No Half Measures

by Verbal Warning

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Verbal Warning's 3rd album

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released May 1, 2017

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Verbal Warning Nottingham, UK

Still rocking crowds everywhere, Verbal Warning have just entered into an exciting new era with the addition of Tone Deaf Warning on Guitar and Ant Warning on drums this summer.

The last line-up of VW had lasted 10 years, before Lee and Ian decided they'd had enough

In the meantime, Paul and John recruited the new duo and put them through their paces for several months of sweaty rehearsals.
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Track Name: Alphabet City
ALPHABET CITY
Alphabet City, Alphabet City, I'm going back there to get my fix
Alphabet City, Alphabet City, I'm going back to 1976

Insanity on every corner
Down every avenue you head
Bodies lying on the pavement
Are they drunk or drugged or are they dead?

Alphabet City, Alphabet City, I'm going back there to get my fix
Alphabet City, Alphabet City, I'm going back to 1976

Avenue A then you're adventurous
Avenue B you're bold, no dread
Avenue C then you're courageous
Avenue D you could end up dead

Alphabet City, Alphabet City, I'm going back there to get my fix.
Alphabet City, Alphabet City, I'm going back to 1976 (x2)

Music fills Tompkins Square Park
Riots in the days to come
New York Dolls stand on the corner
Egg creams, heroin, they're having fun

Alphabet City, Alphabet City, I'm going back there to get my fix.
Alphabet City, Alphabet City, I'm going back to 1976.

Tucked away behind the Bowery
Lower East Side melting pot
Music's bubbling, ideas forming
Ready to give it their best shot.

Alphabet City, Alphabet City, I'm going back there to get my fix
Alphabet City, Alphabet City, I'm going back to 1976
Track Name: Someone's Slave
SOMEONE'S SLAVE
Radio heralds in another Monday morning
Sun shines through the unlined curtains bright
Last night's beer tastes stale upon your tongue
You're paying the price for another rock & roll night
Body's tired, bones all ache, you head throbs
Need to find a way out of your bed
Need to get to work to earn your living
Sick of feeling like the living dead

You're someone's slave for the next eight hours
You sell your soul and you do what you're told
You bite your tongue, collect your wages
But it's your self respect that has been sold

The daytime clock goes by so very slowly
The night time hours they race past
Time at work just seems to last forever
But weekend hours always speed by fast

You go to work in darkness, you come home and it's the same
The daylight comes and goes while you're in there
Your life is slipping quickly away from you
And every working day is just a pain
We all need to work to earn our living
But they screw you for everything they can
Leave you an empty shell of who you could be
We'd love to burn their fucking building down

You're someone's slave for the next eight hours
You sell your soul and you do what you're told
You bite your tongue, collect your wages
But it's your self respect that has been sold (x2)
Track Name: Control Freak
CONTROL FREAK
Come on admit it you depend on me
I'm more important than the air you breathe
You need me to control your days
Every minute, every second in every way

I'm a control freak
Just a control freak
I'm a control freak
I'm a control freak, taking over you

Check who you've called on your mobile phone
No girlie nights out, you're better off home
Never a punch, never a bruise
Mental control is the method I use

I'm a control freak
Just a control freak
I'm a control freak
I'm a control freak, taking over you

What do you mean you're leaving me?
Don't call me weird I'm not a freak
I will stalk you night and day
Never going to let you get away

I'm a control freak
Just a control freak
I'm a control freak
I'm a control freak, taking over you (x3)
Track Name: Tightfisted
TIGHTFISTED
You're so mean, you'd cause a scene
If someone found a pound where you had just been
You don't flush the toilet when you've been for a pee
Use the milk from your cereal in your tea
Haggle for a deal in a charity shop
You'll always try to save money you'll never stop

Teabags are always used twice or more
Always shop at the discount store
Use the same poppy every year
And always try to drink someone else's beer

You're so tightfisted you never buy a round
Even when it's being insisted
So tightfisted any reason to open your wallet must be resisted
So tightfisted generosity is something that's never existed
So tightfisted you'll finish up bitter, lonely and twisted

Wetherspoons stopped sachets of ketchup 'cause of me
A fool and his money are soon parted is what I see
Saving money is my obsession
There's nothing better than a money-saving lesson

You're so tightfisted you never buy a round
Even when it's being insisted
So tightfisted any reason to open your wallet must be resisted
So tightfisted generosity is something that's never existed
So tightfisted you'll finish up bitter, lonely and twisted

You're so tight that you think it's all right
That money-saving expert is your favourite web site
Save electric charge your phone at work
Seem to think it's some kind of perk
Spend your time counting all your money.
Even Scrooge would find it funny

You're so tightfisted you never buy a round
Even when it's being insisted
So tightfisted any reason to open your wallet must be resisted
So tightfisted generosity is something that's never existed
So tightfisted you'll finish up bitter, lonely and twisted
So tighfisted, whoah, whoah (x8)
Track Name: Good At Being Lazy
GOOD AT BEING LAZY
Just chilling out with nothing to do
Just chilling out and dreaming of you
My teacher said I'm good for nothing
But I might be good for something maybe?
I drive them all crazy
'Cause I'm good at being lazy

Just chilling out and watching TV
Good way to spend the day it seems to me
My parents said I'm good for nothing
But I might be good for something maybe?
I drive them all crazy
I'm good at being lazy

Don't do today what you can put off till tomorrow
Rather do nothing don't you know?
Having something to do is so depressing
It feels much better when I'm just resting

Just chilling out and lying in the sun
Just chilling out and nothing gets done
My boss he said I'm good for nothing
But I might be good for something maybe?
I drive them all crazy
I'm good at being lazy

Don't do today what you can put off till tomorrow
Rather do nothing don't you know?
Having something to do is so depressing
It feels much better when I'm just resting

Just chilling out and having a drink
Just chilling out and having a think
The judge he said I'm good for nothing
But I might be good for something maybe?
I drive them all crazy
I'm good at being lazy

I'm good at being lazy
I'm good at being lazy
I'm good at being lazy
Track Name: Takeaway
TAKEAWAY
It's half past 12 and I haven't pulled
Got a hole in my belly where it should be full
I drank 10 pints of this Miller Lite
Fuck knows where I got this appetite

I love little lambs, I really want to meet them
Especially in kebabs so we can eat them
I know chicken legs help the bastards crawl
But tell me what the fuck are chicken balls?

I don't care what it is
Just want to eat it when I've drunk this piss
I don't care about the sell-by date
Stick it on a tray or on a paper plate
All this stuff must be so nutritious
Or else is wouldn't taste so fucking delicious
Chips are part of my five a day
Don't tell me I can't have my takeaway

What d'ya mean you're closed
I can't believe you're closed
What d'ya mean you're closed
I can't believe you're closed

Home and hungry and the cupboards bare
Tins of cold beans in my underwear
E. coli and salmonella
End up skinny like that Paul Weller
It's half past 12 and I haven't pulled
Got a hole in my belly where it should be full
I drank 10 pints of this lager shite
Fuck knows where I got this appetite

What d'ya mean you're closed
I can't believe you're closed
What d'ya mean you're closed
I can't believe you're closed

Don't tell me I can't have my takeaway
Don't tell me it's not part of my five a day
Don't tell me you've stopped serving anyway
I just want to have my lovely takeaway


SO OVER YOU
Told all your friends you had me there
I told mine I didn't care
You thought you had me under your spell
That's what I wanted couldn't you tell?

I just said what you wanted to hear
And I want to make it perfectly clear
I never loved you, no I never did
Who do you think I was trying to kid?

I'm so over you, never loved you very much anyway
I'm so over you, never coming back no matter what you say

When you finished it you got there first
It's what I wanted but in reverse
I sometimes think that I am cursed
And don't you think I'm in a state
I'm just drinking to celebrate

I'm so over you, never loved you very much anyway
I'm so over you, never coming back no matter what you say

I love you is what I said.
That was to get me in your bed
I'll make it plain so even you can see
You never meant anything to me

I'm so over you, never loved you very much anyway
I'm so over you, never coming back no matter what you say (x2)
Track Name: Smartphone
SMARTPHONE

Our mate Billy said we should write a song
About smartphones, it shouldn't take long
They take over your life he said with a sigh
Okay Billy, we'll give it a try . . .

Using my smartphone ain't so smart
We're not talking for a start
Sat in the pub just swiping the screen
Telling everybody where I've just been

Go on Facebook, give my location
Tell everybody my situation
I really should be in despair
Because they don't really care

Why can't I leave my phone alone?
Because I'm obsessed and I'm addicted
Why can't I leave my phone at home?
I guess that I've become addicted

Social media's not social at all
Fools me into thinking I'm having a ball
I think I've got a thousand friends or more
But I've no real friends 'cause I'm a bore

Staring at the screen waiting to load
So frustrating it seems to have slowed
Life without my phone would be a disaster
I wish this connection was a little bit faster

Must check if I've got any emails
Nigerian investor he wants my bank details
Must check how many likes I've got
I could have a lot. But probably not.

Go out with a girl on a date
I'm on my phone so she'll have to wait
Sitting there in embarrassed silence
While I commit some Candy violence

I'm tweeting here and I'm tweeting there
What makes me think they really care?
The Facebook life is just an illusion
Everybody's boasting is my conclusion

Why can't I leave my phone alone?
Because I'm obsessed and I'm addicted
Why can't I leave my phone alone?
I guess that I've become addicted (x2)
Track Name: The Berlin Wall
WALL CAME TUMBLING DOWN
Back in the year 1961 too many people had already gone
They kept the rest in Soviet thrall by building up the Berlin Wall
Police and Stasi kept everyone down.
Keeping em on their side of town
Do you want some real Levi Jeans?
You'll be lucky - in your dreams!

Then the people stood up to be counted
And the wall came tumbling down
The need for freedom could not be doubted
And the wall came tumbling down
Life was hard, life was tough
And the wall came tumbling down
Then they decided they'd had enough
And the wall came tumbling down

They were tired of the Soviet cause
The tanks and soldiers and Cold War
Life looked better in the West
McDonald's and Coke had to be the best!
Charging through the crumbling wall
Cheering at the Soviet fall
Trabants chugging into West Berlin
Land of opportunity and capitalist sin!

Then the people stood up to be counted
And the wall came tumbling down
The need for freedom could not be doubted
And the wall came tumbling down
Life was hard, life was tough
And the wall came tumbling down
Then they decided they'd had enough
And the wall came tumbling down
Track Name: Piers Morgan
PIERS MORGAN
Oh Piers you have no shame
You just think you're playing the game
But you're just a smug little git
See a smirking face I wanna hit

Oh Piers Morgan, Piers Morgan
He's got a square head and a lop-sided grin
Oh Piers Stefan Pugh Morgan
Wouldn't you like to smash his face in?
Yes we would, yes we would, yes we would

Piers your judgement is sadly lacking
Insider dealing and phone hacking
But still he avoided the nick
Quite frankly he makes me sick

Oh Piers Morgan, Piers Morgan
Friend of New Labour and Donald Trump
Oh Piers Stefan Pugh Morgan
Wouldn't you like to give him a thump?
Yes we would, yes we would, yes we would

Oh Piers Morgan, Piers Morgan
He's got a square head and a lop-sided grin
Oh Piers Stefan Pugh Morgan
Wouldn't you like to smash his face in?
Yes we would, yes we would, yes we would

Published fake photos of our troops
Was even too much for Mirror Newsgroup
Just proved he was a lying hack
And it finally got him the sack

Oh Piers Morgan, Piers Morgan
Friend of New Labour and Donald Trump
Oh Piers Stefan Pugh Morgan
Wouldn't you like to give him a thump?
Yes we would, yes we would, yes we would

We suffer your smarmy face on TV
It's not really what I want to see
How he does it I don't know
When he's on I don't watch the show

Oh Piers Morgan, Piers Morgan
He's got a square head and a lop-sided grin
Oh Piers Stefan Pugh Morgan
Wouldn't you like to smash his face in?
Oh Piers Morgan, Piers Morgan
Friend of New Labour and Donald Trump
Oh Piers Stefan Pugh Morgan
Wouldn't you like to give him a thump?
Yes we would, you know we would, yes we would,
you know we would, yes we would
Track Name: Cowboy Nation
COWBOY NATION
Where there are guns there will always be death
How this goes on, well it just takes my breath
Have you seen some of the people you arm?
Someone will always come to harm

Cowboy nation, it's time to throw your guns away
Cowboy nation it's too big a price to pay
The Second Amendment needs amending
Your death and hurt is never ending
Cowboy nation – please do it today

Please don't bleat to me about self-defence
When you are challenged you just take offence
But where was the defence for Columbine High?
Fort Gibson, Heritage, West Side and Heath High?

Cowboy nation, it's time to throw your guns away
Cowboy nation it's too big a price to pay
The Second Amendment needs amending
Your death and hurt is never ending
Cowboy nation – please do it today

For a nation that elected Reagan top gun
A movie cowboy as your president
The Terminator as a governor too
Is the irony not lost on you?

Cowboy nation, it's time to throw your guns away
Cowboy nation it's too big a price to pay
The Second Amendment needs amending
Your death and hurt is never ending
Cowboy nation . . . .
Track Name: So Over You
SO OVER YOU
Told all your friends you had me there
I told mine I didn't care
You thought you had me under your spell
That's what I wanted couldn't you tell?

I just said what you wanted to hear
And I want to make it perfectly clear
I never loved you, no I never did
Who do you think I was trying to kid?

I'm so over you, never loved you very much anyway
I'm so over you, never coming back no matter what you say

When you finished it you got there first
It's what I wanted but in reverse
I sometimes think that I am cursed
And don't you think I'm in a state
I'm just drinking to celebrate

I'm so over you, never loved you very much anyway
I'm so over you, never coming back no matter what you say

I love you is what I said.
That was to get me in your bed
I'll make it plain so even you can see
You never meant anything to me

I'm so over you, never loved you very much anyway
I'm so over you, never coming back no matter what you say (x2)
Track Name: Jumpers
JUMPERS
From the smell of coffee and faxes whirring
To the open sky and the smell of burning
From keyboards clicking to the sound of screaming
The day changed quickly and without warning

From out of nowhere the aeroplanes came
Through office walls amid the flames
A surreal moment beyond any nightmare
But no time left to stand and stare

Because there's workers jumping from floor 95
The final rush of being alive
From keyboards clicking to the sound of screaming
The day changed quickly and without warning

Another drab day had laid ahead
Bulging in-trays, calls to be made
Deadlines met and emails sent
Earn your money to pay your rent

Now just one choice, which way to die?
To stay and fry or a chance to fly?
To leave this world on the ultimate high
To leap out into the smoky sky

And join the workers jumping from floor 95
The final rush of being alive
From keyboards clicking to the sound of screaming
The day changed quickly and without warning

So holding hands they jumped together
Colleagues, strangers into forever
No time to say goodbye to loved ones
A one way ticket to the great beyond
What must have gone through all their minds?
Seconds before they hit the ground
It shows how quick you life can pass
So live each day as if your last

Workers jumping from floor 95
The final rush of being alive
From keyboards clicking to the sound of screaming
The day changed quickly . . . .
Track Name: That's It
THAT'S IT
That's it she says she means it
This time I crossed a line
There's no more excuses
Whatever the truth is
There's no going back this time

It might be something I said
Or every single thing I did
Can I just mention?
Now I've got your attention
I think it's all in your head

There's no point in trying to talk to you
It always ends up in a row
You're only content with an argument
I bet you're enjoying this now

That's it she really means it
just like she did last time
If I knew that I did it
I'd probably admit it
And everything would turn out fine

Here we go round in circles
Here we go round again
We break up and make up
And make up and break up
Playing her favourite game

There's no point in trying to talk to you
It always ends up in a row
You're only content with an argument
I bet you're enjoying this now
That's it you've got what you wanted now
It was your idea not mine
That's it you've got what you wanted now
That's it now I'm calling time