The Defending Champions

4 albums

It’s hard to pinpoint just when the seven musical titans that now form The Defending Champions became a band. If you’ve ever listened to their music, you might think that they are telepathic septuplets, born to play each note you are hearing, chosen to lead a legendary convention of life-loving citizens. In truth, they are a bunch of friends who have been connected through the years by an overwhelming desire to write solid music and entertain the hell out of people. Sometime in the year 2007, Matt Ryan and Dean Nevolis, after having been in the same band together since puberty, dissembled their childhood group and joined forces with longtime band-mate, saxophonist Matthew Schoenebaum. Together with drummer Shawn Fichtner, bassist Eric Swiontkowski, trumpeter Jovan Alvarez, and percussionist Dave DeRiso, they form The Defending Champions.
Composing with their ears bent to the righteous stylings of soul, ska and gypsy music, and held fast by rock’n’roll, the band is allowed enormous room to impact all those ready to dance and be captivated. They’ve been enjoyed throughout the Tri-State area: performing at such venues as Musikfest in Bethlehem, PA, Maxwell’s, Kenny’s Castaways, Crash Mansion, and Rockwood Music Hall. Announced by Jersey Rock Review as “…what is needed in popular music today,” and, in their own words, writing music “intended for the mobilization of the human,” The Defending Champions are what you’ve wanted to hear but didn’t know was sonically possible: better music for the best life.

Music

28 songs
Song
Length
Actions
1
Flow-Nace Flow-Nace
03:05

Lyrics:

I know your sneaky, yes you think your smooth, I know you like it, you really do. You make your moves and you let it play but your not the only one in this game. It’s all part of, your master plan. You’re breaking him down, till he’s half the man. I know your sneaky yes you think you’re cool, lets take a moment and think this through, you make your moves and you let it play but you’re not the only one in this game. It’s all part of, your master plan. You’re breaking him down, till he’s half the man. You take two steps forward then one step back, you never think twice to keep it intact.
1
Flow-Nace (Instrumental)
Instrumental
03:05
2
03:17

Lyrics:

When you’re feeling kind of down and she turns it all around you’re a lucky man And when you’re having a bad day and she makes you feel okay you’re a lucky man And when you’re walking kind of lame and she makes you ...(incomprehensible) you’re a lucky man And when you start to act a fool and she helps you keep your cool you’re a lucky man Well I never meant to do you out No, ... (incomprehensible) you my love You know I’ve got to find a way I’ve got to find a way I’ve got to find a way, now honey I’ve got to find, got to find, got to find, got to find a way. When you’re feeling in the mood and she knows just what to do you’re a lucky man And when you’re feeling bobby D’s and she knows just how to please you’re a lucky man And when you’re holding. . . too tight and you know it just feels right you’re a lucky man And when push comes to shove she will never hold ... (incomprehensible) you’re a lucky man Well I never meant to do you out No, ... (incomprehensible) you my love You know I’ve got to find a way I’ve got to find a way I’ve got to find a way, now honey I’ve got to find, got to find, got to find, got to find a way.
1
Lucky Man (Instrumental)
Instrumental
03:17
3
Turning Back Breakfast Of...
04:22

Lyrics:

You turn your head then you walk away but I’m never turning back no, I’m never turning back I will not stop I won’t ever change for you or for anyone it’s hard to show restraint but ... (incomprehensible) but .... they couldn’t have less but ... without your life Your days are numbered you are done ... (incomprehensible) ... me and everyone we don’t need any guns ... You take control let you turn your back, on everything you work for and everything they lack You should feel ashamed but you feel nothing at all, so so damn cold inside ... (incomprehensible) but I, I hope you wake up to the ... (incomprehensible) Your days are numbered you are done ... (incomprehensible) ... me and everyone we don’t need any guns ...
1
Turning Back (Instrumental)
Instrumental
04:22
4
03:53

Lyrics:

I served you for years now I swallowed my plan ...(incomprehensible) I just can’t take this anymore ...(incomprehensible) I paid my dues to compensate for what you lack I just can’t take this anymore I can’t unfold this anymore I can’t unfold this any anymore anymore ...(incomprehensible) I’ve given my all Chew me up you spit me out You stood by and watched me fall I just can’t take this anymore I lost my pride now what else can I say ...(incomprehensible) I just can’t take this anymore I can’t unfold this anymore I can’t unfold this any anymore anymore
1
Anymore (Instrumental)
Instrumental
03:53
5
Step To The Man Breakfast Of...
04:07

Lyrics:

I’m finally through with you, my friend Our time is done You took me for all I had and now I’m on the run but I’m free, free from you yes, I’m free, free from you yes, I’m free, free from you yes, I’m free, free from you Well I’m like your freight train going to town With new knowledge and ... (incomprehensible) You can’t hold me down Don’t be scared stand up straight look at her face to face ... (incomprehensible) Stand up tall stand up proud don’t let it beat you down ...(incomprehensible) You were happy for so long but now your time is done ...(incomprehensible) Don’t be scared stand up straight look at her face to face ... (incomprehensible) Stand up tall stand up proud don’t let it beat you down ...(incomprehensible) Step out of line don’t look back If you decide to stay I might just die I might just die I might just die I might just die die, die, die So many times I let you control my fate I should have never let you win No more cheap tricks you can’t fool me twice I’ll never let you win. No, no Don’t be scared stand up straight look at her face to face ... (incomprehensible) Stand up tall stand up proud don’t let it beat you down ...(incomprehensible) Don’t be scared stand up straight look at her face to face ... (incomprehensible) Stand up tall stand up proud don’t let it beat you down ...(incomprehensible) Step out of line don’t look back If you decide to stay I might just die I might just die I might just die I might just die die, die, die, die
1
Step To The Man (Instrumental)
Instrumental
04:07
6
Beatstreet Breakfast Of...
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02:18

Lyrics:

INSTRUMENTAL
7
Candy Cane Breakfast Of...
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01:16

Lyrics:

INSTRUMENTAL
8
Relax A Little Breakfast Of...
04:45

Lyrics:

Red wine and sunshine has got me feeling nice I know it’s Sunday and I am okay with taking my own advice Conversation’s getting blurred I put my head into my hands ... all I know is this not so ... The whole world is coming undone but don’t to tie yourself a little bun ... (incomprehensible) I know it’s Sunday and I am okay with taking my own advice
1
Relax A Little (Instrumental)
Instrumental
04:45
9
03:42

Lyrics:

All that I can say and all that I can do is be in denial now to put it into you. I'll take it from my soul, I'll erase it from my past, and when you're dead and gone I will raise my glass. I've known you for so long, you've evaded my brain. And you're the reason why people call me insane. But you're days are numbered, they're coming to an end so I'm gonna celebrate because you're dead and say! Laa la la la la la laa La la la la la laa La la laa laa la la (x2) All that I can say and all that I can do is be in denial now to put it into you. I'll take it from my soul, I'll erase it from my past, and when you're dead and gone I will raise my glass and say! Laa la la la la la laa La la la la la laa La la laa laa la la (x2) You've known me for so long, you've evaded my brain. And you're the reason why people call me insane. But you're days are numbered, they're coming to an end so I'm gonna celebrate because you're dead and say! Laa la la la la la laa La la la la la laa La la laa laa la la (x2) It's been so long since I've been free! The time has come to let me be! It's been so long since I've been free! Laa la la la la la laa La la la la la laa La la laa laa la la (x2) They're coming from the East, they're coming from the West. The time has come, it's time for the test. It's been quite some time, but they're crawling back in, but I'll stop them, I will, they're doing to win! Laa la la la la la laa La la la la la laa La la laa laa la la (x4)
1
Raise My Glass (Instrumental)
Instrumental
03:42
2
Raise My Glass (Background Vocals)
Background Vocals
03:42
10
Bad Habit Don't Stop
03:33

Lyrics:

You make my situation harder each and every day. Twisting my arm you wanna come out and play. So much to say so much to do well it takes work to get over you because you're a bad motha lova it's the same old story… Chorus: You're a bad habit a bad habit a bad habit indeed, you're a bad habit a bad habit a bad habit so please. Taking your time eating away at me, the dangerous kinds are the ones you never see, cause you got to fight and you got to give and you got to grow if you want to live cause your a bad motha lova its the same old story. You want to come and play….oooo, this is what I say. We got a situation, nowhere to run to, nowhere to go Deano!!
1
Bad Habit (Instrumental)
Instrumental
03:33
11
Dangerous Ground Don't Stop
04:49

Lyrics:

I see you there, mysterious stare, don't look back, I can't look back. You're walking on, Dangerous ground. I can feel your stare, serious glare, I know oh yes I know, You're walkin on Dangerous Ground. You're nothing but trouble you're nothing but trouble you're nothing but trouble I say, You're nothing but trouble please stay. Time seems to stand still your grin gives me a thrill, don't look back I can't look back, your walking on Dangerous ground. She looks and picks her prey, and they, they have no say, I know. Oh yes I know you're walking on dangerous ground.
1
Dangerous Ground (Instrumental)
Instrumental
04:49
12
Don't Stop Don't Stop
04:38

Lyrics:

Keep it moving see things through there are people who depend on you, Don't Stop! Don't Stop…. You can run but you can't hide no apologies leave it all behind. Hey ey o ey ey oooo repeat When you feel it in your gut and know the beat is right your on a roll, Don't Stop! Don't stop… It might tuff but stay the course no apologies and no remorse don't stop, don't stop… Hey ey o ey ey oooo repeat
1
Don't Stop (Instrumental)
Instrumental
04:38
13
Down On Your Luck Don't Stop
04:37

Lyrics:

TIme are tuff but you'll make it. You're just down on your luck. You think it's all about you but… I can promise you its not, so muster up all your courage and give it all you got and when good fortune comes to you, you give to those who have not… Oh well you know that I, I know that you lie, oh I don't know… Anymore what to do what to say what to think I don't know… I don't know shut your mouth fall in line sit your ass on the floor, I don't know… Times are tuff but you'll make it, thats the game of life. You think its all about you but, you take a chance you roll the dice. So muster up all your courage and give it all you got and when good fortunate comes to you, you give to those who have not. Oh well you, you know that I, I know you lie, oh I don't know… Anymore what to do what to say what to think I don't know… I don't know shut your mouth fall in line sit your ass on the floor, I don't know
1
Down On Your Luck (Instrumental)
Instrumental
04:37
14
Listen In Don't Stop
03:53

Lyrics:

I'm just a simple man trying to get by, I work all day and sometimes all night and when I see these clowns scamming on the side it makes my blood boil deep down inside cmon. I cannot take much more of this, no no no, my patience is wearing thin yea yea yea, the situation's looking grim cmon son we need to all wake up, and listen in…Listen In….Listen in I'm just sitting back trying to relax but I can't get him off my back, I try to keep cool I try to keep calm but sometimes you just got to respond.
1
Listen In (Instrumental)
Instrumental
03:57
15
04:01

Lyrics:

You take your time you make a move you're creeping around you think you're smooth I know you, I know you. You play it cool you find your path next thing I know you're running fast I see you, I see you, I don't know if there's more that I can give you've got so much more life to live come on! I stop you once and turn around before I turn back you're out of town smiling, smiling. And as you run you look back waiting to see if I'll react you're laughing, you're laughing. Pre chorus: I don't know if theres more that I can give you got so much more life to live. Its alright you know you're ok so don't, don't be afraid. You look in front you look in back you look all around and you fall off track you're laughing, you're laughing. You're non stop on the go never got time to take it slow, movin, you're movin. Pre chorus: I don't know if theres more that I can give you got so much more life to live.
1
Movin (Instrumental)
Instrumental
04:01
16
You Make Me Feel Don't Stop
05:57

Lyrics:

He cares how he talks and he cares how he walks, she knows and she cares and she'll figure him out. It's always the same it will never change, no, no no. But talk is cheap and you got the need to dig deep. You make me feel ill on the inside… He makes his move and thinks that he's winning. But time will tell and he'll cower back into his shell. It's always the same it will never change, no. but talk is cheap and got the need to dig deep. You make me feel ill on the inside…but its ok. Time will expose you and you'll be shamed. He care how he talks and he cares how he walks, she knows and she cares and she'll figure him out… It's always the same it will never change, no! But talk is cheap and you got the need to dig deep.
1
You Make Me Feel (Instrumental)
Instrumental
05:57
17
Wreckless Legend (EXPLICIT LYRICS) Of The Legend Convention
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05:56

Lyrics:

Sometimes I lay at night and I just dream of you of oh how good you taste and all the things you do. They ask if I’m ok and I say I’m alright but deep down in me I’m just dying inside what did the doctor give he said I had a short time he charged a hundred dollars and said his final goodbyes so I said thank you doc suck my cock got in the car, hit the bar, said bartender give me the stiffest drink you have, then I threw back jack, threw back rum, hit the dance floor and had some fun, this is how I’m going out. Chorus: Hurry up I’ll buy this round cause I wont be around death is at my door hurry up lets have one more. Sometimes I lay at night and I’m still dreaming of you, I want you at all costs I’ve given my life to you. They say I’m out of luck they say I’m gonna die well then I guess I’ll see you on the other side, I said no rehab you can kiss my big fat ass the time for recovery has come and gone so I got in my car hit the gas found the road and drove real fast looking for the first bar my eyes could find then I threw back jack, threw back rum hit the dance floor had some fun, this is how I’m going out.
18
Plague On Your House Of The Legend Convention
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05:20

Lyrics:

You had your chance you (unknown) But then you fell and could not see I hope you look into your mind And what you see won’t compromise Everything you thought you stood for Turned out to be automized There comes a time to say enough It took so long to call your bluff But now we know your master plot You stole our money now your caught Everything you thought you stood for Turned out to be automized There’s blood on your hands, how do you sleep at night There’s blood on your hands can you tell wrong from right So a plague on your house A plague on your house Oh a plague on your house A plague on your A plague on your house You feed the rich and starve the poor And then the poor go fight your wars And you’ll be noble at a time But contends your biggest crime Everything you thought you stood for Turned out to be automized You scream to shot with all got And then you leave us there to rot I pay taxes I’m on the stress And all I ask is for progress Everything you thought you stood for Turned out to be automized There’s blood on your hands, how do you sleep at night There’s blood on your hands can you tell wrong from right So a plague on your house A plague on your house Oh a plague on your house A plague on your A plague on your house There’s blood on your hands, how do you sleep at night There’s blood on your hands can you tell wrong from right So a plague on your house A plague on your house Oh a plague on your house A plague on your A plague on your house

Lyrics:

Well you got that look creeping on your face It’s coming out your pores It’s all over the place and maybe Maybe I care just a little bit more Just a little at all You got the hot fever Hot fevers in you and you You got the money hunger It’s feeding on you You’re running out of time You got the devilish look creeping on your face You just build and build till you’re out of space And maybe, maybe I care just a little bit more Just a little at all You got the hot fever Hot fevers in you and you You got the money hunger It’s feeding on you You’re running out of time Well you’re all the same You got alien minds You just take and take until the day you die And all for nothing at all Just a waste of space And a waste of my time You got the hot fever Hot fevers in you and you You got the money hunger It’s feeding on you You’re running out of time Someone call the police I found your crook Their love and their money And everything they took And all for nothing at all Just a waste of space And a waste of my time You got the hot fever Hot fevers in you and you You got the money hunger It’s feeding on you You’re running out of time
1
Hot Fever (Instrumental)
Instrumental
04:22
20
03:40

Lyrics:

Oh no here we go again Another year of this His fact that I can’t win But something tells me I got to go My patience wearing thin And trust me this I know The other senses have got to stay To whatever else I try Such a good thing Get away And this is the battle deep inside To want to face the truth So I just run and hide I can’t wait I can’t wait I can’t wait till that day comes I can’t wait I can’t wait I can’t wait till that day comes Where I won’t feel the need to hide I can’t wait I can’t wait I can’t wait till that night comes I can’t wait I can’t wait I can’t wait till that night So I can sleep with a piece of mind I say I don’t care but it’s not true I’d be a liar if I said I never thought of you Some people say out of sight out of mind But I don’t think it’s true I wish I could just rewind Back to the days where we did not care Just me and you with no No worries this I swear I can’t wait I can’t wait I can’t wait till that day comes I can’t wait I can’t wait I can’t wait till that day comes Where I won’t feel the need to hide I can’t wait I can’t wait I can’t wait till that night comes I can’t wait I can’t wait I can’t wait till that night So I can sleep with a piece of mind
1
I Can't Wait (Instrumental)
Instrumental
03:40
21
Right Intentions Of The Legend Convention
More: Lyrics
04:16

Lyrics:

When you started with the right intentions You need an intervention You crossed the line You went to far Now your old it’s like a permanent scar And now you’ve become what you used to hate And I’m sorry that I never stopped you When you first began to lose control Now the pain has taken its toll on me And everyone When the pain become a cost We all lose sight of why we came hear to do See these too we’re all brothers, mother, and others Don’t let that pain blind you When the pain become a cost We all lose sight of why we came hear to do See these too we’re all brothers, mother, and others Don’t let that pain blind you When you started with the right intentions You need an intervention You crossed the line You went to far Now your old it’s like a permanent scar And now you’ve become what you used to hate And I’m sorry that I never stopped you When you first began to lose control Now the pain has taken its toll on me And everyone When the pain become a cost We all lose sight of why we came hear to do See these too we’re all brothers, mother, and others Don’t let that pain blind you When the pain become a cost We all lose sight of why we came hear to do See these too we’re all brothers, mother, and others Don’t let that pain blind you When the pain become a cost We all lose sight of why we came hear to do See these too we’re all brothers, mother, and others Don’t let that pain blind you When the pain become a cost We all lose sight of why we came hear to do See these too we’re all brothers, mother, and others Don’t let that pain blind you
22
Ode To The Working Girl Of The Legend Convention
05:11

Lyrics:

Sit back relax tonight is your night, night, night I’m not your wife there wont be a fight tonight, tonight Sit back relax tonight is your night, night, night I’m not your wife there wont be a fight tonight, tonight I’ve done this for years now And shed lots of tears now My body is worn and my heart is so torn But I’ll make you feel right tonight Mr. Mr. where are you going Was it something that I said I need your money, just say what you want Have you tried some of my head My head, head, head Time is running short I need a new plan plan plan Three mouths to feed And all with no man man man I’m not getting younger My face looks so old I’m getting real tired of swimming in my robe But I don’t have a choice As least as of now So come over here sir sit down Mr. Mr. where are you going Was it something that I said I need your money, just say what you want Have you tried some of my head A woman with company Is still oh so lonely A woman with company Is still oh so lonely Hey there sir have you tried some of my head Where are you going sir have you tried some of my head My head, my head, my head, my head My head, my head, my head, my head Mr. Mr. where are you going Was it something that I said I need your money, just say what you want Have you tried some of my head My head
1
Ode To The Working Girl (Instrumental)
Instrumental
05:11
23
Baby It's You (Burt Bacharach Cover - Master Rep) Of The Legend Convention
More: Lyrics
03:54

Lyrics:

It's not the way you smiled that touched my heart, It's not the way you kiss that tears me apart. Ooh oh many many, many nights go by, I sit alone at home and cry over you. What can I do? Can't help myself, 'Cause baby, it's you. Baby, it's you. You should hear what they say about you, They say, they say you never never never ever been true. Ooh oh it doesn't matter what they say, I know I'm gonna love you any old way. What can I do? and it's true. Don't want nobody, nobody, 'Cause baby, it's you. Baby, it's you (Repeat) Don't leave me all alone...
24
Say Goodbye To Me Of The Legend Convention
More: Lyrics
04:32

Lyrics:

Well I’ve been spending some time now thinking of you Thinking off all your wrongs and all that you do Well you got some imagination And this weird affixation on me You just feed off this drama You got to take it slow Take it easy Yeah we both done wrong Yeah we both done right And we both stood strong And we both put up a fight And now the time has come To say goodbye for now Yeah we both done wrong Yeah we both done right And we both stood strong And we both put up a fight And now the time has come To say goodbye Sometimes I think back to the day we first met Sometimes I think we both should have just stayed friends You need to take a step back And assess the situation Been there for you so many times And still no appreciation Yeah we both done wrong Yeah we both done right And we both stood strong And we both put up a fight And now the time has come To say goodbye for now Yeah we both done wrong Yeah we both done right And we both stood strong And we both put up a fight And now the time has come To say goodbye Say goodbye to me Please just set me free I can’t be your lover Say goodbye to me Please just set me free I will find another Say goodbye to me Please just set me free I can’t be your lover Say goodbye to me Please just set me free I will find another
25
You Sure Know How To Talk Of The Legend Convention
03:16

Lyrics:

You, you sure know how to talk You know just what to say and when But then the words come out your mouth And they don’t really make any sense You feel so right But you’re way off You might feel confident Head strong but you’re wrong You feel so right But you’re way off You might feel confident Head strong but you’re wrong You, You always think out loud You should be mindful of what you say The lack of substance in you words Is just another part in your game You feel so right But you’re way off You might feel confident Head strong but you’re wrong You feel so right But you’re way off You might feel confident Head strong but you’re wrong
1
You Sure Know How To Talk (Instrumental)
Instrumental
03:16

Lyrics:

We always picked up where we started And that’s just fine by me You do what your not suppose to When you think I can’t see And then you start getting mad And you started to beg So I gotta step back, step back, step back, step back Step back, step back and let you breath Sometimes you just keep going And you try to push me Sometimes it works sometimes it doesn’t So I just wait and see If you’re having a bad day And can’t find the words to say I know, I know, I know where you’re coming from At least I think I do understand you We always picked up where we started And that’s just fine by me You do what your not suppose to When you think I can’t see And then you start getting mad And you started to beg So I gotta step back, step back, step back, step back Step back, step back and let you breath Sometimes you just keep going And you try to push me Sometimes it works sometimes it doesn’t So I just wait and see If you’re having a bad day And can’t find the words to say I know, I know, I know where you’re coming from At least I think I do understand you
1
Jimmy (Instrumental)
Instrumental
04:01
27
05:55

Lyrics:

Well I was never one for crying Momma said son keep on trying I was never meant for lying I tell you the truth I still got things to do I got things to do If you’re in my way please step off I never have been one for that fake talk You got lots of things to do and say You don’t like it just move out of my way Cause I got things to do Well people ask me what are you doing You’re not making money playing that music Well I got a news flash fuck all the cash Money comes and goes and I don’t care Cause I got things to do And as for women I keep on trying But it’s hard to commit when you feel like flying Don’t me wrong I got lots of love But don’t plan my life cause then you’re out of luck Cause I got things to do
1
Things To Do (Instrumental)
Instrumental
05:55
28
Jesus Wants You To Dance Of The Legend Convention
03:15

Lyrics:

One time, two times Jesus wants you to dance One time, two times, three time, four times Jesus wants you to dance One time, two times Jesus wants you to dance One time, two times, three time, four times Jesus wants you to dance One time, two times Jesus wants you to dance One time, two times, three time, four times Jesus wants you to dance
1
Jesus Wants You To Dance (Instrumental)
Instrumental
03:16