Who We Are

by We Are The Union

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This is our first full-length. If you like this, you'll LOVE our latest record, You Can't Hide The Sun!

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released June 20, 2007

Written and performed by We Are The Union (Reed Wolcott, Brandon Benson, Matt Belanger, Trey Cook)

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We Are The Union Detroit

We Are The Union are back stronger and hitting harder than ever with a brand-new 6-track EP entitled “Keep It Down” to be released once again by Paper + Plastick. Listen to the first track from that EP at tinyurl.com/callindead

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  • Oct 27
    Gainesville, FL

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Track Name: MTV Is Over, If You Want It
When I was young I used to think that I would never change
I somehow got it in my head that life would stay the same
And looking back I wish I had someone to tell me I was wrong
I spent so much time trying to fit in where I did not belong

We're all young and dumb and reckless
Confused but not defenseless
We'd rather live our lives regretless
Than cover someone else's setlist
We make our music for ourselves
Not for endless masses
We're just being who we are
We're just being who we are

Sing along now every one two three four
I was everything I swore I would never fucking be before
This is me putting my foot down
Cause this is who we are
We won't change for anyone
We're not reaching for the stars

We're all young and dumb and reckless
Confused but not defenseless
We'd rather live our lives regretless
Than cover someone else's setlist
We make our music for ourselves
Not for endless masses
We're just being who we are
We're just being who we are

We're just being who we are
And there's nothing you can say
To take that away

We're just being who we are
And you can't take that away
Track Name: This Is My Life (And It's Ending One Minute At a Time)
This clock keeps right on ticking
And every second I wish I was back home
Far away from you

Thought maybe I could trust someone
But your deception left me half alive
You're a self-righteous fuck and you know it's true

Never thought it would come to this, woah
Never thought it would come to this, woah
It makes me think that

I've got problems and you've got problems
But all this conflict won't fucking solve them
And I'm not giving up on you like you gave up on me

You're drunk and you ignore me again
This is the last time, this is the last time
I let you let me down again

And congratulations
You've pushed me beyond the point of no return
You're no role model and you're no friend

Never thought it would come to this, woah
Never thought it would come to this, woah
It makes me think that

I've got problems and you've got problems
But all this conflict won't fucking solve them
And I'm not giving up on you like you gave up on me

Remember when we drove for 16 fucking hours
For you to make me feel like complete and utter shit?
Remember when you said that you didn't fucking care?
Well I thought real hard about it
And I think my only wish
Is for just one fucking day
You to stand here in my shoes
And see how it feels
How it feels to be me

I've got problems and you've got problems
But all this conflict won't fucking solve them
And I'm not giving up on you like you gave up on me
Track Name: "Your Allowance Exceeds My Rent"
Some days I feel invincible
No one could ever touch me
Some days I wish to not wake up
I just feel like dying in my sleep

Cause this world that we live in is so fake
We only give give give so we can take
And as the days go by
I wonder if we'll, wonder if we'll

Ever break out of the cycle
Of meaningless mistakes
Or if we can just let go
Of the way our body aches

Some days I feel invincible
No one could ever touch me
Some days I wish to not wake up
I just feel like dying in my sleep
Track Name: I Am Like John Cusack...
Been a while since I thought about you
I was so young and stupid then
Stuck with my head between my hands, stuck with my head between my
But these days everything reminds me
Of the times that I regret
I wish that I could forget the past, wish I could forget it

I would never lie to you
I would never lie to you
It's nice to know that you don't feel the same way
Feel the way I do

I tried to set the record straight
It was too little and too late
Those words you spoke just cut right through
All I ever wanted was someone to acknowledge me
But now I know the truth
That I don't exist to you

Since I guess it would kill to call me
Or pretend to even care
I'll drown myself in a new scene
I'll drown myself in a new scene
This is me moving on without you
This is the last time I'll be there
I know you never loved me
I know you never loved me

I would never lie to you
I would never lie to you
It's nice to know that you don't feel the same way
Feel the way I do

I tried to set the record straight
It was too little and too late
Those words you spoke just cut right through
All I ever wanted was someone to acknowledge me
But now I know the truth
That I don't exist to you

And every time I think about you
I think about how I have nothing

Every time I think about you (I tried to set the record straight)
I think of how I have nothing (It was too little and too late)
Every time I think about you (But now I, now I know the truth)
I think of how I have nothing (That I don't, don't exist to you)
Track Name: You Can Have This Microphone When You Pry It from My Cold, Dead Fingers
It starts with a tactic called confuse and control
And shut down basement shows
Don't let anybody leave
Silence all forms of the underground
So not a trace is found
Cause I guess modern speech ain't free

This time I refuse to be silenced
This time I refuse to give in

We are, we are
Not just trying to fit in
We are, we are
Not just screaming for attention

It's time to spark a much needed revolution
A fight for better days
Days where we are truly free
Desperation keeps us in chokehold
Refusing to let go
And let us choose what we hear and see

This time I refuse to be silenced
This time I refuse to give in

We are, we are
Not just trying to fit in
We are, we are
Not just screaming for attention

Let's say we stand up for ourselves
And fight for what we believe
Track Name: War On Everything
If they take away the solution
Then I guess there can't be a problem
It's kind of like back in soviet Russia
When they killed the poor at the hands of Stalin
So they put sanctions on education
Evolution's out, in with "god's creation"
Cut the cord to the suicide hotlines
Don't care who lives, don't care who dies

As long as they get the last word
No matter how absurd

And we won't take it anymore
No we won't take it anymore
Brace yourselves for the revolution
We're sick and tired of the new
State of the nation

They shoot down global healthcare
And keep us in a constant state of fear
They want us to have a common enemy
So we won't even think to disagree
We sign away our rights without thought
And do whatever the government wants
They'll throw away the constitution
Whatever it takes to get the battle won

So they'll always get the last word
No matter how absurd

And we won't take it anymore
No we won't take it anymore
Brace yourselves for the revolution
We're sick and tired of the new
State of the nation
State of the nation

Stand up for yourself
Stand up for yourself
No more questions, we want answers
No more questions, we want answers
No more questions, we want answers
We want answers
We want answers

And we won't take it anymore
No we won't take it anymore
Brace yourselves for the revolution
We're sick and tired of the new
State of the nation
State of the nation
State of the nation
Track Name: We're Gonna Need a Bigger Boat
Start from square one, let it fade
It's hard to keep a story straight
When you've heard it once you've heard it a thousand different ways
On the road weeks feel like days
At home I sit around and wait
To get back inside the van
Turn that key and drive away

This is our way out it's
Our escape from another day and another dollar
Situation still under control
Please don't tell me that I'm going nowhere fast
This is all I have, and this is all I ever want to be

Tear my posters off these walls
And put 'em up inside the van
It damn sure isn't much, we're just doing what we can
It's worth it all to just be free
300 miles to 585
The only time I really feel like I'm alive

This is our way out it's
Our escape from another day and another dollar
Situation still under control
Please don't tell us that we're going nowhere fast
This is all we have, and this is all we ever want to be

This is all we have
And this is all we want to be
This is all we have
And this is all we want to be
Track Name: Occupational Hazard
Keep it together, I'm choking down words like I'm out of time
This life that they gave me, it's broken, you're gone
In your eyes I've failed, but this is my life
I can't live your lifestyle, I try so hard but
I'm not who you are, I don't want to be
You told me to get out unless I quit this
It's not a vacation, this is my life

So I guess that this is goodbye
So I guess that this is goodbye

So I guess that this is goodbye
So long and fucking goodnight
If you're so well intentioned
Why can't I make this right?

Keep it together, I'm choking down words like I'm out of time
This life that they gave me, it's broken, you're gone
In your eyes I've failed, but this is my life
Why can't I make this right?
Track Name: Do Not Attempt to Adjust Your TV Set
In a sea of SUVS and ignorance
It's hard to keep my opinion mine
When anyone could help solve the problem if they tried
The sacrifices that I make
They don't change much in my life
But at the end of the day it just feels right

I can't respect your lack of interest
You live to exploit innocents
We can control what we consume in these days
When your profit is their pain
You're just part of the game

It's true that one can't change the world alone
This struggle is worldwide
Humans are not expendable, they are alive
The sacrifices that I make
They don't change much in my life
But at the end of the day it just feels right

I can't respect your lack of interest
You live to exploit innocents
We can control what we consume in these days
When your profit is their pain

I can't respect your lack of interest
You live to exploit innocents
When your profit is their pain
You're just part of the game
Track Name: These Colors Flee the Scene
Just because you're brainwashed
Doesn't mean I have to be
I would appreciate it
If you would not concern yourself with who I am and what I do

Everyone I know
They all try so hard
To be all they can be
I just don't see the point of life with someone else's standards

Is there anybody listening?
Does anybody care?
Or are we just content to
Live a life confined by walls created for us not by us

Why not tear down the boundaries?
Why not give 'em fucking hell?
Instead of this complacency
Why not rise up and overcome, why not stand up stick to our guns?

Let 'em run
From all their problems
And we'll create our own solutions
Let 'em run
From this mess they made
And we can start again

The time has come to overcome
The time has come to conquer fear
The time has come to stand up for everything that we believe
Don't let 'em tell you what you can and cannot do
Don't let 'em tell you what you can and cannot be
Their answers led us nowhere so we'll take this on ourselves
We're not running anymore
We're not running anymore
Track Name: Ourcore
I'm not looking for the answers
I'm not trying to believe
In this social system that we were born and forced into
How is it that we haven't yet come to terms with the truth
That what I do does not affect you
And what you do does not affect me
Unless you pursue conflict actively

So now we can't be friends cause you decided
It's your place to judge me
I don't remember asking your opinion

We take the road less traveled by
Take it back now, take it back
Give it our all, it's do or die
Nobody else can tell us how to live our lives
We're not running anymore, we're not running anymore

And so you can't intimidate me
Your blade has simply lost its point
Your argument is flawed
And now you have been exposed
You can try all that you want
But this is the path you chose

We take the road less traveled by
Take it back now, take it back
Give it our all, it's do or die
Nobody else can tell us how to live our lives
We're not running anymore
We're not running anymore

We're just being who we are/we take the road less traveled by/we're not running anymore
This is my putting my foot down
Cause this is who we are
We won't change for anyone
We're not reaching for the stars