Made To Break / Four Hours

by Paper Rifles

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"But these are human beings, unarmed civilians, sir" - Hugh Thompson Jr.

Recorded in Edinburgh at 21Seven on the afternoon of the 14th October, 2014.

Music and lyrics by Paper Rifles (except the chorus to Four Hours which owes more than a little to the dehumanising process of late twentieth century US Army training and a certain film by Stanley Kubrick, and some magic from the hands of James Johnson in Made To Break).

Twitter @PaperRifles

Artwork and layout by Andrew Bastow.

Released through Anti-Manifesto.


released November 12, 2014




Paper Rifles Edinburgh, UK


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Track Name: Made To Break
Set eyes ahead and hear the roll call through
Six months at sea will bring the worst out in you

Uneven roll of deepest water in the dark
Is siren call to pierce the hardest of our hearts

There's a body stowed inside
With no judge or law in sight
The rules out here are made to break

Save your lover
Save your soul
Our lungs recover all the breaths we stole
Track Name: Four Hours
Four hours gone
We're not the only ones
Who crave the kick of white hot lead
To lay the bastards down
Under a reddening sun

We justify the oldest crimes through orders passed on down the line

Four years on
The iron of my youth is gone
My limbs shake in imitation of
The fear and hate we sowed
Under that reddening sun

The night hours cannot bring relief to those who live in fear of sleep

If I die in a combat zone
Box me up and ship me home
Pin my medals to my chest
Tell my girl I did my best
I asked no questions and bought a lie
And when all this is over I will sing my heart out