The Concrete Flower

by No Bragging Rights

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released September 23, 2014

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Track Name: Strength Through Struggle
"Strength Through Struggle" Lyrics
Let's sing songs about hope,
Let's sing songs about hope.

Two worlds in conflict,
Admiration, resentment,
Will I always be a lit fuse?
Who am I, to turn to?

How can I bring hope to the hopeless
When I'm barely hanging on by a thread?
How can I bring peace to the restless
When I can't even silence my own head?

Let's sing songs about hope,
And pour our pain into every note,
Let's sing songs about hope,
Because we know that they won't,

Who am I to be heard?
Who am I that you should hear these words?
Who am I to be heard?
That you should sing these words.

Let's sing songs about hope,
And pour our pain into every note,
Let's sing songs about hope,
Because we know that they won't.
Track Name: No Bragging Rights - The Concrete Flower
Why fight...
In a world that's given up, if hope is really lost, why show the love I was denied?
Why fight...
If hate rules everything, if nothing is worth saving, then what's the point?

Why fight the way I feel inside?
Please don’t make me a liar,
Why should it even matter?
I’m so bitter and so tired,
So tired of smiling through this pain, with no end in sight.

Who knew having a heart could be a curse?
And that trying to help only makes things worse?
I try to smile but my eyes scream hate,
And loving anything will only end in pain.

How can I love when I never let anyone inside,
Burned one too many times,
I’m no defeatist but lets call it what it is,
A world damned, a world that’s given up,
No signs of hope and no signs of love,
in a world so full of hate, how could anyone rise above?

Why fight the way I feel inside?
Please don’t make me a liar,
Why should it even matter?
I’m so bitter and so tired,
So tired of smiling through this pain, with no end in sight,
Tonight could change my life.

In a world so full of hate, how can anyone rise above?
In a world so full of hate, how can I feel anything but lost?

In the land of the lost,
In the land of broken promises,
the land of lies and lust,
I found a truth in my pain,
And the strength to start again,
Tonight could change my life.

Why fight the way I feel inside?
Please don’t make me a liar,
Why should it even matter?
I’m so bitter and so tired,
So tired of smiling through this pain, with no end in sight.
In a world so full of hate, how could anyone rise above?
In a world so full of hate, how could anyone rise above?
In a world that chooses hate, I choose love. I choose love.
Track Name: Outdated
Ignorance is dangerous,
Depression is a sickness,
Not a weakness.

I'm done with goodbyes,
I won't lose you,
To their lack of understanding,
Outdated way of thinking,
This can't be ignored anymore.

No, I can't snap out of it,
Or grow out of it,
You really think I choose to be like this?
That it's all just in my head,
So I should just get over it?
...Why didn't I think of that?

Words can be deadly,
But I won't bury another friend,
Actions speak louder,
And this can't happen again,
I would do anything but I won't bury another friend.

I'm done with goodbyes,
I won't lose you,
To their lack of understanding,
Outdated way of thinking,
This can't be ignored anymore.

Showing your strength isn't hiding your pain,
It's having the courage to let someone in,
Don't confuse sickness as somebody's weakness,
That kind of ignorance is so dangerous.
Track Name: Right Minded
You’ve been this way for as long as you can remember,
You’ve tried to change but you just keep falling deeper,
Baptized in the fire of combat,
Ready to go at the drop of a hat.

But so much energy wasted,
You really think this is the place to get tested?
Not here, not in these walls.

The enemy is outside of rooms like this,
Politicians, bigots, rapists and racists,
Hate groups designed to keep you silent,
When words fail, I need your violence,
Let it out…on someone else…not here, not now.

I love where your heads at,
And your willingness to fight back,
Stop losing sleep over things that don’t matter,
You have a chance to make things better.

I’m not asking you to change a single thing,
Just to focus on different targets,
I’m done asking you to change the way you feel,
No more silence…I want your violence.

Oh, how I want your violence,
Front and center at a rally or protest,
To swing back, in defense of the helpless,
To be the muscle in a positive movement.

I love where your heads at.
Track Name: Bottoms Up
"Bottoms Up" Lyrics
I drank poison in hopes you would die,
But you kept getting stronger and stronger,
I finally know why.

I had it all wrong,
I had been invested in this hate for so long,
I couldn't see clearly,
Blinded by hatred, the one dying was me.

When it first hit my lips,
I thought I'd have no regrets.

I did what I could to make you feel my pain,
I cursed the ground you walked,
I tried destroying your name,
But nothing ever seemed to break your stride,
You went on with your life,
but I couldn't move on with mine.

I drank poison in hopes you would die,
But you kept getting stronger and stronger,
I finally know why.

The only thing to do now,
Is bleed you out.

I'm bleeding you out,
To save myself.

Moving forward,
Strong on my feet,
Letting you go,
Sets me free. I'm free.

I did what I could to make you feel my pain,
I cursed the ground you walked,
I tried destroying your name,
But nothing ever seemed to break your stride,
You went on with your life,
I couldn't move on with mine.

I drank poison in hopes you would die,
But you kept getting stronger and stronger,
I finally know why.
Track Name: Fallen Masters
"Fallen Masters" Lyrics
It’s hard to apologize to someone you can barely look in the eyes,
All the pain you put them through,
all the times you’ve made them cry,
They watched you destroy your life,
Never letting go and never losing hope,
Having all the faith in the world that peace would find you.

I’m not saying what I did was right,
Sometimes hate is all you have,
But all it did was make things worse,
Please learn from my mistakes,

I challenge you to live the life I threw away,
The life I’d take back in a second,
A life free from the cell I built myself,
A life free from the pain you’ve caused from hurting someone else,
I wasn’t just hurting myself.

This isn’t a song of redemption,
Because I’m too ashamed of how things happened,
But if your heart should find forgiveness,
I’ll humbly accept though I don’t deserve it.

I’m not saying it was right,
Sometimes it’s all you have,
But all it did was make things worse,
Please learn from my mistakes.
Track Name: Attention
"ATTENTION" Lyrics
Attention. Attention?
Can I bring something to your attention,
22 military suicides a day,
In a year, that makes 8 thousand,
Why has this been kept a secret?
How is no one talking about this?

Thanks, thanks for your service,
Now die, die in silence.

You didn't die on their battlefields,
So you won't be front page news,
In fact, they won't mention you at all,
It's like they've already forgotten you,
Why has this been kept a secret?
How is no one talking about this?

Thanks, thanks for your service,
Now die, die in silence.

Why are we too blind to notice,
A system that breeds broken men,
A Purple Heart is a promise,
And we've turned our backs on them.

Thanks for your service,
Now die in silence.
Track Name: Brave Hearts
"Brave Hearts" Lyrics
BRAVE HEARTS

So let me get this straight,
My love for you is deserving of hate?
That I'm wrong for even feeling this way,
But my mind won't change.

Nothing will ever separate us,
I'll keep you close to me I promise,
I promise to never let you leave without "I love you",
Every decision made will be with you in mind,
Look in my eyes,
Not matter what, I will fight.

Fight against injustice,
Against those who won't accept us.

My love for you will not be silent,
What we have is ours and I couldn't ask for more,
My love for you will not be silent,
What we have is worth fighting for.

So how can this be wrong?
When it was right from the start,
All they know is hate,
And they don't know my heart.

Threatened by what they don't understand,
Abomination of a master plan,
So keep your mouth shut,
Because you know nothing about us.

My love for you will not be silent
What we have is ours and I couldn't ask for more,
My love for you will not be silent,
What we have is worth fighting for.
Track Name: Downhearted
Shutting gates...let me in...

You understand better than anyone,
So how could you expect me to go on?
When there is nothing left for me,
Just empty seeds and a shell of who I used to be,
Downhearted and frustrated on most days,
All hope I had is stripped away,

So what would you have me do?
I’ve done everything,
I already know what they’re gonna say,
I see it in their face.

“A moment of weakness…a selfish act…”
Proof no one really listens,
I took matters into my own hands,
…Please understand.

Each painful breath feels like a kick in the chest,
How could you expect me to go on like this?
Yet they’ll have the nerve to call me “selfish”,
“A moment of weakness” a moment of weakness?
This could be the bravest thing I’ll ever do,
You have to understand, you have to,
If there’s a plan, I don’t see it,
If you showed me love, I didn’t feel it,
These words aren’t for them, they’re all too late,
Please don’t deny me your gates…

So what would have me do?
Already know what they're gonna say,
I see it in their face.

“A moment of weakness…a selfish act…”
Proof no one really listens,
So I took matters into my own hands,
…Please understand…please let me in.
Track Name: Damage/Recover
Can we just lay here for a second?
I won't speak. I won't ruin this,
Please feel free to talk if you'd like,
I'll be waiting out the storm until there is sunlight.

Calm all of my storms,
End all of my wars.

I never want to know a life without you,
On my own, I could make it through,
Can I find peace,
Stand on my own two feet?

I am responsible for my actions,
I can't rely on sympathy to get me through this life,
I recognize that I need to find peace and strength,
Independent from you.

I am not a martyr,
I am my own champion.

Done being my greatest obstacle.

I never want to know a life without you,
On my own, I could make it through,
Can I find peace,
Stand on my own two feet?
I'm gonna be the best me for you,

My head can be a hurricane,
But there's always sunshine after the rain,
And though there is conflict in my heart, my soul,
I'll find my peace, my way home.

Calm all of my storms,
End all of my wars.

I'm gonna be...the best me...for you.