State of the Union

These lyrics speak for themselves—pretty unambiguous. This was the other half of the one-two punch than anchored my performances with the Drogues until the very end. Coupled with Transport Devices, I would usually shout myself hoarse by the end of the set. We recorded a demo version of this song at Dutch Oven Studios in Alameda in preparation for No Facts That Don’t Fit, but somehow the song never got rerecorded once we hit Tiny Telephone. I think I may have been still waffling between “causal” and “cause and effect” as I had acquired the bad habit of mispronouncing “causal” in the heat of the moment. In retrospect, it was the right word all along and I should have just got my act together.
State of the Union, state of emergency
State of denial, feeds the insurgency
State of grace, nothing for you and me
State your case, devoid of reality

I’m not saying there’s no danger out there
You have to watch yourself, you have to ask yourself

I’m just saying there’s a causal connection
You have to watch yourself, you have to ask yourself

I’m not saying that they’re not out to get you
You have to watch yourself, you have to ask yourself

I’m only saying that the shit has been brewing
You have to watch yourself; you have to ask yourself—why

State of the Union, state of emergency
State of denial, destroys a democracy
State of grace, this ain’t no theocracy
State your case, rife with hypocrisy

I’m not saying there’s no danger out there
You have to watch yourself, you have to ask yourself

I’m just saying there’s a causal connection
You have to watch yourself, you have to ask yourself

I’m not saying that they’re not out to get you
You have to watch yourself, you have to ask yourself

I’m only saying that the shit has been brewing
You have to watch yourself; you have to ask yourself—why

recorded by The Drogues, unreleased

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