Engage

by The System Drive

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Engage is the debut, full-length studio album from the Boston Hard Rock Trio, The System Drive.

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released December 20, 2018

Mario Passi: Lyrics, Vocals, Guitar
Mark Podgurski: Drums
Jaime Llanes: Bass
Gino Caira: Additional Guitar on Learn How To Fall, State of the Union, Tugboat, What I'd Like and The Flow
Carolyn Blake: Piano on What I'd Like

Produced by Dave Westner and The System Drive
at Woolly Mammoth Sound in Waltham, MA. Logo design by Bart Gold.
©2018 The System Drive

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The System Drive is the newest hard-hitting, original rock band from suburban Boston, featuring Mario Passi, Jaime Llanes and Mark Podgurski.

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Track Name: Engage
Engage - Lyrics - The System Drive - © 2018

Meet the man with the crooked face
He doesn’t have any class or grace
He doesn’t care about human race
He’s leader, unpatriotic and base

Ring leader in a world of crime
as masses fall behind
Drain the swamp just to fill it with slime
wanting us to believe this is a better time

I’m speaking out of mind
Thinking ‘bout a different time
I don’t want the world, to fall behind
I should just listen to my gut
Maybe I should just pack it up,
but I feel the rage, and I must engage

Gunmen fire off the rounds
School children hit the ground
Muffled screams are the only sound,
which fear and blood help to compound
They say where living in a dying time
I want to change that state of mind
But I believe that’s hard to see,
in our current state of reality

I’m speaking out of mind
Thinking ‘bout a different time
I don’t want the world, to fall behind
I should just listen to my gut
Maybe I should just pack it up,
but I feel the rage, and I must engage
Track Name: Learn How To Fall
Learn How To Fall - Lyrics - The System Drive - © 2018

Every new day is a new experience,
when you wake up from the haze
Every day we ponder our existence,
living up to how it must it appraise

If you’re smart, you can learn how to roll with it all
On your rise, you must learn how to fall.

Every set back is a learning experience
Knowledge can spark but fade in coals
If you're strong and you use perseverance,
you can find a way to reach your goal

If you’re smart, you can learn how to roll with it all
If you're quick, you should learn how to run with the ball
On your, rise you must learn how to fall


If you’re smart, you can learn how to roll with it all
And if you're quick, you should learn how to run with the ball
And if you’re wise, you must know how to make the call
On your rise you must learn how to fall
Track Name: State of the Union
State of the Union - Lyrics - The System Drive - © 2018

Make it easier
Make it breezy, care-free
Make it everything I want it to be
Make it up, make it down
Maybe we can turn it all around,
and perhaps we can build something concrete

It’s the state of mind,
in a state of confusion, ah
We’ve all gone blind

If the consciousness were easy to see,
it would provide the things want and need
There’d be in’s, there’d be outs,
and we could turn the inside out,
and take it to a higher degree

It’s the state of the caste,
in a state of collusion, ah
Mistakes of the past
State of the union!

State of the union! State of the union!
State of the union! Face to face!

It’s the state of mind,
with a fatal conclusion, ah!
We’ve all gone blind!
State of the union!

State of the union! State of the union!
State of the union! Face to face!
Track Name: String Pop
String Pop - Lyrics - The System Drive - © 2018

Come on, stand up, everybody shake your pants
Shake’n it to The System baby, makin’ you wanna dance
Everybody is done with work, coming out to see the band
The night is young, so let’s have some fun.
The System’s in command

Put your fears behind you, take yourself a chance
We might not see tomorrow so let’s light it up!

Let me hear your strings pop
The situation’s too hot
Sometime the music don’t stop
Sometime the music drive me crazy

Take me to the movies, take me to a show
let’s all join together now, step up to the front row
It’s a big ‘ol crazy world, let’s make our time here count!
Spend some time to party, there’s no limited amount

Just pull yourself together, snap out of your trance
There's no time for surrender, so let’s light it up!

Let me hear the strings pop
The situation’s too hot, baby
Sometime the music don’t stop
Sometime the music makes me crazy

So just put your fears behind you, take yourself a chance
We might not see tomorrow so let’s light it up!

Let me hear the strings pop
The situation’s too hot, baby
Sometime the music don’t stop
Sometime the music makes me crazy

String pop!
The situation’s too hot
Sometime the music don’t stop
Sometime the music drives me crazy

String pop!
Let me hear your strings pop!
Let me hear your strings pop!
Strings pop!
Track Name: Tugboat
Tugboat - Lyrics - The System Drive - © 2018

Here we go!

Tugboat crashing through the trees,
I seek the kingpin higher than my stork
I kiss the birds, I touch the bees,
I think I hear a jingling, pop the cork

When that wave came crashing to the ground,
it made a pretty dreadful sound
Up the fjord and through the trees,
compass bearing, lost degrees

Tugboat, tugboat! Tugboat, tugboat!
Tugboat, tugboat! Tugboat, tugboat!

Tugboat rolling in the wave,
taken by the Arctic Lions Mane
Pushing past that primal beast,
louder than a raging hurricane

I pray the earth my soul to take,
as the breaker starts to break
Suddenly we’re bottoms up,
careful now, don’t tip the cup!

Tugboat, tugboat! Tugboat, tugboat!
Tugboat, tugboat! Tugboat, tugboat!

As the wave came crashing to the ground,
it made a pretty frightful sound
Up the fjord and through the trees,
compass bearing, lost degrees

Tugboat crashing through the trees,
I seek the kingpin higher than my stork
I kiss the birds, I touch the bees,
I think I hear a jingling, pop the cork

Tugboat, tugboat! Tugboat, tugboat!
Tugboat, tugboat! Tugboat, tugboat!
Track Name: No Signal
No Signal - Lyrics - The System Drive - © 2018

It’s a plan come together, like sun and the weather
It’s the tide that ebbs and flows
It’s a face on a mountain, it’s a dip in the fountain
It’s the way the story goes

It’s life on a freeway, no signal, no leeway
It’s the road that no one knows
It’s loss, it’s survival, in the latest revival
A little voice when you’re alone

Wake up smell the roses, out the gate before it closes
It’s lines of poetry and prose
If your not sure this was a good plan, stop, drop and roll man
Take nothing with you when you go

There’s no such thing as working part time, when you’re trying to make it to the big time, and it’s better if you know
There’s cost, there’s denial in the latest revival,
it’s the way the story goes

Oh, oh, oh, things change

Stop! Change the program, this is how things are gonna go man.
It’s the way the river flows
Try to take it when it’s easy, learn to fly when it’s breezy
Try to keep it in control

You can spend your money on a big car, if it makes you feel like a rock star, can’t take it with you when you go
There's cost, there's denial in the latest revival
A little voice when you’re alone

Oh, oh, oh, things change
Track Name: What I'd Like
Engage - Lyrics - The System Drive - © 2018

What I'd like is a world where we all belong,
no need to prove each other wrong
What I'd like is for everyone to get along,
by the end of this song
What I’d like is instead of trying to build a wall,
we could get the problem solved
What I’d like is for everyone to know the facts,
before turning our backs

I don't think this is funny,
I don't have the time or the money for that, no
The state of the world isn't pretty,
I don't got the cash or the kitty for that, no

M.Passi Solo

What I’d like is if the children were not afraid,
just hold onto them tight
What I’d like is if the people in control,
could just make us feel all right
What I’d like is for bands all to all make good money,
even when they don’t have a draw, aww
What I’d like is if everyone could all smoke pot,
without breaking any law

I don't think this is funny,
I don't have the time or the money for that, no
State of the world is a pity,
ain't got the cash or the kitty for that, no

G. Caira Solo

What I'd like is a world where we all belong,
no need to prove each other wrong
What I'd like is for everyone to prove me wrong,
by the end of this song.

I don't think this is funny,
I don't have the time or the money for that, no
State of the world is a pity,
ain't got the cash or the kitty for that, no!

That’s what I’d like
Track Name: The Flow
The Flow - Lyrics - The System Drive - © 2018

Gonna take a walk down to the river,
that’s where I go to let my troubles free
Gonna let my cares go in the river
Gonna let it take them down the stream,
out to the sea

Gonna put my boat out on the river
Gonna let it sail into my dream
Gonna let it take me down the river
Gonna let it take me down the stream
Out to the sea, baby
Out to the sea now, mama

Go on down the river with the flow
Go on to relax, then let it go
Let the river wash my dirty soul
Let the mighty river take control, yeah yeah

Spending’ all your time trying to get by,
might just serve its purpose if you don’t die
I wish I had known a little sooner,
following the river makes it smoother


Go on down the river with the flow
Take yourself a breath, then let it go
Let the current take you as it goes
Let the mighty river take control

Go on down the river with the flow
Go on to relax and let it go
Let the river wash my dirty soul
Let the mighty river take control

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