RULES

by First Blood

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released February 10, 2017

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Track Name: Fuck The Rules
RULES of the underground
RULES of the state
RULES that you love are the
RULES we hate
RULES for the ignorant
RULES for the weak
Your RULES mean nothing so...
FUCK THE RULES
My life - My rules
I will not be led by fools
FUCK THE RULES
Track Name: These Are The Rules
THESE ARE THE RULES
We accept but refuse to ignore
The things we never question
but we choose to endure
THESE ARE THE RULES
That keep us fighting war after war
But no one knows what they are
even fucking fighting for
THESE ARE THE RULES

THESE ARE THE RULES
That control everything that we do
Regimented to the service of a privileged few
THESE ARE THE RULES
That deny those with nothing to give
Because the system doesn't care
if you die or you live
THESE ARE THE RULES
That we promise to defend until the day that we die
THESE ARE THE RULES
That never stop controlling our fucking lives

DON'T STOP fighting the lies and the greed
DON'T STOP fighting the fascist machine
DON'T STOP fighting for what you believe
If you're to rise up from this hate

NEVER FORGET the solution in front of your face
Just walk away from a system meant to keep you
in your FUCKING PLACE
Trying to change the world, but are you willing
to change yourself?
Stop depending on someone else...

We've got to find the courage to REARRANGE
The vision to SEE THE CHANGE
To live to BE THE CHANGE
You want to see in THIS WORLD

THESE ARE THE RULES
When your life is falling to pieces
You gotta let it go...

THESE ARE THE RULES
Start to see things a little more clear
Now you know you don't have to keep living in fear
THESE ARE THE RULES
Be strong and look out for each other
Instead of fucking running for cover

DON'T STOP
DON'T STOP
Fighting for what you believe
DON'T STOP
DON'T STOP
Fighting to...
RISE UP FROM THIS HATE

THESE ARE THE RULES
Track Name: Rules Meant To Be Broken
For all the promises BROKEN
For the lives and the dreams that we've BROKEN
For our faith in a system that's BROKEN
So many rules meant to be BROKEN NOW

So many rules must be broken now

Burn down, tear down, break this...
BREAK THIS LEGACY DOWN

Find the reason, now it's time to begin
And recognize the evils of this system
Open your eyes before the years drag you down
In a civilization that is drowning in
War, hate, death and division
Reject this lesson of aggression
that keeps on teaching us...

"If there is something you want
and you have the means
then you TAKE IT"

"If you can't change their will
then you BREAK IT"

Force is king and it need not be spoken
So many rules meant to be BROKEN NOW

BREAK THIS LEGACY DOWN

Every barrier, every wall must be broken NOW
Every unjust law must be broken NOW
Every form of division must be broken NOW
Every gear in this corrupt machine must be broken NOW

Every link in their chains BROKEN
Every lock in their cages BROKEN
Every beam in their structures BROKEN
So many rules meant to be BROKEN NOW
So many rules have to be BROKEN NOW
Break this legacy DOWN
Track Name: Rules Of Life
I CAN'T for the life of me begin to imagine
Where I would be if I denied
This chance to follow a calling
I'd regret for the rest OF MY LIFE

WHEN I LOOK BACK
To the way those around me would see it
His generation wouldn't dare fall out of line
Why dream? You will never fucking be it!
This is how it is until the day you fucking die
Inside I felt the fire burning
Like a bomb ticking it would only be a matter of time
Break free in a split second decision
Carve my own path, to hell with your tradition

DON'T TELL ME that's the way that is
DON'T TELL ME that nothing will change
DON'T TELL ME just do more of the same
Don't tell me THAT'S LIFE!

Don't take for granted all the moments in life
When you feel like you are moving up, MOVING ON
In this life, be careful what you wish for...
You never know what you have until it's gone

DON'T TELL ME that's the way that is
DON'T TELL ME that nothing will change
DON'T TELL ME just get over your dreams
Don't tell me THAT'S LIFE!

That's life?

THAT'S LIFE
Having courage to stand on your own
Follow what you believe even when you're alone
THAT'S LIFE
Be strong, be proud, be brave
To be a fucking rebel instead of a slave
THAT'S LIFE
To see the world, follow your dreams
THAT'S LIFE
Independent from life's routines
THAT'S LIFE
There is nothing you can't achieve
THAT'S LIFE
Wolfgang! This is for you!
THAT'S LIFE
Track Name: Rules Of Conviction
Time fades everything with painful certainty
Remember when we used to FIGHT FOR SOMETHING
Because I refuse to be taken so easily
or to believe that this was ALL FOR NOTHING

One BY one BY one pieces begin to fall
It's got you thinking nothing LASTS FOREVER
What you still feel inside, simply can't be denied
So take the step because this is NOW OR NEVER

Stone BY stone BY stone we build this back again
To when we used to fucking STAND FOR SOMETHING
So after all these years, the blood, the sweat, the tears
I won't forget respect for those who remain...

Loyal... LOYAL TO THE GRAVE
You remained loyal... LOYAL TO THE GRAVE

After all you've done you remained
Loyal... LOYAL TO THE GRAVE
In the face of the wrath of sanity
Loyal... LOYAL TO THE GRAVE
After all you've done you still stayed
Loyal... LOYAL TO THE GRAVE

Across the world, the fierce opposition
Outnumbered, but maintained position
Day after day, imminent confrontation
Stay on message, the true motivation
Now! ALWAYS PERSISTENT!
In the face of this constant resistance
Paving the way while your allies diminish
Seeing it through, to the end, TO THE FINISH

For those who remain...
Loyal... LOYAL TO THE GRAVE
You've remained loyal... LOYAL TO THE GRAVE

Are you sure? I am sure!
Are you sure? I am sure!
I am sure as the BLOOD RUNS THROUGH MY VEINS

For the ones who stood by me
And the ones who paved my way
Are you sure? I am sure of it!
SURE as the BLOOD RUNS THROUGH MY VEINS!
For the ones who still believe
And the ones who gave everything
Are you sure? I am sure of it!
SURE as the BLOOD RUNS THROUGH MY VEINS!
For the ones who still remain
These beliefs will never fade...

These beliefs will NEVER FUCKING FADE!

CONVICTION!

Rules of CONVICTION!
This is my CONVICTION!
Can't break my CONVICTION!
Can't take my CONVICTION!
Rules of CONVICTION!
Track Name: Rules Of Engagement
This is...
This is not a GAME OF PERSUASION
What is, what is your mission?
Promote progress or create division?
Endless supplies of false ammunition
Carefully chosen to support your position
Not everybody shares your POINT OF VIEW
If your enemy's in range, then SO ARE YOU

Both a curse and a blessing
A thin line between passion and arrogance
How you bring WHAT YOU THINK
Without being PUNISHING
With your ideas, 'cause you believe that they're the...
Most important things in the world,
but THEY DON'T
You expect them to embrace what you say,
but THEY WONT
Fighting for a cause takes responsibility
Drop your fucking ego
It's so much more than just yourself
DO IT! This rule, TRIED AND PROVEN!
Not only do you represent yourself
You represent your movement

Don't lose sight of...
WHY YOU TOOK THIS FIGHT!
Remember: RULES OF ENGAGEMENT
Track Name: Rules Of Justice
All that they KNOW is no JUSTICE
Can we expect them to ever KNOW PEACE
All that they KNOW is no JUSTICE
Always and forever NO PEACE

All that they KNOW is no JUSTICE
Can we expect them to ever KNOW PEACE
All that they KNOW is no JUSTICE
Condemned to forever NO PEACE

FIFTY YEARS of brute occupation
Cleverly concealed through misinformation
Who can explain with no rhyme to the riddle?
That's what you get, starting stories in the middle

"All they know is violence" LIE!
"They've hated us forever" LIE!
"So complicated, so why even bother" LIE!
Ignoring the root of the conflict leads to the
Third, fourth, fifth... INFINITE INTIFADA

Do you hear their cries for JUSTICE?
No justice, NO PEACE!

The RULES OF THE GAME WILL CHANGE
We've come to the end of our patience
Must end this humiliation
World stands in direct condemnation
ENOUGH WITH THE OCCUPATION!
Boycott Divestment SANCTIONS
Diplomacy, non-violent ACTION
Year of conflict resolution
Before it explodes into ALL OUT WAR

Do you hear their cries for JUSTICE?
No justice, NO PEACE!

Free their people!
Free their nation!
ENOUGH WITH THE OCCUPATION!
Track Name: Rules Of Survival
DIE? SURVIVAL!

Gone are the days where we fight just to stay alive
Kill or be killed, push ahead or be left behind
No room at the top, don't live in denial
Fuck what you know, this is modern survival

Competition to the death
Step on someone else's neck
Anything to get ahead
SHOW NO MERCY!

Driven / Ambition / Conditioned to...
NEVER SURRENDER

Fuck what anybody says
Take what's yours and never rest
Closed mouth is never fed
SHOW NO MERCY NOW!

Relentless / Don't second guess
Just flat out take...

What you fucking want / SURVIVAL
What you fucking need / SURVIVAL
No matter what it takes / SURVIVAL
The end always justify the means

This ship has long been sinking
So I say everybody JUMP!
Track Name: Rules Of Freedom
What do we want? FREEDOM
What do we need? FREEDOM
United for our FREEDOM
And fighting for our FREEDOM
Can't deny our FREEDOM
Won't deny our FREEDOM
Is this what they call FREEDOM?
Then what the fuck is FREEDOM NOW?!

It's about time we take a step back
and revisit the definition...
of what is meant by FREEDOM

What will you do when you finally
realize the contradictions?

And the rug on which you slumber
Torn right out from under
When and where our freedom died

"HOW COULD YOU DARE to even question this?"
Gets repeated to no end
Now you're hated, berated, because you desecrated
what others fought and DIED TO DEFEND
But now, another vicious cycle
That never seems to end
How many more shootings and beatings
must keep on repeating over and over and
OVER AGAIN?

What's becoming impossible: PEACEFUL PROTEST
For us to exercise our FREEDOM
Are you surprised by the violent REVOLUTION?
When denied our FREEDOM!

STAND UP and take a good look around you
This struggle for FREEDOM
Stop supporting those who do not give a fuck
about you, you and your rights, your FREEDOM
WAKE UP! Do you feel like you are represented?
Or becoming OVERCOME WITH RAGE
Are you free in so far as you are not
LOCKED UP inside a fucking cage?

Stand up for your freedom NOW!

(This is what they think)
"You are free to do what you are told"
(This is how they feel)
Free to consume the lies that you are sold

How could you dare...
How could you dare to even question this?

As the rug on which you slumber
Torn right out from under
Wake one day and wonder
When and where your freedom died

To wake one day and wonder
when and where our freedom died
FREEDOM DIED
Track Name: Rules Of Sacrifice
What are you willing to sacrifice TONIGHT?

Are you willing to SACRIFICE your rights?
Are you willing to SACRIFICE your time?
Are you willing to SACRIFICE your life?
What are you willing to SACRIFICE TONIGHT?

You speak of things with deep admiration
Things you will never know
You praise the values of a dead generation
How far are you willing to go?
Oblivious to the facts, that a grim truth awaits
No rest, just death for those who are willing to...

SACRIFICE their freedom for security
DESERVE NEITHER SACRIFICE
nor bloodshed in their name
For those who...
SACRIFICE compassion for authority
I will SACRIFICE nothing for their gain
And that WILL NEVER CHANGE

To live, to thrive, you shouldn't have to
SACRIFICE YOUR RIGHTS
To be safe and live free, you shouldn't have to
SACRIFICE YOUR LIFE
What gives meaning, what makes me feel alive
I am willing to SACRIFICE my time
For those I love, forever willing to
SACRIFICE MY LIFE
Track Name: Rules Of Government
No one can serve two masters
and survive the seas of treason
How faith in government defies
both history and reason...

What we were meant to be...
INDEPENDENT AND FREE

The shadow cast by the ruling class
If we only could see past

Within these hands...
WE HOLD THESE TRUTHS
in the hands of the "more capable set of men"
WITH THE PURSUIT
marginalized, factionalized, and dispossessed
THE SELECT FEW
To answer to this purpose
with permanence and stability to
PROTECT minority of the opulent
against the majority

Protecting wealth is the primary role of GOVERNMENT
Overwhelmed by those who pull the strings of GOVERNMENT

SERVE AND PROTECT
The power to coerce by violence declines
to BALANCE AND CHECK
Other mechanisms of control must be devised
AND MUST EXTEND
over what they know and they feel
and belief systems inside
Like ARMIES regiment their bodies
we must regiment their minds

Control by force until they bow in fear of GOVERNMENT
Mould their thoughts so they don't interfere with GOVERNMENT
Send them to war and they will fight and die for GOVERNMENT
My father told me that I should never serve the GOVERNMENT

For those who gave their fucking lives
Can you imagine the outrage
FOR THOSE WHO GAVE THEIR FUCKING LIVES

We must fight the rising TIDE
The tides are turning and it's only just a matter of TIME
Before the masses wake up to this LIE
CAN YOU?
Can you imagine the outrage for those who gave their fucking LIVES

FOR THOSE WHO GAVE THEIR FUCKING LIVES
Track Name: Rules Of Crisis
To wish that one day...
I'LL MAKE IT HOME

Distant explosions come creeping closer
I hear the terror right over my shoulder
Death falls from a blue sky we lived and loved
Now thick black smoke blocks out our
WARMING SUN
Grab what you can
Take only what you need
Ditch the rest
We have to leave
I take one final look around this room
I can't help but feel like we left too soon

There's no exceptions to the rules
RULES OF CRISIS

Run down
FORCED OUT
Stay down
GET OUT

Sprinting for an unknown fate
Get aboard before it's too late
As we push off I begin to mourn
Forced from a land I love for unknown shores
Amidst the chaos of an angry sea
I pray to God it doesn't swallow me
A prayer that would go unheard
I've entered a fight from which I would not return

As I come undone
And as the water fills my lungs
I use my last bit of hope
To wish that one day
I'LL MAKE IT HOME

TAKE ME HOME

With only one wish to TAKE ME HOME

I always thought my time would come more peacefully
With family, not freezing water surrounding me
I'll just give in because now it's clear to me
That in this world, only death treats us equally

TAKE ME HOME