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