Produced and Mixed by Mark Needham at Red Oak Studios 

Audio Engineering by Ben O'Neill

Mastered by Nick Townsend at Townsend Mastering


Additional Musicians:

David Levita - Guitars

Matt Chamberlain - Drums

Jamie Muhoberac - Keyboards

Pop Levi & Andrea Meli - Backing Vocals

Sherwood Scott Kingsbury - Additional Guitars

The Band:

Steve Rogers - Pianos, Keyboards, and Lead Vocals

Savannah Rogers - Acoustic Guitars, Lead and Backing Vocals

Kurt Barabas - Bass, Guitars, Taurus Pedals, and Backing Vocals

Seeing themselves, like all do gooders do
Crusaders for good, sorting vice from virtue
From a thousand church pews

The Puritan ghosts haunt us still
From cabinet posts up on capital hill
It flows down
No dancing tonight, no incandescent lights
No gambling allowed, no raw milk from a cow
You might die

Gonna keep you safe (gonna keep you well)
Gonna stop the stuff (we don't like ourselves)
We can legislate (morality)
And incarcerate (for any old thing)

Bully the sheep with laws and virtuous schemes
The end justifies the harshest of means

The guardian class, it seeks to control
What we can do and what we should know
They push down
Protecting us all even from ourselves
Cause only Mother knows how to keep us well
We bow down

Gonna save this place (no wood burning fires)
We'll clean up this town (no sex that's for hire)
You get no right to die (you must live in pain)
No matter how you try (we will run the game)

Curfews at night, we got drug wars to fight
Food laws galore, until you can't feed the poor

Practice what you preach
Don't you live in the dark age
Churchly arrogance
As your building the next cage
If love is all it takes
Why you filled with so much rage
Is is turn the other cheek
Or branding the next "A"

In schools and children's TV shows
They tell you what to think
You start to be too different
They send you to a shrink

Inventing syndromes and disorders
To label those outside the norm
Feed us drugs and we'll be quiet
In drunken stupors we conform

Teach them to memorize and swallow all the lies
Keep them between the lines and paralyze their minds

Teacher teach them now
What they should believe
Teacher teach them how
To behave like sheep

Teach them to submit
Teach them to obey
Make 'em feel like shit
When they get in the way

There's no students left behind
No skills taught anymore
Always teaching to the test
As we drown in a common core

A textbook is such a beautiful thing
Make it all so simple and so clear
Teaching mythology as fact
And even making facts disappear

Teacher teacher us now
What we should believe
Teacher teach us how
To behave like sheep

Teach us what to think
Teach us what to say
Teach us to submit
Teach us to obey

Doctors told me how to behave (told me what to do)
Shock them even if it there in pain (to follow through)
We're here to learn about memories (or authority)
Cause things aren't really what they seem (as you press the key)

Just doing my duty all along
Following orders can't be wrong
All of the ways that we obey
Or simply choose to look away

Herding Jews onto the trains (for the Fuhrer)
Inside the camps, into the flames (keeps us purer)
Always doing just what I'm told (blindly comply)
Doing my job, filling the holes (never question why)

Just doing my duty all along
Following orders can't be wrong
All of the ways that we obey
Or simply choose to look away

Shoot to kill protect yourself (it's our policy)
Your life's worth more than anyone else (better they that bleed)
I'm here to take your child away (for there own good)
In custody, keeping 'em safe (it's understood)

Just doing my duty all along
Following orders can't be wrong
All of the ways that we obey
Or simply choose to look away

The program to assimilate
Counts on ignorance and fear
Bow down, new recruits into the faith
Go on, never take a stand
Let go of who you think you are
Welcome, come and join in with the bland

Stone by stone it begins
From a very early age
The programs of thought control
Turn your life into a cage

Stand back, it's useless to resist
They will keep you on your knees
Helping hands can turn into a fist
It's easy, so nice to be led
Just lay down, watch some more TV
Watch out you can die before your dead

Stone by stone it begins
From a very early age
The programs of thought control
Turn your life into a cage

Step right up, the greatest show on earth
With cash in hand, democracy's up for sale
Free to choose so long as it's heads or tails

Of the people
By the people
For the people
Just not any people you know

Money to buy marketing
And money to fly the jets
Money to both sides to hedge your bets

Heads they win and tails we lose
Always some one turning the screws
It's what they do not what they say
As they treat us like we're fools

Of the people
By the people
For the people
Just not any people you know

Heads they win and tails we lose
It's the chickens and the fox
It's what they do not what they say
Keeps us all in the box

It's always the same
Only the names change
It's always a game
Pieces rearranged

Of the people
By the people
For the people
Just not any people you know

Choose Tweedle-Dee or Tweedle-Dum
Or Tweedle-Pass-The-Buck
Why not flip a coin
We might have better luck

Heads they win and tails we lose
Always some one calling the shots
It's what they do not what they say
Keeps us all in chains and locks

It's always the same
Only the names change
It's always a game
Pieces rearranged
Doesn't matter
Doesn’t matter which one wins
Cause nothing ever changes in the end

They say the pen is mightier than the sword
And a picture's worth even more
So a video clip must be the ultimate
Weapon to spread all the bullshit

And the talking heads only confuse
As they spin their tails, sell their point of view
So the way to rule is with a TV show
Cause who needs votes when you supply
What people think they know

With the grease paint on, let the hunt begin
Stay on attack, means justify ends

Play on emotions, feed our fear, beware the unseen beast
None's the wiser when you define truth as lying the least

Moralize and criticize, all reason disappears
Information crimes delivered by Narcissus and the mirror

Well dressed ladies and gentlemen spin stories with no proof
Opinion has become the news, no way to know the truth

We're drowning now in twenty-four hour news
The more we get the less we know, it's the shaming of the true

Say what it takes to bring them down, who cares if it's true
Predators in business suits stir the witches brew

Wag the dog, upload the blog, put lipstick on the pig
Herd the sheep and tweet the tweet, everything is rigged

Well dressed ladies and gentlemen spin stories with no proof
Opinion has become the news, no way to know the truth

Watch the trick of tail, monkey see, monkey do
Focus groups find perfect words to change our point of view

Propaganda dressed up as news and no one has a clue
Shock jocks are dressed in business suits, they target me and you

We treat them like their were clergyman, believe in all they're saying
There just TV personalities trying to boost the ratings

The fourth estate has surrendered to the razzle-dazzle of show biz
Cronkite's field is fallow now, and that's the way it is

I. Ecstasy

Calling, calling to me
As if from some recurring dream
I cannot ignore
This desperate need, my destiny
All, all of my life
I worked so hard to perfect my skill
And now is the time

If it can be done then I will, yes I will
Don't tell me what I cannot do
I know it can be done and I am as I will
As I will

Finally I'm now in motion
Years of planning this devotion
All I need is time
In my mind I have a plan
All is now and here I stand
I step onto the line

I must hold back any fear and not turn away
It will never be again if not here and today
Here I am, come and catch me if you dare
You can't stop me now suspended high in midair

Powerless they beseech me
Useless threats cannot stop me
Never before and never, ever again
Stepping out I feel the wire start to bend
I smell the day begin
Voices lift on the wind

Most who stared and wondered why and how
Answers should be obvious by now
Wouldn't you if you could
Stand where I have stood

The towers called to me and I have
Given them my answer
The towers were meant for a high wire dancer

II. Agony

Falling, falling down
From above down to the ground
Once again, mankind descends
To the real, original sin
Crime, crime of crimes
Darkness from the darkest of times
Drawing, drawing the lines
The blind, leading the blind

Staring at my television screen
Holding back a deep and silent scream
Now it seems that everything has changed
They're out to get us anyway they can
We cannot let this ever happen again
Once again it's back to us or them

There's a chill now on the wind
Will we ever feel safe again?
The end of innocence came out of the sky
Lock the doors now, I don't want to die

A security state might be better than a mistake
But then again isn't freedom what we defend?
Once it's gone will it ever come back again?
What price will we pay to guarantee we are safe?

An act of terror hurts bad enough
Still it only lasts for a day
Far worse to live with a fear
That will never go away

We've made our choice now
We're all under surveillance
Now we're guilty until we prove that we're not
Freedom under attack by the Patriot Act

A hobbit's life was so much better
Than this fear of Mordor
Underneath the eye
There's a shadow now on the land
That we don't even understand
Underneath the eye

Can you show me the way
How much more must we pay
I've got to find the way
Back to yesterday

The road to Hell is paved with good intent
But should we really trust the government
To keep their sights on terrorists but not me

In the presence of fear comes the absence of thought
The need to do something no matter the cost
Like passing bills lawmakers don't even read

Few were aware until it snowed
How far this had gone and how deep it goes

Big brother's always watching us
In the name of keeping us safe
Nothing to fear if we've done nothing wrong
At least not for today

It's a trade off they say, nothing comes for free
To be certain safety can be guaranteed
We'll have to give up some of our liberty

All of these things to keep us from harms way
Watch out as your feeling sound and safe
Protection often turns into tyranny

Operation PRISM and satellites
Metal detectors and camera eyes

Big brother's always watching us
In the name of keeping us safe
Nothing to fear if we've done nothing wrong
At least not for today

We're now going back to the oldest of deeds
Warrantless search and secret police
The cure can be more deadly than the disease

It's not through the loss of human life
That terror's triumphant and wins the fight
It's when in fear we change what makes us free

Contractors feast at the public trough
Once money flows like this, it'll never stop

Big brother's always watching us
In the name of keeping us safe
Nothing to fear if we've done nothing wrong
At least not for today

Big brother's always watching us
In the name of keeping us safe
Nothing to fear if we've done nothing wrong
At least not for today

The inconvenient bill of rights keeps getting in the way
The road to perfect safety, leads to a security state

Freedom's never truly free
It slips away gradually
Soon as the revolution ends
A new king will rise again

Sheppard's gotta have sheep to tend

Always for some righteous cause
Curfews and security laws
All they need to take control
Is to let them run the show

Sheppard's gotta have sheep to tend

Fear is where it will begin
Subjugation where it will end
Law by law they build the cages
One by one they dominate us

Satellites watch from the sky
Cell phones a hand held spy
All we give up is our soul
When Uncle Sam needs to know

Sheppard's gotta have sheep to tend
Sheppard's gotta have sheep to tend

FISA just a rubber stamp
A shadow under liberty's lamp
Recording every data stream
Welcome to J. Edgar's wet dream

Sheppard's gotta have sheep to tend
Sheppard's gotta have sheep to tend

Laws get created by the social elite
To control other people, enforce their beliefs
Politicians argue who is tougher on crime
They want ever longer sentences, more people doing time

Beware true believers, they'll grind you to dirt
With laws against behaviors, where no one gets hurt

They say what's immoral, they say what's good
Push their agenda 'til we're trampled under foot
They say what's immoral, they say what's good
Push their agenda 'til we're trampled under foot

Once they breached the castle it was never the same
Right and wrong seemed to mutate when the Black Robes changed
What starts with the camels nose under the tent
Becomes the destruction of the fourth amendment

They say what's immoral, they say what's good
Push their agenda 'til we're trampled under foot
They say what's immoral, they say what's good
Push their agenda 'til we're trampled under foot

So many laws turn everyone into a crook
Selective enforcement, choosing who and not to book
Protect us dear god from the tyranny
From the fears and deeds of the majority

They say what's immoral, they say what's good
Push their agenda 'til we're trampled under foot

Behaviors and certain relations between consenting adults
Declared to be illegal by the Puritan ghosts

Knocking and announcement slowly goes away
Presumptions of innocence become a charade

Solutions in search of a problem, weapons in search of a war
Police as moral crusaders soldiers of the state

Early in the morning, hope they've got the right address
You know home invasions can be such a deadly mess

The drug war business funds the local police
Get the cash from Uncle Sam and property seized
Stock up the armory, rockets, and drones

A show of force to seize the drugs or dinosaur bones
The lower your income, the more likely you'll do time
For deeds and behaviors that simply should not be a crime

I wanna walk the thin line baby, separate good from bad
Body armor and jackboots crash, time to kick some ass
Stop and frisk probable cause, warrants mean delay
With a few flash bomb grenades the remedy's on the way

Every stupid law adds fuel to the fire
A wedge between the public and police that they hire
From the gates of Hell our protectors became
A predatory threat that haunts us every day

Every stupid law adds fuel to the fire
A wedge between the public and police that they hire
What starts so small to protect and to serve
Grows out of control, a wildfire scorching the earth