Anthology

by Missionshifter

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Missionshifter consisted of five members through its six years of playing music: Matt Buchanan, Chris Chapman, Jon Newton, Eric Muniz, and Jeff Rowe. We had a lot of fun playing and feel honored that Riley has taken an interest in releasing these songs. The funny thing about our breakup is that we all agree we never played music better than at our last show. This release provides some closure to the band, not long before breaking up we wrote ten songs, five that we recorded, but never released and another five that we never recorded at all. Most people never heard these songs so we included them all here, five recorded and the other five from our last show.

Thank You Riley.

This record is dedicated to the memory of our good friend Joe Kelley.

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released 16 October 2010

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Track Name: Quick Fix
we have no faith
in our youth this day
school systems decay
blame symptoms like
drugs, violence, ADHD

feel we need to place blame
we fault symptoms instead
more bogus theories
add another band-aid, no change, perpetuate

drugs, violence, suicide, depression
where does this stem from?
what's the quick answer?

teen moms, drop outs, no hope for a future
standardized testing
that must be the answer

prescribe every drug in the book
it still doesn't question the root of the problem

band-aid, no change, perpetuate
band-aid, no change, perpetuate
maintain, no change, ideals contained
maintain, no change, and that is how things will stay
Track Name: The Right To
Well I’m so lost, no choices at all,
this two party system is inherently flawed
A joke
this issues aren’t sought
“I like his smile, he seems brave but he blinks a lot”
Again and again and again and again
Representation by the same group of men
The same
been sold and been bought
in each case the winner owns millions in stock

It's in the constitution
the right to free assembly
it's in the constitution
the right to free speech
it's in the constitution
the right to question government
If it's in the constitution
then why are we so scared?

Unlearn
what you've been old
true democracy requires more than your vote
just once
every four years
another good American, your conscience is clear

Again and again and again and again
Representation by the same group of men
Sit back
Population
TVs, cell phones, bills and booze all distractions

It's in the constitution...

Redefine the world we see
rejecting bullshit policies
there's nothing wrong with wanting to voice your thoughts
Remember ever every word you say
denouncing bogus policies
is promised by the paper that defines this land
Track Name: Misguided Priorities
Youth-driven culture obsesses our minds
what creates this resistance to life?
corporate agenda not concerned with what's right
wrinkles and weight are America's plight

Human insecurity transformed into cash
movie stars interspersed with clips of Iraq
if I missed out when I was 15
regret and sorrow only make me miss out on today

Youth-driven culture obsesses our minds
mutated figures role models by night
refuse to believe they live their lives right
gained wisdom is not something to fight

Human insecurity...

Taught to believe, what you need to be
taught to believe, what you shouldn't be
learn to believe, that you're already he
learn to believe, that you're already she

And then, you'll be, just fine
Track Name: Religion
My main problem with religion, is the assumption that it’s way is right.
I was raised Catholic, went to Sunday school,
but being good seemed like common sense to me.
I saw grown adults treat each other well,
not because it was right,
but to avoid going to hell.
Something’s greatly wrong with this situation,
being good shouldn’t stem from obligation.

I won’t give into religious doctrine.
I’ll follow my heart and do what’s right,
without fear of going to your made up hell.

My main problem with religion, is that it acts like a corporation.
I was raised Catholic, went to Sunday school,
but being a salesman never made much sense to me.
I heard grown adults bash the pastor,
predict downfall of the parish because fundraising was down.
Something’s greatly wrong with this situation,
raising money shouldn’t be an obligation.

I won’t give into religious....
Track Name: The Ones
What did I say?
The last time I felt this way.
I can’t remember, what did I say?
The inspiration seemed so great.

What did I say?
I’ll strive my best to live this way.
I can’t remember, what did I say?
I felt alive I grew that day.

Always remember the ones who were there,
always remember the ones who truly cared.
How will I behave in this life?
Treat people well, you’ll be treated nice.

Why does motivation take so much time?
True freedom is an open mind.
How will I behave in this life?
All actions will return in kind.
Why does motivation take so much time?
True freedom is an open mind.

Always remember....
Track Name: I'll Do It
If it takes an entire life to entire life rise above and live it right I’ll do it. And if it takes an entire life to find the truth in all their lies I’ll give it. You don’t know what you had until you sign the dotted line then what you have ain't as bright as what you left behind you find out in the end it really don’t matter much it’s what you give not what you take despite the rise or fall. Don’t be afraid to understand you might get hurt you might fall down don’t give up. No one can stop us now they held us down we held our ground we won’t give up. You don’t know what you had until you sign the dotted line then what you have ain't as bright as what you left behind you find out in the end it really don’t matter much it’s what you give not what you take. The road runs hard and everyday you feel like giving up but it’s the choices that you make when others turn and run deep in the pockets of your heart you held you own you held your own.
Track Name: Ho Chi Minh
I call it irony when a band that claims unity
can't be found until it's time for their set
Wait it get better when that same band starts to knock the fans
yet they haven't been around for the entire night
I call it irony when a scene that claims unity
people come out for just one band

the best leaders in the world
are the ones who follow the words that they've spoken
the best leaders in the world
are the ones who live by example
there was a man from Vietnam who left for 20 years but never forgot his cause,
his name was ho chi minh
A woman from the northwest was bombed in a car for her beliefs, she still pressed on
her name was judi bari

when will we, realize, our own goddamn hypocrisy?
when will we, realize, we're mirroring society?
Track Name: Our Nature
March to the steps of the State House
and let yourself in.
There's something wrong with this life,
it's not what I've become, it's what I could have been.
Ask yourself how much longer, will the safety net hold.
Thinnest margin for error
then it's back to the streets, back to the cold.

We try hard not to look the other way
it's what's in our nature.
Close your eyes and the problems go away,
is this what's in our nature?

Pass the man on the corner,
pass his pleading stare.
The crux lies in your perception,
is the problem him or the reasons that he's there?
Pass the man on the corner,
why should you care?
Man's providence and the spare change
it's keeping him alive
it'll always keep him there.

We try hard not to look the other way...

And would you lie to me? Is there truth in what you say?
Track Name: Will Gross Not Forgotten
16 years old

gonna grow up fast
no more sheltered past
here comes reality
ready or not.

The hardest changes in our lives
are needed to open eyes
it’s how we handle
and what we make of them.

Can my best friend’s suicide
be used to open my eyes wide
do we look for sympathy
endless despair?

A group of friends changed for life
not to mention family and their love
Will’s life meant so much
so I’ll take what I can.

16 years old

there’s no way you meant it
caught in the moment
didn’t think about long-term effects.

10 years and a lot of reflection
all over one decision,
tragedy turned positive
though it feels strange to say.

But some good needs to come out
more than just an empty void,
Will you need to know
there’s been no judgment passed.
Years forming a solid bond
these memories last forever long
your life meant so much
so I’ll take what I can.

And Will I say you still live!
And Will you live in memory!
And Will I say you still live!
And Will it’s time for me to forgive!
Track Name: Category Killer
The failure of policies from long forgotten wars,
brings unmonitored production across foreign shores.
Communities’ destruction grows from the seed,
planted ignorance and hatred,
reaps violence and greed.

The giants come in and steal life from this town,
it’s the nameless and faceless that rule like the crown.
Keep the wealth for yourself
the blood of your help,
such a small price to pay
for the goods on the shelf.

Leverage your wealth from the poor.
How do you sleep?
Track Name: Build
Does distance grow by hours on its own forget the point of what the past has shown. Pushed to the edge no time to react, forgiven once now just take it back. Stagger back before you think it through, whatever happened to incorruptible youth? Pushed to the edge no time to react, forgiven once now just take it back. You move like you’re standing still, crushed by the weight big shoes to fill. Will I build something new, make it take its place. Look past your obstacles fitted for disgrace. Wheels spin like we’re stuck in mud again, broken plans go past just once and then. Gauge success for years by the alphabet, force yourself you’ll find you fit. You move like you’re standing still, crushed by the weight big shoes to fill. Will I build something new make it take its place. Look past your obstacles, fitted for disgrace. Is this what you think is what you’d find? Is this what you think is what would stand in your way? Is this what you think is what you’d find, just my mistake.
Track Name: Sonik Youth
Solitary hand your friends are on their own and I remember days of sailing on the sea and you were there with someone. ?? mount some time, be denied, king pin, watch em grind, satellite, satellite, what a lie. Solitary hand, your friends are on their own. And I remember days of sailing on the sea, and you were there with no one. Make some time for two and turn your inside out and if time is an ocean and the waves are these moments it’s just something I can not explain. Feeding time, watch em rise, piano wire, body size. Solitary womb who was the one that’s named for you.
Track Name: Presidential Politics (Live)
Are you surprised to find out the president has lied, inherent corruption of mind. It seems like our population is blind yet it’s written in our history. Johnson told a big old lie, his motivation to justify the war in Vietnam through the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution. George Bush Sr. was no exception built his campaign on a slogan, “No new taxes for the middle class” yet they went up at record levels. Did you ever hear of Iran-Contra? Reagan swore he wouldn’t deal with terrorists, sold missiles to Iran, when caught he claimed, “good intentions.” Andrew Jackson was a real bastard, broke some treaties with the Natives. The Cherokees won in Supreme Court but he wouldn’t support. Are you surprised..... Harry Truman told a lie August 6th or 45’ “Hiroshima and armed target” yet rated civilian by the U.S. Army. Bay of Pigs and JFK funded by the CIA swore not to invade Cuba the next day they shot a U.S. bomber. 2nd war in Iraq, “threat of imminent attack, no weapons found but they could have built them” now it’s about their “liberation.” Though it had no real importance, Clinton lied and under oath, “no relations with that woman” though it was stupid I ask you.... Will they ever tell the truth, I doubt it based on what they’ve proven.
Track Name: Michelle, Luisa, Mom (Live)
She was raised on government food in a trailer park in Gary Indiana. Her dad was a wreck hooked on heroin, every time he called home he was drunk. She saw him in a store, but so much time had passed, he didn’t recognize his little girl. A depressed town leads to depressed folks and so did grandpa who touched her. She was born in Worcester Mass to two young kids, straight from Puerto Rico. Her dad was a wreck such an awful cliche, in and out of prison for drugs. She was one of thirteen, twelve she never knew, so many different mothers. Mom’s mental games and her father’s absence, made it hard for that young girl to grow. But still you made it through somehow and still you managed to keep a sense of self. But still you walked away somehow and still you managed to keep a sense of self. She was born an Irish-Catholic in the late 50’s, she was one sibling of nine. Her father died when she was just fifteen, his lungs gave out to a factory. Within a year her brother was shot and died, the family was left torn apart. If they wanted food or clothes or anything, the kids had to fend for themselves. But still you made it through... It’s not my place to say would you have been so strong? It’s not my place to say would you have come so far? I don’t think that I would have been so strong. I don’t think that I would have come so far. But still ...
Track Name: Friendship and Pain (Live)
So frustrated it seems so obvious, what is it that you don’t get? I’ve lost patience turned self-righteous, what is it that I have to say? I heard you out now it’s my turn, heard your opinions are you trying? In so many ways I’ve tried to explain, but preaching gets us nothing. I’ve learned that the best way to make meaningful change is through shared friendship and pain. I’ve learned that if people can first relate, they’ll hear what you have to say.
Track Name: It Don't Matter (Live)
It don’t matter what you did it’s what you’re doing now in this moment, in the present. Past accomplishments serve as reminders to where I want to go and keep them current. Living in the past is just a form of death, I’m too stubborn for that I’ll do more than just look back. By harping on the past we stifle where we’re at it’s such a waste of time, get set for a let down. It’s not about who you were, it’s who you are right now. No time for stagnation, there’s no time for hesitation, there’s no time for depression, there’s no time for ...
Track Name: Tim's Song (Live)
My mentor of 10 years, years of good memories, lessons learned and times had I’ll never live with regret. Taught me to be positive, life is worth every breath I respect that more than all else, I’ll try and take the high road. Confidence as a kid a trait I will not ever lose, having faith in myself a lesson that I’ll always hold. I can’t escape the memories, memories of he and me these are the ones I choose, the ones I’ll keep. All those years of trust have since been lost. Some things just can’t return. My mentor of 10 years, shocked me more than I believe when I heard I hit the floor, charged a pedophile. How the hell can I express feelings of nothingness a person I looked up to left me disappointed. In everything you taught me your actions proved the opposite it’s a shame such a waste how’d it go so wrong? I’ve come to terms with the fact it’s in the past no turning back I hope you understand why you cannot be in my life. All those years of trust….. You spent three years in a federal prison. I wish you no harm but you need help. I’m going to try my best to take away some good. I hope you do well but I’ve cut the chord.
Track Name: Remembering Joe (Tourist)
He was inappropriate, a booze addict, a "piece of shit," he'd flip, don't know when to quit, man I miss him. He'll never be forgot. Said "we're all losers till the end," he was a true friend, you could depend, genuine, lend anything, I'll always remember. He will be missed. He was the most well read, person I ever met, always said what he meant, didn't mince his words, was unapologetic. That's rare in this world. He could tell a good joke, better than most, always poked for the throat, how far would he go, it was just shock value. He would always make you smile. How many times, did we laugh about your reputation? How many times, did we laugh about all that we had in common? How many times, did you call me a liberal pussy? How many times, did I call you a backwards republican redneck? And the joke is on, anyone who knew you as Joe Zippo. And the truth is clear, to anyone who knew you as Joe Kelley. And the joke is on, anyone whoknew you as Joe Zippo. Because who we really loved, was Joe Kelley.
Track Name: Waterfront (Matt B / Joe K)
I’ve gotta go work on the shore, but I could have been so much more I’ve gotta pay just to work I should have been a soda jerk. I spent thirty years on the dock, in the union nothing but talk, I’ve got nothing left to give, but the two rooms where we live. I’ve gotta go ...