The Rat

by FRENCH MAIDE

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1.
I Know 05:24
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)
2.
Silent Anger 05:00
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
3.
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)
4.
To You 02:17
5.
The Mission 02:01
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
6.
Deception 04:54
7.
Wretched 04:43
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)
8.
The Rat 04:09
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”

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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