Work Hard, Play Hard, See You In The Graveyard

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released May 4, 2018

​Words and music by Popes Of Chillitown
Produced by Popes Of Chillitown
Engineered by Sean Woodlock at Hackney Road Studios
Mixed by James Bragg
Mastered by John Webber at Air Mastering
Artwork by Mark Bell

Matt Conner- Vocals, Acoustic Guitar
Arvin Bancil- Bass
Jack Ashley- Drums, Vox, Percussion
Thomas Penn- Guitar, Vox
Ieuan Williams- Trombone, Vox
Will Rathbone- Saxophone

Phil Burns - Hammond (Track 7)

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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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Track Name: Prang
So what's it gonna be now that you wanna be more than a memory, legacy of prodigy?
Another word to the wise listen up this time.

Doing it properly, marriage kids and property.
Bad deep down but good when I gotta be.
Big tings come to those who repent in the end.

Well I remember when belief it came as a relief;
a way to ease the pain and the grief of the beef and the tea leaf life.
I'm about to lose my freedom or my mind.
Pillow for my head and a table for my time.

This is typical! You know! I'm worth it! Just give me time! So! Hey!

Boys need sympathy, hobbies and activities.
Girls in a world of sexual proclivity need just know they're not void of a meaning.
Well allow me to define my own reality:
Sour grapes make haste for the taste of needy.
Sorry if I seem so greedy with my own fucking time.

10 out of ten. It's alright! I'm worth it! Just go ahead! Until you know....

Just go ahead and throw it. Just go ahead and blow it. Just go ahead and throw it. Just go ahead... Just go ahead and throw your life down the drain. Just go ahead do what you like it's all the same to me. Just go ahead and throw your life down the drain. Just go ahead...

You're always fucking moaning claiming this and that. And then you’re only feeling lonely cos you ain't got any friends. We search for meaninglessness in a bottomless consciousness. Tell me what a man like me has left to prove to you?

And now you find yourself inside a kind of timeless lie. Well time how the fuck am I supposed to live my life? Is this ambiguousness or have you just run out of lies.....?

Just go ahead and throw your life down a downward spiral. Just go ahead do what you like I don't give a shite. Just go ahead and throw it. Just go ahead...
Track Name: Get Off/Get On
I feel more than just useless. I feel at loss to refuse this anymore. I've come to far to turn back. It's all so confusing; while I slide I slip into my own fire and I smile seemingly in denial.

Well I can't keep proving my intentions. It’s doing me no good so I just keep using the same tricks and tactics that I'm used to. Go ahead and stick the boot in. I know I said I'd quit the smoking and boozing too. I'm genuinely sorry I consistently lied to you. Yes I lied to you.

What can I do? What can I say? I can't change the way that I behave. What can I do? What can I say?

Well I know there's no use in making you breathe in my pollution but I'm dragging you down to the bottom. So tell me what would you do (you're still young) if our destinies weren't still intertwined? If the stars were differently aligned...?

Follow your soul it will lead you into a better place...
Track Name: Vexed
Man's getting vexed....well he's not getting any sex. Check the calls, check the texts: It seems it appears that there's zero interest. Dicks and twat, he used to get it on tap. Now she can't get none of that. Life got side tracked. What do you think of that boy? What do you think of that? What do you think of that girl? What do you think of that?

I'm sorry if I ever did you wrong. You’re checking on me all the time. Ties that bind, I find them tight. I'm not the type to say sorry (if I'm allowed to say so).
You used to like me, only slightly, once upon a time, not long ago.

Chicks with dicks. I want the fish with the chips. Sucky sucky 5 dollar, boom boom soul brother. Just say he's addicted. Throw him in the pit. Boom tick a lick, but she's a fucking lunatic; written in her eyes there'll be no witnesses. We can set aside our gripes for the night. Rude girl hold tight it's not worth the hype.

I'm sorry, for whatever that I did was wrong.
You don't accept responsibility at all because your mind’s so closed.
Track Name: No Manners In Ireland
I'm afraid of spiders. I'm afraid of the dark. I'm afraid of Eisengaard and hybrid cars and biker bars. I'm a fly like Tarzan (Goldblum) and I made it to the moon. Now I'm afraid of coming back down but everyone knows it's not the fall that kills you.

If fortune favours bravery then I guess I'm out of luck. All these years of living unsavoury, hell-bent on giving up. I've heard of rhyme and reason, cause and consequence; they’re just things that apply to other people. My Life is pure nonsense.

But I remember when love was enough
I remember love

If you're scared of piranhas don’t go swimming in the sea. Stay indoors pyjama'd and bored all cosied up in front of the tv. Don't talk to me about destiny, absorbing me into anonymity. (I’m sorry)
I remember love

Coulda shoulda woulda been a better man, more than I am but I'm stuck as I am.

They say no man is an island and worse things happen at sea. Turn your hand to cannibalism but a can of red bull will do just fine for me. Get me out of this prison. Woman set me free. I'm bored and I've given it my all and I want to go home now. There's no manners in Ireland, so pog ma hon and go home! We're all just ignorant immigrants claiming this land was ever our own.

It'll all be fine just give it time. Coulda shoulda woulda been a better man, more than I am. I'm stuck as I am.

Rude girl tell me truth cos I'm far too long in the tooth I say for this shit, not again. I say we just forget it.

Now I'm not scared anymore:
I know I'm lying to myself.
Track Name: Upside Down
I might step back and try to retract because I haven't got an answer for that. It's not in my notes so I’ll take a repose; obviously I don't want to lose any votes. Better to say nothing of any significance and maintain my distance with a disciplined ambivalence, just sit on the fence.

We gotta turn it round. We gotta turn it upside down. We gotta turn it round. Why don’t we turn it upside down?

I know what i find when I look inside your mind; ignorant persistence is the product of a broken mind. I know what i find when I look inside your mind; ignorant persistence make an idiot but more refined.

Recline in my chair you can cheer and applaud because what I just said was awesome. Take a sip of water while you pause for thought and of course I’ll be knocking on your door soon with the same exact sentences perfected to the letter cos research shows “If it ain't broke don't fix it- went down well on the telly why risk it?”

If it happens in Syria it's not very serious but when it happens nearer everybody gets delirious. We’re not at war we're in denial. There’s no eastern peace pact east of the Nile. They're dying its a fact but we’re too busy sitting back watching X factor sucking on a fag butt to give a fuck...

I know what i find when I look inside your mind; ignorant persistence make a product of a broken mind. I know what i find when I look inside your mind; ignorant persistence make an idiot but more refined. I know what i find when I look inside your mind; ignorant persistence make a product of a broken mind. I know what i find when I look inside your mind; belligerent persistence and innocence and dissidence.
Track Name: The Last Elephant
Mark my words that we're out of the worst and everything is gonna get better for us all. Scarred was the earth at the date of my birth and it's only got worse til the time of my curtain call. I know you think that we can't dream, but when asleep I see the wood for the trees. When will we be anything more than another foot note in history? I know you think you're better than lions and tigers, sharks and elephants...It's true. We only represent an animal analogy so don't be mad at me.

Carry only what you can, pile it high and watch it all burn. When will you people ever learn?
Carry only what you can, pile it high and watch it all burn. When will you ever learn?

Death and taxes are all that is certain. If you think that this is gonna get better you're a fool. Don't go making any plans for the long term.
You’re gonna get exactly just what you deserve! And when you look at me, what do you see? Can't escape your destiny. You and me, when will we be anything more than another sick joke in history?

So carry only what you can, pile it high and watch it all burn. When will you people ever learn? Carry only what you can, pile it high and watch it all burn. Will you ever learn?

Work.hard.play.hard.see.you.in.the.graveyard
Track Name: Mr. Piotr
You say we can't talk about anything but when I tell you truth you want to run and hide.
So confused about so many things. We're all insane when we close our eyes.

All I want is just to feel just a little bit. Tell me something that is real. We're so innocent.

You say that this is all irrelevant. Gotta download this before you die. Make amends for the hell of it. It's not your place to question why. Don’t buy it cos I'm not selling it. We're just friends but with added benefits. Shut up and take your medicine one dose at a time. One dose at a time.

Aren't you tried of picking on the victims?
Stick to somebody your own size!

You say you don't ask for too much in life, like anybody else just trying to get by. Now your lifestyle's optimised you're just waiting to die, just waiting to die.

All I want is just to feel just a little bit. Just a little bit more. Tell me something that is real. We're so innocent.

Got a lot of growing up to do so why don't you walk a mile in my shoes and then tell me what I'm supposed to do?! Why don't you?

Aren't you tried of picking on the victims?
Stick to somebody your own size.
Aren't you tired of trying to beat the system one cog at a time?
Track Name: What A Guy
His chin never stopped moving. His face was like custard. His expression disapproving; like a cat tasting mustard. And his face was far too much for me to take out on that one hot day with the sun staring in my eyes.

What a cunt he’s become. What a cunt; seen his ugly mug down the pub and he's your self-proclaimed overlord, destroying everyone and anything you've ever loved.

We all know no-ones perfect. It's a waste of time when these lies infiltrate and occupy every single last crevice of the maze that is your mind.

His face made a pretty picture, if you like horror movies. I'm not a fan of science fiction.
I prefer Punch and Judy.

We all know no-ones perfect. It's a waste of time when these lies infiltrate and occupy every single last crevice of your mind. We all know no -ones perfect. It's a waste of time when these lies infiltrate and occupy every never ending crevice of the dark amazing place that is your mind.

I'm a serious recidivist but I must protest my innocence in this specific instance it’s the system and I'm sick of this. And I'm trying to explain to a jury of my equals that I'm sure that I'm not evil, at least not by design anyway. And any bad choices that I made were never really mine to make. Nothing in life was ever really my mistake. Allow me to re-aliterate, in an attempt to set the record straight. You see I came to life a little late; I only seek to obliterate, obfuscate and confiscate almost everything that you hate. Tell me that im too late...

Happiness was an illusion. We never stopped moving. When we stopped to catch our breath we found ourselves behind.
Track Name: Inner Peace
I need peace and quiet. I Don't wanna have to justify it, listen to me riot. Figuring out my problems on my own at the expense of the rest of the world. I want freedom but only for me cos the problems of humanity are getting far too much for me. Tell me why can't you see that I just need to breathe?

Talking about original sin....Way back when in the garden it all kicked off. Where was your God? When they kicked the doors in where were the Christians?

Irrespective of inadequate design up and up we climb. Up and up we climb. Hanging on to the truths that we cling to. Sell or save our souls on the way through.
And we don't look back - no retrospection. Yeah we all just relax - its self-deception.
And the old folks say: “They've got it easier these days".

So much for socialism, we’ve evolved to erode and dissolve any single last notion of it. Stoicism’s gone missing, replaced with we know-it-all-ism and it shows. So much for socialism, we’re controlled and patrolled, enrolled in our own individual prisons.
Pragmatism is a futile mission in a stagnant vision of a world where we don't listen.

Can you imagine world wide famine; bears with no salmon, just bad men with cannons? Barren lands and rivers from the Nile to the Shannon? Sounds incredible? Shit happens.

Hey kids let's do some colouring in! Get the pens get the paper! Have a gander at some war-time hand to hand propaganda. Before it's too late to indoctrinate we gotta teach them to hate as soon as they're capable; realise when we dropped the A-bomb was wrong.

Hurry up and push the button

No genie for Aladdin could fix the fact the Jasmine's a has-been, a was-been, caught up in the cross fire of a war, which; when examined, could have easily abandoned let alone avoided. Shit happens.
Track Name: Take Control
Tell me that you like me; honestly, involuntarily, thrice nightly. Help me with my life please.
Tell me all your pipe dreams, quiet as the night screams. Tell me that it's likely that we're falling in love. I need just to hear such words from your lips, from your heart, from your mouth from your lungs.

Do I need a telling off? Get it off my chest and we'd both be better off. Do i need a spanking?
So much steam won't you let it off and then afterwards you'll thank me. But all this screaming and shouting! Stop it. I I'd say put your money where your mouth is but I don't know where it's been.

I gotta take control. If you won't talk then I bloody will. When did this dialogue become a monologue? You know I'd say I'm sorry but I'm really not.

Tell me what it's all for cos I'm sick of feeling awful all for nothing at all.
Have another Daiquiri. If you're a bit more pissed then you cant stay mad at me. Managing my vanity at the expense of my sanity and you’re showing me just what a man should be but I’m not listening at all.

Excuse me while I dig a bigger hole

I'm a fool acting the way I do around you and you can't change anything (at all).

See you in the cemetery. Side by side for eternity in a big box under the ground so safe and sound. All forms of life are far away and no heat nor light ever touches us cos we're tucked safe in the shade.

Excuse me while I dig a bigger hole

I’m gonna take control. If you won't talk then I bloody will. When did this dialogue become a monologue? You know I'd say I'm sorry but I'm really not. So i take control. In humans' talk it's the end of the world. How can we carry on when the pteranodons and all the mastodons are gone?
Track Name: Lego Prisoners
Is this all that you're giving us? Well this shit is a waste of my time. Fuck you and your business. Well we're all now visionless saving us all time. Saving us all time. Saving us all the time in the world.

Make more enemies you'll have more friends before you die. Spend your time perfecting bad habits and getting in debt. Save your money for that rainy day that never comes all the while while you're feeling depressed.

This is what you get now, this is what you get now when you live a lie. While we're on the subject I might tell you I'm a really nice guy. Give it all up for me now, give it all up for me now please give it a try. Give it all up for me now, give it all up for me now please give it a try.

They walled up prisoners. This poor man's given his life. Well it's none of your business. We're all now visionless, saving us all time. Saving us more time. Saving us all the time in the world.
Track Name: Culpa
Culpa mea culpa. Prepared for the past but not for the future. Did far too much too old and never was told when I was young. I'm accustomed to being spoken to in a certain manner so why don't you try at least a little bit. Try at least a little bit to fit in. Why should I abide, take my time? The things you say about my life it's not right. Riles me up. When will the bullying stop? I'm accustomed to being spoken to in a certain manner so why don't you try at least a little bit. Try at least a little bit to fit in.

Some people are evil. Some people they're living in a dream world. It's not deep though what they think so if thought is an infectious disease, then riddle me this please: How can it exist in every man, wisdom In the guilty and the innocent? Just look around and you will find the wise man learns from his mistakes but the wiser man learns from those that other people make. Make no mistake, not every man is your friend but every man is your teacher.

Some people are deceitful. Look you straight in the eyes tell you nothing but lies. And I guess that you're the trusting type; one of the ones who make the world so beautiful and bright.

Could this be the day when we all say goodbye? All this fear is ok. There’s relief in the peace that is coming our way so there's no need to hide. I will shelter you.

God made you in his image, gave you a beginning where you end up it depends on your decisions innit. He can only show you the door but you've gotta walk through by yourself. God made you in his image, gave you a beginning where you end up it depends on your decisions innit. He can only show you the door but you've gotta walk through. Study hard become a doctor. Get rich quick buy a fucking helicopter. Study hard become a doctor. Get rich quick buy a mother fucking chopper. Come on. Study hard become a doctor. Get rich quick buy a fucking helicopter. Study hard become a doctor. Get rich quick.

I'm a monkey up in my castle. Ask me a question go on you little rascal I dare you. I stare you down I know the answers I swear to you. I'm a monkey up in my castle ask me a question go on you little rascal I dare you I stare you down I know I know the answers I swear down.

Consider this....Is it something that I missed a subtle twist? It isn't what it wasn't and it wasn't what it is. If you keep running with your eyes closed you're gonna break your nose. So tell me why do we carry on? Is this all for the benefit of everyone? You’re trying to make me stay, well I must be off...

It's not enough

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