Payola Lyrics

1. The Left is Right

It begins when we chain ourselves to the ATMs
Make a mess when we pitch our tents
on the statehouse steps
Now we’re taking it, now we’re taking it back
Now we’re taking it, now we’re taking it back
For the greater good
Goddamn Robin Hoods

Fan the flames, serve them cocktails
down at the Stock Exchange
Hear the screams
take our baseball bats to the limousines
They’ll be talking us, they’ll be talking us up
They’ll be talking us, they’ll be talking us up
To the journalists
If there’s any left

You know the Sixties proved
that change is hit or miss
Every bloody pacifist concedes the truth
If one must die to save the ninety-nine
Maybe it’s justified
The left is right
We’re doomed

 

2. The Underground Man

You were calling out from the underground
You had lots of big ideas
but no one can hear them now
They riddled you with guilt
They tempted you with wealth
They twisted all your words
They made you hate yourself

So now you do your shtick, a loyal patriot
And you toe the party line
even though it makes you sick
They gave you talking points
They taught you double-speak
They forced you into war
By saying you were weak.

They signed your checks
’til they had you in the bag
They scared you blind then draped you in a flag
Made you a man at Fort Bragg

You’ll do good business as an apologist
If you exaggerate their facts,
if you perpetuate their myth
They made activism trite
They made honor optional
They made propaganda news
They made science radical

They pulled your teeth
’til you smiled and agreed
They slit your throat and buried you at sea
All for the land of the free

 

3. City on the Hill

All the founding fathers
sowed their seeds into servant girls
All the godless heathens
had to leave to make a newer world
So we could live together in America
Justice is blind and so is love

Uh-oh  Uh-oh
Uh-oh  Uh-oh

All the stolen melodies
they played in the hit parade
All the borrowed spirituals
they feigned in the salad days
So we could sing together in America
The price of an anthem paid in blood

Bodies stacked like hundred dollar bills
(Carved names into a wall)
To build that shining city on the hill
(Forgot them all)
There’s no guilt, regret or shame
It just had to be this way

Uh-oh  Uh-oh
Uh-oh  Uh-oh

If you scheme and hustle just don’t get caught,
you’ve got to risk it all
Or hang on every number
they read off for the Powerball
We’ll all get rich together in America
Money is indifferent and so is love

Trash bags full of hundred dollar bills
(Put statues on the mall)
We left that bombed-out city on the hill
(Forgave them all)
Have to relocate the past
Because we are never going back

Uh-oh  Uh-oh

 

4. Golden Parachutes

Services that don’t exist
Swapping the derivatives
When you’re betting on both red and black
It’s dealer’s choice the deck is always stacked

Now he runs the company
Cable news celebrity
They put him on the front of Forbes
He parades the bull like he’s a matador

It’s a frat house full of silver spoons
Watching pornography of busts and booms
It’s a locker room of CEOs
Telling dirty jokes

They’re all betting men who never lose
And float away on golden parachutes
It’s a bonus not a shake down
And they’re worth every penny
in my bank account

Now that you’re too big to fail
You’ll never have to go to jail
When you own it you can rob the bank
A bloated Dillinger a spray-tanned Jesse James

It’s a frat house full of silver spoons
Watching pornography of busts and booms
It’s a locker room of CFOs
Telling racist jokes

They’re all betting men who never lose
And float away on golden parachutes
And if Main Street wants a hand out
In their underwater houses let them drown

 

5. Radicalized

My whole family tree has got nothing to eat
The machine guns guard the checkpoint
from starving refugees
So when I stop to pray for the fifth time today
Still see my sister Alma
with a hole in her skull
As the tanks pulled away

Radicalized! Radicalized!
Radical lies! Radical lies!
I’m so surprised my mind’s a tug-o-war
Radicalized! Radicalized!
Radical lies! Radical lies!
It’s no surprise my mind’s not mine no more

Can’t afford no dream with a G.E.D.
Recruiter shook my brother’s hand
now he’s all he can be
So when his team’s Humvee hit the I.E.D.
Me and my mother we cried
in our new double wide
Around the Christmas tree

Radicalized! Radicalized!
Radical lies! Radical lies!
I’m so surprised my mind’s a tug-o-war
Radicalized! Radicalized!
Radical lies! Radical lies!
It’s no surprise my mind’s not mine no more

Radicalized! Radicalized!
Radical lies! Radical lies!
I’m so surprised my mind’s a tug-o-war
Radicalized! Radicalized!
Radical lies! Radical lies!
It’s no surprise my mind’s not mine no more

 

6. MariKKKopa

There is a lynching at Home Depot
of the last day laborer
In this sanctuary city
with its anchor-baby births
They say “It’s time we had some justice
for the white race on this earth
This place is strange and getting stranger”

“We got to round ’em up!
Door to door tonight we’re ready”
Knock Knock Knock
“Drag them from their beds
They got some nerve to say
they were here first”
“We’re gonna round them up!
Hiding in the semi-trailers”
Knock Knock Knock
“Beat it in their heads
We keep our word and Maricopa pure”

They’re sweating in Sun City
cause they just got off the course
Saying “Sheriff Joe it’s awful
and it’s only getting worse”
“Oh did you hear about Rob Krentz?
They left him bleeding in the dirt
These Spics they’re brave and getting braver”

“We got to round ’em up!
Door to door the posse is ready”
Knock Knock Knock
“Drag them from their beds
Cause it’s their turn for someone to get hurt”
“We’re gonna round ’em up!
Crying in the day-care center”
Knock Knock Knock
“Beat it in their heads
They’ll never learn until Maricopa burns!”

 

7. Te Amo Camila Vallejo

When tear gas falls and bullets fly
I’m going to stay right by your side
The police push and you just smile
They could never match your style

All winter we will march
By spring this town is ours

Oh Camila
You have a fire in your heart
They tried to say this was impossible
But I know you’ll prove them wrong

Oh Camila
You have the people in your palm
They’re overflowing in the plaza
Here to sing your rebel song

Assassins stalk and insults fly
I know you’re not afraid to die
And when I look into your eyes
I know that now neither am I

Hear the cacerolazos start
Banging down the boulevard

Oh Camila
Now the future is on the way
The workers are resisting
And the students chant your name

Oh Camila
We’ve been saving for today
Let me carry your umbrella
Let’s go walking in the rain

Oh Camila
You put a fire in my heart
I don’t know what’s going to happen
But I want to do my part

Oh Camila
If it all goes up in flames
Once the lies and greed and fear burns out
The truth is what remains remains remains

 

8. Ralphy’s Cut

Always fast asleep in the middle of the day
They talk soft at my bedside, now, either way
Fill out the paperwork
it’s just another little form
Each policy has its benefits
but some claims aren’t covered anymore

I’ll pay the blood test money

Heavy premium I had to quit my job
Don’t want to sponge off the government
but I’m coughing blood
I met the specialist who will decide my fate
She smiled down at my X-ray
said I’m an ideal candidate
But you got to understand
It’s not part of the plan
It’s good news but you’re not out of the woods
You got to wait your turn boy
Be careful what you earn
And we’ll call you back

Just try and stay strong honey

Always wide awake in the middle of the night
Follow my friends through the telephone
but it isn’t life
Feeling incomplete, I got the crossword done
I’ll be prepared when they cut me up
but I can’t imagine hell or heaven

But I finally understand
It’s all out of my hands
I lived way longer than they said I would
So now I’m taking all your love
Like an experimental drug
Come by sometime a laugh would do me good
We got to let it go boys
You know we’re all on hold
‘Til they call you back

9. Backsell

I was scanning through the stations
Every channel sounded clear
With tempo like a timepiece
You know you are on a grid
you just slide the snare
No worries for admission
Cause we got you on the list
But when your boy found out we don’t put out
You know his face turned red
and he got so pissed

Now there is a message
on my cell phone everyday
“Hi, this is Luke Wood from DreamWorks”
“This is Joel Mark from MCA”

Capitol!
Send the A&R with a firm offer
Interscope!
If the answer is no you can write your own
But the frenzy Britt warned me of has begun
Their cash cow killed himself so they’re looking for the next one

I was glancing through a glossy
I had to scribble out my face
Because I’m always self-effacing
Or I’m just arrogant I guess they both are fake
Like when you listen back on headphones
With a trickle in you throat
You know it’s hard to sing
and I’ve been struggling
But with some Auto-Tune I can hit the note

So it’s 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8
“You know that first note was flat
but the rest I think sounded great”

Capitol!
Trash the mobile home at the festival
Interscope!
Throw that big TV off the balcony
Cause the excess excess is drying up
So when the bottom drops out boys
we will be the lucky ones

 

10. Slacktivist

Just “like” this and the problem is solved
I want to start to kick back and get involved
Everyone is selfless it’s so much fun
Donate a dollar with my coffee and save someone
Calling all friends I loosely know
We’re a tight knit clique in the virtual
Our purses are fat these kids are gaunt
Every little bit helps a lot

Never had conviction ’til I changed my mind
Read we coexist in the drive-thru line
Cleaning out my closet to make amends
Send a Nike swoosh to an African
Casinos stretched high in the Dubai sky
All the oligarchs in the buffet line
Cause everybody’s starving
for their piece of pie
Seems impossible… but the dreamers say say…

Come! Come On!
There’s so much to do we can get it done
Come one, Come all!
We are trending towards a cause

The race is done
The money’s gone
But you’re living strong with your bracelet on

All the parrots say say

Come! Come On!
You don’t have to march
you just click your thumb
Come one, Come all!
We are trending towards a cause

 

11. Search the Searches

It’s not intrusion
It’s just protection
Tag your location now
We call it Fairview

We searched your searches
You’re not a bad guy
Nothing to worry about
We call it Lithium

I know it seems like we are spying on you
That’s not what it’s about

We’re always there when no one is watching
We’ll be looking out
We’ll protect you
Swear we’re protecting you

It’s all up front there is no confusion
We’ll mitigate the doubts
We protect you from us protecting you
The methods that we use are sound

Down in the subway
Turns out my friend’s brown
They had to pat him down
And check my backpack

Out at the airport
Don’t like my passport
Let’s take that laptop out
Is this your husband?

I know it seems like we are picking on you
That’s not what it’s about

We are always there when no one is watching
We’ll be looking out
We protect you
Swear we’re protecting you

The oversight was quite conclusive
The panel checked us out
We protect you from us protecting you
No waste, fraud or abuse was found

That’s laughable
These bleeding hearts are soft
But they’ll be first in line to kiss our feet
Once the bombs start going off

 

12. 10 Steps Behind

It’s hot as hell
The sun beats down
While we’re waiting for gelato
in a brutal crowd
He makes you walk
Ten steps behind
A shadow floating down the street,
just a pair of eyes
And they’re closed

Can’t see the sweat
that’s on your skin
While your husband looks through Gucci shades
Wears white linen
What kind of God forbids you’re seen?
Maybe it’s just a man
who thinks you’re property?

I’ll never understand the way you live
I want to ask about it and it isn’t innocent
What keeps you covered up?
Some backwards superstition
or someone’s idea of love?
Or is it both at once?

 

13. Von Maur Massacre

Tearing all the posters off the wall
Never leave my bedroom
but I’m going to the mall
This world is full of liars
and it’s Christmastime
To pay for fake affection
you’ll have to stand in line
Woman with the stroller likes the latest trends
Bet she’ll still look perfect
at the automatic end

Hide or beg
Doesn’t matter either way
Just count the ones that drop
Not scream or scatter
Careful when I aim
Even dead and gone
I’ll live forever
They will know my name

The news said that the safe was left unlocked
His mother was a monster, his stepdad was a cop
No one paid attention to the warning signs
Can never be too careful
that is why I carry mine

Proud and brave
But I will say I was afraid

Stand the ground you got
Don’t duck or cover
Careful when I aim
Shoot or you’ll be shot
Hero forever
They will know my name

Just count the ones that drop
Not duck or cover
Careful when I aim
Even dead and gone
I’ll live forever
They will know my name

 

14. Anonymous

Can’t live today off that minimum wage
unless you sleep on the factory floor
If there is anything great left in this sorry state
it was built on the backs of the poor
So we buy and we sell for your corporate cartel
and we vote when the contestant sings
A mind-control mix for our obedience,
strong sleep-aids and hard energy drinks
Cause Freedom is not free
Neither is apathy

“Slay Goliath!  Slay Goliath!”
The flashmob all held up their phones
But you cannot predict when the students riot
And a big machine always moves slow
So throw your little stone

You can’t stop us
We are Anonymous
You can’t stop us
We are Anonymous
Expect us
We know what all of us know

You can’t stop us
We are Anonymous
You can’t stop us
We are Anonymous
Expect us
We know what all of us know

A half-dozen cops came to seize a laptop
from a sleeping fifteen year old kid
They broke down the door
and discovered some more,
A hundred million exactly like him
So we do not forgive and we do not forget
We are legion, expect us, you’ll see
The righteous will resist,
underfed eat the rich
And the data mines finally come clean
Cause Freedom is not free
And neither is secrecy

You can’t stop us
We are Anonymous
You can’t stop us
We are Anonymous
Expect us
We know what all of us know

You can’t stop us
We are Anonymous
You can’t stop us
We are Anonymous
Expect us
We know what all of us know

We know what Big Brother did
We’re the Tattletale
We’ll see your All-Seeing-Eye in hell