Tuesday, 28 December 2010

The US economy

VERSE
F
When I was young
C
I was the prodigal son
Dm                          C
Bigger than all of my friends

And when you do that much growing
They want to keep you going
'Cos they've built everything around you

But finally I was stuffed
I had used myself up
And our whole house came tumbling down

CHORUS
F                                  Bf
It's hard for somebody like me
F                                  Bf
To always be all I can be
F                                     Bf
Everyone I see says, 'How's your GDP?'
C
I'm the US economy

VERSE
My cousin Hosan
Over there in Japan
Was always given plenty of time

He took a while to get ready
Now performs slow and steady
And none of his people go without

While my German brother
Is an example of another
Grows a little more every year

CHORUS

MIDDLE
Dm
Spend, spend, buy buy
Am
Push, push, why? why?
C
My heads in a spin

No, no, go go
We're the best, we must grow
There's no way I can win

VERSE
They're pumping me with pills
Thinking that I'm ill
But I just want to take a break

These stimulants don't work
They're just making me hurt
I just need to lose some weight

I'm like a football jock
Taken one too many knocks
And the painkillers don't work anymore

CHORUS

Monday, 27 December 2010

Blood on the Ivory Coast

VERSE
[Picked high]
Dm
Nearly 200 people
Dm/F
May have been killed last month
C                                     Am
In a dispute over the election results

Death squads were seen
And sympathisers abducted
While the opposition leader is hidden away

Because the President can't face
The prospect of a break
And kills those who disagree

CHORUS
Dm                               Am
There's blood on the Ivory Coast
G                                   Am
People have seen it, the UN can boast
Dm                               Am
There's blood on the Ivory Coast
G                                 Am
Not long now for, the new civil war
Dm                               Am
There's blood on the Ivory Coast
C                           Dm
But not enough to intervene

VERSE
At a special UN session
The American Ambassador
Said we've heard some credible reports

Of many mass graves
Torture and mistreatment
And people being snatched in the night

Unfortunately
It's been impossible to investigate
We've not allowed to move around

CHORUS

[Strummed fast]
MIDDLE
Dm
With the army on his side
Am
The president will ride
C                             Am
Over the laws of human rights

Until the UN acts
The people will suffer
And the death toll will continue to rise

CHORUS

Saturday, 25 December 2010

Students, students, students

VERSE
F#m

Bm

How the privilege parade
When they don't get their fees paid

Asking me to pay for
Their education so they'll earn more
And take my job, when they say that I'm too old

"Education is our right
And for that we're prepared to fight"
For the right to party, and do very little work

CHORUS
F#m
Students, students, students
Bm
Put 'em in a boat
F#m
Students, students, students
Bm
One that doesn't float
C#m
And drown them all

CHORSE

The farcical will fall
As they leave with no skills at all
But a piece of paper, that says I'm educated

CHORUS

MIDDLE
And all this rioting over fees
That have to be paid back in tiny portions


VERSE
Well they're all holier than thou
And this it and how
I hated 'em all, even when I was one

Not a thing that I learned there
Did in any way prepare
Me for the real world, had to start again

And if I had my time again
I'd rip up the letter when
They said come on down, we're doing you a favour 

Cos they took from me three years
And ground me in the gears
Telling how it's done, and this is what you need to know

CHORUS
Teachers, teachers, teachers
Put 'em in a boat
Teachers, teachers, teachers
One that doesn't float
And drown them all

Sunday, 12 December 2010

The only cyclist in Athens

VERSE
Am
I started off in circles finding my way around
E
But before long I'm desperately lost
Am
I look out for landmarks but it all looks the same
E
And the signs are in jibberish
                               Am
I'm lost on Athens' streets

The marble streets are slippery after a sharp thunderstorm
And the corners are treacherous
Motorcyclists surround me with their new licenses
Forced by their economy
Onto Athens streets

CHORUS
C                   E
So I ride ever harder
Am              E
Trying to get away
C                   E
But the bikes they are faster
Am              E
And I just can't find my way
                          Am
Off these Athens streets
E                                                         Am
Athens is no place, no place for a rider like me

VERSE
I stick to the bus lanes to stay out of the way
cos they don't have any for bikes
But the taxis come after me and the buses break hard
Spilling their people out
Onto Athens streets

I come off the main roads onto the one-way streets
But the obstacles are hiding there too
Car doors open and drivers pull out
I swerve and I brake and I dodge
Down these Athens streets

CHORUS (cars)

VERSE
I made it to a park where it's peaceful at last
Or so I was foolish to hope
Stray dogs surround me and close in a pack
And the biggest jumps on my bike
I ride to Athens' streets

CHORUS (dogs)

Let there be light

VERSE
C
Where there is much
Am
Let there be loss
C
Where there is waste
Am
Let there be less
Am
Whoever is weighed down by the things in their life
G
Let them be light

VERSE
Where it is full
Let it be clear
Where there is clutter
Let there be space
Where it is dark from the objects in sight
Let there be light

MIDDLE
Am                                           G
There are too many things in the world
                        Am                                        G
Things that we made that we thought that we needed

We need to leave some space in the world
To enjoy what we have so we see what we're needing
Let there be light

VERSE
Where there are goals
Let them be gone
Where there are needs
Let there be none
Whoever is ruled by ambition in their life
Let them see the light

MIDDLE
We all need to see that it is fear
Fear of failing, fear of death
All these comforters we hold onto
Fear of being along or fear of being left
And the insulators that we buy
Against fear of change or fear of distress
And the distractions that we chase
From fear of our own plain hopelessness

TV in my mind

VERSE
G                                                       Bm
I've been watching you on the TV in my mind

G                                                       Bm
You've got your own channel, it's number 45
G
There's a series on our dinners
Bm
And a re-run of your faint
G                                                       Bm
And a special about that kiss up by the church

BRIDGE
C                          D
It's sickly romantic stuff
G                                 Bm
That I wouldn't normally watch
C                                     D                   G
But you're playing on the TV in my mind

CHORUS
G                        Bm
It feels like the longest time
C                                    D
Since I held you in my arms

It feels like the longest time
Since your breath was in my lungs

It feels like the longest time
Since our bodies were as one

VERSE
I confess to liking the channel best late at night
When it plays the programmes your parents wouldn't like
I watch it in slow motion
And freeze-frame certain scenes
It's Tivo so I can do all of these things

BRIDGE
But sometimes I've had enough
And I want to turn it off
But you're stuck on the TV in my mind

CHORUS

MIDDLE
Bm                              G
You're probably not as beautiful
 D       G
In real life
Bm                  G                                    D
For sure you're gonna be much more of a bitch

BRIDGE
But the TV shows the best bits
And you come across as kind
I prefer you on the TV in my mind

CHORUS

The water's on song

VERSE
D
I put the water on, I put the water on
G
Hot water for my shower
D

I put the water on, I put the water on
G
I waited for over an hour

CHORUS
G                             D
And I forgot to turn it off
G                               D
And I got an electric shock
C                   G                   D
That old heater's got it in for me

VERSE
I put the water on, I put the water on
Hot water for my tea
I put the water on, I put the water on
Please save some for me

CHORUS
God only knows
Why you have that electric stove
Gonna buy you an electric kettle

VERSE
I put the water on, I put the water on
For a hot bath before I went out
I put the water on, I put the water on
But no joy now I scream and I shout

CHORUS
I waited at home all day
Until you came home to say
The taps are the wrong way round

The Italians

VERSE
D
Where you from? What you done? When will you be gone?
G
It was the same old situation
D
So we started to play and with music to say
G
But they stayed with their conversation

BRIDGE
D
Are you going to keep talking?
G
It's not that I'm baulking
C
But I will be walking
D
Still the party went on

CHORUS (Same chords as verse)
Do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do!
Do-doon't-doon't-do-doodn't-do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do!

VERSE
When everybody came they bought a pile of food
It was playing in a delicatesen
And w
You could say that I learned my lesson

BRIDGE
Cos they kept bringing courses
And passing round sauces
Without any pauses
Still the party went on

CHORUS

VERSE
Well they moaned when we said we were going to bed
Cos we had to get a train in the morning
But you couldn't tell that we'd gone cos the party went on
I should have given them a verbal warning

BRIDGE
I don't mean to be surly
Or sound like a girly
But we're getting up early

Still the party went on

CHORUS
Do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do!
It's time you were gone
Do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do!
Please be moving along
Do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do!
That's the end of the song.

Wifi?

VERSE
C
I've searched this whole city
Em
I've wandered all day
F                          G
On a mission to connect to the world

For signals in cafes
And bars in bars
I walked with my laptop held high

Please here the question I cry

CHORUS
C
Do you have wifi?
Am
Please be a nice guy
F
Give me the password
G
I must get online

VERSE
My temper is frayed
My nerves are rubbed raw
I haven't been online in days

All the signals are blocked
And security blocked
Do they think that I'm going to steal it?

My status is old
My blogs out of date
My twitter will whither and die

Please hear the question I cry

CHORUS

OUTRO
Am   Em
At last, in a small cafe
Am                       Em
A quiet little place, hidden away
F
You wouldn't think it from looking
G
But they have it, at last

C
I'm online (Oh God! I can't believe it!)
Am
I'm online (Hallelujah)
F
I'm online (Praise jesus)
G
I'm online (Come on everybody)

I'm online (This is too good to be true)
I'm online (In accepting this award I want to thank...)
I'm online (I'm over the moon!)
I'm online (I'm online)

I'm online (Hello friends)
I'm online (Hello Mother, Hello Father)
I'm online (You thought I'd died)
I'm online (But I'm alive)
And on-line!!!!!!!!!!

The Maria Cubi House Band

VERSE
B
Well it was already dark when our ship rolled in
G#m
And we made our way across town
E
Maria Cubi was a dark little street
F#m
But we followed up the smells and the sounds

The table was full and the
We ate to the rhythm of song
They were passing the bottle just as much as the guitar
And it all went soaring by

CHORUS
That was a fun night
The music was out of sight
We played until the morning light
And the wine was really alright

VERSE
Well they started playing songs we'd never heard before
But we were alright singing along
Then we played the classics we didn't know we knew
And we got them more right than wrong

When he got out the double bass the party kicked off
Man that cat could really play

They were passing the bottle just as much as the guitar
And it all went soaring by 

CHORUS

VERSE
I woke up in the morning with a brick in my head
I don't remember where it all went wrong
The House of the Rising Sun, should have been my last song
Then I wouldn't have seen the real one

But it was worth it for the memory if I could see through the fog
And remember that unforgettable night
They were passing the bottle just as much as the guitar
And it all went soaring by 

CHORUS

CHORUS
I hope tonight
Won't be a fun night
I could really use an early night
I'm still not feeling alright

I didn't sleep so good

CHORUS
E
I didn't sleep so good (the boat was really rocking)
A
I didn't sleep so good (my head I kept on knocking)
B
I didn't sleep so good (better not piss me off)

VERSE
E
I tried it on the bench with an armrest in my back
A
I don't know what sadistic fuck designed it like that
E                                           B
I gotta lay down, I can't sleep sitting up

I saw you moving around to find a way to suit you
I think you tried more positions than the Karma Sutra
But you won't get satisfaction with an armrest up your arse

CHORUS

VERSE
I tried it on the couch, I tried it on the floor
I was drifting in and out until I woke up around four
When the man at the back started snoring, like a horse

There are other ways to economize
I can do without food or material prizes
But next time Emma, I've gotta have a bed

CHORUS

VERSE
Well the cabins were expensive so we had to ride couch
58 for a shared, a hundred for your own
At least now I know the price of a good night's sleep

They didn't just make it cramped they also made it cold
I didn't have a blanket so I put on all my clothes
And I was shivering all night, rocking along with the boat

CHORUS

Better not piss me off

On the train to Rome

CHORUS (C Am F C)
On the train to Rome
Two rolling stones
Both not alone
But no closer to home

VERSE
C
Emma you must be tired, you should get some sleep
F
I'll wake you up in plenty of time

Jack you're looking cold, use my coat as a blanket
Got to keep yourself warm

BRIDGE
G
Like a sister to a brother
We have to look after each other

CHORUS

VERSE
Well I can see your neck is stiff, turn around I'll give you a massage
Your bag is too fucking big

Give me your card and I'll make the reservations
I will do the thinking today

I made sandwiches and you can have some
Got to keep your strength up

Come stand beside me and we can do some yoga
I have a special routine

CHORUS

OUTRO
Am
And when we arrive
F
You can wait inside
G
I'll get you a delightful
C
Indian takeaway (repeat to fade)

Cold cure blues

VERSE  (C#  C  B  F#)
[Jack and Emma alternate]
I've got a cold coming
I feel it my bones
Rising up
It's gonna be a big one

The fastest cure in the East or West
Is liquid silver down the neck
It's a miracle cure
Works every time for me

It's too expensive and I ain't got none
But I feel the symptoms coming on
My nose is streaming
Working up a head of steam

Pour salt water into each nose
Swirl around until the muscous goes
It dries out the sinuses
Will make the cold go faster

CHORUS (C# F# C# F#)
I've got the cold cure blues
The symptoms or the cure?
I've got the cold cure blues
What's worse well I'm not sure
I've got the cold cure blues

VERSE
That's hurt like hell I need a modern cure
I spent a fortune at the drug store
But it's getting worse
My throat is really raw

Take a clove of garlic in the side of the mouth
It's the best known cure North or South
An antiseptic
Let the juices down

And talk to people with garlic breath?
Ah but it's getting worse now it's on my chest
I'm coughing up phlegm
All colours of the rainbow

Honey in hot water is the best cough mixture
Cheap and easy and bound to fix you
Leave all those expensive drugs
On the shelf

CHORUS

Yoga girl

VERSE (F C Dm7 C)
She rises in the morning
With the birds
Goes to that special place
Deep in herself


Goes through her movements
Like a cat
Stretching out
Reaching up up up


CHORUS
That's my yoga girl
All she can be
Supple and silent
Lithe and free


My yoga girl
A picture of grace
A powerful creature
Contained in herself


VERSE
I see her body
So thin but so strong
Lifting herself
Above the world


In the watery morning light
Her siloutte dances
The first dusty rays
Give her a glow oh oh


CHORUS


MIDDLE (Dm/Am/C)
And she doesn't know that I'm there
Watching her silently
As she moves and rolls and writhes


And she doesn't know that I care
For her so deeply
As she comes back to lie next to me


CHORUS

Wednesday, 4 August 2010

English folk is utter shit

Capo 5 (F-C & Df)

VERSE 1
C
What's whispered by the mighty oak
G
Down to the elm as a running joke
C
"Have you met the dim wits who make it"
G                           C
English folk is utter shit

VERSE 2
And dance, and dance to the lisping lark
As she screams to the players in the park
Excuse me sir but I must admit
English folk is utter shit

MIDDLE
Bf



VERSE 3
And what of the maid hiding by the lake
As she's serenaded by the minstrels to keep her awake
You're ruining my peace while I quietly sit
English folk is utter shit

Sunday, 1 August 2010

The Blair Crusades

VERSE 1
G                                             C             G
Once upon a time there lived an ambitious politician
C                                                          G
Who wanted to change his country as his personal mission

He won the election with a mandate for change
And embarked upon a reforming rampage

BRIDGE
Em                                                              G
As time passed his country's problems weren't big enough
Em                                              C
A religious man with a direct line to God

He looked up for problems further out in the world
And counselled his people for war

D     C
For crusades

CHORUS
G                         Em             G
Arise, arise, First Minister of War
C                                    G
Explain to the people what's worth fighting for


Arise, arise, First Minister of War
Tell them what people will die for

Now ride, let's ride into history
For something that's bigger than just you and me


VERSE 2
Allied with America he launched the attacks
To quell Afghanistan and bring freedom to Iraq

The invasions turned out to be the easiest parts
But just 'cos you got the head doesn't give you the heart

BRIDGE
All the many factions began to uprise
And hundreds of thousands of people died

Bloody fighting continued day and night
And still there is no end in sight

For the crusades

CHORUS

MIDDLE
Whether for the attention or the power
He wanted to be the man of every hour

Drunk on attention he tried to seduce success
But all he ever managed was a hand up her dress

VERSE 3
Fighting on so many fronts at home and abroad
Against deception and allegations of fraud

His own country spiralled into decay and debt
And it was clear that he'd lost out on his legacy bet

BRIDGE
Finally he abdicated a ruined man
But claimed no regrets for the things he had done

And if he had his chance he would do the same
But nobody would follow him again

On the crusades

CHORUS

Saturday, 31 July 2010

Drama star

VERSE 1
                      Dm
Nothing's ever easy with you
                           Am
You'll always find some trouble to get to
                      C
There's nothing more that I want to do
                      Dm
I know that's enough now I'm through

Why you always stealing the scene?
I think you'll forever be sixteen
Always a young drama queen
I don't what to hear where you've been

CHORUS
Am       C            Dm
I don't want your drama x4

VERSE 2
You're always ready with an excuse
Of why you're needing help, it's a ruse
You're showing us how easily your bruise
It's like if you're alone they you lose

And nothing is ever your fault
There's always another reason to blame
And you're so bare-faced, where's you shame?
I think you just think it's a game

CHORUS

MIDDLE
Why do you need so much attention?
I just want a quiet life
It used to be entertaining, now it's just a drag
Put the handbook back in your bag

CHORUS

Friday, 30 July 2010

My leaving was a long time coming

VERSE 1
                              F
I'm better now I've gone
                        Am
It was bad what I'd become
                                       Dm
A non-resolving sum
                            C
I was only heading down

I know I share the blame
For the chaos reign
The money down the gaps
Tried to fill where we lacked

Foolish through and through
I thought the more you do
More chances to come true
Partly guilty rich, and young

The damn house we bought
Was nothing like we thought
A museum of the things
We were too lazy to learn

CHORUS
I'm leaving those ways
Leaving that waste
Leaving your words
Leaving those days

Leaving that life
Leaving those walls
Leaving that look
Leaving it all... far behind

VERSE 2
So take all my clothes
My many mannered robes
My vanity expose with your voodoo doll

Pile it on a pyre
Build your threatened fire
Of my decorative books and silent records

And my writings that you read
Where you ripped up what I said
Burn them down instead
To give you better status

CHORUS

MIDDLE
But it's because of that I've gone so far
I was wound up so tight
The tension now released
Has catapulted me

You can't stop me now I'm running
My engines a humming and a gunning
You know my leaving was a long time coming

VERSE 3
And once you've cleared me out
The fire will reveal
All the unused gifts
That tried to heal the rifts

The guru behind the curtain
Awaits your meditation
Behind non-reflective glass
He laughs and he laughs

Ride that dusty racing bike
Along now empty shelves
Past the piano never played
To the place you never prayed

CHORUS

Tuesday, 27 July 2010

Couchsurfer's riposte

VERSE 1
E
Beware of hidden dangers
And don't stay with strangers
B
Bad things do go on

Book well in advance
And don't leave things to chance
Make sure all the Ts are crossed

CHORUS
E
Those are your fears
A                                   B
Don't put your weight on me
E
Those are your fears
A                                 B
Don't challenge the way I see

VERSE 2
Be sure to guard you home
From the many threats unknown
Lock your windows and doors

Better keep a gun
To protect you from someone
If they try to get in

CHORUS

MIDDLE
           A                          B
If you carry fear when you go
       E                    A
And think of scenarios
         E                A               B
Then you will surely see them realised

But I've travelled and I've seen
Friendliness wherever I've been
If you carry it in you

Saturday, 24 July 2010

No man

VERSE 1
A
Tell him that the earth goes round the sun
Tell him that you've never really loved anyone

CHORUS
E                                       D                    A
He's going to disagree with everything you say

VERSE 2
Tell him that you've put money on Brazil to win
Tell him you think quite highly of Vera Lynn

CHORUS

MIDDLE
It's not that he likes to argue, he doesn't offer a debate
It's more like a flat refusal

It's an automated response, the whole world is wrong
And he's the only one taking a stand

VERSE 3
Tell him that two plus two will always be four
Tell him that you thinking about protesting the war

CHORUS

He's not going to ever let you think you've had your way

He's going to disagree every single day

Son of a gun

Capo 5th

G
Every son of a gun is some mother's son
C
Love everyone

The flood

Capo 3rd

VERSE 1
G                             G
The fateful waking dream
                                                 C
Turns the sweetest stream you've seen
                                    G
Into a vengeful fighting force
                                  D
That breaks out and destroys

                                G
The lush green river banks
                                       C
Will break into advancing flanks
                                     G
And the whole perspiring army
                                      D
Will growl like a thousand drums
                        G
When the water comes

VERSE 2
It can't be talked down or contained
It won't be rationed with or restrained
An unleashed
And all it seeks is down

All will go from green to brown
As it hurtles through the town
Taking all before it
Until everything is gone
When the water comes

MIDDLE
And when the beast is spent
All the powers

The high mark on the wall
And the stench of

Then it will recede
Slowly to reveal
What the waters done

Friday, 23 July 2010

MI5 vs. Omar Deghages

VERSE
Omar Deghages was over in Afghanistan
There with his wife and children when the bombing began
He new the score, the start of the war

He had escaped to Lahore but was abducted in the night
By a gang of policeman who were far from polite
A private corps, through the back door

He told them a few details but they wanted it all
The fact he lived in Britain didn't matter at all
He didn't tell, he didn't tell

He thought he'd be better off with the Americans
But they turned out more violent than the Pakistans
He was wanted alive, by MI5


CHORUS
                G
If only he'd talked to us, your honour
                  C
If only he'd told the truth
               D                                                G
Instead of being evasive and telling obvious lies

But I can't give evidence about it
It's a national secret
You can torture me, but I'll never tell

VERSE

He was happy to be told he was being rendered away
A place in the Carribean called Guantanamo Bay
A living hell, a living hell

He was there for 33 months and thought he was going to die
They beat him so bad that he lost an eye
In his cell, they said he fell

Now he's suing the British government trying to get himself a trial
But they're stalling the release of over half a million files
It's taking a while, it's take a while

There are 60 lawyers working with black market pens
It'll take about nine years before they get to the end
They're working hard, they're working hard

CHORUS

MIDDLE
G
There has been torture going on
C
But we can't tell anyone 

Wednesday, 21 July 2010

Empire state of mind (crowd-pleasing cover)

Capo 2nd


VERSE 1 
F#
Yeah,
Yeah, I'm up at Brooklyn,
now I'm in Tribeca,
right next to DeNiro,
But i’m hood forever,


Bmaj7
I’m the new Sinatra,
and as i made it here,
i can make it anywhere,
yeah they love me everywhere,

F#
i used to cop in Harlem,
all of my dominicanos
right there up on broadway,
and back to McDonalds,

Bmaj7
took it to my stash spot,
5-60 State street,
catch me in the kitchen like a Simmons whipping Pastry,

F#
cruising down 8th street,
off white lexus,
driving so slow but BK's from Texas,

Bmaj7
me I’m up at Bed Stuy,
home of boy Biggie,
now i live on billboard,
i brought my boys with me,

F#
say wat up to Ty Ty,
still sipping Mai-tai
sitting courtside Knicks and Nets give me high fives,


BRIDGE
Bf
N-gga i be Spiked out, i can trip a referee,
tell by my attitude I most definitely from...

CHORUS
Bmaj7
New York,
                                                    F#
Concrete jungle where dreams will come true,
F#
There's nothing you can’t do,
                      Bmaj7
Now you’re in New York,
                                               F#
these streets will make you feel brand new,
Big lights will inspire you,
                     Bmaj7
lets hear it for New York, New York, New York

VERSE 2
Now I'm a super troubadour
See me on my world tour
Learning more about myself
and the world as I explore

America by car
And Europe train
Now I'm gonna go by bicycle
And a bit by plane

Gave up my home
And sold my possessions
Learnt that you don't need shit
I live for the sessions

Gotta get to a 1000
Like street fights and co.
Then I'll know, where I go, how to put on a show

I'm meeting people of all walks and breeds and creeds
And providing for their entertainment needs

BRIDGE
But while we're getting factual
You should know that I'm not actually from....

CHORUS

VERSE 3
So I made my dream true
But still I got no crew
From booking, to plugging, everything I do

And mediocrity's blocking me with people trying to play
If you've nothing new to say
Then get the fuck out of my way

N-gga try an idea?
Engage your brain
Don't just be making noise
You all sound the same

They're all trying to be twee
With meaningless poetry
Why don't you read a newspaper?
Don't be writing me me me me me

I blame the dumb hicks
All the Blunt chicks
Who don't care for  lyrics
Dare talk at my shows pricks

I'm underrated
Unappreciated
Even though I'm streets ahead
When you hear what I've created

I even went to the apple core
Looking for a big score
But I got no draw
I played to the sound guy y'all

BRIDGE
I'll have a next time, I can make it anywhere, but I got to live there, I'm talking...

CHORUS

MIDDLE
B
One hand in the air for the big city,
Street lights, big dreams all looking pretty,
C#
no place in the World that can compare,
Ebm
Put your lighters in the air, everybody say yeaaahh
come on, come,
Bf
yeah,

CHORUS

Tuesday, 13 July 2010

When the oil runs out

CHORUS - Denial, anger
When the oil runs out
We'll all be in denial
When the oil runs out
There will have to be a trial
When the oil runs out
We'll they'll just have to drill more
When the oil runs out
Did they look everywhere offshore?
When the oil runs out
They'll fighting in the streets
When the oil runs out
They'll be tearing up the seats
When the oil runs out
We'll be under attack
When the oil runs out
That will be that

VERSE
Dm                          G
No more umbrellas, no more wellies
No more toothpaste or petroleum jelly
Goodbye plastic, goodbye gas
Goodbye the good times you went by so fast
There must be another barrel down there somewhere
                                                                         C
Why don't they drill another hole and make a bigger well

CHORUS -  bargaining, depression
When the oil runs out
People will want proof
When the oil runs out
The price with go through the roof
When the oil runs out
Then they will fight over the last barrel
When the oil runs out
Our live's will be in peril
When the oil runs out
We'll have to cut back
When the oil runs out
That will be that

VERSE
No more batteries, no more grease
No more footballs or toilet seats
Goodbye CDs, goodbye speakers
Goodbye nice clothes and brand new sneakers
There must be other materials we'll have to look around
Maybe have to redesign the whole damn town

CHORUS - acceptance
When the oil runs out
We'll just have to go back to wood
When the oil runs out
It might turn out to be good
When the oil runs out
There won't be so much greed
When the oil runs out
And things we knew we didn't need

OUTRO
Dm                             G
What would life be like without oil?
Will the world stop without oil?
How will we fight wars without oil?
And what will we fight for without oil?

Hymn for the shareholders

Better in D

VERSE 1
         E
Dear shareholder
              Asus
Living somewhere out there
                           E
We hope you're a happy God
                        B
And that you care

Have you heard about
How we scrimp and we sacrifice
All the many corners
Cut for your 'end?

VERSE 2
Dear shareholder
We know we are the lucky ones
Unlike those colleagues
Whose jobs went abroad

We hope you spare a thought
For the people working over there
In harsher conditions
For a much lower wage

CHORUS 1
             Asus
Do you even care?
            E
Do you hear our prayers?
              Asus
Are you a man like me?
      B
Or just, another company?

VERSE 3
This hymn for the shareholders
We sing to be thankful for
Your investment in us
When we needed more

We pray for your confidence
In these hard times
And that this quarter
You will think fine

CHORUS 2
Do you even care?
Do you hear our prayers?
Do you have hopes and dreams?
Or are you just, another pension scheme?

MIDDLE
F#m                               B
It's not how it's meant to be
We were supposed to own the corporations
Now they're running society
Is it too late to undo
The soulless corporations
For the sake of me and you

VERSE 4
Dear shareholder
We hear you're not satisfied
The management tells us all
That we haven't tried

Why don't you talk to us
Can you give us a sign
Is all that you want from us
Just to send money?

CHORUS 1

Monday, 12 July 2010

Sweatshop sing-along

CHORUS
A
We're all working together
E
We're out there with a mission
D                   E               A
Trying to save you a fortune

We're pushing down prices
And never knowingly wrong
Trying to save you a fortune

VERSE
Well my supplier Ravi in India
He's only 7 years old
But already a shining star

He works for 10 cents a day
98 hours a week
Making napkin rings for you

He's running out of time
Gotta be done by Christmas
And he's making himself pretty sick

CHORUS

VERSE
Me I search for suppliers
I don't look very hard
They're all dying to get on-board

We never knowingly use children
But it's a long supply chain
And there are places it can go wrong

So I cover my back
Always asking questions
But the prices say it all

CHORUS

MIDDLE
A
You buy the cheap stuff
E
So you can't really complain

You buy the cheap stuff
We do it in your name

You buy the cheap stuff
It's you he's working for

You buy the cheap stuff
If only you'd pay more

VERSE
Ravi's one in a million
We couldn't do it without him
He makes the whole thing possible

From 9am til 11 at night
He works there without light
For money he think's sent home to his mum

It's not much of a life
But at least he's not alone
He has 200 million friends

CHORUS

Thursday, 8 July 2010

Mel Gibson, bad bastard

VERSE 1
Dm                        G
"The Jews are responsible,
     C                          Am
for all the wars in the world"
Dm                                            G
"You mother fucker. I'm going to fuck you."
C                                                      Am
"What do you think you're looking at, sugar tits?"
Dm     F       C
"Are you a jew?"

CHORUS
Em                  Am                        C
What goes through Mel Gibson's mind?
Em                 Am                          C
What goes through Mel Gibson's mind?
Em                Am                           F
What goes through Mel Gibson's tiny tiny
G          Em       Am
tiny tiny tiny tiny mind?
F      G     C
God only knows

VERSE 2
"I am going to come and burn the house down
but you will blow me first."

"You look like a pig in heat,
and if you're raped it will be your fault."
"Are you a jew?"

CHORUS

MIDDLE
Am                                 C
"How dare you act like a bitch
F                                    C
when I have been so f***ing nice."
Am   G
I need a drink

C                            Em
The world is against me
F                          G      C
Now I know how Jesus felt

CHORUS

Eindhoven: The city of light

VERSE 1
G
Well I grew up, in a town called Eindhoven
C
It means the last farm, in the South of North Brabant
G
It is ok there, there are a few things to do
C
But I wouldn't live there too, no not if I were you
Em
But you should spend at least one night
D/F#
In the city of light
C
Go down tonight, ho ho
D/F#
To the city of light

VERSE 2
If you want music, you don't have to walk very far
They get a lot of good bands there at the Effenaar
Or you want to party now? Well there's the Dans Salon
You can get your freak on, and maybe something more on
Be warned the girls are all a little uptight
In the city of light
But they're polite, oh ho
In the city of light
 
CHORUS
G                 C
Go, go, go - if you're around there, but
G                         C
Don't, don't, don't - settle down
Em                                   D/F#
There are many better places to be
 
VERSE 3
If you're a pothead, there are some coffee shops
You can get damaged, trying all kinds of crops
Or you're on a pub crawl, go down the Stratumseind
You'll have a whale of a time, with the people you find
And you'll very rarely ever see a fight
In the city of light
You'll be alright, oh ho
In the city of light
 
CHORUS (many, many, many, many....)
 
MIDDLE
G
You may get offered 
Em
A fancy job at Philips
G
You may decide that
C
The living standards are so good
G
You may get married
Em
To a nice girl named Yvette
G
You may be happy
D/F#
But in time you will regret it
 
Repeat VERSE 2

CHORUS

Thursday, 1 July 2010

Another dead man in Afghanistan






VERSE
Dm                                                             G
Every day we're wearing the insurgents down
There are casualties but our strategy is sound
We have a timetable to leave and will out when the time is right
We need momentum to take us on to the next fight, and we know we're right

CHORUS
Dm
It's all part of a bigger plan
G
Another dead man in Afganistan
(Audience repeats) Another dead man in Afganistan

VERSE 2
We're marching to stop this so called war
We know what they're really fighting for
They're turning the country into a pit of drugs and corruption and death
It's all about exploitation and theft, 'til there's nothing left

CHORUS

VERSE
We're waging a war against the infidels
As our fathers and grandfathers did
The time will come when you have to withdraw
And that's the moment that we'll keep fighting for

CHORUS

VERSE
The army was the only way out for a guy like me
My friends fight in gangs, I fight for my country
When I'm out I'll build a future you will see
Going to make life better for me, and my family

CHORUS

OUTRO
Ain't you learnt nothing from Vietnam
(Audience) Another dead man in Afghanistan
It's our duty to stop the Taliban
(Audience) Another dead man in Afghanistan
How many must die 'til you understand?
(Audience) Another dead man in Afghanistan
We will end what we began
(Audience) Another dead man in Afghanistan
Tell me if you've got a better plan
(Audience) Another dead man in Afghanistan

Thursday, 10 June 2010

Beautiful girl (if you shaved your moustache)

VERSE
D
You're really quite pretty
G                                       A
You've got a wonderful sense of humour

You seem very intelligent
You're almost perfect in many ways

But you're doing some dumb things
Which are really holding you back

CHORUS
D
If you shaved
A
And lost a bit of weight
G                                    A
You'd be the prettiest girl in the state

VERSE
Sure you've got good with the makeup
And you do your hair really nice

But you know you're just moving
Leftovers round the plate

You need to cut to the source
Cut down what goes in your mouth

CHORUS

VERS
And if you eat a little healthier
You'd save a lot of money

You wouldn't need the spot cream
Or the shampoo for your scalp

The pills that you're popping
Would be unnecessary

CHORUS

MIDDLE
G                   A
It's so sad to see
Your talents being hidden from view

VERSE
And what's with the moustache?
Has anybody told you it looks good?

Not even in the right light
Would I say that it looks cool

You're thinking of dying it
It's not the colour that's the problem

CHORUS

Wednesday, 9 June 2010

The Foundation

VERSE
C
I wasn't expecting
Am
Such a wonderful night
C
I'm overcome by you
G
You've been a delight

There's so much to remember
About you
And the thing that we have
Just been through

CHORUS
F
But you'd be a little clearer in my
G
Memory
F                              G
If you walk over to me
              C
And buy a CD
G  C

VERSE 2
The color of your eyes
The way you wore your hair
Your special smell
Your quiet stare

Yes the way you undressed me with those
Bedroom eyes
It's just a shame the room is
Mostly guys

This is an audience
That knows what's funny
I just hope you bought
Plenty of money

I'll even sign yours
To show I care
But it's worth more without
Those ones are rare

CHORUS
The only way that I could be
More happy
Is if you walk over to me
And buy a CD

VERSE 3
If you don't want the clutter
Just make a donation
I am after all a
Charitable foundation

There is no middle man
It goes straight to me
And I won't spend it on drinks
I get them for free

I don't have possessions
All the money goes
On making albums and
Getting me to shows

CHORUS
So if you can help me on
To my next destination
Well then please.... make a donation

Tuesday, 8 June 2010

Anglo-Saxon attitude

VERSE
C
It's a maddening, childish, joke
Em
How you float through life on a wave

I find you so infuriating
With that stupid ever-present grin

The cards always falling your way
                                         Am
It can't always be your lucky day

BRIDGE
                                       F
Doesn’t it strike you as strange
                                                     C
That you’re happy when we’re all in pain
                                                    F
I want to wipe that smile of your face
                                                 G
You need to be shown your place

CHORUS
C
I want you to fail
G
I've been praying so hard
F
Only with your demise, will my spirits rise
G
I long for you to lose

I want you to fall / I want to see a tear
Flat on your face / Roll down your face
If I had one wish, it would be this
Failure for you

VERSE
It would mean so much to me
More than I'd let you know

Your wild and careless air
Is too much for me to bare

It goes against the world that we live in
It’s not a good beginning

BRIDGE
You need to see that life is hard
That happiness is just a fa├žade
Imagine if we all acted so free
What would happen to society?

CHORUS

MIDDLE
F                                                                         Am
You can't just go through life letting nothing get to you
People will think you’re looking down on them
F
You’ve got an attitude
G
You’re riding for a fall

CHORUS

Friday, 4 June 2010

The girl with the perfect posture

VERSE
F#
Some men like big girls, some like 'em small
F#
Some men like the short ones, others like 'em tall
B
Some are into bottoms, others into breasts
F#
But she's got something that's by far the best

BRIDGE
D#
She's so fine
B
Make her mine
F#
It's her spine

CHORUS
B
I'm in love with her perfect posture
E
She's like a ray in a darkened night
B
And you know that I want to get with her
E
It's so sexy how she stands up so straight

I'm in love with her perfect posture
It's like she's powered by some strength inside
That's the reason that a girl was made for
That's a back that I want to ride
D#

VERSE
While other girls cower and other girls bow
With rounded backs and heads bent low
She's like a beacon standing tall in the night
A burning example of how it's done right

BRIDGE

CHORUS

MIDDLE
I've tried to emulate but it might be too late
My shoulders are rounded, my back isn't straight
It might just be that she's out of my reach
But I'm ready to learn if she's willing to teach

BRIDGE
The way she stands
It's so grand
Please command