Resist to Exist

by Chris Szkup

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Resist to Exist was recorded at Red Planet Recording in Hobart (by Stew and Jake Long), and also at my home in Melbourne, Australia, mixed by Dennis Leeflang, will be mastered by Andy Van Dette, and the cover art, is by Dan Verkys.

Joining me on the tracks as always is my bro Mathew Szkup (drums, guitars, backing vocals), Paul Jolley (keys), Lyris Hung (strings), Brian Sanders (cello), Adrian Bryan (strings), and Dennis Leeflang (tribal drums), and tracklisting follows:

“Resist Opus”
“Music is Free”
“Friendship Song”
“Born”
“Gossip Train”
“Ascend”
“Gift of Life:
“Influenza Blues”

Sadly for me being a real music love that is totally into physical releases, the way things are in 2014 it just couldn’t happen for “Resist to Exist”, and therefore this will be released via the usual digital outlets only. I hope you guys enjoy it all the same!!

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released August 8, 2014

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Chris Szkup Melbourne, Australia

Chris is an early 30s guitarist / songwriter, currently finalising 3 EP's which all going well will be released digitally over 2014. Last year he released the first album from The Feckers, an online collaboration situation with many friends from all over the world, as well as a handful of digital singles from both The Feckers and under his own name. ... more

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Track Name: Resist Opus
Sitting here tranquilly
Inside my happy home
There's no one to answer to when you're all alone
No shortage of possibles life can throw at me
Define responsibility, to me

Never have to battle
Never have to cry
No internal struggles
No saying goodbye
Don't bother to make a stand against what's wrong
I knew this was the answer all along
Resist to Exist!

All that I need I have here inside these four walls
Justifies ignoring those un-necessary calls
You say "reclusive"
I say "so what"
Everything that I need I have got
You say "antisocial"
I say "who me"
Conversation is a two way street

Hiding myself, from all the hurt
Remaining clean, despite all the dirt
Here in confinement
Tranquility
Resist to Exist live the pleasure with me

Such a shame you don't see this beautiful thing I see
Open your mind so happy you could be

You say "reclusive"
I say "so what"
Everything that I need I have got
You say "antisocial"
I say "who me"
Interaction ain't just up to me

Hiding myself, from all the hurt
Remaining clean, despite all the dirt
Here in confinement
Tranquility
Resist to Exist live the pleasure with me
Track Name: Music is Free
In such a magic place, living my way
Doing what I need to get by, every day
Parasites trying to cling to me and, to bring me down
Though I keep to myself, they surround

For years breaking my own wallet and balls for this
Leeches think not once, straight away dismiss
Give em a "cm" they'll take a "k"
My handout's going somewhere deserved today

Cause music is free
Generation P2P
The want dwarfs the need
The moral ground isn't seen

Still I try to do my thing
Battling against that hill, seems I cannot win
Vultures outnumber me, ten to one
Seems time is running out, nowhere to run

Expected favours by those I never see
Acquaintances due more than family?
My faith in the human race is crushed
Just carry on, don't consider anything that much

Cause music is free
Generation P2P
The want dwarfs the need
The moral ground isn't seen

It's all about you
It's all about you
Hide behind that screen
Safe amongst the blue
Conduct obscene
Oblivious too
It's all about you
Nothing else will do
Track Name: Friendship Song
Booty whipped wool eyed powers that be
You've never spoke a phrase
Without the word "me"
Card is rock hard stale from over play
You'll face up to it all but another day

Top of winners table are you
Accountability you do not do
Temper tantrum smoke screening them from
Discovery of such a far gone wrong

The top of the table your team of one
Master of selfishness karma will come

Put up your high (high wall of defense)
And next is (next verbal nonsense)
Irrelevance
Anything others say
Unto you all obey

Top of winners table are you
Accountability you do not do
Temper tantrum smoke screening them from
Discovery of such a far gone wrong

The top of the table your team of one
Master of selfishness karma will come

Put up your high (high wall of defense)
And next is (next verbal nonsense)
Irrelevance
Anything others say
Unto you all obey

Queen of the tits the boob kingdom you rule
Track Name: Born
The ones you miss, you cannot be with
To the extent you wish, unable to give
Never generate results from the plan
Just a well intentioned half a man

A heart of gold, that's never been sold
Impossible, when the engine reeks of mould
Once lost but still an undiscovered soul
As reality begins to take it's heavy toll

"I told you so" they say
As if you'd stay away
I do not commend your try
Cause you were born to die

There is no escape to make
There are no foundations to shake
A detour you cannot take
Accept it now for goodness sake

Never speak up always when you believe
Such worry at how you will be perceived
Sometimes at the expense of your self worth
Much safer being seen as down to earth

Well I'm trying to find the rainbows end
When I arrive there, all wounds will mend
Food, drink and entertainment for all
Come to me now unto you I call

Get right back up when you fall down
Don't let em stomp you into the ground
Seek it don't let it come to you
Against the odds break right on through

Speak up always when you believe
Don't matter how you are perceived
As you approach the rainbows end
Your time is now my friend

Well I've finally found the rainbows end
As promised everything on the mend
More clearly than before do I see
Rain long gone, sun shining on me

"I told you so" I say
Quitting is not the way
Scoff or smile at my attempt
Cause you were born to die
Track Name: Gossip Train
Find your seat so we can get underway
I hope you enjoy your stay on the gossip train
No truth here just mediocre ways
Misinformation stays
Hear the captain say

If I quote you, I promise to
Stay untrue, to what you do
Who wants truth

End of the line, bullshit avenue
Where everyone's off to, why don't you come too?
Working hard to please your fan base
Who talk with a second face
Like flies to the shit they race

If I quote you, I promise to
Stay untrue, to what you do
Who wants truth
Track Name: Ascend
Autumn big city Saturday
Made to be enjoyed
But during the breakfast latte
The army is deployed

O nine hundred hours sharp
Lieutenant Mavis' platoon
Packing their arsenal
Notorious trolleys of doom

Black cages, bags thrown in
End of aisle congregations begin
As the hunt begins for prey
Obstacles run out of the way

Razor sharp wheels of steel ascend
The four eyed army march in time
On one thing you can depend
They'll kill you for your place in line

Tarsals from meta, seperate
Dislodged at the speed of sound
Compulsory dislocate
As the wheels go round and round

Two seconds to let ya through
This I just cannot do
Sheepishly toe the line
With the rest of bonehead kind

Razor sharp wheels of steel ascend
The four eyed army march in time
On one thing you can depend
They'll kill you for your place in line
Track Name: Gift Of Life
(Instrumental)
Track Name: Influenza Blues
I'd answer the phone by I got an earache
Sorry if I don't call in sick today
I'd watch the midday movie but I'm loaded
Poppin' pills that don't do anything they claim

So my symptoms soldier on as normal
Just add drowsiness to the page long list
So I lay helpless try to sweat it out

And I cough my insides out
Dragons flame burns from my mouth
And more dizziness kicks in and
Once again the fortnight old cycle begins

Twenty four seven, aching from head to toe
Being stuck in bed is hard you know
Three hours broken sleep, a typical snooze
Rocking to the influenza blues

I'd tell you I love you but ow my throat aches
Filled with pain and mucus whatever I do
I'd come and give you a cuddle but I'm so dizzy

And I cough my insides out
Dragons flame burns from my mouth
And more dizziness kicks in and
Once again the fortnight old cycle begins

Twenty four seven, aching from head to toe
Being stuck in bed is hard you know
Three hours broken sleep, a typical snooze
Rocking to the influenza blues

Under my eyes reside the bags of doom
My system currently anything but immune
With my pharmacist I socialize
When vision I get from my eyes
Criminal beard flows from C.B.F.
Should at me for attention because I'm deaf

I'd get up but I'd be freezing
And have a hotplate on my skin
Would be ok if I was hungry
But since last night my appetite...
My appetite won't kick in