The American

by Super Magnet

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An album about the feelings of guilt, hopelessness, and bitterness that come with being an American.

All proceeds donated to:

American Civil Liberties Union
Planned Parenthood
Lakota People's Law Project
Natural Resources Defense Council
NAACP Legal Defense Fund

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released February 3, 2017

"Hate," "Bells of Freedom," "Empire of Air," and "Citizen Soldier" written and performed by Super Magnet

"Love of Life" originally written by Michael Gira and Jarboe.

"Walking on the Sun" originally written by Greg Camp. Additional lyrics written by Super Magnet.

Conor Jansen: vocals, guitars, melodica, piano

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Track Name: Hate
Well I don't speak with hatred
But I don't speak with love
I don't speak of what's sacred
Or what's from God above

No I don't speak with grudges
And I don't speak with spite
I let God pass his judgment
And well me I got mine

Now we're doubting our brothers
And our sisters are dead
I don't know anywhere
We'll be happy within

And we're scared and we're lonely
We're under our skin
And I don't know only
Where we will begin

'Cause we're buried in worries
We're 'fraid of our neighbors
We're looking to liars and murderers for saviors
I don't know anyone sicker than me of the sin that we're living in
When we are swallowed
Swallowed by hate
Track Name: Bells of Freedom
There's smoke in all the streets
And now there's writing on the wall
A man's been shot to death
And then the moderation calls
We're poisoning the water
We terrorize the young
We brutalize the old
And then we laugh when it's all done

Who I am is not a choice
And who I am is not a crime
And people won't rejoice
Until the bells of freedom chime

With paper skin our savior
Tremendously impure
Cracks down on all the angels
Says the symptom is the cure
We throw away our neighbors
And murder for disease
An illness just like loving
Will bring them to their knees

Who I am is not a choice
And who I am is not a crime
And people won't rejoice
Until the bells of freedom chime
Track Name: Love of Life
For the love of life
For the love of life
In the light of life
In the love of light

And the strong survive
For the love of life
And the strong will rise
In the endless light

For the blood of life
For the love of life
In the bloodless light
For the love of life

In the blood is light
In the light is life
For the love of life
For the love of life

In the endless light
In the blood of life
Now the strong will rise
For the love of light

In the bloodless light
Now the strong survive
For the love of life
For the blood of life

And the heavens come
For the strongest ones
In a universe
Made of blood and love

In the blood is light
In the light is life
For the love of life
For the love of life
Track Name: Walking on the Sun
It ain't no joke
I'd like to buy the world a toke
And teach the world to sing
In perfect harmony
And teach the world to snuff
The fires and the liars
Hey I know it's just a song
But it's spice for the recipe
This is a love attack
I know it went out but it's back
It's just like any fad
It retracts before impact
And just like fashion it's a passion for the with it and hip
If you got the goods they'll come and buy 'em just to stay in the clique

So don't delay
Act now
Supplies are running out
Allow if you're still alive
Six to eight years to arrive
And if they follow there may
Be a tomorrow but if
The offer's shun
You might as well be walking on the sun

Twenty five years ago
They broke out and they spoke out
'Gainst recession and oppression
And together they smoked
And they folked out on guitars
Around a bonfire
Just singin' and clappin'
Oh what the fuck happened
Then some were spellbound oh
Yeah spellbound but they fell down
And then got back up and
Fought against the melt down
But their kids were hippie chicks and hypocrites
Because fashion is smashin' the true meaning of it
So now we beat our lovers 'til they're bloody and dead
Now we beat our lovers 'til they're bloody and dead
And now we try to keep the pain from it all into our heads
And we say we can't remember a thing our mother said
'Cause we can't take it anymore
Put it on the other
Cause we didn't want to have to be our only brother
'Cause they told us it was us and we did it all alone
But we know that they were calling us as soon as we owned ourselves

So now there's kids in all the windows and they wanna know why
You did the things you did and now you're starting to cry
Because they tell you it's the only way you'll make it a man
And if there's love you can't keep it to the highest demand

So don't delay
Act now
Supplies are running out
Allow if you're still alive
Six to eight years to arrive
And if they follow there may
Be a tomorrow but if
The offer's shun
Then you might as well be walking on the sun

Because we beat our children 'til they're bloody and dead
Yeah we beat our children 'til they're bloody and dead
And their mothers ran away and their fathers said
That you can make it on your own if you keep it in your head
So now they go out in the streets and they're picking up their guns
And they're telling you they only wanna be the only one
But they can keep it all alone
And make it on their own
And if they feel like they can do it then you know that it's true
Because they're coming for you right now
Coming for you right now

Because you thought you're in the pasture
Thought that you could make it
If you only did what television told you to stay with
And now you only wanna be the only one to stay in the way
The world is all around you and you think you can make it
Because you beat your lover 'til she's bloody and dead
Yeah you beat your mother 'til she's bloody and dead
And now you beat your children 'til they're bloody and dead

Because it's the way everybody told you they had it coming
Now the guards are around and tell you you don't know the one
'Cause you thought you were right and you didn't question them
Because you don't know who you are any more
Don't know who you are any more

Now they're coming out in hordes
And they're singing what the lord says
Wanna know if they can make it now that they change the chords
Because they're singing the same music and they wanna be right
Because they told you it's the only way to see the light
If you kill a man with your bare hands
Kill a man with your bare hands

'Cause there's money and there's love
And you don't bring it together
Now you gotta know the way up that the only weather
'Cause they're gonna keep that way gonna say forever
And you can't make it anymore if you don't keep in the leather now

'Cause it ain't no joke when a mama's handkerchief is soaked
With her tears because her baby's life has been revoked
The odds are broke up so choke up and focus on the close up
Mr. Wizard can't perform no godlike hocus-pocus
So don't sit back kick back and watch the world get bushwhacked
This at ten your neighborhood is under attack
Put away the crack before the crack can put you away
Better be there when your baby's old enough to relate
Because he'll beat his mother 'til she's bloody and dead
Because he'll beat his mother 'til she's bloody and dead
Because he said that they told him they'd come and get him and take him away
It's only what his father said he had to be
Because god's the only one that they can keep you away
And they wanna know if you can keep enough to stay
With yourself any longer after you do it right
With yourself any longer after you do it right
And you can tell them that you don't know if you've seen the light
Because you killed the only person that could tell if you were right

So don't delay
Act now
Supplies are running out
Allow if you're still alive
Six to eight years to arrive
And if they follow there may
Be a tomorrow but if
The offer's shun
Then you might as well be walking on the sun

Don't blame anyone for what you've done
Kill your mother, take me your only son
If you keep it alive it'll make you a man
Gotta tell the men if you know where you stand
I don't blame anyone except for me
For all the things that I have done and the things I've seen
Because I know now
That's just the way that things are gonna be
Because we beat our lovers 'til they're bloody and dead
Now we beat our lovers 'til we're bloody and dead
You can beat your lovers 'til you're bloody and dead
Because you look it up and tell us what your parents said
When you were watching them at just an early age
And it's the only thing you ever seen on separate stage
'Cause now they
They can tell you anything that they want
But they're the same as you when you look close enough

So don't delay
Act now
Supplies are running out
Allow if you're still alive
Six to eight years to arrive
And if they follow there may
Be a tomorrow but if
The offer's shun
You might as well be walking on the sun
Track Name: Citizen Soldier
Citizen soldier arrested tonight
He was black as a panther high as a kite
Well you take a pill in 'cause you don't really mind

And I'll believe anything I read
And I could believe anything
But i can't believe in you

You could believe everything you see
But you're so desperately blind from me
And you can't believe the truth

Keep me grounded
Keep me sane
And keep me guessing what your name
I don't really care about that

Keep me grounded
Keep me sane
And keep me guessing what your name is
I'm drowning out in the backseat in your hand

If you wanna be free
Get out of here
They'll put you down every day of the year
If you wanna be safe then you
You can't go home
'Cause your fatherwill break you to the skin of your bones
If you wanna be happy then you better
Leave me here
'Cause I'll bring you back and I'll bring you fear

Citizen soldier arrested tonight
He was black as a panther and high as a kite
Well I wish I'd forget it but I know that I'll never know

I'll believe anything I read
And I'll believe in anything
But I wanna look up and see something real for once

I wanna get out and I wanna make it
But I know that they will all desperately fade it
I'm going now but I don't know where I'll land

You could believe in anything
But you couldn't just look at me
And see what I knew was the only truth

If you wanna be free
Then you better stay away from here
Because we'll break you down and we'll show you where you'll go

And I'm drowning in the backseat in my arms
And I know that I'd never bring you harm
I'd protect you if I knew how

Shoot you down and they'll tell you you're wrong
And keep you listening and tell you the song is
Changing for you 'cause the freedom march is gone

Gas from the window and tell me you see me
I don't believe you and you don't believe me
We're going down together anyway

Citizen soldier arrested tonight
They shot him in the back andthey said they were right
Because they don't believe the only thing that's true

Keep me grounded
Keep me sane
Keep me guessing what your name is
Shoot me down because I don't deserve it now

Keep me grounded
Keep me sane
I see myself sinking towards the drain
I'm liquid fire
I don't know what I believe

Citizen soldier arrested tonight
He was black as a panther and high as a kite
And they'll tell you that they will do the same to you

Stand in the roadways and knock at the door
They're coming out because they know what the saw
It's the same fucking thing they'll see when you make your sword