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June 14th, 2018

New single:

Minimum Wage

CHORUS
We get the minimum wage
They want the maximum work
We get the minimum wage
How do they calculate
How little you're worth?
The people who are setting it
Are not those who are getting it
The people who are setting it
Are not those who are getting it
The people who are setting it
Are not the ones working here
Are not the ones working

VERSE 1
Down at mom and pop's
Transnational doughnut shop
Workers take their 15 minute break
Rita reads her fiction
Samir sends a text
Connie curses the hours to go
And Dave smokes a cigarette
He says, "They'll cut my hours
I can't lose much more
The boss has all the power
Yeah this feels just like war"
Connie heard that the price of things
Will go up with the raise
Rita says, "Raise or no raise,
Prices go up anyway"
Samir shrugs and mutters,
"I'm just gonna suffer
With my sisters and brothers"

CHORUS
We get the minimum wage
They want the maximum work
We get the minimum wage
How do they calculate
How little you're worth?
The people who are setting it
Are not those who are getting it
The people who are setting it
Are not those who are getting it
The people who are setting it
Are not the ones working here
Are not the ones working here

VERSE 2
Now Rita's good with numbers
She says, "Now let's see here
Mr. Mom and Mrs. Pop
Clear a quarter a mil a year
There are 26 employees
That's ten grand from each of us
At no point in our training
Did those numbers get discussed
So fifty-one hundred a week
Just let me calculate
The two bucks an hour more we get
Still leaves them with thirty-eight hundred
Thirty-eight hundred a week
And in that week, we make about
A tenth of that, I'd guess
But it serves them very well to have us
Fight amongst ourselves
So they punish us, they threaten us
Call us greedy, too
Say, 'How could you ask for more
After all we've given you?'"
Connie does an eye roll
Dave puts out his smoke
Says, "So, what's the punchline?
'Cause working here's a joke
In a thousand towns
We're a hundred thousand strong
We could take them on"

CHORUS
We get the minimum wage
They want the maximum work
We get the minimum wage
How do they calculate
How little you're worth?
The people who are setting it
Are not those who are getting it
The people who are setting it
Are not those who are getting it
The people who are setting it
Are not the ones working here
Are not the ones working here

VERSE 3
Connie asks rhetorically
"How did we get so tame?
Bosses always want more money
Why don't we think the same?
Yeah, when the bosses talk of
The economy and stuff
The worst thing that could happen
Is that workers made enough
To live but there is more to it
Than just a living wage
It's about who gets to crack the whip
And who gets shown the cage
But if we worked together
Organized and planned
We could stand up and demand
All of that five grand
Stolen from us, there's no doubt
It's ours but we go without
Every week year in year out"

CHORUS
We get the minimum wage
They want the maximum work
We get the minimum wage
How do they calculate
How little you're worth?
The people who are setting it
Are not those who are getting it
The people who are setting it
Are not those who are getting it
The people who are setting it
Are not the ones working here
Are not the ones working here

CODA
I would be the last to claim
I'm an expert at this game
But I'll say it just the same
The minimum wage would be higher
Politicians inspired
If the ones who wield power
Were paid by the hour
Yeah their righteousness would be on fire
Thanks to just one qualifier
They would know where we're coming from
Yeah they would know where we're coming from
And they'd come up with a tidy sum
If there was a single wage for everyone
 

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Lyrics by John Newlands and Rachael Charbonneau
Music by John Newlands


Previous releases:

The Ocean Is Broken (single) - January 21st, 2018

The ocean is broken
The ocean alone can heal
Can heal
Your fixes are tokens
And just one more way to steal
To steal
Steal from the commons
Steal from the masses
To damn your own children
And the exploited classes

CHORUS:
The ocean is broken
The people in fear
Industrial capitalism is what happened here
She won't ask nicely
Neither must we
We'll need to make you just let her be
Just let her be
Let her breathe
Set her free

The ocean was broken
By capitalistic crimes
Ruling class crimes
The wounds are wide open
The ocean will heal with time
Eonic time
Time of no black skies
No radiation
No desperate workers
No more oppression

CHORUS

The ocean, the cradle
The keeper of all that's come to pass
Come to pass
She murmurs the fable
The white bird that sits atop the mast
Atop the mast

CHORUS
 

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Lyrics by John Newlands and Rachael Charbonneau
Music by John Newlands


No Neutrals (single) - November 27th, 2017


 

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Lyrics by John Newlands and Rachael Charbonneau
Music by John Newlands


Your Children's World (single) - November 7th, 2017
 


 

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Lyrics by John Newlands and Rachael Charbonneau
Music by John Newlands


Alarm Clock (single) - July 26th, 2017

ALARM CLOCK

Two a.m. awake with a worried mind
Fall back asleep at 4:59
How will I survive
I've got to get up at five

No matter when I go to bed
That circuit's burning in my head
I won't get the time back
That little red light burns through the black

CHORUS
Alarm clock
Alarm clock
Is no way
To start your day
Alarm clock
Alarm clock
One more day
I trade for pay
Alarm clock
Alarm clock
Workers of the world
It is time to organize

I have to snap to and not be late
And my love for life turns to hate
I will come to harm
To the sound of that alarm

CHORUS

I could choose the radio
A stranger telling me it's time to go
That is no advance
The boss still calls the dance
The time is never right
For a machine to end the night

Snooze button
Snooze button
The I-still-lose button
Is not my friend
I'll just hear that alarm again in ten

But Saturday just feels so good
And Sunday starts like every day should
It's not that I'm lazy
Or I like to be hazy
It's just that there is no alarm clock
To drive and keep me crazy

CHORUS

Alarm clock
Alarm clock
Alarm clock
Alarm clock
Alarm clock
Alarm clock

They make it sound like an emergency
Making more profit for the company
That fucked up fictitious entity
Cannot be torn from sleep like me

copyright 2017 John Newlands and Rachael Charbonneau
 

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Lyrics by John Newlands and Rachael Charbonneau
Music by John Newlands


Capitalism Must Die - February 28th, 2017


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This album was inspired in part by the Stephanie McMillan book of the same name. You can find it here.

words by John Newlands and Rachael Charbonneau
music by John Newlands
tenor saxophone: Michael McArthur
trombone: Blair McNally
trumpet: Nick Ross
image by Stephanie McMillan
 
 


The Lesser Evil (single) - October 16th, 2016


 

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Lyrics by John Newlands and Rachael Charbonneau
Music by John Newlands


The Recurring Story Of M. T. Promise (single) - May 27th, 2016


 

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Lyrics by John Newlands and Rachael Charbonneau
Music by John Newlands

This is the second in my series of songs inspired by a sitting Canadian prime minister.

The first in my series of songs inspired by a sitting Canadian prime minister, Last Of The Polar Bears, is here.


Empire Lounge - December 2nd, 2014

Empire Lounge John Newlands

Lyrics by John Newlands and Rachael Charbonneau
Music by John Newlands

Additional engineering by Joe Fiorino, Kevin Closs, and Sean Perras

Running orderist: Rachael Charbonneau

Artwork by John Newlands and Rachael Charbonneau

contributors:
Joe Fiorino
Chris Peplinski
Andrea McColeman
Carter Umpherson
Allan Walsh
Anita Ansamaa
Kevin Closs
Rachael Charbonneau
Matt Foy
Brian Quebec

Thanks to Sean Perras for the marimba, and to Allan Walsh for translating the saxophone charts into Saxophone.

Made in Northern Ontario

To listen to a song, click on a title.
To download the album, right-click on a download button
and choose 'Save Target As...'.
For best results, set your CD burner to "No pause between tracks"

  1 Holy Dollar | download
  2 Sociopaths' Social Club | download
  3 Known To The Police | download
  4 Train Rolled On | download
  5 This Place | download
  6 Empire Lounge | download
  7 Listen Tonight | download
  8 Peace Never Had A Chance | download
  9 The Future | download

lyrics
 

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While this album is free to download, donations to the cause are appreciated.

Mailing address:

John Newlands
478 Buchanan Street
Sudbury, Ontario
P3C 1E5

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John Franklin's Piano - October 23rd, 2012

"Buy these songs from John. It will do you a world of good." -Kevin Closs

"I am excited to say the new album by John Newlands "JOHN FRANKLIN'S PIANO" will open your eyes to many truths of the world that most of us know nothing about." -Fionna Tough

I recorded this album in Sudbury and on Manitoulin Island.
Kevin Closs wrote "Genocide By Proxy".
Rachael Charbonneau effectuated the running order and sang on "Rain".

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and choose 'Save Target As...'.

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  1 John Franklin's Piano | download
  2 19th Century | download
  3 Genocide By Proxy | download
  4 Class War | download
  5 Limousine | download
  6 Without A Fight | download
  7 Galen Weston | download
  8 Techno Fix | download
  9 Tony Hayward | download
10 Corporate Culture Made My Baby Cry | download
11 Clover | download
12 Rain | download

lyrics

Made in Northern Ontario

NOTE: Please select 'gapless playback' or equivalent.

While this album is free to download, donations to the cause are appreciated.

Mailing address:

John Newlands
478 Buchanan Street
Sudbury, Ontario
P3C 1E5

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Do The Resist - October 24th, 2011


cover image: quilt by Rachael Charbonneau

Writing locations: Sudbury, Stony Bay, Manitoulin Island
Recording locations: Sudbury, Manitoulin Island

To listen to a song, click on a title.
To download the album, right-click on a download button
and choose 'Save Target As...'.
For best results, set your CD burner to "No pause between tracks"

1 11:59 | download
2 Do The Resist | download
3 Sci-Fi Boys | download
4 A City Is A Dead Thing | download
5 One More Rock Star | download
6 Last Of The Polar Bears | download
7 Where's The Revolution? | download

Made in Northern Ontario

NOTE: Please select 'gapless playback' or equivalent.

While this album is free to download, donations to the cause are appreciated.

Mailing address:

John Newlands
478 Buchanan Street
Sudbury, Ontario
P3C 1E5

email