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All Songs written by Jonathan 'Swagger' Natale
Recorded, Mixed, and Mastered by Jonathan 'Swagger' Natale
All Music by Jonathan Natale except Second guitar on The Reason and Mandolin on Carry On by Rob Black

(c) 2011-2016 Outlaw Waltz Publishing
ASCAP. All Rights Reserved

Album Cover by Jane Lurch

This album is dedicated to the angels and devils of this life, past and present:

- to the ones who burn brightly for all to see, lighting the way for us all; My gratitude and thanks.

- to the dearly departed; May your light ever onward through our cherished memories.

- to leeches, traitors, and anyone else who steals the light; Your time will come.

None shall be forgotten.

In particular, there are a few cherished souls that I wish to name for doing more for me or this album than I can ever put into words

Buck Boswell
Denise Vertucci
Erik Petersen
Griffin Sullivan
Isaac Onigman
Lamaine Lewis
Meaghan Casey
Nathan Maynard
Rob Black
Scotty Theunissen
Tiffany Beyer
Tim P McCarthy
Timothy Scrimmy Bouchard
Wee and Mighty Dawn Williams
Wyatt Peterson

Thank you.

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released November 11, 2016

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Track Name: Into the Shadows
Into The Shadows
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dancing on the stage like a broken marionette
drink and dope away the pain desperate to forget
the wretched parody that everything became
misguided by liars who lead you astray

Refrain:
into the shadows I go, Into the shadows I go
dead dreams line the broken road
with vultures picking clean the bones
into the shadows I go

stomach quickly sinks below buckling knees
arsenic laced taste of impending defeat
tear stained strained face, air too goddamn harsh to breath
shaking faith gives way - nothing left to believe

Refrain

scratching at your skin, dig until you bleed
your heart beats weak, stricken with disease
anesthetize your mind, but the poison persists
Seems there's no end to Feelings Like This
Track Name: Withdrawals
She doesn't have the spine
To say she moved on
So instead she left in pieces
until one day she was gone
It left you wondering what the hell you did wrong
anxious and uncertain - so completely withdrawn

Chorus:
goddamn all this loneliness
Sharp withdrawal pains
goddamn all this loneliness
While the poison leave your brain

The worst of this is how she got you to believe
That she would be the one who wasn’t going to leave
And now you’ve got to face all the empty space
and every single place that you still hear her name

Chorus

You try to keep your head held high
But it's a goddamn lie

On the car stereo, Lucero’s Tennessee
the score to a scene you hope you don’t repeat
a cold and broken moment, pleading up to God that
you would do anything just to make it stop


Chorus x 2
Track Name: Three Minutes
Another night lost underneath
Fluorescent city light
switchblade tucked into my pocket, boots are laced up tight
if we get found we’ll get shut down cause they don’t like our rebel sound
no more shows allowed if the cops coming around
Deep beneath the radar high above their laws
let’s have a damn good time, just make sure you don’t get caught

Three minutes to be free in the pit

Walk on through a basement door and proceed to make your way
through a crowd where everybody seems to knows your name
It’s so more than just escape when the band takes stage
it’s blood we share from ties that bind a testament of faith
it’s somewhere to go, its the life that we all chose
This is our moment, our chance to explode

Three minutes to be free in the pit

a moment of sanity
a moment of sweet release
a moment so sacred
a moment to believe

the singer preaches over a three chord litany
The basement is swings and surges to the frantic beat
salvation found in what we make in every space that we reclaim
we’re stealing it all back every god damn thing they take
it’s a war that we wage against our corporate chains
in a dark twisted world that lost it’s goddamn way

Three minutes to be free in the pit
Track Name: This City
Stuck’s the worst kind of curse
a verse of the devils words
that line about waiting around to die
The feeling you can’t escape
A future going Up In Flames
and you won’t be get out of here alive


This city is quickly killing me
This city is quickly killing me
I won’t last one more year year
if I don’t get out of here
this city is quickly killing me


Crab mentality caused mortality
All done for pride and family
they grab on and drag you down
the undertow pulls you below
Fills your lungs with blood and smoke
until you give in and drown


This city is quickly killing me
This city is quickly killing me
I won’t last one more year year
if I don’t get out of here
this city is quickly killing me


this war can’t ever be won
so why not just pack up and run?
head out west with no regrets
there’s gotta be something better yet
drive off into the setting sun


you try to really give a damn
and offer up a helping hand
everyone is right there to take but when
your hands are the ones turned up,
cause life got so goddamn rough
the bastards spit in your face


This city is quickly killing me
This city is quickly killing me
I won’t last one more year year
if I don’t get out of here
this city is quickly killing me
Track Name: Bottled Crime
Bottled Crime
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The cops are looking around
my neighborhood again
Asking for Jonny,
if they know where I've been
The landlord’s calling me a squatter
he says I've got to go even
though I pay my rent and this
place ain't up to code
I know he wants me gone so I don't
turn and rat
well, maybe I should pay my rent with a BASEBALL BAT


I’ve got bottled crime on my mind


Well, it’s back to being homeless
like so many times before but
before I’m nailed for vagrancy
It’s time to settle the score
I went back to my old place was
in the dead of the night
I pried open the window
with my boot knife
Stripped out all the copper
Broke all the locks and as I
left I smashed his windshield with a CINDER BOCK


I’ve got bottled crime on my mind


Watch it all fucking burn


All these words reflect
the fucked up world that I see
How can you still call this
the land of the free
It's the front lines of a class war and
It ain't been going well
The rich live in luxury
The poor a living hell
but I ain’t going down, and I ain’t giving up
when will you finally say ENOUGH IS ENOUGH
I’ve got bottled crime on my mind
Track Name: You Stole It All From Us
What happened, where did you go?
There’s a frigid hell in the place of the town I call home
and anger replaced camaraderie
selfishness instead of community
sixty hour weeks to stay afloat
overworked desperate and broke


You stole it all from us


Clearly - you’ve sold your soul
It’s in with the new and to hell with the old
and greed is thoroughly embraced
we’re getting priced out while the landlords celebrate
what will the families do?
their neighborhoods are being removed


You stole it all from us


Where will we all go?
We can't even afford our homes
Everything we love
Is being swept away
And we don't
We don't have any say


You bastards, how do you sleep at night?
you know goddamn well that this isn’t right
this fight… I don’t think we can win
more and more money keeps flooding in
and towers continue to rise
at the price of wrecking all of our lives


You stole it all from us
Track Name: Broken
Broken
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You knew exactly what this was
cause nothing ever lasts
But Who could know the bulb would blow
The light would fade so fast
All of your dreams have
Smoldered into ash
And In the dark no one could see
The impending collapse
The traitor with a knife for your back


My life is broken - It’s falling apart


When you hit the bottom
No one will be there
If there’s nothing left for them to take
Then no one will care
And what about the loyalty?
The vows you broke
You said you were blood, when push turned shove
You left me on my own
Forsaken - it’s all I’ve known


My life is broken - it’s falling apart


I’m losing any sight
Of meaning in this life
I keep sinking down
No I’m not alright


I found a dead angel once,
strung from a tree
Left as a warning to me,
sadistic blasphemy
A scar upon my heart,
a mark of the beast
So I know those demons
are coming after me
One day they might finally get to me


My life is broken - it’s falling apart
Track Name: How Long
How Long
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from the rotting teeth, cough and a rash, constantly poor
I try to keep my head up even though I wonder what the hell for
pushing a broken car through freezing winter rain
and how bills can I take before I break from the strain


I'm struggling with the undertow, trying to stay afloat
But the waves keep growing bigger they're gonna flood the boat
and with each passing day, more feeling slip away
From a drunk and stoned novacaine
I’m stumbling and fumbling to make an escape
I've got to do something before it gets too late
I've got to do something before it gets too late


Chorus:
it's getting old how my blood runs cold, and I hate to feel this way
It's everything that I don't want to say, in a tired well worn cliche
And somewhere in this mess, I do my best to try and carry on
I struggle to survive and try to stay alive but god, oh god... for how long?


but nights like this the truth stares hard, and I can't turn away
uneasy about the decisions I’ve made but now there's no other way
My mind's going million revelations a minute, I don't have any brakes
I'm dragged by the wrists, face first in the dirt and caught up in its wake


All this uncertainty, is slowly killing me
if there's an end to this it's one I cannot see
another dead dream, another way to bleed
another pin prick another reason to scream
despair is in the air, I'm more than worse for wear
what disturbs me the most? is I just don't care
I just don’t seem to care


it's getting old how my blood runs cold, and I hate to feel this way
It's everything that I don't want to say, in a tired well worn cliche
And somewhere in this mess, I do my best to try and carry on
I struggle to survive and try to stay alive but god, oh god... for how long?


How long can you keep pushing on when you hate to be alive
Going through the motions is such a shallow lie
Pain laced days of scorn and hate, anxiety and doubt
It takes everything to keep the gun out of your mouth


it's getting old how my blood runs cold, and I hate to feel this way
It's everything that I don't want to say, in a tired well worn cliche
And somewhere in this mess, I do my best to try and carry on
I struggle to survive and try to stay alive but god, oh god... for how long?
Track Name: Good Goddamn
Good Goddamn
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I won’t deny it’s on my mind
I know you’d agree
It’s a premonition of things to come
like autumn’s falling leaves
and I won’t pray for forgiveness
to your god, I just don’t believe
so take up arms beside me or you’d
best let me be

I don’t give a good goddamn anymore
I don’t give a good goddamn.

I’ve stared into the coming storm
in fates judgemental eyes
the threat of rain, hail or flame
won’t change my steadfast mind
I’ll keep pushing forward
I’ll give it all I’ve got
there ain’t no turning back now
the road back home been lost

I don’t give a good goddamn anymore
I don’t give a good goddamn.

Maybe I’m losing it Maybe
I’ve gone insane
From dealing with the hardship
the loss and the pain but I’ll
raise my fists and blaze my guns
every single time
before the break of day gives way
I’ll take what’s rightfully mine

I don’t give a good goddamn anymore
I don’t give a good goddamn.
Track Name: The Reason
The Reason
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I grew up a bastard, a manic scofflaw soul,
underneath the yankee’s watchful eye
that puritan fist it barely missed those damned judgemental hypocrites
but some how I made it out alive
Im not here to feed your all consuming greed
I’m a dreamer stuck among the damned
I tried to build on these old hills, but your fist grew stronger still
and blood stains these desperate lands


Chours:
You’re the reason there are always bullets in my gun
You’re the reason there’s a knife at my side
You’re the reason why I live this life outside of the lines
You’re the reason the reason I won’t stop until I die


I’ll rather
die on my feet than live on my knees
So I made the decision, I’ll take what I need
outlaw is as outlaw does, forever shall I rise above
I armed myself and made for the streets
black river bandit, burning gasoline
these miles, they changed my stride
The only time I ever find any kind of peace of mind
Is when I leave the world behind


You’re the reason there are always bullets in my gun
You’re the reason there’s a knife at my side
You’re the reason why I live this life outside of the lines
You’re the reason the reason I won’t stop until I die


theres a price you’ve got to pay if you want to live free
and let me tell you that it’s a high price indeed
one mistake is all it takes, nothing can be left to fate
there’s just so much here at stake
and I’ve got some words for all my enemies
you ain’t seen the last of of me
I’m around the corner, and past the bend, I’m every place you’ve ever been
you will pay dearly for your deeds


You’re the reason there are always bullets in my gun
You’re the reason there’s a knife at my side
You’re the reason why I live this life outside of the lines
You’re the reason the reason I won’t stop until I die
Track Name: Carry On
Carry On
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Apathy soaked lost in despair
a carousel ride at the misery fair
the weight of oppression this burden you bear
muscles stretched taut beginning to tear
Anxious and desperate is no way to live but
try as you might but nothing will give


we medicate symptoms and not the disease
anesthetized we live down on our knees
after a while we start to believe
the lies, hate, anger, and greed
and that's what they want, to dehumanize
subjugate hope and devalue our lives


There’s ,
always a place in the face of the storm where
we can all gather and keep warm
From Tales that we tell, the bread that we break
the wine in our blood, the hope that we make
We share what we have, enough to get by and
Rekindling the spirit that keep us alive


From the fire in my heart
we will carry on
Carry on from darkness until dawn
We'll carry on
through trying times
we will survive
we will carry on


We will carry on - we will survive