No More Songs About Sleep And Fire

by Poster Children

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1.
Jane 02:13
She's the independent daughter Of her mother and her father She can think for herself And you know she will! Temporarily your junior You can see she's full of future She could be president But she doesn't want to! While the other kids are drinking She is outside skating In the park after dark Way to go! She's an expert status-tician She knows everyone's position In the high school hierarchy What about me? She's a budding kung fu master She's a tae kwon do soul sister Yeah, she could kick your ass But she doesn't want to! Every question must be answered All opinions must be challenged She's young, she's not ignorant What about you?
2.
The city is so cold A place to be alone This is where I live But it's not my home A million people here And no one knows your name I want to see the sky I've got to get away Got to get back home Back to Western Springs Where the streets are safe And the grass is green There's Mom and Dad Waiting at the door Refrigerator's full Go and help yourself Neighbor's stop on by And ask you how you've been I guess I'm doing fine Now I'm back again It's good to be back home Back in Western Springs Where the sky is blue And the grass is green
3.
Sugarfriend 02:33
Hey, haven't seen you in a while Where you been? How'd I get so lucky To be seeing you again Did you lose your wife? Did you lose your mind? Did you lose your money? Do you want some of mine? I'm your friend And you're my sugarfriend You're my friend And I'm your sugarfriend I know all about your problems I've got problems of my own But you don't want to hear about it You don't have the time Things get bad for me And you get scarce Things get worse And you disappear I've got you in my corner As long as you can reach the door You say you're always there for me But you're never around So tell me, what's on your mind? What's that on your breath? It's not crow or humble pie It smells like revenge
4.
Flag 02:47
We don't agree That's fine with me But you seem to think it means That I'm the enemy I've got some news It's my flag too It belongs to me as much as It belongs to you You made a mint You helped yourself Don't you think it's time You helped someone else It's not a crime To be dirt poor I'd like to see you survive On five bucks an hour Get off the fence Get off your ass It's time to make a stand Before there's nothing left We are the truth We are the rest We are the future fighting To destroy the past I've got some news It's our flag too It belongs to us as much As it belongs to you
5.
Shy 02:16
Silent and defensive Always seen but never heard Make just one mistake And you will hang on every word Give no information Take the fifth and don't talk back Cut communication Conversation is a trap Why fight for attention Fight to find something to say Why expose yourself When no one listens anyways
6.
The Floor 03:32
I believe in you, do you believe in me? I'm your paper boy, I'm your favorite freak I'm an afterschool special, I'm James at 15 I'm a controversial movie of the week You can't fall off the floor You can't get down any lower With all this trouble that I've got Nowhere else to go but up I'm the face behind all of the jokes you make I have got the bends but I will never break You think you know about what it's like inside You're here for a day, I'm in here for life You can't fall off the floor You can't touch me anymore You bled me completely dry But I'm still here, I'm still alive
7.
The Leader 03:17
The Leader speaks from the heart not the mind The Leader tells us what we want to here The Leader knows what's best for the rest of us Citizens, you must trust the leader He lies We know he lies We love the lies We need the lies He lies! The Leader is watching, you have nothing to fear if you have nothing to hide The Leader does not ask for your respect, he demands it! The Leader represents the one percent who pays his rent The Leader is the law. Follow the Leader!
8.
Yesterday was the end of the world Yesterday everything fell apart Yesterday we forgot who we were Everyone came undone For a moment we were one And now it's gone For a day everyone got along For a day no one knew what to say Yesterday all the noise went away Yesterday everything should have changed
9.
Driving up to heaven in a chinese bus Drinking magic water and eating dust History remade in concrete and rust The altitude consumes the two of us The air goes thin, we cannot breathe Our eyes go white, we start to freeze We cannot move, we cannot think We cannot see, we don't believe Do not speak of special things Different and special things Do not speak of special things Passing through an outpost built on faith We take our samples and we go on our way From the top of the world to the valley below There's a world of rot underneath the snow A photograph can hold the truth And here the truth can get you killed But life still grows beneath the stones Even here where there is no hope You are here the enemy Everyone the enemy You are here the enemy
10.
The Bottle 04:09
Black-eyed Susan's back in town She came by to bring us down With her bread and butter face She really lights up the place She's in trouble deep One foot in the grave Rent's due in a week She needs one more drink Go downtown, hang around I don't know, why we go I don't know, why we stay I don't know, what we're doing Jack used to be good for a laugh Now he's just a punching bag Jack thinks he is Cary Grant Jack is more like Ray Milland He's here every night Looking for a fight One foot in the grave He can not be saved I'm in trouble deep One foot in the street Rent's due in a week I need one more drink I'm here every night Looking for a fight One foot in the grave I can not be saved
11.
A minute from the brothers light A rocket in the open eye In Black Maria Porter cuts A journey west to bust the trust Automatic Vaudeville grows Into palaces and studios With Roscoe driven out of town Along with silence at the speed of sound Hollywood hold my hand Take me where I've never been A perfect life in black and white Trading in my day for night There is anger in Babylon A golden boy from O'Fallon He's following the postman's code With one foot always on the floor The devil's candy and needle drops The honey wagons and martini shots The fuller's earth and focus puller In Cinemascope and Technicolor Hollywood hold my hand Take me to the promised land Wrap me in your silver screen And save me from reality Hollywood hold my hand Pick me up when things go bad Make me forget, make me believe A place I never want to leave
12.
Midnite Son 03:55
A signal from the planet Texas On the AM radio Voices heavy on the accent From a thousand miles or more The highway whispers in the distance A car drives slowly down the street Something stumbles through the darkness As the whole world falls asleep Midnight comes, midnight goes Midnight sun, going cold Streetlights orange through the windows Headlights skate across the walls Shadows call from every corner When did this room get so small? Circle back on the beginning Live a lifetime in reverse It's getting harder to remember When this place was the universe Summer comes, summer goes Summer sun, going cold Daylight savings, falling backwards Another summer left behind Caught forever in the amber It feels like Sunday all the time Winter comes, winter goes Winter sun, going cold Midnight comes, midnight goes Midnight son, growing old
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Released on Hidden Agenda Records in 2004.

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released January 27, 2004

Rick Valentin: Guitar and Vocals
Rose Marshack: Bass and Vocals
Jim Valentin: Guitar
Matt Friscia: Drums

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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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