Backs against the wall

by City Of Vain

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released June 13, 2013

Drums - Andy Simpson
Lead Guitar - Drew Boyce
Keys - Minh Quan
Rhythm Guitar - Newell Dunn
Bass - Mario Maynor
Vocals - Steve Ross

All music written and recorded by City of Vain
Recorded 5/2013 @ Pus Cavern Studios, Sacramento, Ca
Engineer: Joe Johnston
Mixed by: Joe Johnston and Steve Ross
Booking: Michael Bolado - cityofvainbooking@gmail.com
Special thanks to Twig Von Wusso for backing vocals and Morgan Harrison for making fun of us and letting us use his gear.

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City Of Vain Sacramento, California

Hailing from Sacramento, City of Vain formed as 6 friends looking to create a band by which no rules applied. With roots in Punk, Oi, Hardcore, Ska, and just straight up Rock & Roll, we play what we like and no one is off limits!

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Track Name: Backs Against The Wall
Live and play beyond your mean
Drunk or high, or somewhere in between
Your survival is hardly...
...never miss a reason to party
vacation instead of a job hunt
you get a check on the fifth of every month
career student aid pays for your weed

Your rich uncle, your benefactor is
the department of human services
your not happy until you take it all,
til your neighbor's backs against the wall.

Against the wall
no, you're never happy until you take it all
til your neighbor's backs against the wall
Against the wall
No, it's never gonna happen, you'll never take it all!

Livin' on an upscale street
you pay your rent with someone else dreams
so quick to sight the
official stance of your political party
I work hard for a living of hand to mouth
I don't ask, but I give a hand to help
you don't give a thing, you just take from us

your rich uncle, covertly bigoted
another social white conservative
your not happy until you take it all,
til your neighbor's backs against the wall.

Against the wall
no, you're never happy until you take it all
til your neighbor's backs against the wall
Against the wall
No, it's never gonna happen, you'll never take it all!
Track Name: Lessons in Social Class
I watch my ship sail by
another four year trend
remember how they laughed at out mohawks and our "different" friends
they could never stand for
what we're all about
It's more than just a silly haircut or a bullet belt

I got my so called friends
I watch them come and go
their concern is money and a million dollar home
Nobody's there! Nobody's at home
just the weakest, cheap collection of flesh, blood, and bone

This is a call to take some action
we don't lack the passion
they call it a fashion
I can see how they feel by the knee jerk reaction

Just wanna live my life
free partisan hate
please keep religion from infringing on my rights today
don't need the government forcing me to pay
for the bureaucrats to ship our jobs so far away
don't look to the past
it's not that special day
there's not more that us common folks have left to give
just want to create
and be left alone
give me a chance to succeed or fail on my own

This is a call to take some action
we don't lack the passion
they call it a fashion
I can see how they feel by the knee jerk reaction
Track Name: Stuck Here With You
A show of hands who's been slighted
taken for granted
economically targeted
protest and anger
are no longer
exclusive to the youth

I see pain on the horizon
progressive poverty
a new tension
no pension
ATTENTION
don't forgive them
we've become just
a wallet for the "few"

Twenty years looking back
the middle class they attack
I'm angry too
broadcasting from the EDD
Just searching for my dignity
I'm stuck here too
with you

The TV tells me there's a rebound
financial turn around
that the bailout was so profound
when was the last time that they looked around
to see that people's dream
aren't insured by the FDIC

Twenty years looking back
the middle class they attack
I'm angry too
broadcasting from the EDD
Just searching for my dignity
I'm stuck here too
with you
I'm stuck here too
Track Name: Moving Forward
We've been cheated, baited, kicked and played
it doesn't matter how you say it
the American people have been sold out
knowingly pushing bad notes
is enough to nearly slit our throats
the buck stops here
it happens now

It's time to wake up
and move to take it back
where's the bailout
for the lower middle class

moving forward
today
I hear your voice in stereo say
cant trust the greed on wall street to do whats right no way
moving forward
its time
force them to erase the line
moving forward
leave the one percent behind

I got no faith in a lame duck congress
bought and sold by the lobbyist
gets what he wants all he does is pay
murdering livelihoods
for extreme profits should
buy a sentence of three squares a day .

It's time to wake up
and move to take it back
where's the justice
for the likes of Goldman-Sachs

moving forward
today
I hear your voice in stereo say
cant trust the greed on wall street to do whats right no way
moving forward
its time
force them to erase the line
moving forward
leave the one percent behind

It's time to wake up
and move to take it back
where's the bailout
for the lower middle class

moving forward
today
I hear your voice in stereo say
cant trust the greed on wall street to do whats right no way
moving forward
its time
force them to erase the line
moving forward
leave the one percent behind
Track Name: Out on an Island
We all fall down from time to time
but you pick it up
put it behind
tough times will come and go
keep your head up
and take control

No never accept the words that tear you down
or the people, who wallow in a jealous town
they'll never understand your loyalty
or the person
you work so hard to be

It's progress
you have to work for it
but you should slow to admire how she pout her lip
and how her eyes light up when she sees your face
makes your heart race
at a manic pace

No never accept the words that tear you down
or the people, who wallow in a jealous town
they'll never understand your loyalty
or the person
you work so hard to be

We all fall down from time to time
but you pick it up
put it behind
tough times will come and go
keep your head up
and take control

No never accept the words that tear you down
or the people, who wallow in a jealous town
they'll never understand your loyalty
or the person
you work so hard to be
Track Name: New Helvetia
Here's a story about this town
it'll pick you up and drag you down
swallow my friends whole on every street corner
there's not a day that passes by
where I don't laugh or shed a tear
sitting with Andy track-side
sharing beers

because we play hard every night
and we work hard everyday
gonna drink til we puke or pass away

from this town
this a place I call home
yeah this town
a place where you're never left alone
yeah this town
a place you can hold your very own
its a tale of two rivers sing along
to a New Helvetian song

There's something toxic going on in this town
the rivers turning a dirty brown
the bourgeois-iest night lounges replace my favorite clubs
the kids sold out and traded in their converse
for designer jeans or a burbberry purse
a Rollie Fingers mustache in every bar

I hate to love this town,
yeah I love to hate this place
no matter what
I'll never get away

from this town
this a place I call home
yeah this town
a place where you're never left alone
yeah this town
a place you can hold your very own
its a tale of two rivers sing along
to a New Helvetian song.

The missing are bound to return someday
the missing are bound to return to...

This town
this a place I call home
yeah this town
a place where you're never left alone
yeah this town
a place you can hold your very own
its a tale of two rivers sing along
to a New Helvetian song.
Track Name: To You, My Friend
No don't pretend
that the way you live it isn't killing you
how longs it been
since your vain have caught a break from the abuse
remember when
we used to sit and skate at 26th and C
miss you my friend
miss you my friend

Chasin' demons til your deadly blue
no one realized and nobody knew
you were reaching out from dire straights
they all laughed and they point and stare
at the scars in your arms and your dirty hair
they will never know the one I knew

No don't pretend
that the way you live it isn't killing you
how longs it been
since your vain have caught a break from the abuse
remember when
we used to sit and skate at 26th and C
miss you my friend
miss you my friend

No don't pretend
that the way you live it isn't killing you
how longs it been
since your vain have caught a break from the abuse
remember when
we used to sit and skate at 26th and C
miss you my friend
miss you my friend