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