A Word To The Wise

by Popes Of Chillitown

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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 London, UK

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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Track Name: Blame Game
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
Track Name: Now You'll Never Know
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
Track Name: I See Dub People
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
Track Name: Dalking Man
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.
Track Name: Brave
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
Track Name: Tooting Ska Moon
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?
Track Name: Person Under A Train
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.
Track Name: Scene Of The Crime
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?
Track Name: Holding Out For More
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.
Track Name: Badman
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