Better Off

by East Cameron Folkcore

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PRAISE FOR BETTER OFF:
“In times like these, it is important to have band like East Cameron Folkcore, that understand that music can be a political form of expression. Masterful!” – OX Magazine

“Folk, Soul and Psychedelia that targets your head as it does your legs.” – VISIONS Magazine

“Even before the music starts, this band has said more than other bands do on whole albums. This is America’s Band, in the best possible meaning.” – Plattentests.de

“This band is on fire, it’s about to explode. Their Folk-Punk has a lot of soul and urgency is swelling from their pores” – INTRO Magazine

“This is not just another band singing about the end of the world, their hate on politicians and capitalism in platitudes. They are one of the very few earnest bands we have.” – Noisiv

“The themes on this album concern us all. Better Off is a record that should be in every shelf.” – Handwritten Mag

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released September 16, 2016

Recorded at Alphabet Studios in Austin, TX
Engineered by Chris Seyler and Daniel McNeill
Mixed by Simon Frontzek
Mastered by Dan Millice
Original Artwork by Thomas Cole 1836 - The Course of Empire 'Destruction'
www.explorethomascole.org/tour/items/69/series/

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East Cameron Folkcore Austin, Texas

"Big, brash and charming!" -NPR All Songs Considered

"They are possibly the only band to site both Black Flag and Gustav Mahler as an influence." - American Songwriter

"A celebratory madness - music against the system, with brain, heart and clenched fist." - Rolling Stone
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Track Name: Better Off
Now we’re living in the
age of misinformation
while we’re sucking on the
marrow of yesterday’s dead life
Just filling up the skies
with cheap gasoline

while we’re standing on the edge
spitting fire at the stars with whiskey breath
Will we hear the earth’s tender ache
or slave ourselves to stupid that cannot understand

we could be better off
if we all just did something right
We could be better off
if we cared less for money
and more just for life

Fears run rampant in the streets
and in our homes of you and me
The revolution won’t be on TV
until there’s violence or death to see
but by then it’ll be too late
to turn the war into love

now it’s getting kind of hard to breath
and now my garden hose is a flame thrower
oh how could we be so dumb
as to kill our children’s future
but not make them understand

that we could be better off
if we all just did something right
We could be better off
if we cared less for money
and more just for life

I woke alone to a cold dark sweat
and the night ingesting my breath
I watch the full moon explode over my head
it was man’s first space bomb flight

But as we stand here on the edge spitting
fire at the stars with whiskey breath
will we feel the earth’s tender ache
or slave ourselves to stupid that we can not understand

that she doesn’t care
if we all just withered and died
Yeah, she doesn’t care
if we kill ourselves off
or get our shit right

We’d be better off
if we all just did something right
we could be better off
if we cared less for money
and more just for life
Track Name: Who Do We Think We Are
Cancer demons follow us in our dreams
Who do we think we are?
We were just wading in the muck of the river of life
passing judgement where nothing should judged
I couldn’t really feel anybody but I could see them
parading through their closest of invisible clothes
We’ve lost touch with ourselves
looting our soul for a fresh set of no’s

We never follow our hearts
forgetting the illness that runs through us all
when just like that the music stopped
Who do we think we are?

The choice is ours
Who do we think we are?
when just like that the world turns off
Who do we think we are?
choked out of existence
'cause we we’re dying for air
Who do we think we are?
Just like that the music stopped
Who do we think we are?
Track Name: Darling What Went Wrong
There’s something wrong
with the girl I’m dreaming of
She once was so pure
She once was so young
but now here ice caps are melting
but now here storms are so strong
and now we’re all gonna die in this together
Oh my darlin’ what went wrong?

Oh my girl, was it something I said?
Oh my girl, was it something I did?
Was it something I said
that made you so upset?

There’s something wrong
with the girl I”m dreaming of
She once was so pure
She once was so young
but now here ice caps are melting
but now here storms are so strong
and now we’re all gonna die in this together
Oh my darlin’ what went wrong?

She once was so pure
She once was so young
but now here ice caps are melting
but now here storms are so strong
and now we’re all gonna die in this together
Oh my darlin’ what went wrong?
Track Name: Einstein's Nightmare
Is it better to light a candle
or curse the dark?
Is the moon still a living thing
if my eyes go starkly blind?
Will the tides undivided
and get swallowed up inside
by the chaos we’ve insisted to find
by the chaos relative to our to our own time

It’s not the choices that you’ve made
or the love you are receiving
The causes that effect you may not
be the ones you believe in
If your heart lies like the weather
then wait for a passing season
But not everything will happen for a reason

So I smoked what I heard
and coughed up all my reason
settled down to live in the absurd
If I look inside if I never hear the fall
I’ll still play my part in it all

It’s not the choices that you’ve made
or the love you are receiving
The causes that effect you may not
be the ones you believe in
If your heart lies like the weather
then wait for a passing season
but everything will happen for a reason
Track Name: Dreams Deffered
Kings of convenience, bastards of commerce
Ignorance bliss and Greed is your brother
A war-torn foreign land, preaching peace there you stand
a bible in one hand and a gun in the other

‘Cause the god of the rich man don't listen to poor sins
put god in the middle and see who's left standing
But live in defiance in the den of the lions
a crowded alliance just standing there waiting

Oh, those dreams deferred
Promises stuck in your throat
do they ever get to be heard
or do they explode?

Broken disheartened, we're living like targets
becoming all victims to the rules that we live by
Let’s give ourselves a raise and give the corporate church the tax breaks
It's decadent and depraved and it's understood

that they're keeping us numb and we're raising the dumb
Giving up all our secrets a lock at a time
They can make us cower from ivory towers
Their abuse of power comes as no surprise

Oh, those dreams deferred
Promises stuck in our throats
do they ever get heard?
Do they explode?

Oh, those dreams deferred
Promises stuck in our throats
do they ever get heard?
Do they explode?

Nothing comes from
Nothing changes if
Nothing is questioned then
Nothing is sacred
Track Name: TCB
well I’m running I ran from Travis County Booking
bled the stripes off my back
the crime was on me
searching for sympathy
with my black eye still in tact

I’ve tried to hide from the anger inside
but blames such a hard thing to find
when the burden of victims you’ve wronged from their right
burn winter set with god’s awful sigh

I’m a damned man, I’m a damned man
coming out of a black out
with all of my limbs tied down
I’m cursed with addiction
vengeance in vein
horrors of a perfect day

I’ve tried to hide from the anger inside
but blames such a hard thing to find
when the burden of victims you’ve wronged from their right
burn winter set with god’s awful sigh

so throw me a torch man
free me from this chain
drench all your skies in
gasoline

throw me a torch man
free me from this chain
drench all your skies in
gasoline

and let’s set the heavens aflame
with your discontent and my mourners rage

well I’m running I ran from Travis County Booking
bled the stripes off my back
Track Name: Wilderness of War
I don’t know which is better
to be alive or to be well
Even the fat man selling the
weather is selling an illusion
to fulfill

Every day’s another battle
every life’s another war
Instead of searching for
the answers we’re just
trying to keep score

We are all victims of our
own minds torment
cowering in the
Wilderness of War

Youth gives us a naive mind to judge
what is wrong and what is right
'Cause as the years they pass
quicker I see more in grays
than blacks and whites

Life feels like a river
it’s hard to grasp cause we’re just along for the ride
There’s some illusion of control in the shallows
but you’re always moving with the tide

We are all victims of our
own minds torment
cowering in the
Wilderness of War

But what if there’s nothing to fear?
what if it’s all just the transitory blues?
Either way we’re still just
mice pushing someone else’s wheel
lost in an illusion unable to feel

We are all victims of our
own minds torment
cowering in the….
Wilderness of War
Track Name: Born to Die
it’s not the first time
I’ve found myself here
standing in the same backwards line
surrounded by fear

I like when the rains fall hard
on crowded city streets
it’s like we’re all riding in the same boxcar
both rich man and thief

bored now and wronged
you see the truth I see your lies
you count your days
well I count my hours
blessed my we’re all
born to die

I like when she comes by
like lovers estranged
all the noise from the world outside
disappears with the rain

but it seems around here the storms don’t leave
the sorrow never quits
well I bought an umbrella last year
now it’s covered in shit

old now and bored
you see the truth I see your lies
you count my days
well I’ll count my hours
blessed my we’re all
born to die