Troubled Times

by Praiser

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recorded (analog), mixed and mastered by Ritchy Fondermann in 2016 at K-Klangstudio, Hamburg

Praiser are: André - drums & vocals, Marcus - guitar, bass & vocals

coverpainting "confusion of tongues" by Gustave Doré

thanks to Jesus, Anita + the kids, Lysann, our families & friends
and Ritchy for the good work!

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released March 12, 2016

all lyrics and music written by Praiser
except track 13, written by Greg Graffin, Bad Religion

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Track Name: dystopian reality
dystopian reality

back in the days
many thought
that 1984
was dystopia

and all these sci fi movies
like logans run
soylent green and silent running
were just too dark

but now it's not science fiction anymore
'cause it's our reality – right now
1984 has become real
and be sure (that) they won't turn back the wheel

cameras everywhere
no problem to track down your phone
to access your computer
to know what you're doin' at work or at home

drones up in the sky
able to kill everything
masses stunned by consumption
sedated and conditioned just to fit in

what can you do?
nothing
where can you flee?
nowhere

planet earth is under observation
and not only god knows it all

what can you do?
nothing
where can you flee?
nowhere

planet earth is not free anymore
we are all prisoners in one big cell
Track Name: i drink
I drink

a cold beer on a warm summer day, that's ok with me
a glass of red wine is some pleasure, indeed
but the hard stuff i just swallow because of the effect

i just wanna get wrecked

i drink to hurt myself
i drink to get wasted
i drink to ease the stress
and not cause of the taste

I drink to lose control
i drink to feel nomore
i drink to stop my thoughts
i don't care if it's rum or vodka

and now i stop
Track Name: no good christian
no good christian

tried so hard
all my life
doin' what
i thought is right
livin' always
by the book
walkin' on
the golden road

but i failed
no i cant
so much evil
in my heart

but i failed
no i can't
so much evil
in my heart

so all that i can say:
i'm no good christian anyway

say the things
(that) i dont want
do the things
(that) hurt someone
fill my mind
with shit all time
flush my holiness
down the drain

but i failed...

so all that i can do
is to rely on you
christ all i can do
is to let you pull me through
Track Name: lack gesoffen
Lack gesoffen

Die Nazizeit
war 'ne Scheißzeit
wer da anders denkt
hat den Arsch offen

nicht Gutes
gab's in dieser Dunkelheit
wer da irgendwas sieht
hat doch Lack gesoffen

und wenn du heut' marschierst
träumst du von der guten alten Zeit
dann gibt’s keine Entschuldigung
jeder deiner Schritte geht zu weit

„Wir sind das Volk!“ skandierst
herumschreist vor dem Flüchtlingsheim
dann gibt’s keine Entschuldigung
du musst einfach ein Arschloch sein

Faschistisches Gedankengut
Patriotismus, Rassistendreck
waren sind und bleiben Scheiße
waren sind und bleiben Scheiße

kein Verständnis
keine Toleranz
kein Vergleich mit Links
Rechts bleibt Scheiße voll und ganz!
Track Name: die sache mit der sleater kinney platte
Die Sache mit der Sleater Kinney Platte

du sagst Christen können keine Feministen sein
nee das geht in deinen eingeengten Kopp nicht rein
Hildegard von Bingen war schon mal weit vorn dabei
auch heute lautet die Devise: Gleichheit

und ich hör' Sleater Kinney und Team Dresch
Bikini Kill, Seven Year Bitch und Tribe 8
Parole Trixi, auch mal Sookee, wenn's grad passt
und auf deinen bullshit hab ich keinen Bock

Jesus war härter drauf, als du denkst
hat Frauen so behandelt wie es damals gar nicht ging
Feministische Theologie, schon mal gehört?
Er hat in vielen Dingen die Gesellschaft verstört

ich hör Sleater Kinney und Team Dresch
Lunachicks, Babes in Toyland und L7
Beyond Pink, Harum Scarum , wenn's grad passt
und auf deine Klischees hab ich keinen Bock

...Patti Smith, Lassie Singers, wenn's grad passt...
Track Name: fuck lookism
fuck lookism

fuck lookism
it's always 'bout beauty standards
and even the correct people
are like: "oh, you're so slim"

fuck this, i eat a pizza now
and then i drink a cola!

fuck lookism
facebook picture challenge
even the punks
do an one hour styling

fuck this – i wear what i put on
this morning without thinkin'

grasping for love
longing for approval
where does your self esteem
really come from?

who do you depend on?
the meaning of human beings?

you look great
because you're yourself
you are pretty
as you are!
Track Name: the nuns
The nuns

Black Flag wanted her to slip it in
Bad Religion had 'em making out on their shirts
(some) black metal band showed her masturbating
but who cares, their scene is weird anyway

and of course in a patriarchic world
it's hard for these wild men to understand
when a women takes control of her own sexuality
and decides to keep it far away from them

the nuns the nuns
the nuns the nuns the nuns

early monestarys run by nuns
had some feminist tendencies
'cause back then it was rare
for women to live self determined

and the nuns in the redlight of my town
run a great institution for the homeless
and on their church there is a sign that says:
there is nothing that christ can't cope with - anyway

the nuns...
Track Name: progress (is killing us)
progress (is killing us)

Inventing miracels
we can't control at all
finding out after years
it wasn't just good
hazardous to our health
hazardous to the planet
but we can't take it back
it rules our lifes already

progress is killing us

so proud of ourselves
what science can do
(then) use it in capitalistic ways
so economy will grow
suddenly we see
it destroys our lifes
it's too late, it's too late
we all will simply die

progress is killing us

atomic energy
air polluting industry
plastic trash murders the sea

progress is killing us

noxious food sold to us
cancer caused by substances
radiation harms ourselves

progress is killing us
Track Name: in bewegung
in Bewegung

man dachte man ginge für immer zusammen
bis zum großen Finale
doch Menschen verändern sich nun mal
bis dann kaum noch Gemeinsames da ist
die Ziele, die Träume wofür man auch lebt
es ist einfach nicht mehr das gleiche
Entscheidungen und Prioritäten
und es stellen sich andere Weichen

du musst wissen was du tust
und ich muss es auch
und alles geht irgendwie weiter
und neues kommt immer dazu

und ich wünsche dir das Beste
auf dem Weg den du jetzt gehst
und alles geht irgendwie weiter
vielleicht werden wir uns mal seh'n
Track Name: hero leader god
hero leader God

I have a hero
i have a leader
i believe in God

and i don't care what you think about it
if you are pissed off, stop this track and quit
and i'm not telling you how to live
and it's my own way to be fullfilled

it's spiritual
it's spiritual
it's spiritual
and i love Jesus more than all
Track Name: st. pauli ist überbewertet
St. Pauli ist überbewertet

St Pauli ist überbewertet
St Pauli ist nicht nur schön
St Pauli, du nervst total
St Pauli muss untergeh'n

dieses Gelaber
und auf jedem Shirt
Lokalpatriotismus
das Viertel wird verklärt
hier war nicht alles geil
falsches wird romantisiert
die Matrosen war'n nicht nur entspannt
die Luden haben hier Leben zerstört

Die Spuren der Nazis
die sieht man noch heut'
der Hamburger Berg heißt nach wie vor
so wie sie es wollten
und Geld wurde hier stets verdient
von wegen „Alles mit Herz“
St. Pauli war auch immer Konsum
oberflächlich und Kommerz

und trotzdem lieb ich den Hafen
und trotzdem lieb ich die Bars
Gitarren und Gesang
und natürlich die Hafenstraße

und all die bunten Menschen
und wenn die Möwen schrei'n
dann denk ich: es ist schon ok
hier noch ein Weilchen zu sein
Track Name: the devil can't play rock 'n' roll
the devil can't play Rock 'n' Roll

the devil can't play Rock 'n' Rroll
can't play music at all
he didn't invent any tone
no melody nor chord

all music it is heaven made
every riff you ever heard
he also didn't create
any letter, any word

the devil can't play Rock 'n' Roll
because he's got no soul

got no soul
Track Name: call it what you will
call it what you will

for some time we thought
it would work to be a part
of this scene
that is in our hearts

but we found out real soon
no matter what we do
our how we live our lifes
that we will never belong

cause you can be patriotic
or a sexist pig
you can be a real asshole
completely dumb in your head

but you can never sing about
your faith in god above
even if your star shines black
they put you in a simple box

so full of stereotypes
prejudging us all
you call it religious
we call it spiritual

you call it religious
we call it spiritual

so fight your fight alone
we do it our way
are out for justice
against oppression we will stay

against racism
'gainst homophobia
against sexism
or any shit so far from love

for equality
for humanity
for a world where
everybody can live freely

you call it religious
we call it spiritual

and yeah we could skip the Jesus-part
change some lyrics and our name
but do you really think that's punk?
i think that would be fucking lame

we will always sing about Christ
the same as we'll always speak out
against unjustice and oppression
'cause that's what we think hardcore is about