Rhetoric of Hope

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Originally released as track 3 of 4 on the "Turkish Techno / Troublemake" split 7-inch in 2009.

This song was my final project for an upper level college course. I got an A because I'm a musical fucking scholar, you guys.


Sometimes I feel so hopeless
Thinking how a corrupt elite
Has such a tight grasp
On the reigns of this country
That boxcutters start
Looking pretty good to me
I won’t lie; it’s crossed my mind

They merged the right with the left
To replace dissent
With their glorious
Rational consensus

Why’s everyone clamoring
For corporate sponsored unity?
Like the fake left isn’t already
Plenty busy
Throwing in towels
Laying down arms in defeat
Is this it? Swallowing shit?

I’m not represented
Let’s not pretend
Democracy in this country’s
Anything more than a fiction
Battles fought; brain cells lost
It kills you to go on
When you can’t win

I think most people disagree
With this asshole future scheme
But they can’t connect
A to B
The candidates they praise
Policies the same
They’re digging their own graves
Are the only ones to blame
I can’t commiserate

If they’ll forever marginalize
Anyone that challenges their lies
If honesty precludes success
Maybe I’ll play fake patriot like the rest
And never let slip, what I believe
A flag pin can say all that I need


from Discography, released March 30, 2013
Sam North (bass, vocals), Noelle Stolp (guitars), Chris Hembrough (drums), Alex Heil (add'l vocals). Music by Sam and Noelle. Lyrics by Sam.



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Troublemake Sarasota, Florida

My name is Sam. I had a band between 2006 and 2009 that was really just me and whichever friends were around and wanted to record or play shows with me. These days, I paint stuff. Look me up: Sammy thrashLife

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