Pretending We're Surviving

by Forever Dead!

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Backpedaling 02:31
BACK PEDALING ON A BIKE WITHOUT A SEAT ALL THE PROMISES WE KNEW THEY’D NEVER KEEP SAY WHATEVER IT TAKES WITH CHARISMA AND CHARM A STICK IN THE SPOKES AT A GLIMMER OF REFORM GO FIGURE ALL EFFORTS WOULD BE ABSTAINED. BACK PEDALING ON A BIKE WITHOUT A SEAT IN A RACE THAT’S STACKED AND EVERYONE CHEATS FATIGUE HAS SET IN, YOU’RE BEGINNING TO LOSE SIGHT THROWING CHEAP SHOTS OUT OF DESPERATION AND SPITE. IF ALL IS FOR NOT WE JUST WONT GIVE A FUCK WE’LL DO WHAT WE WANT AND TRY OUR BEST TO NOT GET CAUGHT BACK PEDAL ON A BIKE WITHOUT A SEAT WITHOUT ANY ACCOUNTABILITY ALL GOOD THINGS COME TO AND END EXTINGUISHED SO FAST IT DIDN’T STAND A CHANCE. AS IF YOU THOUGHT YOU HAD IT FIGURED OUT THIS TIME AROUND WE CAN ALWAYS DREAM OF A BETTER WORLD FOR YOU AND ME OF FREEDOM, PROSPERITY WE CAN THRIVE IN OUR OWN NICHE
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IN THE EVENING WHO DOESN'T LIKE A DRINK IT HELPS TO TAKE OFF THE EDGE OF THE DAY THAT HAS LEFT YOU IN SOME SORT OF PAIN ONE TENDS TO LEAD TO FIVE OR SIX WAKING UP FEELING LIKE SHIT DO IT ALL OVER AGAIN I DON'T KNOW WHAT I WAS THINKING I THINK MY BRAIN IS BREAKING I NEED TO FIND ANOTHER SHTICK I GOT AN ONCE OF SOMETHING TASTY JUST GONNA CHILL HER WITH MY BABE BEER TODAY BONG TOMORROW BEER TODAY BONG TOMORROW I WONT SAY I’LL NEVER DRINK AGAIN THE URGE IS ALWAYS IN THE BACK OF MY HEAD I JUST NEED TO TAKE A FEW STEPS BACK BEFORE I FLY OFF THE FUCKING TRACKS WAKING UP I FEEL LIKE SHIT DO IT ALL OVER AGAIN I DON'T KNOW WHAT I WAS THINKING I THINK MY BRAIN IS BREAKING I NEED TO FIND ANOTHER SHTICK
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4. CHI PIGS TEETH Hey Chi Pig Where’d you get those pearly whites From my arm they took a bite Cast upon an evil spell Hey Chi Pig Your teeth are straight from hell Quite the impressive enamel rack Wouldn’t think they’re ready to attack Put there out on display Like the grill of a Chevrolet HEAR THEM CHATTER ITS GETTING LOUDER Ensizers tear, Molars Grind A whole in my mind! CHOMP CHOMP CHOMP BITE BITE BITE I CAN HEAR THEM COMING IN THE NIGHT CRUNCH CRUNCH CRUNCH CHEW CHEW CHEW CHI PIGS TEETH ARE COMING FOR YOU
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Revel River 01:56
THERE'S A PLACE WITH THE SAND AND THE ROCKS NEAR THE REVEL RIVER YOU CAN WRITE WHAT YOU WANT THERE’S A PLACE BETWEEN THE BAY AND THE PEG NEAR THE REVEL RIVER YOU CAN WRITE WHAT YOU WANT HEY HEY HO LETS GO REVEL RIVER LEAVE A NOTE FOR A LOVED ONE GOT A TALE OR STORY TO TELL LEAVE WORDS OF WISDOM YOU CAN TELL YOUR BOSS TO GO TO HELL A GOOD REASON TO PULL OVER THE REVEL RIVER YOU CAN WRITE WHAT YOU WANT REVENGE OF THE SWEETEST KIND RIGHT ACROSS FROM BALMERTOWN SEND A MESSAGE TO PASSERS BY LEAVE YOUR MARK TO BE FOUND A GOOD REASON TO PULL OVER THE REVEL RIVER YOU CAN WRITE WHAT YOU WANT REVEL RIVER
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YOU’RE FIVE YEARS OLD AND TAKEN AWAY FROM HOME YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS AND EVERYTHING YOU EVER KNOWN TAKEN TO A PLACE THAT'S RUN BY CHURCH AND STATE THERE YOU’RE FORCED TO ASSIMILATE HOW IS THAT FOR A CULTURAL GENOCIDE BEATEN BY THE NUNS RAPED BY THE PRIEST THE ABUSE GOES ON AND ON UNTIL YOU TURN EIGHTEEN THEN YOU GO BACK HOME AND EVERYTHING HAS CHANGED AND WHEN YOU CLOSE YOUR EYES YOU RELIVE IT ALL AGAIN AND YOU TRY ANYTHING TO JUST FORGET APOLOGIES DON'T MEAN A THING WHEN IT IS FOR AN OTHERS WRONGDOING THROWING MONEY IN THE NAME OF COMPENSATION TO COVER UP THE SCARS OF A BRUTALIZED NATION APOLOGIES DON'T MEAN A THING WHEN IT’S FOR AN OTHERS WRONGDOING THE QUEST FOR TRUTH AND RECONCILIATION THE DARK DISTURBING HISTORY OF OUR NATION
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Manipulation 02:55
THEY SAY CHOOSE YOUR FUTURE NOW WHAT THEY REALLY MEAN IS FOLLOW IN LINE DON'T FOLLOW YOUR OWN IDEALS DON’T FORM AN OPINION OR YOU’LL FACE THE CONSEQUENCE HERE WE WILL TEACH YOU HOW YOU WILL BE LIKE EVERYONE WE NEED YOU ALL THE SAME THINKING YOU HAVE A CHANCE TO BEAT US BUT YOU’LL NEVER WIN THIS GAME HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT WHAT YOU JUST HEARD ITS WHAT THEY WILL ALWAYS ASK IT’S HOW THEY MANIPULATE ONCE THEY’RE IN YOUR HEAD THEY’LL TELL YOU WHAT THEY THINK IS RIGHT BREAK YOUR PLANS FOR A BETTER WORLD TELL YOU TO GET FUCKED HOW CAN WE THINK WITH ALL THIS DAMN NOISE HOW CAN WE SEE WITH THEM COVERING OUR EYES YOU’LL GET WRITTEN OFF AS SOON AS YOU’RE SIGNED UP HISTORY IS MADE BY TO INFLUENCE YOUR TRUST THE NEW ENEMY IS INVISIBLE AGAIN THE REVOLUTION IS SO FUCKING LAME
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It's Not Me 02:08
FIGHTING FOR PEACE ARE THE FEARLESS DREAMERS RAISING THEIR FLAMES OVER REMAINS LEFT MY RUTHLESS LEADERS WHEN WILL IT END WHEN WILL THEY SEE THE DESTRUCTION TURNING THEIR HEADS AS RIVERS RUN RED AS LONG AS THEIR WALLET ARE FED LIVING WHILE DYING PRETENDING WE’RE SURVIVING THIS HIERARCHY SOON TO BE DOOMED HERE LIES REMAINS OF THE HOPEFUL DREAMERS WHO REACHED FOR THE STARS BUT WERE TOLD THAT THEY HAD TO SURRENDER THEY DRAG THEM DOWN SO THEY CAN’T BE HEARD MUFFEL THEIR CRIES DON’T CARE IF THEY DIE AS LONG AS THEY GET THEIR DIME 8. IT'S NOT ME WELL THERE’S A PROBLEM HERE YOU SAY BUT THAT DON’T BOTHER ME HAVEN’T EVEN ASKED A QUESTION YOU KEEP BOTHERING ME YOU KEEP SAYING THERE’S A PROBLEM BUT I HAVE COME TO SEE THAT THERE’S A PROBLEM STANDING HERE AND IT’S NOT ME FISHING FOR A RESPONSE FOR SOMEONE TO AGREE WELL I AIN’T BITING I DONT THINK IT’S WHAT YOU NEED YOU NEED ME TO RELY ON WELL I DISAGREE YEAH, YOU NEED SOMETHING BUT IT’S NOT ME DROWN OUT THE VOICE OF REASON BURY IT SIX FEET DEEP I CAN’T FIX YOUR BROKEN PIECES BUT YOU KEEP ASKING ME THERE’S SOMETHING TEARING YOU APART BUT IT’S NOT ME
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Hold of Me 03:19
WAITING, JUST WAITING FOR YOU TO COME HOME WHEN YOU’RE GONE I MISS YOU SO MUCH. I HEAVY WEIGHT UPON MY CHEST AND I CAN’T CATCH MY BREATH. YOU’VE GOT, YOU’VE GOT A HOLD OF ME YOU’VE GOT AHOLD OF ME A RUSH OF RED SO GOOD ITS SWEET THE WAY YOU PUSH ME UP AGAINST THE WALL NEVER FELT LIKE THIS BEFORE YOU’VE GOT, YOU'VE GOT AHOLD OF ME HOLDING, AND HOPING THAT THIS WILL NEVER END I WANT TO SEE YOU AGAIN YOU BE MY KING, I’LL BE YOUR QUEEN AND EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN YOU’VE GOT AHOLD OF ME
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GutPile 01:48
FUCKING GRATZ SHOULD OF KNOWN IT WAS YOU KNOWN IT WAS YOU ALL ALONG GONNA FINISH THE ONCE AND FOR ALL WE’RE GOING FOR THE TITLE DON'T SUPPOSE YOU'RE GONNA WALK RIGHT BY ME SUPPOSE YOU'RE GONNA TAKE THE LAST PARKING SPOT DON'T SUPPOSE YOU'RE GONNA WALK RIGHT BY ME SUPPOSE YOU'RE GONNA TAKE THE LAST PARKING SPOT CALLING ME A FUCK HEAD NO I SAID YOUR FUCKED IN THE HEAD SON DON’T BE LIKE THEM SON SON DON’T BE LIKE THEM SON THINK OF THE FUCKING CHILDRENT WONT SOMBODY THING OF THE FUCKING CHILDREN EVERYTHING YOU DID EVERYTHING YOU SAID JUST GOES TO SHOW YOU ARE FUCKED IN THE HEAD CALLING ME A FUCK HEAD NO I SAID YOUR FUCKED IN THE HEAD EVERYTHING YOU DID EVERYTHING YOU SAID JUST GOES TO SHOW YOU ARE FUCKED IN THE HEAD
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FUCK YEAH, HELL YEAH X3 PUSH IT INTO OVERLOAD FUCK YEAH, HELLYEAH X3 PUSH IT IT'LL YOUR HEAD EXPLODES GRAB A TANK OF GAS THROUGH IT ON A FIRE EVERYTHING EXPLODES AND EVERYTHING’S ON FIRE YOU LET OUT A YELL BUT IT'S NOT IN PAIN IT’S CUZ YOU FOUND ANOTHER TANK AND YOU’RE GONNA DO IT AGAIN (CHORSE) IT’S LIKE RIDING A WARHEAD RIGHT INTO THE SUN JUGGLING CHAINSAWS WHILE RIPPING A BONG ON A COLLISION COURSE FOR A REALLY COOL DISASTER HIT THE CLUTCH CHANGE THE GEARS AND KICK UP THE FUCKING SPEED KICK UP THE SPEED (CHORSE)
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WELCOME TO THE EVENT HORIZON THE POINT OF NO RETURN WATCHING EVERYTHING ALL AROUND HOPELESSLY COME UNDONE IF WE EVER MAKE IT OUT OF THIS WILL WE CHANGE FOR THE GREATER GOOD OR SETTLE BACK INTO OLD HABITS AND PERISH FROM OUR OWN STUPIDITY RECORD THE PATH OF HISTORY FOR OUR CHILDREN AND THEIR YOUNG EDUCATE FROM PAST MISTAKES AND STRIVE TO OVERCOME THEY KEYS TO A BRIGHTER FUTURE LAY IN THE ASHES OF THE PAST NOTHING WORTH A DAMN COME EASY SO ROLL UP YOUR FUCKING SLEAVES WELCOME TO THE EVENT HORIZON
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HERE WE GO AGAIN THE QUINTESSENTIAL MATTER OF COURSE JUST WHEN THINGS ARE LOOKING UP I GET KICKED IN THE FUCKING DIRT THING ARE ROUGH ALL OVER NO EXCEPTION HERE I BOUGHT MYSELF A LOTO TICKET A BOTTLE AND A CASE OF BEER HAD IT WITH THIS JOB HAD IT WITH THIS TOWN HAD IT WITH THIS RADIO STATION PLAYING THE SAME SONGS GET OUT OF MY WAY I GOT NOTHING TO SAY EXCEPT THE FACT YOU’RE ALL FUCKED YOU CAN TAKE YOUR JACKED UP PICK UP AND DRIVE IT UP YOUR ASS I GOT ME A MONSTER TRUCK BABY WITH ARMOURED STEEL AND BULLET PROOF GLASS GONNA LEAVE THIS TOWN LEAVE IT IN A SMOLDERING DEBRIS FOR ALL THE BLOOD AND SWEAT I GAVE AND ALL THE PAIN DISPOSED ON ME TOSSED IN THE SCRAP HEAP DISPOSABLE USELESS TRASH WELL THERE’S NO FUCKING WAY THAT I'M GOING OUT LIKE THAT LIGHT IT UP AND BURN IT DOWN THE NEW QUEEN WILL WEAR HER CROWN AS SIRENS RING OUR DESTRUCTION RAGES ON THERE’S NOWHERE LEFT TO RUN SO YOU BETTER FUCKING HIDE A HELL BENT DISPOSITION REVENGE IS ON MY MIND WHEN HELL RAINS DOWN AND SMOKE FILLS THE SKY THE SUN HITS THE HORIZON AND I RIDE
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BAND IS STARTING, TIME TO PARTY A ROUND SHOTS FOR EVERYONE RAISE YOUR GLASS, SLAM IT BACK THE NIGHT HAS JUST BEGUN FEELING SOLID, FEELING FINE BUT IT’S A MATTER OF TIME BEFORE YOU’RE OUT, FLAT OUT BUT FUCK IT’S WORTH IT GUY! OOH YEAH, YOU WERE FEELING GOOD OOH, NOW YOU’RE ASS DOWN WHERE YOU STOOD OH THIS FEELING IS GOING TO GET YOU HAVE YOU DANCING ALL THROUGH THE NIGHT OH YEAH IT’S COMING FOR YOU WE’RE GUNNA HAVE A HELL OF A TIME HEART IS PUMPING, BLOOD IS RACING RUNNING THROUGH YOUR VEINS SO FAST LET IT IN, TAKE IT IN, RELAX FEELING DIZZY, FEELING WEEZY WHAT THE HELL DID YOU DO? ONE TOO MANY, WENT CRAZY ADD IN A SHOT OR TOO.
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WE LEFT THE MECCA AT 3AM FIVE HALF CUT SOULS IN THE BACK OF A VAN WE DIDN’T KNOW WHAT WE WERE DOING BUT WE KNEW WE HAD A MISSION 20 HOURS CHASING FATE LEFT ALL THE DRUDGERY BEHIND EVEN WHEN WE KNOW WHAT WE’RE DOING WHY CAN’T WE EVER GET SHIT RIGHT OBSESSION, SELF DESTRUCTIONS REDEMPTION, SALVATION COMPLACENT, WE ARE NOT VACANT DON’T TELL ME THAT WE’RE WASTING OUR TIME AND OUR LIVES WE DWELL OUT ON THE FRINGE ON THE OUTSIDE LOOKING IN BROKEN STICKS AND STRINGS RINGING EARS AND WEDDING RINGS WE’RE FALCONS OF PERCEPTION AND WOLVES OF OPPORTUNITY FADING TATTOOS FERMENTING INTO RHYTHM AND BOOZE YOU ALL SAY WHAT'S UP I SAY WE’RE DOING JUST FINE 10 YEARS DOWN THE ROAD WE’LL BE HERE TILL THE DAY WE DIE
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SALVATION NOW NO ONE IS COMING TO SAVE YOU FROM YOURSELF IT'S WHAT THE WORLD IS SCREAMING IN YOU EAR AMIDST THE FEAR AND PLOTS OF WORLD DOMINATION FEND FOR YOURSELF ITS HARD TO TRUST OR RELY ON ANYONE ELSE IF YOU WANT THE JOB DONE RIGHT YOUR BEST TO DO IT ALONE WHEN NOONE IS WATCHING ANYMORE CAUSE THEY CANT STAND THE LIES BEING SHOVED DOWN THEIR THROATS WHEN NOONE IS BUYING ANYMORE CAUSE THEY'RE SICK OF A PROCESSED THROWAWAY CULTURE YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE IF YOU TRY ALL IT TAKES IS FOR YOU TO LIVE YOUR LIFE WAKE UP, DISOBEY, BREAK THE CHAINS! YOU’RE NOT A SLAVE! DISTRIBUTE THE WEALTH BILDERBERGS AND CORPORATE WHORES THE GAME IS NO LONGER FUN ANYMORE WE’RE ABOUT THE THROW THE FUCKING BOARD. WHEN NO ONE'S LISTENING ANYMORE TO THE MEANINGLESS WORDS OF PUPPETERES WHEN NOONE IS STARING ANYMORE INTO SCREENS OF ENDLESS SCROLLING AND ALWAYS WANTING MORE YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE IF YOU TRY ALL IT TAKES IS FOR YOU TO LIVE YOUR LIFE WAKEUP DISOBEY BREAK THE CHAINS YOU'RE NOT A SLAVE IT'S A NEW DAY, A NEW AGE THERE'S A NEW GENERATION OF FUCKED UP KIDS SO TAKE HEED, GRAB AHOLD OF SOMETHING CAUSE THIS SHIT IS ABOUT TO GET REAL SALVATION NOW THERE’S MORE OF US THEN THEM SO LET GIVE THEM HELL WE HAVE A CHANCE TO TURN THIS THING AROUND IF WE’RE NOT LEFT SLEEPING AT THE WHEEL SALVATION NOW FEND FOR YOURSELF DISTRIBUTE THE WEALTH STAND UP AND REBEL
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Modular Man 03:28
HE’S A MODULAR MAN WITH A MODULAR PLAN TO FIND OTHERS JUST LIKE HIM SOMEONE WITH MODULAR LIMBS HE'S A MODULAR MAN A MAN WITH A PLAN ALONE IN THIS BIG WIDE WORLD LONGING FOR HIS MODULAR GIRL HE’S A MODULAR MAN CREATED IN A LAB ONE DAY HE ESCAPED WITH AN URGE TO PROCREATE HE'S A MODULAR MAN A MAN WITH A PLAN ALONE IN THIS BIG WIDE WORLD LONGING FOR HIS MODULAR GIRL HE’S A MODULAR MAN BIOCHEMICALLY ENHANCE ORGANICALLY EQUIPPED WITH PARTS THAT SHOULDN'T EXIST HE'S A MODULAR MAN A MAN WITH A PLAN ALONE IN THIS BIG WIDE WORLD LONGING FOR HIS MODULAR GIRL

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Straight out of the gate, “Pretending We’re Surviving”, packs a potent punch of punk rock rowdiness and refuses to let up. Written over the course of ten years and recorded in 6 days. “Pretending We’re Surviving”, boasts 18 tracks laced with tasty licks and hella good kicks! In classic punk and hardcore manor the album stabs at topics like attempted sobriety, problematic society, iffy politics, psychological space problems, hypothetical lab experiments and haunted dentures.
“Pretending We’re Surviving”, is the fourth release by Canadian punk band Forever Dead! And celebrates 15 years as a band.
Grab a beverage, turn it up and enjoy the ride.

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released April 30, 2021

Recorded at NON-FICTI by Paul Dutil.
Mixed by Paul Dutil
Written by Forever Dead!
Mastered by Jon Tronblom

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