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Pox Americana

by Jim Strange

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released September 10, 2013

Jim Strange-acoustic guitar, vocals
Jerad Rykken-Bass, vocals
Kyle Faircloth-Electric guitar
Rebecca Olachea-Drums
Delaney Brightman-vocals
St. Äma-guest vocals on Unless and Giftgiver

Engineering/mixing-Neil Engle

All songs by Jim Strange with the Proud and the Damned except Unless by Jim Strange/St. Äma

Album art by St. Äma

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Track Name: 1. Unless ft. St. Äma
(Strange)
For every soul swallowed, by these streets yeah,
for every lost soul for whom the sirens blair
there is no mercy, in this world
everyone's got their cross to bear

Show no mercy! In this land.
The city burns! Just as god planned
Every man has a plan to murder this world, yeah
every one has their cross to bear

Because you're nothing at all
Unless you've got a dollar to spare yeah, Unless you've got the flesh to bare
Unless you've got, flesh that's fair yeah, Unless you've got some dope to share

(St. Ama)

All who's been swallowed by these streets,
every lost soul for whom the sirens blare
every man has some plan to murder this world
every one has their cross to bear

She'll have no mercy on your plight!
the city's burning, down tonight!
Down on hard times, yes the slope is steep
born to suffer, in these streets

Because you're nothing at all
Unless you've got a dollar to spare yeah, Unless you've got the flesh to bare
Unless you've got, flesh that's fair yeah, Unless you've got some dope to share
Track Name: 2.Devil to Pay
Livin out a life of shame
bad luck and a mark of cain
you travel across these highways
searching for an end to pain

there's a ledger for your deeds
a lust, that never sleeps
sell your soul at the crossroads
you've got a devil to pay

.44 in hand
there's nothin more american
a death's head on your jacket
and a black mark on your soul

got no moral code
livin out this life alone
Nietzsche in your back pocket
and a death note on your name

Sinner in the eyes of gods and man
i've got a devil to pay
sinner in the eyes of gods and man
i'll be your devil

got a heart that's full of pain
trackmarks on your vein
living up the highlife
but the song remains the same

got a habit and a list of names
headed for an early grave
you're running out of daylight
and chances to be saved

Sinner in the eyes of gods and man
i've got a devil to pay
sinner in the eyes of gods and man
i'll be your devil
Track Name: 3.Red Nails
I defy your god! And I curse all his teachings! Your words they are broken, your songs are of shame. It is the devil's world and I live by his rules still
They have yet to do me wrong!

I'll tell you a tale of how earth was broken! Your laws hold no weight here, your faith has no claim! They say that god is dead and he left an empty throne room, an earth ripe for claim and hell is our home!

Red Nails, right through his hand!
Red Nails, to ensure he won't return!
Track Name: 4.Bad Deeds
Born beneath a bad sign, this broken land my home
no gods or devils on my side, I walk this earth a lone
you know me as a bad man, you know i've tales to tell
you know where i'm going, is the fires of hell because of

Bad deeds, still the world it turns to
Bad deeds, still my heart it yearns for
Bad deeds, from now until I die
Bad deeds, still they wonder why.....

Trail of tears behind me, bodies in my wake
thousands hearts were broken, thousands more at stake
you know i've been a bad man, yes they know my name
they don't know where I came from, but they know that I came here for the

Bad deeds, still the world it turns to
Bad deeds, still my heart it yearns for
Bad deeds, from now until I die
Bad deeds, still they wonder why.....

Left my home and family, my world burned to the ground
bought a smith and wesson, yeah, hear that hammer sound
the heart of a hangman, the notions of a priest
i'm gonna cleanse this world, yeah, rid it of disease and


Bad deeds, still the world it burns cause
Bad deeds, still my heart it yearns for
Bad deeds, from now until I die
Bad deeds, still they wonder why.....
Track Name: 5.Sick Today
I think I feel, sick today
oh but I wouldn't have it any other way
I'll be fine, just watch me bleed
Who're you to tell me what I need

You say I put you down to much
well maybe i'm just out of touch
hit me again, see if I care
glad to see you've grief to spare

burning it in, dragging it out
nothing worth crying about
think i'll die a little more today
who needs this pain anyway

seen it all before, aint nothing new
much too proud to confide in you
if I had, my own way
i'd break every man who looked your way

burning it in, dragging it out
nothing worth crying about
think i'll die a little more today
who needs this pain anyway
Track Name: 6.Gift Giver ft. St. Äma
(Man)
Are you the boy?
Who came here for my pain.
Come, take a seat.
Tell me, what's your name?

Are you the boy?
who came here for my pain?
Rip you in my arms
like some bird of prey!

God won't forgive, no Giftgiver
Give it to me, GIftgiver
God won't forgive, no Giftgiver
But you turn me on! Giftgiver

(Boy)
Are you the man?
Who'll take away my pain?
I've got you on your knees!
You never had a say.

Are you the man?
Who'll take away my pain.
Give me your gift!
I'll never be the same....

God won't forgive, no Giftgiver
Give it to me, GIftgiver
God won't forgive, no Giftgiver
But you turn me on! Giftgiver
Track Name: 7.Carry On
Tools of the trade
an axe and a spade
gonna bury you down
in the hole, that I made

4 little girls
each with a pretty face
What a whore knows in a lifetime
they each knew on that day
on that day

tired and hungry
in my lair they wait
for someone to find them
But now it's much too late
Prayers go unanswered
yes, i'm living proof
that all those wasted sundays
Won't be saving you
saving you

I feel the lust inside
as it boils
I know it won't subside
until their beauty spoils
which at this rate
won't be very long
when that day comes
i'll just carry on
Carry on....
Track Name: 8.End of the Trail
There is no retreat
we've burned what lay behind us
now as we ride through the snow
we know that death is beside us

Lesser men lay down and die!
we shall not fall
Lesser men lay down and die!
where shall we go?

The battle now is won
lesser man have come and gone
now as we bleed in the snow
we'll lay in the ground, forever

Lesser men lay down and die!
we shall not fall
Lesser men lay down and die!
where shall we go?