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released January 20, 2017

Recorded at Nu-Tone Studios
Engineered and Mixed by Scott K. Goodrich
Mastered: Yes
All songs written and preformed by Friends W/O Benefits
Bass and Additional Instrumentation provided by SKG

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Track Name: America Is a Business (And Business Is Shit)
Nowadays we are run by the almighty dollar sign
Hoping that we’ll get rich the minuet we fall in line
The problem is that’s a lie to keep the status quo
Anger’s building, this gasket’s about to blow
(Because of You)
We’re living in a fascist state
(Because of you)
And this whole nation is a fucking scam
(Because of You)

Now the divide is big and the rich don’t share
We only speak our minds, because we really care
Wages are low and the prices are up
Which fucking sucks, I can’t afford my lunch
So save your money and count your ducks
Because you can’t survive on a hundred bucks

Bad T.V and thoughtless pop music have blanked our minds
Turned us all in to ignorant sheep eyes closed to all the lies
When we head to economic despair where do we go to rot?
When your government’s tyrannical whose heads are they going to chop? (yours)
(Because of You)

We’ve reached the point of a civil war (Because of You)
And everyone now knows the score (Because of You)

Now the divide is big and the rich don’t share
We only speak our minds, because we really care
Rent is high and morale is low
Not quite sure who’s friend or foe
We all just need to open our eyes
See the truth and read between the lines

We’re not talking shit, just calling a spade a spade
We were meant to live, not be broken and enslaved
Now this country’s torn with problems they say don’t exist
What’s to stop big brother from putting you down on their list?

Now the divide is big and the rich don’t share
We only speak our minds, because we really care
This class war is fucking real
Either raise your fists or just learn to deal
Stop live tweeting, start fighting back
The body count is rising and there’s more to stack

I’m not saying its wrong that we struggle trying to get along
So here you go United States another fucking protest song.
Track Name: Another Power Move
I look at you and I spit on the poor
You’ve never worked at a retail store
Don you know who I am? I’ve made a few bucks
Stop looking down cause we ain’t looking up
I live on a cloud with the 1%
We’re down here slaving as we try to pay rent
I guess this lifestyles just not for you
Without your fucking wallet man you don’t have a clue

This is the worst day of your fucking life
When you’re bankrupt we won’t bat an eye

You’re not allured by the concept of status?
At the end of the day none of that shit matters
Do the world a favor, go hang thyself
We don’t care about your inherited wealth
You won’t get a dollar or a hi from me
Don’t play that card
I hate your guts even though I’m a lover
How can you say you love when you’ve never had to suffer?

This is the worst day of your fucking life
When you’re bankrupt we won’t bat an eye
Track Name: Honesty Today
I used to be a nice guy, what a nice normal guy I was
Back when we were talking shit just trying to catch a buzz
There used to be a time when people were more direct
Now that world is far and gone so no one can connect

Today I can’t show if I’m feeling pissed
I should delete everyone on my contacts list
If there’s one truth that I know I’ll say it’s this
I took a shot at the world and I fucking missed

Honesty today is a lost art
Contempt for one another is off the chart
Insincere messages coming from your heart
Pretend to play the role but don’t live the part

Vulnerability is such a hard thing to achieve
Especially when I’m being me and it comes across as mean
Why is it as this time that the truth is hard to find?
Lying is made for the weak, for those who don’t have a spine

You’re cancerous to me like smokers cough
Trying to act all hard when I see you’re soft
The world and truth and reached a standoff
So stand off of my back when I know you’ve lost

Honesty today is a lost art
Contempt for one another is off the chart
Insincere messages coming from your heart
Pretend to play the role but don’t live the part

Wait for the day that truth will win
And we can all be honest again
Until that day we’ll never be friends
Go fuck yourself cause this is the end
Track Name: Armchair Politician (Internet Activist)
Sitting at my house getting headlines off of memes
Watch the USA shitting on my dreams
Election’s coming up, gotta rock the vote
But none of this matters, its all a fucking joke

Cause we’re confused about politics

We’ve got an opinion share it in a tweet
We’re changing the world without leaving our seat
A controversial hashtag, who the fuck cares?
Democracy is good, it seems more than fair

Cause we’re confused about politics

Let’s talk about how we’re all fucking doomed
Think you’re making a difference without leaving your room
Everyone on their screens is where the government wants you to be
Instead of fighting back, It’s the difference between you and me

We’re all just armchair politician
We’re not making informed decisions
Without consulting our televisions
We’re all just armchair politician

Time to speak our mind as if you have a choice
While you’re sitting around like you ain’t got a voice
Let’s all be honest and piss off everyone that we know
Are you for fucking real or are your politics just for show?
Track Name: Racist Cops
Let’s talk about these racist cops
How the fuck do they still have jobs?
I’ve been fired from jobs for far less
Say one word and you’re under arrest
Let’s talk about these racist cops
How every time a body drops
Groups of bigots they give them props
This is why it never stops

It used to be that cops weren’t the enemy
Sworn to protect and serve
What went wrong because those days are now long gone
Using bullets as words

Let’s talk about this racist bunch
Weapons drawn at the slightest hunch
Kids in hoodies just walking by
Another statistic waiting to die
Criminal justice, don’t make me laugh
These cops are all out having a blast
Trigger happy jocks who are in charge
That happen to be criminals at large

It used to be that cops weren’t the enemy
Sworn to protect and serve
What went wrong because those days are now long gone
Using bullets as words

The problem today is the police are military
Pull weapons out shoot a few rounds then we’ll ask more questions later

Serve and protect what does it get because we don’t feel
Safe anymore open the door and see the boys in blue are knocking

But they’re people too, they’re just like you they’re human
Its time to address this civil unrest and all move forward to the future

Cops should be cool with everyone its time to
Put down the guns, extend your hand, the time has come to
Forget these cops and bigots I’m so tired and sick of it
These damn cops are racist, its all so blatant
Track Name: Bands, Not Brands (Problems With Music)
Hi my name is Ninja, music fan for 20 years
There’s something that we’ve wanted,
Something we hold close and dear to our tortured souls
Even though it’ll tear us apart
Music’s all that matters that why it stole our fucking hearts

It’ll set you there and there’s nothing more to strive for
We care so much about this that we’re willing to die
Before we go back home, running scared to our parents
We’ve got a message and we must share it

Change is knocking at your front door
(This is the most perfect time)
Never needed civil unrest like this before
(Take a chance, sing a song it’ll save your life)
Time to take a breath and be ready to fight
(Don’t you know it’ll set you free)
Music without message is a way to end your life
So start looking for a set of answers that you know you will never forget

Why do you represent a brand and not use your spotlight to demand
some radical social change so that things don’t stay the same?
Stop negating your self worth being boring never works
Push the envelope and push yourself, complacency is never worth the wealth

It’ll set you there and there’s nothing more to strive for
We care so much about this that we’re willing to die
Before we go back home, running scared to our parents
We’ve got a message and we must share it

Change is knocking at your front door
(This is the most perfect time)
Never needed civil unrest like this before
(Take a chance, sing a song it’ll save your life)
Time to take a breath and be ready to fight
(Don’t you know it’ll set you free)
Music without message is a way to end your life
So start looking for a set of answers that you know you will never forget

Bands nowadays just like to play it safe
(Don’t you know this is the most perfect time?)
Nothing of value left to say
(Take a chance, sing a song and save your life)
Guess they don’t see things our way.
(Don’t you know it’ll set you free?)
We preach a different way so that things can be fixed
Track Name: Untitled
Is it as clear to you as me
ear will never be beat
searching wide looking hard to find
an answer at this time

but

What other way would you explain
the world that surrounds us now
filled such with loath and hate
makes us look for escape

pass a drink as we say our prayers
for our finale finally
gasp for breath as you close your eyes
time to find whats kept inside

Where do you want to go
To a place that is unknown?
Why would you want to go
To a place that can’t be shown?

So sell us peace and love
They’re words we want to hear
But not the world we’re ready for
So let us make this clear

Those of you who run around as fools
trying hard not to be used
will be the ones who miss the boat
battered beaten down abused

and the ones left back will sit
lives filled and full of regret
reform the mold that we fought to broke
all left is uselessness

Why would you want to die
with this feeling deep inside? and
Who’s left when your tried
Found guilty of your crimes?

Where do you want to go
To a place that is unknown?
Why would you want to go
To a place that can’t be shown?

What’s that you found you’re blessed
Right before the final test
We hope you found you like the truth
Clawing at your coffin roof

There is no all seeing eye
There’s nothing left when you die
And we will never know why
And we will never know why
Track Name: Quit Your Job
You’re taught when you were young you had to get a job just to survive
They never ever teach you the best feeling is to feel alive
They’ll tell you that you have to go to work become another boring corporate jerk
But being you is the best feeling that you could ever feel
Experience, relationships and taking risks on what is real
Don’t become a slave to your job you’ll be on your deathbed thinking you were robbed

So quit your job and run away you’ll see your friends another day
Fuck the rest don’t be stressed free yourself and you’ll be blessed
Happiness is all we need abandon your financial greed
It’s better just to be yourself and have a reason to fucking bleed
You weren’t born to pay your bills, sit around until you die
This bittersweet symphony is a gigantic lie
Don’t get fired fucking quit and prove that you give a shit
About yourself about your life and now your future’s looking bright

Fuck your boss and those in charge they are human just like you
The only difference is that they will tell you what to do
They shouldn’t dictate your every move and you shouldn’t feel like you’ve got something to prove
You fucking work the same old job every day week after week
And when you open up your mouth the words you want you do not speak
Everybody is afraid to fail so you’d rather check the company email

Sitting at your desk and dreaming
About getting high and breathing
Fresh air outdoors and the flowers
Counting minutes counting hours
Every second that you spend
Keep on waiting till the end
I got regrets work is not one
Did not give in, I just have fun
Be who ever you desire
See the world binge watch the wire
Enjoy your life while it’s here
Quit your job, you’re in the clear

So quit your job and run away you’ll see your friends another day
Fuck the rest don’t be stressed free yourself and you’ll be blessed
Happiness is all we need abandon your financial greed
It’s better just to be yourself and have a reason to fucking bleed
You weren’t born to pay your bills, sit around until you die
This bittersweet symphony is a gigantic lie
Don’t get fired fucking quit and prove that you give a shit
About yourself about your life and now your future’s looking bright
Work has always been a bore time to run out the door
Find yourself or someone and don’t forget to have fun

Don’t forget to have some fun