Autocrats of Yesteryear

by Ferguson, MO

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This record is dedicated to the work of Gene Sharp (From Dictatorship to Democracy) & to the millions who risk their lives speaking out against the Autocrats of Yesteryear.

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released March 1, 2012

Written By:
Pat Grady
David Crosby wrote "What are their names?"

Performed By:
Pat Grady - guitars / vocals
Blake Lange - drums / keys
Justin Douglas - pedal steel
Christian Anderson - ambiance

Engineered By:
Justin Douglas @ Shine Studios | ATX

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Ferguson, MO Austin, Texas

Ferguson, MO is a small town outside of St. Louis.

It also happens to be a very special place to me.

So special, in fact, that I named my band after it.

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Track Name: Get Outside with the 99
What fruits we'll yield from these bloodied fields of war?
Beside extremist ideals, insurgency and not much more...
I've been growing tired of this New World Order!
We got people in the streets Occupying planet Earth

I've been taking a look around... did you see we moved the battlefield right downtown?
Put your toe up to the line and get outside with the 99

What fruits we'll yield of these laissez-faire economies?
A consolidation of wealth that had never been seen in history.
I'd like to see these trickle-down clowns make it in their own factory...
They'll be the only ones left when we're occupying Beijing.
Track Name: From Dictatorship to Democracy
December 17, 2010, Bouazizi makes a sacrifice for man
This was the start of the Arab Spring, and the first autocrat gone was Ben Ali.
"From Dictatorship to Democracy" - Gene Sharp will tell you all about it friends!
Would you surmise that Tunisian skies were a sight to see that Arab Spring?

There will be those who stand only to oppose the indelible will of a people to live free.
We don't need their contra-wars or their New World Order. We have our own plans for democracy!
We will Occupy the hearts and minds with Truth, Justice and Transparency.

The people of Egypt then took to the streets to rally against Mubarak's brutal regime.
Less than a month had gone when the chants had turned into song and a calm had come to Tahrir peacefully.
"From Dictatorship to Democracy" - Gene Sharp will tell you all about it friends!
Would you surmise that Egyptian skies were a sight to see that Arab Spring?
Track Name: Hunter's Moon
Sitting under a Hunter's Moon, thinking of things that we've left to do... wouldn't you too?
Can you feel a change? A change in the wind... A smell in the air... it's near, or it's already here...

In the midst of this 6-year drought, could the end be near?

In the throws of these endless wars, could the end be near?
Track Name: Lament for Lady Liberty
I want to think of time when I looked in your eyes and everything was fine.
I want to think of the place where I saw your face for the first time.
But those days are gone, lost, forgotten...

I want to think of time when I looked in your eyes and every word was right.
I want to think of your touch, I think about it so much, and everything was fine.
But those days are gone, lost, forgotten...
Track Name: Thinking it Through (What are their names?)
They locked me up, threw away the key, for marching in the streets and wearing green.
I took my time walking down that row, you tell that hangman to test his ropes.
The preacher man cried, "Boy, you confess your ways!"
That's when I spoke the truth, "Still thinking it through..."

... what are their names?