And Still I Rise

by Same Son

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Our first EP.
Thank you to everyone who's stood by us. Please give it a listen, and we hope you enjoy.

California Hardcore Forever.
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Same Son thanks: The Jette, Armijo, O'barr, Leibelt and Kruger families, Icebag Injury, Frontside, Born Guilty, Headstone, Keith Marsh, Eric Gelbart, Wingstop, Haley Little, Susan Elexa, Cj, and everyone who has stood by us. You are our world, and we love you.

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released May 5, 2017

Same Son is:
Vocals - Connor O'barr
Guitar - Donald Jette
Bass - Alex Armijo
Drums - Logan Kruger

Songs/Lyrics written by: Logan Kruger

Recorded and Produced by: Donald Jette

Album artwork by: Susan Elexa

Audio clips on "Education for Death" originally from Cesar Chavez and James Baldwin respectively.

Guest vocals on "Mending the Broken Wing" by Keith Marsh.

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Track Name: Starting Line
Must it be said once again?
It's about more than ink
That in reality is just skin deep.
More than a picture
Faded and blurred.
What's its point in being seen
If it speaks no words?
Mindless chatter
across a channel
Where static is only heard
But when the noise is cut
By a true voice
No one can deny it's worth

You can't look with only the eyes
For something that's hard to find
Rather dive deep inside
To know where you truly reside
Am I being the best I can
Am I doing everything right?
Do my actions produce a garden
Or do the seeds shrivel up and die?

Humility
Is a simple key
To reaching out and understanding
Reality
Consciously
We can change to be
Honest and act compassionately
To Fight selfishness with integrity

I'm not left with many choices
On how life must go
I hear the same song spinning
It's Non-Negotiable
I know I'm not alone with this drive
To split the sky with a scream
So with pen and paper in hand
I'll bleed my heart till it's empty

The same things that make us bright and different
Are the same things that leave us marked
But like the seams within a fabric
Stitched together we can't be torn

Humility
Is a simple key
To reaching out and understanding
Reality
Consciously
We can change to be
Honest and act compassionately
To Fight selfishness with integrity

Together we
Live by the soul
Live by the mind
To rise above
The worlds hateful design
Track Name: Education for Death
Do you know where your ignorance comes from?
From systematic indoctrination?
For the purpose of profit and seizing of power
They abused a rod and staff
To hide the land they devoured
Were you told of the fire in the valley
Of human decency?
When White flames stretched their fingers
Across their land
Robbing the roots of every tree.

Legalization of human deprivation
A cog in the machine of an unspoken history

Can you blame us
For being angry
For allowing history
To repeat the same things
For the gunshot
That's still ringing
Thats held for centuries
Don't turn a blind eye
Unless you're fine
with just falling in line
Because the faults in society
That you perceive
All stem from your
Persistent Greed

You're the devil
That takes face
In many forms
In many ways

Erase a land
Erase a culture
Replace their sun in the sky
With a western alter
The "white man's burden"
Brought the plague of production
Establish oligarchy
To ensure destruction
And at home
We can see
The common people don't sleep so soundly
But how can they to any degree
When those in charge live secret lives under sheets

This worlds not yours for the taking

Can you blame us
For being angry
For allowing history
To repeat the same things
For the gunshot
That's still ringing
Thats held for centuries
Don't turn a blind eye
Unless you're fine
with just falling in line
Because the faults in society
That you perceive
All stem from your
Persistent greed

Good night white pride
Track Name: Mending the Broken Wing
Let's get this out-of-the-way
Hey
Any petty differences I disavow
Like keeping them makes me a better man somehow
Im shaking off everything that was said
and leaving it all behind when I turn at the riverbend

Giving to the world when it's only taken away
Trying to live everyday by
Greeting uncertainty

Like an old friend
Bearing lessons from a foreign land
The only thing I seek
Is resounding inner peace
From the chorus that's inside my head

So then
My friend
Where does that leave us?
I have no quarrel with you
I have no reason to fuss
Remove the thorns from my side
And shake my hand in blood
I'll look past that billow of smoke
From your lungs for the sake of moving on
So then
My friend
Is that all you're capable of?
I think you're selling yourself short
Before you've even begun
If this is some kind of race
Then I guess that you've already won
There's no point in trying to prove myself
To those who trade acceptance for their thoughts

Your actions speak louder than the words on your shirt
When you remove the fabric is the message still heard

Please understand that this is more
Than simple expression or simple rhetoric.
Rather this is a place inside my head
Where the lotus grows and the candle burns.
This is a solitary space
Where I can face
and rearrange everything back into place.
Due to all the things that cause me to fall from my grace.
I ask not Not to rebuild the bridge but rather lessen the hate.

Constantly searching
Constantly losing
For just one second I'd like to think
We can all reach out to greater things
Tune out our screaming
Start livin' for something
Something beyond what we see
take control and unfold reality

These are my final words at heart
and now that they’re said I’ll let live and move on

Restore and see
we face much greater things
Track Name: The Spear's Edge
The Fear of losing everything
Is all I can remember
coming in waves like the streetlights
That I chased at the end of December
When the only escape I ever found
was attempting to live for the better
and in the lines from sober poets
On releasing the chains that keep me hindered

Remember I'm a person
Just like you
But What I want in life
Has nothing to do
With what I've seen
With what addictions breeds
So I'd rather stay true
And live according to me

I became the fruit
That fell far from the family tree
Questioned for my choices
While belittling a past of tragedy
Now Everything seems distant
As rays of light dance through the breeze
I survived a life in that crucible
and I know now I can only live free

So take the spear’s end
And carve onto my grave
Here's lies a man who tried his best
To stay natural and sane
For some the edge has gone dull
but I still hear those sweet songs ring
as true now as they were back then
so for myself I remain clean

For
My
Self
And no one else
Track Name: The Circle is Broken
There was once a man I knew
dwelling within my dreams
forged from my innocence and simple themes
a kind hearted face
with a cathartic embrace
that almost made you believe
there is some form of good in the world
still whispering through the trees

He said boy

later on expect to learn
you might not get by so easily
but if you fall at any point, at any time
just remember you can come back to me
so I took off running out the gates
with the wind keeping my pace
but the further I go, the more I see
I have to abandon my old ways

so fast forward to now, where everything I love has grown old
I seem to thrive off of rainy night drives
and the fear of the unknown
and speak of the devil, he likes to revel that he's gone and sown
the needles in the dirt that pry at my foot
as I stand stripped at the side of the road.

but a calm comes over me
as the sky becomes the ocean at dusk
a Cerulean gradient
composes a symphony that I love
the stars are the notes
that I read by sight
if Keats has taught me anything
It’s that I'll follow those notes all through the night

No I won't

Go gentle into that good night

I may speak
as if I've obtained
Some higher plane
at which my mind and spirit operate
but all I want
is to change
to be the man that once appeared inside my dreams
all I want
is to change
to Break the circle and separate entirely
release these shackles
split my cage
I’ll exist
for more than what the world
wants
for
me