CONTENTIOUS

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1.
A CONTENTIOUS WOMAN They called us contentious for not taking shit from any man They paint us with scarlet for not doing what they demand We're not built delicate We're not bound to submit We'll never be silent Our lips are lined with kerosene Scream inflammatory Won't be shamed into passivity We won't be kept in place Don't expect a woman's grace We won't submit We won't give in Go provoke a fight Stir shit up, Antagonize We arm ourselves with knives and lace "Get the fuck out of my face" Have each others back for good Belligerent bitch sisterhood No we won't be kept in place Don't expect a woman's grace We won't submit We won't give in Don't tell me I need to maintain my composure "Under pressure" is under is under your thumb I'm done being your fucking victim We won't submit We won't give in We won't back down and take this shit
2.
Crush 01:58
CRUSH Hearts wide open, I'll hold my breath Your eyes were silent, swerve and catch I couldn't remember, I could forget I'm letting go of a promise kept We'll ride this high, hands intertwined Your silhouette against the sky In this shitty town, broken and blue All that matters is me and you With drunken eyes and nostalgic sighs We're losing count of the traffic lights We're finding love in these gutter dives Better days may never arrive The open road brings clarity Reflection through the songs to sing Crisp and clear, bright and true Every word was always meant for you With drunken eyes and nostalgic sighs We're losing count of the traffic lights We're finding love in these gutter dives Better days may never arrive I'll keep moving despite disenchantment I won't give in to bitterness I'll do better with the days I'm given I won't drown in the past I won't bet on anything (It was always you) And I'll savor every moment passionately I'll keep loving like there's no eternity
3.
FUCK YOUR MAGAZINE COVERS / / WE DEMAND LIBERATION Pacified by the changing tides Kept in check as the water begins to rise Held afloat by uncertainty Deep down we know we're still drowning We're done swallowing your lies It's time to stand up and fight Do you expect us to be grateful For five minutes of exposure Pundit mouths and talking heads Exploit our trauma and leave us for dead No closet will keep us silent It's time that we take our vengeance Organize and resist Get a bat and grab a brick Paint your nails and line your eyes We're starting fires we won't be shy No closet will keep us silent It's time that we take our vengeance Cant make us believe that we made strides Can't give us cover stories And hope we will comply We're taking back our dignity It's my life, my body, my autonomy Here's the meaning of respect Introducing my boot to your neck
4.
Blackout 01:46
BLACKOUT Masquerade beneath the city lights Mislead ourselves to think we're alright Collect the moments of our hearts converging We add them up and find less than nothing It took me too long to notice That everything is out of focus How the hell did we end up here Can't retrace a path forged in fear There was violence through the motions Consequences invade devotion It took mean too long to notice That everything is out of focus An echo chamber for dependent hearts Blinded by passion from the start I've lost touch completely If I stay here I'll lose all clarity Forget before I accept Hold steady in the wake of regret Forget before I let go Hold steady as we lose control We've lost control Dependency has taken its toll on us
5.
BITTER TERRAIN I'll take another drink to escape Is it release I need or amnesia that I crave? I'm spilling my guts over a bitter terrain I'm setting fire to numb the pain There's sweat on my sheets And blood in the words I speak It lingers beneath my skin Letting go is just a wish There's no beginning again No rhyme or reason I'll take another drink to escape Is is it release I need or amnesia that I crave I'm spilling my guts over a bitter terrain There's no escape
6.
MAKE IT THROUGH Thrown into life without a choice Forging a path through white noise I've never felt alive in my own skin Force fed lies of original sin No feeling No motion The pressure is building beyond all reason I'm taking back my fucking life Living your lie was like taking a knife Killing me one cut at a time Bringing me closer to the end of the line There is no delusion, this isn't a phase Who we are isn't up for debate We're taking back our fucking life's Living your lie was like taking a knife Killing us one cut at a time Bringing us closer to the end of the line I know their voices still linger It feels like you can't be reassured Don't let the trauma take you too Together I swear we'll make it through We'll make it through together I promise you
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Whispers 02:00
WHISPERS I broke my arms holding back the wind I gave it to all to feel perfection Now there's nothing left If there was an art to self-destruction I'd paint a self-portrait of dysfunction What was too much is now not enough There's no relief, no calm, no breath left inside my lungs What was too much is now not enough I'm just a shell wearing thin There's no redemption Whispers turn to screams There's no comfort No security

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Recorded by Mike Duffy that night in 2017 when our van got totaled

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released April 7, 2018

Contentious is - Natalie Grace Krueger (vox), Emma Grey (guitar), Gabrielle Costello (bass), and Danielle Cusack (drums)
Patrick McCabe played drums on this recording
No Gods - No Cops - No Masters - No Bros

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