Outside The Collective Hive (2nd Ed)

by Phil Bonanno & Snafu

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Outside the Collective Hive was released in September of 2009. Hive is SNAFU’s declaration of independence for the human spirit. Hidden between their bass-infused grooves and infectious beats, is a message which begs audiences to “Step Outside” commercialism, despair, and conformity and seek the fulfillment which comes from true liberation of the soul.

True to its theme, the recording of Outside The Collective Hive was completely uninhibited and free from the constrictive presence of a major label. Hive was born in a storage-shed turned recording studio, using a multi-track recorder that the band found online and purchased second-hand. But the explosive sound, which they and producer Theo Schmidt created, is nothing short of professional. With Hive, SNAFU proves that passion for music and a renegade spirit are still the only ingredients necessary to create great rock album. With its vanguard style, unrelenting lyrics, and unconventional production, Outside the Collective Hive is truly a Garage-Band Epic.

The 2nd Edition features re-recorded tracks by Snafu's 2nd and current bassist, Steve Taylor.

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released September 5, 2010

All lyrics by Phil Bonanno
Mixed, Mastered, and Co-Produced by Theo Schmidt @ Krumpt Studios (in our storage unit)

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Track Name: Step Outside...
Step Outside
So this is what happens when you’re barely alive
Graciously stepping just outside the collective hive
When the war outside your front door’s begun
Remember your words are bullets and your mind is a gun

Chorus:
Dancing on the wake of disgruntled youth
Feeding off the hive for my sugar tooth
There’s nothing to believe in- soul searching for harmony
Life always comes back in three

This is what happens when your days go by
Giving up Giving in Giving out- Every day’s a sacrifice
And the war outside you know can’t be won
Hoping and praying that tomorrow’s going to set the sun

Chorus

Step Outside the Collective Hive
Track Name: Answers
Answers
We can follow all the rules
We can break them if we choose
The path is all our own
But the truth that we believe
Is only what we perceive
And our minds are all we’ve known

Chorus:
Some pretend to have the answers- no one does
Time just fades away
Some pretend to have the answers- no one does
All we have is what’s here today

Our death and our birth
And the balance of the earth
Will always be a mystery
The life given by the sun
And the waves in the ocean
All exist in harmony
So why can’t we?

Chorus

All our time fades away
All we have is what’s here today
As our time fades away
All we have is what’s here today
Track Name: The Girl
The Girl
They can say what they like
It doesn’t matter if they’re right
Because no one understands him like the girl
In a world shrouded with doubt
Their love is paramount
And she’s his only friend in this solitary world
And when he dreams at night
He gets to hold his dreams tight

As the hourglass of life drains of sand
They’re trying hard to make their stand
And at every turn they wonder if its right
Weighing heavy on his brow is the urgency of now
But she assures him that they have the rest of their lives
And when he lies awake at night
He’s hoping that everything is all right

Chorus:
He knows her love for him is pure
He’ll be her friend for the end of the world
And together they can face it all
With heart in heart and hand in hand
They’re wading through the Promised Land
A friend you trust in need is a friend indeed
But no one understands him like the girl

Just like a rising tide
The worlds a wave that engulfs their lives
And they long for every moment that they’re side by side
In the girl he has found
A love that’s so profound
With him she no longer has to hide
And when she sleeps with the day
She’s dreaming that this feeling will always stay

Chorus
Track Name: When You're Gone
When You’re Gone
Sell shit and call it gold if you want to
I don’t care if you have or you have to
Failure is an art and I will watch you fall apart
And if you can’t begin I will help you start

Chorus:
Its time that you get yours today
Life always seems to find away
Its time that you get yours today
And I will watch you fall from your throne
When you’re gone

Take heed, take every single little warning
Tomorrow’s sun could be your last dawning
Failure is an art and I will watch you fall apart
And if you can’t begin I will help you start

Chorus
They’re watching you
And they’re watching me
Don’t you let them steal our sanity

Chorus
Track Name: Soapbox Sermon
Soap Box Sermon
Taking blood from a stone
Playing off our collective fears
Using 911 as a smoking gun
To take our freedom in the preceding years
Would I lie to myself
Could I try to make myself believe
That these convictions of the land I love
Are just another dirty trick up their sleeve

Chorus: Advertisements take over just like a disease
Poisoning our soul til we’re weak in the knees
And yet still harder they squeeze
Until we’re bleeding
But the more they grip the more we’ll slip through their hands
They’re flooding our minds with the names of their brands
Its time that I made a stand
To be who I am

How much does love cost these days?
I hope its still being given away
Or have they packaged it in a plastic kit
That sells a spot out on late night TV
What’s the price for my soul
Is my body worth its weight in gold
Stick a barcode in and scan my skin
So you can track just how I’ve been sold

Chorus

It’s a long road that I’m on
It’s the only way to get where I’m going
Where am I going?
Where are we going?
Where have we been?
Track Name: Evil in Me
Evil in Me
There’s evil me
I can’t deny
No matter where I go
I cannot hide
There’s evil in me
And in everyone
Though most of us suppress it
Others are overcome
All we do and all we say
Comes back to haunt us in our memory
Your happiness is relative
To the happiness that you give

Chorus:
All that we need is love

There’s evil in me
And that look that’s on your face
So embarrassed to be
So consumed by hate
There’s nothing to see
When you’re half alive
We’re all just part of the collective hive
All we do and all we say
Comes back to haunt us in our memory
Your happiness is relative
To the happiness that you give

Chorus
Track Name: Why Follow?
Why Follow?
Six billion people are getting in nature’s way
Putting holes in the earth we’re watching the world decay
Why do we make life so hard?

Chorus:
They’ll never save you
Why do you follow?

Trying to find gods is like trying to find a grain of sand on the beach
Religions try to steer you their way but your soul is only in your reach
Why do we make life so hard?

Chorus

Say something to me won’t you say something to me
All your talk is cheap but your information’s free
Just trying to stay alive but its so damn hard
Why do we make life so hard?
Track Name: No Direction
No Direction
Large hands are pushing and pawing you
The mainstream current flows
The stream leads into an ocean of masses
Where sharks feed on souls
Live your life like a protest
Question all authority
Before the pawing hands try to molest
Your true identity

Chorus:
No direction you could follow
Could ever lead to yourself

The moon makes waves in the ocean
The waves blow the wind through the trees
So do we make our own destination
Or just sway here in the breeze?

Chorus
Track Name: Ten Years Gone
Ten Years Gone
All thoughts on the ten years gone
Always wondering what went wrong

Chorus:
Time is always suffocating
Time is always suffocating
On my soul
(The past always moves on somehow
That past is gone and my time is now)

I’m haunted most by the things I don’t have
Me and my ghost clinging to what we can grab

Chorus

It’s a strange world and strange days
The whole thing seems like a maze
The sun and moon, the stars and rain
The only truth is love and pain
Track Name: Power Trip
Power Trip
They’re not worth the money they spend
They hoard it all just to waste it again
We’ll find them alone and dead someday
With all the money they can fit in their graves
Paper’s worth more than the money it prints
We can trust ourselves but not our governments
Once they have control and the money is spent
There will be no price that can buy our regret

Chorus:
They’re on their power trips
The world at their fingertips
Making a profit from the spoils of war
All our their tragedies
Counted by casualties
Trying to save themselves at the expense of us all
In the darkest hour, they’ll only save themselves
They gain all of their power at the expense of everyone else

They’re loading their flags and waving their guns
Profiting from the blood of braver ones
Drawing on hope and hoping on fear
The truth shall rise when the end is near
Tongue twisted liars with shifty eyes
Encouraging ignorance and ignoring the wise
They’re the first ones to run when the flames go up
Leaving us standing in line with our empty cups

Chorus

Step outside the collective hive
I can see the world from the corner of my eye

Chorus
Track Name: ...The Collective Hive
The Collective Hive
No direction you could follow could ever lead you to yourself
They’ll try to save themselves at the expense of everyone else
All that we have is what’s here today
They’re watching you and they’re watching me
Don’t let them steal our sanity

Six billion people in nature’s way
All we need is love but there’s evil in me
With heart in heart and hand in hand
We’re wading through the Promised Land
It’s a long road that we’re on
All thoughts on the ten years gone
Tomorrow might give us all away
Life always comes back in three

Chorus:
Wake up and step outside
Of the collective hive

Wake up and step outside of your mind
Wake up and step outside of your life
Wake up and step outside away from your television
Wake up and step outside of your religion


Chorus


Step Outside the Collective Hive