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  1. Old habits

From the recordings Upping the Ante and Upping the Ante 2013

Recorded at La Baia dei Porci, Nereto (Italy)
Under the caring hands of Stefano Lelii
Vocals / 1st guitar / lyrics / musical arrangement / Ed Schmidt
Second guitar / Jon Hicks
Bass guitar / Sergio Frattari
Udu / Dino Pulcini
Sax sopranino / Fabio Emidio Zeppilli
Backing vocals / Bella Nugent, Debbie Wright

Lyrics

Old habits die hard,
in young men wearing uniforms.
Torture chambers and killing fi elds,
in any of the countless open-ended wars.
Information, meant to misinform.
Corporations, mine not yours.
And we wonder where it all went wrong...
Meanwhile puppet governments, work behind the scenes.
Passing bail-outs for the mega rich, as they copyright our food.
And they cut to threads what little’s left, of our social safety nets.
All the time reminding us, this ain’t as nasty as it gets!!!
Old habits die hard,
in old men rejecting uniforms.
Cheap stale alcohol, and protest songs,
in any of those dim-lit pubs around the world.
Demonstrations, meant to instigate.
Confrontations, mine are safe.
And we wonder where it all went wrong...
Meanwhile oppressive governments, work behind the scenes.
Fabricating sci-fi weaponry, selling debt upon demand.
And they rip to threads what little is left, of our social safety nets.
Everyday reminding us, this ain’t as nasty as it gets!!!
Meanwhile puppet governments, work behind the scenes.
Passing bail-outs for the mega rich, as they copyright our food.
And they cut to threads what little’s left, of our social safety nets.
All the time reminding us, this ain’t as nasty as it gets!!!
And everyday reminding us, this ain’t as nasty as it gets!!!
In every way reminding us, this ain’t as nasty as it gets!!!