Though Everything Seems Shattered

by The Przmatics

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1.
Tender Age 04:50
The dust and sand kicked up from under the tires Baked into the ground from the Texas sun My wrists sore from being tied together From the man with the badge and his hand on his gun All I hear are howls down the hallways All you see are tears on my face All I know is you're all alone and scared Behind the wire in this unfamiliar place I’m not going to see you anymore You're going to have to learn to play catch from someone else I’m not going to see you smile anymore, look for stars, or learn to walk Cause they took you at a tender age I'm just trying to capture your face in my mind You have your mother's nose and you have my eyes The promises broken with words I don’t know In the last few moments we have then we have to go I’m not going to see you anymore You're going to have to learn to play catch from someone else I’m not going to see you smile anymore, look for stars, or learn to walk Cause they took you at a tender age And maybe one day ten years from now You'll be running through the rain loving the storm And you'll wonder where you got that from Outside a truck stop when they were sending me home You and I were on the TV screen But nobody there could hear us at all Over their children’s laughs and screams Just past the tender age
2.
Lockdown 02:46
Lockdown, lockdown Shots are flying all around Everywhere the bullets strafe We can't keep the children safe Lockdown, lockdown Shots are flying all around Lockdown, lockdown Screaming out above the sound Fumbling to make a call Pressed up close against the wall Lockdown, lockdown Shots are flying all around Lockdown, lockdown Crouching low close to the ground All adds up eventually In the 21st century Lockdown, lockdown Shots are flying all around Lockdown, lockdown They said there's no motive found Waiting for the NRA To sidestep blame and dance on graves Lockdown, lockdown Shots are flying all around Lockdown, lockdown All the tension's tightly wound Redhead Russians infiltrate Congress never legislate Lockdown, lockdown Shots are flying all around Lockdown, lockdown Every school in every town Babies trying trying to go outside Just to make it home alive Lockdown, lockdown Shots are flying all around
3.
2900 04:27
I stared at my shoes and tapped the concrete stair Listening to the sounds of Spanish words report from over there All of the radios All of the rain All cross the barrio All of the pain I stared at the crevices her nails dug in the chair Waiting for a sign on the other line and exhale a breath of air Just to hear her father's voice Just to know that he's alright But we sat on LeMoyne, lit another smoke And waited through the night 2900 gone 2900 gone The lights are out, the winds are strong No one knows what's going on Waiting for a sign of hope Waiting for a sign of aid While rich men walk through comfortable worlds Hoping that our memories fade We stared at the TV We sat until dawn Whispering of the ghosts that had followed her here From the streets of old San Juan And then it's a night And then it's a year And then there's a flight And it's worse than we feared 2900 gone 2900 gone The lights are out, the winds are strong No one knows what's going on Waiting for a sign of hope Waiting for a sign of aid While rich men walk through comfortable worlds Hoping that our memories fade The waves keep crashing The leaders hide The months keep passing The numbers climb And they're still asking If we're on their side The months keep passing The numbers climb 2900 gone 2900 gone The lights are out, the winds are strong What the fuck is going on? Waiting for a sign of hope Waiting for a sign of aid Waiting for the world to figure out it's not that far away
4.
Patriot Day 02:16
5.
Trying to get up and get out to the street Putting one foot in front of the other with the pavement under our feet You say to stay quiet put it back on the shelf But these are roads you’ve never walked yourself Don't look away Don't tell me it doesn't matter We're still here making a sound Every day though everything seems shattered We’re lifting the bricks up off the ground The snow’s coming down trying to keep us inside They’ll say it’s our fault then they’ll tell us to hide But with a stranger’s smile with a helping hand We’re marching on to start again Don't look away Don't tell me it doesn't matter We're still here making a sound Every day though everything seems shattered We’re lifting the bricks up off the ground We’re still here We don’t need a wall We’re still here We’re holding the elevator We’re still here Turn the planes back around, they can’t keep us down We’re still here And we’re not going away

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America, 2018: Songs about child separation policies, school shootings, Puerto Rico after the storm, and finding hope in resistance. Recorded in less than a day and half, this EP from The Przmatics is a raw and urgent collection of songs..

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released November 5, 2018

produced, written, and recorded by Mike Przygoda except "Patriot Day" written by Ausberto Acevedo
additional recording by Nick Broste
mixed by Nick Broste except "Lockdown" mixed by Mike Przygoda
mastered by Peter Andreadis
cover art by Yvette Wesley

arranged and performed by The Przmatics:
Ausberto Acevedo, Nick Gutierrez, Stephanie Stahl, & Mike Przygoda

guest appearances by Natalie Grace Alford, Lawrence Baker, & Barry Bennett

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The Przmatics Chicago, Illinois

The Przmatics were started as a songwriting outlet for Chicago based multi-instrumentalist/producer Mike Przygoda.

Ausberto Acevedo (bass)
Barry Bennett (drums)
Natalie Felix (vocals)
Nick Gutierrez (vocals, keyboards)
Stephanie Stahl (vocals, guitars)
Mike Przygoda (etc)
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