Back to Basics

by Pro Patria

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1.
Hit me, that's what you do Kick me, you love it too You call me stupid, You call me stupid But you can do better There comes a time, when nothing's left Consumed, my mind is dead I'm no more use to you, no more use to you Like a toy, without regret I'm cold, it's raining on Abandoned, everyone's gone There is a way out, there is a way out No more fear I am stronger than you Time lingers on I woke up, you haven't won You called me stupid, you called me stupid But I can do better Every bruise became a shield Every scar, I'll never yield You're no more use to me, you're no more use to me You were a toy, I have no regret See who's laughing now You're abandoned anyhow There is a way out, there is a way out No more fear I am stronger than you
2.
Raving on Saying that you are the chosen, when its purpose is to kill Or to keep us in submission, you've a duty to fulfil To your autocratic master no-one else has ever seen Based on obsolescent word of which their writer's never been Raving on Now, who are you to judge my actions I'm the product of just me For your divine infractions Don't tell me how to be You order me repentance But why should I do that For your divine's acceptance I'll never bow my head And you bow Throw me into the fire Your universe will die I won't obey your desire I choose fire Lead me into your slaughter Show me everything you've got I won't obey your desire I choose fire People keep your head down But hey, I'm not your toy No time for useless grovelling One life to enjoy You rule by conditioning But I've got a free mind Will not believe your fiction I'm one of a kind Now, who are you to judge my actions I'm the product of just me For your divine infractions Don't tell me how to be You order me repentance But why should I do that For your divine's acceptance I'll never bow my head Throw me into the fire Your universe will die I won't obey your desire I choose fire Lead me into your slaughter Show me everything you've got I won't obey your desire I choose fire
3.
Black and bitter sweet, Everything's sliding into place and I feel cold and yet elated, when you blush the colour of wine, It's so divine You're chasing me, you're haunting me It's so divine You're chasing me, you're haunting me It's so divine Strip me down, I love it Tear your gown, I need it Possess me, I want it Take me or lust it Strip me down, I love it Tear your gown, I need it Possess me, I want it Take me, you lust it The fire in your eyes I smell your tantalising scent My mortal soul suddenly dies You cover words that weren't mine It's so divine You're chasing me, you're haunting me It's so divine You're chasing me, you're haunting me It's so divine
4.
Hit that body Governments crawl Hands are greedy No voice at all We hit the street We face the wall Soldiers beat the innocent Never back down, never ever back down There's nothing left Religious crap and Eurocrats We hit the street We face the wall Soldiers beat the innocent Never back down, never ever back down Hit that body We take control Politics's boggy Dismiss them all We hit the street We face the wall Soldiers beat the innocent Never back down, never ever back down That's all that's left for us to do The nation's best We hit the street We face the wall Soldiers beat the innocent Never back down, never ever back down
5.
Darkness where I see light Shadows appear so shiny One million dollars wasted, as if that still matters now A deeper voice is calling, still begging with remorse Your god will never save you, while all your veins are cut This life is not enough This world will not sustain you It's not enough This is the time Overlooking devastation No more room for sorrow, for the kings of creation We have to keep on growing At least that's what they say Though markets still exhilarate, there'll no more be tomorrow This life is not enough This world will not sustain you It's not enough
6.
Boy on top of the world, thinks his time's spent The anguish down below seems so far Yearning for relief, the light is calling A hard decision made, only silence Go to sleep And there's no god Go to sleep And there's no light Go to sleep Life's dominion Go to sleep The end in sight Boy in state of dream, his hand is shaking Brings it to his mouth, contains the solution Won't be too long now, everything's organised His mind is drifting off, the eyes are closed Go to sleep And there's no god Go to sleep And there's no light Go to sleep Life'd dominion Go to sleep The end in sight Suddenly awake, something odd's going on Wished he weren't back, so confused The options are still the same, each is undesirable But two brown eyes appear and all is clear Go to sleep There's still no god Go to sleep But there's a light Go to sleep Life's dominion Go to sleep No end in sight
7.
Dark's ahead We don't know it yet We think we're tough But will regret One million likes Fur coat impearled Not realise this is the end The end of the world The end of the world The end of a dream The end of the world We'll not redeem Dumb and blind What money buys Too many people Means our demise One million likes Fur coat impearled Not realise this is the end The end of the world The end of the world The end of a dream The end of the world We'll not redeem We know how to die But not how to last We're parasites That nature will blast One million likes Fur coat impearled Not realise this is the end The end of the world The end of the world The end of a dream The end of the world We'll not redeem
8.
The vampire girl with her lovely black eyes She puts a spell on me and a scary surprise She does... I try to escape but attraction's too strong Cannot resist her gaze, in her arms I belong She does... The freezing dark gets a grip of my heart But I feel no pain as she rips it apart She does... I want to cry but she says its fine With a dream of blood running down my spine She bites... She bites The vampire girl with her lovely black hair She takes me by the hand and I feel no despair She does... Her touch is soft and her mouth is wet She gives a kiss so warm and I feel no regret She does... I know it's sin but I'm loving it Caressing her white flesh right down her split She does... The tension burns but the price is high She's sucking out my life with a delicate sigh She bites... She bites I'm begging her I'm on my knees Regret's too late Damnation's fate She bites The vampire girl with her lovely black eyes The vampire girl with her lovely black hair
9.
I wish that it were so easy My head is spinning like and endless wheel A million times, tension building, things aren't real A sound, echoes of a distant past Reminding me that I will end last I've heard it all before So loud, my eardrum's being sore How about you listening for a change, you the one who's being strange? Imagine that you're living, that you're living in a cage Down, right on my knees How many times have I asked you please? Thoughts are like a house of cards Blow and I will fall apart But why would you care? Isn't everyone being fair? The dark side offers no relief Depending on benevolence, not belonging to prevalence But you listening for a change, you the one who's being strange? Imagine that you're living, that you're living in a cage That you're living in a cage How about you listening for a change, you the one who's being strange? Imagine that you're living, that you're living in a cage
10.
It's in your body, it's in your soul Panic lasts, you lose control Shiver strikes, it slips away It's always blinding Belief has faded far beyond the natural limits, just what you want Your reason for life has disappeared You can only die in passion You will believe You will release Your only mind Come back to me Don't fall behind the limits of your own creation You just pray for salvation Count the days, there's no end The wound goes deep, through your hands Your look is glazed, there's no reality Your faith is just formality You dare to go back to temptation, don't take that But you're weak you can't resist You're a slave, addicted You will believe You will release Your only mind Come back to me Don't fall behind the limits of your own creation You just pray for salvation

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Exactly 20 years after "Quod Erat Demonstrandum", Pro Patria is proud to release "Back to Basics", which was a daunting task after such a long inactivity. For this reason Peter went back to his roots (“Back to Basics”), to the era in which he had developed the real Pro Patria sound and he wondered how Pro Patria would have evolved if the band had continued to exist over the last 20 years. Building on the same, somewhat bombastic concept, the sound became harsher, more direct. Even though the old themes are still present, such as a healthy mind and a strong aversion against fascism and religion, concern about the environment, overpopulation and a world dominated by fashion and social media also set the tone. Surprisingly, or perhaps not, “Back to Basics” has turned out to be a much more personal album, largely inspired by the extremely dark period Peter had to go through.

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released December 5, 2017

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Pro Patria Canossa, Italy

Belgian origin Pro Patria was founded in 1988 by Peter V. (aka PVC). Out of the collaboration with CCP arose "Quod Erat Demonstrandum" in 1997. Unfortunately, CCP faced bankruptcy and personal trouble meant the end.
In 2017 Peter was invited to play at the Familientreffen festival, which motivated him to produce "Back to Basics". In 2019 Pro Patria released its 3rd full album "Executioner".
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