Street Justice

by A novel by Mark L Berry

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1.
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
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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
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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
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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
5.
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
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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
7.
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
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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
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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
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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
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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

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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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