Institution Blues

by Folkfaces

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Where will you be when the walls come crashing like waves?
Oh, and how long will it take to turn the page?
Yeah, in the book of ages, in the books of man,
you're reading and you're writing, it's in your hands
and maybe I've just been watching too much of the news,
but I can't help feelin' these, these institution blues

We've got a system set up for to keep us people in check
but greed has got the operators makin' such an awful mess
Yeah, you give one man power, give another man chains
Oh, I said it's all the same
And I've lost my illusion that I've got a real choice to choose
and I can't help feelin these, these institution blues.

I see everybody strugglin', sellin' out their souls for a dime
There's no freedom for my people when we're locked up, bees in the hive
Yeah, you get a barcode when you're born and a coffin when you die
All I want to do is live a simple life,
but the man on the TV says I've got to pay some heavy dues,
and I get so sick of these, these institution blues

They've got me funding a corrupted state, ain't it great?
They've got me paying for a war or two I hate, and it's too late
and I get so damn sick of these, these institution blues


released February 2, 2016



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Folkfaces Buffalo, New York

Folkfaces is a group out of Buffalo, NY that plays a rowdy blend of rootsy Folk, Jazz, and Blues - fusing classic forms with contemporary feelings and irresistibly danceable energy.
Folkfaces is:
Tyler Westcott - Guitar, Vocals, Banjo, Kazoo
Dan Borodzik – Slide Guitar, Vocals, Harmonica
Ellen Pieroni – Alto Saxophone, Vocals
Patrick Jackson – Upright Bass
Dan Schwach – Percussion, Lead Washboard
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