Sticks and Stones (feat. Jamie Hanks)

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A man with a gun is still a man with a gun
regardless of the shield bearing number and name
I'll never trust "the man," not a man with a gun
regardless of his shield bearing number and name
is there peace buried beneath 2,000 years of prejudice?
Oh, its on the tip of everyone's tongue
with a lot being said yet nothing being done
Head first into wars made for profit (may our hearts)
Yet there's nothing we can do to stop it (guide us home)
Meanwhile, our representative-elect send hitmen
armed with charm, smiling as dummy governments
build over third-world homes for our exponential profit
Back home we rally, "raid the reserve! audit the treasury!"
before our economy becomes the singularity
their bonds are worthless, not worth their weight in ink
Back home we scream, "BURN THE FUCKING BANK!"
Your profit equals debt, get it through to your head
sticks and stones. bricks and bones
may our hearts guide us home
May our broken hearts guide us home
In the end, we're lost in this wolf's world
Lost in this wolf's world, no lions gain ground.
we're reduced to sticks and stones
wars and bombs will bring no one home
falling back to sticks and stones
all that's left is bricks and bones

"I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones." - Albert Einstein.

Another one of the later tracks on the album, we wanted this track to be aggressive and smashing, almost like a nod to our older sound but still being mindful of our progression. I think in that, we succeeded. The deep chords of the rhythms in the "back home we scream" part are some of my favorite. We also knew with the beefyness of the ending of this song, we needed someone with a powerful voice, someone with some fucking balls. We got our friend Jamie Hanks of Those Who Lie Beneath and I Declare War to fill out the end. Boy did he ever. The ending is heavy, dark and perfect. His voice fits perfectly for the near post-apocalyptic landscape the words are trying to portray. From my distrust of the concept of law enforcement (and my ensuing fear of anyone wielding a gun for a living), to my atomosophobia - this song runs the gamut of my consistent disenfranchised feelings towards our government. The way we control third world countries to exploit them for their resources, to our completely backwards, insane methods of banking (money = debt) and its systematic oppression of people without money/without control, etc. If we continue the path we are on, we will destroy the world we live in one way or another, as simple as that. And if you listen to enough OF! you should recognize the riff bridging to the last song...


from I Am the Curse, released August 25, 2012
Open Fire!, at the time of recording:

steve - vocals, guitars
chug - guitars, vocals
fisch - guitars, vocals
john - bass
daniel - drums
additional guitar solo by Derek Leisy (Valor)
and guest vocals by Jamie Hanks (I Declare War, Those Who Lie Beneath)
all lyrics by steve

produced by steve, randy, & ahren
engineered by ahren & randy
mixed by ahren



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Open Fire! Tacoma, Washington

melodic hardcore band from Tacoma, WA. 2005-2012

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