Separate Ways

from by Paper Tigers



There’s an exodus over on the factory floor
Punching clocks for the last shuffle out of the door
Now they got you where they want you
Down on your knees
With the Pharisees grinding down the least of these

First scorned then ignored by the anchor at nine
No difference between party or company line
Food stamps and stress, no relief, duress
Won’t inherit the earth, but we’ll inherit the mess

So what are they supposed to do
Flying colors like black and blue?

Hammer and the anvil, needle and the thread
The prattle and the rattle and the battle in my head
So take all your power
Your passion plays
And we can just go our separate ways

There’s a protestor kneeling with her hands up in prayer
In the eyes of a riot cop’s thousand yard stare
And some bankster execs with anonymous checks
Private army on the dole and some muscle to flex

There’s a syndicate deep underground in Tehran
Fresh rounds of arrest at the crack of the dawn
And a sisterhood burning in an acid attack
Missing brothers and fathers who ain’t coming back

So what am I supposed to do
When every face looks just like you?

Hammer and the anvil, needle and the thread
The tools we must use just to keep ourselves fed
So take all your power, your passion plays
Your storm and your stress and your end of days

Hammer and the anvil, needle and the thread …


from Power Down, released January 1, 2015



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Paper Tigers Stillwater, Oklahoma

Paper Tigers is a singer/songwriter project from OKC native Lucas Oswalt. Before moving from the nation's capital back to Stillwater in 2015, he played in many DC-based punk bands, including The NVs, Lady Cop and Black & White Jacksons.

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