Wasted Already

by Contra Code

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released September 21, 2015

Paul Sarrazin - Guitar, Vocals
Tim Murray - Bass, Vocals
Branden Norris - Guitar, Vocals
Dave Leslie - Drums

Recorded by Stu McKillop & Mark McKitrick @ Rain City Recorders
Mixed and Mastered by Stu McKillop
www.raincityrecorders.com

Artwork by Denise Cymbalist

Recorded April 2015

Check out our Behind The Scenes video of us recording the album!
www.youtube.com/watch?v=89HMRZ777bM

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Track Name: Screwtape
When my friends get weak
from all the demons they keep,
I see the chance to smoke them out
Compassion and empathy and frank, open honesty
Yeah, that's what I'm talkin' about

They might stay too offended
to deal with rejection
But I'll bet in the end
they'll find it on their own

My friends will feel better or they can hate me forever
and then I'll try to give less of a fuck
Track Name: Road Rash
Let's make the statement and feel the earth shake
We can't look back we've made our footprint
The gap is closing, brace for impact
It's our time, boys, now we can't look back
Wake up and call out
We're not your average give and takers Break free at full speed
They call us movers and shakers We hold it down, we walk the line
Lock and load
You're in my sights, hear the barrel roar Read between the lines
Pick your target, don't fall behind
Shake the hand, make the call
Take the blame, curtains fall
Wake up and call out
We're not your average give and takers Break free at full speed
They call us movers and shakers We hold it down, we walk the line
We walk the line
Track Name: Pickabar
Sometimes I get that old familiar feeling
like I'm twisted up inside and I don't wanna be seen
Holding on, letting my face grow long
My guts become snakes that recoil at the slightest conflict arising Silence isn't free

The words I didn't say left a bad taste in my mouth
The punches I pulled landed in my face and knocked me out
The anger that escapes is disproportionate
It widens the divide and invites hate

Never again can I trust the impulse to suppress I've gotta fight to stop the instinct to protect the image of someone without any problems
An image that crumbles when put to the test

There's nothing more that can be done for some
the fighting starts so young they have no chance
But when you go through life avoiding confrontation it perpetuates violence

Sometimes I get the feeling that I'm standing like an eagle on the summit taking it all in
Bring it on, I got this one
It takes guts to walk out of the shadows when you don't know what you might have to do
Bravery, it ain't pretty

The words I didn't say left a bad taste in my mouth
The punches I pulled landed in my face and knocked me out
My voice might come out strained
I tend to overcompensate for holding in
And I could scream my guts out but I'd rather be singing

Just let it go
Track Name: Red Ass
What's that you say? You think you know your name?
White collar boys like you stay on the ground
Do you question me? I'll show you how to fight on empty
You know you won't get through this round

Smashed through the walls that have always stopped me
I was trapped by the past but I fought my way right back in to win Won't run from the ring I've stepped in
I just keep challenging over and over again

Body shots bellow the belt
I'm in the clinch you're the corner man

I stick and move just to loosen the chains
Don't take your eyes off me, you won't see me again

What's that you say? Do you know your place?
White collar boys like you stay on the ground
Now you point and scream but you're the one to blame
You know you won't get through this round

Catch a hook across my face
I can't see and I'm going down
Getting dark and I'm caught in space
Nothing left, just a single thought in my brain:
“I won't let it end this way”
Swing hard and sing out loud over and over again

Let's go!
You're going down
Track Name: See Saw
A punch to the face
evicts her feet from shaky ground
Now she screams
We get used to the sound

Cause it's a scrap around here for every scrap of pavement
Without a clue where she'll land – Gentrification

What's the score?
Am I just playing the game?
What's it for? Seems insane just getting by
living in the middle of the city
I can't complain but I can think about the inequality
right in my face – don't know my place
living in the middle of the city

Some people ask what side of the fence I think I'm on, I tell em
there's no fucking fence here, just a city's broken see-saw

It's hard to see the sickness in the streets from 15 floors above
You got enough to know you're lucky, just don't raise a fuss
It's easy to dehumanize when you don't hear about the love
But it's all there, beyond assumptions tied to your address

What's wrong with us? We're not entitled to replace them
You don't own shit til you respect their land – Gentrification

Home is where the heart is
Track Name: Iron Herd
Shitshow! - full blown
Shitshow! - no control
Shitshow! - balls out
Shitshow! - train wreck
Shitshow! - breakneck
Shitshow! - they're gonna throw you out

Might be unwise and most would not advise it If you are scandalized you'd better hide Not satisfied til this place is dry
Drink the Kool-Aid and die!

Bottle caps chipped all my teeth
Buckled knees on beat up feet
Spewing guts into the street
that's the night ahead of me
One thing I learned from beer commercials: holding drinks is fun but once it hits your lips that's when everything just goes to shit

Shitshow! - full blown
Shitshow! - outta control
Shitshow Shadow!
Shitshow! - train wreck
Shitshow! - breakneck
Shitshow! - they're gonna throw you out
Track Name: Kill
Got no brand
Played the hand that you were dealt like you planned it all
Won't be taught, no second thought
Got one shot that's how it goes

No brakes, no time, just drive that's how it goes
Open your eyes, survive, stay on the road
They wanna get you on the take now but one day you'll see the knife
Better do just what they say now or pay for it with your life

Take the hit, walk away
Leave the guilt on the table with the calculated bid on your self worth
Just another casual defining moment in the story of your life

Forces undermine your will without a doubt
When the axe comes down you'll see how far your neck was out

And they're hungry for the kill

You can't trust 'em when they offer you a way out right before they lock away your life
Track Name: Concrete
Don't give up
When you're down stand back up
That's the way forward, always has been
Grip the rock, you'll grow a thick skin
Drop your pride
Buy the ticket and take the ride
Never wait for the right time to take back your life, do it now

So sick of weakness infiltrating
under the guise of outward confidence, ego inflating
Waiting for the chance to put you down
Repeat the cycle, you think everyone's against you now
But who gets hurt when no one comes around?

But it's a brand new day
Redemption only comes to those who see
what they've become and who they want to be
So let your pretensions melt away
Take a breath to clear the air
You're becoming self aware
Now you'll never get clipped by their stupid little ego trips
No way
Take a step away 'cause the blame game is child's play
Don't dwell on it
Cynical chronic anxiety; self fulfilling prophecy
Just live for today, a moment you evaluate is wasted already,
Wasted already!

It's a brand new day
Redemption only comes to those who see
what they've become and who they want to be
So Let your pretensions melt away
There's no guarantee that your relationships will realign
But if you're fortunate enough to be forgiven, pay it forward down the line
Track Name: Snap Crackle
The TV ad says you need to buy more
Another fix, another score

We live with pushers in our homes
On every street their crop is sown
Images in the media normalize their sick agenda
Now I'm all out of touch, lost and alone

I'm not just some fucking prospect
I cut the cord like a throat but they won't let me disconnect
They say that they don't run the show
They're not responsible but they cash in while we destroy ourselves

3 AM, mind's a wreck, got that jingle in my head
“We got everything you want, we see everything you're not,
cough it up, cough it up”

What they're selling is toxic and I wanna throw it in their face
There's your product placement

Cry wolf again, I don't buy it
Track Name: Time Lapse
Stories:
Witnessed, crafted, told, produced, marketed, debuted, consumed, and believed
They fit so well, the messages streaming straight to our screens
They transfer subtle meaning
Revealing truth, though always through deception
in a system designed to control a population through propaganda
But if you wanna mislead masses, you're gonna have to hire
free thinkers, critical minds, passionate souls, discerning eyes

Rise up, take back the airwaves
Recount the tales of our lives
Ditch the audience, there's no substitute for experience Roll back the film and demand the whole story

Look at this snapshot
It only shows one angle but it frames a scene so beautiful that I forget how to look away

The lights go out, just press record, the shutters go, the sides will show
The film will roll, just lay it down, it's not the gold that brings it out

Take back the airwaves
Recount the tales of our lives
Have you ever spread yourself so thin your vision shows right through the skin?
Truth you can live keeps coming back
And fallacy will always fade to black
Track Name: Impressed
I can't participate, I withdraw my support
I can't hold back my contempt when I say,
“we're all very impressed”
(I'm not impressed)

The church is a lie when your rights are denied
The law won't defend you if you're a survivor of abuse

Is it not true that we run this world into the ground
on the backs of the most vulnerable ones around?

All these bullshit racist policies still lingering
The psychological weaponry of a class war we're caught up in

Why not burn it down? Let's burn it down

The biggest lie keeps getting bigger all the time
When I lash out at the silence I feel better in my mind

Is it not true that we run this world into the ground
on the backs of the most vulnerable ones around?

With unchecked surveillance at least we will never be lonely
The food that they deem fit will kill you slowly

You can hold on to your values, I wouldn't hold too tight
Your values are meaningless to me
when there are people you're willing to sacrifice

Taken for granted/ignored/mistaken/uninformed
never knew/just assumed/“couldn't be that bad”