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RULES

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RULES of the underground RULES of the state RULES that you love are the RULES we hate RULES for the ignorant RULES for the weak Your RULES mean nothing so... FUCK THE RULES My life - My rules I will not be led by fools FUCK THE RULES
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THESE ARE THE RULES We accept but refuse to ignore The things we never question but we choose to endure THESE ARE THE RULES That keep us fighting war after war But no one knows what they are even fucking fighting for THESE ARE THE RULES THESE ARE THE RULES That control everything that we do Regimented to the service of a privileged few THESE ARE THE RULES That deny those with nothing to give Because the system doesn't care if you die or you live THESE ARE THE RULES That we promise to defend until the day that we die THESE ARE THE RULES That never stop controlling our fucking lives DON'T STOP fighting the lies and the greed DON'T STOP fighting the fascist machine DON'T STOP fighting for what you believe If you're to rise up from this hate NEVER FORGET the solution in front of your face Just walk away from a system meant to keep you in your FUCKING PLACE Trying to change the world, but are you willing to change yourself? Stop depending on someone else... We've got to find the courage to REARRANGE The vision to SEE THE CHANGE To live to BE THE CHANGE You want to see in THIS WORLD THESE ARE THE RULES When your life is falling to pieces You gotta let it go... THESE ARE THE RULES Start to see things a little more clear Now you know you don't have to keep living in fear THESE ARE THE RULES Be strong and look out for each other Instead of fucking running for cover DON'T STOP DON'T STOP Fighting for what you believe DON'T STOP DON'T STOP Fighting to... RISE UP FROM THIS HATE THESE ARE THE RULES
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For all the promises BROKEN For the lives and the dreams that we've BROKEN For our faith in a system that's BROKEN So many rules meant to be BROKEN NOW So many rules must be broken now Burn down, tear down, break this... BREAK THIS LEGACY DOWN Find the reason, now it's time to begin And recognize the evils of this system Open your eyes before the years drag you down In a civilization that is drowning in War, hate, death and division Reject this lesson of aggression that keeps on teaching us... "If there is something you want and you have the means then you TAKE IT" "If you can't change their will then you BREAK IT" Force is king and it need not be spoken So many rules meant to be BROKEN NOW BREAK THIS LEGACY DOWN Every barrier, every wall must be broken NOW Every unjust law must be broken NOW Every form of division must be broken NOW Every gear in this corrupt machine must be broken NOW Every link in their chains BROKEN Every lock in their cages BROKEN Every beam in their structures BROKEN So many rules meant to be BROKEN NOW So many rules have to be BROKEN NOW Break this legacy DOWN
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I CAN'T for the life of me begin to imagine Where I would be if I denied This chance to follow a calling I'd regret for the rest OF MY LIFE WHEN I LOOK BACK To the way those around me would see it His generation wouldn't dare fall out of line Why dream? You will never fucking be it! This is how it is until the day you fucking die Inside I felt the fire burning Like a bomb ticking it would only be a matter of time Break free in a split second decision Carve my own path, to hell with your tradition DON'T TELL ME that's the way that is DON'T TELL ME that nothing will change DON'T TELL ME just do more of the same Don't tell me THAT'S LIFE! Don't take for granted all the moments in life When you feel like you are moving up, MOVING ON In this life, be careful what you wish for... You never know what you have until it's gone DON'T TELL ME that's the way that is DON'T TELL ME that nothing will change DON'T TELL ME just get over your dreams Don't tell me THAT'S LIFE! That's life? THAT'S LIFE Having courage to stand on your own Follow what you believe even when you're alone THAT'S LIFE Be strong, be proud, be brave To be a fucking rebel instead of a slave THAT'S LIFE To see the world, follow your dreams THAT'S LIFE Independent from life's routines THAT'S LIFE There is nothing you can't achieve THAT'S LIFE Wolfgang! This is for you! THAT'S LIFE
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Time fades everything with painful certainty Remember when we used to FIGHT FOR SOMETHING Because I refuse to be taken so easily or to believe that this was ALL FOR NOTHING One BY one BY one pieces begin to fall It's got you thinking nothing LASTS FOREVER What you still feel inside, simply can't be denied So take the step because this is NOW OR NEVER Stone BY stone BY stone we build this back again To when we used to fucking STAND FOR SOMETHING So after all these years, the blood, the sweat, the tears I won't forget respect for those who remain... Loyal... LOYAL TO THE GRAVE You remained loyal... LOYAL TO THE GRAVE After all you've done you remained Loyal... LOYAL TO THE GRAVE In the face of the wrath of sanity Loyal... LOYAL TO THE GRAVE After all you've done you still stayed Loyal... LOYAL TO THE GRAVE Across the world, the fierce opposition Outnumbered, but maintained position Day after day, imminent confrontation Stay on message, the true motivation Now! ALWAYS PERSISTENT! In the face of this constant resistance Paving the way while your allies diminish Seeing it through, to the end, TO THE FINISH For those who remain... Loyal... LOYAL TO THE GRAVE You've remained loyal... LOYAL TO THE GRAVE Are you sure? I am sure! Are you sure? I am sure! I am sure as the BLOOD RUNS THROUGH MY VEINS For the ones who stood by me And the ones who paved my way Are you sure? I am sure of it! SURE as the BLOOD RUNS THROUGH MY VEINS! For the ones who still believe And the ones who gave everything Are you sure? I am sure of it! SURE as the BLOOD RUNS THROUGH MY VEINS! For the ones who still remain These beliefs will never fade... These beliefs will NEVER FUCKING FADE! CONVICTION! Rules of CONVICTION! This is my CONVICTION! Can't break my CONVICTION! Can't take my CONVICTION! Rules of CONVICTION!
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This is... This is not a GAME OF PERSUASION What is, what is your mission? Promote progress or create division? Endless supplies of false ammunition Carefully chosen to support your position Not everybody shares your POINT OF VIEW If your enemy's in range, then SO ARE YOU Both a curse and a blessing A thin line between passion and arrogance How you bring WHAT YOU THINK Without being PUNISHING With your ideas, 'cause you believe that they're the... Most important things in the world, but THEY DON'T You expect them to embrace what you say, but THEY WONT Fighting for a cause takes responsibility Drop your fucking ego It's so much more than just yourself DO IT! This rule, TRIED AND PROVEN! Not only do you represent yourself You represent your movement Don't lose sight of... WHY YOU TOOK THIS FIGHT! Remember: RULES OF ENGAGEMENT
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All that they KNOW is no JUSTICE Can we expect them to ever KNOW PEACE All that they KNOW is no JUSTICE Always and forever NO PEACE All that they KNOW is no JUSTICE Can we expect them to ever KNOW PEACE All that they KNOW is no JUSTICE Condemned to forever NO PEACE FIFTY YEARS of brute occupation Cleverly concealed through misinformation Who can explain with no rhyme to the riddle? That's what you get, starting stories in the middle "All they know is violence" LIE! "They've hated us forever" LIE! "So complicated, so why even bother" LIE! Ignoring the root of the conflict leads to the Third, fourth, fifth... INFINITE INTIFADA Do you hear their cries for JUSTICE? No justice, NO PEACE! The RULES OF THE GAME WILL CHANGE We've come to the end of our patience Must end this humiliation World stands in direct condemnation ENOUGH WITH THE OCCUPATION! Boycott Divestment SANCTIONS Diplomacy, non-violent ACTION Year of conflict resolution Before it explodes into ALL OUT WAR Do you hear their cries for JUSTICE? No justice, NO PEACE! Free their people! Free their nation! ENOUGH WITH THE OCCUPATION!
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DIE? SURVIVAL! Gone are the days where we fight just to stay alive Kill or be killed, push ahead or be left behind No room at the top, don't live in denial Fuck what you know, this is modern survival Competition to the death Step on someone else's neck Anything to get ahead SHOW NO MERCY! Driven / Ambition / Conditioned to... NEVER SURRENDER Fuck what anybody says Take what's yours and never rest Closed mouth is never fed SHOW NO MERCY NOW! Relentless / Don't second guess Just flat out take... What you fucking want / SURVIVAL What you fucking need / SURVIVAL No matter what it takes / SURVIVAL The end always justify the means This ship has long been sinking So I say everybody JUMP!
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What do we want? FREEDOM What do we need? FREEDOM United for our FREEDOM And fighting for our FREEDOM Can't deny our FREEDOM Won't deny our FREEDOM Is this what they call FREEDOM? Then what the fuck is FREEDOM NOW?! It's about time we take a step back and revisit the definition... of what is meant by FREEDOM What will you do when you finally realize the contradictions? And the rug on which you slumber Torn right out from under When and where our freedom died "HOW COULD YOU DARE to even question this?" Gets repeated to no end Now you're hated, berated, because you desecrated what others fought and DIED TO DEFEND But now, another vicious cycle That never seems to end How many more shootings and beatings must keep on repeating over and over and OVER AGAIN? What's becoming impossible: PEACEFUL PROTEST For us to exercise our FREEDOM Are you surprised by the violent REVOLUTION? When denied our FREEDOM! STAND UP and take a good look around you This struggle for FREEDOM Stop supporting those who do not give a fuck about you, you and your rights, your FREEDOM WAKE UP! Do you feel like you are represented? Or becoming OVERCOME WITH RAGE Are you free in so far as you are not LOCKED UP inside a fucking cage? Stand up for your freedom NOW! (This is what they think) "You are free to do what you are told" (This is how they feel) Free to consume the lies that you are sold How could you dare... How could you dare to even question this? As the rug on which you slumber Torn right out from under Wake one day and wonder When and where your freedom died To wake one day and wonder when and where our freedom died FREEDOM DIED
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What are you willing to sacrifice TONIGHT? Are you willing to SACRIFICE your rights? Are you willing to SACRIFICE your time? Are you willing to SACRIFICE your life? What are you willing to SACRIFICE TONIGHT? You speak of things with deep admiration Things you will never know You praise the values of a dead generation How far are you willing to go? Oblivious to the facts, that a grim truth awaits No rest, just death for those who are willing to... SACRIFICE their freedom for security DESERVE NEITHER SACRIFICE nor bloodshed in their name For those who... SACRIFICE compassion for authority I will SACRIFICE nothing for their gain And that WILL NEVER CHANGE To live, to thrive, you shouldn't have to SACRIFICE YOUR RIGHTS To be safe and live free, you shouldn't have to SACRIFICE YOUR LIFE What gives meaning, what makes me feel alive I am willing to SACRIFICE my time For those I love, forever willing to SACRIFICE MY LIFE
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No one can serve two masters and survive the seas of treason How faith in government defies both history and reason... What we were meant to be... INDEPENDENT AND FREE The shadow cast by the ruling class If we only could see past Within these hands... WE HOLD THESE TRUTHS in the hands of the "more capable set of men" WITH THE PURSUIT marginalized, factionalized, and dispossessed THE SELECT FEW To answer to this purpose with permanence and stability to PROTECT minority of the opulent against the majority Protecting wealth is the primary role of GOVERNMENT Overwhelmed by those who pull the strings of GOVERNMENT SERVE AND PROTECT The power to coerce by violence declines to BALANCE AND CHECK Other mechanisms of control must be devised AND MUST EXTEND over what they know and they feel and belief systems inside Like ARMIES regiment their bodies we must regiment their minds Control by force until they bow in fear of GOVERNMENT Mould their thoughts so they don't interfere with GOVERNMENT Send them to war and they will fight and die for GOVERNMENT My father told me that I should never serve the GOVERNMENT For those who gave their fucking lives Can you imagine the outrage FOR THOSE WHO GAVE THEIR FUCKING LIVES We must fight the rising TIDE The tides are turning and it's only just a matter of TIME Before the masses wake up to this LIE CAN YOU? Can you imagine the outrage for those who gave their fucking LIVES FOR THOSE WHO GAVE THEIR FUCKING LIVES
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To wish that one day... I'LL MAKE IT HOME Distant explosions come creeping closer I hear the terror right over my shoulder Death falls from a blue sky we lived and loved Now thick black smoke blocks out our WARMING SUN Grab what you can Take only what you need Ditch the rest We have to leave I take one final look around this room I can't help but feel like we left too soon There's no exceptions to the rules RULES OF CRISIS Run down FORCED OUT Stay down GET OUT Sprinting for an unknown fate Get aboard before it's too late As we push off I begin to mourn Forced from a land I love for unknown shores Amidst the chaos of an angry sea I pray to God it doesn't swallow me A prayer that would go unheard I've entered a fight from which I would not return As I come undone And as the water fills my lungs I use my last bit of hope To wish that one day I'LL MAKE IT HOME TAKE ME HOME With only one wish to TAKE ME HOME I always thought my time would come more peacefully With family, not freezing water surrounding me I'll just give in because now it's clear to me That in this world, only death treats us equally TAKE ME HOME

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released February 10, 2017

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