Born To Ruin

by Crazy Arm

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released 19 June 2009

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Formed in 2006, Plymouth roots-punk ensemble, Crazy Arm's sound is an accumulation of decades of influence and inspiration: rooted in hardcore/punk, ‘60s protest folk/country and Springsteen-esque classic rock’n’roll. They combine this with a grass-roots political overview that embraces anti-war, anti-fascist and pro-community activism. ... more

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Track Name: Asphalt
In other times you'd lose those graces
In a blaze of accusations, on slates of stone
In other worlds your kings and queens
Will not stand up to scrutiny
While things are spoken, while gods are dead
I'll state my case and cover down
These words are mine to kill your hate
And melt your swords in fire

There's nothing left for us in the city
I'll take my chances on the road
There's nothing precious in the city
Won't buy the lies that I've been told

Come visit me with new desires
Come visit me with hand grenades
Come talk to me of foreign lands
Of burning skies and hidden chords
Come fuck with me and leave me open
To new ideas and metaphors
Come down with me to where I lay
To drink the blood from whisky jars

It's not that I don't know what I am doing here
It's not that I don't know where I am going here
It's not that I don't know what I'm saying here
(This is a war)
Just by now I should have some better idea, better way

There's nothing that can't be forgiven

There's nothing left for us in the city
I'll take my chances on the road
Track Name: Still To Keep
I'm tired of complications
I'm tired of making do
I'm tired of celebrations
I'm leaving them to you
We're jumping over wisdom
And falling on our fears
Oh lord, I need the pressure
But who's to say

I'm tired of politicians
Of patriots and cops
I'm tired of economics
The haves and the have-nots
It's hard to know the right choice to be made
And harder still to keep
It's easy in denial
But who's to say

Be not afraid to hold out your hand
Be not ashamed to not understand
Be not afraid to hold out for more
No need for the key when you kick down the door

Still to keep
Oh, and still to burn
Still to keep

It's hard to know the right choice to be made
And harder still to keep
It's easy in denial
But who's to say

Be not afraid to hold out your hand
Be not ashamed to not understand
Be not afraid to hold out for more
No need for the key when you kick down the door
Track Name: Blind Summit
I’ve done things that i'm proud of and things that I ain't
It all goes to ground in the end
From winner to sinner, from ass-hole to saint
I've got no desire to make amends
So sit down beside me and I'll pour you a drink
Tell you a story or two
About how I was lost in the maze, couldn't think
Couldn't act, I didn't know what to do

I searched for the answers inside and out
From bar-room to self-help to skin
But I never found better than thinking it through
And learning to live with the sin
Only a fool would consider his life to be
More than a fleeting affair
No more will I let down the people I love
And the people who care that I'm there

Now I'm down on my knees and I'm starting to pray
I'm begging you please, show me the way
Yeah, I'm down on my knees and I'm starting to die
God wasn't listening to what I had to say
I’m gonna say it to him anyway
Said "what were you thinking you crazy old fool?
I've lost all my faith in, I never had faith in
I will not have faith in the things that you say"
Now let's all go back home

Well this is my confession of all that I know
And all that has yet to be done
The answers are questions, the truth is a lie
And trust means nothing to no-one
I've taken the drugs and I've had all the fights
Everything stays just the same
With feverish passion I've fought for the right
To refuse to kill and to maim
Sit down beside me and I'll pour you a drink
Tell you a story or two
About how I was lost in the maze, couldn't think
Couldn't act, now I know what to do

I'll say no to the violence and no to the war
No to corruption and greed
No to the money and no to the law
Loving is all that I need

Now I'm down on my knees but I'm refusing to pray
I'm begging you please, stay out of my way
Yeah, I'm down on my knees and I'm refusing to die

God wasn't listening to what I had to say
I’m gonna say it to him anyway
Said "what were you thinking you crazy old fool?
I've lost all my faith in, I never had faith in
I will not have faith in the things that you say"
Now let's all go back home
Track Name: Desire Lines
Up at the windows
Of unseen wards
Traffic control behind
Mind control ahead
Some people take my breath away
Some people leave me cold
Neon lights go on
We’re all cruising along

The belts and the buckles, the scars on our knuckles
The tears and the battles that strengthen our shackles
The friends and the traitors, the solemn tailgaters
The tired fell-runners who train through the summer

You hit and you hope
Along desire lines
You hit and you hope
This is your last chance

The sea-bed monsters who wander amongst us
The anxious note-writers, night-frighters, nail-biters

If they lay down more speed ramps we'll take to the seas
If they put up more barbed wire we'll just learn to fly
If they cut down more trees we'll go underground
If they snuff out more lives, oh Lord, I don't know where to run

The terrain is looking rough
And littered with trash
While you're upstairs sleeping it off
She’s being turned over by a long-distance lover

The cotton-eyed snipers, the jail-bait juicers
The princes of thieves and the nurses of bruises
The warts on our fingers, the throats of our singers
The mystery jets and the truth that they bring us

The smiles of the cynics, the self-absorbed mimics
The rest of the people who don't know their limits
The boots and the laces, the hooks in our faces
The best of the fighters, the worst of the useless
Track Name: Born To Ruin
Masters of the realm, servants of the pigs, courtiers of the crown
Raised on trouble, caught in the blast
This moral down-pour will never last.
Saviours of the law, shadows of spin, sisters of war
Raised for trouble, caught in the blast
This mortal outrage will never last

Hold on

I'll never want for nothing but the weight on my shoulders
Pushing and pulling from killer to the killed
What a melodramatist I've turned into baby
Measured and sinful and pleasured by the skin

Holders of the reins, breakers of hearts, suitors to the cause
Raised on trouble, caught in the act
Crawl through the debris and never look back
Workers of the world, makers of dissent, breakers of the law
Raised for trouble, caught in the act
Wade through the river and never go back.
And I, I'm on a mission again
Blessed and unbroken, born to ruin

Hold on

I'll never want for nothing but the sound of devotion
Living and dying from thriller to the thrilled
Turning from the poison yet high on the redemption
Measured and sinful and pleasured once again
Track Name: Broken By The Wheel
But you won't hold your daughter's hand
If you don't grow into a man
I don't know what to do here and it's getting hard to breathe
I don't know what's a-coming and I think I'd rather leave
Sit and complain to the common man
Of motivation and common land
We don't know what to do here and it's getting hard to speak
I don't know what's a-coming and I think I'd rather sleep

Keep to the path that you have chosen
And everybody will follow on
As all the borders are broken down
In this one-horse town
Keep to the path that you have chosen
And everybody will follow on
And all the myths will be broken down
In this pass-by town

Through cactus, pine and scalding sun
Through desert rain and broken stone
I'm not in it to win it, I'm in it to create
I'm not in it to win it, I'm barely in at all

Wasted on the cloth
Broken by the wheel
Running for your life
Singing for your meal

So now I'm sitting in a calm sea
And I wanna learn how to row
I'm searching out redemption
But how am I supposed to know?

So now I'm stranded in the calm sea
Track Name: Henry Fabian Flynn
The tide comes back in to wash away your sins
Then you begin to sin once again, remember
Oh remember, trouble and desire
And when I get in the states that I get in
I think of Henry Flynn and try once again, to remember
Oh remember, stay on fire

Running, fighting, winning, ready, to lead the way
Born to be broken, and never to be broken again
Loving, learning, hoping, ready, to seize the day
Born to find reason, a reason to get to the end

If we believe that we can still believe
To face out the cold and face down the fear, together
Oh remember, it's not forever
When I take a fall, feel I got fuck all
I think of Henry Flynn and work through the pain, whatever
Oh remember, to stay on fire

When you get down, I'll stick around
We'll kick out the jams and make a righteous sound, together
Oh remember, this is ours
And when I get in the states that I get in
I think of Henry Flynn and try once again, to remember
Oh remember, stay on fire

If we believe that we can still believe
To face out the cold and face down the fear, together
Oh remember, it's not forever
Now that I'm here, pushing through the years
What could have been could have been much worse, remember
Oh remember, stay on fire
Track Name: International Front
Cold, cold steel
Keeps you awake
You're counting down the days
Scorched and burned by a golden sun

Cold, cold sweat
Keeps you alive
We're counting down the hours
Shocked and awed in the golden sun
Taking orders from everyone
Every step is a sinking, step is a falling stone

Oh brother, it was hard enough
To work through the day and to sleep through the night
Oh sister, it was bad enough, now we're gonna have to
Lay down our lives when we don't wanna fight

The worst laid plans, of mice and men
Are etched upon the walls
Like a statement of bad intent

Designed to cheer, designed to turn
Devoured by ourselves
Blind and burned in the golden sun
Don't give a fuck about anyone
Every step is a sinking, step is a falling stone.

International front, borders taken apart, got to end what you start
International front, borders taken apart, put an end to the start

We're walking a broken line
And I'm fighting a rising tide
Walking a broken line
I'll be back in the brink of time
Track Name: Kith And Kingdom
This is no-one's land
Everybody has no country
No Gods, no masters
Mine is no-one's hand
But my own to smite as I please
No Gods to fear

Please don't walk on me
Tragedy will bear your name
I do declare
Please don't come to me
Misery is all I have
I'm well aware

The last runner
You can't leave 'til the day is over
The last minute
Got to get out and start all over

Told to walk in line
Never to amount to anything
Controlled by fear
Will we breach this time
To be held account for everything
From yours to mine

My kingdom for a crown
We let the whole world down
But we don't let on, we don't tap the slate
My kingdom couldn't wait
Stalk the forest at night
Turf battles, social rank and file
Bite marks on the forehead
Two punctures in the chest
Now let the whole world in

This is no-one's land
Everybody has no country
No Gods, no masters
Mine is no-one's hand
But my own to smite as i please
No Gods to fear.

Now let the whole world in
Let the whole world in

When you choose a scapegoat for your plans
You play a cold-blood game of chance
That could enable the romance
Of those who choose to stand against
We grab the first thing that we can
When floors and walls are falling down
But we don't show much fortitude
There's only so much we can do
Your left is fighting for your right
Caught in the war by accident
The towns and cities owe us more
Than we are willing to accept
The whole is greater than the sum
The social contract makes it known
That we are bound by kith and kin
The kingdom keeps us all within
Track Name: Reassure Me
Between the cracks in the pavement and the holes in our lives
Between selfish superstition and the open road
Between nostalgic remembrance and neurotic delight
There's nothing to protect us from the falling sky

We call the shots, we know we're in it for life
We trawl the streets for those who know it's not right
We bite our tongues and let the anger subside
We fight in packs and learn to stay on the ride
Time will tell

Between the headaches, the heartbreaks
And the social disgrace
Between contrition, remission and the breaking glass
Between blood and bone, out of sight
Stuck in some kind of hell
Reassure me that everything is gonna be alright

We're trapped and blinded by the city lights

The lovers have all bedded down for the night
The cops and crooks cruise the streets looking for a fight
The song fades to an unheard peace
Or stops dead like a gunshot
And you say to yourself
‘This is truly what I'm not'
Track Name: Christ In Concrete
Taken by wheel, rail and heel
Brought here to die, or work in hell
Death from above, close your eyes
Seeds of disease, sown and grown
We fall

Sew up your mouth, try your friends
Nobody wants you in the end
Sew up your sins, sit dead still
Nobody loved you and no-one ever will
I know

Wave goodbye and never to be found
Walk away and never turn around
You'll soon see it through with liquor in you
You'll do what you do with anger in you

We were supposed to make a difference
To shorten the distance
Now the distance keeps us down

Cauterize lesions and learn from the loss
The force of completion is leaving us looking for more
And more and more

Seen all the pictures and heard all the laughter
But still I don't really belong
Close to calling
All that I have are these kids and these books
And it won't take me long to pack up
Building justice on these threadbare clothes of mine

Sew up your mouth, try your friends
Somebody loves you in the end
Sew up your sins, sit dead still
Somebody loves you and someone always will