Anarchy and Love

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Cover Art by Marianne Ali of the Surf Clam Arte Collective

Recorded at the Diva Den in New Brusnwick, NJ

All songwriting and vocals by except:

Backing vocals on burn yr privilege by Roman Stefaniw

Accordion on Reasons I can't Breath, Anarchy and Love and When I was Your House by George Lykogiannis

Backing vocals by Nicole Karwacki on Just 15, Friendship and Solidarity, slide guitar by Nicole Karwacki on Just 15

Harp on When I Was Your House by Leila Bishop

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released September 5, 2016

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Qfolk Liverpool, UK

Shouty, embarrassingly sincere, and sometimes political, Qfolk has been compared to Tom Waits and Cookie Monster. Qfolk doesn't like capitalism, patriarchy, racism, white supremacy, imperialism and colonialism, but does like having lots of feelings and writing whiny songs bout clinical depression. Nice! ... more

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Track Name: Burn Yr Privilege
Burn Yr Privilege

It’s a real privileged place in our society
It’s that while male cis straight rich supremacy
And I know you’re afraid of losing your place on top
But there’s no other way these cycles of abuse will ever truly stop

And it’s not just one thing, it’s just a clusterfuck of oppression
So every part that’s inside must be taken down

So we say go, and do what’s right for everyone,
Don’t just check your privilege, burn it to the fucking ground
Please resign as CEO, give up your private land, be as anti-racist and anti-misogynist as you can
It’s the only way, you know

It’s easy to hide behind these messages of equality
When you’re really saying “why can’t everyone be the same as me?”
It’s not just about equal rights or equal opportunity
But a redistribution of power so no one will ever be born ahead

Cause it’s not just one thing, it’s just a clusterfuck of oppression
So every part that’s inside must be taken down

So we say go, and do what’s right for everyone,
Don’t just check your privilege, burn it to the fucking ground
Please resign as CEO, give up your private land, be as anti-racist and anti-misogynist as you can
It’s the only way, you know

And I know, I’m not morally perfect, I know, I aint the one to preach, I know
I’m coming from a place of massive privilege and benefits and so,
I might be biting at the hand that feeds, but until it feeds my friends
I’ll be chomping at its fingers and biting at its knuckles, right until this nightmare ends

So we say go, and do what’s right for everyone,
Don’t just check your privilege, burn it to the fucking ground
Please resign as CEO, give up your private land, be as anti-racist and anti-misogynist as you can
It’s the only way, you know
Track Name: Just 15
Do you remember when we were kids? I was a pretentious punk rock piece of shit
And you were cool, at least sometimes, at least to me
Do you remember that day after gym? You helped me style my hair in spikes so I could feel like I fit in
And after just a day, it all just washed away

What fucking happened? Cause when I got to high school I stopped seeing you around, and I only ever heard your name in passing, and kids were saying you got pregnant at 16 and thats why you weren't around

What fucking happened? Cause I remember talking to your former best friend in the world-she had this look in her eyes like she had lost someone she loved and I just hoped to god that it wasn't you

Remember that day after gardening class? You playfully took some water and splashed it in my face and laughed and I, just like a little shit, just scowled and walked away

And I still remember that laugh, and the brightness of your eyes because we were just kids and 3 years later, your eyes had dimmed so much, because heroin is shit

What fucking happened? Cause I remember when I'd walk down Gilman St. Sometimes I'd see you, looking strung out as all hell, drinking down Colt 45, and I'm pretty sure you were just 15

What fucking happened? Cause I remember after that stupid psychobilly show the gross 30 year old drummer was trying to take you home, and I am pretty sure that you were just 15

Remember that horrible high school gossip? That you had got a beer belly or were pregnant once again well kids are dicks, they can be so cruel, sometimes you know

And those older crusty punks, who got you into the heroin you'd shoot up on San Pablo Avenue, well fuck those fucking fucks, they never cared at all for you, they never cared at all for you.

What fucking happened? Well it's easy to fall through the cracks when they are gaping chasms. There was no one looking out for you, there was no one looking out for you and I'm pretty sure that you were just 15

What fucking happened? Now I don't know if you're alive or dead and I am sorry, I was just too young to notice what was going on, and well it sucks because we were just 15, we were just 15
Track Name: Reasons I Can't Breathe
Reasons I can’t breathe

Oh yes I know, all the reasons I’m broken, and its been over 2 years and I just need, I just need time
All of the ways, my brain holds on to the scars that open every time that I try to love

And I hate all these reasons I cant breathe
And my body’s gut reaction to human affection
And I wait for the day that I don’t feel
Like my mind is just a sinking ship, out on the sea

And I’ve got, so much love inside me but I can’t let it free and just need, I just need time
All of these years, of work and therapy have done next to nothing and I just need, I just need time

And I hate all these reasons I can’t breathe,
And my instinct to withdraw inside and hide forever
And I wait for the day that I dont feel like this love is just fucking killing me

And all of this time, hasn’t healed anything
And all of these songs are just temporary things
And all of these words, well they never meant a thing
Like all of this love that’s just festering inside of me

And I hate all these reasons I cant breathe
And my body’s gut reaction to human affection
And I wait for the day that I don’t feel
Like my body’s just a sinking ship

And I hate all these reasons I can’t breathe,
And my instincts to withdraw inside and hide forever
And I wait for the day that I don’t feel like this love is just fucking killing me
Track Name: Anarchy And Love
With that fire that, you've got in you
You can set a blaze that will never die
An inferno that'll burn all the oppressive systems down
that were built, to keep us on the ground

ANd a light, so bright, internal-when the darkness comes, grows just brighter still
And a ductile steel strength, that can bend reality, back to what, it was always meant to be

So watch it all, just burn and fade, because no one can take your light away
And to all those in your way, step aside or get caught up in the blaze

With everything they've put on us
The maps and boxes of limited minds
Well can you ever contain a raging river?
Even stones erode if given time
Smashing systems by existing
Fed by eyes that have learned to truly see
And I guess that they never really ever stood a chance
Against a heart fueled by love and anarchy

So watch it all, just burn and fade, because no one can take your light away
And to all those in your way, step aside or get caught up in the blaze
So watch it all, just burn and fade, because no one can take your light away
And to all those in your way, step aside or get caught up in the blaze

And who can stop you now? Fueled by love, and anarchy
Because you've got a clear picture now, of the way that things could be. x3

So watch it all, just burn and fade, because no one can take your light away
And to all those in your way, step aside or get caught up in the blaze
Track Name: Anti Bro Anthem
CW: abuse/assault


Are you really so insecure that you need to yell epithets at me for wearing a dress and lipstick out on the street?
Well what is it about me expressing some kind of femininity that offends you so damn deeply, when we're just trying to break out of those gender binary systems of oppression?

It's because of people like you, that so many of my friends have to think twice about what they wear when they leave the house, well isn't that fucked up?

So fuck you and your fucking friends, one day your reign will end and you won't run these streets no more. Run these streets no more. No more.

And it's not even that bad for me, cause I can opt out any time I need, by adopting more traditional masculinity, even though that's a lie for what I am inside
Who the hell made you the body police? And what gives you the right to objectify and sexualize people for walking down the street? Well fuck off!

It's because of people like you, that so many of my friends have to think twice about walking home alone at night-well isn't that a human right?

So fuck you and your fucking friends, one day your reign will end and you won't run these streets no more. Run these streets no more. No more.

You're the kind of guy who complains about social just warriors, and when someone uses a phrase like "rape culture" you laugh as if this was a fucking joke.
Well people are dying, and these systems of oppression are real, and so many of my friends have been hurt or abused or assaulted by cis men just like you so fuck off!

It's because of people like you, that so many of my friends are terrified of new relationships, well isn't that fucked up?

So fuck you and your fucking friends, one day your reign will end and you won't run these streets no more. Run these streets no more. No more.

Well we have just got one thing left to say, if you're not an intersectional feminist you're the fucking enemy, and I know it might be harsh to draw these kinds of lines
And I know it might alienate, a potential part of my audience, well I say fucking good riddance! You were never anything but a harm to my friends anyway!

SO I will alienate away, alienate away....
Track Name: When I Was Your House
I wonder now if you are out there and okay, it feels like forever since the day you ran away
Cuz I’m the only one that saw those things they did to you, and the thigns you did to yourself that you can’t ever undo

Because love to you seemed more like death to me, and I saw those things that no one else will see
Just take it once from me, oh please take it once from me, you don’t need that kind of love

And I know you hid from everyone those scars, on your wrists and on your face and on your heart and on your arms
I saw your fear when you were waiting there for them to say, that last thing that would just up break you finally

And I know that you, were just so confused, wondering what the hell did you even do
To deserve it all, to fall so far apart, well you don’t need, that kind of love.

And I know hope, is a poison to you and so,
I won’t say it’s gonna get better for you
Cuz I saw you in the bath crying alone at 3am wondering if this was the night it would finally all end
And I saw you at the mirror staring at yourself so full of hate, smashing fists against your face, hoping for something please to break

One day I that you’ll be strong enough again, I know all of my rooms are just reminders of your pain
But now that I support you even though I cannot speak, Cuz if my walls could talk they’d tell you all these loving things
And now I’m someone elses home but I miss you and wonder if you’re done
Because now you really know, yes I really hope you know, that you don’t need that kind of love, no.
Track Name: Friendship and Solidarity
I don’t care about those days
They’re behind me now and you my friend have shown me better ways and yes I notice
All the ways you reach out, and plunge your heand into the water when I am drowingn and you don’t know me, ah hell you don’t know me
You never ever did but when I falling to the ground
Well yeah you showed me, oh but did you show me, there was a different way to be and love could come without the strings and I said stop
Bring me to the water
All we had to lsoe were the stones and broken strings
And well you know I’m a terrible liar, and that is why I always fall so hard in love

And we will go, until we’ve done, everything we’ve want, I’ll help you help you
Show, everyone that we can do this on our own

Because with you, I guess that I can cast off, the abuse of an angry lover or angry police state,
And when you’d give, your life for one another, there is no herk or social system that can take us down
And you don’t know me, ah hell you don’t know me
And you never truly well and hell aint htat a fucking thing
And you don’t know me, ah hell you don’t know
That never stopped you form fighting for me with every fucking swing

And I said stop. Let the hate fall down now. We’ll get soaked in it for now but that will only go skin deep. I’m a terrible liar. That is why I always fall so hard in love.


And we will go, until we’ve done, everything we’ve want, I’ll help you
Show, everyone that we can do this on our own

Yes you need your friends, but you don’t need their hate, yes you need your support systems and you need to breathe
Yes you need to trust, yes you need to love, but you know it isnt’ romance that I am thinking of
We’re all dying now, all this time that flows, but these transient moments that pass on through our lives are everlasting,
like the instance That I, met you and never knew just how important htat would be

And just one day, some kind of connection. A brief wondrous type of thing, I guess this this is what we’re fighting for anyway
And with all the fighting, that is one thing that they just can’t take away.
Track Name: Sucks to Suck (Bog Song)
Sucks to Suck (the Bog song)

Well, it’s every manner
We’ve been conditioned, that we’ve been shattered
Defined by our bodies, defined by our names
Defined by our illness, these systems maintain

And it’s every way that, they’ve made us believe
That we needed them, that we were weak
It’s our abusers, but also the cops
And also the borders, this shit never stops

And Hate, isn’t strong enough to proeperly describe the pain
We’ve felt in our hearts and our souls and our braisn
Letting go of the past, but never forgeting the shame
It’s all that remains, always the same

Well someone taught me, to hate all of me
And all of the ways that I wanted to be
Did someone teach, those same things to you?
Some bullshit system? a lover or two?

Well fuck all their bullshit, power and control
And fuck all the things, that they’ve done to you
Because we are trying, and loving and free
We are the sky, the salt of the sea

And love, ain’t strong enough to properlty describe what we’ve gained
In our hearts, our souls we’re figuring all the ways
Learning to unlearn, and breaking every single chain
Til nothing remains, and nothing’s the same

And so many of us have been broken but we’re building ourselves up on our own damn terms
And to those out there who’ve abused us, it sucks to suck, will they ever learn
What it truly means to be alive? And why we’re not afraid of when we’ll die?
Because we’ve learned how to just let it flow, and rage and fear is all they know

And love, ain’t strong enough to properlty describe what we’ve gained
In our hearts, our souls we’re figuring all the ways
Learning to unlearn, and breaking every single chain
Til nothing remains, and nothing’s the same