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Action Reaction

by Get Smart!

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    "Driving rock that is busy and fast yet distinct. Warm pop melodicism competes with punky bluntness and jagged noise tendencies to create a variety of voices within the simple guitar-bass-drums framework; harmony vocals add to the appeal." --The New Trouser Press Record Guide
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1.
Went down by the swamp, looking around Went down by the swamp, see what I've found Went down by the swamp, down by the sea Went down by the swamp, looking at me Ankle deep in mud, trying to run Ankle deep in mud, it's no fun Something underground, sneaking on by Something underground, people cry Something underground, go crawling on Something underground, my nerves are gone Ankle deep in mud, nowhere to go Ankle deep in mud, we're running too slow Screams all around, out of nowhere Screams all around, no one will dare Screams all around, something is near Screams all around, that's something I fear Ankle deep in mud, getting no place Ankle deep in mud mud mud mud mud mud Where's the race? Ask yourself where's the race? Ankle deep in mud, getting no place Ankle deep in mud mud mud mud mud mud
2.
Unknown weakness follow me Enter anguish, tragically The ceiling up above Falling down, falling down, falling The world around standing still Move too fast, now I'm ill The pressure up above Caving in, caving in, caving People don't help, they just stare Nothing to fear, never a care People all around Run away, run away, run, run You have got to stop You know you can't go on (4x)
3.
On and On 02:01
Your eyes have cracked They've shattered the image Convenience for the moment On and on and on and on and on It slips away The place is packed, whose image is worse? Controlling every movement On and on and on and on and on And run away No time to look back, trapped in the past Controlling all the destiny On and on and on and on and on And fade away You keep thinking, you keep acting Keep on pretending On and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on
4.
Eyes are lined with respectable lies Floating backward ‘til it cries Function stops, in walks conflict (x3) Lives are lined with forgettable ties Forced emotion ‘til it dies Nothing's said, I'm forgotten (just for the moment) x4 Just for the moment (x4)
5.
Differences ignored, they'll get you in the end Differences ignored, nerves will bend You push too far, there's nothing left You push too far, there's nothing left You make a bed, you dig a grave You lie in a blanket it'll go away You make a bed, you dig a grave Under the covers, you've got it made Differences ignored, unforseen tragedy Giving up is not the end You make a bed, you dig a grave Let's die again (x3) You make a grave, you got it made With differences you die indifferent You make a grave, you got it made Our differences just lie indifferent Differences ignored, unforseen tragedy Giving up is not the end You make a bed, you dig a grave Let's die again (x4)
6.
Face 02:35
White men, some wear silver, some wear gold Clean men, some are new, some are old They bite, they smile, they can scare Deciduous existence is not fair Two men, one can see, one cannot Blue men, I can't help what I got They sleep, they stare, they can cry One thing's for certain, they can't lie There's too many people that I can't ... There's too many people that I can't ... There's too many people that I can't ... Face, face
7.
Black Mirror 02:18
In the night, I can pretend Black and bright, I see the end Vicious nightmares, Silent dreams Only black stares, frightened screams Reflections of nothing, nothing but fear Shiny future, in my black mirror White sunlight, Shows us the past Bright black night, covers all that Only dreams see what I know No one's with me where I go There's nothing that I see, Nothing is here, shiny future In my black mirror In the night I can pretend Black and bright, I see the end Vicious nightmares, silent dreams Only black stares, frightened screams Reflections of nothing, nothing but fear Shiny future, In my black mirror
8.
Berlin on the Plains (3x) No choice but action (2x) It's night but you see It's cold but you burn It's still but you hear It's mean but you're strange Why are the bells tolling signs of action? Berlin on the Plains Berlin on the Plains Berlin on the Plains No choice but action No choice but action It's weak but you're fresh It's stay but you leave It stares but you sneer It's bound but you're free Why are the bells tolling signs of action? Berlin on the Plains (3x) No choice but action (2x) Go! It's night but I see It's cold but I burn It's still but I hear It's mean but I'm strange Why are the bells tolling signs of action? Berlin on the Plains (3x) No choice but action (2x) It's weak but I'm fresh It's stay but I leave It stares but I sneer It's bound but I'm free Why are the bells tolling signs of action? Berlin on the Plains (6x) No choice but action
9.
Sentinels guard the enemy thoughts And stare each other down All is open but nothing's revealed They wait for each other to open fire Action, action and reaction They walk in pairs Action, action and reaction They walk in pairs Courage hides and lies are heroes Talk, no cares, they walk in pairs Feelings flee, discuss what remains Talk, no cares, they walk in pairs Action, action and reaction They walk in pairs Action, talk no cares They walk in pairs Action, talk no cares They walk in pairs
10.
Sit back and consume There is nothing left to choose Automatic this and that Sit right back and get fat Sit right back Sit right back Relax until you die It's a sin to just get by Your eyes are turning green Living life suppressed by greed Relax Relax Relax until you die It's a sin to just get by Automatic this and that Sit right back and get fat Sit right back And relax
11.
Touch I can touch Pale, you turn pale Deadly are my fingers I guess you can tell What it is we fear Passion where is this love it doesn't take Talk we can talk all night in silence What it is we fear For reasons of purpose virtue has not stuck Trapped in the syntax of someone else's game What it is we fear (instrumental break) What it is we fear What it is we fear
12.
Knight 02:23
Sitting around thinking alone I got rats and birds on my side You say, talk talk Nothing to hide There are lessons learned Who's on my side? Is it real for you? Is she everything you need? Do you sit at home and lie to yourself Like I do? Like I do Laughter is measured, Time, no pleasure Laughter is measured, Time, no pleasure What do I want? What do you need? Do you bleed like I do Like I do? Like I do Sitting around thinking alone I got rats and birds on my side You say, talk talk Nothing to hide There are lessons learned Who's on my side? Who is she? Is it real for you? Is she everything you need? Do you sit at home and lie to yourself Like I do? Like I do Laughter is measured, Time, no pleasure Laughter is measured, Time, no pleasure Laughter is measured, Time, no pleasure

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Recorded at Media Sound, Oklahoma City, OK by Michael McGee; Mixed by Iain Burgess at Chicago Sound Co., Chicago, IL. Produced by Taylor Ross and Get Smart!

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released May 6, 1984

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Get Smart! Lawrence, Kansas

Get Smart! formed in Lawrence, KS in 1980. The group helped to solidify Lawrence as an alternative music hotbed and toured extensively, performing 300 shows in six years.

They released a flexi-disc and Words Move, a 4-track EP in 1981.

In 1983 they relocated to Chicago. Their first LP, "Action Reaction" was released in 1984.

The band's second LP, "Swimming With Sharks" was released in 1986.
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