Futile Efforts

by Raw Nerves

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Man in Decline Records
July 2013

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released 18 July 2013

Vocals: Mike Dubose
Guitar/Vocals: Matt Noble
Guitar: Matt Burks
Bass: Jonathan Hughes
Drums: Erik Trexel

Recorded by Stan Wright
Mixed by Adam Pike
Mastered by Brad Boatwright
Lacquer cut by Adam Gonsalves
Cover by Pete Yahnke Railand

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Track Name: Feudal Efforts
THE JURY’S IN AND THE GAVEL FALLS
ON FETTERED HUSKS OF FORMER LIVES
BOUND BY DEBT, THIS FADED GREEN TWINE
ADORNED WITH STOIC BUST WITH CONDESCENDING STARES
LIKE CONSTRICTING SNAKES THEY TIGHTEN
AS WE STRUGGLE TO BREAK FREE
THESE CHAINS ARE THEY’RE ILLUSIONS

ENSHRINED IN IVORY TOWERS
WITH CRUMBLING FOUNDATIONS
OF ERODING WRIT
THEY CAN’T SEE WHAT’S BEEN STIRRING
OR ALL THEY MISSING BRICKS
THESE CHAINS ARE THEY’RE ILLUSIONS
THIS NEO-LIBERAL NIGHTMARE

A TACIT FANTASY
THE CRACKING FRAMEWORK
OBSCURED BY BLOOD-STAINED GLASS
A RULING CLASS DISMISSED
BY AN UNSUPPORTED CAST
THESE CHAINS ARE THEY’RE ILLUSIONS
THIS NEO-LIBERAL NIGHTMARE
THEY’RE FEUDALISTIC DREAM

A TACIT FANTASY
AS THEY WIELD BATONS OF APATHY
AND DINE ON LAZY FAIRE
THE TEARGAS STARTS TO DISSIPATE
THEY’RE FEUDAL DREAMS LAID BARE
Track Name: Reproduced
THIS IS NOT A DEBATE, IT’S A FUCKING ASSAULT
SENSELESS “MORALITY” AS LOOSELY VEILED PATRIARCHY
YOUR RESPECT FOR LIFE
CONDEMNATION TO DEATH
IT’S NOT ABOUT CHILDREN
BUT ONLY TO FULFILL
YOUR SICK DESIRE FOR MISOGYNISTIC CONTROL

REGRESSIVE PURITAN VALUES
BRING US BACK TWO HUNDRED YEARS
TO DAYS DRIVEN BY GUILT AND BY FEAR
QUAKING AT THE THOUGHT OF SELF DETERMINATION
AND THE EMPOWERMENT OF A SEX
THAT YOUR SCRIPTURES ALWAYS DEMONIZE AND MARGINALIZE

CENTURIES OF STRUGGLING
FOR ACKNOWLEDGEMENT, EQUALITY
AND THE RIGHT TO DECIDE
WHETHER SHE WANTS A CHILD
IN THIS MAD MEN’S WORLD
IS STILL UNDER ATTACK

REPRODUCTION’S A CHOICE
NOT A FUCKING LAW
REPRODUCTION’S A CHOICE
NOT A HUMAN FLAW
REPRODUCTION’S A CHOICE
AN INHERENT RIGHT THAT THEY ONCE DEPRIVED FOR THEIR SELF ESTEEM

AS THE OLD BLOOD DRIES NEW CELLS RISE
TO THE CHALLENGE OF ENSURING DOMINANCE
RELEGATING THE “MILDER SEX” TO THE BASTILLES OF HIS STORY
DENYING WHAT HAS BEEN FOUGHT FOR AND WON
BY ALL UPPITY WIMMIN KNOWN AND UNSUNG
Track Name: Not Getting Better
NOT GETTING BETTER
AS MASS MOVEMENTS GROW AGAINST THE INCREASINGLY ENTRENCHED CORPORATE/POLITICAL STATE
AS GLOBAL TEMPERATURES RISE AND EXTREME WEATHER PHENOMENON BECOME THE NORM
AS SEVEN BILLION HUMANS NOW OCCUPY THE PLANET AMIDST DEEPENING POVERTY AND STARVATION
THE BIOSPHERE COLLAPSES AND PROFIT SHARES SOAR
IT ISN’T GETTING BETTER

HOW CAN WE ROUSE A POPULACE
THAT JUST SITS IDLY BY
CONSUMED BY MINDLESS DRIVEL
FED ONLY ON LIES
HOW CAN WE OPEN DIALOGUE
WHEN DISCUSSION’S ALREADY BROKEN DOWN
TO PARAPHRASED SLOGANS
OF THE CHIEF FINANCIERS
HOW CAN WE PROTEST AND SURVIVE
AS DISSENT BECOMES CO-OPTED
BY REFORMIST OCCUPATIONS
WITH FRUSTRATIONS MISDIRECTED
HOW CAN WE CHANGE A SYSTEM
THAT ONLY SERVES THE BOTTOM LINE
AS THE LOWEST RUNG DESCENDS
INTO FURTHER DESTITUTION

WE CAN TRY BUT IT ISN’T GETTING BETTER
WE CAN FIGHT BUT IT ISN’T GETTING BETTER
WE STILL TRY BUT IT NEVER GETS BETTER
WE STILL FIGHT BUT IT NEVER GETS BETTER

AS MASS MOVEMENTS GROW AGAINST THE INCREASINGLY ENTRENCHED CORPORATE/POLITICAL STATE
AS GLOBAL TEMPERATURES RISE AND EXTREME WEATHER PHENOMENON BECOME THE NORM
AS SEVEN BILLION HUMANS NOW OCCUPY THE PLANET AMIDST DEEPENING POVERTY AND STARVATION
THE BIOSPHERE COLLAPSES AND PROFIT SHARES SOAR
IT ISN’T GETTING BETTER

WE STILL TRY BUT IT NEVER GETS BETTER
WE STILL FIGHT BUT IT NEVER GETS BETTER
Track Name: Weapons of the State
THEY FUCKING INFILTRATE!

THEY TRY TO DECEIVE US
TO GAIN OUR TRUST
MISLEAD WITH LIES
AND PUNK DISGUISE THEY THINK WE CAN’T SEE THROUGH
INFORMANTS FOR PIGS
OUR SCENE’S ENEMIES
WE MUST EXPOSE THEM
AND DRIVE THEM OUT SO THEY SEE THE LINE THEY CAN’T CROSS

FEDS AND POLICE
WEAPONS OF THE STATE
FINELY HONED BLADE
TO EVISCERATE DISSENT
THE SUBTLE MENACE
TRYING TO UNDERMINE
ANY PERCEIVED THREAT
TO THEIR STATUS QUO

THEY TRY TO ENTRAP US
THESE AGENTS PROVOCATEURS
IMPOSTERS AS COMRADES
INFILTRATE OUR MOVEMENTS, INVADE OUR HOMES
DECEITFUL PERSUASIONS
DESIGNED TO IMPLODE
KEEP YOUR EYES OPEN
AND ROOT OUT THESE TRAITORS TO THE CLASS STRUGGLE

FEDS AND POLICE
WEAPONS OF STATE
FINELY HONED BLADE
TO EVISCERATE DISSENT
THE SUBTLE MENACE
TRYING TO UNDERMINE
ANY PERCEIVED THREAT
TO THEIR STATUS QUO

NO SPACE IS SACRED
NO ONE LIVES FREE
WHEN THEY BATE OUR PEERS
ATTEMPT TO DESTROY OUR COMMUNITY
SOWING DISTRUST AND ANXIETY
THE REAL TERRORISTS
WEAR BADGES AND GUNS

DEVIOUS BASTARDS
SWORN PROTECTORS
OF CAPITAL AND STATE
FEDS ARE THEIR JACKALS
WEAPONS OF THE STATE
AND COPS ARE CLASS TRAITORS
UPROOT THESE WEEDS
SO DISSENT CAN GROW
Track Name: Always Forget
AN EPIDEMIC
SOCIETY WIDE
SELECTIVE MEMORY
HISTORY BELIED
THE CHOICES MADE ARE MISLED
BY OUR OWN REJECTION OF PAST MISTAKES

REPEAT OFFENSIVE
AGAINST REALITY
WE CAN’T MOVE FORWARD
HISTORY DENIED
THIS OBFUSCATION OF OUR OWN DESIGN
HELPS RAISE THESE WALLS OF CONFINEMENT
JUST STAY ASLEEP
THAT’S WHAT THEY NEED
BUT STILL REMEMBER
ALWAYS FORGET
Track Name: Limitless
THEY CLEANSE THEIR SINS
AS THEY WASH THEIR BLOODSTAINED HANDS
THE SAME WAY THEY ERASE THE PAST
AND WRITE IT AGAIN
UNDER A DEFINING COURSE
THAT ENSLAVED GENERATIONS
A HEARTLESS PROGRESSION
THAT HAS BURIED UNWANTED NATIONS
UNDER A DEAFENING CHORUS
OF DIVISIVE INTOLERANCE
TAUGHT TO HATE OTHERS
BASED ON ETHNICITY
INVISIBLE BOUNDARIES
PERPETUATE LAWS SO VILE
PEOPLES MADE ILLEGAL
WHEN THEY CROSS IMAGINARY LINES

WE LIVE ON THE LAND OF THE CONQUERED
WE CAN TASTE THE SCRAPS AND SMELL THE FEAST
WE LIVE ON THE GRAVES OF THE CONQUERED
WE WILL NEVER DINE WITH KINGS

THESE BORDERS DIVIDE
AND IMPRISON THE POOR
THESE BORDERS DIVED
THEY IMPRISON US ALL
BUT TO THE RICH WHO RUN THIS WORLD
THESE LINES DON’T MEAN A THING
AND TO THE RICH WHO START THE WARS
THEY MEAN NOTHING
Track Name: Armageddon
ANOTHER CONFLAGRATION
AND THREAT OF PERPETUAL WAR
YOU THINK WE LIVE IN THE END TIMES
LIKE SO MANY HAVE BEFORE
THE WORLD DRIFTS INTO THE ABYSS
AS WE LOOK TO THE SKY
EVERYONE WAITING FOR RAPTURE
AND ANOTHER CHRIST TO CRUCIFY

ARMAGEDDON NEVER COMES
ARMAGEDDON NEVER COMES

YOU JUSTIFY WANTON SLAUGHTER
THE GREAT REPRESSIONS
THE ABHORANT SQUALOR
THROUGH CRYPTIC MYTHS
AND SCRIPTED LIES
“THE END IS NIGH!
THE END IS NIGH!”

ARMAGEDDON NEVER COMES
ARMAGEDDON NEVER COMES

SELF-FULFILLING CHRIST FANTASY
WITH FLAGELLATED NATIONS
AND MARTYRS OF THE POOR
AS IF IT WERE GOD’S HOLY WILL
AND STILL THEY WAIT WITH BATED BREATH
BUT ARMAGEDDON NEVER COMES
IT NEVER COMES
Track Name: Futile Efforts
FAILING TO GET IT RIGHT
I FALL AGAIN
WAITING FOR SOMETHING MORE
FOR WHAT
STAGNATE IN MY OWN SHIT
STARING AT WORTHLESS HANDS
THAT MOLDED FLAWED EXISTENCE
CRUMBLING INTO GRAY DUST
DEPRESSION SETS IN AGAIN
IT NEVER LEFT
THESE FEELINGS OF POINTLESSNESS
A WASTED LIFE
STAGNATE IN MY OWN SHIT
STARING AT WORTHLESS HANDS
THAT MOLDED FLAWED EXISTENCE
CRUMBLING INTO GRAY DUST

TRYING TO RISE ABOVE AND SINKING IN
COMPLACENCY A DEATH TRAP I STRIVE TO AVOID
NOT READY TO GIVE UP, WILL THERE BE AN END?
I HAVE TO KEEP MOVING AWAY FROM THIS VOID
I MUST USE MY HEAD TO FIGURE THIS OUT
KEEP THIS FIRE ALIGHT TIL IT FLICKERS OUT
I MUST TAKE CONTROL WHILE I STILL HAVE BREATH
TILL THIS FLESH SUCCUMBS, AND FADES TO GRAY DUST

FAILING TO GET IT RIGHT
I FUCKING FAILED
WAITING FOR SOMETHING MORE
WHAT A WASTE
STAGNATE IN MY OWN SHIT
STARING AT WORTHLESS HANDS
THAT MOLDED FLAWED EXISTENCE
CRUMBLING INTO GRAY DUST
FEELING TRAPPED IN THIS CYCLE
OF DESPAIR AND HOPELESSNESS
I CAN’T GET OUT
I’VE TRIED ALL I COULD
THIS PRESSURE WILL NOT ABET
I STILL TRY TO FIGHT
BUT THEY’RE FUTILE EFFORTS