Us vs. Them

by Swampwalk

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about

who's us?
me, u, bugs, my mom...idk...are you with me?

who's them?
the baddest of the bad.
the mean bastards.
the demons.
the bobs.

credits

released November 4, 2016

All songs written/recorded by Swampwalk 'cept Look Up, the homie Moemaw Naedon wrote those verses. Amen.

Cover Art by Ronnie Hicks

S/O's

To my dad Joe Hale for letting me use his practice space as a studio space and letting me drink his beers and always emptying the dehumidifier and also for instilling a love of writing music and giving the middle finger to the man.

To my mom Jeri Hale for letting me come home and just always being there for me.

To my sister Heather Hale for being my rock and inspiring me with her tenacity and dedication and always being there to listen to me cry and laugh and be cranky. Teaching me to be strong in the real way.

To my little sister Mariah the mar bar Hale for making me realize chiptunes were a thing and giving me my first LSDJ cart and helping me enter the terminal #bannister

To Moemaw Naedon for being the first official feature on a Swampwalk track and for just generally understanding my weird ass.

To Doc Lvly for pushing me and encouraging me and modding my shit and bein my technician and taking my pictures.

To Soy Sos for encouraging me and guiding me and reminding me to keep building.

To the Pittsburgh Producers Meetup! for providing a space to share tracks and feedback.

To Jordan Taylor for being my personal Ableton dictionary.

To The Lopez for believing me and encouraging me and always lookin out.

To Donny, Brett, Jackson, Livy and everyone else who’s ever put me on a show and had to deal with the aftermath.

To Ronnie Hicks for understanding my friendship with aliens.

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Track Name: Deep
Go down deep
Just don't go down too deep
Track Name: Mailbox
mailbox floating in the sky
people screaming in the streets
leaves are falling from the trees again
it makes me feel indifferent
things are always the same
yeah it happened again
they said
figure it out we'll let you out

then he told me a tale
of when he dug up the earth
found a graveyard of computers
and an entry way into another universe
all much the same
it happened too him again
they said
figure it out we'll let you out

so i went to the sea
see whatd happen to me
just came across the sewers
so i thought id smoke a cigarette
then a rat said to me
if you wanna be free
he said
figure it out we'll let you out

so i put on my shoes
cus i was gettin the blues
hopped a car with a friend
she said that she could take me away from here
we sailed away
pulled aside the curtain one fine day
they said if i shut my mouth
they'd let me out

i awoke in the street
somethin missin from me
a bug crawled under my nail
but it didn't seem so strange to me

so i just walked away
thought i heard someone say
if you can figure it out
we'll let you out
Track Name: Big Bro
i don't want the wolves to eat me
i don't think im ready to die
i dont think im prepared
to let the network swallow me while im
still alive
and when i try to sleep
they come and chase me in my dreams
do you think they control the weather?
do you think they're listening right now?

im a sick twisted creature
but i dont yet have the taste for brains
the world is flat you say
i still dont know if i believe it
im afraid ill disappear
away into the atmosphere

when i get my finger on the off switch
betcha know what i will do-oo-oo

and big brother if yr watching
you can watch this (*middle finger* lol)
tyrants cops and cameras
watchin every little twitch
but oh no no
they won't stop us
from getting off our kicks
when i get my finger on the trigger
betcha know what i will do-oo-oo
Track Name: 8 hr dayz
eight hour days
Track Name: Look Up ft. Moemaw Naedon
why don't they look up
see the things that they're doin
arent makin any money
they're losin it

why don't they look up
see their pride
is wastin
precious lives

why don't they look up,
see the water
that was meant to trickle down
never came

i swear that we'd work faster
if we weren't so thirsty

and when we catch the drops
they half way evaporated back to the top
from the fall to the base of the pyramid blocks
that wont last when the old foundation rots
they got a nice frame for the great big shot
but its lookin like our place in the picture they forgot
cut costs yo its part of the plot
but the human cash crop can't grow in a dark spot
so they cutem in a discreet spot
with a wolf in a suit where the sheep wont flock
and when we punch the clock
they put the profit in they pocket and we drop it in our lunch box
capitalist with a half a gist
can't see past the path of their lavishes
a community in misery is no mystery
the root of it's history a man and his greed

why don't they look up
see the things that they're doin
arent makin any money
they're losin it

why don't they look up
see their pride
is wastin
precious lives

why don't they look up,
see the water
that was meant to trickle down
never came

i swear that we'd work faster
if we weren't so thirsty

and while we got so little control
over something occupyin so much of our souls
smashed from their feet
open calloused hands
with food for the beast plowin over the land
taught workin for the money driven machine
its a privilege given to the ones in the lead
one nation underneath,
the hands of god with the thumbs of a thief
run thru the amber fields of wheat
to the trickle down creek from the amethyst peaks
the plan is to keep
the source out of reach
the poor man's meat main course at the feast
can't afford a seat forged for the elite
scraps for the dog on a short cut leash
under the table look up and see the bottom
unsustainable, crumbled and rotten

why don't they look up
see the things that they're doin
arent makin any money
they're losin it

why don't they look up
see their pride
is wastin
precious lives

why don't they look up,
see the water
that was meant to trickle down
never came

i swear that we'd work faster
if we weren't so thirsty
Track Name: Lizards
the lizard men they have taken their queen
just go ahead it makes a smile when you scream
you'll never cut thru these chains
and oh yeah by the way the key

how did i get here
and why is so hard to leave
almost as if a 10 pound weight
were tied to both of my knees
i guess the problem is just my work ethic
readjust my attitude and with some social interaction
and they'lll
timestamp my hours and review my aspirations
and decide if what ive given them deserves a validation
before long,
they'll be setting
my place at the table
i look down and all my clothes are gone
a voice it whispers in my ear
and says

just close your eyes and they'll all disappear
i saw you out there in the dream world
that's why i told you you were there,
i promise if you try then you can find the exit sign
they're legally required
to put one in here somewhere
Track Name: CRFLWHTUFSH4
stop lookin out
for the people who are lookin down on you
learn to climb a tree
or fly a plane
and turn your back
and walk away from
all the shit
that you never did deserve
they're not worth a penny tails up
id take the bad luck

ever get the feeling that
something isn't quite right
the colors all around you
darker and darker still
and the air that you're breathin
feels like drinkin glass
well get out
you don't owe a damn thing
id sooner drink gasoline

and if yr worth more than
seven and a quarter
put yr hands up
take a bat and smash the glash
take yr bloody hand
wipe it on the hand
of uncle sam
Track Name: Trains
(can't escape the trains)

sometimes i don't even remember
getting on
just staring at my knees
compiling lists of all the things that i've done wrong
they're calling, calling, calling, calling,
to take me away

(can't escape the trains)

i see a figure waving at me in the distance
i hear a voice suggesting frankly in my head
i hear the whistle blow
and i climb thru the open door
they've come they've come they've come
to take me away

(can't escape the trains)
Track Name: It's Ok (lil bb)
it's ok,

little baby.
Track Name: Afraid
you can raise yr voice
i can raise mine too
id rather not fight
but i will if i got to

( i won't, i won't, be afraid )

you can throw a punch
i can throw one too
id rather not fight
but i will if i got to

( i won't, i won't, be afraid )