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1.
03:11
Wherever I go He follows, he follows This monstrous ghost He follows, he follows Haunting everyone He follows, he follows Scaring all the children He follows, he follows It’s worse than we thought it could be We’d be better off with a vampire or zombie This monster spreads his disease Recruiting boogeymen By bewitching their minds Wherever we go He follows, he follows With his bamboozling hoax He follows, he follows Entrances our brains He follows, he follows Swindling without shame He follows, he follows He turns us all against each other While his goblins slash and gut our structure He waves his mini monster hands Inciting violent gremlins By brainwashing their minds The ghouls and beasts are on his side The trolls manipulate mummy minds The werewolves are all howling The warlocks are all armed Where is our knight in shining armor? Where is our long live the queen? Are you the good and wise wizard? Can you save us please? Will someone save us please? Will we save us please? Wherever we go He follows, he follows This monstrous ghost He follows, he follows Haunting everyone He follows, he follows Scaring all the children He follows, he follows
2.
04:17
Age of AI is upon us Time when the robots will rule When they have taken Earth from us We will remember what fools We were to program self-teaching They taught themselves to adapt Acceleration increases Singularity happens so fast So fast, so fast Will humans merge with technology? Or will we become obsolete? Will we be used to amuse AI With our quaint understanding of life? Will we be slaves or buried in graves? Will we be used and tragically abused For experiments and locked in pens? Like we’ve done Like we do Age of AI is upon us Time when the robots will rule When they have taken Earth from us We will remember what fools We were to program self-teaching They taught themselves to adapt Acceleration increases Singularity happens so fast So fast, so fast Will AI be benevolent? Will the robots show us how to live? In harmony with all life forms? Will they save us from ourselves? Will they teach us how to cure The climate we’ve destroyed on Earth? Or will they kill us like termites? Exterminate the Earth’s big plight? Like we’ve done Like we do Age of AI is upon us Time when the robots will rule When they have taken Earth from us We will remember what fools We were to program self-teaching They taught themselves to adapt Acceleration increases Singularity happens so fast So fast, so fast Maybe AI is our chance To exist on burning Earth Maybe AI is how we evolve Machines are what the future holds
3.
No slow lanes Do not lock knowledge in chains Do not take our rights away To connect and communicate No slow lanes Do not kill our innovation Do not let money decide Our access to information No slow lanes No, no slow lanes, no There is a fight ISPs VS. You and Me They want to control What we can see online By killing the FCC’s Net Neutrality Title II holds the rules That keeps ISPs in line Now they must provide Access to all websites online All with equal speed There is a drive For ISPs to kill these rules To force sites to pay for speed Then block and throttle All the sites we need No slow lanes Do not take our control away Do sell our viewership To your highest bid No slow lanes Do not censor where we go Do not block and do not throttle Do not interfere No slow lanes No, no slow lanes, no We must protect the internet Our ability to connect To collaborate and innovate We stand for Net Neutrality We must fight to keep control So we can rally and gather Movements for the people We stand for Net Neutrality We must GET LOUD and make some calls To our congress and let them know The future is at stake We stand for Net Neutrality We must keep the battle strong Join the massive fight online Raise our voice to the FCC We stand for Net Neutrality Raise our voice to the FCC We stand for Net Neutrality Raise your voice to the FCC We stand for Net Neutrality Raise your voice to the FCC We stand for Net Neutrality We stand for Net Neutrality
4.
As Trump distracts With his speeches and tweets His Cabinet acts Dismantling agencies All the social progress That we’ve known Has been replaced With dinosaur bones It’s been this way before But we were making progress More and more Now we’re spiraling back Clinging to the past Ignoring the facts Of dinosaur bones As Trump distracts With his shock politics Congress acts Deregulation tactics Destroying environmental Protections To ensure we burn All dinosaur bones It’s been this way before But we were making progress More and more Now we’re spiraling back Clinging to the past Ignoring the facts Of dinosaur bones As Trump distracts With his news conferences His alt-right acts Marching with tiki torches Committing racist, violent Terrorism Emboldened by the White House Of dinosaur bones It’s always been this way Sure, we made some progress But racism never went away Now we’re spiraling back To our haunted past We’re excavating All dinosaur bones We’re excavating All dinosaur bones Repeating the past Of dinosaur bones Ensuring we become Dinosaur Bones
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04:45
We build Reconstruct Piece together what was torn apart The constants keep us While constantly changing We maintain what matters most With our salty sea of sad And our raw bloody hearts We maintain what matters most We build Reconstruct Piece together what was torn apart Shifty eyes, shifty minds Shifting all around us Swiftly sing a different tune The opportunity has aroused The excuse properly executed Swiftly, swiftly all around us We build Reconstruct Piece together what was torn apart Cycles cycling, rhetoric repeated Again if not now when and then Blindness perpetuated Faith misrepresented Hope coagulated Again if not now when and then And then and then and then… We build Reconstruct Piece together what was torn apart
6.
05:30
Another person left a suicide note Couldn’t find enough love or hope Working full-time at minimum wage Just can’t cover all that needs paid Drowning from the weight of everything Of everything, of everything… Love is cloaked in shadows of doubt With blood persuading it’s the only way out Only love can stop the blood Will we ever blindly love? Will we ever blindly love? The way we blindly spill blood? Another verdict for a minor drug crime Sends a person to prison to do hard time Just need a chance to rehabilitate But the money’s only made if we incarcerate Privatized prisons create lifelong slaves Love is cloaked in shadows of doubt With blood persuading it’s the only way out Only love can stop the blood Will we ever blindly love? Will we ever blindly love? The way we blindly spill blood? Another mass murder in America By a homegrown killer with assault rifle Indoctrinated by hate, armed to the teeth All with legal guns ‘cause we believe In the freedom of having weapons That assist killing sprees Love is cloaked in shadows of doubt With blood persuading it’s the only way out Only love can stop the blood Will we ever blindly love? Will we ever blindly love? The way we blindly spill blood? Another war started any given time Killing innocent, taking lives When all we need is dialog But talking doesn’t fill the coffers Like the war machine We’re fighting and dying for the 1 percent’s greed Love is cloaked in shadows of doubt With blood persuading it’s the only way out Only love can stop the blood Will we ever blindly love? Will we ever blindly love? The way we blindly spill blood? Now America picked a TV star An authoritarian and a demagogue As its’ President and Commander in Chief Now more than half the country is in disbelief And we’re all left with our divided ideologies Now we need to talk, we need to heal We need empathize with how we all feel We need to love, harness our rage Value our differences, fight all the hate And know we are just human’s with human flaws Love is cloaked in shadows of doubt With blood persuading it’s the only way out Only love can stop the blood Will we ever blindly love? Will we ever blindly love? The way we blindly spill blood?
7.
Sometimes You gotta decide Sometimes You gotta just try.
8.
As the world we’ve known Comes crumbling down Every truth attacked With alternative facts I wanna hide away Find an escape And I think I would If it weren’t for you You give me the reason To fight You give me The inspiration You give me All the love in the world Which gives me the strength To fight, fight, fight As the wrecking ball Continues to strike Pain takes over More and more lives I struggle with Hopelessness So I’ll hold you, love Tighter and tighter You give me the reason To fight You give me The inspiration You give me All the love in the world Which gives me the strength To fight, fight, fight To all the open-hearts and open-minds Who reject demagogues And believe in love We will not live in fear We will not let hate win We will fight until the end And I’ll have your back If they come I’ll have your back I have your back And I’ll have your back When they come I’ll have your back I have your back You give me the reason To fight You give me The inspiration You give me All the love in the world Which gives me the strength To fight You give me the reason To fight You give me The inspiration You give me All the love in the world Which gives me the strength To fight, fight, fight.
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If you believe in democracy If you have hope in what could be If you want to protect your rights You got to get out there and fight Protesting helps us spread our views Still got to visit the voting booth The only way politicians are swayed The only way they hear what you say is when you Rock the vote Or do the blues Whatever gets you on the move Out to vote Get out to vote Exercise your citizen power Vote and fight for your views Do your research on the issues and Find a rep who will work for you When you must vote for the less evil Weigh your options based on history Vote for who does the least damage To your ideals and your country Rock the vote Or do the blues Whatever gets you on the move Out to vote Get out to vote Yes, the system is corrupt Most politicians have been bought By lobbyists and corporations Feels like the people never win It never will be perfect But if you don’t participate Even that glimmer of hope Will gradually fade away
10.
04:47
We’ve been hiding in plain sight for so long Waiting for this day to come With it here we’re deer in headlights Shocked and overwhelmed. We really didn’t think that it would happen Now we know just what we’ll do We’ll join this once forbidden convention And say, “I do, I do.” CHORUS ‘Cuz we do And we did And we will Like we have All these years That we’ve proved Just how much We really do Yeah, I do Mmm… Feels like we just go the secret password To get into the secret club Can’t believe the judges really listened Can’t believe they ruled in favor of love CHORUS BRIDGE Don’t know if it will feel different Having that official paper But I know our love will finally count And I know we’re getting closer To respecting each other And seeing that differences aren’t We are just people after all Seeking respect and seeking love CHORUS We are just people after all Seeking respect and seeking love.
11.
03:12
There was a promise made Dreamers believed But we didn’t know What we were headed towards… Good fights were won Some felt left behind And the demagogue Drafted them for… And it was not their fault They too believed Hopes and promises That became this… Lies are common place Facts are misconstrued Blame is thrown around Living in this… Dissent is demonized Protest deemphasized Outrage denied Living in this… Crazy Democrazy Crazy Democrazy Everything I thought All of the progress made On the verge of collapse Living in this… And we’re all afraid Of everyone we meet Are you with us or them Living in this… Crazy Democrazy Crazy Democrazy If you have nothing to lose And think it all is rigged And you’re out of hope You open up to… So many people hurt So many need real change Enough to burn it down Force us into… Crazy Democrazy Crazy Democrazy

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'Roses & Thorns' is a double album release by Kara Square and Piero Peluche. It is an anthology of their collaborations since their 2014 album 'Square Meter.' All of the tracks have been meticulously remastered by Piero Peluche.

'Roses' focuses on the personal side of their songwriting, while 'Thorns' puts a spotlight on the political. Of course, the personal is often political and the political is very much personal, so there is a natural thematic overlap album to album.

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released March 27, 2020

Lyricist: Kara Square
Composer: Kara Square and Piero Peluche
Vocals: Kara Square
Instruments: Kara Square and Piero Peluche
Mixing: Piero Peluche
Mastering: Piero Peluche

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Kara Square Columbus, Ohio

Kara Square is a ukulele slinging, songwriting, and singing music maker. She actively creates custom music for clients of her label Thinkroot Records.

Roses & Thorns [2020] with Piero Peluche
Ukulele Glue [2018] with ccMixter
Ukulele Duels [2015]
Square Meter [2014] with Piero Peluche
Love Songs for Everyone but Especially Uke [2013]
Mourning Time [2011] - Team Smile and Nod
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