Social Pressure

by RENEGADE

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about

Formed in Waukesha, Wisconsin back in 1985 by guitarist Paul Finley, vocalist Randy Diderrich, bassist Rick Diderrich, and drummer Brad Hazelton. In 1988 the band would see their debut ‘Social Pressure’ released by Edge Entertainment. It would be the band’s only album under the RENEGADE moniker before changing their name to Mas Optica along with their musical direction heading more into a progressive alternative metal area.

credits

released September 24, 2018

RENEGADE is:

Rick Diderrich Bass
Brad Hazelton Drums
Paul Finley Guitars
Randy Diderrich Vocals, Guitars

Tracks 1-8
‘Social Pressure’ originally released 1988
Recorded at Opus Recording Studio, Gurnee, Il.
Produced by Eric ‘Griffy’ Grief & RENEGADE
Engineered by Al Pangelinan
Mixed by E. Grief & A. Pangelinan
Arranged by RENEGADE

Tracks 9-13
Demo 1986 produced by Steve Conway
One 5 Productions & Renegade

2018 reissue :
Executive producers J. Golden & G. Shafer
Re-mastering provided by Jamie King at The Basement Studio, Winston Salem, NC
Cover art by Steve Cobb
Design by Chris Ferguson

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Track Name: Hobbit
Hobbit

Walking through the woods last nite
I saw a little man in fright
I said are you from this world
Or from far away
The little man to me he said:

‘Come my friend and you will see
I’ll show you all your dreams
Inside your fantasies

So I followed him with grace and ease
As we raced faster through the trees
Until we came upon his home he called his dwelling

As I entered in his domain
Voices calling deep in my brain
Fiendish grin was upon his face
Then he touched me paralyzed embrace
He reappeared with a box made of gold
And a large scroll then said he ‘behold
My ancient words will make you think
Here take my bottle take a drink’
My head was spinning all around
Everything started to slow down
As I felt my body rising
I opened my eyes to see
The little man was smiling

As I was walking home that night
I thought about my distant plight
And realized it was just
A journey of my mind
Track Name: Held Hostage
Held Hostage

Trapped in these walls
Howling echoes fill my mind
I lay bound and tied- locked up
My home I may never find
Sitting alone
My only friend is myself
If the tooth of remorse
Would make you realize your sin
My family weeps in tears
Because back there my life is on hold

I know that they’ll never set me free
Torn from our civilian lives we’re thrust
Into your war
Held captive for what purpose
Now just a prisoner of your cause

In their way of life
They think this is right
But why can’t they take
One who’s responsible
For all their pain
Instead of innocents like me

Now at best I’m a broken soul
All but deafened by pain
We are your bait for your
Meager personal gain

Have you given up on me
Just to satisfy their greed
You can buy me for a fee
My god please set me free

I’m fighting to live
I’m praying they’ll give me my freedom
SO I can go back and interrogate
All who forced this on me
Track Name: Yo Ho Ho
Yo, Ho, Ho

Yo Ho Ho and a bottle of rum

We sail the shores of many a sea
To claim what is ours
Our destiny yea
Our ship sits high our sails set bold
Cause we are on a quest
Quest for gold

Cause we are men strong and brave
No one will take us as their slave
Do or die
An Eye for an eye

A way that’s simple our morals are none
The sea turns red
Fell the shock of our man made gun
A feeling so strong as white ships
Come in sight
We take our stands sound our guns
An prepare to fight

Chorus

Do or die: Eye for an eye
Do or die: Eye for an eye

All Leads by Paul
Track Name: Promised Land
Promised Land

It seems life’s so empty
Just another point in time
We answer to our elders
Who will pay the price

We are soldiers of fortune
Soldiers of pain
Livin our lives in the fast lane
Mass oppression is setting in
Try to escape the mortal sin

Always trying to find the hand
The one that leads me to the promised
The promised land
Won’t you take me
To the promised land

We look toward the future
We hide away the past
We dream the dreams of old men
It seems that nothing will ever last

Chorus

(Repeat Chorus)

A lie the truth a secret
The reason that we can’t go on
The fire melts the ice
As we push on and on

(Repeat Chorus)
Track Name: Shrapnel Symphony
Shrapnel Symphony

The story of this man’s been told
A thousand times before
When searching for some peace between
All he could find was war
Sitting high above the rest he’d watched
As thousands cried
Why has this man been chosen to choose
The ones to die

The story of this boy will be
A thousand times again
At home a boy but here a man
Till death his only end
Only a few will survive this
Pain and agony
But they won’t have to listen
To shrapnel symphony

To the victors go the spoils

Can’t you see it’s killing me
It’s killing me

And so the story will end by fate
Did you learn your lessons or were you too late
The captains and generals won’t feel the turmoils
By the way what were the spoils
Track Name: Is Someone Out There?
Is Someone Out There

Walkin' the streets it’s way past midnight
Whistling to yourself are you afraid
Pick up the pace as you enter the alleyway
What was that- It was just the wind

Is someone out there
No
You can feel him you don’t know
Which way to go
Is someone out there
Is someone out there

Shadows dancing across the alleyway
His silhouette leaves you no defense
And in his hand a glimpse of steel
His eyes meet yours entrapping with fear

(Chorus)
Caught in the middle of a game that’s
Life or death
The psychopath is calling your name
From out of nowhere a shadow with a cause
His shot rings out the hunter is dead

(Repeat Chorus)
Track Name: Social Pressure
Social Pressure

If you want to know what I think of this place
It puts me to shame how I live in disgrace
Two kinds of people from heaven or hell
Slave will react at the sound of a bell
Whether the pauper the rich man the bold
Each has a story that’s got to be told
Opening my book blank pages you’ll find
All of my feelings stay trapped in my mind
Sign the Contract that leads
You to flourish and fame
Lies- Too many lies drive me insane

Don’t know where I’m going
But I’ll get there fast
Don’t know what to do
But I’ll make it last
Just as we’re born we start to die
This is the humor the reason I cry
You’re living in high society race
As we walk by and you laugh in our face
But your race dies your race dies fast
Then our race starts kickin some ass
Life is too short for material things
He lives and laughs at all the sadness he brings

Repeat 1st verse

All lyrics by Randy, Except *
By Paul and Randy

All music written by renegade
Meat and potatoes- Randy and Paul
Special Sauce- Rick and Brad
Track Name: Killer Eyes
Killer Eyes

My dream is reality
Too much for me to see
If only it could be a lie
These nightmares in my head
Would soon turn real you said
And if you really meant it
Could I escape your

(Chorus)
Killer eyes
Look away from me
Look away from me
Now they torture me
Watching out
Killer eyes
Looking out
Killer lies

You kill innocent men
But time and time again
Oh will it ever end
Your revenge
You take your blood for free
And now you’re taking me
I’m going to break free
from your chains

(Repeat Chorus)
Track Name: All Talk, No Action
All Talk

Since I met you
My head has been in a spin
Life is a game and you always win
Leisure and lust
Is what you have thirsted for?
Now that you’ve cast your spell
There is nothing more

(Chorus)
First you cry
Then you say nothing’s wrong
(Nothing’s wrong)
Then you lie
And you say I come on to strong
All talk, no action
You’re playin’ foolish games
With my mind
All talk
No satisfaction
True love you couldn’t find

Last night we hit the sheets
It was kind of fun
Then you called his name
I guess I’m not the only one
You come on strong over the phone
But when we’re face to face
I’ve gotten wiser now
I’m gonna end this deadly race

(Repeat Chorus x2)
Track Name: Promised Land (early version)
Promised Land

It seems life’s so empty
Just another point in time
We answer to our elders
Who will pay the price?
We are soldiers of fortune
Soldiers of pain
Livin’ our lives in the fast lane
Mass oppression is setting in
Trying to escape the mortal sin

(Chorus)
Always trying to find the hand
The one that leads me
To the promised; promise land
Won’t you take me
Take me to the Promised Land
We look towards the future
We hideaway the past
We dream the dreams of old men
It seems that nothing ever lasts

(Repeat Chorus x2)

A lie, the truth, a secret
The reasons why e can’t go on
The fire melts the ice
As we push on, and on, and on

(Repeat Chorus)
Track Name: Renegade
Renegade

Just when you thought
it was safe to come out
You turn your back in the light
Stay in darkness wasn’t your fought
But now we have to fly
It ain’t easy, but nothing is good
The rules were meant to be broken
And that’s what we do because

(Chorus)
We’re Renegade
We’re Renegade
We’ve got it made
We’re here to stay
Renegade

We stay on the run, never stoppin’
For nothin’, knowin’
Until our dream is won
We’ll keep on fighting
For what we believe
It ain’t easy, but nothing is good
It never was
The rules were meant to be broken
And that’s what we do because

(Repeat Chorus)

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