A Word To The Wise

by Popes Of Chillitown

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1.
Blame Game 04:09
What's the matter with you? Everything that you do You're so petulant yes and I repent for all the time that I spent with you What's the matter with me? I've got no self esteem I'm a man without a dream you know exactly what I mean No-one ever really cared about me. What am I to do? This is not my fault This is all your fault This is not your fault This is all my fault You want a rudeboy to be rude To be a fashionable dude Your wandering eye's got me wondering why I ever put up with your mood Well you make me so sad And if it's over then I'm glad Better to have loved and been bossed, at any rate I never lost, guess you didn't know what you had. What am I to do? What am I to do with you? This is not my fault This is all your fault This is not your fault This is all my fault Don't bite off more than you can chew It's never a wise thing to do Got eyes bigger than your stomach now it's somewhat of a mystery to you that we're through Won’t you give me some relief I've had so much of your grief There's only so much that two men can take, I've had enough for fuck's sake. I'm turning over a new leaf. What am I to do? What am I to do with you? This is not my fault This is all your fault This is not your fault This is all my fault
2.
I know I said I'd live my life with you But I can't compromise with you You said to pack my things and go Well I hope that you're happy now I've got soul I've got pride I've got justice on my side Well there's things about me you just don't know And now you'll never know But please believe I didn't ever want to leave Woman I guess you needed some time and space to breathe Now you're gone Woman you know you did me wrong I keep on searching now For a way to figure out A way out of this misery that surrounds me God help me find the words to say To make you stay just one more day Hold you close unto these arms I pray I pray to find shelter here, far away from this cold black air, Because I can't breathe without you there And thinking that you don't care Well it's so unfair I've got soul I've got pride I've got justice on my side Well there's things about me you just don't know and now you'll never know
3.
These creatures they come out at night Lesser spotted addicts of delight They emerge from the suburbs hungry And this is their mating call... I see the people Roaming the streets I watch them waiting for their beats I see the people I see it in their face I watch them waiting for their bass A word to the wise They could look just like me or you But early in my life I realised That I am one of them too All we need is a beat and a bassline Supply them to us and we’ll leave you alone All we ask is the tunes that we dance to Enhance our lives as we pass through
4.
Dalking Man 02:50
What's to understand, I'm a business man, Pen in my hand, won't you tell me where to sign. And I'll help you if I can If it takes a hundred grand Money in the bank, got money to spank Don't think nothing of it cos the profit is my thanks, and you're thick as two short planks I'm a general commanding the ranks, sir. Oh I say the way you live your life It leaves a lot to be desired When I count all the ways you've tried to live a better life, You never seem to get it right. What's to understand, I'm a teaching man, Pen in my hand, gonna write a lesson plan. And I'll help you if I can, if it takes a whole lifetime. And nothing personal to you, but I will assess you, three times a year and in your annual review. And I'll make you see the truth You learn nothing from life except from that in which you do. What's to understand I'm a gangster man, with my gun in my hand gonna kill you where you stand. Just to get what's in your hand I will do whatever I can. I'm sailing out to sea.
5.
Brave 02:36
Is there any more point in living? You're only living for yourself And is there any point in anger It don't do no good for your health Well every single word that you said Don’t comfort me now you're dead. And all of the advice that you gave Can't save me now that you're in your grave. What's the fucking point in anger? (well it’s all that I've ever known) So what am I supposed to feel then? (I don't know) Yes I am a very brave little boy with this sword that I keep by my side I've been around the world a hundred times Never seen so much beauty in one mind. I close my eyes and count to a million 5 seconds later they open wide Well what am I supposed to feel then? I don't know
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7.
I don’t know but I’ve been told that there’s places in the world where people are bought and sold I don’t know but I’ve been told that it’s not against the law to wanna break the mould My daddy told me to go and earn some money but I’d much rather be living where I’m happy Doing what I want and being who I want to be Celebrate your individuality Will I ever be free tomorrow? Will I ever be free today? I don’t know but I’ve told that people never anything that they’re told I don’t know but I’ve been told that it’s not against the law to wanna break the mould The only right path is the one that makes you happy whether living in the styx or living in the city Doing what I want and being who I want to be Celebrate your individuality Will I ever be free tomorrow? WIll I ever be free today?
8.
Martin, he has a lust for life Far too young to ever take a wife Like any young man he likes late nights Makes up for with regular exercise and balanced diet Normally he rides a fixed-gear bike He was out drinking with the boys from work last night Didn’t get into his bed until the small hours of the night After a lengthy and expensive taxi ride 8:10, shower and then, two Nurofen Sweating all the way to Mile End station As it turns out it was fine As he gets in the door just a little after nine To be precise it was 9:06 Orange juice, banana, Weetabix, Twix Filing files in the bin and chatting to people on linked-in Clicking on pics of random chicks For a voyeuristic fix He’s having a good little day A productive little monday He thinks his days are numbered He’ll be out of here some day And it’s sooner than he thinks Another day ends and it’s a quarter past five Buzzing around in the dark, like one of the hive Martin takes his place on the wrong side of the line And there’s evil lurking on the District Line Martin didn’t know the dangers He didn’t have a clue It would be hard to imagine that any man could do Such an evil thing unless you’ve seen it for yourself And I have, I have. Martin knew about not stopping at the red light Beat the bus to get to his desk on time At any cost, beat the boss Didn’t know about not straying beyond that yellow line That’s when he had to say goodbye to life As a random nutter, he put the shutters on his life With no reason or no rife Hand in the back, it’s an unprovoked attack As he pushed him on the track What an evil man, seemingly without a plan Was defined by his actions Martin’s a victim It comes over the tannoy just Seemingly to annoy us Now we’re all gonna miss Eastenders Haven’t you got Sky Plus? All we care about is us We wanna get home without all the fuss All we care about is us.
9.
Maybe I’m the one your mum and dad warned you about Maybe I’m the one whose intention you should doubt I never signed a form to say a fair game I would play I never promised you that your man I would stay We’re all nearer the switch than we’d really like to think And it doesn’t take a genius to see we’re all near the brink I’m pretty near to being the guy for whom you cross the street One more failed adventure and I will not be discreet So put me at the scene of the crime Because I have no alibi I’m not as innocent as I might seem But what reason do I have to lie? Do I have to... Take this down Take stock of what you really know about me Take some time to differentiate what you know and you believe Can you really say for sure that I’m a good man in what’s only been a few weeks? When you put it like that when you really think about it is it so hard to conceive? We’re all nearer the switch than we’d really like to think And it doesn’t take a genius to see we’re all near the brink I’m pretty near to being the guy for whom you cross the street One more failed adventure and I will not be discreet So put me at the scene of the crime Because I have no alibi I’m not as innocent as I might seem But what reason do I have to lie So put me at the scene of the crime Because I have no alibi I’m not as innocent as I might seem But what reason do I have to lie Do I have to lie?
10.
This is all you could have hoped for This is all you ever will get This is alright But I'm just waiting for more oh so much more Wake up in the morning Put on the same old deathly dark blue suit You never get it dry cleaned do you? Got better things to do. Used to be a sign of elegance Used to separate the boys out from the men And it does, it's just the other way round and that's a problem for you because... Trying to turn this into something that of which your conscience will approve You don't stand much more to win or lose and every day you put on the same old pair of smelly brown shoes Looking round for somebody to set you free Well I'm sorry but that really just isn't me I've got my own responsibilities but you persist and you persist and I resist and say desist please! This is the best that you've ever known Well if I justify it and I take my own stance does it make me a better man? (Not at all) Well if I generate some of my own sounds well you don't even stand a chance with me.
11.
Badman 05:20
Swords are outlawed so only outlaws have swords But they come in handy kicking back the hordes Stay peaceful let whatever will be But keeping quiet well that just isn’t me They’re at my door Armed to the teeth With simple thoughts Of naivety I’m a badman, I’m a badman, come too close you’re gonna end up a stabbed man I’m a badman, I’m a badman, come too close you’re gonna end up a stabbed man I’m a psycho, I don’t like you, come too close and I’ll want just to fight you I’m a psycho, I don’t like you, you’re coming way too close don’t you know Out my window I just see lost souls Muttering about how they want to fulfil their goals They say other places are where they want to be But they’re still anchored in this sinking country (This is not how you wanted me to be) Now you’re standing over me And I’m begging at your mercy (This is not how you wanted this to go) Well it’s a shame that we don’t have more control It’s a shame that we don’t have more control It’s a shame that we don’t have more control It’s a shame that we don’t have more I’m not the white Obama, I’m another random bunner and I live with brothers and my mother in another London borough Never been no one for trouble, short haircuts in the summer Support our troops but war is bad karma

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released March 4, 2013

All tracks written, composed & performed by Popes of Chillitown
With Rishi Chopra (track 3) and Claire Ellis (track 2)

Austen Cruickshank - vocals, melodica
Matt Conner - vocals, acoustic guitar
Liz Mitchell - tenor sax (except tracks 2 & 9)
Ewan Cant - lead guitar
Arvin Bancil - bass
Jack Ashley - drums, percussion, keys, vocals
Gary Smith - tenor sax (tracks 2 & 9)

Engineered, mixed & produced by Paul Jones and Jack Ashley

Artwork by Scott Gibbs, Jack Ashley and Austen Cruickshank

Mastered by John Webber at Blue Pro Mastering, London

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POPES OF CHILLITOWN are a Ska/Dub/Punk band from London, who have been rampaging through the UK scene for the last few years like an unstoppable grooving, skanking juggernaut.

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