The Rat

by FRENCH MAIDE

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about

FRENCH MAIDE was formed in 1986 in Erie, Pennsylvania by guitarists Ron Wheeler and Dana Williams, bassist Mike Deau and drummer Ray Moffatt. Wheeler, Williams and Deau would all share vocal duties.

The band would start out as a radio rock cover band, quickly gaining a local following in the in their area. Eventually, they began to write their own material and slowly incorporate these songs into their sets. In 1991 FRENCH MAIDE would self-release an EP cassette titled ‘Maide in America’, their first recorded material. The 6-songs would be a blistering hard rock with a hint of sleaze in stylings fashionable to the time; think Dirty Looks, Sea Hags or Circus of Power.

Shortly following the release of ‘Maide in America’, Wheeler would be replaced by Todd Szoszorek.

As their following in Erie continued to grow the band decided they were in need of a frontman. They soon asked Tony Mankoski, who had been surfacing in the local scene, after seeing him perform with his band while opening for FRENCH MAIDE one night.

With the two new faces and fresh input, the band began to develop more of a metallic sound as they headed into a more melodic heavy metal direction similar to Leatherwolf, Riot or Fifth Angel. With this evolution, the local crowds grew larger and the band extended their playing area to Pittsburgh, Cleveland and Buffalo opening for national acts such as Quiet Riot, Peter Criss (KISS), Kix, Widowmaker (Dee Snyder), Great White, and their local brothers Dirty Looks.

In 1994 FRENCH MAIDE released their full length ‘THE RAT’ on their own label Small Handgun Records. After its release, the band struggled to keep the same lineup. However, Moffatt, Mankoski, Szoszorek tried to keep the band alive throughout the following years, around 2012/13 the three finally decided to part ways and lay the Maide to rest.

credits

released November 1, 2019

French Maide- The Rat
Originallyproduced by: French Maide
Recording Engineered by: Marty Coe
Mixed by Marty Coe With Todd Szoszorek, Dana Williams, and Mike Deaux
Recorded and Mixed at TRS Audio, Erie PA
Originally mastered by Marty Coe

French Maide- Maide in America
Originally produced by: French Maide, Greg James & Tom Gagen
Engineered by: Greg James & Tom Gagen
Recorded at: Clockwerke Sound Studio

2019 executive producers J. Golden & G. Shafer
Remastered by Jamie King
Cover art and logo design by Steven Cobb
Layout design by Chris Fergusen

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Track Name: I Know
I Know
Music: T. Szoszorek, M. Deaux
Lyrics: M. Deaux

Intro: M. Deaux
Sorrowful moments in a smoldering void
Whiskey lips, whispering
You’ve lied, You’ve died
You’ve lied, You’ve died

Wrapped up loosely in a hell-strung vice
Grave shift victim
You’re a human sacrifice

I know where you’ve been
I know you can’t see
I know where you’ve been
Won’t you release me
Won’t you let me go
Let me go

Visions that you have from the wishing well
All you left behind was a note from hell
Note from hell
Straight from hell

Things are getting better now
I’m on my own
Die you fuckin’ bitch you
Leave me alone

I know where you’ve been
I know you can’t see
I know where you’ve been
Won’t you release me
Won’t you let me go
Let me go

I know where you’ve been
I know you can’t see
I know where you’ve been
Won’t you release me (2x)
Track Name: Silent Anger
Silent Anger
Music: T. Szoszorek
Lyrics: T. Mankoski

Feel the silence as the walls come closing in
Hear the sounds as you make that final sin
Ya know it’s true- so true
And the silence never ends

All this anger pounding in my head
Life goes on and on wishing I was dead
It’s so unreal- unreal
And the silence never ends

Muscles pounding brain begins to bleed
Mind takes over emotions start to lead
The execution- execution
And the silence never ends

You can’t touch it
You can’t feel it
You can’t taste it
It’s not real

Silent anger

Feel the silence as the walls close in on you
Hear the sound as you play that same old tune
You know it’s true- so true
And the silence never ends
Never ends
Track Name: Crime Reaction
Crime Reaction
Music: T. Mankoski, D, Williams
Lyrics: T. Mankoski

Streets are fighting
Children dyin’
You’ve taken this world
And you’ve thrown it all away
What they’re buying
Mothers cryin’
What the hell are we gonna have to do

The time has come it’s not to late
To solve the problems that you made

Just a crime reaction (4x)

Forced to hunger
Millions struggle
There’s no way out and no escape
No one hears you
No one to care
They take their dollars
But there’s not enough to share

They throw their bullshit in our face
Exterminate the human race

Just a crime reaction (4x)

You’re finding out it’s no mistake
Ignoring the answers we must take
You’re holding out what’s left to do
No more lies it must be true

No one hears you
No one to care
They take their dollars
But there’s not enough to share

They throw their bullshit in our face
Exterminate the human race

Just a crime reaction (8x)
Track Name: The Mission
The Mission
Music: T. Szoszorek
Lyrics: T. Mankoski

Try to answer questions boggling my mind
Break free from memories
That’ll soon be hard to find
Never will have my freedom
There’s never enough time
I’ve got to find the passage
Get me through this rhyme

They’re knocking down my door
“The Mission”
They’re coming back for more
The day will soon be coming
“The Mission”
They’ll take me back to hell

Can’t understand their reasons
For keeping me from life
Boxed up like an object
That has no use for time
A slave to their misfortune
It was done to justify
They’ll never see no secret
To commit the perfect crime

They’re knocking down my door
“The Mission”
They’re coming back for more
The day will soon be coming
“The Mission”
They’ll take me back to hell

They’re getting close here they come
Faster than the speed of light
I’ve got to run it’s over now
Be doomed or take my own life
Hope is gone they got me know
Taking me down you know
Coming fast- oh no! They’re taking me back to hell

Didn’t mean to murder didn’t mean to kill
Just misunderstanding
That pushed me down that hill
I’ve got to keep my sanity
They’ll break me even more
They finally got a hold of me
To settle their last score

They’re knocking down my door
“The Mission”
They’re coming back for more
The final day has come now
“The Mission”
They’re taking me back to hell
Track Name: Wretched
Wretched

Music: T. Szoszorek, M. Deaux
Lyrics: T. Mankoski

Solo: T. Szoszorek

Oh you, you’re mind is criminal
So true you’re mind’s diseased
You’ve taken this life and you’ve thrown it away
Thinkin’ of no one but your own damn needs
I’ve tried and I’ve tried but I guess it’s no use
Leave me alone I can’t take this abuse

Cause you’re the wretched kind
Wel give me piece of mind
Oh you’re the wretched kind
Well give me piece of mind (2x)

Someday maybe you will see
That unkind is all you’ll ever be
Cheating and lyin’ seems to be your best trait
You’re heart is only filled with bitter hate
I’ve opened my eyes think you see it too
The best fuckin’ thing is get away from you!

Cause you’re the wretched kind
Wel give me piece of mind
Oh you’re the wretched kind
Well give me piece of mind (2x)
Track Name: The Rat
The Rat

Music: T. Szoszorek
Lyrics: T. Mankoski

Well he eats, spits, and swallows
All the mice that he sees
Thinks he’s a killing machine
Taking no shit he’s the king cheese
But we all know that line

“The Rat”

Making believe just to shatter your dreams
He’s the fortune killer
Force you to please just to satisfy his need
To be the pain infliction

“The Rat”

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