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One Step Forward. Two Steps Back

by The Bruce Lee Band

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I HAD COME UPON A STREET OVER LOOKING THE GANGES RIVER BODIES FLOAT IN SHALLOW GRAVES THAT WERE LEFT IN MORNING SHIVERS FILL THE STABLES, LIKE CATTLE MARKED WITH LABELS BURN THE FIRE, LOST WITH FUNERAL PYRES IMAGINE BEING TOLD THIS WAS JUST AN ELABORATE HOAX AND SHEEP THAT FOLLOW BY YOUR SIDE MISGUIDED AS A JOKE THE COUNT TODAY ROCKETS FORTH AND STAYS WE BRING THEM DOWN WITH BED SHEETS WRAPPED FOR CROWNS I'VE GOT MUTED EMOTIONS BEATS ME UP OVER AGAIN AND THEY ASK WOULD YOU PLAN A PARTY FOR A MARTYR LEFT FOR DEAD BY A LEADER MORE EMBARASSED THEN TO TELL THE WORLD INSTEAD PULL AND PICK STAND AND WATCH THIS TRICK DANCE AND PRANCE FOR LIKES AND MORE UPTICKS I'VE GOT MUTED EMOTIONS BEATS ME UP OVER
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INTUITIONS RUNNING HOT THE MAN ON TOP HAD TOLD THE SWARM CRASH THE SOUND FOR ALL ARE WARNED THEY BETRAYED THE POWER I HAD BROUGHT AND SHARED TO ALL WHO LOVED TRUTH WILL NEVER SET YOU FREE AS WE DECLARE A VICTORY THIS WILL BE A BEAUTIFUL DAY WHO BELIEVES IN ME? LIE BIG AND DO IT OFTEN POOR THE COALS ON RED HOT ROCKS FLAME THE GATES WITH SHATTERED LOCKS SHOW THE WORLD HOW LOST WE ARE LIE AND LIE AND LIE SOME MORE TRUTH WILL NEVER SET YOU FREE AS WE DECLARE A VICTORY THIS WILL BE A BEAUTIFUL DAY WHO BELIEVES IN ME? LIE BIG AND DO IT OFTEN THE LEAST RACIST MAN IN THE WORLD IT'S TRUE I CAN PROMISE YOU THAT THE LEAST RACIST MAN IN THE WORLD WHO BELIEVES IN ME? LIE BIG AND DO IT OFTEN
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Is it the right time to take a knee is it the right time to stand up on two feet is it the right time when will it be the right right time when will it be the right right time when will it be the right time strum your guitar stay in your lane don't challenge me to to feel this pain write me the perfect melody sing it sweet so I forget this dissonant reality strum your guitar stay in your lane is it the right time when will it be the right time will you issue permission slips when you deem it's appropriate will there be an official announcement when it's ok to protest strum your guitar stay in your lane write me the perfect melody sing it sweet so I forget this dissonant reality strum your guitar stay in your lane is it the right time when will it be the right right time Is it the right time to take a knee is it the right time to stand up on two feet is it the right time when will it be the right right time when will it be the right right time when will it be the right time
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DID YOU FIND THE MONEY FARM? SCHEMING FOR THE FAME PUT YOURSELF ON TOP OF THE WORLD AND BLAST THE REST TO SHAME CAUSE YOU GOT SOME MONEY NOW PATTERN YOUR LIFE AFTER POWERFUL PEOPLE AND FOLLOW THE PATH THROUGH THE DOOR ONE STEP INSIDE AND YOU'LL NEVER LOOK BACK YOU RIDE ON THE BACKS OF THE POOR CAUSE YOU GOT SOME MONEY POWER LUST GREED YOU GOT SOME MONEY NOW
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OH DEE KA(where you going?) PAA KEE BEE GAH NEH ZINE DAH(it’s rainy outside) OH DEE KA NAH EH GEH HWON EH JEE MA(don’t be angry) OH DEE KA JEN JANG BALL LI BALI LI CAH JA( DAMN LET’S GO) OH DEE KA NAY SIMJANG OH DEEE KA SAY YO NORE HAPSHE DA MEE GOOK SADAM IB NEE DA CIBA KA SAY YO MO GOOL SHE GAN IB NI DA OH DOO WOH YA(it’s dark) SAA DAHNG SAA DAHNG KISS SUL IB NI DA
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SOONER OR LATER WE COME FIND A COMMON GROUND IT WOULD BE SO NICE IF THAT WAS TRUE IT WOULD BE SO NICE FOR ME AND YOU SOONER OR LATER WE'LL SIT DOWN AND TALK IT THROUGH IT WOULD BE SO NICE IF THAT WAS TRUE IT WOULD BE SO NICE FOR ME AND YOU WE COULD PRETEND THE WORLD WAS A MAGIC PLACE WITH A HAND TO HELP WHEN YOU'RE FALLING DOWN SOONER OR LATER WE COME FIND A COMMON GROUND IT WOULD BE SO NICE IF THAT WAS TRUE IT WOULD BE SO NICE FOR ME AND YOU SOONER OR LATER WE'LL SIT DOWN AND TALK IT THROUGH IT WOULD BE SO NICE IF THAT WAS TRUE IT WOULD BE SO NICE FOR ME AND YOU WE COULD PRETEND THE WORLD WAS A MAGIC PLACE WITH A HAND TO HELP WHEN YOU'RE FALLING DOWN
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WE SHARED A HUG IN PASSING AND HELD HANDS BEFORE WE KNEW LEFT THE CONVERSATION SENDING SHIVERS DOWN AND THROUGH I’VE BEEN DREAMING OF YOUR KIND SOUL I’VE BEEN DREAMING OF YOUR NAME SORRY FOR THE MAKE SHIFT LOVE THAT BRINGS THINGS DOWN AGAIN PUTTING UP WITH ALL MY CRAZY A CULTURE SHOCK THAT ONLY GREW POWER THROUGH AND FOUND A TREASURE WHERE MY HEART CAN BREAK FOR YOU WE LIVED UP IN AN ATTIC THE COLD WOULD SWIRL INTO THE FRAME I COULD BE LIKE A FURNACE TO YOU THAT WARMS YOU UP IN AGAIN BEEN A CRAZY RIDE I WOULDN'T BE ALIVE IF NOT FOR YOU YOU SAVED ME MORE THAN YOU'LL EVER KNOW JUST TO SMELL YOU BY MY SIDE PUTTING UP WITH ALL MY CRAZY PUTTING UP WITH ALL MY CRAZY I DON'T KNOW HOW YOU DO IT FRIEND? PUTTING UP WITH ALL MY CRAZY
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I Hate This! 01:32
I HATE THIS I DON'T WANT TO BE ANGRY ANYMORE I HATE THIS I DON'T WANT YOU TO BE HURTING ANYMORE I TOOK A DEEP BREATH TOOK A LONG SHOWER BUT THE FEELING ISN'T GOING AWAY I SHOOK MY FISTS AT THE PSYCHOPATHS IN POWER BUT IT'S HARD TO SEE A MEANINGFUL CHANGE I HATE THIS I DON'T WANT TO BE ANGRY ANYMORE I HATE THIS I DON'T WANT YOU TO BE HURTING ANYMORE I LOGGED OUT FLOPPED DOWN IN FRONT OF THE TV BUT THE FEELING ISN'T GOING AWAY I STOOD UP SCREAMED LOUD FEEL LIKE THEY IGNORE ME THEY REFUSE TO MAKE A MEANINGFUL CHANGE I'M NOT A HATEFUL PERSON BUT I WANT TO SEE YOU PAY FOR THE UNBRIDLED JOY YOU TAKE IN THOSE THAT YOU DESTROY AND UNTIL THEN I'LL FIND IT HARD TO CELEBRATE I HATE THIS I DON'T WANT TO BE ANGRY ANYMORE I HATE THIS I DON'T WANT YOU TO BE HURTING ANYMORE OI OI OI OI OI
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I'll feel better when you get better and we'll all get better when we lift each other up we can do it we can build this we can do this we can build it I'll feel better when you get better and we'll all get better when we lift each other up HEY! exhausted from being pit against each other what if there's enough for everybody and this endless competition is just keeping assholes rich would it not be a little bit better if we all just had enough to live I'll feel better when you get better and we'll all get better when we lift each other up we can do it we can build this we can do this we can build it I'll feel better when you get better and we'll all get better when we lift each other up HEY!
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WE ANGER AND RAGE SIMPLE PATTERNS ENGAGE WHAT'S WRONG WITH THE BASE STEMMING FROM OFT MEASURED RACE TELL ME TELL ME HOW THIS IS PROGRESS WHEN SIMPLETONS IMPRESS FROM THE LIES WHO SEEM ANGERED BY THE STATE OF ADDRESS TELL ME TELL ME DANCE DANCE REVOLUTION I CAN'T AFFORD TUITION BLAZING FROM THE SMOKE THAT INHALES ALL THIS INTUITION WOULD YOU BRING ME BACK TO YOUR SAFE SIDE? WITH FALSEHOODS INTACT AS PARIAH WORSHIP REACTS TAMED BY REALITY AND GOOD TROUBLE FOR FACTS TELL ME TELL ME THIS MAKES ME CRAZED AS WE CONTINUE TO FIGHT FOR THE POWERS IN LOVE WITH THE FAME AND BRIGHT LIGHTS TELL ME TELL ME DANCE DANCE REVOLUTION I CAN'T AFFORD TUITION BLAZING FROM THE SMOKE THAT INHALES ALL THIS INTUITION WOULD YOU BRING ME BACK TO YOUR SAFE SIDE?
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I HAD BEEN THERE BEFORE AND I DON'T WANT TO GO BACK AGAIN TREMBLING AND SADDLED WITH UNWANTED TRUTH ABOUT MYSELF THE HUMAN EMOTIONS SAYING I LOVE YOU FOR WHAT YOU EXPRESS I FOUGHT A COLD HEARTED SOUL AND I DON'T WANT TO GO BACK AGAIN COULD YOU RELAX AND TAKE A MONTH OFF FROM ACTION? BARING YOUR SOUL TO A STRANGERS POINT OF VIEW. TAKING THE STEPS TO CHANGE UP THE REACTIONS SAVING YOURSELF FROM ALL THIS TOXIC GRUEL. I HAD BEEN THERE BEFORE AND I DON'T WANT TO GO BACK AGAIN COULD YOU RELAX AND TAKE A MONTH OFF FROM ACTION? BARING YOUR SOUL TO A STRANGERS POINT OF VIEW. TAKING THE STEPS TO CHANGE UP THE REACTIONS SAVING YOURSELF FROM ALL THIS TOXIC GRUEL. I HAD BEEN THERE BEFORE AND I DON'T WANT TO GO BACK AGAIN have you been labeled crazy or stupid? or failing to live up to the kind of person others want you to be? have you been called lazy? or careless? or a waste of other peoples space and time? I HAD BEEN THERE BEFORE AND I DON'T WANT TO GO BACK AGAIN
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released May 19, 2022

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