Fires To Find Our Friends

by Lead Shot Hazard

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1.
If I stand alone, do nothing and allow atrocities If I stand alone, do nothing it is the end for you and me (That house of cards) Now I’m looking for a reason to act arbitrarily But I only have to press the standby switch to my TV (That house of cards) If we rile up together and grab as many punks and skins We’ll discover that eventually maybe one day we might win (That house of…) King says to Queen “We have got to get out, ‘Cause these peasants, these down-trodden rotters, these punks, Have all begun to shout About freedom and fairness and liberty, We have got to unite ‘Cause these things that we have not had thoughts about Could set us alight” Stand alone with nothing, don’t accept atrocities Even if I stand alone I think I can change the way they see (That house of cards) If we rile up together, grab as many punks and skins We’ll discover most miraculously that this day we could win (That house of…) King says to Queen “We have got to get out, ‘Cause these jokers, these rascals, these scoundrels, these punks, Have all begun to shout About freedom and fairness and liberty, We have got to unite ‘Cause these things that we have not had thoughts about Could set us alight” We don’t fight if we don’t fight the motions We don’t fight if we don’t fight the will We don’t fight, if we don’t fight who will?
2.
We’ve had a lot going on in the background I think we thought we had a fix and found a new sound Turn some heads, strike the chords and burn the new valve (The wait is over and the wait is over) You know it’s hard getting all of the parts right We spent a lot of time crushing the nuts tight Red-eye itch and awkward aches from going all night (The wait is over and the wait is over) Our valves and reeds bleed, tearing up the new wave Knew they could take it, smash it, torch it in their own way All we ever heard was not to do things our way (The wait is over and the wait is over) So load the van high, head out over midnight Go find those kids we knew when this was still a highlight Turn some heads, strike the chords and cover Streetlight (The wait is over and the wait is over and…) Hey you, you know we’re getting older Yeah, and I’m sorry I told ya But we’ve got, gotta start finding ways to Chase this down before it fades away And hey you, you know we won’t surrender Yeah, ‘cause there’s no getting younger We’ve got, gotta start finding ways to Chase this down before it fades away Did you ever think that this could be a safe bet? (Oh no!) Lesser numbers with a simple change of our frets No going backwards to start over with a new set (The wait is over and the wait is over) So load the van high, head out over midnight I think those kids we found have never lost their ska rights Turn some heads, strike the chords and cover Streetlight (The wait is over and the wait is over and…) Hey you, you know we’re getting older Yeah, and I’m sorry I told ya But we’ve got, gotta start finding ways to Chase this down before it fades away And hey you, you know we won’t surrender Yeah, ‘cause there’s no getting younger We’ve got, gotta start finding ways to Chase this down before it fades away Chase this down! Chase this down! Hey you, get up and get over Come in just a few steps closer A few more bars until disclosure (The wait is over and the wait is over) Don’t ask, just know what I’ve told ya My truth stands as strong as a boulder Come on and sign your name as our soldier (The wait is over and the wait is over, yeah!) Hey, and I’m sorry I told ya But we’ve got, gotta start finding ways to Chase this down before it fades away And hey you, you know we won’t surrender Yeah, ‘cause there’s no getting younger We’ve got, gotta start finding ways to Chase this down before it fades away Hey you, you know we’re getting older Yeah, and I’m sorry I told ya But we’ve got, gotta start finding ways to Chase this down before it fades away Hey you, you know we won’t surrender Yeah, ‘cause there’s no getting younger We’ve got, gotta start finding ways to Chase this down before it fades away Before it fades away Before it fades away Hey you!
3.
Keep kicking! We miss you, Henry Rich! A sinking feeling that this is failing What the Hell kind of leader are you? You said you want in, but now you’re leaving What the Hell man? I’m so damn confused! I’ve got these reasons in my life (for strife) Go ahead and plunge in with your knife (alright) Now it’s too late and I don’t understand it at all Where we’re coming from and where the Hell we’re going to end up I’m such a state, ‘cause it feels like I’m falling apart I’ve seen a different point of view and I don’t like what I’m witnessing Procrastination, elimination Not too hard now to see which to choose Best to get started while I’m still hearted Here are the actions I propose to do, hey! Grab all your torches and send them up bright Tear up your bedsheets and write words with hight They’ll keep on coming, they’re bringing the fight But we’ll stand our ground ’til the morning light I’ve got these reasons in my life (for strife) Go ahead and plunge in with your knife (alright) Now it’s too late and I don’t understand it at all Where we’re coming from and where the Hell we’re going to end up I’m such a state, ‘cause it feels like I’m falling apart I’ve seen a different point of view and I don’t like what I’m witnessing Whoa, let’s have a Rebellion Whoa, let’s have a Rebellion Whoa, let’s have a Rebellion Whoa Now that’s a stout lie and I don’t understand it at all Where we’re coming from and where the Hell we’re going to end up I’m such a state, ‘cause it feels like I’m falling apart I’ve seen a different point of view and I don’t like what I’m witnessing
4.
Off Beat On 03:44
You had a plan and I was the NME Walked out of these shoes and into catastrophe Yet still this life’s off-beat goes on and on It took some time to tear down the picket fence Spin another record ’til oops, it got into your head Yet still this life’s off-beat goes on and on On and on (this beat goes) On and on (this beat goes) Pull it down, throw it in and let it drown Sink this empty vessel ‘cause it only cost a pound Yet still this life’s off-beat goes on and on (on and on) I think it’s time, perhaps a nail on the head? Here’s some loving words about people that we said Yet still this life’s off-beat goes on and on On and on (this beat goes) On and on (this beat goes) On and on (this beat goes) On and on (this beat goes) Have you seen all these people next to me? Yeah some play in the graveyard and some are counting three And don’t forget all the other symphonies Like little broken arrows flying flags for all the ‘zines And a Redrum moment has All it needs to be… Sharp to the point as we tear down the joint In a manner that swings with ease Do the dog, meow the cats (meow) Jump from the tree screaming “rat-a-tat-tat” Like a fish in custard or a negative horse at play With guys like this I can do this every day From the chords where I started to where I stand today The captain had an accident, the tea had gone astray The kings stayed new and the barstools flew And the pissed dicks got away (no way!) Hey! This off-beat’s on! This off-beat’s on! And this off-beat is… And this off-beat is… On and on (this beat goes) On and on (this beat goes) On and on (this beat goes) On and on (this beat goes)
5.
Go on, take a minute, now stop! Listen up, just sit back And try to understand, whoa We don’t always recognise The way that we’re living, now stop! No it doesn’t take much To see through their agendas, whoa Blatant bias on the page I say we don’t humour them (Top red, blood blue, heart black) I say we don’t jump in line I say we rise up as one (Top red, blood blue, heart black) I say we fight back this time Go on, take a minute, now stop! It’s a sign of our times Fake news everywhere, whoa We don’t always recognise Truth from propaganda, stop! Enough is enough They’re playing us for fools, whoa And we’ve had it with their lies I say we don’t humour them (Top red, blood blue, heart black) I say we don’t jump in line I say we rise up as one (Top red, blood blue, heart black) I say we fight back this time Go on, take a minute, now stop! I say we don’t humour them (Top red, blood blue, heart black) I say we don’t jump in line I say we rise up as one (Top red, blood blue, heart black) I say we fight back this time Top red, blood blue, heart black Top red, blood blue, heart black Top red, blood blue, heart black Top red, blood blue, heart black Top red, blood blue, heart black Top red, blood blue, heart black
6.
Hold my hand and I’ll walk you through this one Safe and slow Be aware of the made men telling You just where to go Hear their lies and their backwards meanings Nothin’ on the radio, there’s nothin’ on the TV Try to suppress this, I’m getting restless I’ve got to move, make a change And I’m thinking there must be some better life One where I get to hold my head up high, stay in the fight And I’m hoping there might be some better way Find a way to keep me going on right through this rain When the daylight ends And life weighs heavy on my mind I still hear the words you sang Teaching me to do what’s right Oh with your voice so soft Fighting tears forming in your eyes Mamma raised me to stand tall Daddy never seen me cry I often think that I’m better off pretending Nothing’s wrong Just ignoring all the fear and the loathing We’ve been doing that all along Just accepting all their lies and their meanings Put it on the radio, now put it on the TV I can’t suppress this, I won’t resist this I’ve got to move, make a change I’m thinking there must be some better life One where I get to hold my head up high, stay in the fight I’m hoping there might be some better way Find a way to keep me going on right through this rain When the daylight ends And life weighs heavy on my mind I still hear the words you sang Teaching me to do what’s right With your voice so soft Fighting tears forming in your eyes Mamma raised me to stand tall And Daddy never seen me cry Oh when the daylight ends And life weighs heavy on my mind I hear the words you sang Teaching me to do what’s right With your voice so soft Fighting tears forming in your eyes And Mamma raised me tall Daddy never seen me cry Oh when the daylight ends And life weighs heavy on my mind I hear the words you sang Teaching me to do what’s right With your voice so soft Fighting tears forming in your eyes And Mamma raised me tall Daddy never seen me cry
7.
So long, farewell You’ve made it, passed your test Nothing left to offer me So I offer all the best Some say this ship is sinking Perhaps it ran aground Keep kicking up above the waves And one day you’ll be found Maybe I’ve mistaken this For a poorly thought-of scheme And my heart, my soul, my character Well it wasn’t really me I got my father’s devilment And my mother’s foolish pride You’ll never see me coming There’s no chance to run and hide Can’t keep the crowd from forming Make it in the end Link your arms in honour, lads Peak forwards, we’ll defend Can’t keep the crowd from forming Make it in the end Link your arms in honour We’ll defend I’ve half a mind to end this If given Arthur mind Put your years of wreck and hope And that anger to one side But we’ll get them in the paddock Swipe their papers, find the loot You better have your wits about Or it’s our necks in the noose I’ll save my father’s devilment And my mother’s foolish pride I’ll let you know I’m coming Give you choices, thought and time Can’t keep the crowd from forming Make it in the end Link your arms in honour, lads Peak forwards, we’ll defend Can’t keep the crowd from forming Make it in the end Link your arms in honour We’ll defend All that rage and the Grace keeps coming All that rage and the Grace keeps All that rage and the Grace keeps coming Pull the reigns in, pull the reigns in Can’t keep the crowd from forming Make it in the end Link your arms in honour, lads Peak forwards, we’ll defend Can’t keep the crowd from forming Make it in the end Link your arms in honour, lads Peak forwards, we’ll defend Can’t keep the crowd from forming Make it in the end Link your arms in honour We’ll defend
8.
I’ve heard this song long before we Repeated chants of Fugazi Like life that’s laid out before me My past can guide me to be free We are… We’ve got to say something And we stay out every night Just to seem like socialites Drinking whisky then there’s fights But we see after all… This decade’s done so I’m going home I’d like to think that this matters And that it makes us all better Than animals or the fatter Of gentry men in the manor We are… We’ve got to say something And we stay out every night Just to seem like socialites Drinking whisky then there’s fights But we see after all (after all, after all, after all) All is said and done Everything and everyone It means more to me Than I thought could be This decade’s done so I’m going home ‘Cause we came here on a penny And we’ll leave with less than that But at least I’ve grown an inch or two Since I gazed upon your back Now it’s really good to see you And I’ve missed you oh, so much To a dead-end dream unrealised Because we would not grow up All is said and done Everything and everyone It means more to me Than I thought could be We stay out every night Just to seem like socialites Drinking whisky then there’s fights But we see after all (after all, after all, after all) All is said and done Everything and everyone It means more to me Than I thought could be This decade’s done so I’m going…
9.
I often get the urge to sing a story About misfortune, poverty, decline But once in a while I stop and think Smile like Hell and have a drink And realise it’s not bad to walk that line Now when too many few begin to take advantage And the rest of us are left to wait in line Well I look around at you and me We’ll work it out, sing melody And stand together with reason and rhyme Rights! They’re gonna tear ‘em up Your rights! They’re gonna burn ‘em down Our rights! We’re gonna smoke ‘em out And then bring them screaming to their knees Your rights! They’re gonna tear ‘em up Your rights! They’re gonna burn ‘em down Our rights! We’re gonna smoke ‘em out And then bring them screaming to their knees Your rights! Now the first time I saw one man strum a six-string On his own and speaking his own mind I thought ‘blow me down, he’s covering ground Takes them on with a mighty sound Perhaps then this is something I can find’ Now I never thought I’d speak with some conviction Considering my steep and short decline But if I hear “It’s me, me, me” At least it would be plain to see That this would be a total waste of time Rights! They’re gonna tear ‘em up Your rights! They’re gonna burn ‘em down Our rights! We’re gonna smoke ‘em out And then bring them screaming to their knees Your rights! They’re gonna tear ‘em up Your rights! They’re gonna burn ‘em down Our rights! We’re gonna smoke ‘em out And then bring them screaming to their knees Your rights! Now I never thought I’d stand here staring at you No I never thought I’d glare into your eyes But now you see that devil in me Sure, this all ends in catastrophe But at least it’s been an entertaining ride Rights! They’re gonna tear ‘em up Your rights! They’re gonna burn ‘em down Our rights! We’re gonna smoke ‘em out And then bring them screaming to their knees Your rights! They’re gonna tear ‘em up Your rights! They’re gonna burn ‘em down Our rights! We’re gonna smoke ‘em out And then bring them screaming to their knees We’ll bring them screaming to their knees We’ll bring them screaming to their knees Your rights!
10.
We’re living in the life of comfort We’re living in a world of pain Spreading the word to make a difference Your words are cheap, it’s still the same You find it hard to form opinions It’s so much easier to blame It may be tough finding a reason And so we all just play the game The self-obsessed are always second best And we know this to be true So while the world, oh while this world keeps on fighting We’ll just watch it on our screens The self-obsessed are always second best It’s 2 AM, it’s all gone blurry Just give it up, you cannot save us But we must fight to lift their spirits Fight back the dark, but we are fading You find it hard to draw conclusions It’s so much easier to shame It may be tough making decisions, whoa So we all just play the game The self-obsessed are always second best And we know this to be true So while the world, oh while this world keeps on burning We’re told to keep calm and carry on Just sit back down and keep calm and carry on Said it before and I’ll say it again now, whoa “This world is coming down” Said it before and I’ll say it again and I’ll say it again, whoa “This world is coming down” I said “This world, this world is coming down” The self-obsessed are always second best And we know this to be true So while the world, oh while this world keeps on fighting We’ll just watch it on our screens The self-obsessed are always second best And we know this to be true So while the world, oh while this world keeps on burning We’re told to keep calm and carry on Keep calm and carry on Just keep calm and carry on Keep calm and carry on
11.
It’s not about who you are, just who you know You’re working hard but you’ll never reach your goals You change it up but it always stays the same Complain that you’re lagging but you don’t really have pain Now at the surface, looks like you’re in the race But we both know different ‘cause you’re putting on a face Got to remember, thinking sharp and thinking fast But the effort we put in comes from our souls and from our hearts Sat here in a state of patients We view the whole world inside out These lives in P300 Stand up and come on, move your mouth! We need to see this progress This change had better come about These lives in P300 Stand up and come on, move your mouth! Aren’t you in a hurry? Let’s move and get it on There’s little time to waste, doesn’t matter if you’re wrong You’re stepping out, I’ll leave you be But I’m falling to my knees, let me help you please? A senseless feeling of real-life dread Not gonna think it through, put a gun against your head Simple reviews of all the random shit we’ve said States that you’re not out to prove, we’re better-off dead Sat here in a state of patients We view the whole world inside out These lives in P300 Stand up and come on, move your mouth! We need to see this progress This change had better come about These lives in P300 Stand up and come on, move your mouth! Do we really need seeds? Hell no! To aid the small-at-heart and make their jargon grow, what? And do we wanna say, “Let it go”? When we really mean to shout from these rooftops No more spitting, no more spite No more thinking twice when we’ve turned off all the lights No more flirting, no more angst Time once and for all we solved this problem and sank All the ships with monarchs in their names All the right-winged birds being let out of their cages And all the words that we have to take as true ‘Cause without the safety web, no one really has a clue And if we polled all opinions that we knew Laid waste through propaganda aimed straight at you And all the lessons that we’ve learned again as new If it carries on like this then… Sat here in a state of patients We view the whole world inside out These lives in P300 Stand up and come on, move your mouth! We need to see this progress This change had better come about These lives in P300 Stand up and come on, move your mouth!
12.
Think I know who you are and I know what you say I think I’ve had it with that and I think that you’ve had your day Said I think that I know who you are and I know what you say I think I’ve had it with that, just leave us alone, walk away So when you’re stuck in the gutters And bruised down to the bone No hope from this wreckage No fault of your own And we’re never gonna get it all right Fighting fierce against the trend Crossed fingers, eyes and hindsight Light fires to find our friends We light fires to find our friends We light fires to find out I think I know who you are and I hear what you say I think I’ve had it with that and I think that you’ve had your day (fact!) We’ll laugh and we’ll cry, getting mud in our eyes, come what may Until we’ve had it with that, get up and stroll away So when you’re stuck in the gutters And bruised down to the bone No hope from this wreckage No fault of your own And we’re never gonna get it all right Fighting fierce against the trend Crossed fingers, eyes and hindsight Light fires to find our friends Sit with me and we’ll find all the sounds in this world Sit with me and we’ll find safe grounds for all these boys and girls Now there’s no time to think, no time to be wasteful No time to think twice, no time to be hateful No time, no time for this sorrow… So when you’re stuck in the gutters And bruised down to the bone No hope from this wreckage No fault of your own And we’re never gonna get it all right Fighting fierce against the trend Between Hell and high water Light fires to find our friends We light fires to find our friends We light fires to find out

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released August 25, 2019

Tom Crabb - Guitar, vocals
Davey Hazard - Bass, vocals
Zandro Morreale - Drums, vocals
Eve Crabb - Tenor sax, alto sax, baritone sax
Jess Benjamin - Alto sax
Abi Harrison - Trombone

All music and lyrics by Lead Shot Hazard except:
Lyrics on 'When The Daylight Ends' by Luke Aziz & Lead Shot Hazard
Recorded by Jack Ashley at Hackney Road Studios
Mixed by Jack Ashley
Mastered by Turan Audio
Illustrated by Laurence Crow Illustration
Layout by Creeping Debt Records

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Lead Shot Hazard London, UK

Based in London, Lead Shot Hazard is a coming together of third wave kids – fast-paced, horn-driven ska/punk whose aim in life to make audiences bounce, and then hum our songs on the way home. Imagine if Capdown had a baby with Streetlight Manifesto – Lead Shot Hazard makes that a reality. ... more

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