Exit a Hero

by The Vigilance Committee

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"Exit a Hero" is based on the true story of the life and death James King of William and the vigilance committees of San Francisco in the late 1800s.


released April 25, 2015

Recorded by Peter J. Scoma / Engineered and mixed by J. Robbins / Mastered by Dan Coutant at Sun Room Audio / Additional monologues written and performed by Bruce "AllOne" Pandolfo / Artwork by Maya Collins / Design and layout by the UP Studio



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Track Name: Set the Pacific on Fire
Living amongst all you Kings shames the name my father gave
I’ll change it so they know who exposed all the colors you hide
Some Kings should die

They suspect a man unfit to start a fire
choose to bide and blow out the flame the heats this fixation
I’ve bellowed my beliefs now watch the bursting blaze
stretch across the states

Brother of mine your words from the west stir my blood
you’ve conquered lands you’ve roamed
There’s no doubt a better home there waiting
for us kings
Track Name: Taking What's Mine
Six-Shooter Al
Shields his villainy ways out west
He's seeking gold and nothing less
An easy solution it rapaciously sprawls
it's all around, it's all around, it's all around

In the streets
No earthquake compares
it's the strike of the thieves
Though I've held a pick and shovel my hands are not of King Midas
Sustenance keeps
Say farewell to the mines and be set free

Hangman awaits
his noose is not just for the thieves
just have to hold enough greed
Could have lived innocently
With all the dust how does one breathe?

Take what is mine from the mines of the earth
Losing my mind, I don't mind for what it's worth
I've bellowed my beliefs now watch the city burst
It will burst into flames once the gold strikes the home

Six Shooter Al infected with the same disease
It's all around, it's all around, it's all around
Track Name: 186
Our wild west put to the test
No structure seems to stand on its own

Their balances were left unchecked
And now we're standing up as one to tear it down

Take a stand
Show some spine
Make your mark
Leave your name

Here's your call to arms
We're bringing back the old days
'Cause if we don't, nothing will

Names in numbers will resist
When those with power abuse it, one eight six

The ink will overcome the force
And history won't show remorse, when you are gone, when you are gone.

Then justice hasn't been so just
And we no longer let disgust conquer us

So fight the fight, or face the rope
We're ringing necks when they no longer help the cause

Change the pace
Save this place
Join with us
Leave your name

Stand for something or step aside
Track Name: Villains
Shadow carry's weight
Pulling at the core of spirit
A sing song and dance
Evokes the shadow's past

Bearing a light
Once a beacon to guide
but don't blind my eyes
I shall not be seen at this time
Mother was right
Don't tell her what I've done

Moonless sky to walk
Villains follow suit
Prowling plots to bring
The city to it's knees

Guilty as charged
Just like that day
Nothing has changed
Sunrise reveals
What terrible things
Happen through the night
Shadow you are right
My life's a lie

Stuff the ballots
and don't talk about it

There's noway out
I'm living in
A nostalgic nightmare
Is there anybody there?
Is there anybody there?
Track Name: Physics of Form
Spineless frail exterior
Projects truth
The time is now
Find the inner strength
A warrior
guide your
physical form
to higher ground

No one is safe as we barrel through the clouds
Sustain a stable form it's the way you steer around

Open sky show your might
Break the weak links, wash them out of mind
Elusive soul
Take your shape
Bounded by the
Limits of your state

Battered daily by the game
Never keeping solid shape
Splintered spineless real estate
Find your own way to sustain
it's the way you steer around
Track Name: Expositor
I am but a fraud
My words out-beat my heart
A tragic portraiture

And though my caper ends
The dirty secret lives
I hope it never dies

Truth does not have to be for sale
Even if it were, no one is buying

Ink stains my hands
Blood stains my shirt
I now inhabit a life i don't deserve
Walk this earth, we are frauds

In the line we stand for a shot in the heart
While fighting to protect the brand

I am the expositor
I am a frantic kind of boring
An end-stage addiction
Wait for the shame
Track Name: Montgomery
Rose together at the break
The task ahead was nothing new

I stand today just like I've stood
We rose together, though we may not set

My words have no assassin
They will stand this test of time

I stand beside the text
We'll fall together in the end

You rose to the occasion
though you still stand for nothing
you'll never reach the ground
Track Name: Reflections II
Sinking towards the inescapable brink
I toss and turn into an endless dream
My wounds are blowing up the streets
As I reflect on what it means to me

The last words I wrote still stand, and remain

Maybe it is for the best that I will decay
I'd rather not witness what the world will become
I'll never fall apart, because of time's wicked game
I'll never fall out of love, I'll never cry on their days

You know what?

I think I'm ready
Take me already please
Fuck this place

The storm is over, pack your bags, I won't wait longer
I wish to die right now

thank you
Track Name: Vigilantes
He failed
Storm the jail
Storm the jail
Storm the jail
Hand his over to us

Citizen’s guard forms a hollow square

To the cell
Let him know
That we wait
For his neck in a noose

Hanging in the sky is his debt to pay

Each breathe that you take is now on borrowed time
‘cause you’re mine and we won't

Rest until you get what you deserve

And now, we’re alone, we’re alone, we’re alone in our fight
And now there is no end, is no end, is no end in sight

We press on
We press on
We press on
He did not die in vain

Pray the same can be claimed in our names

Burn the same
All the same
All the same
Our beliefs, they still rage

There is no beating this bursting blaze

We’ve been building bridges left and right but here we are, no end in sight
They’ve played these games, games, sordid games with our lives

Loneliest fight
Really hoping you're out there
Track Name: Exit a Hero
The insignia of grief all around
as thousands march to the loneliest hill in town
Farewell King
The great, the good one is dead, who will not mourn

It's your restless spirit that's still abroad
Which carries on the fights that you fought
In this war of being heard

Awaken dormant ones to your makeshift lives
Better to die a martyr than a meaningless mime
Be a King
The great, the good ones live on, amongst the unborn

Fallen walkers before
Couldn’t have the physics of form
and will never be able to stand as tall,stand as the

Bearer of news and vigilance, speak to us,
You're exiting
But not in vain you taught us all

We’re just some little tiny orbs who spin around
in the dirt, in the dirt, brother you’ve dug you’re way through the earth, oh if only we’d learn

Je espère que mes rêves sont doux pour moi