"Mayday!!!" as written by Andrew Guerrero, Stephen Brackett, Jamie Laurie, Mackenzie Roberts, Jesse Walker and Kenneth Ortiz....
Mayday!
Born in the flood
Bloody fingerprint sets
Black marketed fresh
Water canons forget me not
Epitaph airbrush with death
White t's
Wife beaters
Button up
Reattach flesh

In between the lines
Outside of the law
Underneath the veil
We dig our foundations
We navigate the globe
Trying to find a pattern to break the mold
With a family to feed
There's nowhere we wont go
But what if were caught
They say I'm a snitch
Shot at the check point
Found with his throat slit
There's spray paint on the teleprompter
Anchorman screams that hes seen a monster
Mayday
There's bloodstains on his shirt
Mayday
They say that hes gone berserk

Sometimes
When I wanna shut out this world
Wanna rip up this page
Wanna pour out this heart
Wanna get up on this stage
And my lips become percussion
And my fists become the rage
And I pound on this table
Till it gives me something to say
Then I think about things that I've seen
Right in front of me
That I don't wanna believe
Gimme one of these mikes
Lemme let em know
The way that it is is not how its gonna be
Not if we don't let em get ahead of us
The present tensions no threat
Its just a fence across the path
That were already ready to walk
Rock solid footsteps
Let 'em put up obstacles
And prove that it isn't possible
Fuck that
We don't give em any weight
True liberty and freedoms at stake
Peace will never become pass
Live my life until my last day

It was half-past eight in the bat cave
When the cracks in the plaster collapsed
And gave way to gaps in the pavement
Mayday mayday
Put it on blast
For the passengers and messengers
'Cause this is a disaster
Where the fuck are the rescue workers
Not far
Off pissing on a cop car
In the hall with a pop tart
Sipping liquor in the rock bar
Everyone climb to the front line
Lunchtimes canceled
All hands on deck to pull survivors from the landfill
Onlookers passers-by shake off that rubble
Brush off your shoulders
Break free from your standstill

Signs of a better world
Causes we understand
Failures we expected to occur
And bring redemption for our sins
Safety from the crowds
In the shadows on the run
We write our own cider house
Rules to keep alive
Rituals that prove their worth
Search for systems we can trust
Rhythms we can lock into

This is madness salvage teams
Can't bandage
Hope when its damaged
Or broken compassion
Not enough rope in the van when
World is collapsing
Our mode of action
Broadcast through the glass
Its all we can manage
Donate with the plastic
Scraps from the salad
Hoping to balance
Emotions invalidated
And staged on 4:3 aspects
Just ballast for sadness
Lives shattered are standard
Fare for cameras and channels
Stare no abracadabras

No faster answers
Or mantras for disasters
Remastered and plastered
Got it all backwards
Do you know the faction your backing
Its another man down
Another mother gone
Child drowned
Another silenced song
Solitude
Another kind of strong
I miss you
Another strung along
Missing in action
Another page is blackened burned
Turned to ashes to ashes
Dust off the flags and the caskets
We will never find another you
Despite the life of love we knew
These lightning times are trouble who
Cant count the strikes that punished through
The bonds we thought would never break
And never will and never fade and never change
But there is the rage
Of losing you to their mistakes

In between the lines
Signs of a the next movement
Refuge from the crowd
Outside of the law
Causes we understand
Hands that trace
Instructions for descendants in the
Shadows on the run
Underneath the veil
Failures we expected to
Occur and bring redemption for our sins
In between the lines


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"Mayday!!!" as written by Jamie Laurie Andrew Guerrero

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    General Commentno comments?! this is my favorite from them, so complex both lyrically and musically. i love all of the layers and changes throughout the song.

    they are basically pointing out all of the wrongs in our world today and crying out for people to stand up against them. great message.
    kflorenceon April 28, 2008   Link
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    General Commentawesome song. flobots really are great lyrically and musically
    supernukeon June 06, 2008   Link
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    General Commenti agree saying to stand up and change them before everyone is like this and everything is like things. change it now, before its too late.
    sdmjabon June 19, 2008   Link
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    General Commentone more thing, its saying, alot of children are born into this, so its like if we dont change it now, then its going to be a continous thing
    sdmjabon June 19, 2008   Link
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    Song Meaningthis song is so like angry but not a bad angry like the king that makes this song good
    awsomeguy37on January 24, 2009   Link
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    My InterpretationMy favorite flobots song. just a few lines. "with a family to feed. there's nowhere we wont go" I think this means they spread benevolence anywhere it's needed.

    "where the fuck are the rescue workers
    not far
    off pissing on a cop car
    in the hall with a poptart
    sipping liquor in the rockbar
    everyone climb to the frontline
    lunchtimes cancelled
    all hands on deck to pull survivors from the landfill
    onlookers passers-by brush of your shoulders
    shake off that rubble
    break free from your standstill"
    I think that's saying that you dont need any special qualifications to fight against the problems society may have. It's a call to action to try to make change instead of sitting idly by.


    "sometimes
    when I wanna shut out this world
    wanna rip up this page
    wanna pour out this heart
    wanna get up on this stage
    and my lips become percussion
    and my fists become the rage
    and I pound on this table
    til it gives me something to say
    then I think about things that Ive seen
    right in front of me
    that I dont wanna believe
    gimme one of these mikes
    let me let em know"
    This line kind of explains the topics of a lot thier songs. They come from things Johnny 5 (or the members in general) see that need to be changed.
    sparx1on April 30, 2009   Link
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    General Commentthe flobots are great
    which is funny for me cos it's the only hip hop/rap band i listen to
    alk144on May 22, 2009   Link

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