Propaganda (Remastered)

by Queen Tantrum

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Female-fronted rock album, Propaganda (2007), remastered for 2014. 'A fusion of power and soul – like Chaka Khan meets Audioslave. Impressive stuff.' - And The Beat Goes On, NMGM. 'Annie Lennox/Grace Jones soulchild' - The Pop League.

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released July 7, 2014

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Track Name: Into This
Into This
Cyanide, now the time has come to
Go, discard the things that you hold onto
Nitrogen, you’re feelin’ under pressure now
But you brought it on yourself

You believe you’re innocent
Don’t understand why all these things hit you the way they do
Oh no, of course it’s not because you’re down
In a pit of hypocrisy

I don’t know if you want to get into this
But if you’re gonna get into this
I’m never gonna back down

Lithium can only do so much to
Keep you grounded even though you want to
Be the new Messiah come to save us now
But God’s not in you

When you gonna see that your delusion
Is the cause of permanent confusion
All-consuming fire, watch the flames burn down
To the root of your hell.

How to fight a creature with no conscience?
A person does not deserve this!
Take me off your game! I want to believe it’s all the same
Take me off your team! I want to believe, I want to believe – But I don’t!

I don’t know if you want to get into this…
Track Name: Waiting
Waiting
I feel like a mannequin
All dressed up in my underwear
Waiting for you
Aching for you
Breaking for you
And you’re never there

Close my eyes so that I can see
I pretend, it’s a fantasy
Faking for you
Taking for you
Waking for you
But there’s only me

So come on tell me now how you want it now
I love the way you show up when you’re needy
I know the inside out, don’t think I’m blinded now
So cheap and nasty is your game
And it’s all about you

Five and you haven’t called me yet
I sit smoking a cigarette
Waiting for you
Aching for you
Breaking for you
Turn on the TV set

So come on tell me now how you want it now
I love the way you show up when you’re needy
I know the inside out, don’t think I’m blinded now
So cheap and nasty is your game
And it’s all about you

And I can’t stay away
You’re lighting up my face (You make a brighter day)
I know it’s temporary, it always will be, you don’t really want me
(Come on honey, say you want me, say you need me)
But I keep on waiting, anticipating that one day you will be
(Come on honey, say you want me, say you need me)
Oh yeah!

And I know that you don’t feel the same, you don’t look at me that way
It’s only physical for you
And I need you and I want you
But you don’t

So come on tell me now how you want it now
I love the way you show up when you’re needy
I know the inside out, don’t think I’m blinded now
So cheap and nasty is your game
And it’s all about you

I feel like a mannequin
All dressed up in my underwear
Waiting for you
Aching for you
Breaking for you
And you’re never there…
Track Name: Never Enough
Never Enough
I’m open to the main attraction – what part do you play?
I’m waitin’, still there’s no reaction from you – you’re dead as a doornail
Frustration – my default setting! Complication! Who knows where I’ve been
In my mind? I try to fit in but you never give in!
I don’t got big titties to sell myself
I don’t got a vacation in your bed
It doesn’t matter what I do, ’cause I’ll never be enough for you!
I don’t have a disease to state my case, I don’t have a politic or race
Yeah, I’m feelin’ somethin’ else!

I could split myself in two like a hole blown out
It don’t matter, ’cause I’m never enough, I’m never enough, I’m never!
I could hold on to you, nahaaaaaooooow-ooh!! Uh!
You know it’s never enough, I’m never enough, I’m never!

I’m feeling like I’m in a freak show – why are you staring?
It’s all these little things remind me I don’t ever want to be anything like you
Frustration – my default setting! Complication! Who knows where I’ve been
In my mind? I try to fit in but you never give in!
I don’t got extensions from my head
I don’t got a fake tan turning red
Ain’t gonna change the way I am to be suitin’ you
I don’t have a disease to state my case, I don’t have a politic or race
Yeah, I’m feelin’ somethin’ else!

I could split myself in two, get my heart blown out
It don’t matter, ’cause I’m never enough, I’m never enough, I’m never!
I could hold on to you, nahaaaaaooooow-ooh!! Uh!
You know it’s never enough, I’m never enough, I’m never!

I don’t have an opinion about your soap opera family conundrum
Small-minded, offensive people…dayum, your life must be humdrum
I don’t have a disease to state my case, I don’t have a politic or race
Yeah, I’m feelin’ somethin’ else!

I could sell myself to you, like a whore gone bad
It don’t matter, ’cause I’m never enough, I’m never enough, I’m never!
I could hold on to you, nahaaaaaooooow-ooh!! Uh!
You know it’s never enough, I’m never enough, I’m never!

I could split myself in two, get my heart blown out
It don’t matter, ’cause I’m never enough, I’m never enough, I’m never!
I could hold on to you, nahaaaaaooooow-ooh!! Uh!
You know it’s never enough, I’m never enough, I’m never!
Track Name: Broken
Broken
When I think back, didn’t know that the life I’d lead would break me
And the ones that I’d be close to would only let me down
I believe in being open but a thief will always get in
And take what’s in your heart

This is for you – you made me feel dirty in my own skin
This is for you – all your promises have done me in
And this is for you – you’ve got to know that your knife’s done bad
I never did nothin’ to you but you could have been
A better friend than stabbing my back
(how could I know that you wouldn’t be there for me?
(how could I know that you’d let me down time and again)

Now I’m not broken any more
I found a cure, or should I say a cure found me
And I’m a better girl than I’ve ever been
I’m not broken any more
You don’t own me now – I’m fixed now

In the nightclub, at a party…I never found my soldier
Who would lie down in the trenches and cover my old ground
I believe in being truthful but a lie is so inviting to those that bring us down

Now I’m not broken any more
I found a cure, or should I say a cure found me
And I’m a better girl than I’ve ever been
I’m not broken any more
You don’t own me now – I’m fixed now

It was hopeless, I was sinking – couldn’t clear the mess I was in
Then I heard him here beside me, waiting for me to come round
I believe in things that I see and I know that my enemy
Can’t touch what’s in my heart
Track Name: Trick Of The Light
Trick Of The Light
Black night, bright stars, but you’re still afraid
Toss and turn, you can’t sleep in the bed you made
Something wet, something sticky in your hair
Is it blood? Is it guilt of your dirty little deeds?
Fake-baked, not a doctor, nor a priest
I don’t care that you’re pickin’ on me
You’ve got a fault, baby; you’re a bad seed
Feel sorry for yourself, if that’s what you need, yeah!

It’s not a trick of the light – we’re all the same in the dark
Leave it all up to you; you don’t know what you want
Just get over it – start being a man
You know you’re responsible for all that happened

Princess, manifest into a Queen
Slight of hand, you can’t see what you’ve done to me
It doesn’t matter, ‘cos I’ve won it in the end
Got God, what you got? Did you lose your only friend?
Don’t take what another man could be
Hoping that your twisted mind’s free
Close your eyes, when I’m holding out the key
Feel sorry for yourself if that’s what you need, yeah!

It’s not a trick of the light – we’re all the same in the dark
Leave it all up to you; you don’t know what you want
Just get over it – start being a man
You know you’re responsible for all that happened

Black night, bright stars, but you’re still afraid
Toss and turn, you can’t sleep in the bed you made
Something wet, something sticky in your hair
Is it blood? Is it guilt of your dirty little deeds?
Fake-baked, not a doctor, nor a priest
I don’t care that you’re pickin’ on me
You’ve got a fault, baby; you’re a bad seed
Feel sorry for yourself, if that’s what you need, yeah!

It’s not a trick of the light – we’re all the same in the dark
Leave it all up to you; you don’t know what you want
Just get over it – start being a man
You know you’re responsible for all that happened
Track Name: White Alligators (Give It)
White Alligators (Give It)
(How could you be so nasty? How can you be so vile?)

You were the one who hunted me down, rocked my world, yeah
Said that we were twin souls, we broke the mould, us against them all (P.T.R.)
You and I on the phone, internet, yeah
So what you jonesin’ for now? (I’ve been cast out! What’s your new addiction?)

And yourself, you know that you’re lyin’, full of shit, yeah
Come on now, give it to me, give it to me, give it
Give it to me, yeah!
You know the way you fake it, it makes you look so vacant
Oh, now, give it to me, give it to me, give it
Give it to me – oh I think you’re outta luck now!

(And the worst thing is you’re making out that I’m the crazy one? But you and I know the truth)

You’re a selfish S.O.B. – it’s always you, you, YOU, never ME!
(You know, it’s so sad that you turned out to be exactly the type of person that you claim to hate)
But I made allowances for you and your fucked-up brain
So I said “I’ll let him go on with his fantasy (but you and I know the truth)
I don’t want to ruin things; I don’t wanna rock the gig” (No confrontation, just humiliation)

(So what did you get out of this?)
How could you do me like this when I want to believe in you?
(You don’t get to absolve yourself by blaming it on your chemical imbalances, Poor Me syndrome, or just being forgetful, or that you’re an addict.)
You said we were friends, you said that you loved me now, you’d always have my back
But you LIED. (You don’t get to do that.)
You LIED. You’re always LYING (you’re an addict).
Why didn’t I see? (You don’t get to do that. You’re an addict.)
How did I let you get to me? (How could you be so nasty? How can you be so vile?)

And yourself, you know that you’re lyin’, full of shit, yeah (And you made me feel like a fool, yeah!)
Come on now, give it to me, give it to me, give it
Give it to me, yeah!
(You made me think I was losing my mind)
You know the way you fake it, it makes you look so vacant
Oh, now, give it to me, give it to me, give it
Give it to me – oh I think you’re outta luck now!

And yourself, you know that you’re lyin’, full of shit, yeah
(No I never did anything to warrant the way you treat me now, yeah)
Come on now, give it to me, give it to me, give it
Give it to me, yeah!
You know the way you fake it, it makes you look so vacant
(You know you’re not being fair to me now, I gave you my all, I gave you my heart)
Oh, now, give it to me, give it to me, give it
Give it to me – oh I think you’re outta luck now!

(So what did you get out of this?)
Track Name: Hollywood
Hollywood
You ruined everything. You ruined everything.

You’re not the one – you ruined everything
You’re not the one, don’t try to take my liberty
I’ve seen it all, been here before
I gave you my best but you screwed it up again
I’m not the one who ever let you down
So let it go, I’m done with messing round
Your foolish mind, so open wide
Taking the arsenic so deep inside!

Your web of lies, you act so good – yeah, you should be in Hollywood!
Try to twist my mind, woah! Only good thing I got from you was your child!
You talk so cheap, didn’t think you could – yeah, you should be in Hollywood!
And I won’t be here waiting for you, for so long you had me fooled

You’re not the one who gave up everything
You dropped the ball, so irresponsible
So what am I? Your petty crime?
You’re wasting my time, little boy don’t cry!
If you must consummate your seedy lust
Take it somewhere I can’t see you turn to dust
You know it all, so why are you falling?
Now I feel that I never really knew you!

Yeah you should be in Hollywood!

You’re not the one – you ruined everything
You’re not the one, don’t try to take a piece of me
Hey stupid boy, you won’t destroy me
I gave you my best but you screwed it up again
I’m not the one who doesn’t come around
Still can’t believe the disappointment I have found
Your foolish mind, so open wide
Taking the arsenic so deep inside!

You’re not the one
You ruined everything (Yeah, you should be in Hollywood!)
You’re not the one
You ruined everything. You ruined everything.
Track Name: Not Your Whore
Not Your Whore
I don’t know what goes on inside your mind
You say what you think I want to hear – it doesn’t mean anything
You can’t deny, so asinine
So hypocritical! “Too critical!” said I

You’re not the same, someone to blame? You’re the one
Giving me up for the one who deserted you when you were
Opening up, taking a chance riding love
Then she screwed you up – You tried to do that to me

But I’m not your wet nurse and I’m not your whore
And I’m not your consolation prize any more
Never again can I be that understanding friend
Who gives herself to you, it’s neverending!

I try not to let the rage burn deep inside
But it gets hard when I’m so sick of all your pathetic lies
I knew I was right! I ask myself why
Did I get so knotted up in the mess you call your life?

Boy, you’re so lame…if you’re going to lie, do it well
You should be ashamed; it’s so evident, your transparency
Got to reclaim the peace in my mind I once felt
Before you dispelled it – Stop coming after me

You were the one, the one that I thought I could trust
But I was wrong…it was all an illusion created
Now you don’t belong, so why are you still calling me up?
Hey, don’t make a fuss – You lied and mishandled me
Track Name: Celebrity Obsession
Celebrity Obsession
Celebrity obsession…
It doesn’t matter if you got a slice of talent
Because they only want you if you’re messed up
It helps to be Daddy’s Little Princess
An hotel heiress, American child star
If you don’t have the look and you don’t fit the mould
You can’t be something that you’re not just for the money
Let me tell you what I learned up ’til now

It’s all about the one that you date, that you’re cheating on
(You ain’t going nowhere sailing down the mainstream)
The drugs that you take, anorexia they feed upon
(Nobody wants you if you won’t make a fool of yourself)
Reality shows, cocaine up your nose
(Come over here, just shut your mouth)
Private videos…where can I get those clothes?
(We don’t want opinions, we just want someone to talk about)

Don’t worry about it if they catch you doing something
Because they really love it when you mess up
It helps to be tweakin’ in the morning
Perezalicious, half-hearted Wino
Don’t bother learning your craft – that’s a fact
If it wasn’t so pathetic it would be some kind of funny
Let me tell you what I learned up ’til now

Overdose…miss the gig…man, I think I’m pregnant
Did you call OK? Let’s have a happy ending
Say cheese, pretty please, it’s the paparazzi
I quit my girl band – new perfume out next week!
Who’s that man on my step? He says he knows me
Did we have a thing? Did he get any photos of me?
I can’t move my face! I can’t move my face!
Oh my goodness, my fillets just won’t stay in place
I bet you wish you looked half as good as me
I bet you wish you were a celebrity

It doesn’t matter if you got a slice of talent
Because they only want you if you’re messed up
It helps to be married to a footballer
Breast augmentation, comedian’s daughter
If you don’t have the look and you don’t fit the mould
You can’t be something that you’re not just for the money
Let me tell you what I learned up ’til now
Track Name: I Love You (I Only Do These Things 'Cause)
(I Only Do These Things ‘Cause) I Love You
Everything will turn out fine, ’cause we’re meant to be together
And I know you feel the same
It’s the way it’s meant to be, we’ll be so happy
Believe me – I only do these things ’cause I love you

Instead of wasting time, accept the things I tell you
‘Cause I know what’s best for us
You don’t see what I see when I see
A future grown from our history
I only do these things ’cause I love you

Now you want to tell me No? I don’t think so!
When you push me away I know you don’t really mean it
You and I could be so good, I know we would
Just try to relax, you gotta learn to let go

It’s been the longest time since we woke up together
And I know you miss it too
So I’ll make the first move, won’t hold it against you
I forgive you

You can’t be wondering how I came to this conclusion
I don’t know what’s wrong with you
Unless you lied and if so
That will make me so angry!
I only do these things ’cause I love you

Stop struggling, it doesn’t hurt
I thought by now that you would have come to your senses
Can’t you see it’s you and me?
Not her! Who’s she? I don’t care! She’s out of the picture!

Now you want to tell me No? I don’t think so!
I only do these things ’cause I love you.
Track Name: Tongue Tied
Tongue-Tied
Tongue-tied, are you twisted, are you nervous?
Is it making you
Foolish? Are you fakin’? Are you no one?
Am I taking you
Somewhere that you don’t want to remember
‘Cause you see how you once were?
And you still are and you will be…
But I gotta get inside you

Forever tongue-tied!
Forever twisted!
I said I gotta get inside you

And I know you don’t want to know that
You can’t hold me back any longer
Why so sad? We both know that
We’re heading for a disaster!
And I know the difference between us
I can’t hold on any longer
Yeah, I know that; so quit saying:
“It’s all gone but I can’t believe it!”

Tongue-tied, unassisted, out of service
Is it making you
Reckless? Are you shameless? Are you hopeless?
Am I making you
Up like a Mojito, Cuban hiball
Drink it up like a good man
Tip and swallow like you do me
And now I gotta get inside you.

Forever tongue-tied!
Forever twisted!
I said I gotta get inside you

And I know you don’t want to know that
You can’t hold me back any longer
Why so sad? We both know that
We’re heading for a disaster!
And I know the difference between us
I can’t hold on any longer
Yeah, I know that; so quit saying:
“It’s all gone but I can’t believe it!”

Don’t tell my heart to speak the truth
I may or may not think of you
But I’ll never say a word
It would be my undoing…
For one last time, let’s be uncouth
And consequently we’ll undo
The ties that bind but for now I will leave you

Tongue-tied, intercepted, unprotected
‘Cause you’re mine and I’m
Your own sweet Achilles, Belladonna
Deadly Nightshade
We’re sickened and we’re toxic; mass confusion
But we both want it
Last time! Nearly over and it will be forever!

And I know you don’t want to know that
You can’t hold me back any longer
Why so sad? We both know that
We’re heading for a disaster!
And I know the difference between us
I can’t hold on any longer
Yeah, I know that; so quit saying:
“It’s all gone but I can’t believe it!”

Don’t want it – a covert operation
Don’t want it – another complication
Don’t want it – a bad situation
Don’t want it – a cheaper imitation
Don’t want it – a hidden combination
Don’t want it – a bad education
Don’t want it – another accusation
Don’t want it – I had a revelation!
Track Name: Roll The Dice
Roll The Dice
You got a one-track, sleazy mind
Always looking for new action
But the one thing you can’t find is
Happiness and peace of mind
You gotta give and take sometimes
‘Cause it’s not always about you
And in the old days, you could get away
With the games that don’t work for you now
‘Cause your lines are tired and you just look desperate!

Your time is up so give it to me
I’ll roll the dice and still come up three times
Head straight to jail, you’ve broken your vow
Don’t pass Go, give it up; you’re worthless now

You got a lustful, wanderin’ eye
It used to drive me to distraction
That the one thing you can’t find
Was in front of you, but you’re staring blind
Did you think I wouldn’t mind
How you put everyone above me?
Well, in the old days, you could get away
With your games, ’cause I had no sense of self
But now your lines are tired and you just look desperate!

You got a take-it-easy mind
No, you never lift a finger
And the one thing you can’t find is
Striding off into the light
It’s a pointless exercise
Trying to explain this to you
You won’t listen, you’re just missing
The games you played that don’t work for you now

(You had the time, you had the choice, you had it all)
(You gave it up, you wanted more, you want it all)
(You don’t know what you lost in me)
(You don’t pass go, you lost the game, you lost the round)
(You lost the game)
(You lost the game)
(You lost the game)
Track Name: Salute To The Queen
Salute To The Queen
Disappointment rush through me
Ain’t it funny how you managed to get away?
I’m alone again in dirty sheets
I bet you’re thinking: “Such an easy lay”
But you’re not the man I want – just a pale imitation of the one before
And your cheap invitation…well, it gets me off
But who made you the god of all?

Warm the ointment; calm the burn now
Ain’t it funny how we make the same mistake again?
Unreliable, self-centred
So don’t promise things you can’t deliver anyway
But you’re not the man I want – just a pale imitation of the one before
And this strange conversation…well, it sets me off
But who made you the god of all…

Passion? It’s not your friend! Passion! It’s just a weakness in the end!

And I – I’ll reach an impasse
And you – you bring the JD
And we – we’ll make a video
Line up toy soldiers, salute to the Queen!
I’ll reach an impasse
And you – you bring the JD
And we, we’ll make a video
Line up toy soldiers, salute to the Queen!

Breaking glass will cut your hands up
Ain’t it funny how I never ever miss a beat?
Wrap your hands up; dirty bandage
Darkened ink won’t be enough to wash your soul clean
But you’re not the man I want – just a pale imitation of the one before
And this weird situation…well, it gets too much
Who made you the god of all…