BOUTIQUE CITY 
They’re the nouveau Riche 
Of boutique city 
The Nouveau Riche 
Of Boutique city 

Nice guys finish last 
I hate to tell you 
Nice guys finish last 
That be can’t true 
This whole place is up for sale 
If you got the millions 
Maserati’s park for free 
Out in front of city hall 

Girls get treated bad 
No surprise about that 
Girls get treated bad 
You know that’s true 
Pack up that canvas and paint 
Close down that art space 
Open up the gold mine 
All things must gentrify 

Don’t be that Techie 
Living in the tent city 
Got your college degree 
Thought it would you set you free 
If you had that one idea 
just that one million dollar idea 
But the rest of your mind is blank 
Is that rest of your mind blank ? 

Turned off all the lights in the under ground 
Everyone you know been kicked out 
Every gold rush has got to have a silver lining


APATHY 

Everybody seems to be a ghost or in coma 
All the kids just walk off into space 
But I’m working on my online presence 
Changed my profile pick 3 times today 
I’m not sure if what I’m reading is true or fake 
But the zombie apocalypse has already taken place 
Now I see Now I see now I see I believe I believe 
That Apathy is my enemy 
Arrogance is ignorance 
Ignorance is which what you have yet to see 
Empathy beats bigotry all the time 

So many dirty tricks to get your money 
They’ve got your info and your identity 
All these politicians don’t represent me 
All my life they’ve said they’ll help me 
Same old pile of shit just getting higher 
It's the strategy of divide and conquer 

Working twice as much as ever 
Can’t pay off my loans or move up the ladder 
No overtime pay but don’t complain 
There’s always someone cheaper to take your place 
Pray to the Multinational corporations 
The spirit guides of every nation 

Now I see Now I SEE 
That Apathy is my enemy 
Arrogance is ignorance 
Ignorance is which what you have yet to see 
Empathy beats bigotry

 

The Man in the Golden Tower 

He’s a hamster on a wheel, 
He’s addicted to the deal 
He’s mostly fake barely real 
Got that alpha male appeal 

It’s all an act he knows no facts 
What he touches turns to crap 
Lighting fuses setting traps 
He’ll take the train right off the tracks 
He’ll take the train right off the tracks 

He’s no All American---He’s no All American 
He’s the man in the golden tower 
He's the man in the golden tower 

The maker of haters 
The destroyer of words 
He’s got the wealth to suppress you 
He’s got the greed to oppress you 

He’s a sex offender 
With the corporate agenda 
We’re just mice in the maze 
Of his predator game 


He’s no All American---He’s no All American 
He’s the man in the golden tower 
He's the man in the golden tower 


The asshole boss at work 
Who doesn’t care if your hurt 
He’s the bully by the swings 
A spoiled brat with wings 

He’s only here via apathy 
He has no shred empathy 
He’s got a footprint like vegas 
When he fails he’ll blame us 
When he fails he’ll blame us 

He’s no All American---He’s no All American 
He’s the man in the golden tower 
He's the man in the golden tower

THE LATEST ONE TO GO 
Hot Summer night/the stars are aligned 
But the future moves in mysteriously 
Then it’s flashing blue and red/Pullover to the side 
Keep your hands where they can see’em (rest) 
Who was the latest the latest one to go? 
Who was the latest the latest one to go? 
All slow movements/do nothing unexpected 
Comply with all demands 
Yes sir no sir/don’t move a muscle 
Ask not to be shot (rest) 
Who was the latest the latest one to go? 
Who was the latest the latest one to go? 
Na na na Na na 
End of the day/driving home from work 
Lots of hours for lousy pay 
Hands on the wheel/look em in the eye 
Make sure they know you’re a human being 
Followed all the rules/Saw it on the news 
Never thought it’d happen to you 
Broken tail light/the next thing you know
Your fightin for your life(rest) 
Who was the latest the latest one to go? 
Who was the latest the latest one to go? 
The worst kind of fame by viral video 
Let’s plant seeds for a different kind of world to grow 
What do you have to do to have justice take ahold 
It’s justice it’s justice 
Who was the latest the latest one to go? 
Who was the latest the latest one to go? 
Na na na Na na

 

DRONE PILOT BLUES 
He walks in silence down the street 
No one suspects a thing 
On any given day 
He could kill a king 
He’s got his own parking spot 
Close to where he shops 
He’s good at video games 
For his job that means a lot (He makes things go) 
BOOM BOOM BOOM BOOM 
BOOM BOOM BOOM BOOM 
He’s the harbinger of doom 
He’s got the Drone Pilot Blues 

Could use a pat on the back 
When he’s out the the boys 
He wants to spill his guts 
Secrecy is driving him nuts 
Is what he does just ? 
With no judge no jury ? 
As the executioner 
He starting to worry 
(When he makes things go) 
BOOM BOOM BOOM BOOM 
BOOM BOOM BOOM BOOM 
He’s the harbinger of doom 
He’s got the Drone Pilot Blues 

Picks up the kids from school 
But can’t look them in the face 
All day long Daddy was 
Shooting missiles all over the place 
He rarely knows who he kills 
He rather not know the name 
When Innocent until proven guilty 
Never comes into play 
(He makes it all go ) 

BOOM BOOM BOOM BOOM 
BOOM BOOM BOOM BOOM 
He’s the harbinger of doom 
He’s got the Drone Pilot Blues 
Now he’s losing his faith 
Pulling on his hair 
Nothing seems to make sense 
He never thought he’d care 
He wakes up his wife 
In the middle of the night 
Stands up in the bed 
And screams out his head 
(I make things g ) 
BOOM BOOM BOOM BOOM 
BOOM BOOM BOOM BOOM 
He’s the harbinger of doom 
He’s got the Drone Pilot Blues 
BOOM BOOM BOOM BOOM

WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR ? 

What are you waiting for? 
Even stars of star-crossed 
lovers have to fall 
You heard the bell now answer the call. 
What are you waiting for? 
Half the time your all alone. 
The other half is out there chasing gold. 
Don’t wait for your dreams to die. 
Life is just like a song 
Silence comes after the music gone 
Time for change most all the time 
As the years go on and on 
Your gonna have to talk about it to someone 
What are you waiting for? 
Played by the rules all along 
but, those sociopaths will work you to the grave 
What are you waiting for? 
You hear the bell now answer the call 
Even stars of star-crossed lovers have to fall 
What are you waiting for? 
The sun has risen outside the prison 
I bet you never thought you’d be here for so long 
A little too quiet a little too shy 
Around so much venom and so much rage 
Anymore excuses to make you stay ? 
Pull from your center pull from your core 
Your boat awaits on your the shore 
The game is rigged but, empathy will keep you strong 
What are you waiting for? 
Pack your bags leave this place 
Just leave a light on for me, let know that you’ve gone 

Baby What cha ya waiting for? Even stars of star-crossed lovers have to fall

NO ENEMIES 
He felt cast out/ cut off from society 
So he lashed out with a gun’s awful sound 
An act of lost hope/One more tragedy 
He turned everyone into his enemy 
He didn’t need more enemies He needed allies 
Not more enemies 
Shot down in the street/By the powers that be 
In your own country/ Not seen as a human 
A father or a son only profiled as a thug 
It’s no wonder the majority looks like the enemy 
But I don’t want to be your enemy 
We need to stop making more enemies 
We don’t need anymore enemies 
If I start a war invade your country 
For your energy If my soldiers accidentally 
Killed you’re family would not turn against me ? 
Our own worst enemies 
Were all connected spinning around the sun 
Were all connected spinning around the sun 

I saw a picture/A woman in Baton Rouge 
Standing against an army 
She stood there so delicately 
More powerful than guns could ever hope to be 
The sum of all empathy 
She didn’t need enemies 
I don’t know enemies 
The world doesn’t need more 
Enemies\No more enemies

 

MY TOWN 
Tony came from the Midwest to get his piece of the pie 
So he moved out to San Francisco where glass towers prick the sky 
Now he’s not a bad kid but he’s not a good on either 
You know he never really thought about it that much 
He could have struck it rich anywhere but he headed out west to the tech gold rush 
Now he’s got a brand car and brand new friends they’re running reds lights with top down singing 
My Town My Town everyone should have atleast one 
My Town My Town go out and get yourself one 
Martha came from Florida State and she can’t believe it’s called fair market rate 
Three thousand for some craphole in Bernal Heights 
You know the landlords is laughing all the way to the bank 
She thought she’d move her way up the ladder maybe start a family some day 
But now that she’s free she’s re-thinking everything not exactly sure what to do with her life 
She thought she was looking for the perfect husband but now she might be looking for the perfect wife….and she’s singing, singing 
My Town My Town everyone should have atleast one 
My Town My Town sometimes you got to take it from someone 
My Town My Town everyone should have atleast one 
My Town My Town go out and get yourself one. 
Loves my hates me burns me saves Loves me hates me burns me save me 
Now Little Tine and Surfer Mel they are the creative types 
Been here through all the busts and booms all the earthquakes and Castro Halloween nights 
KUSF went off the air Marlene’s closed down they knew they were in for a big long fight 
Now they’re doing everything they can performance art, poetry, music and modern dance 
Scraping by in a rent controlled pad they still think this city has a chance and 
they’re singing, singing 
My Town My Town everyone should have atleast one 
My Town My Town sometimes you got to take it from someone 
My Town My Town everyone should have atleast one 
My Town My Town go out and get yourself one

COME ALIVE 
Your asleep at the wheel, how the hell did you get here ? 
Phoning in from a dark side, do you know how you feel ? 
Pacified by distractions, meanwhile they take everything they can steal 
Come alive Come alive Come alive 
Wake up, Get up, Stand up 
Turn on your mind turn wise people 
Come alive Come alive Come alive PEOPLE 
You arrive with stacked deck, not everyone’s out to get you 
Need real distinction heading to a sixth extinction 
Conquered by division, looks like collusion 
You’ve been conned con con convoluted 
Come alive Come alive Come alive 
Wake up, Get up, Stand up 
Turn on your mind turn wise people 
Come alive Come alive Come alive PEOPLE 
Do you know where you’re from? Born with a skeleton key 
Forgot about democracy, Forgot about history, 
Genocide and slavery, so conveniently 
Your not alone, All heroes return home 
Come alive Come alive Come alive 
Wake up, Get up, Stand up 
Turn on your mind turn wise people 
Come alive Come alive Come alive PEOPLE

 

FEEL SOMETHING 

He wanted her, saw she was special 
She has a bright-ness about her not easy to measure 
She opened up her heart but, he could not receive 
He had a strange cold wall within through which he could not see 
He wanted what she had but, it’s not something one can lend 
He was a broken mirror, it pushed him over the edge 
CHORUS 
If only he could just feel something feel something 
Break on through, break on out, break on in, break on down 

She was like a poem, he could not understand 
He burned with a cold heart , he was a calculated man 
He stole all her money, he gave her all the blame 
He was so jealous of her gifts, a predator with no pain 
The harder he tried to hurt her the brighter she shined 
He finally left her alone she knew how to survive 
CHORUS 
If only he could just feel something feel something 
Break on through, break on out, break on in, break on down 

Now he stares out the window of his sky scraper of doom 
A monument to narcissism, with a 1000 empty rooms 
He’ll start a war for their personal gain 
He’ll take advantage of whoever thinks he is sane 
The world is filled with all types of sociopaths 
They don’t feel nothing and they don’t fear nothing 
She now knows the truth of the weakness of power 
She’s the one who broke the grip of the man in the Golden tower

THE BOON 
She’s offline watching the clouds go by in silence 
No screens no chats no virtual reality traps 
Just beautiful imperfections 
She’s wrapped her mind around it 
She knows what the world is for 
He’s the bullet/He’s the gun/He’s the fist/ the broken one 
She’s got the heart/the open sun/the giver of life the mother and son 
She ran the maze opened the door killed the minotaur she’s seen enough 
can’t see no more of broken world 
He’s become richer more than anyone should be 
He’s all our bad deeds and karma the epitome our greed 
He’s casting a shadow but she’s planting seeds 
For a new world with new beliefs  
She’s the light she’s the light he wishes he had 
He’s the bullet/He’s the gun/He’s the fist the broken son 
You can be the door Faced the minotaur 

He watching the clouds glide past from the tower 
She watches them too from the park ubiquitous always changing form 
He took everything she lives in the streets 
But she’s free by empathy and ready to lead 
She’ll return all that he stole all the steel and gold 

 

MORE EMPIRE DAYS 
I can see it from my living room 
A cold glass and steel tower of doom 
You can see it from everywhere that means it can see you too 
They work 24/7 they never stop 
They’re building it higher and higher with no end and no top 
At night it’s lit up beautifully like a Christmas tree 
But there’s no giving here it’s only purpose is to take from you and me 
A monument of gold for our Empire we used to call a Democracy 
It’s going to get stranger It’s going get stranger 
They’re going to want more empire days 
They’re going to want more endless war and Guantanamo Bays 
They’re going to want more prisons more guns in the streets 
They’re going to want more surveillance and militarized police 
They’re going to want us to keep us fighting amongst ourselves so we are blind to what they need 
To keep building it higher impossible to climb impossible to climb for the 99 
They say it’s never enough never profitable enough 
They keep it going with payoffs, dirty tricks and blackmail 
Then say “there’s nothing we can do to stop now it’s too big to fail” 
The lust for gold has led us so far from the trail 
The biggest monster now the world has ever seen 
Always hungers for more power and mindless greed 
It needs more bullets more blood more hate and less love 
But there’s nowhere they can hide nowhere they can hide… from the 99 
We don’t need more empire days 
We don’t need more endless war more Guantanamo Bays 
We don’t need more private prisons or kids shot down in the streets 
We don’t need more surveillance and militarized police 
We don’t need to keep fighting ourselves so we are blind to what we need 
We don’t need more empire days 
No more empire days 
No more empire days