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we are the leaders of tomorrow we are the ones to have the fun we want control we want the power not gonna stop until it comes we are not Jesus Christ we are not fascist pigs we are not capitalist industrialists we are not communists we are the one we will build a better tomorrow the youth of today will be the tool american children built for survival fate is our destiny and we shall rule we are not Jesus Christ we are not fascist pigs we are not capitalist industrialists we are not communists we are the one I am the one who shows you the future I am the one who buries the past a new species rise up from the ruins I am the one that was made to last we are not Jesus Christ we are not fascist pigs we are not capitalist industrialists we are not communists we are the one
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04:20
Sitting at home all alone I hear a voice on the telephone telling me that you're dead you wrecked your car, you lost your head dreamt you had a car crash, now you're dead on the road with your head smashed well I heard the news, can't be true look what happened to you whoa oh no no no no whoa oh no no no no whoa oh no no no no Why did you leave me, where did you go? knew this would happen and I told you so, but you didn't listen to what I said look at you baby, you lost your head I dreamt you had a car crash dead on the road with your head smashed heard the news, can't be how could you have done this to me? whoa oh no no no no whoa oh no no no no whoa oh no no no no Gone, gone, gone you left me Sitting at home all alone I hear a voice on the telephone telling me that you're dead man, you lost your head whoa oh no no no no whoa oh no no no no you're dead you left me whoa oh no no no no you're gone now whoa oh no no no no
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I believe in me I believe in me I make my dreams real I believe in me verses ad lib
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At first I thought you were dead but now I see you're on of the rest they drugged you with Muzak and TV sedation you're one of the blank generation Open your eyes, open your eyes You don't see what's going on Come on, open your eyes, open your eyes you watch TV to find out what's right and wrong, yeah Open your eyes well, they tell you lies and you sing along Open your eyes to what you respected Open your eyes you can reject it I want to upset you, want to make you think but you eat all their shit it makes your breath stink gonna get a job and join a fucking union that way, you know, nothing's gonna happen Open your eyes, open your eyes You don't see what's going on Come on, open your eyes, open your eyes you watch TV to find out what's right and wrong, yeah Open your eyes well, they tell you lies and you sing along Open your eyes to what you respected Open your eyes and you can reject it Like lemmings you run towards destruction you can't see the stream of corruption oh I see you've been blind you better make up your mind Open your eyes, open your eyes You don't see what's going on Come on, open your eyes, open your eyes you watch TV to find out what's right and wrong, yeah Open your eyes well, they tell you lies and you sing along Open your eyes to what you respected Open your eyes and you can reject it Oh, open your eyes Oh, open your eyes
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03:05
I am not the lamb I am not Jesus I am not ready to sacrifice my innocence I am not ready to talk to you about politics I am not ready to taste your corruption I don't want your money or your fame and fortune no, you mean nothing to me I don't need you I know you look at me and say 'here's something I can use, abuse' but, I'm not going for it I'm innocent and I'm young but I'm not so naive that I'd fall for it I don't want your money or your record contract fame and fortune no, you can keep them I don't need the money that you want to give me want to use me, no Don't look to me to be your Jesus Christ I'm not here for your superficial sacrifice want to use my youth and my innocence trying to make a fool of me are you? you never get me you'll never use me I'll never be a martyr for you No it's not worth it Won't spill my blood for you I don't need you I don't want you I don't want you... I'm no martyr for you
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02:33
Gotta get out of here there's nothing for me here nothing to do, nowhere to go no words to say, no thoughts to think Oh, I'm leaving the pressure's building up on me the air is really thick, can't breathe I'm leaving I'm running, I'm running out of time out of breath, out of desperation Now you see me, now you don't can't stay here much longer the situation I've been making for myself can't take it, not you I'm running I'm running catch my freedom now you'll see, I won't be here for long I gotta get out out from under you what are you trying to make me do? I'm running, I'm running gotta get out gotta catch my freedom I'm running, running I'm running out of desperation gotta get out catch my freedom gotta get where I can breathe I'm running, running out of desperation
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I'm riding on a thin white line Standing in the doorway of cloud nine And you see me in the window Of a chauffeured limousine You see me on the TV, radio and the magazine Don't ask me how I feel Or if I'm coming home You say "Don't go, don't go Don't go to Babylon." Well, hey Joe I'm already there You can hear me for a million miles I'm surrounded by a thousand dials And what I want to see Is a million more of me Black plastic discs going round And round and round and round Don't ask me why I changed I never did You say "Don't go, don't go Don't go to Babylon." Well, hey Joe I'm already there I'm flying on a thin white line Standing in the doorway of what's mine Please, don't you try and stop me from going in Don't talk about the blood Running down my chin Don't ask me how I feel Cause I feel fine You say "Don't go, don't go Don't go to Babylon." Well hey Joe I'm already there
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It's the American in me that makes me watch the blood running out of the bullethole in his head. It's the American in me that makes me watch TV see on the news, listen what the man said. He said "Ask not what you can do for your country what's your country been doing to you Ask not what you can do for your country what's your country been doing to your mind?" It's the American in me says it an honor to die in a war that's just a politicians lie It's the American in me that makes me watch TV see how they burn the SLA They say "Ask not what you can do for your country what's your country been doing to you Ask not what you can do for your country what's your country been doing to your mind?" In the USA! In the USA! In the USA! It's the American in me that makes me watch the blood running out of the bullethole in his head. It's the American in me that never wonders why Kennedy was murdered by the FBI (said)
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03:37
Well, you don't know what you want working everyday in your restaurant your life is slipping out of control lose your job gonna lose you soul now boy, young and white, so you wanna make it bigger boy, you better watch your step, white nigger When you were young you had such big plans such big ambitions gonna be a good man I say look at you now, oh what a coward living your life but you don't know how to live boy (little boy) young and white, so you try to make it bigger boy, you just don't understand do you white nigger? Work like a devil, work like a dog where does it get you, where do you go oooohhhhh Work for the money, work for the show Work for the people that you don't know I see you driving around in your car pretend you're not what you really are just look in the mirror look in your eyes what you discover will be no surprise something is missing something's wrong you got your money but something's gone something you had right from the start you should have listened to your heart Work like a dog, work like a slave, Work like a devil, and what have you made ohhhhhh no, no, no Work like a dog, work 9-5 working shaking his hand you're staying alive ohhhhhh no, no where you gonna go Work work every day Work your life away and sure it pays but where does it get you, where are you now come on white nigger
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03:07
Who is that girl you see running down the alley? She's all dressed in white, must be an escapee ooh but she's beautiful just like a dream and you're so hungry for some honey and cream, yeah oh she's a mystery you gotta get into her fantasies so you run around the corner just to see what you can see and there she is saying don't you follow me, oh no She's got a smile like a knife in her teeth and you've got a pressure problem with your sweaty hands, yeah I've got my business got no time for you going to a wedding getting married to myself I am a mystery you better check it with your fantasies don't you try to put nothing on me cause if you do I'm gonna make you very sorry you did oh-oh-oh-uh-uh-oh don't you want me? oh-oh-oh-uh-uh-oh don't you follow me oh-oh-oh-uh-uh-oh don't you want me? oh-oh-oh-uh-uh-oh the answer is no yeah, I'm a mystery you better check it with your fantasies don't you try to put nothing on me cause if you do I'm gonna make you very sorry you did oh-oh-oh-uh-uh-oh sex shooter don't you want me? oh-oh-oh-uh-uh-oh don't you follow me oh-oh-oh-uh-uh-oh don't you want me? oh-oh-oh-uh-uh-oh the answer is no
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In the beginning there was a void except for the written word But I was born in such foolish times my guilt is guaranteed now I don't want to burn in hell John told me that I would unless I went down to the water my sins purged in his holy blood see how they run, sheep to the fold see how they fall, corpse from the cross now I got my bleeding heart and I wear my crown of thorns and argue with the old men about the tapestry was torn I got to sacrifice my ego it's such a small price to pay I'm waiting for the resurrection gonna find out what Christ would say see how they run, sheep to the fold see how they fall, corpse from the cross read another bible story I've got to find the truth sending loads of telegrams to God prove my faith is absolute I'm going down, down on my knees and pray maybe I'll buy a talisman oh, something's got to save me on the judgement day see how they run, sheep to the fold see how they fall, corpse from the cross see how they run, sheep to the fold see how they fall, corpse from the cross kyrie eleison
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02:44
maybe the world's a mess but baby I like your dress been seeing you around hear you're the best in town I want to fuck you, fuck you, fuck you fuck you
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everywhere I go people stare they put me down but I don't care (they put me down they put me down) my mirror's telling me my face is a mess and all my friends they hate the way i dress Cause I'm a rebel rebel, rebel, rebel, rebel, rebel, rebel, rebel, rebel, rebel, rebel, rebel, rebel, a teenage rebel Well I'm not in school and I hate work I break all their rules and they call me a jerk everybody's trying to tell me how to live my life If I hear it one more time from you baby gonna slit your gut with a knife Cause I'm a rebel rebel, rebel, rebel, rebel, rebel, rebel, rebel, rebel, rebel, rebel, rebel, rebel, a teenage rebel
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The doors flew open and the people crowded in they said, we can't wait for your show to start and their bodies flew the only way they knew they're coming straight for the center of my heart I see your face and I've memorized it I see your life, I recognize all your petty jealousies your hidden tragedies, your bitter memories they'll be the death of you yet, oh they'll be the death of you yet, oh now you look down and there's blood on your hands your frustration went out of control well, it's your nightmare and it's your life go on home now, go to bed, go to sleep and dream you see your face don't you even recognize it? you see your life you've memorized all those petty jealousies those hidden tragedies, those bitter memories they'll be the death of you yet, oh they'll be the death of you yet, oh they'll be the death of you yet you see your face don't you even recognize it? you see your life you've memorized all those petty jealousies those hidden tragedies, those bitter memories they'll be the death of you yet, oh they'll be the death of you yet, oh they'll be the death of you yet, oh they'll be the death of you yet, oh they'll be the death of you yet
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Nothing in the world can satisfy you but you won't give up and be like the rest nobody cares if you live or die so you join the party called homicide you never get caught 'cause you're too smart invisible boy, you can see in the dark you're an urban guerrilla with no real cause but to tear things down, finish things off What's the point of living a 2-D life you may as well blow up next step is genocide Crazy Homicide, Crazy Homicide (revolution) you got nothing, and nothing to say Crazy Homicide, Crazy Homicide (no solution) don't give yourseves away Nothing in the world can satisfy you but you can't give up and be like the rest nobody cares if you live or die so you join the party called homicide What's the point of living a 2-D life you may as well blow up next stop is suicide Crazy Homicide, Crazy Homicide (revolution) you got nothing, and nothing to say Crazy Homicide, Crazy Homicide (no solution) don't give yourseves away Crazy Homicide, Crazy Homicide (revolution) you got nothing, and nothing to say Crazy Homicide, Crazy Homicide (no solution) don't give yourseves away
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about

"'The American In Me' was a torn flag flown by the Avengers... the best punk band in San Francisco, in moments the best in the country -- and what they were claiming was the country itself: the country that the Avengers’ songs said didn’t want them, didn’t recognize them, didn’t hear them, wouldn’t listen."
-Greil Marcus

The Avengers were one of the first and most influential female-fronted punk bands in the US. In two short years, June of 1977 to June of 1979, singer Penelope Houston led The Avengers in just over 100 performances, from the Mabuhay and the Masque to supporting the Sex Pistols at Winterland (that group's legendary final show). They headlined shows with X, the Go-Go's, and the Dead Kennedys. During their brief existence, The Avengers released the We Are The One 7" on Dangerhouse Records and the four-song 12" EP on White Noise. In 1983, drummer Danny Furious and bassist Jimmy Wilsey gathered together these and other studio recordings for the full length self-titled LP -- the infamous "Pink Album" -- which would soon become the band’s essential release. Out of print for decades, Avengers has been the lost artifact of the first wave of American punk.

New generations of music fans continue to discover The Avengers, and this never-ending demand has spawned countless bootlegs and two official collections of alternate material. As long-time fans wear out their original LP’s and new fans scour the Internet for dubious downloads, the question arises again and again; "When will the ‘Pink Album’ be officially
re-released?" After literally years of effort the band has succeeded in making this release possible.

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released May 29, 2012

Disc 1 contains the original tracks and track order from the 1983 LP.
Disc 2 has the two bonus cuts that first appeared on cassette and CD versions of the "Pink Album" along with live recordings, rehearsal tapes, and studio demos. This set presents twenty-seven different songs and unique versions of four songs -- including alternate vocal mixes of "Uh-Oh" and "The American In Me" from the long out-of-print White Noise EP.

The LP is based on the original release and contains the first 14 songs listed below (all of disc one)

Avengers 2 disc set on CD
Disc One:
1 We Are The One
2. Car Crash
3. I Believe In Me
4. Open Your Eyes
5. No Martyr
6. Desperation
7. Thin White Line
8. Paint It Black
9. The American In Me
10. White Nigger
11. Uh-Oh
12. Second To None
13. Corpus Christi
14. Fuck You

Disc Two:
1. Teenage Rebel
2. Friends of Mine
3. White Nigger
4. Cheap Tragedies
5. The Good, the Bad, and the Kowalskis
6. Crazy Homicide
7. Summer of Hate
8. I Believe in Me
9. Your Parents Sins
10. Something's Wrong
11. Money Money
12. Misery
13. Time To Die
14. Release Me
15. Zero Hour
16. The American in Me
17. Uh-Oh

Disc Two info:
1, 2, 5, and 11 were recorded in 1977 at Iguana rehearsal studios by Joey Swales.
3 early version demoed at Wally Heider Studios in 1978.
4 recorded on May 13, 1979 at Peter Miller Studios.
6-8 recorded live January 14 1978 at the Winterland Ballroom.
9 recorded live March 20 1978, at the Mabuhay Gardens (the Miner's Benefit).
10 recorded live August 12, 1978 at the Steamship in Santa Cruz.
12-15 recorded live June 13 1979 at the Old Waldorf.
16, 17 recorded in October 12, 1978 at Different Fur, with additional recording in Los Angeles with Geza X and Rene Daalder.
Tracks 16 and 17 originally released in 1979 on White Noise.

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