The Masquerade EP

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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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!