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New World Record

by Poster Children

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How can I resist? How can I resist? With broken arms and broken wrists With broken arms and wrists What did I hear you say? Did I hear you say? You think you drive better You think you drive better when you're this way I can see it coming From a million miles I can hear it coming Just like a train This is just an accident waiting to happen What am I to do? What am I supposed to do? I don't want to spend (no offense) I don't want to spend my last hour with you It's a lovely day Let's keep it that way The broken glass Is beautiful This is just an accident waiting to happen
6 X 6 04:34
I'm not going outside for a week I'm not going outside for a week Spending all my time where the sun don't shine I can't tell if it's day or night There is no space inside this place But I reside inside the wire 6 by 6 My room is 6 by 6 Don't call me, I won't pick up the phone Don't try knocking, I won't answer the door Apartment of my dreams, surrounded by machines This room's got everything I need The day begins the way it ends I'm home alone with all my friends The artificial light keeps me up all night While I build my artificial life
TIme To Kill 05:00
I'm so tired of waking up And moving at a constant rate Instead of full velocity I think I'll just waste some space Searching for the maximum With the minimum of work According to this formula I've got time to burn Feeling full of potential Making every second count Conservation of energy The kinetic zeroes out Action has a reaction You're better off standing still Losing all my momentum I've got time to kill It took some time to realize I don't have to win the race When we hit the finish line Everyone's in the same place Searching for the minimum With the maximum of will Eliminate the extra weight I've got time to kill
Ankh 02:43
He is coming home with both guns drawn He is looking out for the little man He is atomic He is made of gold He is superfine He is worldwide He is back in town to get things done He is on the street, he is on the run He is forever He is cleaning up He is our only hope He is number one
Mister Goodnight is in the city With a special delivery He's got no rhythm, his timing's awful You never know when he'll close the circle There's a dead cat on down the river There's a cold snap in the weather He's in the water He's in the mirror He's in the ether He's everywhere Mister Goodnight out on the town Black tie required when he's around He'll crash the party, don't try and stop him No invitation, he'll find a way in
Chemicals 03:46
Bring on the chemicals I am sick I am disfunctional I don't fit My shape is incorrect The parts don't match I am all separate I am detached I need protection from myself A simple correction for my health Temper the temper Reduce the heat Eliminate the anger that sets me free Life is a piece of cake Life is sweet Life is a slow decay It rots my teeth I need my medicine I am weak I can't help myself I don't think Bring on the chemicals Bring on the heat Bring on the chemicals And set me free Bring on the chemicals Rescue me Bring on the chemicals I am weak Bring on the chemicals
Straightline 02:55
Judgement comes from above Concrete shoes fit like a glove Welcome to the club, welcome to the club There are no grey areas I can't find the straight line, straight line Can't find the straight line With a mouth full of stones Closet full of skeletons Trouble in the blood, trouble in the blood Got no use for the sun Judgement comes from below Everybody wants to know Which side are you on? Which side are you on? Where do you think you belong?
Planet Earth 03:10
He's a man from the government He's a friend you've never met He's in a white van down the street He's been there for at least a week He wants to know where the money goes After you collect the souls He wants to see what you have bought With the fleece sheared from the flock This is planet earth The world didn't end today Everything looks just the same There are no saviors in the sky The prophecies were all a lie There are no men from planet ten And you are not an alien You are like the rest of us A monkey who has learned to talk This is planet earth He's a man from the government He wants to know where the prophet went He took off with a case of cash And left the rocket on the pad The TV show was a big mistake Now everyone knows your face You can't escape the gravity You can't escape from planet three
Friend or foe I don't know Hard to tell Telling me what I want to hear Faith through fear Names have changed Two faces of the same coin Make a choice Heads or tails Dumbo or Donkey Kong Good cop, bad cop Hey clown don't mess around Don't talk back Keep your eyes on your mouth Try it, I'll take you down Fight or flight Wrong or right Out of sight and out of your mind Snapping the thin blue line
I'm on the wrong side of the compass and the square The temple and the lodge have agents everywhere I hear a snap and ice runs down my neck Feel like I've got a target painted on my back Right on my back Stay away from the vibrating palm You shouldn't hang around where you don't belong There's a hidden code that you cannot break It's something you can't fake It's the secret handshake They're in the UN, CFR and TLC They've got the great light of the 33rd degree The budget's black, just ask Majestic Twelve The truth is as phony as a dollar bill A dollar bill You cannot hide from the all-seeing eye It watches us from the pyramid in the sky Trapped inside a web that you can't escape Unless you learn the ways of the secret handshake A travelling man in search of what was lost Moves from the west to east and then the east to west The king and queen are in on all the schemes The two of them are definitely pink I think someone has slipped something into my dreams In my dreams Stay away from the vibrating palm You shouldn't hang around where you don't belong As simple as a dog, as clever as a snake Welcome to the new age of the secret handshake
Wait And See 03:29
Plant a tree in the concrete Wonder why it doesn't grow Blame it all on the weather As the root turns to stone A million for the masters Just a penny for your thoughts Do you every get the feeling That you've been written off Things are gonna change just wait and see Albert's out of the office Harry's on another line Jack is always in a meeting Sam has just been fired Everything's coming up dueces No matter who makes the cut We've got some new excuses Things are looking up Had enough of the free fall Had enough of the joint Had enough of the heat from Fat man and little boy A million for the masters Just a penny for your thought Do you ever get the feeling That you've been written off
Deadman 04:26
When eleven has turned into twelve And darkness has shut down the world Bells ring and the visions begin The insects are singing a dead man's song Falling into a space between hands A space where the sound never ends Surrounded by echo and fog The shadows are singing a dead man's song Separated from every sense The outside connections collapse Before you get high on the hope There's something I think you should know God gave up on us long ago He's tired of hearing our dead man's song When eleven has turned into four You don't feel yourself any more The movement has ground to a halt And we're all left singing a dead man's song


released February 23, 1999

Rick Valentin - guitar, vocals
Rose Marshack - bass, vocals
Jim Valentin - guitar
Howie Kantoff - drums

Written and recorded by Poster Children at Studio Tedium in Champaign, Illinois.

Mastered by Jonathan Pines at Private Studios.

Hello and thanks to Kristen, Ellen, Jimmie, ML + Skip, Our Families and Friends, spinART, Fugazi, prairienet.org, C-U Rockstars, people who let us sleep on their floors, listservers, Geoff Parasol, Ted & Larrikin, Skins n' Tins, everyone who has been here since the beginning and everyone new.


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Poster Children Champaign, Illinois

Poster Children was formed in 1987 by Rick Valentin (guitar, vocals) and Rose Marshack (bass, vocals). Jim Valentin joined on guitar in 1991 and Matt Friscia (drummer #7) joined in 2001. Known for a strong DIY ethic and relentless touring, the band has released ten albums, eleven videos, and a DVD and were pioneers in the use of the web, blogs, podcasts and enhanced CDs for promoting their music. ... more

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