split tape w/ Downsided
1. House Of Strange And Wonderful Things (Lyrics by Mike, music by HOD)
(I. The Action)
How exciting to live in this period of human history, when large numbers of "real
Americans" will actually believe the government would try to sentence the sick to
Who came up with that bullshit idea?
Death panels to decide the fate of the infirm and elderly.
Was this ever a serious plan? Seems like not to me.
But the shit sticks to the wall, and you've devoured it all, only to puke it up in
the form of support for your god-given right to private health insurance.
It was never under threat. The lobbyists have seen to that.
But that didn't stop your bleating at that town hall meeting, where you shot your
mouth off and made an ass of yourself.
Just don't come crying to me when you get sick and there are suddenly countless
obstacles and trials on your path to recovery.
Insurmountable, inconceivable, unbelievable, but forseeable.
Death panels exist today. For years they've been on a killing spree. Where, you ask?
Look no further than the insurance industry, who'll go out of their way to deny the
service you pay them for because they would rather just keep your money.
And they'll sentence you to die. They already decide your fate.
They are the parasite that feeds on the blood of your country.
We should decide their fate. We should decide whether they live or die.
We should decide that they should die.
(II.) The Motivation
Guess what? No one is trying to change how you live.
Gays are not trying to assimilate your kids.
You wanna place blame, take a look in the mirror, and stare at the scourge of
intolerance and fear.
As the world moves forward, you stay behind.
Are you really that scared of what you'll find?
You're losing control but there's nothing to lose.
All these "weird" minorites are people just like you.
The only conspiracy is inside your fucking head.
Just let go and get along, or go through life lonely and wrong.
Respect for diversity and all walks of life, why shouldn't you agree?
Live and let live, don't be a dick, essential humanity.
Leave your hate behind. Cast it from your mind.
You'll be surprised what good it does your life.
Much of this song was written in 2009, as a reaction to the events surrounding the
debate over health care legislation in the United States. The so-called Tea Party
was covertly assembled by Republican Party PR lackeys, who (perhaps unwittingly)
awakened a sleeping giant of resentment on the part of millions of Americans who
suspected that the legislation was part of some far-left-wing plot to turn America
into a socialist hell. The legislation issue was resolved (for now), but the Tea
Party continues on as a loose assemblage of people who can't even really tell you
anything about their party platform, but boy they sure are mad about the state of
America today. Unfortunately, these people are mad because they are homophobic
racists who cannot stand the growing acceptance of people who are different from
them. The health care debate, it turned out, was merely the catalyst for the radical
views of the Tea Partiers to enter the national consciousness. They live in fear that
their children will be 'turned gay' or that they will be harmed by the black or
Latino person walking past them on the street. With the passage of time, hopefully
these people will get to know 'different' types of people and understand that we are
all human beings just trying to get along in this world.