Abberate of the Union

by Various Artists

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Cops killing people in the streets Doesn’t matter who’s in the big seat I passed a vagrant on my way Said have you seen the news today I can not stand to watch the news I can not stand it Deadly sickness going round Don’t look to me like it’s going down Don’t think we’ll ever be the same Don’t know exactly who’s to blame (Solo) I cannot stand to watch the news But I can’t help but pick and choose What’s to lose?
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What yr seeing on the streets ain't about one tragedy Nor a few bad apples among our police It's the breaking point after centuries of denying Black Americans their dignity. If you happen to be white, accept you're immune to systems of oppression built to protect you I hate to be that guy spouting Voltaire quote But, fuck, it feels like we're nearing the end of our rope, so; The sovereign's called a tyrant who knows no laws but his caprice And if that doesn't ring a bell, note that POTUS deployed troops to suppress us protesting police after another unarmed black man died yelling "I can't breathe." By justice a king brings stability But one who makes extractions will ruin it And here's another proverb just so we're sure A ruler lacking empathy's an oppressor. Spending lives like poker chips, passing fatal lies as party rhetoric, talk about fake news Where's the proof they're keeping us safe and not just keeping us in our place, we're still slaves to our next paycheck while no one is above the law but our cops and our president, whom we've had to watch debase our founding documents, this isn't freedom, this isn't democracy, this isn't any sentient creator's idea of what life on earth should be. Christ was brown before we painted him white, 60 years passed and still MLK's right, the forces we trusted to serve and protect are taking their loads off on our very necks. Tardy, yeah, but not too late to make a stand for human dignity No more silence no more fuel to feed the machines of our cruel history The sovereign's called a tyrant who knows no laws but his caprice No is until we all are free It's about fucking time we reclaim the police.
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Slept in my sleep Ate while I eat your memory And I learned to stare Leaned to miss out on while I'm there Meant what I've read And read what you said out loud to them Can I undo this part Make it not count or let's restart Could it be my body Ten miles away Should've thought this out first My nights wide open again It's me now and only me from here The last laugh with no one else to share it with It's me now and only me from here The white owl, alone against the black of the night
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Canid - 45 02:27
Let's take a measure To think about land Whose is it Where we stand Take a measure To know nothing's right Wasn't nothing before That boat of white Came crashing All proud infestation Diseased By a long standing tradition Of Oppression smuggling its history in clothes blanket, food, pale god, Towering deception Deserving of honor and grace and so much pain unpaid Let's leave this place Some holy book in hand, traded false figures / left stolen, hillock tirade, ... all godly, all fatherly, and white, man. Some holy book in hand, traded false figures / left stolen, hillock tirade, ... all godly, all fatherly, and white, man...
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There is this new type of mud Consumers can not get enough Line around blocks just to touch They want it to replace their blood In a century this won’t look like much Skeletons clutching fistfuls of mud It’s Easy Mud It’s Easy Mud It’s Easy Mud It’s easy There is this new type of drug But we were already stuffed We are not having more fun We didn’t need it all I liked my old blood I liked the old grass and old mud But they’re always choking on new stuff New placements for ads on the products In a century this won’t look like much Skeletons clutching fistfuls of mud But it makes life easy And I don’t try I just get by I just scrape by on barely In a century this won’t look like much Skeletons clutching fistfuls of mud But it makes life easy It’s Easy Mud
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You tied your shoes too tight I can see the thoughts flicker Beneath your eyes and they pass by us like clouds You can't stomp out a roach I already forgot your face I carved a wing into your shoulder blade and i know you still feel pain I hope you tell me about it another day I don't sleep at night anymore Bang my head against the wall into the deep hours Trying to choose a path Turn out the light Wish i didn't have a body
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Give up Everything that you wanted You've already got it You've already got it It's true Everyone knows Where it all goes In the end Nice try But when you die There's no more time There's no more time Tell me What's the point in believing When everyone is deceiving They're already leaving Give up Everything that you wanted You've already got it You've already got it It's true Everyone knows Where it all goes In the end Nice try But when you die There's no more time There's no more time
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When you wake up, I’ll be on the moon I’ve been waiting here a whole lifetime to love you. Ooh — You make life oh so sweet Darlin’ please: Marry me I think you’re crazy I think you’ve lost your mind I think you’re frickin brilliant and you’re one of a kind Ooh — You make life but a dream Darlin’ please: Marry me (Some bup bup bupbups) Ooh — You make life oh so sweet Baby please: Marry me
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Sky is burning, downtown whirring Chill is setting in One way streets where no one meets To drink until they spin
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I just want to rock n roll But I don't have the skill I just want to murder you But I don't know how to kill Andromeda comes by to eat Some food with us today And if our fridge is empty she will Eat the Milky Way Eat the Milky Way Andromeda's a carnivore A mongrel queen A cosmic whore Her plate is always full but she wants More and more and more More and more and more and More and more and more Crunching on the cosmonauts and Choking on their blood clots Gave her really gaseous farts Expels the contents of our hearts And nothingness is all there is Nothingness is all there is Andromeda leans in For a kiss

about

A compilation featuring various artists who recorded during the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020. All proceeds (barring Bandcamp/Paypal fees) go to the American Civil Liberties Union. We hope you may consider donating whatever you can in lieu of the minimum $5 that is asked.

The ACLU dares to create a more perfect union — beyond one person, party, or side. Their mission is to realize this promise of the United States Constitution for all and expand the reach of its guarantees.

www.aclu.org

"When the Constitution was written, “We the People” did not mean all of us. Slavery created a legacy of oppression for Black people that is woven into our institutions today — from education and health care to the criminal legal system. We need structural reform to dismantle the deep-seated racism and inequity that permeates our institutions — including law enforcement.

Black people are over-policed, overrepresented in jails and prisons, and disproportionately subjected to police brutality. In the wake of the countless Black lives lost at the hands of police, we’re demanding justice and fighting for a reimagined vision of policing in America — one that limits the scope, power, and responsibilities of police. Valuing Black life doesn’t just mean spending less on police — it means investing more in Black communities. To create a world where “we the people” truly means all of us, we must dismantle systemic racism and work to repair centuries of harm inflicted on communities of color.

Fighting for LGBTQ Families

The Supreme Court will hear an ACLU case that could allow private agencies that receive taxpayer-funding to provide government services — such as foster care providers, food banks, homeless shelters, and more — to deny services to people who are LGBTQ, Jewish, Muslim, or Mormon.

Securing Abortion Access For All

We’re fighting FDA restrictions on mifepristone, medication used for early abortion care, that endanger patients’ lives during the COVID-19 pandemic with no medical justification.
Blocking the construction of Trump’s border wall

We filed a lawsuit on behalf of the Sierra Club and the Southern Border Communities challenging President Trump’s illegal abuse of emergency powers to take taxpayer funds Congress denied for his border wall."

Here is an ongoing list of the ACLU cases:
www.aclu.org/defending-our-rights/court-battles

credits

released December 31, 2020

Thanks to Gregory Bortnichak who originally gave forth the idea of having a contemporary album which in turn became a benefit album inspired by Dischord's 1989 benefit album "State of the Union". Credit to Joseph Murphy for the title.

www.dischord.com/release/032/state-of-the-union

Album cover "kindly" provided by a popular magazine in the 60s.

A warm appreciation to all the artists who helped put this together with the allocated time given, the strength and courage to make it through this year with their music and compassion.

To next year, and to future endeavors and artistic manifestations!

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