What We Have

by Half The Battle

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released August 8, 2009

Recorded, Mixed and Mastered at Positivity Studios (Makati)
Released by Take Four and Major Malfunction records
Vinyl Release by Just Another Day records

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Track Name: Take the Chance
TAKE THE CHANCE
as the moments pass without a word they're falling further inside
this life could be much more to you if you let it
embrace YOUR FEAR never let it win, remember this is your life
TAKE THE CHANCE
as the days become your truest friend you will thank yourself for recognizing what it's worth to be yourself
embrace THE FEAR never let it win, remember this is your life
and there's really no alternative, no second option will do
either accept mediocrity OR BE YOU
can't think of any other reason other than you're scared
for you to live your life UNHAPPY
take THE CHANCE remember THIS IS YOUR LIFE!
Track Name: Purpose
hope you aren't discouraged because nothing seems to change
your efforts today, tomorrow, next year just may be THE STRAW THAT BREAKS
the backs of the ones we're fighting and the world will see the change
and a brand new day will come to pass and you will know
YOU MADE THE DIFFERENCE!
i hear them talking and the words don't mean a thing I HEAR IT
they just don't understand AND PROBABLY NEVER WILL
but if you close your ears and open your heart OPEN YOUR HEART
you will see all the truth that you need THAT YOU STAND FOR WHAT'S RIGHT
it's amazing how hard you can work when it means this much to you
and every drop you sweat and bleed may not yield oceans of CHANGE
but if you lead by example and I know that you will
WE CAN WIN THIS BATTLE and eventually THIS FUCKING WAR
i hear them talking and the words don't mean a thing... not a thing
you see if you stop caring then they've already won
you were always able to get so much done
and you can't stop caring we've come so far
you know you made the commitment and i know who you are
i know you will make THE RIGHT CHOICE.
Track Name: Higher Learning
"He needs to be taught a lesson", twenty-some odd years of anger inside
A king-size frame with forty ounce malt liquor smile
You think you can cure him? And do what the others could not
Like mother and father and teachers by beating the snot out of him?
I'M SURE A FIST will change his ways and turn him straight
SPLIT LIPS always seen to rehabilitate
BREAK HIS ARMS then they'll be prepped for hugs
GOD DAMN you've got this all figured out
I hope you feel proud of all the thought you've put into this
So let me get this straight your idea of education it seems is
A PUNCH IN THE FACE!
Track Name: I've Been Called Worse
Full of hope and dreams; the groundwork for the future
And each child infinite beauty
So from what I see maturity equates to apathy
Growing up and out of feelings like caring
The way of the world, GET OLD GET COLD
No reason to be living proof that we don't have to link this chain
Remember when we said, we'd be like this when we're dead?
I guess it's "childish" of me to hold on to my IDEALS
NO MATTER HOW OLD I GET I'll never out grow MY HEART AND SOUL
You can shake your head and roll your eyes at me
But how can we show the children of tomorrow to live their dreams
If we ourselves have forgotten what that means?
Let's show them how pure life can be, AND HOW FUN LIFE CAN BE
NO MATTER HOW OLD I GET, I'LL NEVER GROW OUT OF MY SOUL
Track Name: There Isn't a Number
you can try ALL YOU WANT to follow THE FORMULA
that's been fed to you over and over
and perhaps YOU'LL FIND YOURSELF sitting pretty ON THE SHELF
waiting for your turn to step to the plate
you can't graph it ON A CHART it has to begin IN THE HEART
for it to amount to anything
everyone will see right through the empty effort made by you
TO QUANTIFY THE PULSING THROUGH OUR VEINS
believe me you won't see whats true without diving eyes closed in
and engulf yourself in the moments to come and open arms that you'd been missing... think you can CALCULATE what this means?
Track Name: Beeping Sleauty
"You'll never go broke underestimating the taste of the American public"
No matter how much you repeat it, it will never be less true
Professional wrestling and reality TV the bane of your EXISTENCE
YOUR SARCASM AND WIT made us what we are today
TRUTH ALWAYS SHOWED ITS FACE, even it didn't pass your lips
RESPECT FOR YOU RUNS DEEP, your gifts bless us each and every day
THANKS FOR THE TIME YOU GAVE, it's not a moot point; no one could ever repay
Joy rarely lived in your expression
What's to blame for this abomination?
WIsh I would have realized and put that joy into your eyes
So this will be my attempt to right a wrong; a dedication IN A FUCKING SONG
"COME BACK WHEN YOU HAVE LESS TIME" --A CLASSIC CARL MORGAN LINE
Track Name: The Guest List
sk yourself if the price tag fits to gather up ALL YOUR FRIENDS
I have a pipe dream that's eating away at me
Hundred of kids at each and every show dancing together
SCREAMING AS ONE and lack of money won't ruin the fun
CAN"T THIS be more than a community? CAN'T THIS be a big family?
Kids don't have jobs but they need a place to come together
And kick redundancy in the face, let's not call the shows
Let's just call them parties, so we have an excuse for them to be free
Fifteen years old, STILL IN SCHOOL with no money AND NO JOB
Should they be stuck AT HOME watching tv?
Cuz sometimes bring your own markers DOESN'T WORK
And pressing stamped hands DOESN'T WORK please let them in FOR FREE
So who's on our guest list? EVERYBODY.
Track Name: Ghosts
If this is all it will ever mean to you
You're sidestepping the POTENTIAL
And I wish i could write it with a pen
But you just can't portray passion WITH WORDS
If you were there in my shoes FLOATING OFF THE GROUND
Through my eyes you would see the way that
Time never weighed so much and light never was as bright
BUT WE CAN'T CHASE GHOSTS, our hands'll just slide right through
WE CAN'T CHASE GHOSTS, we need to start something NEW
This isn't all it will ever mean to you
There's no end to what THIS COULD BE
If we close our eyes and listen
Our dreams will take us by the hand
NO NEED TO HIDE FROM THE TRUTH, NO NEED TO LOOK TO THE PAST
Let's all scream at once and scare away these ghosts
If we can shed this these ghosts there's no end to what THIS COULD BE.
Track Name: An Exercise in Free Will
how many times have you stopped and questioned why?
really thought why you are doing whatever you are doing
the consequence of actions and the reason for it all
are you doing just to do without a second thought?
have your instincts failed you? has your mind been warped?
do believe in what you do? do you believe in you?
has your life been dictated to you like a fucking script?
who's making the decision; WHO ARE YOU?
"here's the blueprint for your life and don't you dare stray
you must become a benefit to society
we don't need you to think, just to fucking serve"
now it is up to you... CHOOSE YOUR WORLD
you can not be programmed, you aren't a machine
we were given a mind, let's use it and question why!
TAKE CONTROL of your reason for living
UTILIZE the mind you've been given
TAKE CONTROL make your own choices
UTILIZE your mind and say I WONT BE YOUR MACHINE
i just want you to question why you do what you do.
Track Name: Moving One Space at a Time Any Direction We Choose
THIS STAGE BELONGS TO EVERYONE, THERE'S NO HIERARCHY HERE
SO COME TAKE YOUR RIGHTFUL PLACE AND MAKE SURE THE WHOLE WORLD CAN HEAR
As if pedestal is where anyone belongs
Classifying each other thus the world goes 'round
HE'S THIS, YOU'RE THIS, I'M THIS -- confusion obsolete
To them it's all the things you've seen and the people you know
But if you're felling high and mighty
YOU ARE THE LOWEST OF THE LOW
What's the point of being better than the rest?
Afraid to get your insecurity off your chest
Each individual voice is made inaudible by the crowd
Unless you're willing to listen, then they're clear and loud
Ideas should be shared, IDEAS SHOULD BE SHARED
If you don't speak your mind, how do we know
There's anything there
THERE'S ANYTHING THERE
WE'RE THE SAME. ALL KINGS for we don't desire
THOSE THINGS, STATUS CHECK, STALEMATE, that's what makes us all
SO GREAT
Our opportunity to be more than we are LAST CHANCE
WE'RE THE SAME, ALL KINGS.
Track Name: Sellout Song #41,228
i was so stupid to think you would never change and although it broke my heart i still care about who you are
i won't give up on you and i know you'll be back
it meant too much to you to just be gone
my support has no conditions i will always have your back
whether weak or strong, right or wrong you know that I'LL BE THERE
it wouldn't be stupid if you changed your wawys
you could be the example of positive change
even though i don't understand just how you could fall
i believe that you will rise again
my support has no conditions i will always have your back
whether weak or strong, right or wrong you know that I'LL BE THERE
but please bear with me this came as a surprise and i couldn't help my immediate reaction, OH MY FUCKING GOD
bwiset, punyeta, you fucking sold your soul!
Track Name: Our All
steps we take no matter how sincere will lead us away
because our best won't be enough for some
times will change not everyone will understand
the bridges that we've burnt, the people that we've hurt
there's feelings dead and gone NOT COMING BACK
yet you're still here standing with us
thank you, i'll say it again THANK YOU
we will give you all that we have because that is what you DESERVE
the bridges that we've burnt, the people that we've hurt
there's feelings dead and gone NOT COMING BACK
but there's still us and you, a friendship that is true
move forward side by side NOT LOOKING BACK
this is why we choose this life and give our all TO YOU!
Track Name: What We Have
it's time to give OUR THANKS
some people have no idea what this is like
let's show our passion to the world
expose them to the potential hidden beneath
that we've been so blessed to understand
NOT TAKE THIS FOR GRANTED WHAT WE HAVE
so much more than songs, messages so strong, no financial ambitions
lucky to be part of something from the heart, we need to recognize
and we have room to grow
friendships that have yet to form are within reach
don't be afraid to share all this ALL THIS
without the kids this all ends, we'll get jaded FROM STAGNANCY
let's count our lucky stars FOR WHAT WE HAVE and give new kids a chance
to share their point of view REMEMBER WHEN we we're just like them, LET'S GIVE BACK