Single Bullet Theory

by Pamela Means

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Award-winning album and my fifth independent release. Recorded in hometown, Milwaukee WI, with bad ass musicians who also happen to be women.

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released April 4, 2003

Produced by Pamela Means

Recorded by Kristian Riley at Bionic Studios, Milwaukee WI.
Mastered by Trevor Sadler at Mastermind, Milwaukee WI.

Photography: Liz Linder
Graphic Design: Deborah Wieder

All songs by Pamela Means, Phylorra Music BMI (except "Strange Fruit" by Lewis Allan, Music Sales Corp. Publishing ASCAP)

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"When PAMELA MEANS picks up her guitar and begins to sing, a listener doesn't forget her. She possesses musical attitude and purpose." 
- Steven Winters, WSHU Radio

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Track Name: Two Halves
TWO HALVES
by Pamela Means
tuning: CADGBE, full capo II, partial capo V


jersey troopers take a walk
high paid lawyers bargain talk
about the poison in the system
how they drank it down and became victims
today they overturned convictions
of louima's civil rights violations
by a gang of nypd's finest
who were really just thugs
with a penchant for violence
is that him walkin' now
ol' jim crow
comin' from all of them parties
WTF, WTO
he's a sharp dressed fella'
with a tight grip on the globe
has all the connections
to keep the high high
keep the low down low
keep the high high
keep the low down low
when i'm out there on the road
those traffic laws i do uphold
i don't need to be pulled over
by a big dick cop with a billy club boner
behind a badge and a loaded weapon
over time i've learned this lesson
though there are two halves of me
there's only one half they will see
though there are two halves of me
to a racist cop out on the beat
another black bitch is all i be
to a racist cop out on the beat
another black bitch is all i be
but, i be
yes, i be
Track Name: Augusta
AUGUSTA
by Pamela Means
tuning: CGDGCE, full capo II, partial capo VII


after the show i watched a show about earthquakes
predicting underground movement of the earth's plates
a tiny twig snaps then the branch breaks
the very same way the human heart aches
i sleep alone tonight up here in maine
but i've got a perfectly memorized view of your face
your right cheek where i watch your pulse race
one of your wonders that fascinates
your mother has been welcoming
she opened the door to your family
but the pain of rejection has a reach
even all the way from athens, greece
you were told to tell half your life
to keep your secret as a sacrifice
but you're the only one who is compromised
you're the only one with anguish in her eyes
the main difference between them and me
i love you for all you are yet to be
every fiber of your entire identity
you are my happiness you're inspiring
Track Name: Yours
YOURS
by Pamela Means
standard tuning, capo I


the moon in sagittarius
an early january what is to be with us
you fill my head with delight
embodiment of my desire
singing in my head quickening my breath
singing in my head quickening my breath
you better get it while you can
i'll be your woman or your man
whatever you want i hope am
you better get it while you can
i'll be your woman or your man
whatever you want i hope am
if this song is for one day
it's still yours
if this song is for one day
it's still yours
Track Name: The Devil's Henchmen
THE DEVIL'S HENCHMEN
by Pamela Means
standard tuning, capo I


hate on the trigger is a deafening sound
faggot nigger hit the ground
a day in the life of the great machine
men in hoods of white parade in the street
another mistrial after murdering
a black man
a black man

i don't think they're done
i don't think they're done
i don't think they're done
hangin' us by the neck

lynching comes in subtle flavor
drugs and guns and heavy labor
you might get parole or a Ph.D.
with selectively doled out opportunity
bought and sold for centuries
freedom comes but it ain't free

i don't think they're done
i don't think they're done
i don't think they're done
hangin' us by the neck
Track Name: Amen
AMEN
by Pamela Means
standard tuning, partial capo II


strategically planning in neckties and news briefs
self-appointed slackers spend their first day in fatigues
blue suits and brown skin shake hands and wear grins
photo-op for cnn in repetition will sink in our psyche

good vs. evil is the slogan we're selling
while secretly in silos phallic missiles are sitting
the fbi went back to school to smoke out mercenaries
racial profiling's cruel though sometimes necessary

agents in training are busy detaining those who fit the file
and exercise the right to hold you without charge without trial
saying where do you eat what do you study
where do sleep list all your buddies
we'll be watching you we'll be back to talk to you

there's two takes on one front one diluted for the masses
political propaganda implies we dominate the fascists
but the same story overseas says we better watch our asses
and divert some of that power to initiate some changes
for the benefit every future generation
somebody say amen
somebody say amen
Track Name: Mother's Day
instrumental
Track Name: Two Months Old
TWO MONTHS OLD
by Pamela Means
tuning: CGDGCD (somethin' like that)


she is wrapped up tight
in walking prose
and dark rimmed eyes
painting poems of eloquent phrases
leather band worn tied to her graces
shadows dress unmade walls
shoulders bare beneath palms
i am wrapped up tight
in walking prose
and her dark rimmed eyes
Track Name: Restless
RESTLESS
by Pamela Means
standard tuning, capo IV


sun go down in ohio
and i find you on my mind 500 miles
october words i know by heart
i remember curves brief in my arms

you are like open sky
i am like the sea
take me in every drop
and fall back into me

remember that time you said i was like smoke
breathing me in past your lips down your throat
it's a mighty current a persistent wave
the mark of your absence a restless ache

you are like open sky
i am like the sea
take me in every drop
and fall back into me
Track Name: O.D.
O.D.
by Pamela Means
standard tuning, capo IV


iraq iran

north korea try to stand

bush bin laden and saddam

each of them with dirty hands


meet dick cheney oil merchant

former head of halliburton

had an oil transport plan

a pipeline through afghanistan


then chairman cheney left the post

to join the george who lost the vote

now next in line he often quotes

whispering of ancient rome


the cause of economic toil

is disruption of the oil

greet the dawn of an american peace

a new world order century


we need more military bases

to force feed american faces

on each and every continent

with resources to complement

our addiction to affluence

and the whims of pretend presidents


the stage is set for a ruler to enter

stormtroopers will stop dissenters

rome did not negotiate

mapped the land and laid to waste

i am caesar i am george

my empire is well on course

well, of course


i got a fine penthouse in washington

kick back and watch the potomac run

patio's perched toward the setting sun

bought the oval office i am my daddy's son
bought the oval office i am my daddy's son
bought the oval office
Track Name: Strange Fruit
STRANGE FRUIT
by Lewis Allan
standard tuning, capo II


Southern trees bear a strange fruit,
Blood on the leaves and blood at the root,
Black bodies swinging in the southern breeze,
Strange fruit hanging from the poplar trees.

Pastoral scene of the gallant south,
The bulging eyes and the twisted mouth,
Scent of magnolias, sweet and fresh,
Then the sudden smell of burning flesh.

Here is fruit for the crows to pluck,
For the rain to gather, for the wind to suck,
For the sun to rot, for the trees to drop,
Here is a strange and bitter crop.
Track Name: Atoms
instrumental