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released March 20, 2015

REVEREND LEAD PIPE: Keyboards and some vocals.

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THE PIPE-WIELDING SWINGERS: (See individual tracks.)


Featuring the vocal stylings of HERMANN HESSIAN.



Produced and engineered by RLP.
Mastered at wavemod.com.

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Track Name: BREAD & CIRCUSES
BREAD & CIRCUSES


Bread, Bread & Circuses
Bread, Bread & Circuses
Three-Rings right there to distract us
Pretzel-bread & Circuses

They say there’s a mold that grows on bread
It’ll put a circus inside of your head
In 26-hours you’ll be okay or
Balloon-popped by the DEA.

Bread, Bread & Circuses
Animal-cracker cage circuses

Firkins full of toxic swill
Fracking fluid up to the gills
Say it’s safe, if no one will
Raise liquid-bread to your p.r. skills

Bread, Bread & Circuses
Speckendick-bread circuses

Infotainment-surveillance complex
Halo footage at the IMAX
Talking-head sideshow freaks
Drones doing stunts over our cities

Bread, Bread & Circuses
Globe of Death circuses

BRIDGE:
When they distract us with Bread & Circuses
they've got us on the shelf
That provides you plenty of time
to think about yourself

Self-self and no one else
In the land of honey and MILFs
A PBJ sandwich,
Someday you’ll be President as well as rich

Bread Bread & Circuses
Dog & Pony Show circuses

Why did Rome die?
Was it decadence, my oh my?!
Or military ventures into the sky,
while there’s sewage on your pizza pie?

Bread Bread & Circuses
Circus Maximus circuses
Fall from the trapeze,
Gladiators cut you off at the knees


BRIDGE:
They distract us with Bread & Circuses
A strategy unto itself
It satisfied your shallow requirements
In lieu of something else

Banks pumpernickel-and-dime you
Covenants oppress you like panini
HMOs roll you like a matzo ball
All those clowns in a Super Bowl electric car commercial:
How many m.p.g.’s, huh?

Does jumping through flaming fire
suppress your animal ire?
Or do you eye Siegfried and Roy
sometimes as if they’re ham on rye?

Bread Bread & Circuses
Pig-in-a-blanket circuses
Sopaipilla Opera circuses
Impalement-arts circuses

Now hush up, you little hushpuppy, you!
Track Name: 1982
1982

One-one thousand, nine-hundred and eighty-two

Do you remember 1982?
Do you recall how it molded you?

A cap and gown were my crown of thorns
1982 years after Christ was born

Pogos, Thirsty’s, the Bare’n’ Boogie
Drinking 3.2 beer stoically

Reagan in the membrane in 1982
Just Say No said Nancy, telling us what to do

John Hinckley is insane
Didn’t he grow up in Evergreen?

They busted up Ma Bell and John DeLorean
They say Wayne Williams killed Atlanta children

The Cold War like the Christmas Eve Blizzard
The Canucks vs. the Islanders
Argentina against the British Empire
Israel in Lebanon fighting with Yasser

CHORUS:
Dance like you’re missing, missing a shoe
Dance like you miss 1982
Groove to the grooves from a record or two
Pressed onto vinyl in 1982
There are 18 years left in the 20th Century
It’s over 18 years from 1983
Things will get better, and life will improve
It can’t get any worse than 1982

The Grim Reaper came for Princess Grace,
The Colorado congressman who went to outer space,
The author of The Fountainhead and John Belushi
No 'morrow, Vic Morrow; Thelonious, history.

Clear a path for the future
It’s the birth of Lil Wayne And the Commodore Computer
Thora Birch, Prince William,
Ben Roethlisberger.
Alison Brie was conceived and she was delivered

Sophie’s Choice, Gandhi and E.T.
Bette Davis Eyes and Double Fantasy
The head of a bat, spat Ozzy
I love rock ‘n’ roll about history

The Conch Republic and The Vietnam wall
Seeing U2 at the Rainbow Music Hall
The artificial heart and the Unabomber
Michael Jackson’s Billy Jean mega-seller Thriller
The Italian kidnapping of General Dozier
I’m going off to school in the Fall in Boulder

CHORUS

Has your life gotten better
Since 1982?
Did it mean as much for me
As it did for you?
It’s coming back around
Another time or two
Get used to the sight of 1982
Get used to the sight of 1982
Get used to the sight of 1982

CHORUS

One-one thousand, nine-hundred and eighty-two
Track Name: STICKY WICKET
STICKY WICKET

Our leader feels the pinch
Our leader mustn't poke
Our leader needs to clinch
Our leader mustn't choke

On the one side are the bankers
On the other are the pickets
Our leader's batting on
a sticky sticky wicket

Sticky Sticky Sticky Sticky Sticky Sticky Wicket
Wicked Wicked Wicked Wicked Sticky Sticky Wicket

Our leader can't decide
Should we stay or should we go?
It's the Graveyard of Empires,
in case you didn't know

War isn't everything
that it's cracked up to be
War's a bloody racket,
says General Smedley

Sticky Sticky Sticky Sticky Sticky Sticky Wicket
Wicked Wicked Wicked Wicked Sticky Sticky Wicket

It's the spirit of the game,
in life as well as cricket,
You're supposed to fight fair
without infractions by the minute.
The field's looking bad,
there's damage to limit.
It is what it is:
a stick sticky wicket

Our leader must decide who is history
even if it rains on a wedding party
Silence so deafening
he can't hear the crickets
It's a sticky wicket, so fuhgeddaboutit

Sticky Sticky Sticky Sticky Sticky Sticky Wicket
Wicked Wicked Wicked Wicked Sticky Sticky Wicket

Can't be namby-pamby,
a sacrificial lamb.
Can't be a Superhero;
Socko! Pow! Shazam!

You can't please everyone
Get off the pot or shit
Batting sticky wickets
has become ingrained habit

Sticky Sticky Sticky Sticky Sticky Sticky Wicket
Wicked Wicked Wicked Wicked Sticky Sticky Wicket

It's the spirit of the game,
in life as well as cricket,
You're supposed to fight fair
without infractions by the minute.
The field's looking bad,
there's damage to limit.
It is what it is:
a stick sticky wicket

Will he close what he promised to close?
Does Pinocchio have a nose?
Will he go to bat and will he score?
Not even he can be really sure.
Will he rope-a-dope with lots of hope
over the edge of a slippery slope?
Is audacity mendacity?
I guess we'll have to play wait and see

There are domestic conflicts
some bite worse than they bark
labor vs. unemployed,
toker vs. narc

You can't listen to
every single critic
It's a very sticky
sticky sticky wicket

Sticky Sticky Sticky Sticky Sticky Sticky Wicket
Wicked Wicked Wicked Wicked Sticky Sticky Wicket

No matter your religious bent
You can always say that you repent
Deep pockets' hands rest upon the spigot
Act duplicitous, so voters punch your ticket

Sticky Sticky Sticky Sticky Sticky Sticky Wicket
Wicked Wicked Wicked Wicked Sticky Sticky Wicket

It's the spirit of the game,
in life as well as cricket,
You're supposed to fight fair
without infractions by the minute.
The field's looking bad,
there's damage to limit.
It is what it is:
a stick sticky wicket

Signing off on another statement;
Doing what's expedient
Where the sun don't shine, they're now allowed to stick it.
It's a very sticky sticky wicket.

Sticky Sticky Sticky Sticky Sticky Sticky Wicket
Wicked Wicked Wicked Wicked Sticky Sticky Wicket

Ear-bashing glue-pot mimetics
sticking to his sticky wickets
segmented full-story snippets
framing his sticky wickets

Sticky Sticky Sticky Sticky Sticky Sticky Wicket
Wicked Wicked Wicked Wicked Sticky Sticky Wicket

It's the spirit of the game,
in life as well as cricket,
You're supposed to fight fair
without infractions by the minute.
The field's looking bad,
there's damage to limit.
It is what it is:
a stick sticky wicket

Because he's got the intel, he's got a Nobel
Tap tap tap, he can read you well.
Will he keep the peace? It's hard to tell.
Or is it all a game with a shell?

So, Brother, can you spare a little change,
Chickens roaming on a free range,
A wholesome family heaven-sent,
a canine non-allergenic?

Still, he's Jonesing for a cigarette
due to sticky wickets.