The Ballad of Captain America's Disapproving Face

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lyrics

The Ballad of Captain America's Disapproving Face
By Catt Kingsgrave

Yesterday in New York City, Dr. Richards made a call,
Through the trans-dimensional portal he'd just finished down the hall.
But the charges were accepted by an ancient, alien beast
And its army – the Avengers were not pleased, to say the least.
If you can't tell the Captain what you're doing, Richards
Your plan has probably got a deadly fault,
No, if you can't tell the Captain what you're up to, maybe
You shouldn't get up to it at all!


Now it wasn't long ago that Iron Man took up a cause,
To enforce a kind of order, make the super-powered pause
So he compromised his ethics and his honor and his friends
Till he won! But what he lost just wasn't worth it in the end
So if you can't tell the Captain what you're up to, Tony
It won't be only him that looks appalled.
No, if you can't tell the Captain what you're planning, genius
You shouldn't plan to do the thing at all.


But it isn't just the Futurists who need some common sense
For SHIELD has screwed its share of pooches without recompense.
In the name of world security a man must sometimes lie
But it isn't just integrity that winds up compromised.
If you can't tell the Captain what you're up to, Fury,
You won't like how the chips are gonna fall
Cause if you can't tell the Captain what you're meddling with
You shouldn't meddle with it at all.

(Kazoo bridge -- Star Spangled Man)

Now I won't say Cap's infallible, or that he's always right
He's temperamental, judgey, and dear God, the man's uptight
But that conscience is a litmus test, his ethics sure and sound
So just meet his eye and own your shit, or put that shovel down.
Cause if you can't tell the Captain what you're up to, People
You probably wanna make a different call.
No, if you can't tell the Captain what you're messing with
You probably oughtn't mess with it at all


If you can't tell the Captain what you're up to, Agents...
(Purge the file and leave no trace!
Here comes the Captain's frowny face!)

No, if you can't tell the Captain what you're up to, Heroes...
(Guilty? Anxious? Feel like hell?
Better get ready with a memory spell!)

If you can't tell the Captain what you're up to, People...
(Thinking twice is such a bore!
That's what Captain America's for!)

If you can't tell the Captain what you're damn well up to
Then don't damn well get up to it at all!
Dig!

credits

from Pretty in Scarlet, released November 18, 2014
written by Catt Kingsgrave

Catt Kingsgrave: vocals, bass, kazoo
Adam Fromm: guitar, vocals
Ken Ernstein: vocals
Michelle Gore: vocals
Andrea Medaris: vocals

inspired by "Lizzie Borden" by Michael Brown
"Star Spangled Man with a Plan" by Alan Menken and David Zippel

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