Folk Against The Machine

by Old Trees

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released April 20, 2013

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Old Trees

Old Trees is a DIY folk punk band rooted in eco anarchist, vegan and queer feminist beliefs. They started in late 2011 in Portugal, and eventually became a nomadic collective of musicians and activists from several parts of Europe.
Old Trees is for lovers, for warriors, it's a scream of rage against the capitalist patriarchal machine.
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Track Name: Violent Resistance
Violent resistance, damaging their property
Never submissive, no respect for authority
In the middle of the night, black flags high
We crossed barbed wire and met on the other side
The horror we saw inside, only our compassion guided us
Prisoners no more we said, and smashed in their cages
And if they come after us, this is what I’ll say
Over my dead body, I’d rather die today
But first I’ll tell you I love you and say farewell to my friends
When I fell dead on the floor, I fell on my demands
This was the night, The night I met my fate
But I stood my head up high, Executed by the state
For every warrior down, A million born in its place
For every warrior down, A million born in its place
For every warrior down, A million born in its place
For every warrior down, A million born in its place
Track Name: A Simple Life
Through safe passages and broken roads
Through barricades and concrete walls, we roam
Looing for home
In dark corners, dungeons deep
An entire army where there is no sleep
Broken bones, so many broken homes
The black rabbit of Inlé
He knows my name, he knows my name
The black rabbit of Inlé
He sealed my fate
We've come a long way for this place
The promised land, of better days
It feels so warm, inside all of us
Broken, battered, but standing strong
But now it's over, the end has come
We can breathe again, breathe free again
The black rabbit of Inlé
He knows my name, he knows my name
The black rabbit of Inlé
He sealed my fate
What have we done?
What have we done?
The human error caving in again
Track Name: Alça a Bandeira
Original lyrics in portuguese:

Alça a bandeira verde e negra,
Que é a bandeira da nossa revolução.
Oiçam os gritos, os gritos que ecoam,
Tempestades que chegam, chamas que voam.
Aí vêm os selvagens, comendo a escuridão,
No horizonte uma miragem da nossa revolução.
Alça a bandeira verde e negra,
Que é a bandeira da nossa revolução.

Translated lyrics in english:

Rise up the black and green flag
Which is the flag of our revolution!
Listen to the screams, the screams that echo
Arriving storms, flames that fly
Listen to the screams, the screams that echo
Here come the savages, eating the darkness
In the horizon, a glimpse of our revolution
Rise up the black and green flag
Which is the flag of our revolution!
Track Name: Collective Dreams of the Post-Apocalypse
When the world goes down, my friend
Come looking for me
When the world goes down, my friend
You’ll see
When the world goes down my friend, and only then
When the world goes down we’ll build a community (Chorus)
Lets shoots cops in the face and ride bikes
This is where our modern age comes to die
In the gathering of wild ones who they fear the most of all
Our arrows of freedom will pierce down their walls
(Chorus)
When the rivers flow clear
And the sun shines again
When all living beings are free, my friend
When authority lays burning on the corpse of industry
Only then shall we be free
We all have our favorite places
And this is mine
Right next to the people
Who know how to fight
And these people shall be
Next by my side
When their system falls
And we take back our lives
(Chorus)
Track Name: Conscious Slaves
This could be a lesson in anthropology
Its really the tale about your body
And how its tamed so forcefully
You’re a slave just like everybody
Domesticated corpses
That’s what we are
Medicated corpses
The profits go far
Freedom is an illusion carved into your brain
You’re molded till you are insane
Civilized behavior, you born and you die
Keep working, keep believing their lies
Education for profit
We’re all fucking pawns
From cradle to coffin
Now your hope is gone
I don’t want your artificial freedom (x6)
Feral bodies
So graceful and free
Feral bodies
I own my own body(x2)
Track Name: Liberation Is Not An Option
The world, the world is my home
The planet, the planet belongs to no one(x2)
Their war machines won’t be able to stop
The struggle that slowly approaches
Living beings aren’t property
Nature is not an industry
Planet Earth is not dying, we are
Kill the human race
Kill the human race, before we kill each other
Liberation is not an option
Liberation, go back to nature
Free ourselves, free ourselves
By freeing everyone
Free ourselves, free ourselves
Total Liberation
Track Name: Fixed Gear Death Squad
Fixed Gear Death Squad
Thats our fucking name
We can't stop riding(x2)
We reject all forms of exploitation
Thats why we burn down their institutions
We reject all gender definitions
Thats why we all are queer by nature
Fixed Gear Death Squad
Thats our fucking name
We can't stop riding(x2)
We ride against our foes
As a form of declaration
This is our neighbourhood
Not your corporate massive nation
The streets are ours and so are the roads
Keep your fucking gasoline, our fuel is friendship
And I will never leave you alone
I will never leave you alone
Grab your fixie come with me
We'll ride to the end of the world
But together we will never be alone
Track Name: Queimem o Leviathan
Original lyrics in portuguese:

Qual o valor, qual o valor
Da vida, da vida (x2)
O que és tu
Um recurso ou alguém
Porque não lutas
Tu não és de ninguém
A industrialização
É um processo moribundo
E uma violação
Nunca sairá impune
Qual o valor da vida
Como encontrar uma saída
Se é propriedade privada
Então já está condenada
As fábricas arderam
O seu fim está para chegar
O fogo que arde em mim
Chegará para as queimar
O sangue derramado
Nunca mais irá brotar
A mente suja do lucro
Será limpa pelo fogo
Com o mundo a arder, queimem o máquina

Translated lyrics in english:
What is the value, what is the value
Of life, of life? (x2)
Who are you?
A resource or someone
Why don't you fight
You belong to no one
Industrialization
Is a dying process
And a rape
Will never go unpunished
What is the value of life
How to find a way out
If it's private property
Then it's already doomed
The factories will burn
Their end is about is about to come
And the fire that burns inside me
Will be enough to burn them down
The spilled blood
Shall never be spilled again
And the dirty mind of profit
Shall be cleansed by fire
While the world burns, burn the machine
Track Name: Gaia Resiste
Não sou ovelha, nem pastor
Eu sou um lobo
Nem deus, nem mestre, eu sou um ser vivo
Igual aos outros
Eu quebro as correntes da tua mente
Não sou um ser domesticado
Não mais serei submisso
Estirpado, batido mas sempre erguido
Libertate comigo
O mundo não é uma prisão
Libertate comigo
A resistência não é em vão
I want to runaway to the mountains
I don’t want to live like I’m locked in
This cage of concrete and compromises
No I won’t forget their faces
Track Name: Capitalism Won't Let Me Eat
And I’m going to stop eating at all
All the food comes from the shopping mall
And its all made in factories
Or from kids in third world countries
Anorexia is pretty cool and true
If you’ve never heard of permaculture
Starvatarianism is the right way to go
If you wanna look like a vulture
I’m too much of a lazy ass
To actually do some research
Ignorance is bliss when you have someone to blame
Throw the diet books from where they came
And I’m going to stop eating at all
All the food comes from the shopping mall
And its all made in factories
Or from kids in third world countries
Capitalism is such a bitch
I’m going to moan at it in my blog
I can’t eat anything, so I’ll just eat chips
But they’re filled with animal bits
You take the food, I don’t want any
You take my organs, I have too many
What else can I do in this fucked up world
I’ll just eat some vegan mold
And I’m going to stop eating at all
All the food comes from the shopping mall
And its all made in factories
Or from kids in third world countries
I'm gonna stop doing anything