Retake the Middle Ground (Political Trilogy, Pt. 1)

by Casual Rebels

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This is the first album in our "Political Trilogy," a mamoth project of modern protest songs for the Trump era. What started as a single album project very quickly grew into a double-album and then on into a trilogy. (40 songs and over 2 hours of music!)

We saw where the overall arc of the project wanted to go and we went with it. Now, not every song is political, but certainly enough of them are to justify calling our project the "Political Trilogy" (just look through those lyrics -- we think you'll agree).

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released June 18, 2018

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Track Name: Chaos and Drama in the White House
Chaos and Drama is not the way to lead, some form of class is called for
Chaos and drama might fit Reality TV, but for a statesman something else is called for
Bullies and big brutes may lead among the big apes, but we're supposed to be a little more evolved
Kindness and class and a little respect make us better than gorillas, show us a little more evolved
Now politics has always been a circus with all sorts of silly going on
But there's a difference between silly and mean, between silly and chaos and drama
Commander-in-Chief should be a clear-headed person, someone with wisdom and maturity
Because the means to take out every human in the world is one hell of a responsibility
Track Name: Born in America
I was born in America, and I'm glad that I was
But I had no say in the matter
It's just the way that it was
I was born in America
Not everyone here was
Some get to come here sometimes
It's just the way that it goes

No control, no choice over race, gender, color or where we were born
No control, no choice
So what should it matter?
Why it should it matter?

I was born in America
Lived all over the land, from mountains to beaches to Midwestern small towns
Seems like there's plenty of land
I was born in America, now there's a line to get in
Some try their luck at the border
Some risk their lives to get in

No control, no choice over race, gender, color or where we were born
What does it mean to be American?
Is it race, gender, color or where we were born?
Track Name: Born in America (Reprise)
I was born in America, and I'm glad that I was
But I had no say in the matter
It's just the way that it was
I was born in America
Not everyone here was
Some get to come here sometimes
It's just the way that it goes

No control, no choice over race, gender, color or where we were born
No control, no choice
So what should it matter?
Why it should it matter?

I was born in America
Lived all over the land, from mountains to beaches to Midwestern small towns
Seems like there's plenty of land
I was born in America, now there's a line to get in
Some try their luck at the border
Some risk their lives to get in
Seems like there's plenty of land
I was born in America, now there's a line to get in
The line doesn't seem to get shorter
We were lucky that we were born in

No control, no choice over race, gender, color or where we were born
What does it mean to be American?
Is it race, gender, color or where we were born?
Track Name: Life on the Streets (Anyway)
I can call this home if I want to
I can hide on the streets if I want to
Stuck to the sidewalk I'm not
I can still get up and walk
I can go or stay where I want to

Life skips on by like a stone anyway
We all live and die on our own anyway
Push comes to shove comes to push anyway
Still we believe anyway

I can climb on a bus if I want to, see the whole city if I want to
I'm not a slave to this mission
I'm not like the others, not like them
I could get a job if I wanted to
Life skips on by like a stone anyway
We all live and die on our own anyway
Push comes to shove comes to push anyway
Still we believe anyway
Track Name: Sheila Believes in Humankind
She goes to work and she pours her big heart into everything that she ever does
She knows the world is not built on fairness
She knows this as well as anyone does, but

Sheila has faith in the future
Sheila believes in humankind
She takes it as read that right now things aren't quite right
Sheila believes in humankind

She doesn't let those who don't respect her get her down or take advantage of her
She truly believes the day will soon come when machismo is an obsolete word
She feels that men who don't respect her gender are becoming fewer farther between
They may rule right now, may take advantage but they're becoming fewer, farther between

Sheila has faith in the future
Sheila believes in humankind
She takes it as read that right now things aren't quite right
Sheila believes in humankind

"If it's two steps forward and only one step back,"
Is the mantra she repeats to herself, "One day we'll get there
We'll all feel equal
Though I may not live to see it myself"
She goes to clubs and dances her heart out
For a time she leaves the moment behind and in the moment
She's on the dance floor she knows this mess may still turn out just fine

Sheila has faith in the future
Sheila believes in humankind
She takes it as read that right now things aren't quite there
Sheila believes in humankind
Track Name: Anthem (We Can Talk it Out)
There's a lot going on: plenty of things that we should talk about
I look at the sky
I look at the sun as I try to walk it out
Away from the television, away from the meanness that just keeps spewing out
I take a breath, thinking of all the things to think about

I will breathe
I will walk
I will sing my anthem now

Misrepresentations, misunderstandings that we should talk about
I'd like to believe that we are smart enough to work it out
I'd like to believe that we don't all have to yell, that we can talk it out
I look up at the sun going down
I hope that tomorrow it will still come out

I will breathe
I will walk
I will sing my anthem now
Track Name: Retake the Middle Ground
There are things that you want
There are things that I want
But often mine and yours are not the same
If it's only things that I want or only things that you want, one of us is gonna feel crushed today
My mother told me this, your mother told you too, "Play nice with others, they'll play nice with you"
You don't build too much with matches
You build much more with glue
Give a bit to someone, they'll give to you
People scream from this side
People scream from that side
My ears are fairly ringing out with pain while the people in the middle talking just a little
Get rid of all the shouting just seems the way
My mother told me this, your mother told you too, "Play nice with others, they'll play nice with you"
You don't build too much with matches
You build much more with glue
Give a bit to someone, they'll give to you

Retake the Middle Ground
Track Name: Sick Little Monkey
We all long for a place in the sun
We all long for some kind of company, but you let no one touch you
But I know that you still want it anyway

And you swear you don't know what time it is
You swear you couldn't really care at all
Can I help you my sick little monkey, now?
Can I be helpful at all?

Walking along there on your own I know that you want some kind of company
You're not fooling anyone
It shows on your face when you don't say a word

And you swear you don't know what time it is
You swear you couldn't really care at all
Can I help you my sick little monkey, now?
Can I be helpful at all?

I've never sang out a love song
I'm not about to start now, but if you require some kind of company I'm standing here right now
I'm standing here right now
Track Name: A House Divided
A house divided cannot stand but it needs to stand for the right thing
A tree is mighty when it's strong but it needs to bend for the right thing

Fifty fifty
Maybe fifty one
We seem to be cut down the middle
Driving wedges should not be a thing
What leader would split us down the middle?
Pull together, find some common ground
Can we just heal up the middle?
A little left, a little right
Seems to me most folks are in the middle

A house divided cannot stand but it needs to stand for the right thing
A tree is mighty when it's strong but it needs to bend for the right thing

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