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“Who Are They?” — takes on the cabal of state-sponsored surveillance and power-mad leaders via winking comparisons (“Ronald Reagan...Sauron the Dark Lord..”) — while churning up a dieseling bass & percussive frenzy that’s in a league with James Chance and the Contortions or a live LCD Soundsystem track." - Bill Murphy (of Time Out New York)

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Who Are They?


It seems certain people, human beings,
Think they ought to take charge, rule the world.
Napoleon Bonaparte - KGB, and Mafia
Should I wonder about
What is inside their minds - Who Are They?
Exxon, Gulf, and OPEC - Bilderburg and FBI

If I knew why they must rule the world
We could talk it over. Who Are They?
The Illuminati - Alexander the Great

They play a very thrilling game.
Perhaps they feel it
Burning in their guts.
To learn the art of killing shame
The soul must carve out deep, deep ruts.

Is there danger to know
Who Are They?
Would I forgive their fate as human beings?

Can they crush what I say? Who Are They?
Their names and hearts secret, Who Are They?
Holy Roman Empire - Trilateral Commission
Jerry Falwell - the Visagoths and Vandals

Is there something that cries human beings
Behind the need to rule? Who Are They?

Ronald Reagan – Sauron the Dark Lord

My sympathy is hard to generate
For those who are so big and mean,
But that's the shadow of
My own fear and hate
Cast upon what should be clean.

It seems certain people, human beings,
Think they ought to take charge, rule the world.
The CIA - Adolph Hitler

Is there something that cries human beings
Behind the need to rule? Who Are They?
Cosa Nostra - - The Fortune 500

Is there something that cries human beings
Behind the need to rule - Who Are They?
Ahkenahten - Listen to me I am right

My sympathy is hard to generate
For those who are so big and mean,
But that's the shadow of
My own fear and hate
Cast upon what is clean.

They play a very thrilling game.
Perhaps they feel it
Burning in their guts.
To learn the art of killing shame
The soul must carve out deep, deep ruts.

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from The Oregon Bootleg Tapes: Live, released May 20, 2014
© 1984 – lyrics: Robert Xeres Shepard

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Stick Against Stone Brooklyn, New York

Stick Against Stone is a funk-injected post-punk/no wave band from Pittsburgh, PA that resided in Pittsburgh; Brooklyn, New York; Eugene, Oregon and San Francisco and remained active (in no less than six incarnations) between 1980 and 1990. The band incorporated elements of no wave, world music, free jazz, reggae, avant-funk, rap, spoken word, ska, dub, African, and art-rock into their music. ... more

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