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TA03​.​1: DECLASSIFIED

by the garages

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1.
i’m gonna be your hero if you let me i’m gonna take this team home i have a way of striking out the batters call it "the betsy trombone" washington state has got a good thing coming now we've sat around waiting to play and i've got a plan a pitch you can't see coming leave it to me i'm your man if you're around lemme show you how seattle steps up game after game to the mound and i'm gonna be your hero, if you let me i'm gonna make this team proud
2.
the higher you go the further you fall the table’s been turned thought your throne was so tall we’ll spit at the gods and tear off our chains we’re no longer players in your pitiful game fall from your tower and taste our swords we don’t need your empire anymore death’s in our favor the moon is full sun’s in our sights now won’t pay your toll coffers are empty so are your malls tell me again who’s losing it all when your greed destroys all those underneath what world will be left for you to bequeath fall from your tower and taste our swords we don’t need your empire anymore death’s in our favor the moon is full sun’s in our sights now won’t pay your toll
3.
weary wanderer when your limbs can carry you no longer know the tug that you feel is so much stronger than the warnings ringing up and down your spine can you hear it? a desert song reverberating through your spirit a voice that whispers in the wind "don't you fear it, you know it in your bones that you are mine" when all about you reel the shadows and the songs of desert shades stare into the sun wherever you may roam feel it calling you home despite the mounting danger stare into the sun let its fire fill you and whatever doesn't kill you only makes you stranger distant laughter swallowed by the sand the footsteps fall much faster on your tongue the taste of ash and what comes after reunited with what pulses beneath so we are bound the bitter, blinding desert skitters at the sound in its unrelenting warmth we are found and defiant we will show the gods our teeth though we stride into the light the heavy feeling never fades stare into the sun wherever you may roam feel it calling you home despite the mounting danger stare into the sun let its fire fill you and whatever doesn't kill you only makes you stranger endless days have i known in the dark we still dream of the dawn when the sun's burning low with the embers of those who are gone we put our uniforms on stare into the sun wherever you may roam feel it calling you home despite the mounting danger stare into the sun let its fire fill you whatever doesn't kill you only makes you stranger
4.
so take a pound of flesh, if you think that it would help. i can promise you this: nothing else will. yeah, you sharpen your teeth, come on and take a bite. i can promise you this: i will survive. i’m back from the dead, or as close as i can get. it feels like there’s a thousand voices screaming in my head. i just have to move, cos i don’t want to forget: the tide's high, the water's rising, but i ain’t drowning yet. (i'm undefined, i'm undefined) so take a pound of flesh, if you think that it would help. i can promise you this: nothing else will. so take a pound of flesh, if you think that it would help. i can promise you this: nothing else will. yeah, you sharpen your teeth, come on and take a bite. i can promise you this: i will survive. yeah, you sharpen your teeth, come on and take a bite. i can promise you this: i will survive. this the start of the action, and i'm main attraction. but i won’t give you the satisfaction of eating me alive. see you think we’re defenseless, but i know my soul is endless, and you can’t destroy what is undefined. this the start of the action, and i'm main attraction. but i won’t give you the satisfaction of eating me alive. see you think we’re defenseless, but i know my soul is endless, and you can’t destroy what is undefined. (i'm undefined, i'm undefined) so take a pound of flesh, if you think that it would help. i can promise you this: nothing else will. (i might be more, i might be less, but you’ll never make me a consumerist.) so take a pound of flesh, if you think that it would help. i can promise you this: nothing else will. (i might be more, i might be less, but you’ll never make me a consumerist.) yeah, you sharpen your teeth, come on and take a bite. i can promise you this: i will survive. (i might be more, i might be less, but you’ll never make me a consumerist.) yeah, you sharpen your teeth, come on and take a bite. i can promise you this: i will survive. i might be more, i might be less, but you’ll never make me a consumerist. i might be more, i might be less, but you’ll never make me a consumerist.
5.
pick up your shovels and your snow shoes we got a lot of ice to break through we need more fuel for the engines we got a broken wheel, carriage 10 the very picture of industry though we’re under nobody’s dominion, here we may have lost once but we won’t a second time shift the paradigm bring us home this time we don’t want your divinity and no taste of infinity the menu for us is allergens by the pound we’ll choke it down cause i want you dead more than i don’t want to drown the train car rolls along the concrete and i am riding in the front seat i don’t care if you pitch or swing in here star count don’t mean a thing long as you’ll bean a king or oppose a god and expose the fraud they tried to teach us of in the castles we’ve seen toppling seattleites are jostling rocking in the fog and the smog and the shock in the aftermath of the eruption the blast it didn’t smash corruption now the garages need no introduction get us back on the track we’re ready to attack we don’t want your divinity and no taste of infinity the menu for us is allergens by the pound we’ll choke it down cause i want you dead more than i don’t want to drown we don’t want your divinity and no taste of infinity the menu for us is allergens by the pound we’ll choke it down cause i want you dead more than i don’t want to drown we’ll choke it down cause i want you dead more than i don’t want to drown
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And down they came They served us all our heads On a spike We burnt in flame With nothing left to do Except to die That’s when we realised We had an unfair deal Seeing us struggle there She sent her lackey squid Put up a friendly front And shake their tentacles, we did We were alone and scared We signed an unfair deal Break away from the lies They are as bad as he was We said we’d fight the gods And we meant all the gods Punch squids up in the face Tear up the unfair deal credits
7.
i’m a martyr i'm a drama queen gonna make an impact when I crater the team i'm a failure i'm a total mistake gonna shout it out loud till the heavens shake rip the diamond cut away from the scene just a bloody stain on the wind screen i'm a batter i'm a stubborn mistake how much more are you gonna take wyatt can you see me now in the hatred of the crowd every scream's a beating heart denying what we lost on the way can you believe this shit is free i'll make the guys upstairs fear me every bat's a piece of kindling in the pyre, i'm not afraid tragedian incineration routine razor blades in the grass where the blood runs green yips kaneko ripping out your heart every stitch of my name cauterizing the scar i'm a martyr i'm a drama queen gonna make an impact that'll crater the team i'm a fighter i'm a feral mistake there's nothing left, nothing left to take wyatt can you see me now in the hatred of the crowd every scream's a beating heart denying what we lost on the way can you believe this shit is free i'll make the guys upstairs fear me every bat's a piece of kindling in the pyre, i'm not afraid [god said] [wrong] [her strength] [through the ætherwaves] *SCREAMING* [watch me do my sin] [god's forgetfulness] [every stain] [watch me] [i have sinned] wyatt can you see me now in the hatred of the crowd every scream's a beating heart denying what we lost on the way can you believe this shit is free i'll make the guys upstairs fear me every bat's a piece of kindling in the pyre, i'm not afraid a petty player on the stage you're all too scared to turn the page to realize the end is coming, every bloody game marked the way you think i'm gonna lay back down? it's way too late to turn back now every bone’s a piece of kindling in the pyre, i'm not afraid
8.
waiting, i've been waiting so long and i’m trying so hard to be strong just want my biggest dream to come true it’s not too far fetched but there’s a catch i don’t want to lose you we are the stars of tomorrow just want no loss at all but we’re just dying for the big leagues have hope of breaking through we are the hope of the future so patient yet so bored so can we just have a chance now but we will need incineration and we don’t want that watching, i’ve been watching, so fun and i’m cheering on in the stands, a home run just bring me up to bat, i’ll do well but i’m sitting here in my seat, left to dwell we are the stars of tomorrow just want no loss at all but we’re just dying for the big leagues have hope of breaking through we are the hope of the future so patient yet so bored so can we just have a chance now but we will need incineration and we don’t want that we are the stars of tomorrow just want no loss at all but we’re just trying for the big leagues have hope of breaking through we are the hope of the future so patient yet so bored so can we just have a chance now please just give us a shot we are the stars of tomorrow just want no loss at all but we’re just dying for the big leagues have hope of breaking through we are the hope of the future so patient yet so bored so can we just have a chance now but we will need incineration and we don’t want that
9.
violence never seemed to mean the dirty word people claimed it to be until i saw her take the mound her smile spreading fear around with bat in hand i took my stance refusing any backward glance i stared her down in pure defiance inviting the incoming violence and she struck me now i’m switching in and out of my daydreams all the nightmares that i’ve tried to keep in- side me are pushing their way outside and the voices of the ones she’s taken happily ring joyless in my head as i miss my swing guess my choice is somewhere between my violent past and my new team the dugout calls me over so i turn away from hell closing my eyes the demons there aren’t half as bad as the idol they brought back but i feel assurance behind me a whisper of of violence, supportive and guiding and from up close that smile of fear away from the fans gives way to tears and she struck me now i’m switching in and out of my daydreams all the nightmares that i’ve tried to keep in side me are pushing their way outside and the faces of the ones she took unwittingly come racing in my head as i see her crumble guess my choice is somewhere between my violent past and my new team she always steps out on the field and shows the whole world that she feels okay when she’s not okay her team’s the only ones who get to see she’s breaking apart from all the pain she brings was this worth it is she worth it now she’s struck me and she’s switching in and out of my daydreams all the nightmares that i’ve fought to keep in- side me are melting when i look into her eyes and the fire of the ones she’s lost so brutally burns brighter in my heart as i see her fight guess my choice is somewhere between my violent past and my new team and she’s struck me now she’s switching in and out of her home team and she’s staring down the god who’s cost her everything and refusing to back down and the echoes of the ones that we’ve all lost begin to ring low through the mic as she disappears guess my choice is somewhere between my violent past and the null team
10.
Bandaged arms reaching out, above A flash of light, empty air where your hand was Lost in the fog, I can hardly see As you rise, or go up, and away from me Luis I love you Even when we're far apart Luis I love You How could you break my brittle heart? I turn away from the rearview 'Cause every streetlight looks like you There's no relief, no sense of home Just one more eternity alone I feel your voice singing still Your hard light warmth against the chill Your perfect hair, your perfect face A perfect lifetime now erased We worked so hard, paid our dues You won it all but I still lose Where have you gone, so far from me Come back, come back Oh, Luis I love you With every light inside my soul Oh, Luis I love you I just can't bear to see you go I thought our love could never die 'Til you were dragged into the sky Why can't you just pick up the phone? Don't leave me in eternity alone Oh, Luis I love you Even when we're far apart Oh, Luis I love you With every beat left in my heart I don't know what else I can do No second sun could shine like you The only love I've ever known Is spending eternity alone
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they say you can't go home again, it's true especially when your home burns down around you i lit the match with a flick of the cleat from the league that hexed me yeah i'll see you in hell cuz it's hell that sent me as i walk out the door singing "next team, next team" first you do it for the money then you do it for the fame then you do it for your teammates then you do it for the flame, for the flame firewalker with me if you ever felt alone in the crowd that screams your name firewalker with me it's just a game, it's just a game nobody deserves to be called a curse but if you're gonna insist, i'm happy to make it worse i'll start again with a slate as blank as the stares in the crowd when i'm the last one standing will you still be proud as i brush off the ashes screaming "next team, next team" first you're done in by the money then you're done in by the fame then you're done in by your teammates then you're done in by the flame, by the flame firewalker with me if you ever felt alone in the crowd that screams your name firewalker with me it's just a game, it's just a game it's almost over now i think i know how this all ends what's left of the money? of my friends? there's a darkness closing in no more games, no more regrets oh god, why can't i forget? firewalker with me if you ever felt alone in the crowd that screams your name firewalker with me when you're tired of the shadows and the shame firewalker, firewalker with me if you've ever felt the rush of the fire, of the flame, of the flame firewalker, firewalker with me if you've ever felt the brutal chill of charred remains it's just a game, it's just a game, it's just a game, it's just a game, it's just a game, it's just a game.
12.
i wanna be anyone i wanna be anyone anyone else anyone else but me give it up for a thicker shell i wanna be anyone anyone else so what’s it gonna be? don’t care if it hurts like hell tear away every sticky cell that feels anything anything anything like myself don’t need anybody’s help i’m gonna be anyone anyone else yeah the shell is strong but the body’s weak you gotta learn how to yell before you learn how to speak it’s all bitter work with your face in the dirt do you think it’ll sting do you think it’ll hurt i want the burning taste of infinity put the scales in my eyes where everybody can see i just wanna be ok and i don’t wanna be myself today nothing left to call home half a season to be alone, be alone again what’s it take to leave my skin keeps getting tight i need someone dig me out dig me out tonight teach me how to breathe nothing left in this shithole town gonna burn it all burn it all burn it all down so what’s it gonna be? calling out for a god to help i’m gonna be anyone anyone else yeah the shell is strong but the body’s weak you gotta learn how to yell before you learn how to speak it’s all bitter work with your face in the dirt do you think it’ll sting do you think it’ll hurt i want the burning taste of infinity put the scales in my eyes where everybody can see i just wanna be ok i just wanna be ok i left a decent life for a step outside when it all comes down, will we be alright (hold on to me, hold on to me) i swear i’m on a knife’s edge waiting to fall for anything i don’t care what the future brings i just gotta get away from the rest of me (hold on to me, hold on to me) i don’t wanna be dead, i just wanna be free i don’t wanna be dead, i just wanna be free yeah the shell is strong but the body’s weak you gotta learn how to yell before you learn how to speak it’s all bitter work with your face in the dirt do you think it’ll sting do you think it’ll hurt i want the burning taste of infinity put the scales in my eyes where everybody can see i’m getting sick and tired of the shape i’m in do you think it’ll fail, do you think it’s a sin as i disappear in the hole in the sky was it worth all the pain? was it all just a lie? my body's getting sore and i'm not gonna be myself anymore
13.
drowning in seas of numbers that everyone but me determines raised up and taught to believe that i’m only worth what i can help them achieve boiled down into some data and i’m not sure that i remember who i am outside their lines been running round the bases they tell me to but i’m not sure that i remember who i am outside their lines felt nice at first to think that i was wanted that i was needed but now i’m n o longer fooled by the lies they fed and the way we’ve all been bled the fire’s burning hot the floods have all come down after this much rain we’re due for a drought boiled down into some data and i’m not sure that i remember who i am outside their lines been running round the bases they tell me to but i’m not sure that i remember who i am outside their lines i’m more than some algorithm i’m somebody and i won’t let myself forget that i’m more than some algorithm i’m somebody and i won’t let myself forget that i’m more than some algorithm i’m somebody and i won’t let myself forget that boiled down into some data and i’m not sure that i remember who i am outside their lines been running round the bases they tell me to but i’m not sure that i remember who i am outside their lines
14.
i'm gonna work until i die as long as there's a sun in the sky and even when the day is done there’s always gonna be another sun so i’ve gotta keep going gotta keep up and all of these orders they all just keep building up and i’ve only got so many hands to hold myself up but i can’t let go where else would i go? but i want to get out gotta guard the gates of hell while ringing that dinner bell gotta keep track of all the gold what everybody else is owed i just need to take a break it’s all too much and all these orders they all just keep building up because i feel like i’m going to break i’m breaking up and i can’t hold on any longer i’m worth more than this so i’m going rogue

about

The third installment in our Tribute Act series where garages cover each others songs! Tribute Act is our series where some of our (20+) Garages members perform Garages songs by other Garages members to create an exciting multi-genre dive into our back catalogue!

PART 1 (DECLASSIFIED) lyric video here: youtu.be/-N0T9H9vfAI

PART 2 (UNEARTHED) will premiere on youtube Friday 17 June, 3pm PT / 6pm ET / 11pm BST

credits

released June 10, 2022

1. betsie trombone (+R - S version) - original by carly house phone (@worsterman, phonehouse.bandcamp.com) from the album REVERSED, this version by Bertie ( hadestigers.bandcamp.com, @HeyItsBertie )

2. the tower (rosie version) - original by yana ( going-nowhere.bandcamp.com, @villainousgoo ) from the album REVERSED, this version by Rosie Drown

3. the tug (ben version) - original by amadis (@amadis) from the album AWAY GAMES, this version by Benjamin Oliver ( benjaminoliver.bandcamp.com , @VagueShrug)

4. consumerist (broken amp version) - original by bertie (hadestigers.bandcamp.com, @HeyItsBertie) from the album CONSUMED, this version by roux arlen (@RATWEDNESDAY)

5. allergens (on ice) - originally by seb ( bigredsun.bandcamp.com ) from the album Short Circuit 02, cover by riley ( rileysroom.bandcamp.com )

6. unfair deal (hatred version) - original by riley ( rileysroom.bandcamp.com ) from the album DEICIDE, this version by mother love blone ( noise-land.bandcamp.com ) , guitar and mixing by Deidra Skye

7. are you there god? it's me, yips - original song (YIPS KANEKO THRUSTS HER BLOODY FIST THROUGH THE UNFEELING EYE OF GOD) by mother love blone (@lastyears_model) from the album , this version by ras

8. stars of tommorrow (industrial version) - original by autumn ( autumnspring.bandcamp.com ) from the album NEON FAKES, this version by Raccoon Fink ( raccoonfink.bandcamp.com )

9. between violences (a post-collapse turnipfingers retrospective) original by zack ( zackry.bandcamp.com ) from the album DEICIDE, this version by LCS, with vocals by Jackson Machesky (jacksonmachesky.bandcamp.com)

10. luis i love you (deidra version) - original by mother love blone ( noise-land.bandcamp.com ) from the album NEON FAKES, this version by Deidra Skye

11. firewalker with me (rolo version) - original by mother love blone ( noise-land.bandcamp.com ) from the album UNSTABLE, this version by Rolo Brookwood, additional vocals by Jennifer Cat (@CattiferJen), ( jenandrolo.bandcamp.com )

12. bones to ohio (from the hole-in-the-ground) - original by mother love blone ( noise-land.bandcamp.com ) from the album short circuit 02, cover by riley ( rileysroom.bandcamp.com )

13. outside their lines (tegan version) - original by zack.ry ( zackry.bandcamp.com ) from the album UNSTABLE, this version by tegan eden

14. going rogue (gone fishing version) - Original by by Vigilant Baker (vigilantbaker.bandcamp.com ) from the album we are the garages (vol 4), this version by Bertie (@HeyItsBertie)

art by fox, mastering by mother love blone

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we are the garages, an anarcho-syndicalist blaseball band from the fictional location of seattle. we make songs about being gay, the apocalypse, and fighting the gods. ... more

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