do you do?
Why don't you tell me
What do you do...

What the fuck do you do?

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[NOTES]

ALL WORDS ALL MUSIC: VERBAL ASSAULT
ALL MATERIAL RECORDED LIVE ON THE "STRANDED IN THE JUNGLE SHOW" ON WRIU JANUARY 20, 1985
ENGINEERED BY MIKE SCOTT
"PRODUCED" BY VERBAL ASSAULT
COVER PHOTO COURTESY OF THE RUSSIAN REVOLUTION

VERBAL ASSAULT

NICK BARBATO-DRUMS, VOCALS
PETER CHRAMIEC-GUITAR
DYLAN ROY-BASS, VOCALS
CHRISTOPHER JONES-VOCALS

CHRIS GORMAN-BACKING VOCALS

WARNING: THIS TAPE MAY CONTAIN CLEVERLY HIDDEN SATANIC MESSAGES

VERY SPECIAL THANKS TO IDLE RICH.
THERE ARE MANY PEOPLE WHO HAVE HELPED US OUT AND WE WOULD LIKE TO THANK THEM. THEY ARE CHRIS CARILLI, AL Q. (SUBURBAN VOICE), POSITIVE OUTLOOK, CHRIS GORMAN, MIKE SCOTT, DANNY BURNS, JESSICA & TOM G., SERG & THE SUPER REVERB, JACKIE, RANDY & THE LIVING ROOM, DOUG CARON & PIED PIPER PRODUCTIONS, MR. & MRS. BRIAN & JUDY JONES, JON, GRAHAM BATTING, MIKE (xXx), LISA K., ANYBODY WHO HAS LOANED US EQUIPMENT, AND MOST OF ALL, THANKS TO ANYBODY WHO BOUGHT OUT LAST TAPE, WHO COMES TO THE SHOWS & CLAPS AFTER THE SONGS & DANCES WHEN WE'RE PLAYING THEM. YOU'RE THE GREATEST. SORRY TO ANYBODY WHO WE FORGOT.

ALL MAIL WILL BE ANSWERED.

Let us in the name of radical pragmatism not forget that in our system with all its repressions we can still speak out and denounce the administration, attack its policies, work to build an opposition base. True, there is government harassment, but there is still that relative freedom to fight. I can try to attack my government, try to organize to change it. That's more than I can do in Moscow, Peking or Havana...Let's keep some perspective.

-Saul D. Alinsky

[From Rules for Radicals (New York: Vintage Books, 1971, page xxi). -CBJ]

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