Acquisition

by Castoff

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released 25 September 2014

Bill Hockmuth - Guitar/Vocals
Adam Parry - Guitar
Brian Wilder - Bass/Background Vocals
Pete Clark - Drums

All songs written by Bill Hockmuth
All songs performed by Castoff
Mixed by Brian Miller and Brian Wilder
Mastered at Black in Bluhm Studio, Denver, CO

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Castoff San Diego, California

We like fast punk, pick slides, and writing and singing about politics, culture, and the ups and downs of human existence. That is all.

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Track Name: Anytown, USA
This land we came to know ourselves
It's lost for now
Tightly wrapped in a blanket of deep nostalgia
This ship has sailed

This hope has fled
As quickly as first ascension
Still we clamor for more
With every vacancy
Lies persistent complacency
We try to hold on, we just try to hold on

This fight was lost too long ago
The pain set in
Blindsided by these benefactors
Who were there when we bought in
Track Name: The Stack
A convenient little story
And effective use of fear
Promotes further isolation
And believing what we hear
Communities have long since broken
From the time we turned our backs
And from the bottom of the stack

What does it serve to stand in line
We're subjugated by design
And vilified when we try
To make a better life
Why do we try?

Facade of opportunity
And the shame we feel inside
Content with misplaced values
Help us deal with constant lies
Narrative will always compromise
All the things we truly lack
And from the bottom of the stack
Track Name: Sincere Eyes
You'll never turn your back on me
Experience prosperity, We will
Find the safe passage through our lives
We'll find the hope in sincere eyes

And I believed everything you said
And it's the hardest lesson to learn
And as long as we believe
there truly is no concern
We've been here too many times
The cheap smile and the disdain
Power and incompetence
Is all that really remains

Can we fight back this time?
Or will the pain and apathy we felt for too long
Cause us to resign
Can we break down the walls?
And make our way in and try to let our voices
be heard

We want so hard to believe
in speeches written for us
it's too many miles away
from this place that we all call trust
who's really pulling the strings?
when it comes to puppets in charge
fact is it may not really matter
as long as their living large
Track Name: Hubris of the Victorious
And we're not here for sympathy
and we're not here to save the day
you will soon enough thank us for struggle endured
and it's got to be this way
and I'm a picture of success
why don't you just follow my lead
don't you know you can have anything that you want
if you just live within your means?

Such a fucking lie
the dream sold too often denied
for we measure your worth
what will it take for you to concur

and we stand high above you all
and we're not here to break your fall

and I'm here to point out your flaws
and I'm here to tell you what's wrong
aren't you invested in all things that I have to say
and you know I'm right all along
the blatant disregard
the condescending remarks
keep in mind I exemplify perfection
and you too can make it this far
Track Name: Safe Inside
It's just too easy to close your eyes
Just one simple step to finally put our minds at peace
Convenience facilitates us to pacify our rights
Are we still alive?

How much are we willing to compromise?
The cruel irony of feeling safe inside
How much should we sacrifice this time?
How much should we sacrifice this time?

And we seem to be quite ok with the unwarranted suspicion
The message sure was clear through organized dissemination
It's truly hard to find out what this means for us
What it means for us
Track Name: Complicated Words
Condition set at early age
We are taught how it's supposed to be
Drift blindly through the institution
That provides security

There will come a time
In our lives to open eyes
And sift through all these complicated words
And realize

It's hard to rectify the comfort
That I find in this routine
With constant limits that are placed on
Our individuality

Are we inclined to live the same way
Or do we care at all
The live we thought was ours to live may
May not be ours at all
Track Name: Won't Return From
Tendency to complicate
And separate the answers from the lies and I will say
Solutions mentioned insincere
And all our shouts will fall upon the deafest ears

And we won't return from this

False hope of security
Will be shattered for all those who wish for unity
It is the price of being free
until margins become the majority
Track Name: Acquisition
It's hard to follow through
With all these things that I believe
may not be true
Signed up for happiness
And all fulfillment quantified
By my success

For all these things I want in life
The measured goals for which we strive
Something that we have heard before
The point is to acquire more

And we can always find a way
Another loss into our gain
but there can be another way
besides slow and subtle decay