Street Justice

by A novel by Mark L Berry

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12 companion songs to Mark L Berry's novel "Street Justice" co-written with a variety of worldwide musicians.

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released September 28, 2013

1. The Evil Empires - Simon Ashby
2. Street Justice - Das Binky
3. Getting It Every Day - Valerie Cox
4. My Shower - Valerie Cox
5. How Crazy You Make Me - Plain White Toast
6. Dear Scab - Don 'Lefty' Williams
7. Dirty Cop - Larry Seger
8. Rough Draft - Steve Schafer
9. The Veteran - Paul O
10. Severed My Ties - Paul O
11. Ode to Dylan - Sharon Henderson
12. Alter Ego -John Krakowski

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Mark’s an airline pilot with an MFA from Fairfield University, author of a memoir and two novels, contributing editor for Airways magazine, and former managing editor for Mason's Road literary journal. His work has also appeared in numerous magazines, journals, and newspapers. He lives in St. Louis, MO near the big staple in the middle of the USA map. Locals call it: The Arch. ... more

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Track Name: Das Binky - Street Justice
Street Justice - lyrics


Your windows are made to be smashed
Your office is going to be trashed
Take care to be fair or beware cause I swear
You head isn’t to big too be bashed

How good will it feel
To wrap my appeal
Around a brick in the middle of the night
Since you won’t pay
Then I have my own way
And my revenge will be quite a sight

There will be no sympathy
For a store that took more than it deserved from me
Only one thing was wrong, you charged me for three
But who gets the last laugh is important, you’ll see

How good will it feel
To wrap my appeal
Around a brick in the middle of the night
It’s a message for you
That I can screw with you too
When I heave this brick with all of my might

Let others take heed
Feel the anger you breed
When the carrot doesn’t work
I’ve got a stick too, you jerk
See the consequences of your greed

How good will it feel
To wrap my appeal
Around a brick in the middle of the night
It’s a message for you
That I can screw with you too
When I heave this brick with all of my might
Since you won’t pay
Then I have my own way
And my revenge will be quite a sight
Track Name: Simon Ashby - The Evil Empires
The Evil Empires - lyrics


The Evil Empires
On the edge of the lot
Where not just the coffee
But the mug is also hot

Come on in
Take a stool for a spin
We don’t care
What shape you’re in
Stay until you’re sober
Or your ride home arrives
We’ll keep you company
So you get home alive

Stuff stolen from everywhere
They have plenty more
Those mega conglomerates
Not our mom and pop store

Come on in
Take a stool for a spin
We don’t care
What shape you’re in
Stay until you’re sober
Or your ride home arrives
We’ll keep you company
So you get home alive

We feed the needs
Of The Fallout Shelter Crowd
With a 24 hour breakfast
That would make your mother proud

For your coffee or tea
We serve powdered aspirin for free
Just don’t drink and drive
We’ll call you a taxi

Come on in
Take a stool for a spin
We don’t care
What shape you’re in
Stay until you’re sober
Or your ride home arrives
We’ll keep you company
So you get home alive
Track Name: Valerie Cox - Getting It Every Day
Getting It Every Day - lyrics


I used to like to single hop
Keep them coming
Keep them going
One liked to be on top
Another in her muffler shop
Played her dirty never slowing

But now I’ve got my soul mate
There’s no room on my full plate
She likes it all the time
She likes it every way
She’s my partner in crime
And that’s the way it’s gunna stay

Getting it every day
Never getting tired
Never getting old
She likes to role play
Find a new way
Her fire never grows cold

Many days back when I lied
I kept them coming
Kept them going
Penetrating deep inside
I had another waiting
For the second showing

But now I’ve got my soul mate
There’s no room on my full plate
She likes it all the time
She likes it every way
She’s my partner in crime
And that’s the way it’s gunna stay

Getting it every day
Never getting tired
Never getting old
She likes to role play
Find a new way
Her fire never grows cold

Now we can’t wait ‘til we get back
Shed our clothes, get in the sack
So we do it in her truck
I’m so glad she loves to fuck…as much as I do
Because now I’ve got my soul mate
There’s no room on my full plate
She likes it all the time
She likes it every way

She’s my partner in crime
And that’s the way it’s gunna stay
Getting it every day
Never getting tired
Never getting old
She likes to role play
Find a new way
Her fire never grows cold
Track Name: Valerie Cox - My Shower
My Shower - lyrics


If there’s something that I have to do
So basic for me, just a daily activity
But it means so much more to you
Then there’s no need to close the door
I don’t know why I did it before
I have to shower anyway
Why don’t you watch while I get started with my day?

My shower has the power
In the early morning hour
Soap and steam and I sing some too
You like to watch, I know it’s true
It’s just a little way I like to say
I love you; here let me show you too

The shower was my own half hour
But now I know I have the power
To make your day start out a better way
While I get started with my own day
If you love me then get out of bed
There’s room for two you sleepy head

My shower has the power
In the early morning hour
Soap and steam and I sing some too
You like to watch, I know it’s true
It’s just a little way I like to say
I love you; here let me show you too

Sometimes our shower turns into more
I don’t keep track, I don’t keep score
But when you join me, have me, hold me,
I’m not surprised by the water that ends up on the floor

My shower has the power
In the early morning hour
Soap and steam and I sing some too
You like to watch, I know it’s true
It’s just a little way I like to say
I love you; here let me show you too
Track Name: Plain White Toast - How Crazy You Make Me
How Crazy You Make Me - lyrics


Lose the fashion
And let’s make some fusion
I’ve got the passion
I might leave some bruisin’
I’m on a mission
To try every position
There’s no use resistin’
When I make like a piston

You don’t even know
How crazy you make me
How can I ever show
The levels that you take me to

Your dress is so pretty
Drop it to the floor
It’s a dress, it’s a floor mat
Drop it at the door
It’s two things in one
Said the sign at the store
It shows off your curves
And leaves me begging for more

You don’t even know
How crazy you make me
How can I ever show
The levels that you take me to

Don’t care how much it cost
Don’t care how much you paid
It’ll serve its purpose
If you wanted to get laid
I don’t care, I have to stare
Oh, and by the way
Now lose the underwear

You don’t even know
How crazy you make me
How can I ever show
The levels that you take me to
Track Name: Don ‘Lefty’ Williams - Dear Scab
Dear Scab - lyrics


You want to take my job
You don’t care about me
You don’t care at all
How I feed my family
You don’t care at all
About my airline or career
You just want to have
What you think that I have here

Oh scab, you haven’t earned a thing
You haven’t earned a place
Among brothers wearing wings
You haven’t paid your dues
You’ve stepped across the line
You don’t see a problem taking what is mine

You step onto the plane
With wings upon your chest
But you’re the only one
Thinking you’re the best
You haven’t cut your teeth
Through the worst of winter snow
Or secured a failed engine
Without a radio

Oh scab, you haven’t earned a thing
You haven’t earned your place
With our brothers wearing wings
You haven’t paid your dues
You’ve stepped across the line
You don’t see a problem taking what is mine

While you’re away
It wouldn’t break my heart
If someone found your car
Made sure it didn’t start
While you take my plane
If someone took your wheels
It wouldn’t break my heart
If someone showed you how it feels

Oh scab, you haven’t earned a thing
You haven’t earned your place
Among brothers wearing wings
You haven’t paid your dues
You’ve stepped across the line
You don’t see a problem taking what is mine
Track Name: Greg Evets - Rough Draft
Rough Draft - lyrics


This is just a quick rough draft
Not a finished song
Some lines seem short enough
But others run on way too long

I have to release what’s in my head
Or I won’t sleep while I lie in bed
I have to release what’s in my head
I toss and turn and sweat instead

The ideas come when I’m half awake
And they make me turn the light back on
Though the rest of my night’s sleep’s at stake
I write them down or they’re forever gone

I have to release what’s in my head
Or I won’t sleep while I lie in bed
I have to release what’s in my head
I toss and turn and sweat instead

Tomorrow I’ll read what I wrote
And I’ll be glad that I took the time
To make a chicken scratched, shorthand note
With words and verse that also rhyme

And I’ll be glad I released what was in my head
And wrote down what my subconscious said
Track Name: Paul O - The Veteran
The Veteran - lyrics


The movie ends
I part with friends
I head back to my familiar street
And reheat leftovers to eat
I brush my teeth then wash my face
And look around my familiar place

The pictures hang upon the walls
In every room and down the halls
Old friends long gone since the war
I retreat to my room and close the door

It’s getting late so I close my eyes
But flashbacks come full of those other guys
They are gone and I am here
And they continue to whisper in my ear

New movies roll but they’re less fun
I’m back on patrol with my M-1
It’s been years since I carried a gun
But I still remember how it’s done

The flash comes first, followed by a deafening burst
We hope for the best but prepare for the worst
Our return fire follows; it’s the sound of Hell
And our hand-dug trench fills with a smoky gunpowder smell

Half awake, I call out half a dozen names
But no reply comes from those picture frames
Patches of green and black and tan
Blur the silhouette of every man

But fragging bombs don’t need to see
Nor do other forms of artillery
They cut indiscriminately into the night
While we try to aim and return the fight

In the morning light I’ll see
What I did to you and you tried to do to me
Silence seems to swallow the day
At least in contrast, it seems that way

The earth tones worn by so many dead
Reveal too many shades of red
The brightness of the blood that’s new
Drips over dry, flaking blood with a darker hue

Instead of my gun, I aim my lens
At those who once were my friends
I silently vow not to forget
And to this day I haven’t yet

But my alarm clock rings and I struggle to wake
I toss and turn, I shiver and shake
I’ll be late again and my boss will yell
He’s never had to live through Hell

I’m back in these United States
And I carry with me so many friends’ fates
My days are pretty normal now
It’s the nights I have to survive somehow
Track Name: Paul O - Severed My Ties
Severed My Ties - lyrics


I said my goodbyes
And severed my ties
She was so surprised
That I’d had enough of her lies

It’s easier to look at the bad at the end
It’s hard to quit a lover and stay a friend

Hard at first to tell her we’re through
Keep her from crying was more than I could do
I knew she didn’t think I knew
That she already had someone new

It’s easier to look at the bad at the end
It’s hard to quit a lover and stay a friend

So go my dear
You’re not sincere
Don’t let the door hit you in the rear
And why you cry
I know not why
‘Cause I’m grinning from ear to ear

It’s easier to look at the bad at the end
It’s hard to quit a lover and stay a friend

It’s easier to look forward
Without the weight of the past
With an eye on the mirror
It’s hard to go fast

It’s easier to look at the bad at the end
It’s hard to quit a lover and stay a friend

So I said my goodbyes
And severed my ties
Track Name: John Krakowski, Randy Krusleski, Cleveland Brown - Alter Ego
Alter Ego - lyrics


When I put on a mask
I can take off my clothes
If you don’t know it’s me
Well hell, anything goes
When I put on a mask
I can dance, I can sing
I feel much more empowered
To do just about anything
(I’m free to do anything)

Where would you go?
What would you do?
As an average Joe
That nobody knew

My alter ego has my needs at heart
But he only comes out after dark

What if there is a way
To make it all OK
Nobody is any wiser
At the end of the day

There’s a side of me
That you’ll rarely see
Only when I want to be
Totally free
(I’m totally free)

Where would you go?
What would you do?
As an average Joe
That nobody knew

My alter ego has my needs at heart
But he only comes out after dark

Try on another life
Just for awhile
Try on another life
And live a secret style

Where would you go?
What would you do?
Tell me where would you go?
What would you do?

Try on another life
Cheat on your wife
Steal from the tip jar
At the titty bar
Try on another life
Pick up a knife
And slash the tires
On your neighbor’s new car

Where would you go?
What would you do?
As an average Joe
That nobody knew

My alter ego has my needs at heart
But he only comes out after dark

Where would you go?
What would you do?
As an average Joe
That nobody knew

He’s my unfettered part
His bite is worse than his bark
My alter ego comes out after dark
Track Name: Sharon Henderson - Ode to Dylan
Ode to Dylan - lyrics


Where do imaginary friends go
When it’s time for them to die?
Do they go to imaginary heaven
Somewhere in the sky?

We’re here celebrating
The death of our imaginary friend
Even though he’s imaginary
It’s still sad when we reach the end

His days in the sun
The deeds that he’s done
All the things he’s damaged just for fun
While keeping the police on the run

He is now lost
And needs to stay that way
And we will not speak of him again
After we say goodbye today

Should we burn his driver’s license
And all forms of his ID?
Or would he have preferred
A formal burial at sea?

Either way it’s still ok
Less important is the ceremony
The more important thing for sure
Is that he can’t be traced back to you or me

Our imaginary friend
Committed the perfect crime
Because in the end
He isn’t doing time

His sole purpose in life
Was to hide the sordid truth
And like a surgeon’s knife
Cut the indiscretions from our youth

Where do imaginary friends go
When it’s time for them to die?
Do they go to imaginary heaven
Somewhere in the sky?

We’re here celebrating
The death of our imaginary friend
Even though he’s imaginary
It’s still sad when we reach the end