Monday, 31 January 2011

The dancer

VERSE
Am
I was sitting in a bar very late one night
D
I'd stopped in for a drink to set myself straight
E                                                                            Am
I won't go into the details, save to say I need time to think

When my thoughts were stopped and my mind wiped clean
As a vision appeared by my side

She gave me her name and asked me the time
And suggested I buy her a drink

She was solid seduction and liquid sex
She could show you the time of your life and then break your neck
With a swirl she turned and stood on the bar

CHORUS
And then she danced for me
She'd make a lord tell lies and a dead man rise
The way she danced for me
I would have fallen over without the extra leg
How she danced for me
Time stood still, and all eyes were filled

VERSE
I said I'll call a taxi, your place or mine?
She said she didn't mind, any place is fine
So I took her back to what passed for an apartment

She said coyly that she liked the view
It was a cellar apartment
I said the only thing anyone around here is looking at is you

CHORUS
And then she danced for me
My words fell short as she moved with life
The way she danced for me

VERSE
So a little while later a little further down the line
I think our life together has turned out just fine
But it seems I was thinking along different lines

"Oh I'm bored, I'm bored, I never dance anymore"
I say well baby you can dance anytime I'll move the table
She says that's no good I need the lights, I need the amore
I'm tired of you and this place, you're a bore
I don't think we belong together anymore

She made to leave and reached for the door
I'll remember the sound as she fell to the floor
My blood was up, I was seeing red, and this is what I said

CHORUS
You will dance for me
You've danced to love now dance to hate
You will dance for me
For now and evermore

Keep your digestive fire alight

CHORUS
Keep your digestive fire alight
It'll all work out OK, everything else will be fine
Keep your digestive fire alight


VERSE
Ginger is your best friend
Add it in everything you cook

Too often we put it out, with the things we eat
We need to keep it up, to be healthy

CHORUS

Downward spiral of growth

CHORUS
                        G                                  Em
Don't strive for a downward spiral of growth
C                                                           D
It doesn't mean that things are getting better for you

In a downward spiral of growth
The world is used up faster

VERSE
G
Don't believe all the views
Em
That you hear on the news
D                                  C
It's the system trying to sell itself

Growth uses resources
To make new golf courses
For the people at the top of the pile

CHORUS

VERSE
Do you really want more cars on the road
More houses on your street?
More people walking round your town?

VERSE
Don't strive for promotion
It's not a good notion
You'll only have to do more work

And the more money you have
The more to go bad
And more things you'll decide that you need

CHORUS


10/1/11

Crimes against wisdom

VERSE
Cm
I'm a Vata-Pitta and I'm in constant conflict
Gm
Shifting back and forth, the chaos inflict
Cm
Pitta makes me hungry but Vata can't digest it
Gm
I pile food on my plate and wake up feel congested

Pitta wants to command but Vata gives me doubts
Fear and anger alternate, when I'm stressed you'll hear me shout
I always trying to do things, I never can relax
I'm burdening my body with an over-growing tax...

CHORUS
Gm
These crimes against wisdom
I know that I did them
Cm
Before I even knew I was wrong
Gm
Ignorance doesn't hide the crime
My body still does the time
Gm
Nobody can defend you
D
I'm an habitual offender

VERSE
I'm solid kapha
I don't do my exercise, Sometimes I don't go outside
I can't get out a bed, it takes a bomb to wake

CHORUS
Guilty I say no sir
I blame it on my dosha
But it doesn't mean it's not a crime

VERSE
I'm a Vata hear me natter, and my never-ending chatter

Ayurveda

VERSE
A                   F#
I was in the dark
D                                  E
Wandering and missing something

After years of being lost
I finally heard of rumour of something

BRIDGE
F#                              E
And it was wise and wonderful
F#                              E
Something sure and powerful
F#                              E
The knowledge that I had sort
D
Around me
E
I saw

CHORUS (same chords as verse)
Guidelines
Pathways
Light lines
Logical

Destiny
Purified
That fate rides on
It was Ayurveda......
The science of live
Ayrurveda.......
The power and the light

VERSE
I explored it and read
And slowly tried to become it

It's simplicity was hard
After a lifetime of enforced complexity

BRIDGE
But it was wise and wonderful
So sure and powerful
The knowledge that I had sought
Clearly
I saw

CHORUS

MIDDLE
F#                        D
For one second, I saw it
F#
To soon, to soon

CHORUS

Pranayama

VERSE
E
Waking up feeling rushed
C#m
Stupid mind need to shut up
B
Seeing stress in my day
E
I can't get a hold

Assume the position on the floor
Left nostril breathing in
Right nostril breathing out
There you go

CHORUS
A                                E
Pranayama - restraint of the breath
A                                      E
Pranayama - controlling the course
B               E
Of my life force

VERSE
Taking control by letting go
Slow my racing mind
Ground my soaring soul
Settle down

Cross-legged on the floor
Balanced Ida and Pringula
Slowed down powers up
Systems go

CHORUS

Food's the way to my heart

VERSE
E                                              A
Wake me in the morning with a glass of hot water
E                                            B
After I've stretched, cook me some fruit
A                                                    E
Followed by oatmeal and we'll never be apart
B                                 E
Food's the way to my heart

VERSE
I'll be good 'til lunchtime for a kichda or a curry
Some rice and vegetable and mung beans all spice
Add a little desert and I'll be yours for life
Food's the way to my heart

MIDDLE
A                         E
Maybe I sound demanding
E                      B
To the untrained ear
B                                  E
But food is the heart of everything
E                          A
To happiness and life
B                        E
Cook me to paradise

VERSE
Then in the evening I'd like something light
Simply a soup would be a delight
Whatever you have dear is fine by me
Food's the way to my heart

OUTRO
A                                       B
And then when you put me to bed
A                                            E
Give me hot buttermilk and you know that I'll stay
B                                 E
Food's the way to my heart

Making my life too hard

VERSE
Em
I've been rolling around from town to town
G
Never time to settle down
Em
Working every night, too many late nights
G
Pushing harder as the tired er I get

CHORUS
A
I've been making my life too hard
C
Making my life too hard
A
Making my life too hard

VERSE
Always on the go, never saying no
Never taking any breaks
Worrying over minutes, filling up the hours
And planning out every day

CHORUS

OUTRO
Em
I want to take it easy
C
I've got to take it slow
D
I know I need a break you know
A           C           G
But I don't have time
A           C           G
I just don't have time
A           C           G
No I don't have time

Repeat VERSE 1

CHORUS

OUTRO

Peace and love

VERSE 1
G
I have walked, many miles today
C
And I have talked, all I'm going to say
G
I need to leave, this noisy place
C
I want to be, with your silent face
Em                                D
And you will bring peace to me

VERSE 2
I know that you, will slowly sooth my mind
With what you do, I can see that you are kind
I want to win, your trust to please
I want to swim, in your silent seas
And I will bring peace to you

CHORUS 1
Em                                              C
And then afterwards we go our separate ways
Em                                              C
Each taking something of the other in our ways
Em
As we know a little life
C
Know a little love
D                                  G
Put a little peace in the world

VERSE 3
Cos you're a girl, and I'm a boy
And each of us can feel, the power of healing joy
I want to be, your loving man
Doing the things, that only lovers can
And I will bring peace to you

CHORUS 2
And from the outside we will still both look the same
But inside I know a little peace of us will change
As we've known a little life
Made a little love
Put a little peace in the world

MIDDLE
G                                            
I'm not deceiving, ceiving, ceiving, ceiving
C
You know that afterwards I'll go
G
I will be leaving, leaving, leaving, leaving
C
A little further down the road
Em
To spread a little life
C
Know a little love
D
Put a little peace in the world

VERSE 3

CHORUS 2

MIDDLE

Sunday, 30 January 2011

The last hangover

VERSE
G
Oh no, not again
C
This terrible feeling, exploding in my brain

My stomach's doing circles, my mouths dried up
I feel like I've drunk from the devil's death cup

So here I make a vow, an oath I'll never break
And I'll do whatever.... it takes. No...

CHORUS
          G
No....I'm never gonna drink again
C
No I'm never gonna drink again
Am
I've had it up to here with the hangovers from beer
D
And I'm giving up wine for the final time

CHORUS (kicks in)
G
No I'm never gonna drink again
C
No I'm never gonna drink again
G
No I'm never gonna drink again (louder)
C
No I'm never gonna drink agaaain!!!!!!!

No I'm never gonna drink again
No I'm never gonna drink agaaaaaaaain
Never again!!!!!!!!!!!
Never, never, never, never, never
Never again!!!!!!!!!!!
Never, never, never, never, never, again


31/3/10

Rejoice of the couchsurfer

VERSE
D
I've been surfing the world of wave of couches
I don't need a home I'm a guy that happily slouches
G
In other people's homes
In other people's homes

They give a roof and I give them a song
Stay for a night them I'm moving along

In other people's homes
In other people's homes


CHORUS
Em                 G           D
That's where I'm happiest

VERSE
They're the best times that I've ever had
I've made so many friends and of that I'm glad
In other people's homes
In other people's homes

Sitting in a home is like being in their mind
Some of them grow naturally and other's designed
In other people's homes
In other people's homes

CHORUS

VERSE
(Whistle)

VERSE
I do my bit and I love to cook
I don't take anything except sometimes swap a book

In other people's homes
In other people's homes


CHORUS
That's where I'm happiest x2

28/3/10

Saturday, 29 January 2011

Everybody wants your body


CHORUS
C                             Am
You've got a beautiful body
F                                      G
Nobody would argue with that

I guarantee you that anybody
Would be jealous of my body right now

If they could see me holding your body
Somebody might get pretty mad

They'd probably want to disembody
Me, and put me in a body bag

Cos I can tell you that you embody
Everything I want in a body


You've got a beautiful body
F                     G              C
Nobody would argue with that

Friday, 28 January 2011

When are we going to sleep?

VERSE
G
Thank you for the evening
It's been one of the best
C
Thanks again for your conversation and your hospitality

G
There's one thing that I'd ask now
A question that I'd pose
C
Whether it's time we all decided to repose

CHORUS A
G
When are we going to sleep?
C
When are we going to sleep?
Am
We are tired and weary from a travelling day
D
And this wonder evening has sent us on our way

VERSE
So please point me to the couch
Or any manor of bed
I've slept on almost anything
Show me where to lay my head

Lets wake in the morning
Rested and refreshed
And continue where we left off
As all our ideas meshed

CHORUS B

When are we going to sleep?
When are we going to sleep?
We are tired and weary from a travelling day
And this wonder evening has sent us on our way

When are we going to sleep?
When are we going to sleep?
I'll be falling off my chair 
In a minute or two


MIDDLE
Am
You've done a wonderful thing
G
To let this stranger in
C
And I promise not to rob you
D
In the night

CHORUS B

Ama

VERSE
G
Everyone gets sick
D
We all wonder why
C
We all have theories
D
And then we die

I've got the flu
I've got a cold
I have an allergy
I'm getting old

But the cause of disease
Is a lack of ease
And a waste product of digestion
That you make from these

CHORUS
You make it by eating too late
You make it by eating too fast
You make it by eating at times
When you're not hungry at all

You make it by lying in late
You make it by sitting around
You make it by taking a ride
When you should really walk

You make it with fried food
You make it with raw food
You make it with cold food
From bad food or worse

VERSE
Your body gives you messages
That something is wrong
With aches and pains
And that coating on your tongue

CHORUS
It causes anger
It causes pain
It causes anxiety
It causes rage

It causes muscous
And your bad breath
It causes wheezing
And an ache in your chest

It causes wrinkles
And your hair to fall out
It causes cellulite
And problems throughout

VERSE

CHORUS
You cure it with regular meals
You cure it with relaxed meals
You cure it with small meals
You cure it with

You cure it with hot water
You cure it with triphala
You cure it with exercise
And plenty of rest

Thursday, 27 January 2011

Italian TV

VERSE
D                     A                        G
It Italy, there lives a man, in the tower
With electrodes, strapped, to his brain
He sends out, his vision, to the nation
And he's driving his country insane

CHORUS

      Gm
Italian TV
                                       C
The worst thing you've ever seen
Italian TV
Like something from a retards dream
Italian TV
Is turning people into morons
Italian TV
With no idea about what's going on



VERSE
Every few years, they get to vote, to make him stop
But there minds are gone, they can't think, many don't read
And the opposition, who are supposed, to oppose
Can't even agree on a leader

CHORUS
While Italian TV
Doesn't mention the real news
Italian TV
Nobody has informed views
Italian TV

Doesn't make things complex
Italian TV
All it talks about is sex
Italian TV

Berlusconi

VERSE
You could have been someone great
Instead

You're dragging the country down

CHORUS
Berlusconi, does your mother know you lie?
Berlusconi, could you look her in the eye?
Berlusconi, you're a shame and you bring shame
Berlusconi, on your poor old lady's name
Mamma Rosa is spinning in her grave

Thursday, 20 January 2011

Revolutions 2011

VERSE
F (low)
From Mubarak in the North
Dm
To Mugabe in the South
C
Bring down their regimes
Bf
By word of mouth

People standing together
Were no never so tall
Look down on the big men
Make them feel small

BRIDGE
Dm                           Bf
There are no victims here
Bf              C
Only volunteers

CHORUS
F (high)
Strike, you can strike, you should use your might, you are right
C
So, let them know, you can grow, let the people go
Bf
Rise, you're alies, you are the greater size, and the prize
F (low)
Now, this is how, you can take 'em down, with the plough

VERSE
Take old man Mugabe
Been laughing so long
But he would be weak
If the people were strong

Don't stand for elections
Where you know the result
They insult your intelligence
When they offer the cult

BRIDGE + CHORUS

MIDDLE
Bf
Peace is your weapon
F
Sit down in the street
Bf
They can't rule want don't move
C
Vote with your feet

OUTRO:
F
Biya in Cameroon
Dm
Museveni in Uganda
F
Al-Bashir in Sudan
C
Kagame in Rwanda

Aftwerki in Eritrea
Al-Qaddafi in Libya
Zenawi in Ethiopia
Jammeh in Gambia

And many many more
Make them the last

A day out in Detroit

VERSE
Esus
Buildings fall to the ground
Do they even make a sound
D#
If there's no one around
B
To write it down

Cruise the streets in a homegrown car
Everywhere looks a bit bizarre
See no soul in the cinema
On your own in a derelict downtown bar

CHORUS
D#
Lonely times
B                              Esus
A dead dog day in Detroit

VERSE
No way out of the central station
What happened to the transportation?
Waiting for a train?
You'll be waiting for a long time

Withdraw what you want from the national bank
The books are on the floor in the public library
Try to tell somebody at the police station
Looks like the law left in a hurry

CHORUS

MIDDLE
F#              Esus
What a dead day?
F#                Esus
What would Ford say?

VERSE
Farwell and Donovan are showing their age
All they wants a living wage
The Broderick Towers
Hanging around, waiting for another chance

Check into the old Lee Plaza
It's got less stars than a barn in Gaza
The ballroom's quiet
Nobody feels like dancing today

CHORUS

Wednesday, 19 January 2011

Too big to fail is too big to save

Chords: D - G throughout (position and strumming varies)

CHORUS
Too big to fail is too big to save
And too big to save is too big to run
Too big to run is too big to watch
And too big to watch is only going to fail, they've got

VERSE (low and slow)
My money, their money, your money,
Our money's making money
Lending money, is their money
[stop]
Out there somewhere's my money
[keep strumming]

BRIDGE (Start softly builds up)
Lend it back with an interest tack
In a bundled pack to build a little old shack
With Freddie Mac, til you get the sack
Then you're on the stack til you get the hack

There's the crash you lose your home
They save there ass with a government loan
To no avail, as it becomes derailed
At the closing sale, when the system fails
[G]
It's none of those fuckers that are going to jail

CHORUS
Cos too big to fail is too big to save
And too big to save is too big to run, let me tell you now
Too big to run is too big to watch
And too big to watch is only going to fail

OUTRO
Too big x50

Monday, 17 January 2011

The loneliness of the banking chief executive

VERSE
Gm
Sometimes you wonder
Cm
Why you work so hard
Gm
Leading the way
Cm
It's tough at the top

And you're publicly hated
A banker's a dirty word
You're not appreciated
All the things that you've heard

BRIDGE
D#
But it's there at your lowest
F
When you feel the love

CHORUS
Bf
When you get your bonus
F
A million or two
D#
After all that you've done
Bf
It's the least they can do

Now you've got your bonus
And it's so bloody big
There's your reward
For all that you did

VERSE
But they should know you're not greedy
You could have had so much more
Money isn't everything
You've turned it down before

And it's getting too much
Enough is enough
You're taking retirement
The times are too rough

BRIDGE

CHORUS (pay-off)

VERSE
Then you're sitting at home
Alone and depressed
Filled with self-doubt
And heaped with regret

If you'd lived your life differently
A different choice at the start
You could have done something
More with your life

BRIDGE

CHORUS (pension)

The stone age didn't end because we ran out of stones

CHORUS
G
The stone age didn't end because we ran out of stones
D
Just new ideas
G
The stone age didn't end because we ran out of stones
D
They're already here

VERSE (one strum)
Am
There are no ideas in the mine
C
No solutions in the well
Em
Look up to the heavens
D
Don't dig us down to hell

G
There's more power in the sun
Am
Than we've ever going to need
Em
Don't keep going round in circles
D
For lazy greed

CHORUS

VERSE
All these excuses for waiting
Until there's nothing left
Take action yourself
To stop all the theft

Your purchasing power
Decides where we are
Buy solar panels
And turn in your car

CHORUS

MIDDLE
Am
We're stuck int he mud
C
Won't get out with a fight
G
Take out of the cave
D
And into the light

These fossil ideas
Time that they end
Convince yourself
And turn on your friends

CHORUS

The floods

CHORUS
Gm
It's the poorest people
Cm
In the valleys and the flood plains
Gm
It's the poorest people
Cm
Whose lives get washed away
Dm                                       Gm
Build where the others won't build

VERSE
Cm                                       Gm
You've got to blame urban planning
Cm                            Gm
Not lack of understanding
Cm
They're building everywhere
Dm                               F
In the places that always flood

While the evacuated ask why
The planners stay high and dry
Nobody in the know
Would willingly live down there

CHORUS

VERSE
In the same place it happened before
And you can be sure it will happen again
Memories dry out
Along with the water

And when they come back with their will
And quietly rebuild
Bigger
And the next time will be worse

CHORUS

Mohamed Bouazizi set the world alight

CHORUS
Dm
Mohamed Bouazizi, set himself alight
Em                         Am
Now the world is on fire

VERSE
Am
President Ben Ali
Dm
And his corrupt family
Em
For 22 years
Am
Lived a life of luxury

While the rest of the country cued
For the little expensive food
Misery was spreading
And the anger brewed

Supported by the West
Ben Ali survived protests
It took a martyr
To bring the whole house down

CHORUS

VERSE
26 years old
An educated man
Couldn't get a job
Started selling vegetables

Until the police came along
Took away his cart
Said you need a licence
That was the final straw

He decided to take a stand
One brave young man
To give the people
Reason enough to revolt

CHORUS

And what will happen next
Is still far from certain
Will the trumpets play again
For another ruler

Or will people power win
And democracy begin
The winds of change
Are blowing in all directions

CHORUS

Thursday, 13 January 2011

Plastic sea

VERSE
Bm                                    E
Out there in middle of each ocean
Bm                                           E
Are high pressure gyres with little motion
Bm
All the rubbish collects there
E
Swirls in from everywhere
F#                                    Bm
There they form a plastic sea

VERSE
The bad news is the problems getting smaller
As the pieces become too small to collect from a trawler
Just because plastic don't break down
Doesn't mean it can't be ground
Now everywhere's a plastic sea

CHORUS
F#                                         Bm
The process has already long begun
F#                                                  Bm
And soon there will be more plastic than plankton
F#
It works its way up the food chain
E
And makes a home in your brain
F#                               Bm
Welcome to the plastic sea

VERSE
So don't be surprised when the next time you gut a fish
And find it its stomach filled with plastic bits
All the chemicals in its flesh
That soon you will digest
As you eat the plastic sea

VERSE
They're already discussing the possibility
Of how it affects our virility
They said there wasn't proof
Until nobody can reproduce
Of course it was the plastic sea

BRIDGE
E
And they say there's no reversal
F#
And it's only going to get worse so
A                                   B
Better keep your DNA on ice

VERSE
And then as the sea levels rise
Keep your eggs and your sperm held high
Don't use an oil-based lube
Store them in a glass test tube
As you wade into the plastic sea

CHORUS
And then in 10,000 years time
They dig down to the plastic line
We got what we deserved
But at least we are preserved
Perfectly in a plastic sea

Waiting for your life to start

VERSE
Bfm
The grass is greener
D#m
And the air smells sweeter
Bfm                                 F
In the places that I've never been

And life will be better
When I get that letter
And my life begins

It's foolish thoughts like these
That I too often believe
Waiting for my life to start

So let me tell you son
That it has long begun
And the moments are already in your hand

All the problems now won't matter
The hangups all will scatter
When my life begins

That time I've waited for
Dreamed and planned before
When I'm forgiven for my transgressions and my sins


1/1/11

Saturday, 8 January 2011

After the Olympics has gone

VERSE
Am                          C
They're promising regeneration
G                          F
And a whole new legacy

For future generations
Well we'll just wait and see

CHORUS
C                           G
After the last medal's won
F                                            D7
Which venues will close, which will carry on
F7           E7                Am
After the Olympics has gone

VERSE
The stadium may be stripped down
The ideals tossed aside

With little left for the old town
Just the bill for the ride

CHORUS

MIDDLE
10 billion pounds doesn't buy a lot these days
Nothing that lasts anyway
You can bail out a bank, or stage an olympic event
And a lot of discontent

CHORUS

Friday, 7 January 2011

The rules (of Ayurveda)

VERSE (morning)
Bm
You wash your hands
You scrub your face
You scrape your tongue
Then meditate

F#
Then it's yoga
For half an hour
Then a massage
And a shower

Bm
You scrape your tongue
Then ginger tea
20 minutes
Before you eat

F#
Cook your fruit
And then your porridge
I get tired....
             Bm
...of the rules

VERSE (lunch)
You've peeled your almonds
That you soaked
And

CHORUS (slower)
D                                   F#m
I want to be like everybody else
D                                      F#m
Eat what I like and never really care
Bm                                                  D
I'd die in pain but at least I'd have a blast
F#                                Bm
Cos I'm so tired... of the rules

VERSE (faster)
You take your triphala

Soak the fruits
And the almonds

CHORUS (slower)
But every time I go a little crazy
Do something I know is really wrong
I wake up in the morning feeling so bad
That I go running... to the rules

You've got no taste

CHORUS
C                    F
You've got no taste
You've got NO taste
You've GOT no taste
Dm                    F                  Am
You're what's wrong with the world

VERSE
C               F
People like you
C                                F
Grow what we wade through
Am                       F                              G
In the restaurants, and the bars, and the streets

Buying their crap
Supporting what they do
Dragging the whole world down

CHORUS

VERSE
And you're perversely proud
Shouting out loud
About what's brilliant and new

Taste's a rare gift
Or something acquired
You have to work hard at it

CHORUS

Even if we never meet again, you'll always be my friend

VERSE
C
Well we talked the whole night
Am
Like old friends do
C
Perfectly normal
Am
Except I've just met you

We talked of vague plans
To keep in touch
But both of us knowing that that didn't matter much
G

CHORUS
C                                 Am
Cos if we never meet again
F                                 C
You'll always be my friend

VERSE
Well we put
The world to rights
Thinking the same thing

CHORUS