This Machine Used to Kill Fascists (Vol. 1)

by Trains Across the Sea

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Woody Guthrie songs, mostly.

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released July 15, 2008

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Trains Across the Sea Columbus, Ohio

Trains Across the Sea is the musical output of Andy Gallagher.

He also co-wrote "SEMI FAME: The Truck Route to Broadway."

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Track Name: The World Wide Web
Well the world has seven wonders, the travelers always tell
Some gardens and some towers, I guess you know them well
But now the greatest wonder ain't in Uncle Sam's fair land
It's that magic, powerful internet, the wheel of modern man

It's a place where all the people can share all the things they feel
In whatever they have an interest in, whatever makes them feel real
If we wrote out all our hopes and dreams and things we should have said
A capsule of our alone time, well you'd have the world wide web

Where quickly you can learn about anything you want to know
And find people from around the world who will take off all their clothes
And just in case you ever feel lost, there's always Google Earth
And forums where you opinion feels like it has some worth

You can find out if you're hot or not, you can read the nytimes
You can Google yourself or chat with me, you can blog about your lives
You can do your grocery shopping, you can pay all of your bills
Why, that internet can do anything for you, but not for your social skills

And it's that loss of human touch I worry about these days
Why ever have a conversation if you can send a message on myspace?
But I don't feel I've found myself down any URL path
And what good is an LOL when I'd rather hear you laugh

They say it brings us all together, but I'm not sure that that's true
If the only time that we go on it is when we're alone in our rooms
So next time that you leave a friend a message on their wall
Remember just how good it feels to give that friend a call
Track Name: The Biggest Thing That Man Has Ever Done
I follow a lonesome traveler, a great historical bum
Highly educated and from history he has come
He built the age of rock, back before anyone else had done
And people thought that was the biggest thing that man had ever done

But he reminded all the people about what's fair and what is right
That all of us are equal and we all have basic rights
He didn't need religion to bring truth to everyone
And that was about the biggest thing that man had ever done

And during his time our country was rallied behind war
We wanted to go and kill Hitler and even up the score
We knew America's destiny was to be number one
Thinking that would be the biggest thing that man has ever done

So then we dropped the bomb, and then we dropped one more
If you kill that many people you can stop the second war
The good guys won and the bad guys lost, our empire has begun
This is gonna be the biggest thing that man has ever done

So we all got off the boat, and we all went back to work
We were a hard working people, right down to the soda jerk
We lived in ticky tacky houses, each and every one
We thought that would be the biggest thing that man has ever done

But in those suburbs we were restless, so we made rock and roll
And we looked to Bobby Dylan to save all of our souls
The Beatles did drugs and so did we, a revolution has begun
Yeah this is going to be the biggest thing that man has ever done

But after all that liberation came the loss of liberty
"These men won't join the workforce! Why, let's take away their weed!"
The revolution was not televised, it was stopped before it begun
But that could have been the biggest thing that man has ever done

So we all went back to work, and we all went into debt
And the things we used to march for became the things we tried to forget
We had bigger things to care for, we had businesses to run
Yeah, like that's going to be the biggest thing that man has ever done

But now all of our mortgages are catching up with us
We'll soon be in recession and we'll blame the housing bust
And maybe then we'll all recall what we hoped we would become
That we could be the biggest thing that man has ever done

We might remember that we're equal and we might get rid of our greed
And "love thy neighbor as thyself" might really be people's creed
I think we' all be happier, each and every one
And that would be the biggest thing that man has ever done

But the focus now in modern times is anything that sells
Dare to dream a different dream and they'll all give you hell
Ideas like Woody Guthrie's now get swept under the rug
And that's about the biggest thing that man has ever done
Track Name: Fallujah
There's a town in our land called Fallujah
It's a place that you all know so well
It was there that we fought against the Christians
Our beautiful homeland turned to hell

From this city they say we are going
But don't hasten to bid us adieu
Even though we lost that battle at Fallujah
We'll defeat the infidels before we're through

We are the brave men of Allah's batallion
He is proud of the fight that we've made
And we know that all those that pray to our God
Will appreciate the sacrifice we've made

We will never find peace with these Christians
Our land is not one for democracy
So remember those 72 virgins
When you kill your brother for joining the police

Well this world will be like Old Fallujah
So much better than that "Land of the Free"
Cuz if those Christians want us to respect our women
Then it's an eye for an eye until no one can see

From this city they say we are going
But don't hasten to bid us adieu
If you use violence to take our Fallujah
Then we'll use violence to defend our cause too
Track Name: Hobo's Lullaby
Go to sleep you weary hobo
With your blanket of news
Tonight you've found yourself a corner
Of this city to drink away your blues

Do not think about tomorrow
I'm sure someone will give you change
The rest will tell you to get a job
That reminds them they can have it their way

But we don't like to think about these hobos
We think we're high and dry
But when your job gets shipped to China
You could use a hobo's lullaby

So go to sleep you potential hobos
With your blanket of news
Tonight you've found yourself a corner
Of this city to drink away your blues
Track Name: Jesus Christ
(Words by Woody Guthrie)

Jesus Christ was a man who traveled through the land
Hard working man and brave
He said to the rich, "Give your goods to the poor."
So they laid Jesus Christ in his grave.

Jesus was a man, a carpenter by hand
His followers true and brave
One dirty little coward called Judas Iscariot
Has laid Jesus Christ in his grave

He went to the preacher, he went to the sheriff,
Told them all the same;
Sell all of your jewelry and give it to the Poor,
But they laid Jesus Christ in his grave.

When Jesus came to town, the working folks around,
Believed what he did say;
The bankers and the preachers they nailed him on a cross,
And they laid Jesus Christ in his grave.

Poor working people, they follered him around,
Sung and shouted gay;
Cops and the soldiers, they nailed him in the air,
And they nailed Jesus Christ in his grave.

Well the people held their breath when
they heard about his death,
And everybody wondered why;
It was the landlord and the soldiers that he hired.
That nailed Jesus Christ in the sky.

This song was made in New York City
Of rich men, preachers and slaves
Yes, if Jesus was to preach like
he preached in Galillee,
They would lay Jesus Christ in his grave.