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released December 13, 2011

World Racketeering Squad is

Reed Oliver vocals, bass guitar
Isaac Priestley guitar, vocals, keyboards, bass guitar, drum programming, string arrangements
Benjamin Gibbs bass guitar on “Fascism”, “Regents of Rock”, “Never in Doubt”
Aaron Bromberg drums on “Fascism”, “Never in Doubt”

Bruce Chandler drums, backing vocals on “She Thinks She’s Got It (Going On)”, “Collecting Dust”, “Talking to the Radio”, “Bill Says”
Rich Restaino lead guitar on “Water Into Wine”
Roz Mandola, Sara Shansky backing vocals on “Water Into Wine”, “Dreams of Svengali”
Megan Thompson backing vocals on “Dreams of Svengali”

All songs composed by Oliver/Priestley except "Rise Up To The Sun", by Hyde/Priestley.

Produced by World Racketering Squad. Recorded at 18ohThree Recordings, engineered by Bruce Chandler, and WRS HQ, engineered by Isaac Priestley, except “Talking to the Radio”, “Bill Says”, “She Thinks She’s Got It (Going On)” recorded at Arlyn Studios and engineered by Jake Langerud.

Mixed by Mike Propst except “Talking to the Radio”, mixed by Bruce Chandler.

Assistant engineers on “Talking to the Radio”, “Bill Says”, “She Thinks She’s Got It (Going On)” Justin Daniel and Jackson Branscum. Mastered by Jonny_Dub.

Cover illustrations and design by Isaac Priestley.

Copyright 2011 by World Racketeering Squad.

Released under Creative Commons
Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported.
creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/

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World Racketeering Squad plays nerdwave rock and roll--Devo jamming with the Stones on the Millennium Falcon with Doctor Who playing bass.

Reed Oliver
Isaac Priestley

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Track Name: Fascism
We can tap all their calls,
Put some bugs in their walls,
Feel the power that’s growing inside of you.
If they put up a fight,
We can stop them tonight,
Making your dreams come true - true - true.

CHORUS:
And the answer is Fascism!
Let me tell you ‘bout Fascism!
All-American Fascism!
When nationalism gets phat!

The radio tells you that you’re in danger,
From terrorist drug dealers with dog flu,
Be afraid of every passing stranger,
Cause you never know what one of them might do.

And you know there’s just one way,
You can keep your children safe,
And America’s proud flag a’flying true.

CHORUS:
And the answer is Fascism!
Let me tell you ‘bout Fascism!
All-American Fascism!
When nationalism gets phat!

Cause it’s time for some Fascism!
Maybe corporate Fascism!
We’re all waiting for Fascism!
When nationalism gets phat!

You see the signs on every corner,
Though the television always hides the news,
Our life-blood’s being leeched away by foreigners,
And they’re posed to send in demolition crews.

And you know there’s just one way,
You can keep your children safe,
And America’s proud flag a’flying true.

CHORUS:
And the answer is Fascism!
Let me tell you ‘bout Fascism!
All-American Fascism!
When nationalism gets phat!

Cause it’s time for some Fascism!
Maybe corporate Fascism!
We’re all waiting for Fascism!
When nationalism gets phat!

All together now - Fascism!
Brother sister loves Fascism!
A new era for Fascism!
When nationalism gets,
Nationalism gets,
Nationalism gets phat!
Track Name: She Thinks She's Got It (Going On)
She makes her way across the room
She looks just like a predatory bird
Delighting all who cross her path with song

She asks you if you've seen her in her latest film
It played a festival
You should see it when it comes to town

She thinks she's got it going on, yeah
She thinks that she's the life of the party
She thinks she's got it going on, yeah
She thinks that she's the life of the party
But all she's got to talk about is
La la la la la la la la la

She strikes a pose of nonchalance
That lets you know she
Hasn't heard a word
About your trip to Egypt in the fall

She steps away to find the bar where
Legions hunger
For a single glance
Can she bear to see them if they call?

She thinks she's got it going on, yeah
She thinks that she's the life of the party
She thinks she's got it going on, yeah
She thinks that she's the life of the party
But all she's got to talk about is
La la la la la la la la la
Track Name: Collecting Dust
Have you met, ‘cause you’re catching her flame,
Searching out the right name,
But it’s all about to ...
Good in bed, for a sensitive blame,
Oh yeah!

Thought your life was just more of the same,
But she’s not playing games,
Even though you want to ...
Loco motives and you’re riding that train,
Oh yeah!

CHORUS
First she uncovered my eyes,
Kissed me to catch my surprise,
My heart was there along, just waiting (for her).
Ambitions long put to bed,
She polishes brilliant red,
And she spends all her time collecting dust,
Ba ba ba, ba ba ba (2X)

Open wide ‘cause you’re seeing the signs,
Future tense on the lines,
And we’re conjugating!
Found your vein, now she’s opening mines,
Oh yeah!

Sail away like an orbital tug,
But you’re catching her bug,
All the world is spinning!
Got your fate in a gravity hug,
Oh yeah!

CHORUS

Sifts through the powder we call Time!

And she spends all her time collecting dust,
Ba ba ba, ba ba ba
And she spends all her time collecting dust,
Ba ba ba, ba ba ba
And she spends all her time collecting ...
Track Name: Rise Up To The Sun
Standing on the corner at a quarter to ten
Waiting for the night to roll around again
Soaking up the rays with my immediate friends
Radio is playing and we're passing the blends

It's easy
It's easy

DJ's spinning funky records he made
Waxing all the chumps that bring the bum cliches
Spending our money like we spend our days
Smoking Turkish cigarettes the senoritas made

It's easy
It's easy

Rise up to the sun and feel it
Rise up to the sun and feel it
Rise up to the sun and feel it movin' you

Girlies passing by we tell 'em they look fly
Invite 'em for tequila and slice of lime
Talking bout what I would do if she was mine
Talking bout what I'd do if I had the time

It's easy
It's easy

Rise up to the sun and feel it
Rise up to the sun and feel it
Rise up to the sun and feel it movin' you
Track Name: Water Into Wine
Since I was a hebejebe,
I seen signs on the TV,
Reach for that American star.

'Cause I might last longer,
If my aftershave were stronger,
And I drove an even faster car.

But my folks get older,
And I feel a little colder,
When I'm chanting for the US of A.

Got me standing all alone,
Hundred numbers in my phone,
Something's gotta get me through today.

CHORUS:
Well you looked so fine
Turning water into wine,
But all it ever got us was drunk.
Now I'm looking for a daughter,
To turn wine into water again.
Wine into water again.

When I last got saved,
Pulled myself out of my grave,
To the land of empty bottles and change.

With my last check gone,
In the painful light of dawn,
Nothing left to me but more of the same.

Thought a man full grown,
Had to make it on his own,
Drown his troubles with whatever's at hand.

Till the last cup falls,
And my lovin' angel calls,
Cause together we can make that stand!

CHORUS

Oh, cool water flows.
Wine into water again.

CHORUS
Track Name: When I'm Next 2 U
Like mighty oak,
growing through solid stone,
Like a river rushing,
carving out a home,
Like a wildfire raging,
burns through solid steel,
Like the sun and moon,
a'turnin' on their wheel.

Lord, you know it's true.

CHORUS
I'm no superman,
when I'm on my own,
Babe, ain't nothing I can't do,
when I'm next 2 U.

Sweating hard all day,
make myself a life,
Buy you the Hope Diamond,
to ask you be my wife,
Raising up the peoples,
to freedom in their souls,
Making love all night,
until that rooster crows.

Look at what you do.

CHORUS
Track Name: Bill Says
You're going down, toiling in your mock obscurity,
In your home town, drunk upon the dead-end surety.
Look in their eyes, see the glimmer of light,
Rocket is rising, but just not tonight,
By next week you'll be sure.

Flirting with time, making out around the corner walk,
The honest man's crime, wanting to believe your doubletalk.
Making your bed in sincerity's shoes,
Talking the talk, but you're fighting to lose,
When Verity gets out.

It's the way of the world,
It's your way out of time,
If you're not on the map,
Then your path is a lie.

In the kingdom you choose,
All you have is your vote,
That's when your drunken Earl takes note.

Walking around, full of all the rock idolatry,
In every new town, selling off the pre-teen poetry.
Getting a buzz off the glamor of youth,
We are the new men, declaring the truth,
That shapes before your eyes.
Track Name: Talking to the Radio
Oh Jodi, let someone else hold the babies,
Your own can run so fast, now.
And Jodi, since we first shared wine at 3AM,
I've buried dreams I held dear.
But you never gave a damn about them,

Jodi, the past remains a mystery,
Maybe I don't ask the right questions,
Even of the ones I love.

Talking to the radio,
Talking to the radio,
Dance baby dance till everyone's a-
Talking to the radio,
Talking to the radio,
Dance baby dance till everyone's asleep,
Everyone's asleep,
Everyone's asleep,
Everyone's asleep.

Jodi, I have lived for such a long time,
Under the shadow of expectations.
But you always love for what I am,
And not for what I failed to become.

CHORUS

CHORUS
Track Name: Dreams of Svengali
Sweet tea and my pocket recorder,
On the front porch writing my next song,
First time I saw her walking by.

Tight shorts and a bob like a mod bird,
Belting out "Be My Baby, Please"
And that vision took over my eyes.

These dreams of Svengali
Always seem to cloud my mind.
Am I under the table,
Or is it your back I'm behind?

Did you lose me forever,
The first time the lady sighed?
Until she sings my song,
I won't be satisfied.

Short skirts and a towering Marshall,
Lipstick on the microphone,
2 girls on guitar and 1 on keys.

Crowds scream as they roar into action,
Big hits with a tight back beat.
In the dark I'm pulling all the strings.

Oooh
Trust in me baby,
Wah oooh
I've got what it takes,
Wah wah oooh
I'll make her a star,
And I don't care
how many little hearts have to break!

Bags packed and you tell me you're leaving,
Don't care where the money went.
Never thought that you could be so blind.

Two weeks and we'll have a hit single,
Days more we'll be on TV!
Didn't dream it's you I'd leave behind.

My dreams of Svengali
Always clouding up my mind.
Cause I'm under the table
And it's your back I'm behind.

Guess I lost you forever,
The first time the lady sighed.
But when she sings my song,
I'll finally be -- satisfied.
Satisfied.
Track Name: All For One
domo kotatsu ryu no
suki kidai nuku
no taberu yo

Ima sugu koko ni
kite hoshi demo
wakatteru

mitsa teru nabi no
happy can i help you
tsuko kuru

hitte take nuso ni
mitsa kikatte oh
wakatteru

Because it’s all for one and one for all
These are the shapes that hide the tears that fall
I trust in you, you trust in me
I know we’re gonna be free
Track Name: Regents of Rock
Oh the King is dead and the Prince will never take the throne,
The Drunken Earl lies undiscovered back at home, (Bill Davis!)
And they say the Queen’s dead too,
So what’s a rock and roll empire to do? Ooh-ooh

They sent messengers to every corner of the world,
Helter skelter running tests on likely boys and girls, (Like a lama!)
And the righful heir was found,
But until he’s ready he’ll stay underground. Not a sound.

We’ll be the Regents of Rock,
I know it comes as a shock,
We are the Squad to fill the void.
We are the Regents of rock,
Like Captain Kirk had his Spock,
And we will handle things until the King comes bock!

Oh the mighty rock bureaucracy rolls on and on,
Keeping up with royal dictums of the dead and gone,
But they need a guiding hand,
Or else what’s it mean to say “I’m in The Band” - understand?

Never trust the Thin White Duke
Never trust the Thin White Duke

CHORUS
CHORUS
Track Name: Never in Doubt
Angelina, dawn is breaking,
Through the clouds and shines upon
Our bedroom wall.

And I have lain awake all night,
Just trying to shape the words,
To pull the pain from it all.

When you awake I'll smash your dreams,
And bear the curses and the screams,
I made this world.

Called you 'cross a thousand miles,
Why did you hearken to my smiles?
My effervescent, incandescent, perfect Sourwood Mountain girl?

CHORUS:
Cause I lied when I said I'd read the book,
Told me it would all work out.
And I lied when I said I'd read the book,
Told me we were never in doubt.

Know you were exasperated,
How I never hesitated,
To call you mine.

Prophesies sealed by the fates,
Of shared apartments, wedding dates,
Foretold and divine.

CHORUS