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You’re gonna fight Yeah, you’re gonna fight
You’re gonna fight a lot, whether you like it or not

Dad has the hatchet, mom’s in the bed
Big Jim’s gonna get it in the arm or the head
Everyone’s hurt, everyone’s scarred
My brother and I still asleep in the car

in the ‘62 Chevy, I wake to the night
High beams revealing a figure in light
Nothing makes sense, my brother’s upset
Your father in handcuffs, you’ll never forget

You’re gonna get it
You hit me, I hit you, you hit me, I hit you

School bus teasing was too much to bear
Hit with a hammer and blood in my hair
My mother’s advice with infinite grace-
“Just punch the bastard in the goddamn face”
Next week we fought in the mud and the grass
The neighbors, my brother, the 6th grade class
I bloodied his nose, and what did I get?
Dinner at Sambo’s and the TV set

You’re going to stand up to him
He’s gonna face off with you
You’re gonna fight till the end
Cos that’s how we do…FIGHT! Fight fight

Thanksgiving fight, Big Jim hit her hard
Mom’s looking for her glasses in the unraked yard
Big Jim eats, my brother lets out a sob
Crying in his turkey while I’m stuffing my gob

Doing the sound in a bar with a stage
I got a reputation, but this guy’s in a rage
Pegged pants, Chuck Taylors, and some toe-headed dude
They want an early load in so I know I’m screwed
Indie rock singer that no one will hear
Having a tantrum with his thrift store gear
Too young to know better, too old to be hip
Shoves me off the stage and I do a backflip

In another age, I repressed my rage
I fantasized with violent eyes
Let me turn the page I will not engage
I choose not to fight you guys


from Emerge, released July 27, 2019
Jamin Barton - saxophone
Michael Israel - drums
Chris von Sneidern - bass, keyboards, guitar, vocals, producer mixer


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Chris von Sneidern San Francisco, California

Chris von Sneidern (CvS) is a San Francisco-based singer/songwriter and recording artist with thirteen critically acclaimed, self-produced albums. CvS has entertained audiences with his music in Japan, Spain, and throughout the UK and USA. He owns and operates a commercial recording studio in San Francisco. ... more

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