"Until Morale Improves, the Beatings Will Continue" as written by and Matthew Taylor Armstrong Adam Michael Turla....
I walked the road
From Tucson to San Antonio
With the smell of blood on my breath

Ninety days
Of sweat and dirt
Feels like one night when you've got nothing left

Until there's nothing left to do but die

Buckshot is my bread
I'll drink whiskey instead of water
Because I can't stand to be sober in this place
Your hands on my face
Every step of the way
Trying to peel away the pain

Buckshot is my bread
I'll drink whiskey instead of water
Because I can't stand to be sober in this place
Your hands on my face
Every step of the way
Trying to peel away the pain

I'll drink whiskey instead of water
I'll drink whiskey instead of water
I'll drink whiskey instead of water
I'll drink whiskey instead of water


Lyrics submitted by prayingmantis84, edited by Mellow_Harsher

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    General CommentFrom the site:

    "UNTIL MORALE IMPROVES, THE BEATINGS WILL CONTINUE is about the hero of the story, who is returning to the town where he shot the devil in order to finish him off. He is walking across the desert "with blood on his breath" ready to finish what he started. The chorus features the amazing William Elliot Whitmore on backup vocals. He sang to us in the studio through a telephone by the side of the road in Texas, and our producer Dan Goodwin was able to raise the volume enough so you can hear it. The chorus paralels the hero to the Christian act of transubstantiation, where, upon eating and drinking the wafer and wine at mass, they actually become the body and blood of Christ. In his case, "Buckshot is his bread, and he'll drink whiskey instead..." "
    prayingmantis84on May 07, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI saw these guys last night and during the song the singer took a shot of Whiskey. Anyone else reminded of Johnny Cash when listening to him?
    residuumon September 19, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis is one of my favorite songs by them because of the lines "buckshot is my bread, I'll drink whiskey instead of water......" I'm always singing that part to myself after hearing this song
    unionpunkgirlon May 25, 2004   Link
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    General Commenti like the sound of this song. a quiet, slow song with lots of emotio...but a kinda dry emotion....yamean?
    BlahBl1nkM3on March 25, 2005   Link
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    General Commentthis song is pretty badass
    i am parker lewison March 26, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis might be my favorite songs, and like unionpunkgirl, because of the haunting lyrics "Buckshot is my bread, I'll drink water instead of water, 'cause I can't stand to be sober in this place. Your hands on my face, every step of the way, trying to peel away the pain". Fuckin' awesome.
    SoakedinMercuryon April 07, 2005   Link
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    General Commentbe one of my favorite songs*
    SoakedinMercuryon April 08, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti love Murder By Death.

    The chorus features the amazing William Elliot Whitmore on backup vocals. He sang to us in the studio through a telephone by the side of the road in Texas

    How cool is that? Whitmore has such an amazing effect to that song
    cocarockson February 10, 2006   Link
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    General Commentamazing cello solo. Really easy to play, but incredibly moving.
    Fragmentedsobriqueton September 06, 2006   Link
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    General Commentresiduum, they're actually compared to him alot. :sometimes the line walks you?: i freaking love this song. i saw them in concert on wednesday and i've been listening to them non stop since long before that. this song haunts me like crazy, the buckshot line gets stuck in my head all the time. i wind up singing it at the top of my lungs ever time i hear it. freaking amazing. really.
    eat_more_oreoson April 21, 2008   Link

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