The dude abides

by Greg Rekus

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released December 31, 2010

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Track Name: Signature of the poor
His name is John
Turned 17
With mom didn't care and a dad he's never seen
Just looking for a friend
He knew this place
They don't ID
He walked to the bar blank stare in company
Guess the first round is on me

And we'll drink one for the kid next door
And we'll drank one for his future in life
'Cause this ship's going down ain't no life boat be found
When money is the color we can't pass around

Her name is Jane
Past 23
High school was though ain't no university
Help wanted ad regular
She knew this place
Just down the street
Alone at a table waiting guys to meet
Mind if I take a seat

His name was Jack
At 49
Divorced, with no kids memorized help line
Just looking for a friend
Down on your luck
I know a place
Not much to the joint but sometimes you'll find an ace
In these problems that we chase
Track Name: Albert song
Thinking
I'm not scared of social drinking
Who would care if we were sinking
I'm not scared to let the waves carry me away
People
Friends and foes alike
Ask me your fortunes tonight
You wouldn't like the truth I declare
Honestly is spared

I'm not scared of being alone
I'm not scared of everyone
Everything I see
Pull up a barstool tonight
All is in reach that's necessary for our fight
Everyone's budget's tight
Next drink on me

Excuses
We find all uses
Wrapped around our nooses
Russian roulette so let's gamble our way home
Stranger
Your face look more like mine
Everything comes in time
This dedication to these self destructive lives
You know I'll get mine
Track Name: The high cost of low prices
I see it in our eyes
These desperate eyes
Plagued by beautifuland compromised disease
If there's a way to show
We still have control
To live our lives the way we want to be

So here we go
Learning what we already know
Preach to convinced mind if it's all we get to say
Every chance to say
Every chance to show
We're not too fucked up to know
word can travel in the strangest way

We can't change the world
But we can change our world
Where we spend our money everyday
If it's locally grown
Made here at home
For an honest rate it's worth the extra pay

I know it's easier to buy
The cheapest shit in supply
And ignore who works for lousy unfair wage
The benefits we reap
We exploit a poor country
Till we learn these lower prices aren't cheap
Track Name: The mirror in my favorite bar
You'd think 8 shots would be enough
Point those feet towards the door
You still got to to stare your words your stupid smile sweaty hands
you know your cards got room for more

I've always hated hearing lies
Yet still come dribbling from this mouth
We're all to the brim of shit and piss exceptions to the rules
Yet none of us would seem to mind

Better days will not be left behind
Insecurities we demand to hide
Better days will come and go with time
Lets hope this twenty gets me over the line

At distant corners of the room
A glance shot out distant eyes
I bet she likes the guys with money, cars, clean shaven, brand new cloths
But I'd stupid not to try

Hoisted anchor we set sail
The back and forth of choppy seas
As I draw near exchanged the first shot fired whisky tipped it back
You'd think she'd go buy one for me
Track Name: Dancing around
Dancing around, I guess I got my feet on the ground
I don't hear a sound when I ask "Where does our money go?"
A socialist name, I'm labelled in this capitalist game
It's all the same so blow the whistle on the corporate team
I call a foul for this greedy mundane circumstance
Everytime we turn around and they kicks us in the ass

If we build bombs then we'll probably have war
But if we build houses we could house the poor
A take and a give promises future of sovereignty free

Our world could be catchy slogans and poverty
But we can break free, so scream out loud and let them hear our voice
I don't think that our country should go to war to prove we're free
Money into social needs sounds way better to me

A country that's run by the business elite
But can they relate to who lives in the streets?
Selfish or not in the end we all still have to eat
Track Name: No work today
Fuck you 'ol foreman, I'm heading straight to the door
Fuck you 'ol foreman, I'm heading straight to the door
You can tell those pricks I ain't work here no more

Fuck all your orders, I ain't no second class
Fuck all your orders, I ain't no second class
My god damn lips ain't here to kiss your ass

No work today
Sleep late say what I wanna say
This guitar should be playing all day
I ain't working today
Track Name: Consequence
And I say
Consequence is real
Your laugh in my face
It leads me back to here
Envious to shame
The circumstance remains
It's all that I can hear

So go pick a side if you're old enough to choose
Our hearts divide
Don't blame yourself for what you couldn't do
Why do we both lie if everything we lost we had to loose?

Time fades
Life becomes a dream
Imaginations seen
Surreal yet routine
So push it all away
It's easier to flee
With nothing left to be

Go go pick a side if you're old enough to choose
Our hearts divide
Don't blame yourself for what you couldn't do
Why do we both lie if everything we lost we had to loose?

There things we lost we had to loose
There things we lost we had to loose
There things we lost we had to loose
Track Name: One last word
One last word and I'll turn to stone
Block those feelings I'll never know
One last time
This time is the end
Made my promise
My amends
Every meaningless word that he said
I'll be fine

One more burbon I'll fade away
Lie those problems down in a grave
Patience waits, guilt never does
Save my place
My life
I swear I'll be back when I'm done
I'll be fine

What he lacked in attention he paid for in stride
All those feeling they kept inside
When I'm gone I hope they don't mind
But when I'm gone promise me you won't forget that I was alive
Track Name: I guess that's my excuse
Well I'm still breathing
I guess that's my excuse
To keep on singing
My feet ain't broken
I guess that's my excuse to keep on dancing

Forget the troubles in our lives
My mind's made up and I'll be fine

Well I can still swallow
I guess that's my excuse
to keep on drinking
I ain't seeing double
I guess that's my excuse to keep on buying

Forget the troubles in our lives
My mind's made up and I'll be fine