Viva Death

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released September 24, 2002

Scott Shiflett – vocals, baritone guitar
Trever Keith – vocals, baritone guitar
Chris Shiflett – baritone guitar
Josh Freese – drums
Chad Blinman – other

Produced by Scott Shiflett, Chad Blinman and Trever Keith.

All music and lyrics by Viva Death BMI 2002
except “The Rigor Mortis Shake” lyrics by Evil Wilhelm
and “Murder by Proxy” by Chris Taylor and Viva Death.

Vocals on “The Rigor Mortis Shake” by Evil Wilhelm.
Additional vocals on “Desire us a Flood” by Monica Richards.

Recorded and mixed by Chad Blinman.

Recorded at
Rumbo Recorders in Canoga Park, CA (Assistant engineer: Jeremy Blair)
Westbeach Recorders in Hollywood, CA (Assistant engineer: Chris Gresham)
The Eye Socket in Venice, CA.

Mixed at King Sound in Los Angeles, CA (Assistant engineer: Pete Magdaleno).

Mastered at Ocean View Mastering by Ramón Bretón.

Design by Joby J. Ford.

VR-0373-2

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Track Name: Fundamentalist
Honor, duty, loyalty, and vigilance
God and country, wisdom and benevolence
It feels good to you doesn’t it?
Like a lovely fairy tale
It’s what they taught you wasn’t it?
And in the cross you bear…another nail

Fundamentalist
Prove to them that your god exists
Fundamentalist
The greater cost the more they resist

Anger, hatred, irresponsibility
Violence, vengeance, take the opportunity
This feels right to you doesn’t it?
Like you ever had a choice
It’s making sense to you isn’t it?
Just concentrate and listen to that voice

Fundamentalist
Prove to them that your god exists
Fundamentalist
The greater the cost the more they resist

Disinformation, fascination, indoctrination, lies
Guilty by association, suffocation, you would take a life
To demonstrate your reverence for all things living
Aspirations, complications, suffering and pain
Inspiration, trepidation, vindication, make them pay
Because you believe in what is right and that makes it OK

Fundamentalist
Prove to them that your god exists
Fundamentalist
The greater the cost the more they resist
Track Name: The Start Up
Blown, my intuition
Smile sweetly, but act discreetly
Time and place, mine to waste
I guess time is running out
I just can’t get around it
Don’t tell me the race is won, I’m only getting started
It’s getting late, no mistake, there’s no mistaking

Always faking interest

Burn, my inhibition
Turn completely, into a memory
Ball and chain, my confusion
It stops me where I am
It starts the whole thing over
Why should I get involved, why should I get excited?
I’ve got more than I need, contract civility

Always faking interest
Track Name: Professionals
We are the generation, hell-bent on liberty
Freedom from contradiction, freedom from history
Incorporate, educate the masses
If you believe what you want to believe
We’ve got more than a reason
You call it truth and they call it treason

I’ll get my way, I’ll get my problem solved
I’ll get my pay, I’m a professional

The problem of my reflex, the shelter of my defense
So what’s the point of the revelry?
And all your superficiality?
We won’t get good advice from any institution
Nobody has the answers, but nobody’s going to tell you

I’ll get my way, I’ll get my problem solved
I’ll get my pay, I’m a professional
Track Name: Desire Us a Flood
Don’t trust a fool, who won’t see it through
Don’t want to wait forever, don’t want to wait forever for you

Desire us a flood
Desire us a fraud
Rain, rain hits to the ground
My eyes can’t see the wild is drawn

Stop | Start

Maybe the you in I could be the what is missing in we
So don’t delay, I’m around, I’ll always be there when you call I’m always free
So what’s it worth to the magistrate?
And what’s it worth to the delegate?
Nothing?

Desire us a flood
Desire us a fraud
Rain, rain hits to the ground
My eyes can’t see the wild is drawn

Stop | Start
Track Name: Blood and Oranges
We’ve all got our faith in superman
And we don’t care how he gets it done
We want to wake up everyday
Secure in knowing what we believe is true
We’re all so ashamed
We must be to blame
For everything that’s wrong

So why the weakness? I don’t know
And why the pretense when we know the truth?

We all want our cake and eat it too
Then we feel ashamed for what we’ve done
We demand the knowledge and the truth
Behaving like we’ve been staring at the sun
We’re all so ashamed
We must be to blame
For everything that’s wrong

So why the weakness? I don’t know
And why the pretense when we know the truth?
It’s just a matter of time
Track Name: Terrorism for Fun and Profit
Forget the bones in the basement
I don’t care just what you do it for
They don’t know anything about it
The fact the fiction the friction
Got moral and cocaine powder brain
And a speed cocked inject Super 8
Flash car in your Detroit “What’s a name”
I confuse you I could use you

Sympathy
That’s all you wanted was their sympathy
Congratulations on your infamy
You can’t escape your own mortality
So glad to meet you

Go call the cops if you want to I don’t care
They can come if they got to
Say again
Three times and get out
The Pack religious conviction
Got no reason to believe they’ll be there In the after affect of the white hot god stare
You go laughingly Into the dark
And all your intentions a flicker and dead spark

Sympathy
That’s all you wanted was their sympathy
Congratulations on your infamy
You can’t escape your own mortality
So glad to meet you

Forget the bones in the basement
I don’t care just what you do it for
They don’t know anything about it
The fact the fiction the friction
Got no reason to believe they’ll be there In the after affect of the white hot god stare
You go laughingly Into the dark
And all your intentions a flicker and dead spark

Sympathy
That’s all you wanted was their sympathy
Congratulations on your infamy
You can’t escape your own mortality
So glad to meet you
Track Name: The Rigor Mortis Shake
First your eyes stop blinking
The heart stops on the beat
No pulse no more breathing
It’s going to knock you off your feet
It’s still a mystery where it comes from
We’re going to show you how it goes
It’s starting in the jawbone
Last stop is in the toes

You’re doing the rigor mortis shake, pal
You’re doing the rigor mortis shake

After three to six hours
That’s when the real fun begins
Rigor mortis death stiffening
Has taken over all your limbs
You’re doing the rigor mortis shake

You’re doing the rigor mortis shake, pal
You’re doing the rigor mortis shake

When your skin turns pale and your muscles relax
You let the jawbone drop and your lips turn black
Dehydration, desiccation it’s all the same
It’s the end of the line but not at the end of the game
You’re doing the rigor mortis shake

You’re doing the rigor mortis shake, pal
You’re doing the rigor mortis shake
Track Name: Murder by Proxy
Down I go deeper and deeper
Light escapes around me and the sound winding higher
Voices whisper to me but I can’t respond
Voices whisper through me but I won’t respond
Let go

Phone it in
You’re insulated in obscurity
It begins
All in the interest of security
Rub it in
A wink and a smile it’s your identity
And once again
The polls reflect your popularity
Track Name: Trust Me
Nine lives ninety degrees – show me
If it’s the crime of the century – have we
Wealth and position technology – have we
Board of directors a hill of beans
In a position to demand a thing?

Trust me

Do you believe in the CIA?
And in a world economy?
Or in a future where everything’s free?
Cause that’s the way that it’s supposed to be

Trust me
Track Name: Figure it Out
So much for the revolution
See what can happen when you make some noise
So much for your resolution
See what can happen when you make that choice
And you think you’ve got it all figured out

Make way for the reputation
You come in like you’ve never been here before
It’s something less than sophistication
The way you come on like a filthy whore
And you think you’ve got it all figured out

Everybody wants some competition
Everybody wants some compromise
You’ve been acting on your own volition
Now you’re here because you’ve crossed that line
And you think you’ve got it all figured out
Track Name: Manipulate - Capitulate
You want it so badly
It’s the only thing you’ve ever wanted
Acceptance, friends, popularity
They hate you so vehemently
You represent everything they hate about this world
Weakness, compassion, vulnerability

Manipulate
Capitulate
Manipulate
Capitulate

They descend upon you as subtle as a heart attack
Compliments, praise, reassurance
You follow like a lamb innocently to the slaughter
Deceit, lies, treachery

Manipulate
Capitulate
Manipulate
Capitulate

You hate him the way you hate yourself
He represents everything you hate in this world
Innocence, joy, inexperience
It’s the only thing he’s ever wanted
And you’re going to give it to him

Manipulate
Capitulate
Manipulate
Capitulate
Track Name: Safety is Our Primary Concern
Make way for the execution
Make way for the media whore
Everybody loves an execution
Make time for the explanation
It’s mostly lies because the truth is a bore
Everybody’s got to have an opinion

And that’s great
How we’re doing it to ourselves
It’s like some kind of game
That we keep trying to tell ourselves
That we’re safe
From the danger in our lives
The price we pay

Competition
Has its just rewards
Ammunition

High time for an education
A little late on the common sense
They’re so effective with intimidation
Make time for the explanation
It’s mostly lies because the truth is a bore
Everybody’s got to have an opinion

And that’s great
How we’re doing it to ourselves
It’s like some kind of game
That we keep trying to tell ourselves
That we’re safe
From the danger in our lives
The price we pay

And that’s great
How we’re doing it to ourselves
It’s like some kind of game
That we keep trying to tell ourselves
That we’re safe
From the danger in our lives
The price we pay

Competition
Has its just rewards
Ammunition
Track Name: Crosses
It’s not important, just to want your freedom
Just because you think so
It’s just not going to happen, just the way you like it
Just because you want it
Draw a breath, its science fiction, it’s an illusion
Thought control, misinformation, mister integration

There’s just not that many crosses I can bear

It’s the ones you can’t recall that count the most
And if you can’t remember, all your charitable acts
They’ve gone into hiding
Let’s hope that they come out
On the horror of your judgment day

There’s just not that many crosses I can bear
Track Name: Misled
Be it overt or covert, there’s a war being waged
No cause or politics, this time will it delay
Faces of death
All cash in the laundry
No time for revolution
No time to set you free

Misled
Don’t need to know the reason
Misled
Lay down and cover your head

Are you glad to be part of the system?
Are you proud of democracy?
Have you got more than your brother?
What do you want from society?
Faces of death
Lead the way to the execution
No more my inspiration
You’re just another liability

Misled
Don’t need to know the reason
Misled
Lay down and cover your head

Are you glad to be part of the system?

Misled
Don’t need to know the reason
Misled
Lay down and cover your head
Misled
We’re going round in circles
Misled
We’re better off dead