John Wayne

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We weren’t trying to start a riot on the L.E.S. until the cops rolled up and said, “no picket signs near the high rise!” We didn’t have no money but we sure had a case, you know it’s hard to get a hearing when you a’int got no dough in the first place.

They call us degenerates. They’d love to be rid of us but we’re gonna stick around and when those buildings burn to the ground. We burned ‘em down.

They can’t quiet us. We love to hear them complain, “well, the country today it’s Goddamned shame!”

If the American dream a’int American made then tell me why’d they call the C.I.A. on the day that we shot John Wayne. They keep asking stupid questions on the daily news shows but when no one gets the message sometimes you just have to kill a ghost.

Some say we deserve our fate so we’re planning a great escape but we won’t be away too long and when those buildings are finally gone we’ll sing this song.

They won’t find us. We’ll leave on a midnight train and by the time they awake we’ll be miles and miles away. We’ll wait our turn. And the neighborhood’s gonna burn when we let ‘em know that we’ve returned…

They can’t stop us. We’ll be back when the coast is clear before they’re aware the end is near. When we arrive they’ll be no place to hide… when we let ‘em know we’re still ALIVE!


from When I Die, released February 13, 2015


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Todd Baker Brooklyn, New York

This Brooklyn based (and southern raised) singer/songwriter has fronted various types of bands from Prog-rock outfits & jam bands to Pink Floyd inspired psychedelic acts. However, if left to his own devices his Southern roots & strong pop sensibilities shine right through. He's a storyteller with a penchant for big hooks, catchy melodies and a knack for making the new sound suddenly familiar. ... more

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