Monday, 13 November 2017

Talking diabetes

VERSE
A
Eating sweets, too many berries
D
Not moving about - too sedentary
E
Docs given you bad news 
A
Diabetes

Its Sanskrit name describes the state you're in 
Madhumeha it means honey urine
You've eaten so many carbs
That you piss sugar

Ayurveda classifies foods by taste
Each performs an action and they're interlaced
If you indulge the sweet one
You guessed it: diabetes

CHORUS
A
So low
E
Sweetpeas we'll break
D
The back of this malevolent
E
Disease

So long
So free, now that
Now that you're unburdened
And unbound

VERSE
There are 20 types of diabetes
In 3 different sets with treatment based on opposites
What's the obvious one?
The bitter taste

All bitter foods have powerful actions
They're anti-inflammatory, antibacterial
Antiviral, anthelmintic
And alterative

E                                  A
Some big words there. Google them later.

One thing you'll notice in your Google result
Is how many treatments are made from leaves
Neem leaves, mango leaves, fig leaves, guava leaves
And many more

The sweeter the fruit, the better the leaves, the bitter the better

Add them in a soup, a stew or a chowder
Cook 'em in a tea, dry them for a powder
Eat the leaves
Leave the fruit

CHORUS

MIDDLE
D                                       A
Now the thing I want to leave you with
D                                       A
Apart from a love for leaves
D                                           E                            A
Is that the battle you face, is to reset your sense of taste

It takes discipline and deprivation
Become a stranger to the sugary sense
Don't be satisfied until you've tried, and

A          E        D          A
Carrots taste like a caramel
E        D          E           A
Water alone is deliciously sweet

Cocacola tastes horrible
You have no cravings for any treats

Suddenly you get back you sense of smell
And carrots taste like a caramel x3

(Optional extra verse)
The Ayurvedic treatment depends on the state you're in
Has diabetes made you thick or thin?
Do you need building up?
Or cleaning good

Yoga’s always good the sun salutation
For circulation from your head to your toes
Try the peacock pose
Good luck with that one

Doing bhujangasana every day
Will strengthen the stomach in a gentle way
And reinvigorate those
Dying digestive organs

And the more you socialize with friends
Who practice yoga and backward bends
It’s inevitable
You’ll see improvement


Friday, 20 October 2017

Mobile library

VERSE
C
Our story starts at the Macedonian border
F
Two volunteers, Ester and Laura
C
There’s a refugee camp here
Am
And in the toxic atmosphere
F
Their degrees in development
G
Didn’t seem relevant

The borders closed and no one knows
People got no place to go so
They get no relocation
Got no motivation
Not even access to books or communication
What could make them… smile?

CHORUS
Mobile library
Breaking through bureaucratic horseshit
Mobile library
Just solo and independent

VERSE
C
Fund raising got the girls a mini-van
F
Turned into a library with a handyman
C
Kitted it with Wifi and tables and chairs
Am
Donations arrived from Dubai
F
Supplies from Saudi Arabia
Am
Soon they had books in Farcy
F
French and Arabic
G
Urdu, English, Kurdish and Greek

Harry Potter helped Akmed disappear
Ali escaped with Agatha Christie
Malcolm Gladwell showed Hussan
How Little Things Can Make a Difference
While Mohammed was rejected, just sat in his chair
Until he read Slumdog Millionaire

Am
And when the snow was falling
C
The tents were freezing
F                                                           C
Dan Brown, kept people warm
Am
While Callon from Camaroon
F
Who’d come on foot to get there
G
Walked to Freedom with Nelson Mandela

It was a simple idea that people will never forget
Access to books and the internet
The van keeps moving can't settle down
They have to park outside the camps
Stopped by police, for disturbing the peace
There are no happy endings in the story of Greece

CHORUS
Mobile library
Rising above reality
Mobile library
Changing lives one book at a time, yeah

VERSE
(QUIET)
                 C
Only the cream of Syrian society
F
Could afford the fee of being refugees
C
Now doctors, pharmacists and lawyers
Am
Counting their cents
F
Living in tents
G
While smuggler’s kids get their homes as presents

(SLOW)
C
But there’s more irony when they land on the beach
F
€20,000 euros waiting for each
C
Not that it’s ever really meant for them
Am                  F                                  C
It’s there to pay for the entire system


(FAST)
C
And it’s the new Greek graduates
Am
Who get a lot of the revenue
F
Getting their breakthrough
Am
With the EU
F
You don’t hear anymore about the Greek crisis
G                                                     C
It’s been solved by Assad and Isis


Am
While the UN guys
F
Rent top of the range, four wheel drives
G
And who knows where the money for the NGOs goes!

CHORUS

OUTRO
Mobile library
Bordered bodies but minds free
Mobile sanctuary
Taking literature, literally

Mobile missionary
Independent, voluntary
Mobile emissary
Giving back, dignity

EXTRA:



To be fair they're just trying to fit in
In Thessaloniki they're all on the take
Even the elements give you no place to go
Incredible heat or freezing snow
And all they ever hear is people complaining
But everything's solved by double-glazing
It can be tough to get through another day
To make it from frappe to frappe

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

OK Plateau

VERSE
C
Well at last it has paid off
C
You've mastered the art
F
Of the world that once was closed to you
F
You've become a part

You put in the thousand of hours
Had the determination and drive
The sacrifices were worth it
Cos finally you've arrived

G                            G7
At the summit... but no no no... it's just

CHORUS
F                                   C
The OK Plateau, oh oh oh
F                             C
The OK Plateau, no no no

VERSE
As you've woken with awareness
And see a dusty world
But everyone's so friendly
They say settle down

But you've put in so much hard work
And you know you've more than them
So you redouble your efforts
To be better than these men

And reach the summit, but no no no.... you're stuck on

CHORUS

MIDDLE
Am
The plateau is so seductive
F
It sure offers a lot
Em
Regular folk look up to you
F
Wishing they had what you've got

So few can tell the difference
Between the great and merely good
And perhaps if you drink hard enough
G
Even you've misunderstood

F
And slowly slow

G                               G7
You can it let go.... soon all you know, know, know, is

CHORUS

Monday, 7 August 2017

Not as bad I used to be

(Cheesy country song for someone else)

VERSE
C
I know I get a little rowdy sometimes
Am
Have a few too many drinks
F                               C
And then I embarrass you

Shooting my mouth off
Tell it like it is
That’s just what I do

BRIDGE
C                                                Am
In your heart I know that you see
I’m not as bad I used to be

CHORUS
F
Take me as I am, do the best you can
G
Take home your man

VERSE
I know I make work
Leave a careless mess
I leave behind me only debris and stains

And I often forget to be kind
Don’t have your presence of mind
With a careless word I too often cause you pain

BRIDGE
But you know lately I’ve been more hit than miss
Remember I’ve done much worse than this

CHORUS

MIDDLE
So remember all the bad times
And how you got upset
Now they are just

BRIDGE
Everybody else can see
My friends are much worse than me

CHORUS


Monday, 20 June 2016

Do I need a dehydrator?

Do I need a dehydrator?
It's been playing on my mind
All that summer foods
Could last all year long

Do I need a dehydrator?
Can I buy it later?
Would my life be 
that much greater?

It's the flavour thrill
Vs my electricity bill

With a dehydrator
Preserving my food
Lifting my mood
With the taste of strawberry in the middle of winter

But do I need a dehydrator?
Would I really use her
Or would it sit next to my juicer
And get dusty

Do I need a dehydrator?
It sounds like such a great idea
But obviously my fear, is I use it once a year
And the rest of the time it stares at me

Would I hate my dehydrator?
Or take hours to prepare
And a long time to clean

Would it get stuck in my chest
And be difficult to digest

Friday, 12 February 2016

You're so vain

Your facebook profile picture
Is changing every day
You're always posing your eyes half closing
What is it you're trying to say?

BRIDGE
You're posting selfies all the time
It seems like nothing else
And in the morning refresh to see the likes
Refresh to see the likes, and

CHORUS
You're so vain
You probably think this song is about you
You're so vain
I bet you think this song is about you
Don't you? Don't you?

VERSE
I'm tired of hanging around with you
You only stare down at your phone
Changing your status or posting your face up
Why don't you stay at home?

BRIDGE
You've got over 1000 friends
But none of them are here
Neither are you, refresh to see the likes,
Refresh to see the likes

CHORUS x2

MIDDLE
Can you go for half an hour without a look?
Checking on the pictures in your ego book
What is it you're hoping to find down there?
Peace of mind or happiness

BRIDGE
You've got over 1000 friends
But none of them are real
Neither are you, refresh to see the likes,
Refresh to see the likes

CHORUS x2

Saturday, 9 May 2015

Not really

VERSE
C               Am                 F                                  G
Tired of living, with no purpose and having no plan
C               Am                 F                                  G
Tired of giving, the thoughts and the wasted time
F                                        G
Is this now a life that's mine?

CHORUS
C
Going out but not really up for it
Am
Going to eat but not really hungry
F
Making up but floating somewhere above
G
Making love but not really in love

Got to drink but not really going down
Asked to dance but not really in the mood
Asked a question to answer sincerely
Do you like me? Oh well no, not really

VERSE
Tired of living, up to what's expected of me
Tired of giving, away all the time that's mine
And pretend all the while it's fine

CHORUS
Acting up but not really up for it
Standing out but not really fitting in
Fitting in is not really satisfying
In the fight but not really alright

Going out but not really up for it
Going to eat but not really hungry
Asked a question to answer sincerely
Do you love me? Oh well no, not really

MIDDLE
C Am F G
Tired of lovers
Tired of friends
Tired of life
Tired mostly of myself

CHORUS

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Magnetic engine blues

VERSE
G                  Em                             C                                  D                G
We had this German guy come and stay with us through an ad on Workaway
He had many stories and one of them was about a magnetic engine he'd seen in a house near Munich
It was powering the whole house without any connection the mains
And he seemed a trustworthy guy with no reason to lie
But obviously if it works, then why isn't everyone using one?

CHORUS
I've got the magnetic engine, magnetic engine blues. I'm so confused
I've got the magnetic engine, magnetic engine blues

VERSE
I researched it more on the internet and watched many videos on youtube
And they seem very plausible but they're not perpetual of course
As Youtube is not perpetual yet
So I think probably the best idea is I buy some magnets from the local shop
And try to set up some sort of wheel or fan myslef and give it a go and then I'll know
Sometime, in the future, when I have time, until then

CHORUS

VERSE
Then if it really works I'll spread the news, quietly
Just to friends and family as I don't want to become well known
Because the energy and petroleum companies are paranoid and insecure
And can be extremely violent and I don't want to disappear
In something that looks like an accident but was obviously not

CHORUS

Saturday, 6 December 2014

You are the average

VERSE
Em - G - Am
Careful of the friends you have
Remember you can choose
You may not like their attitudes
But in time you'll share their views

Everything gets past around 
From attributes to vice
If you accept their company
You'll soon take their advice

BRIDGE
F  G
Oh man

CHORUS
C
You are the average
Am
Of the five people
F                                                     C
With whom you spend most of the time

You are the average
You only know what you've been taught
You think your culture's thoughts

VERSE
You look around the place you work
With an expression of disgust
At people who you'll never be 
There's no one you can trust

But take a look from a little bit up
You already look the same
You're blending in quite perfectly
You fit inside the frame
You fit inside the frame

BRIDGE + CHORUS

INSTRUMENTAL

VERSE
Even you ambitions
What you want from life
Can be enabled or destroyed
By your husband or your wife

Your friends can help you be a better person
Or lead you on the path to sin
You might think you can rise above it
But in time you will sink in
In time you will sink in

BRIDGE + CHORUS

Friday, 5 December 2014

All the time

VERSE
F                  Am
Now this is wasted 
                 Bf
How this is tasted
                        C
It just keeps pushing through
               F
All the time

Serving my senses
Jumping through fences
Building the hoops in
All the time

When I keep pouring
Nobody's scoring
What does it matter then?
All the time

All the time
All the time

CHORUS
Am                                    F
Now somebody ought to say
Am                      F
Something someday
C                           
To keep my head outta the ground

CHORUS (Same chords as verse)
Hearing the sound
Going around
Looping like nothing I've heard before

Caught by
Caught out
Caught like a dear in the headlights

Caught short
Caught dead
Caught up in the crossfire

REPEAT ONCE JUST FOR FUN


Monday, 1 December 2014

We flatter those we scarcely know, and scream at those who love us

VERSE
Praise pictures of people
Who died a long time ago
Hold up their exploits
Think they could do no wrong

CHORUS
While we curse we scream and we shout
At the people who love us

VERSE
Flatter the fleeting stranger
So they'll think the best of us
Show them only our best side
Treat them with the kindest grace

CHORUS

INSTRUMENTAL

VERSE
Celebrate the famous
The glittering life they lead
Hope one day to meet one
Have a story to tell

CHORUS

Are you the master of your mind?

VERSE
G
You can buy an education that's the envy of all
Become an economic mastermind know the workings of the world

BRIDGE
C                                              G
But can you breathe and only breathe
C                                              G
Yes can you breathe and only breathe

CHORUS
Em                                         G
What good is such a powerful force
Em                                                           G
If you can't still your mind and hold it on a course
C                           D
Are you the master of your mind?

VERSE
You could study the languages learn Sanskrit and Greek
Understand the ancient texts and find long forgotten techniques

BRIDGE + CHORUS

VERSE
Or a leader of the military with power over men
Put a country to the sword or show mercy upon them

BRIDGE + CHORUS

INSTRUMENTAL

VERSE
Or use your life as a politician and be an honest one at that
Make the world a better place or at least a part of it

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Worship them

VERSE
C+                                          C
Most of us choose who will be our life partner
                C+                          C
Based on how they make us feel

       Am+                   Am
But that is based upon many variable factors
   Am+               Am
So it isn't really real

CHORUS
F
Better choose someone with an auspicious nature
         G+                  C+
And then worship them

VERSE
First look at how they treat other people
Ignore how they treat you

Because how they treat you can change in an instant
If they change their point of view

CHORUS

VERSE
Find somebody who's pure in character
Not selfish or unkind

Find somebody who puts others first
Somebody with a balanced mind

CHORUS
And then, worship them

MIDDLE
Am                                 Em
And when you worship someone
Am                                 C
There qualities become yours

Am                           Em
So better worship someone
F                            G
Who's worth fighting for

VERSE
Most of us choose who will be our life partner
Based on how they make us feel

No wonder people break up all the time
And life is such an ordeal

CHORUS

VERSE
First look at how they treat other people
Ignore how they treat you

Because the way they talk about other people
Is one day how they'll talk about you

CHORUS

Amalfi coast

Capo 3rd

VERSE
G                                                C
Amalfi coast I've got my eye on you
I see you every day across the bay
You may have the curves and corners that all men dream about
But we still have the peace you've forever lost

CHORUS
Em
Yes, life is better
D#                   G
Here across the bay

INSTRUMENTAL

VERSE
Amalfi coast I see you lying there
Covered in only a thin and misty veil
And those disgusting tourists come and crawl over you
But I see you in the morning with your lines

CHORUS
Oh, life is better
Here across the bay

INSTRUMENTAL

VERSE
Amalfi coast I'm immune to your charms
Safe inside the real Italy
While you intoxicate them, with your sheer cliffs and views
And the unforgettable taste of your limoncello

Limoncello, limoncello, limoncello, limoncello
Limoncello, limoncello, limoncello, limoncello

VERSE
Amalfi coast you're built up and over crowded
You've become a victim of your own success
Amalfi coast it takes a lot to live on you it's true
Everybody's looking for an angle

At least there's one thing, that we have in common
We both hate Capri, we both hate Capri
Amalfi coast you think you have it all
But there's something here even you'd be jealous of

CHORUS
There's a stunning view
Of you



Sunday, 3 August 2014

Broken (Palestinian Child)

VERSE 1
Bright
Light then
It all went dark - for you

Then you see
Your family
Huddled together - your mother's broken

And there is the school where you won't cause trouble
There is your body buried under the rubble
And every bone - has been broken

BRIDGE
Palestinian child
Palestinian child
Palestinian child
Palestinian child

VERSE 2
Wondering what happened to them
That they'd become such violent men
Have their hearts - all been broken?

Your struggling hard to make sense of it all
As the bombs explode and the buildings fall
The whole city - is being broken

Who's Netanyahu? Why does he attack?
Who is Hamas and why does he fight back?
Why would a ceasefire - ever be broken?

CHORUS
Down in the valley of the cursed and damned
Who'll lead us through to the promised land
Whooooaaa
You are one
You are one

VERSE 3
Float away
From the fighting men
Across the wall - to Jerusalem

[See a people who've only known persecution
Their ancestors all killed by execution
But their spirit - never broken]

And then a missile goes flying by
Launched by your brother into the sky
It falls downwards - you can't stop it

You hover over the fire and smoke
Hear the women cry and the children choke
Then floating up you see an Israeli child

CHORUS
Down in the valley of the cursed and damned
Who'll lead us through to the promised land
Whooooaaa
You are one

Whooooaaa
You are one
You are one

Friday, 18 July 2014

Eve of destruction (updated)

VERSE
Fierce fighting as they're invading Gaza
Preventative action, right? Escalating further
The promised land, it's not for sharing
Kill the oppressed, show you're caring
Protect your home by, killing your neighbours

CHORUS
But you tell me, over and over and over again my friend
Ah, you don't believe, we're on the eve of destruction

VERSE
Don't you understand what I'm trying to say?
Can't you feel the fear that I'm feeling today?
If the button is pushed there's no running away
The world's insane man, look at the Ukraine
They're taking pot shots at passenger planes

CHORUS

VERSE
My blood's so mad feels like coagulation
I'm sitting here just contemplating
You can twist the truth it knows no regulation
A handful of senators can block legislation
And it's your freedom, that's eroding
Need some proof? Ask Edward Snowden

CHORUS

VERSE
You may leave here for a few months in space
But when you return it's the same old place
The pounding drums, the pride and disgrace
Don't fear the communists, now it's just terrorists
It would be terrifying if it wasn't so hilarious

CHORUS

Monday, 24 March 2014

Pale blue dot

Capo 5th

VERSE (materialism)
C                                                      F
Some thoughts depress you - like what you had and lost
C                                                      F
Like we ever really possess anything - and we even know what we are

BRIDGE
Am                                                                 C
Think of your ancestors do you even know their names?
Am                                                                 C
They've been blown away and are floating with the stars

CHORUS
F                                           G                               C
They are just specks of dust, floating on a pale blue dot
F                                           G                               C
We are a speck of dust, an insignificant pale blue dot

VERSE
Think of everyone through history - everyone who ever was
And of the lives they lived and what they did - how little we know of

BRIDGE
They lived their every moment in this tiny place
And in the universe they left no trace

CHORUS
We are just specks of dust, floating on a pale blue dot


We are a speck of dust, an insignificant pale blue dot

MIDDLE
Am
Rivers of blood spilt in triumph
C
To claim one piece or own one corner
F
Endless cruelties visited out
G
All for the glory of one tiny pixel

BRIDGE
Every creator, every destroyer of civilisations
Every hero, every coward, every king

CHORUS
Lived out their lives, walking on this pale blue dot
They lived and they died, here upon this pale blue dot

BRIDGE
Every saint, every sinner, every son
Every inventor, every explorer, everyone

CHORUS
In the history of our species, crawled around this pale blue dot
They lived and they died, here upon this pale blue dot


Thursday, 20 March 2014

The real world

VERSE 1
C                                F
Waking up with the telephone
C                                                         Am
Need reassuring that I've not been left alone

Seeing the likes and seeking approval
Check the haters bad comment removal

F                                       G      C
I've got to get back to the real world

VERSE 2
Sitting at breakfast but I'm not really here
I'm on a server or somewhere in the stratosphere

With tweets and posts I feel connected
But no reposts and then I feel rejected

I've got to get back to the real world

MIDDLE
F                           C
Time ain't my friend
And I need something          G
And I haven't told you before

VERSE 3
Or on my news feed getting the gossip
It's the world I'm learning about the state of it

I pretend it's important and I'm being kept informed
But I know I'm at the mercy of the cultural norm

I've got to get back to the real world
I've got to get back to the real world
I've got to get back to the real world

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

You are not the voice in your head

VERSE 1
G             F#/D            Em
You are not your story
You are not your memories
You are not the sum
Of all the things you've done
C                        D
You are not your desires
G                            Em
What you dislike or adore
C              F#/D        G
You are something more

VERSE 2
You are not your ideas
You are not your vision
You are not here for a reason
You're not on some special mission

You are not the voice in your head
That asks what it's all for

You are something more

VERSE 3
You are not your cravings
You are not your needs
You are not all your sankharas
All the live or dormant seeds

You are not the reactions
Of hatred or amore

You are something more

MIDDLE
Em                       G
You are the awareness
Em                          C
The watcher sitting inside

Em                  G
You are a passenger
C                     D/F#
Here along for the ride

VERSE 4
You are not your sadness
You are not your pain
You are not the suffering
Or anything in your brain 

You are not the confusion
The closed or open doors

You are something more



Monday, 3 December 2012

Slow Cilento


VERSE
Em            C            D            G
You’ve seen the pictures of paradise
Perfect climbs and beach so nice
There’s no worries you’ll be at peace
Everyone that must be so at ease

CHORUS
C                              Em                        D#   G
Cos things are slow in the Cilento

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The clear blue ocean the rocky shore
Mountains in the clouds to climb and adore
Villages where everyone’s friends
Oil flows the wine never ends

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Come here in an August month
And decide this all too much
Festivals in the night and days on the beach
In lessons on life this is what they teach

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Nice and slow in the Cilento

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But say what you’d see in February
Chances are it’s different scene
Empty streets and deserted towns
To have a little fun you need another around

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Many do what their parents did
Or leave so those left have less to do
The prices go up so less people come
It’s heading down like the setting sun

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