What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

by The First Rule

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released October 13, 2017

All music by The First Rule

All lyrics by N. O'Malley
Except tracks 5, 10 by N. O'Malley and C. Shanahan
Track 12 by B. Ledman
Track 14 by C. Shanahan
Track 18 by A. Morissette and G. Ballard
and Track 19 by G. Hart

Guest vocals on track 6 by Tawny Mitchell
Additional vocals by Kerri Ledman on tracks 1, 11, and 17

Recorded, mixed, and mastered by Bo Ledman
at Endless Summer Studios, Zion, IL

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Kenosha, WI, punk band. We are a bit of punk rock, a bit alternative, a bit pop punk, and a little of everything else. Give us a listen and see for yourself!

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Track Name: Player Select (Intro)
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Track Name: A Little Reflection, A Lot of Regret
Set myself up to set myself back
Set myself up to set myself back
Set myself up to set myself back
Set myself up to set myself... back

I’ve heard the songs all about wasted youth
With their beautiful and captivating, cautionary truths
Never thought I’d be ripped apart at the seams
By missed chances and the life from in my dreams

All the years that I have spent getting wise
Fuel this doubt that I have inside
Sharp tongue loaded like a gun
Open my mouth and watch ‘em run
Open my mouth and watch ‘em run

I still remember how it all came crashing down
Bad decisions made with teen precision knocked me to the ground
And there I stayed; I could not find another way
I have the sense I may not last another day

All the years that I have spent getting wise
Fuel this doubt that I have inside
Sharp tongue loaded like a gun
Open my mouth and watch ‘em run
Open my mouth and watch ‘em run

All the years that I have spent getting wise
Fuel this doubt that I have inside
Sharp tongue loaded like a gun
Open my mouth and watch ‘em run
Open my mouth and watch ‘em run
Track Name: Can't Wait to be Famous
Wake up, Monday 6 AM
Another 60 hour work week just to make ends meet
The boss is a cliche, everyday I hear him say
"Get back to work, stop writing songs on my dime"... FUCK!

Can't wait to be famous, can't wait for youtube to save us
Can someone pay my heat, cause I can't feel my feet
Gonna finally afford to get something to eat and some boarding
For myself, my kids, my wife, yeah that'll be the life
Can't wait to be famous

I should be on a beach, on an island nobody can reach
Spend all my time relaxing and drinking fruity drinks
Not stuck in this hellhole trying to unclog the kitchen sink
For the 15th time this week I just can't catch a break

Can't wait to be famous, can't wait for youtube to save us
Can someone pay my heat, cause I can't feel my feet
Gonna finally afford to get something to eat and some boarding
For myself, my kids, my wife, yeah that'll be the life
Can't wait to be famous

Can't wait to see our name in lights
Can't wait til we are on late night
Can't wait to leave this job behind
Can't wait to leave this welfare line
Can't wait to see our name in lights
Can't wait til we are on late night
Can't wait to leave this job behind...

Can't wait to be famous, can't wait for youtube to save us
Can someone pay my heat, cause I can't feel my feet
Gonna finally afford to get something to eat and some boarding
For myself, my kids, my wife, yeah that'll be the life
Can't wait to be famous, can't wait for youtube to save us
Can someone pay my heat, cause I can't feel my feet
Gonna finally afford to get something to eat and some boarding
For myself, my kids, my wife, yeah that'll be the life
Can't wait to be famous
Track Name: One Man Revolution
I see millions living in poverty
Millions living in tragedy
Millions dying to fight back
Killing themselves just to survive

Be the change we need to see
Fuck your affiliation
Is this what freedom means
Your system has been broken
A gun in every hand, and every kid on street
Is it too much for one man to disagree

Can you feel the revolution
Look inside for a solution
Can't you see this world is starting to burn down
Can you feel the revolution
In your mind there's a solution
Fight the greed and malice lurking all around

I see millions living in poverty
Millions living in tragedy
Millions dying to fight back
Killing themselves just to survive

Let the media distract
Fuck your biased information
We're too scared to interact
Constant falsification
A camera in every hand, but there's so much we don't see
Is it too much for one man to disagree

Can you feel the revolution
Look inside for a solution
Can't you see this world is starting to burn down
Can you feel the revolution
In your mind there's a solution
Fight the greed and malice lurking all around

I see millions living in poverty
Millions living in tragedy
Millions dying to fight back
Killing themselves just to survive

We support the troops
But they return to nothing
Good enough to die for you
But not enough for your money
Vets with outstretched hands, and living on the street
Is it too much for one man to disagree

Can you feel the revolution
Look inside for a solution
Can't you see this world is starting to burn down
Can you feel the revolution
In your mind there's a solution
Fight the greed and malice lurking all around

Be the change we need to see
Left and right (revolt, revolt)
Top to bottom (revolt, revolt)
Black and white (revolt, revolt)

Be the change we need to see
Left and right (revolt, revolt)
Top to bottom (revolt, revolt)
Black and white (revolt, revolt)
Track Name: Life Lessons in the Key of Self-Righteousness
So what if I cry
So what if I take offense
I don’t have to stand here and take all this
Emotion isn’t weakness
Despite all you say

I’ll put up a fight
I don’t want to do this all the same
In front of the friends you call sick, sad, and lame
The ones who buy into your game
Those that came to play

So who are you?
Who made you judge of our relationship
To push me out after you’ve ended it
To ride your high horse in self-righteousness
Who are you to tell me?

I fall to your lie
The friendship funeral pyre is burning
And I see the bones reach up to the ceiling
Say it this time with feeling
And you get your way

So who are you?
Who made you judge of our relationship
To push me out after you’ve ended it
To ride your high horse in self-righteousness
Who are you to tell me?

So who are you?
Who made you judge of our relationship
To push me out after you’ve ended it
To ride your high horse in self-righteousness
Who are you to tell me?

So who are you?
Who went and dubbed you executioner
To push me out and be the punisher
Declare it over, you the victor
Who are you to tell me?
Track Name: You Think You're Better Than Me
Do you know anything about loyalty
Demand respect like you're fucking royalty
Respect is earned, not freely given
I won't back down, I won't be your clown

I fought, I clawed. I worked, I strived,
I prayed, I died, and now I'm brand new

You think you're better than me
You think you're better than me
I won't be what you wanted me to be
You think you're better than me

You take one side like gospel
It just confirms your bias
I disgust you, you're so fucking pious
Overreactor, yeah I'm a slacker

I fought, I clawed. I worked, I strived,
I prayed, I died, and now I'm brand new

You think you're better than me
You think you're better than me
I won't be what you wanted me to be
You think you're better than me

You should know you don't run the show
Believe me when I say I'm not your stupid
You're a great fake
Like make-up by Max Factor

You think you're better than me
You think you're better than me
I won't be what you wanted me to be
You think you're better than me
Track Name: Letters to Adeline
Sometimes I can’t control the misery and woe
That grow inside of me, but I fight through (to my way back to you)
You put me back together and I will spend forever making it up to you
For all you do

Because as dark as I can be (you are my light)
And as blind as I can be (you are my sight)
If I died tonight that would be alright
As long as you are by my side

I know that putting up with me can make you cry
But when I’m at my worst, I don’t know why (why you even try)
But every time I stumble you stand tall and keep me humble
Because I know… you’d never let me go

Because as dark as I can be (you are my light)
And as blind as I can be (you are my sight)
If I died tonight that would be alright
As long as you are by my side

Now I’ve never been good at writing love songs
But when I think of you the words just flow
Pen to paper, honey it’s second nature
Every word is true, thank you for being you

Because as dark as I can be (you are my light)
And as blind as I can be (you are my sight)
If I died tonight that would be alright
As long as you are by my side
Track Name: Dictator (We Elected A...)
We elected a dic (DICTATOR)
We elected a dic (DICTATOR)
We elected a, we elected a
We elected a dic (DICTATOR)

When a dictator comes into power,
he maintains control through violence, propoganda, and deceipt
He will shut down his opposition,
silence the mass media, and discredit the other branches of government to get his way

We elected a dic (DICTATOR)
We elected a dic (DICTATOR)
We elected a, we elected a
We elected a dic (DICTATOR)

A dictator stomps on the freedoms of his country... first from outsiders, then minorities, then slowly, from his own people
Through lies and manipulation,
he turns them against each other, keeping them afraid and uninformed, they won't look up, and they won't fight back

We elected a dic (DICTATOR)
We elected a dic (DICTATOR)
We elected a, we elected a
We elected a dic (DICTATOR)

We elected a dick
we elected a dick
we elected a dick
we elected a dick
Track Name: Insert Coin to Continue
Insert Coin to Continue
Track Name: It's A Good Year (To Be A Fascist)
If the personal is political
Then I've got a lot of political problems
If resistance is speaking truth to power
Then I've got a lot of truth to speak

It's a good year to be a fascist
Fuck everyone who's not like me
It's a good year to be a fascist
Fuck everyone who's not like me

If this machine kills fascists
It looks like I've got lots of killing to do
If anger is a gift like they say
Then I've got lots of gift giving to do

It's a good year to be a fascist
Fuck everyone who's not like me
It's a good year to be a fascist
Fuck everyone who's not like me

It's good year, it's a good year
It's a good year to be afraid
It's good year, it's a good year
It's a good year to be afraid
It's good year, it's a good year
It's a good year to be afraid
It's good year, it's a good year
It's a good year to be afraid
Track Name: All These Scars
Another late night sitting alone
Left to my weary, wondering, pondering, obsessive mind
Every last word that you said
Is stuck in my head just burning and turning, line after line

Fleeting luck is our curse
Could it be any worse?
Guess we're stuck in reverse

(All these scars) Every scar I've got is a memory of you
(Never healing) Tearing me to shreds
(All these scars) Leave me jaded, twisted, broken and askew
(Losing feeling) But I still lay here in your bed

I'll tell you what I have to show
For the years of abuse and misuse and miscues took a toll on me
Addicted to your emotional game
The self-loathing, the pain, and the shame of what I have come to be

Fleeting luck is our curse
Could it be any worse?
Guess we're stuck in reverse

(All these scars) Every scar I've got is a memory of you
(Never healing) Tearing me to shreds
(All these scars) Leave me jaded, twisted, broken and askew
(Losing feeling) But I still lay here in your bed

(All these scars, all these scars)
(All these scars, all these scars)
(I still had hope) Quick work for you to extiguish
(I still had hope) Every word is in anguish
(I still had hope) So watch your fucking language

(All these scars) Every scar I've got is a memory of you
(Never healing) Tearing me to shreds
(All these scars) Leave me jaded, twisted, broken and askew
(Losing feeling) But I still lay here in your bed
Track Name: After What You Said
Indecision is my downfall
And I fear any kind of change
If there’s any kind of doubt at all
Then I will turn my back and stay

But after what you said, there can be no other way

I’ve gotten used to being stepped on
I’ve gotten used to giving in
After everything we’ve been through
I didn’t think that I could win

But after what you said, there can be no other way

After what you said, you’re as good as dead to me
After what you said, I’ve finally cleared my head I know what has to be
Is this the end, or is this where I start my life again
I will move on, and leave you as a what-has-been
After what you said, after what you said

This decision wasn’t easy
It’s been killing me inside
If only things could have been different
If only we could turn back time

But after what you said, there can be no other way

After what you said, you’re as good as dead to me
After what you said, I’ve finally cleared my head I know what has to be
Is this the end, or is this where I start my life again
I will move on, and leave you as a what-has-been
After what you said, after what you said


After what you said, you’re as good as dead to me
After what you said, I’ve finally cleared my head I know what has to be
Is this the end, or is this where I start my life again
I will move on, and leave you as a what-has-been
After what you said, after what you said
Track Name: Ungrateful
Bend over backwards for you, but you're still whining
Do anything you ask me to
Keep telling myself it'll all be ok
But you don't give a shit about me anyway

(Stab, stab, stab) Stab me in the back
(Blame, blame, blame) Put the blame on me
Rather than admit you let your own life fall off track
You watch me stumble just to laugh at me

I hear the words you're saying, empathy's not your strong suit
Is this self-pity hear to stay
Futile pursuit and I just try to let it go
But you still let your hatred take over the show

(Stab, stab, stab) Stab me in the back
(Blame, blame, blame) Put the blame on me
Rather than admit you let your own life fall off track
You watch me stumble just to laugh at me

Now I know you've got it all figured out
Take it easy, there's no need to shout
So ungrateful for all the things I've done for you

Stab me in the back
(Blame, blame, blame) Put the blame on me
Rather than admit you let your own life fall off track
You watch me stumble just to laugh at me

(Stab, stab, stab) Stab me in the back
(Blame, blame, blame) Put the blame on me
Rather than admit you let your own life fall off track
You watch me stumble just to laugh at me
Track Name: Self-Loathing Is In This Year
I'm miserable and a mess
Yeah, I'm pathetic at best
The butt of every joke
Self-confidence set to blaze
Kindled, aided by a kerosene soak
Just drop the match and walk away
I gotta get out of this town
It's been burning me out for too long

Well, Self-loathing is in this year
Throw up your hands and have a beer
You're not the only one who feels like you feel
You're not the only one
Well, Self-loathing is in this year
Throw up your hands and have a beer
You're not the only one who feels like you feel
You're not the only one

Time's unbearable ad a test
And there's never any time to rest
Just when I get one thing figured out
Another thing comes up and it fills me with doubt
I'm not sure of anything before
I'm not sure of anything right now
Never known just what's in store
Maybe the future could be so much more

Well, Self-loathing is in this year
Throw up your hands and have a beer
You're not the only one who feels like you feel
You're not the only one
Well, Self-loathing is in this year
Throw up your hands and have a beer
You're not the only one who feels like you feel
You're not the only one

Sometimes I wanna take it slow
Sometimes I wanna let it go
Sometimes I wanna take it all out
Sometimes I get rid of my self-doubt

Well, Self-loathing is in this year
Throw up your hands and have a beer
You're not the only one who feels like you feel
You're not the only one
Well, Self-loathing is in this year
Throw up your hands and have a beer
You're not the only one who feels like you feel
You're not the only one
Track Name: Game Over (Outro)
Game over.

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