Old Ideas Keep Fighting Us (LP​/​CD)

by Sweet Empire

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1.
Wire 02:20
Mistakes were made Over and over again A road dead traveled Desperate for a change Taken by the ritual You know its trick too damn well The substance takes you in Yeah the substance takes you in Dying for this ritual It’s slowly dragging you to hell If you don´t take it in If you don’t take it in Mistakes were made Over and over again A road dead traveled Desperate for a change And it´s a senseless war Leading us nowhere Only money to be made When you turn them into criminals Taken by the ritual You know its trick too damn well The substance takes you in Yeah the substance takes you in Dying for this ritual It’s slowly dragging you to hell If you don´t take it in You’re in over your head! Deteriorate our beings Rejoice in the laws set Neglecting any cause – that’s wrecking us No learning from the past -take only prisoners Fuck these mistakes More roadblocks up ahead No road untraveled No false start to start again (Mistakes were made) No false start to start again (Over and over again) No false start to start again (A road dead traveled) No false start to start again.
2.
The Abattoir 02:07
Race me down to the abattoir To a world of endless consumption We need room for our livestock to feed While we feed on their corpses Set your habits aside And look a little closer See what we’ve become Murderers Murderers Murderers Of ourselves. It’s a new world order; Chemicals ruling our tongues Food’s injected with poison Adding flavour to our meals Cancers eating our systems Set your habits aside And look a little closer See what we’ve become Salt your veins -Sugar our hearts With no compassion And submit to mass consumption Murderers Murderers Break free from the abattoir Don’t eat yourself to ruins Our stomachs turned into living graves How can we deny? We’re murderers Murderers Murderers Killing ourselves
3.
When we were kids So young Always climbing trees and having fun No idea if our hearts would turn colder How things would work when we turned older Little kids with small problems – big kids - big troubles So what is wrong – with trying to stay young ‘Cause growing up – feels like giving in Growing up – feels like giving in And of course things change - keep forcing my ideals to back down But I won’t bow down A paradox of our minds The years don’t kill what we need to find – in life Or at least don’t allow them to But I won’t bow down I won’t bow down! We can’t stay kids And stay young But we can climb and still have fun Don’t let you heart grow colder And still speak out against the things you consider wrong Just grow up – and don’t give in See the world – and don’t give in
4.
Rosa 01:50
So young when you found your “way” Settled in - then you had to flee ‘Cause you saw it with different eyes But big change attracts enemies They smelled your blood and claimed you dead They caught you a couple of times But couldn’t beat the things you had in mind No one could take your biggest dream The true social democracy They smelled your blood and claimed you dead ‘Cause they recognised the truth in what you said Put a bullet through the mouth that talks too much - an indication that it was the right nerve An open wound, rotting for years - begging to be touched Ow Rosa dear – Unrightfully they stole your years No war could take you in except for this one Against the throne that led them all the one against the Capital Yeah, no war could take you in Except for this one Against the throne that leads them all Made me want to crush The Capital!
5.
Soapbox 01:57
Most things thrive on coincidence I saw a man with a gun in his hand Not knowing what a human life is worth I spoke some words to ease his mind Let him see there are more things to find In life than the battles he believed in This world is made of glass Everything that’s come will pass Anything can change the balance of our existence A fundamental formula Settling everything we know Forget about that god of yours - create your own world One day he read a science book It changed how he looked at the things he couldn’t see And it set him free This world is made of glass Everything that’s come will pass Anything can change the balance of our existence A fundamental formula Settling everything we know Forget about that god of yours - create your own world One year later I saw this man He never held a gun again He had a glow I’ve seen before on the men with a more rightful course – In our history, by refusing the doctrines - take control- standing on a soapbox, screaming: “Revolution” “Revolution” “Revolution” “Revolution”
6.
Why oh why? Why oh why? Things running smoothly in your business world You defend these rotten things Slavery before happiness But things run smoothly in your business world I can’t put my finger on your kind You say it’s our wishes you oblige – but that’s a lie All lies! I’d rather travel more miles On petrol not soaked with human blood – why why why So many lies? Maybe these are just too friendly-a-rhymes For all those raped and killed in your line of fire Maybe I address your actions way too mildly In the hope your company is run by friendly guys I try to see things in a wider perspective But tell me how can I accept the ruined lives? How do you set them aside? And sadly you never tried - To turn your policy into something That actually matters Maybe these are just too friendly-a-rhymes For all those raped and killed in your line of fire A new breed of greedy bastards comes in sight - Those who rather use the whip than to lower their rations Why oh why? Why oh why? Things running smoothly in your business world You defend these rotten things Slavery before happiness But things run smoothly in your business world They’re running smoothly in your business world Yeah they’re running smoothly in your business world!
7.
Let’s wait till our seas turn green Algae green with a touch of blood red Yes we fare well While topping their chain Boats full – locked and loaded Fare well into a deeper hell And at the end of this procession When all barren land’s dead Do we look back and see Where we went wrong? While continuing our death fleet More oil drills being set Will we look back and see That we got it all wrong? Let’s wait till our crops turn black Quick crops for our late night snacks Yes we fare well While topping all chains Machines full – locked and loaded Running to a deeper hell Into a deeper hell So-called progress takes us further I only see our options dissolve When we stare at the doors that are open I wonder if we wait for more: Algae green and blood red summers Until our shores’re destroyed Destroyed And at the end of this procession When our barren land’s dead Do we look back and see Where we went wrong?
8.
Army Boys 01:34
Keep your rifle close – We’re hitting enemy ground soon For king and country Let’s shoot them “Charlie” gone Run run run run run But you’ll never get there My son son son son son What did you sign up for? You chose a profession of killing But are you willing to give everything? So Run run run run run But you’ll never get there My son son son son son What did you sign up for? Fratricide – the fate of our evolution A paycheck: your soul for a minor contribution You’d better be your countries’ rejection than be exposed to vivisection Ending up in statistics of another failed mission Keep your rifles close We’re hitting enemy ground soon For god and country Start wars to make wars stop!
9.
Another hectic year has passed We’re rebuilding residues Recovering from the darkness That turned our states into ashes Picking up our good old lives Keep ignoring the castes that brought us disaster- Following the lines of our outdated classes And I wonder Are we but animals? Are we just animals? Animals? Waving red flags on our shores Our brains don’t need any more Lies to starve our empathy Or grow more indifference Hey! Another hectic year has passed Rebuilding more crises’ ruins No recovery from endorsements That took our health and our sources Picking up our good old lives Keep ignoring the castes that brought us disaster- Following the lines of our outdated classes And I wonder Are we but animals? Are we just animals? Animals? We own more rhetorics To answer these immoral choices Can we throw this wheel around And learn how to share again? And Learn How To Share Again?
10.
Pretty 01:39
Inside she’s shouting aloud To all the faces that never appear Her reflection as a mere shadow She only sees the things she fears Because we create an image Impossible for most – not even pretty They’re torturing themselves –swallowed in whole Into the illusion of perfection and beauty Please silly girl look the other way You’ll take anything to feed your ideas All the stuff on the street and TV Will nourish your sickened views - and tainted dreams Thousands of girls ‘cause we create an image Impossible for most – not even pretty Are torturing themselves –swallowed in whole Into the illusion of perfection and beauty Let your old dreams afloat It’s time for new ones Ones that keep you alive
11.
Prometheus 02:45
Our continuous search is entering new times And conquering new fields – In search of perfection – our ethics yield For we want our genes to sprout Creating most uncertain lives A bitter form of technology that leaves natural selection out. Over and out We’re looking at – the changing of the tides Altering the codes of life might be the downfall of our kind ‘Cause in the name of progression We leave all or none behind Our continuous search is entering dark times And conquering new fields A product of perfection -For we all yield In our wish to defeat death Creating most uncertain lives A wicked form of technology - twists what it’s all about What it’s all about Creating stronger or weaker versions Is this a tale with a hellish end? Is this a devil we created? A two-faced mirror we’re looking at? The more our pharmacies keep growing The more failures we will get? We’re looking at – the changing of the tides Altering the codes of life might be the downfall of our kind ‘Cause in the name of progression We leave all thus none behind Our continuous search is entering new times And conquering new fields – In search of perfection – our ethics yield For we need our genes to sprout Creating most uncertain lives A bitter form of technology that leaves natural selection out Over and out
12.
Looking through your prison bars Left in indecision ‘Cause you love who you love A crime according to modern inquisition In the night when your cell’s closed You dream about when all borders dissolve A land free from the old lords’ influence and the smell of poisonous gold Born as a woman you must stay here Your hands are bonded with moral chains So sad they made you believe Your fate’s the life as a household slave In the night when your cells’ closed You dream about when all borders’ dissolve A land free from the old lords’ influence and the smell of poisonous gold Well, keep dreaming and keep loving Hoping one day we’ll be free ‘cause some things are not decisions Some things are not decisions Break the walls in our laws ‘Cause everybody deserves a place in the sun No matter how you were born No matter who you were born Everybody deserves a place in the sun (Keep dreaming –Keep Loving- Hoping one day we’ll be free Keep dreaming –Keep Loving- Hoping one day we’ll be free)
13.
The truth Will set us free (But) a soft voice whispers in my ears: Is there anything we can count on? Heads down And wrong turns Tonight I watch the angels burn Burning the ground that we have built on No need for prayers – no more I’ve seen this happening before In what monsters this can turn Just let these pages burn But as the fire lit my thoughts Old ideas keep fighting us And I struggle – for what I should believe Keep building walls around this book Rewrite the pages that she took We all struggle- for it’s nothing we believe Some truths Will set us free And anger whispers in my ears Where are those gods that we should count on? Heads down And wrong turns Tonight I watch the angels burn Burning everything we’ve built up We all suffered broken hearts At some point in our lives Some only mildly scratched Some were stabbed by knives But as the fire lit my thoughts Old ideas keep fighting us. And I struggle – for what I should believe Keep building walls around this book Rewrite the pages that she took We all struggle- for it’s nothing we believe The truth Will set us free (But) a soft voice whispers in my ears: Is there anything we can count on? Heads down And wrong turns Tonight I watch the angels burn - Just let it burn - I hope you burn!

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Sweet Empire's second full length.

Shield Recordings (BeNeLux - LP/CD) - www.shieldrecordings.com
Gunner Records (Germany - LP/CD) - gunnerrecords.com
LaserLife Records (Austria - LP) - www.laserliferecords.com

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released September 1, 2014

All songs written and performed by: Sweet Empire
Recorded / mixed / mastered by: Nico v. Montfort (XPZ Sound)
Artwork by: Ingwar Perton Art

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Sweet Empire is a politically engaged melodic punk rock band from The Netherlands. Their sound is aggressive and emotional, yet melodic and playful. Mixing elements from 80's and 90's punk rock and hardcore, it is difficult to pin this four piece down to one genre. ... more

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