ONWARD TO FREEDOM

by Tourniquet / Ted Kirkpatrick

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dharmalogos
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dharmalogos This is not a Tourniquet album. It's a Ted and Friends album. Don't start here if you are just getting into the band. The animal rights theme is really heavy handed. But the songwriting and performances are good. I especially like the vocals of Dug Pinnick and Michael Sweet. Favorite track: No Soul – Featuring Dug Pinnick and Bruce Franklin.
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mjr3337 Sad and disturbing...I loved it! Favorite track: Cage 23 – Featuring Gabbie Rae and Ashley Argota.
Bill
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Bill the Tourniquet juggernaut rolls on .. I've been into metal for nearly 30 years I still love it & been a fan of Tourniquet since I picked up the collected works album ..I'm not a christian by any means but I still love their music and passion for the protection of animals .. oh yeah the album kicks ass!
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Those without a voice - The ones who have no choice We as humans holding all the cards Bearing this in mind - Is it too much to be kind All inclusive in our world of caring Onward to freedom - Compassion is what I give to you And mercy within me - Is what I show to you Held within our hand - An idea that’s so grand Written in his word it's plain to see Help to all the weak - And the ones who cannot speak A song for them is waiting to be sung Onward to freedom - Compassion is what I give to you And mercy within me - Is what I show to you And mercy within me - Is what I show to you Write your song to them - Within your own heart Reach your hand out to them - Set yourself apart Set your mind to help them - No it won’t cost a thing Caring is easy - When it comes from the heart Onward to freedom - Compassion is what I give to you And mercy within me - Is what I show to you
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It’s a total betrayal of mans best friend Sadistic intent always powers your greed Splattered blood on the plywood walls Serves to fuel your evil need Lowlife world - No sign of humanity Tear away - Another piece of me Treadmill, anchor chain, needle and thread Stitch up the wounds, to enter the pit again Muzzle ripped to shreds, as you look on and cheer Fight on cuz your retribution is near Master I serve you as my body is destroyed All I know is your wrath to avoid Stuck in a world of hopeless violence Kept alive by a cruel shroud of silence No way out - Lose the fight means lose my life Tormentor - Did I do you proud? Hopeless violence, shroud of silence We will find you in the deepest pit Pull you from torture You can count on it
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Animals - they call out to us. Not in words, but in a universal language we all understand. They call out for mercy. They call out for compassion. Are we too callous to appreciate their struggles, as they try to adapt to a land, and sea - we all too often degrade and exploit to suit only our own kind? Have we seen enough of noble animals, like the wolf, the ultimate symbol of courage and resolve, reduced to pest status, victims of a one-sided war - to be eliminated by any means possible? Have we seen enough of wild animals languishing in boredom and depravity behind bars or in chains, trotted out only to perform silly tricks - waiting for a freedom that may never come? Will we passively stand by as our majestic wild bison are roughly corralled into holding pens and sent to slaughter - wrongly convicted of a crime they did not commit? As we are coming to realize that our oceans are brimming with intelligent, social creatures – there are those with bloody hands who continue to make a profit from their confinement, misery, and murder. The ever increasing pulse of humanity awakened, who refuse to turn a blind eye to their suffering, who are angered by the cruelties inflicted upon any creature great or small, wild or domestic – it is the noble side of us that rises up to fight for those who cannot. Defenders – guardians - warriors against cruelty. The caring human hearts for millions of sentient beings, a tidal wave of awareness that cannot, that will not - be silenced.
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Let the wild just be wild Let the wild just be wild From Asian lands to Africa From America to Antarctica We invade their habitat Leaving nowhere for them to go We hunt them, we exterminate them Why can’t we just let them be? Do not tame what is meant to be wild And do not confine what is meant to be free Why do we kill what is meant to have life They’re not here just for us Let the wild just be wild Leave their land undefiled Give them space in their places Let the wild just be wild Let the wild just be wild
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Hung up on semantics - what’s in a word Draw a hard line in the sand I have heard Take the word “soul” we all know what it means But maybe, just maybe it ain’t what it seems Humans the master race that's what we are Animals and creatures, beneath us by far Souls, they don't have one, so I’ve been told Subservient to us cuz that is their role So much we share with them, easy to see Like they all long, long to be free To seek out the things we all want to live by Their freedom we should never deny, never deny Can they not suffer Do they not want to live Are they so different – are we being fair To exclude them from care Can they not feel the warmth of the sun upon their faces And do they not love and guard their young just as we do And do they not fear violence, like human beings do Can they not suffer Do they not want to live Are we so different – are we being fair To exclude them from care
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In windowless sheds They live in misery Victims of systematic cruelty Never know a gentle touch Never know a kind word Nameless, faceless, voiceless Soon to be in pieces If I had to do the killing Would it change what's on my plate Could I look at you face to face And take your life away Dont show me, don't tell me I don’t want to see this Dont show me, don't tell me I don’t want to hear this Dont show me, don't tell me I don’t want to see this Dont show me, don't tell me I don’t want to hear this Let your heart feel their state Yours is the power to change their fate Let your heart feel their state
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Brilliant scientific enterprise, the altruistic benefit of humanity justifies A white lab coat represents the icon, eradicate disease, The pedestal it stood on lies shattered on the floor Just another day, the dead half a million lay Your taxes will foot the bill, supply animals to kill Stinging infusion of chemical, the moribund patient clings to the wall Another scapegoat to suffer for our sickening vices You cut their neck, they cut your check Endless barrage of repetition, satisfies your need of colleague competition Just another day, the dead half a million lay Your taxes will foot the bill, supply animals to kill Pseudo scientist watches in fascination as electrode-ridden monkey #32 Has his dignity completely destroyed We need another $200,000 to find a scientific reason Why cats land on their feet - feline fuel for the incinerator Even though this test can not help the human mess Continue it anyway, the car payment's due today
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An underwater realm, your home Amazing beauty and life abound With gills instead of lungs And scales instead of skin We dismiss you suffering For to us your form is so foreign As nets rape the ocean floor Catching anything in their path The unwanted and unlucky dead Tossed back as lifeless trash As they are dragged on deck Could it be they're drowning in air With no voice for us to hear And no way to show their fear Oceans filled with plastic debris Toxic dumping ground for humanity Up the chain of life they choke and die on our garbage. We pull them from their world with only us in mind When will we learn that we are not the only ones who live here? Is it too late to change our fate as we empty the waters? Drowning in air
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Well I walked right in the front door Started moving down the rows of so many cages All the faces staring back at me Each and every one with a sad story I wonder how they got here, where did they come from Somewhere somehow someone didn't want them anymore I paused at cage number 23 As a dog with a sad but hopeful face was looking up at me I said I’ll take you home someday, but not today And if not by me, by some other family, I'm sure Hang tight my little friend while I figure it out A better life waits for you just around the bend Hang tight my little friend while I figure it out Just wait for me and you’ll soon be free Every year, approximately 7 million companion animals enter animal shelters nationwide. Sadly, over 2 million of these precious animals are euthanized before anyone comes to give them a home. Together, we can change these tragic statistics. In Cage 23 and beyond - they're waiting – waiting to offer their unconditional love, their loyalty, and a bond that can't be put into words. Will you make room in your home, and in your heart – to change not only their life – but very likely, yours too...  So when I finally found the time to take him home with me I walked back to find an empty cage 23 They said nobody came to rescue him His time ran out, I’m sorry he’s gone Oh how I miss that special soul in cage 23...

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released November 11, 2014

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