11 November 2016

by Dead Ambassadors

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released November 29, 2016

This album was a failed attempt at writing and recording an album in a day. All songs were written and recorded by T.C. Elliott on November 11th and 12th, 2016 for the (inter)National Solo Album Writing Month challenge. Further mixing and mastering were completed on November 29, 2016 and released to the public as a free download.

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Track Name: The Masquerade
The power you give the government will, in equal measure, be used against you

Everybody is the same
We are all human, is that so strange?
Left side, right side spread the hate
Why do we all take the bait?

The government wants to be all powerful
The more you give the more it will take from you
The government wants to be all powerful
That's the masquerade
That's the masquerade

If you really care for me
Don't pass more laws, just let me be
The more you give the more they take
The rights you give up can't be replaced
The government wants to be all powerful
The more you give the more it will take from you
The government wants to be all powerful
That's the masquerade
That's the masquerade
That's the masquerade

A majority of both Democrats and Republicans passed the NDAA which authorizes the federal government to incarcerate U.S. citizens without hearing or trial. George Bush started many wars and Barack Obama has bombed more countries than Bush. They are all beholden to the military industrial complex. We are fighting over who is the worse candidate, the reality t.v. star or the crony politician. As we fight over mean tweets, women and children are dying from our bombs!

The government wants to be all powerful
The more you give the more it will take from you
The government wants to be all powerful
That's the masquerade
That's the masquerade
Track Name: Aces And Eights
I love the highway
When I'm rollin' on two wheels
You just can't feel this free
In a boxed in automobile
There's nothing like the clear blue sky
When you're riding underneath the sun
Riding next to a fellow biker
Heading out on a run

I'm part of a brotherhood
Brothers steady and so loyal
When you ride you feel the trust
Built on rubber and oil
We do what we can do
To help a rider in need
We'll always lend a helping hand
To get you up to speed

Brother don't take the gamble
When your draw aces and eights
If you push your luck too far
You'll end up at the pearly gates

Seems like you're taking a gamble
When you pull out on the road
You crank back on the throttle
Got your two wheels ready to roll
You gotta watch out for the SUVs
Oil slicks and gravel all around
When we're out on the highway
We keep our friends safe and sound

Brother don't take the gamble
When your draw aces and eights
If you push your luck too far
You'll end up at the pearly gates
Track Name: Do You Have A Plan?
Congress passed the NDAA
Say they can take your or me
If you can't have a trial by jury
How can you say you are free?

Watcha gonna do when the world goes to hell?
Do you have a plan?
Will you throw up your arms and say, "Oh, well!"?
Do you have a plan?

The IRS buys guns and ammo
Enough to start a war
The agency takes almost half your money
And still they want some more

Watcha gonna do when the world goes to hell?
Do you have a plan?
Will you throw up your arms and say, "Oh, well!"?
Do you have a plan?

The power you give
For you benefit
Will lead to abuse
And crimes they won't admit
The more you give
The more they're gonna take
They're gonna make
They're gonna make
They're gonna make you pay

Trump was elected, you say that's bad
'Cause he will do more harm
The power you gave to Barack Obama
Is a fire ringing five alarms

Watcha gonna do when the world goes to hell?
Do you have a plan?
Will you throw up your arms and say, "Oh, well!"?
Do you have a plan?
Track Name: You Make Me Feel Like Shit
I know I make you angry
Didn't mean it to be this way
And I know you're unhappy
With every word I say

And you and me
Were never meant to be
'Cause you make me feel like shit

Why do you come back to me
When you stay out all night?
Are you just feeling sleepy
Or do you wanna pick a fight?

And you and me
Were never meant to be
'Cause you make me feel like shit

Sometimes you say you're sorry
When you want me to buy you things
Then you ask me to drive you over
So you can pawn our rings

And you and me
Were never meant to be
'Cause you make me feel
And you and me
Were never meant to be
'Cause you make me feel like shit!
Track Name: Be The Change
You said you were crying for all the hate you could see
But your tears make you blind or so it seems to me
Why can't you be the love you say that you need?

Nothing much changes in a day or a week
Unless you become the change that you seek
First you must try or you will never succeed

Be the love you say that you need
Be the change in the world
The change you want to see

You said you might leave, you might get out of here
Because of the hate, the anger and fear
But to my mind nothing has really changed

You keep calling me names because we disagree
You can't see the love that's inside you and me
You'll find peace and love have become estranged

Be the love you say that you need
Be the change in the world
The change you want to see

Be the love you say that you need
Be the change in the world
The change you want to see
Track Name: The Blade Of Masamune
I draw my blade as I hear you creep
I hear you creeping down the hall
I guess I know what you're looking for
The mystery hidden in these walls
800 years of warriors
They train and die to guard his blades
I pledge my life to Masamune
And the steel that he made

I swear you will feel
The biting edge of his steel
This final warning to turn away
Before your soul is devoured
By the blade of Masamune

I see you enter the hidden room
I see a secret got away
There's no time for the mystery
I have an oath I must obey
So I ease into the light
The pale light of the rising moon
And here we are face to face
One of us won't leave the room

So how does it feel
The biting edge of his steel?
I tried to warn you to turn away
Now your soul is devoured
So how does it feel
The biting edge of his steel?
I tried to warn you to turn away
And now your soul is devoured
By the blade of Masamune

I can feel the power
As your soul slips into the blade
I uphold the oath I swore
Once again I have obeyed

So how does it feel
The biting edge of his steel?
I tried to warn you to turn away
Now your soul is devoured
So how does it feel
The biting edge of his steel?
I tried to warn you to turn away
And now your soul is devoured
By the blade of Masamune
Track Name: Suzie Suzuki
I pull back on the throttle
And I head out on the road
Got my back wheel spinning
You know I'm ready to go
I take off down the highway
I toe right through the gears
I pass all of the traffic
And I'm finally in the clear
I don't ride a Harley Davidson
Or a Victory
You know I feel in love with
Suzie Suzuki
Suzie Suzuki
I'm in love with my VL8

I see a one percenter
He's a riding up ahead
But you know my throttle
Must be made of lead
I pass him on the left
And I give a slight nod
I got my Suzie wrapped out
Hope she don't throw a rod
I don't ride a Harley Davidson
Or a Victory
You know I feel in love with
Suzie Suzuki
Suzie Suzuki
I'm in love with my VL8

Well, there's a station wagon
Barely moving down the line
She's blocking all the traffic
Hard to make up any time
But as I get closer
I time it just right
I pass in between
On that line made of white
I don't ride a Harley Davidson
Or a Victory
You know I feel in love with
Suzie Suzuki
Suzie Suzuki
I'm in love with my VL8

If you get out of the city
Better mind all the deer
It's getting on towards evening
When they like to appear
There's nothing worse to think of
Than a downed bike
So slow her down a little
Let's keep her upright
I don't ride a Harley Davidson
Or a Victory
You know I feel in love with
Suzie Suzuki
Suzie Suzuki
I'm in love with my VL8

I love the curves and valleys
The hills and twisty turns
And don't you check my speed
That's none of your concern
AS I fly down the highway
I swear we've grown some wings
I can hear the angels calling
I can hear all of them sing
I don't ride a Harley Davidson
Or a Victory
You know I feel in love with
Suzie Suzuki
Suzie Suzuki
I'm in love with my VL8

I pull back on the throttle
And I head out on the road
Got my back wheel spinning
You know I'm ready to go
I take off down the highway
I toe right through the gears
I pass all of the traffic
And I'm finally in the clear
I don't ride a Harley Davidson
Or a Victory
You know I feel in love with
Suzie Suzuki
Suzie Suzuki
I'm in love with my VL8

I love the curves and valleys
The hills and twisty turns
And don't you check my speed
That's none of your concern
AS I fly down the highway
I swear we've grown some wings
I can hear the angels calling
I can hear all of them sing
I don't ride a Harley Davidson
Or a Victory
You know I feel in love with
Suzie Suzuki
Suzie Suzuki
I'm in love with my VL8
Track Name: Another Precious Snowflake
Well, I guess you will complain
About a world gone bad
I know you didn't get your way
I guess that made you mad
You voted in the election
But your efforts didn't work
Another precious snowflake
Got their feelings hurt

Your Mother sent you to college
To learn a thing or two
To learn a skill so when you grow up
You would have some work to do
But someone said something you don't like
Ideas that you've never heard
Another precious snowflake
Got their feelings hurt

Look here I got a case
Of genuine liberal tears
We should get them a hanky
To help them get through all of their fears

I guess you'll head to your safe place
So you won't hear this song
Some ideas sure are hateful
And some are just plain wrong
How will you know if you're wrong or right
If you won't listen to the words?
Another precious snowflake
Got their feelings hurt

Look here I got a case
Of genuine liberal tears
We should get them a hanky
To help them get through all of their fears
Track Name: Confusion
Instrumental
Track Name: Come To Your Senses
If you wanna fight the power
Then you gotta fight hypocrisy
The power you give the government
Can be turned and used against you

All the people who bow and pray
To the government night and day
Will they ever realize,
Come to their senses?

If you give away all of your rights
You will surely lose the fight
To someone you don't like
Come to your senses

Each president expands his power
As all the people cheer for more
If you don't like who's elected
Then you are getting your just rewards
All the people who bow and pray
To the government night and day
Will they ever realize,
Come to their senses?

If you give away all of your rights
You will surely lose the fight
To someone you don't like
Come to your senses

I can see the tears in your eyes
All those tears, what good will they do?
If you call good people racists
Don't be surprised if they turn on you

All the people who bow and pray
To the government night and day
Will they ever realize,
Come to their senses?

If you give away all of your rights
You will surely lose the fight
To someone you don't like
Come to your senses
Track Name: Cavity Search
Going through the airport
And I'm late for my flight
When I start to running
You know, I'm quite the sight
Then I see the TSA
They say, "Come with me.
I've got skinny fingers.
Just you wait and see."
They took me to the back room
They said it wouldn't hurt
That's when they gave me a
Cavity Search
Cavity Search
Cavity Search
Woooh!

I'm speeding down the highway
'Cause you know I'm running late
So I push on the throttle
Bump her up to 98
And way back in the distance
Yeah, I see those flashing lights
Now a Texas state Trooper
Is reading me my rights
He don't take me to the car
He strips my pants and shirt
Right there on the road it's a
Cavity Search
Cavity Search
Cavity Search
Woooh!

Now I'm always standing
'Cause you know it hurts to sit
I'm getting sick and tired
Of all this government shit
Just when you think it's over
Here they come once again

I sit and read the paper
I can't believe my eyes
My old ex-boss
Just gave me a surprise
He got busted
Running drugs and other things
And guess who got implicated
In their drug ring?
Well, that agent won't believe me
I'm hanging in the lurch
Now it's time for another
Cavity Search
Cavity Search
Cavity Search
Woooh!
Track Name: I Play The Music
I pick up my guitar and I start to play
That's what I love to do most every day
There's something inside me, I gotta express
It's how I ease my worries and deal with all the stress

I pull out the tuner and check every string
I strap on my ax so I can do my thing
Then I start a journey, I can go most anywhere
And if you find utopia you can be I'll be there

I play the music to take me out of here
I go to the moon and stars, straight through the atmosphere

Just give me a six string, let me sit and play
You can leave, that's all right, I'll be here all day
'Cause once I start playing I find the strength to break free
Worries that tie me down have no effect on me

And if I find a brother or a sister who will play along
All our troubles are over, all our worries will be gone
There is nothing quite like it when you play in a band
'Cause there is strength in numbers we are more than stress can stand

I play the music to take me out of here
I go to the moon and stars, straight through the atmosphere

I pick up my guitar and I start to play
That's what I love to do most every day
There's something inside me, I gotta express
It's how I ease my worries and deal with all the stress
Track Name: Your Message To The World
You control the path you take
With how you deal with the world
If your stockings are filled with sticks and coal
Or you're given jewels and pearls

The life you choose, the life you live
Your message to the world
The path you take, the choices you make
Is your message to the world

You can't always control what happens to you
But still you can make a choice
You can hide or let anger rise up
Or you can give love a voice

The life you choose, the life you live
Your message to the world
The path you take, the choices you make
Is your message to the world

You can be the love in the world
The love you are looking for
Compassion can be the rule of the day
You can always give us some more

The life you choose, the life you live
Your message to the world
The path you take, the choices you make
Is your message to the world
Your message to the world