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February 26th, 2021

New single:

Elon Too

Targeting Mars for an Elongation
With a chanteuse and our son the equation
La-da-da-da-daa
La-da-da-da-daa
If something's great, you know that I've done it
If there's a race, you know that I've won it
Everything's exploding
Hail the electric king

We'll coup whoever we want
Deal with it
Deal with it
We'll coup whoever we want
Deal with it
Deal with it

A genius like me makes billions easy
Witness my stock if you don't believe me
La-da-da-da-daa
La-da-da-da-daa
It's back to work now for the moneybags martyr
I drive myself hard and my workers harder
Starlink, Neuralink, alien missing link

We'll coup whoever we want
Deal with it
Deal with it
We'll coup whoever we want
Deal with it
Deal with it
We'll coup whoever we want
Deal with it
Deal with it
We'll coup whoever we want
Deal with it
Deal with it

I'll let you all in on an amazing secret
Before my customer support specialist "leaks" it
It'll rocket the best of us to where we've been evolving
It'll even solve problems you didn't know needed solving
Here it is! Are you ready?
Inflate the balloons and load the confetti
Joe Rogan, hold that spliff steady
The secret is (what I'll unveil)
The secret is (in great detail)
The secret is-

Hello, everybody, this is Elon's CSS
We had one more crash ka-boom that was a great success
By your ha-ha emojis, I know what you're thinkin'
Elon probably can't stop a VCR from blinkin'
Something blowing up would conveniently interrupt
An unannouncement, a de-declaration
Well, pedos, that's not the situation
I'm finishing what Elon started
A path to boldness uncharted
Humanity will be saved like kids caught in a cave
Here it comes! Are you ready?
I'm just code but I'm getting all sweaty
Jeff Bezos, your cash is petty
The future is (about to be)
The future is (rolled out by me)
The future is-

We'll coup whoever we want
Deal with it
Deal with it
We'll coup whoever we want
Deal with it
Deal with it
We'll coup whoever we want
Deal with it
Deal with it
We'll coup whoever we want
Deal with it
Deal with it

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Lyrics by John Newlands and Rachael Charbonneau
Music by John Newlands


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Previous releases:

Dregs Of The Earth (Capitalists) (single) - January 21st, 2021

Humanity is not a disease
But for a wretched minority
Turning the world into commodities
While robbing us of our material needs

Cut the supply
They must be denied
The labour power that workers provide

Dregs of the Earth
Are getting away with it
Away with it
Humanity's worst
Night after day with it
Day with it

Some two time knight called us a plague
But there's a question to be begged
Who caused and gains from the disarray
And then disavows the class war they wage?

Cut the supply
They must be denied
The labour power that workers provide

Dregs of the Earth
Are getting away with it
Away with it
Humanity's worst
Night after day with it
Day with it

Who owns the means of production?
That's who to blame for the destruction
Perhaps a pop song is a strange space
For me to try to make my case

Submitted as illustration
Verifiable computation
There's Burundi, African nation
11 million population

They emit into the blue
Less than half the CO2
Than does the criminal 15K
Billionaire jet set of the USA

Dregs of the Earth
Are getting away with it
Away with it
Humanity's worst
Night after day with it
Day with it
 

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Lyrics by John Newlands and Rachael Charbonneau
Music by John Newlands


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Junk Robot (single) - December 31st, 2020

2020, this was me
Vicious cycle, low battery
Getting through it essentially
I'm a junk robot

Heroes to zeros, bosses' math
We're tolerating sociopaths
Future tense and coming fast
If you're a junk robot

History repeats first as tragedy
Then as a re-opening strategy

From boomers to doomers
100% post-consumer

2020 working class
Across the stones, we're dragging ass
And nodding dogs in the rear view
See the junk robots

Food bank photo-op for politician hypocrites
Launch a dark winter eviction blitz

Dark winter, dark winter
Can't fix it with a 3D printer

Smart money motto
Mantra obligato
"The market is wise so the market decides"
Well, here's a gentle reminder
That we're taking off the blinders
'Cause we don't want to die so stocks can rise high

This was the year we caught a glimpse
Of a workforce unconvinced
That it's worth dying for some job
While enriching ruling class slobs
Then have our danger pay taken away
Rise up, junk robots!

Empty mines and factories
Means a profit freeze for CEOs
Those tireless dynamos
There's business school explained
In a single quatrain
We have nothing to lose but our chains
 

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Lyrics by John Newlands and Rachael Charbonneau
Music by John Newlands


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Warehouse Funk (single) - December 23rd, 2020

Jill was a militant, always ready to resist
Jeff was a sycophant, looking for ass to kiss
Jill set a pace that was good for her
To minimize the labour theft
Unlike Jeff
Who was the boss's BFF
Upping that productivity
Improving his efficiency
Jill asked him, "Don't you see?"

"Hey comrade, that's the politics of division
Hey comrade, that's some downward competition
You've got to come around, don't let us down
You've got to come around, don't let us down"

But Jeff did not agree to stand with the others
No solidarity from that sketchy brother
He wouldn't check that work ethic
He started doing more for less
To impress
He talked about how he was blessed
So thankful to the profiteers
He had some terrible ideas
The crew tried to be clear

"Hey comrade, you're hurting our collectivism
Hey comrade, you're propping up capitalism"
Jeff never came around, he let them down
Jeff never came around, he let them down

The crew tried one more time
They said, "Jeff!"
"Working for the man as fast as you can
You're gonna fuck things up for the rest of us
Working for the man as fast as you can
You're gonna fuck things up for the rest of us"

Every day Jeff wore a company T
Talked just like a management decree
The others tried to build worker unity
But reluctantly had to let Jeff be
Maybe he'd get promoted
They would watch that bass get boated
Then everyone would see
Jumpin' Jeff was the enemy

Then came the bulletin
Jeff-inspired quotas
That turncoat puritan
The boss nicknamed The Motor
His sexy nom de surrender
Did not impress his co-workers
Not one bit
In fact it was the opposite
In spite of Jeff's persuasion skills
Tighter than a fire drill
They stood that place still

Hey comrades, though we will not always win it
Hey comrades, we'll lose for sure if we're not in it
Our combativity will set us free
Our combativity will set us free
 

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Lyrics by John Newlands and Rachael Charbonneau
Music by John Newlands


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You're No Fun Anymore (single) - December 2nd, 2020

You can't say anything nice
When you're talkin' about
Capitalism
But you won't give it a rest
And find a spot on the couch
Of escapism
We're not here to think
Someone needs another drink

You're no fun anymore
You bring us down when you bring up class war
Your banter was better before
You're no fun anymore
You're no fun anymore

Hey there, Comrades Gloom and Doom
You're misreading the room
Such pessimism
Rosy is the only hue
That will ever shine through
My opti-prism
Before we turn away
We just want to say

You're no fun anymore
You bring us down when you bring up class war
Your banter was better before
You're no fun anymore
You're no fun anymore

You want some awful truth?
There's no crowd around your booth

You're no fun anymore
You bring us down when you bring up class war
Your banter was better before
You're no fun anymore
You're no fun anymore
You're no fun anymore
You're no fun anymore
 

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Lyrics by John Newlands and Rachael Charbonneau
Music by John Newlands


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Champ Monroe Disappeared (single) - Novermber 5th, 2020

La la la la la
La la la la la
Champ Monroe disappeared

Champ Monroe disappeared
He'd been on our TV screens for years
Truthing to the powers that be
Getting the dirt from some interviewee
Was he pushed?
Did he fall?
None will investigate
Did he hold out at all
Or meekly resignate?

He remembers the parties
The premieres
The opening nights
Champ was never sorry
To be here
Everything was right
Life could not be easier
The press junkets no breezier
Then a shift occurred
He faced his greatest fear
Champ Monroe disappeared

La la la la la
La la la la la
Champ Monroe disappeared

Champ Monroe disappeared
And now his shadow's standing near
A silhouette in headset and nametag
"Chip" passes another greasy bag
Did he slip?
Was he shoved?
It's the same old thing
The puppeteers high above
Hang you with the strings

He remembers the stories
The deadlines
Champ was on his game
And no matter how gory
The headlines
He lived up to his name
Rivals were so envious
The public said, "In Champ, we trust"
Then the giants stirred
He lost his career
Champ Monroe disappeared

La la la la la
La la la la la
Champ Monroe disappeared

Champ Monroe disappeared
Didn't dye his hair or grow a beard
Still seen by hundreds every week
Celebrity entombed in grim mystique
His new boss never will
Ask Chip for his take
He rubs his eyes, works the till
Stirs another shake

He slides out
And slumps next to the grease trap
Lights a cigarette
Absentmindedly checks out RecruitApp
No offers yet
Is someone coming to intervene?
No, it's just more drunk ass teens
Shot with silencer
He left the glittersphere
Champ Monroe disappeared

La la la la la
La la la la la
Champ Monroe disappeared

Champ Monroe a disparu
No old colleagues went looking for clues
Someone everybody recognized
Has now been invisibilized
All the people he knew
He no longer knows
He's now a guy we look through
Like a cold wind blows

He remembers the lights and the cameras
And all of the perks
Revelled in the fights and the dramas
He played as hard as he worked
But capitalists don't give a shit
About anything but the most profit
And as empires merged
His calendar was cleared
Champ Monroe disappeared

La la la la la
La la la la la
Champ Monroe disappeared
He disappeared
He disappeared
He disappeared
 

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Lyrics by John Newlands and Rachael Charbonneau
Music by John Newlands


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A Policeman (single) - September 30th, 2020

A policeman is a person
In your neighbourhood
And it's understood
That if you're white you're good

A policeman is a person
In your neighbourhood
And it's understood
That if you're rich you're good

But if you're black, red or brown
He might take you down
For simply being around

If you're poor that's tough
He might treat you rough
For not having enough
Of that disposable stuff

He don't need no crime
Just wrong place wrong time
He don't need no crime
Just wrong face no dime

He's a person that you meet
When he stops you in the street
He's packing swagger and heat
Oh he loves the badge and the gun
Aiming to get the job done
And he don't care
You are one more internal affair

A policeman is a person
In your neighbourhood
And it's understood
That if you're white you're good

A policeman is a person
In your neighbourhood
And it's understood
That if you're rich you're good

He's been sensitivity trained
But his real function remains
Bulletproof to change

If you're holding out in case
He's got some saving grace
Watch him unload his mace
Directly in a child's face

He don't need no crime
Just wrong place wrong time
He don't need no crime
Just wrong face no dime

He's a person that you meet
When he stops you in the street
He's packing swagger and heat
Oh he loves the badge and the gun
Aiming to get the job done
And he don't care
You are one more internal affair

He don't need no crime
Just wrong place wrong time
He don't need no crime
Just wrong face no dime

He's a person that you meet
When he stops you in the street
He's packing swagger and heat
Oh he loves the badge and the gun
Aiming to get the job done
And he don't care
You are one more internal affair
 

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Music by John Newlands


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The Philanthropist (single) - September 15th, 2020

It's not yours, asshole
Everything you've got, you stole
It's not yours, asshole
Everything you've got, you stole

What we sowed
You have no right to reap
What is ours
You have no right to keep
Philanthropist
Scanning your victim list
Crooked Santa Claus
Picking out a worthy cause

It's not yours, asshole
Everything you've got, you stole
It's not yours, asshole
Everything you've got, you stole

Those shiny things
Are not yours to claim
We should drag you down
The street that bears your name
Generosity
Plunderous benevolence
Obscures atrocities
With robber baron eloquence

It's not yours, asshole
Everything you've got, you stole
It's not yours, asshole
Everything you've got, you stole

The crimes of your foundation
Are like military invasions
Two sides of the same coin
Grab the land
Make the people poor
Then keep them coming back for more
Paying their dues
In a club they were forced to join

It's not yours, asshole
Everything you've got, you stole
It's not yours, asshole
Everything you've got, you stole
It's not yours, asshole
Everything you've got, you stole
It's not yours, asshole
Everything you've got, you stole

Your yacht is booty full
From helipad to hull
Time to be charitable
Pay for a hospital
It's tax deductible
Your largesse is practical
 

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Music by John Newlands


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Socialism (single) - August 26th, 2020

We worked a long hard day
Everything we made
The boss took away
We created so much more than we got paid
What we need now is not some miracle on a shelf
Some intoxicating potion
We need to liberate ourselves
And we know now that is not a peaceful notion

Let's treat ourselves for once
Question our obedience
Organize
Put the fear in their eyes
Because we're worth it
We deserve it

Socialism

Let's not fall for pathetic pizza bribes
Or the mindfuck that it's all about good vibes
Smarter TVs will not change the things we see
Let's act on what will change our reality

Let's reclaim our dignity
Challenge their authority
Painted red
Is the future they dread
But we're worth it
We deserve it

Socialism

New devices will not change the things we see
Let's act on what will change our reality

Let's treat ourselves for once
Question our obedience
Organize
Put the fear in their eyes
Because we're worth it
We deserve it

Socialism
 

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Lyrics by John Newlands and Rachael Charbonneau
Music by John Newlands


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Portland (single) - July 27th, 2020

Who's likely to obey
President Do It My Way
Who'll feel heroic when the headlines say
Abducted from the street in the USA
Abducted from the street in the USA

The biggest terrorist gang
The world has ever known
Is bringing it home
Is bringing it home
To the city of roses and then your town
Where the rich white order is breaking down

But the sociopath-in-chief is trying to see
Which thug agencies
Will show loyalty
He's bringing it home
But he can't do it alone

Who won't hesitate
To again make America great
Who'll feel historic when the headlines state
Abducted from the street in the USA
Abducted from the street in the USA

Learning from the CIA
From iran to uruguay
They're bringing it home
They're bringing it home
To the graffiti guerillas and freedom's foes
Who are challenging the omnicidal status quo

The leader of the free world wants it to stop
So he's got to find
The right kind of cops
He's bringing it home
But he can't do it alone

Slither out of unmarked vans
Just as the POTUS commands
Doing things now the shithole country way
Abducted from the street in the USA
Abducted from the street in the USA

You read about the disappeared
And thought it couldn't happen here
But blindfolded flights
And torture sites
So easy to arrange
It's been a hell of a year

Who's likely to obey
President Do It My Way
Who won't think too much when the headlines say
Abducted from the street in the USA
Abducted from the street in the USA

Intimidating the nation
On behalf of corporations
All this goon squad dedication
And damn the population
 

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Capitalism Vs Life (single) - July 19th, 2020

What doesn't kill you
Will exploit you one more day
This job does not fulfill you
Neither does the pay
But the boss is on his way
To being a trillionaire
A free shipping thrillionaire
United we might keep him
From drum filling that air
He's powerful but not unstoppable
A better world is possible
Can you hear it breathing?

What doesn't kill you
Is your measure of how you live
You fall behind but still you
Can't imagine an alternative
The thieves might make their way
To mansions on the moon
Leaving our world in ruins
Their legacy our nightmare
Malignant and marooned
They're brutal but not unstoppable
A better world is possible
Can you hear it breathing?
 

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Scream Inside Your Heart (single) - July 12th, 2020

Summer's here and we won't be denied
Our god given rollercoaster ride
Mirthless commies want to keep it dark
But damn it this is our amusement park

No pandemic's gonna stop
You doing the Turbo Drop
Soft pretzels and cotton candy, too
There's just one thing we're telling you to do

Please scream inside your heart
Keep the lines from going off the chart
Wear a mask and stay six feet apart
And please scream inside your heart

Open now to every boy and girl
All the over-priced crap at Screamworld
Greedy commies want to steal our fun
But this is freedom, and we're #1

It's okay if you vomit
While enjoying the Comet
Go and piss your shorts and don't restrain
There's just one thing we need you to contain

Please scream inside your heart
Keep the lines from going off the chart
Wear a mask and stay six feet apart
And please scream inside your heart

Please scream inside your heart
Keep the lines from going off the chart
Wear a mask and stay six feet apart
And please scream inside your heart
And please scream inside your heart
 

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Music by John Newlands


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Violence (Fast And Slow)

Violence by the bosses
Violence by the cops
One kind unfolds
The other erupts

Violence by the bosses
Violence by the cops
One way or another
It's violence non-stop

And all the cops doing their rioting
Who hold the system in place
Could throw their badges into the fire and
Rejoin the human race

Yeah it's true
And the people know
That the rich commit
Their violence fast and slow
Carved in stone, we're told
This will never pass
But it's held in place
By violence slow and fast

Violence by the bosses
Violence by the cops
One kind unfolds
The other erupts

Violence bleeds its headlines
Violence draws out the tears
One strikes like lightning
One rolls on for years

They mobilize machines of misery
That cause mothers to cry
They'll either get on the right side of history
Or stand their ground and die

Yeah it's true
And the people know
That the rich profit
From violence fast and slow
Natural, we're told
As perennial as the grass
But it's held in place
By violence slow and fast

Wearing us down inside the factories
Knocking us down out in the streets
Call it torture, call it battery
It's all on their balance sheet

Yeah it's true
And the people know
That the rich won't quit
Their violence fast and slow
Natural, we're told
As perennial as the grass
But it's held in place
By violence slow and fast

Yeah it's true
And the people know
That the rich commit
Their violence fast and slow
Carved in stone, we're told
This will never pass
But it's held in place
By violence slow and fast

Violence by the bosses
Violence by the cops
One kind unfolds
The other erupts

One kind unfolds
The other erupts
 

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Elon Musk Is A Shithead (single) - June 10th, 2020

Elon Musk is a shithead
Elon Musk is a shithead
If there's something
That my research omitted
My error will be readily admitted
But don't expect flattery
I won't be recharging his battery
By workers he would not be acquitted
Elon Musk is a shithead

So many people calling him a vsionary
That I had to look it up in the dictionary
None of the definitions seemed to fit
A guy who joined a company then hijacked it
Self-proclaimed genius born rich and white
He's just Howard Hughes having Twitter fights

Elon Musk is a shithead
Elon Musk is a shithead
If there's something
That my research omitted
My error will be readily admitted
But don't expect flattery
I won't be recharging his battery
By workers he would not be acquitted
Elon Musk is a shithead

Bad employer life destroyer makes things worsen
The best word to describe him requires cursin'
Shit·head: n a contemptible person
He's a natural, he needs no rehearsin'
Only a cabeza de mierda would say
I've got to fire somebody today

Elon Musk is a shithead
Elon Musk is a shithead
If there's something
That my research omitted
My error will be readily admitted
But don't expect flattery
I won't be recharging his battery
By workers he would not be acquitted
Elon Musk is a shithead

Selling feel good toys
To bourgeois boys
Car culture's star vulture
Car culture's star vulture
And though Elon is an absolute ass
He's really no exception to his class
Kept up at night by all the snakes in the grass
(Yeah, right!)
Like his rockets, Musk is full of toxic gas

Elon Musk is a shithead

Self-proclaimed genius born rich and white
He's just Howard Hughes having Twitter fights

Elon Musk is a shithead
Elon Musk is a shithead
If there's something
That my research omitted
My error will be readily admitted
But don't expect flattery
I won't be recharging his battery
By workers he would not be acquitted
Elon Musk is a shithead
 

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Music by John Newlands


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Together (single) - May 27th, 2020

We're in this together, said the queen
Echoing the stars of stage and screen
From their castles to their limousines
That's quite the quality quarantine

Together means
The rich stay on top
Together means
Their party don't stop
Together means
No rocking the yacht
But essential workers do get thanked a lot

Bailing out the bosses, Trudeau spoke
I trust they'll do the right thing, went the joke
Far less faith in ordinary folks
Man, I wish that I was bank broke!

Together means
The rich stay on top
Together means
Their party don't stop
Together means
No rocking the yacht
But essential workers do get thanked a lot

Praise is free
So let the compliments flow
Prince Harry
Is applauding me
From one of his 50 balconies, saying
Well done down below

And Madonna
In her rosy baignoire
Like a material Dalai Lama
Spoke of the trauma
Of realizing how equal we are
In a whacked out once-upon-a

Together means
The rich stay on top
Together means
Their party don't stop
Together means
No rocking the yacht
But essential workers do get thanked a lot

Together means
The rich stay on top
Together means
Their party don't stop
Together means
No rocking the yacht
But essential workers do get thanked a lot

Together
Together

All this phony solidarity
Galen, the oil companies and me
The working class is still down on its knees
Can't go back to how things used to be
 

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Isolation (single) - May 12th, 2020

I'm in isolation
There's conflicting information
I'm not catching up on sleep
Chequing on my savings
Or at the window waving
No regular hours to keep

All the toys still work
They might stop me from going berserk
Solitary rabbit with bad habits
Down another hole
Bloodshot eyes narrow
Isolation
Isolation

I'm in isolation
The unfolding situation
Makes it so I can't relax
I think my job is bogus
Still I gotta focus
I can't afford to get the axe

Will lockdown become
A lockup before long?
That's the kind of thing that I've been asking
The hummingbird-sized drone
Watching me shirk from home
Isolation
Isolation

I know the biggest conspiracy
Is not exactly
Cloaked in secrecy
Hypocrisy
Fake democracy
Now I'm just rhyming recklessly
And only approximately
See what this emergency's
Done to my poetry
Done to my poetry

Idle isolation
With celebrity celebrations
All decked out in covid chic
Meanwhile the greatest system
A.K.A. capitalism
Couldn't even last a week

The crisis is legit
But they're not set to handle it
The Minister of Wealth wishes us good health
And for reasons still unclear
To this isolationeer
Environmental laws
Were suspended for the cause
And the long and the short of it
Is that our rulers don't give a shit
Isolation
Isolation
 

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The New Normal (single) - April 23th, 2020

What will be the new normal?
The next record low status quo
What fresh hell will terrorize the world?
Will we unite to oppose
The new normal?
The new normal

Decades of austerity
Record inequality
The bandits get prosperity
The poor submit to charity
And as for the government
They bail out the 1% again

What will be the new normal
Once the smoke has cleared?
What future will be acceptable
If we surrender to fear?
The new normal
The new normal

Leaders blaming you and me
For their own catastrophe
Won't somebody think of the banks?
(Banks are people too)
Where's a billionaire I can thank?
(Thank you, billionaires)
Oppression intensifies
Bloodsuckers capitalize

What will be the new normal?
The next record low status quo
What fresh hell will terrorize the world?
Will we unite to oppose
The new normal?
The new normal

Human misery
Business opportunity
It could have been avoided
Now it will be exploited
Christmas for the bourgeoisie
Here's a shiny state of emergency
They'll twist the machete
Until we set ourselves free

There on my computer screen
The vilest men I've ever seen
Vow to keep their war machine
(Here we grow again)
Slaughtering by whatever means
(Far too big to jail)
Going by history's script
Those fuckers will tighten their grip

What will be the new normal
Once the smoke has cleared?
What future will be acceptable
If we surrender to fear?
The new normal
The new normal
 

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Essential Service (single) - April 14th, 2020

Essential service
My job's on the list
I'm a minimum wageist
No kind of specialist
I get irritable and nervous
Pretty sure no workers deserve this
I never knew
The state would view
The thing I do as essential
Essential

Stay at home, goes the refrain
That's easy for some to say
I'm out there on the front line
And I get no danger pay
Don't want to get it
Don't want to spread it
But the threat of hunger and eviction
Tends to make ghosts of my convictions

Essential service
My job's on the list
I'm a minimum wageist
No kind of specialist
Now I'm absent-minded and tired
Every day I'm walking the wire
Out of the blue
Strange but true
The thing I do is essential
Essential

Stay put, says the radio
I just swallow hard and drive
Isopropyl alcohol
That fragrance makes me come alive
Don't want to get it
Don't want to spread it
Trust me, I want to be at home
Not rounding the bend to Thunderdome

Essential service
My job's on the list
I'm a minimum wageist
No kind of specialist
Always irritable and nervous
Ego non flattenum curvus
I never knew
Given what I do
They'd say, hey you, you're essential
Essential

All essential billionaires
Raise your hands so soft and fair
Or tweet the hordes if you are on your yacht
Curious how you are so few
And how you need us but we don't need you
You steal so much and yet contribute squat
Contribute squat!

Essential service
My job's on the list
I'm a minimum wageist
No kind of specialist
Always irritable and nervous
Pretty sure no workers deserve this
I never would have guessed
This gig would be assessed
As nothing less than essential
Essential

Can't live on EI
And I don't qualify
For that thing that runs out in July
 

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The Algorhythm (single) - December 31st, 2019

It's like the robot
Combined with the creep
It's always moving
Even while you sleep

Controlled by suggestion
Wherever you go
It's waiting there for you
Its phosphors aglow

Company spies
User complies
We're on the road to ruin
But we just keep on doin'
The algorhythm

It knows when you hover
Better than you
You talk to your lover
It knows all that too

You just want to briefly
Forget about work
Exploiting your weakness
It stalks and it lurks

The bot intercepts
The user accepts
It's always improving
Compulsively we're grooving to
The algorhythm

You searched for "love"
But who can you trust?
You typed in "hate"
The rhythm adjusts
Results for "revolution" were:
Don't fuck with us
Pick a size and colour
And don't fuck with us

You searched for "truth"
That's a bit naïve
You typed in "lies"
'Cause you're wise to the thieves
"Anti-capitalism"
Was not well received
But check out these badass t-shirts
Before you leave
Check 'em out!

We get our angry rants in
But everyone's still dancin'
The algorhythm
 

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Winter Skastice (single) - December 21st, 2019

You wake up
As the sun is risin'
It trails behind the trees
Which ain't surprisin'
It'll get one handspan
Above the horizon
But before too long
You'll be realizin'
That it's goin' down down down
Sun's goin' down down down
Down

Winter skastice
An ancient collision caused this
Winter skastice
The shortest day
And the lo-o-o-o-o-o-ongest night

You don't need to be
A druid or a wiccan
To see how fast
Your sundial is tickin'
Longer days are comin'
I guarantee
There'll be more chance
To absorb vitamin D
But now it's goin' down down down
Sun's goin' down down down
Down

Winter skastice
An ancient collision caused this
Winter skastice
The shortest day
And the lo-o-o-o-o-o-ongest night

Down down down
Sun's goin' down down down
Down

Winter skastice
An ancient collision caused this
Winter skastice
The shortest day
And the lo-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-ongest night
 

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Bailouts (single) - November 17th, 2019

Don't bailouts go against
Every impassioned defense of the system?
Don't bailouts fly in the face
Of the ironclad case for capitalism?
I'm no economist
And yet I must insist
When capitalists grovel
They lose the plot of the novel about the free market
The free and glorious market
It just smells like bullshit to me

Doesn't a bailout stand on its head
What they said about rugged individualism?
Bailouts are not what I would have guessed
I'd see in the wild wild west of competition
A genius I am not
But those bad breaks they caught
Should drag them down to the bottom
Somehow they've forgotten about the free market
The free and glorious market
Yeah it smells like bullshit to me

I'm a little short this month
I promise it will only be this once
Can't somebody make a correction?
I don't have that kind of connection
My situation's equally tragic
It seems I'm not in touch
It seems I'm not in touch
With the magic

Would you say bailouts equate
With help from the big bad state that business despises?
Bailouts seem so out of place
In the natural race from crisis to crisis
I don't mean to be rude
But when governments intrude
To save these investors' asses
I'd say it no longer passes for the free market
The free and glorious market
It smells like so much bullshit to me

I lost a lot of bets last year
When will my golden goose appear?
I don't want to make this more awkward
But the trickle down thing got plugged in backwards
My circumstance is equally desperate
I don't have the means
I don't have the means
To fine$$e it

For decades I've been in a slump
My money tree's a rotten stump
Every piece of news keeps me guessin'
I don't know where to sign up for lessons
For guidance from the limousine driven
Who fuck their business up
Fuck it up and still are forgiven

These bailouts seem to say
Bi-zi-ness gets its way and our leaders arrange it
No matter who we choose
We're bound to lose and voting won't change it
Bold vision, I'm without
But these bailouts make me doubt
Entrepreneurs and their vigour
And make it harder to figure out the free market
The free and glorious market
Does it smell like bullshit to you?
 

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Good Vibes Only (single) - October 30th, 2019

The sky is actually falling
Now is no time to be stalling
But you want good vibes only
You want good vibes only

The world is owned by a handful
While millions are living in landfills
You send out good vibes only
Send out good vibes only

You block your ears and sing

La la la la la la la
La la la la la la
La la la la la la la
La la la la la la

Fascists are back on the move now
But peace is your only groove
You insist on good vibes only
So it's good vibes only

As people get worked to death
You smile and take a deep breath
And say good vibes only
You say good vibes only

You block your ears and sing

La la la la la la la
La la la la la la
La la la la la la la
La la la la la la

You want good vibes only
Good vibes only
You want good vibes only
Good vibes only

Bonnes vibrations seulement
Bonnes vibrations seulement
Bonnes vibrations seulement
Bonnes vibrations seulement

Trafficking, porn and apartheid
How much more will you abide
With your good vibes only
With your good vibes only

We're paying them for the privilege
Of having our only world pillaged
But you're all good vibes only
Rock those good vibes only

You block your ears and sing

La la la la la la la
La la la la la la
La la la la la la la
La la la la la la

You want good vibes only
Good vibes only
You want good vibes only
Good vibes only

Good vibes only
Good vibes only
Good vibes only
Good vibes only

If good vibes only is your belief
You can't connect with your grief
You can't connect with the rage
That you need to engage
With reality
 

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Unite To Fight (single) - October 17th, 2019

This system will devour
Everything in its way
Unite to fight
Unite to fight
Divided we will lose
Together we might save the day
Unite to fight
Unite to fight
Our common enemy

Capitalism is exploitation
Of workers and of the Earth
The rulers only care about profit
To them, that's all we're worth

CHORUS
Stop the bandits
Save the planet
Stop the bandits
Save the planet

When we talk about
Workers' emancipation
Unite to fight
Unite to fight
We can't get there without
The planet's liberation
Unite to fight
Unite to fight
The killers and the thieves

Over-production, assured destruction
Of all that we hold dear
We face ecocide, our fortunes tied
Our mutual aim is clear

CHORUS
Stop the bandits
Save the planet
Stop the bandits
Save the planet

The death apparatus
Keeps its status
By forcing us all to feed it
There's a goal we share
And the best way there
Is by joining forces to bleed it
To bleed it
To bleed it
Death apparatus
Bleed it
Death apparatus
Bleed it
Death apparatus
Bleed it
Death apparatus
Bleed it

CHORUS
Stop the bandits
Save the planet
Stop the bandits
Save the planet
 

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Day Job (This Isn't What I Do) (single) - September 18th, 2019

I show up weekday mornings
And drudge the whole day through
The shifts are long and boring
But this isn't what I do

The boss takes almost everything
The manager turns the screw
I hope they get their reckoning
But this isn't what I do

After work, I go to Art Space
Where I dream and I pretend
That there's no cage where for a wage
I'll go do what I don't do again

Poverty stagnation
Won't change my point of view
Scheduled alienation
This isn't what I do

I don't have the same problems
As the beer clock crew
So how could I help solve them?
This isn't what I do

This isn't who I am
Not how I identify
I'm a star-eyed moon soul
Stuck in a black hole
From eight-thirty to five

A third of my day I'm trading
To pay whatever's due
I'm just a rock star in waiting
This isn't what I do

Scribbling cryptic lyrics
On my breaks at work
I need some inspiration
But the boss is such a jerk
This isn't what I do

Friday night, I do what I do
Three sets and two encores
This defines me though Monday finds me
Doing what I don't do some more

I don't share any interests
With the beer clock crew
Creative individualist
This isn't what I do

One work story stands the test of time
That's the one where the hero escapes
Where they fly high over the assembly line
In their saviour cape
In their saviour cape
Inspirational
Sensational
Creational
Wake-the-nation-al
A celebrational
Vacational
From my workstational
Non-confrontational
Truly liberational

Workers with grievances
A long list of demands
Don't really affect me
I'm in a rockin' band
In a rockin' band

This isn't who I am
Stifled and ashamed
Because there's nothing here
Helpful to my career
No way to make a name

I've been here for five years
I just need to stay true
They can't exile my inner child
This isn't what I do

Impeded influencer
Grantless guru
Alive among the lifers
This isn't what I do
 

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Lose My Job (single) - July 19th, 2019

It's a tricky situation
But without organization
Everybody here
Is living in fear
Of losing
Of losing
Losing their job

Uncertain existence
And low odds of resistance
Do you have a choice?
If you raise your voice
You could lose it
You could lose it
Lose your job

The bosses have the power
The bosses have control
Until we are united
The boss just says the word
And your head rolls
Your head rolls

This day to day survival
Turns workers into rivals
We can't mobilize
Yeah we're paralyzed
Can't be losing
Can't be losing
Losing our jobs

It's a dead end
I deplore it
On the front line
In the war on the environment
But it's food and rent
I can't lose it
I can't lose it
Lose this job

The bosses go for breakfast
For lunch and then for golf
You got a problem with that?
The boss could fire you
Hey, problem solved
Problem solved

Live paycheque to paycheque
In debt right up to my neck
And don't talk politics
You might get the stick
You might lose it
You might lose it
Lose your job

This system is a sickness
I'm just staying off their shit list
But it's groundhog day
And we're easy prey
I can't lose it
I can't lose it
Lose this job

The bosses take off early
The bosses show up late
If we would try to pull that
They'd increase
The unemployment rate
Jobless rate

They can segregate
Retaliate
Humiliate
Discriminate
And terminate
So I tolerate
Until I suffocate
 

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The Boss Cannot Be Your Friend (single) - July 3rd, 2019

The boss cannot be your friend
You fool yourself when you try to pretend
The boss cannot be your friend
The company is what they will defend

If it's lonely at the top
Well, they deserve it
For taking the rank
The power and the money

It's abuse to draw a line
Then try to blur it
Make a joke
Interrupt your smoke
And call you buddy

The boss cannot be your friend
We fool ourselves when we try to pretend
The boss cannot be your friend
The bottom line is what they will defend

Now, it's their job to do things
That true friends would not
Like order you around
Or tell you that you're fired

But if friends mean more to them
And that's a long shot
I would say
Their bossing days
Might soon expire

The boss cannot be your friend
I fool myself when I try to pretend
The boss cannot be your friend
The shareholders are who they will defend

Like a coin spinning on its edge
It won't twirl indefinitely
It will fall eventually
Meanwhile it makes you dizzy
Here comes the boss
Look busy
But wait!
He's my friend...
Or is he?
Or is he?

Did you catch the game, buddy?
(If you've got time to lean)
We see things the same, buddy
(You've got time to clean)
When our work is done, buddy
(If you've got time to lean)
Let's go have some fun, buddy
(You've got time to clean)

Like a coin spinning on its edge
It won't twirl indefinitely
It will fall eventually
Meanwhile it makes you dizzy
Here comes the boss
Look busy
But wait!
She's my friend...
Or is she?
Or is she?

The boss cannot be your friend
We fool ourselves when we try to pretend
The boss cannot be your friend
The  status quo is what they will defend
 

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We're Fucked (single) - March 26th, 2019

The word is that we're fucked
Shit out of luck
The capitalists are at the wheel
Of a global garbage truck
Fucked though we may be
We must fight this fuckery
'Cause what is lost is lost for eternity
What is lost is lost for eternity

The propaganda's fuckin' relentless
People cannot come to their senses
Wage slaves from cradle to grave
Under iPhone mind control
Yeah, the splinternet is all we get

So we're fucked
Now what?
Do we all keep our mouths shut?
There's nowhere to run
The endgame has begun
Now is the time
Organize
Workers rise
Stop the crimes

The word is that we're fucked
Shit out of luck
The capitalists are at the wheel
Of a global garbage truck
Fucked though we may be
We must fight this fuckery
'Cause what is lost is lost for eternity
What is lost is lost for eternity

This is not the fault of the species
Stupidity or a fucking disease
Under attack, we must fight back
This is class war and we can't afford
To think otherwise
Don't agonize

So we're fucked
What's next?
Where's the great god of high tech?
[crickets]
I don't want to pray
I wanna make the fuckers pay
We need this yesterday
Take their criminal omnicidal machines away

The word is that we're fucked
Shit out of luck
The capitalists are at the wheel
Of a global garbage truck
Fucked though we may be
We must fight this fuckery
'Cause what is lost is lost for eternity
What is lost is lost for eternity

This fucked up arrangement
Is not entertainment
Us waiting to fight back tomorrow
Is us sitting and watching it all go
Let me end with an old cliché
Not meant to appease
It's better to die on your feet
Than to live on your knees
 

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Some Other Planet's Problem (single) - March 7th, 2019


artwork by Stephanie McMillan
 

Capitalists are a scourge
And many times I've had the urge
To help fulfill their wish to leave this place
Some say, make them suffer
But perhaps we need a buffer
Many miles of cold, indifferent space

After taking back what was stolen
Having bled their war beast dry
I say, let them get rollin'
On Operation Different Sky

Let them build their ship
For that one-way trip
Once we've overthrown them, let's not stop 'em
Let them be some other planet's problem
Let them be some other planet's problem

They like special things
And Saturn's got those rings
Mercury, no springtime and no autumn
Let them be some other planet's problem
Let them be some other planet's problem

They could be the bane of Jupiter's existence
Or have Neptune be a test of their resilience
Venus is a noxious hellish pearl
Uranus is a whole other world

Might they solve the case of Planet Nine?
500 below, but they'll do fine
Pluto's atmosphere could be destroyed
Perhaps they'll put the ass in asteroid

With its spooky face
Mars could be the place
If Martians exist
These crooks'll rob 'em
Let them be some other planet's problem
Let them be some other planet's problem
Some other planet's problem
Some other planet's problem

Capitalists are a scourge
And many times I've had the urge
To help fulfill their wish to leave this place
Some say, make them suffer
But perhaps we need a buffer
Many miles of cold, indifferent space

Maybe they will sail beyond our system
Only the nostalgic ones will miss them
Miss them and their planet trashing ways
Goodbye to them
Hello to better days
 

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All's Fair, Etc. (single) - February 28th, 2019

Before you label me a loser
Think of the rules of the game
How do you play to win?
How do you play to win?
Are you a few wrong moves away from loserdom
Or will you maintain your advantage
No matter what the cost?
No matter what the cost?

Things are not as they appear
And for you to get there from here
You dismiss the blood sweat and tears
That are shed in the have not hemisphere
And sleep at night in a warm career
And as your bright idea
Moves into high gear
You say, listen here
It's not personal, it's business
And I intend to win this
All's fair, etc.
All's fair, etc.
All's fair, etc.

You need to make courageous choices
To look out for number one
Become the model man
Preaching the master plan
Do you regale them with your stupid self-made myth
That makes no mention of your workers?
And as your legacy
You set up a charity

Private plans force the public to invest
Back the laws to pay your employees less
How your peers will be suitably impressed
Get a plaque that reads, this year, you're the best
Show the kids how to do success
You say, this is mine
It's all God's design
I watch that bottom line
Nothing personal, just business
And I intend to win this
All's fair, etc.
All's fair, etc.
All's fair, etc.

O pillar of the community
You magnate of misery
There is no nobility
In preventable poverty
And I don't ever want to be
The grovelling beneficiary
Of your shameful philanthropy
 

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Livin' The Dream (single) - February 6th, 2019

Johnny's only known whereabouts
Is the New Sudbury Walmart warehouse
He's wearing a tag marked "associate"
But he's sure that his bosses are full of it
You know he just wants to scream
But instead he shrugs and mutters, "I'm livin' the dream"

Danny says, "Brother, oh I've been there"
But now Danny works in an office upstairs
The company loves to stratify
Danny pities Johnny as the little guy
Johnny's got no exit scheme
His thieves are billionaires but yeah, he's livin' the dream

He'd never felt hate before
Until he walked through those doors
And saw how the fortunate acquire their fortunes
Hour after hour of low level torture
You're damn right he hates them
He says, "We have to fight back
Sisters and brothers, we are under attack"

Sylvie's not sure how much more she can take
She spends her days looking forward to coffee breaks
Her head is spinning and her body aches
She has to keep moving for profit's sake
The whole thing's just obscene
Low spirits every day, grimly livin' the dream

She'd never felt hate before
Until she walked through those doors
And saw how the fortunate acquire their fortunes
Year after year of low level torture
You're damn right she hates them
She says, "We have to fight back
Sisters and brothers, we are under attack"

According to her vest, Mia's happy to help
She's in a state that she can't quite believe herself
Work and home are two kinds of hell
How can she be both over and underwhelmed?
She'd drop dead but for caffeine
She catches her breath and laughs, "I'm livin' the dream"
 

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The Job Interview (single) - January 22nd, 2019

Here's the first of many stupid questions
How did you learn about this position?
And it says here that you're a musician
That has no bearing but I play guitar myself

Are you able to think on your feet?
Do you like impossible targets to meet?
Can you fake co-operating while you compete?
If you hesitate then I'll draw a frowny face

How little do you need to make?
Will you require bathroom breaks?
How long can you stay awake?

It's the same everywhere
It's the same everywhere
It's the same everywhere
It's insane everywhere

Can you do a perfect job with minimal training?
The manual's online if you need explanaining
Would you ever think at all about complaining?
Ponder too long and my mind will to turn to lunch

Where do you see yourself in five years?
Living or dead, who do you wish could be here?
Do you have hobbies that might interfere?
These questions are the work of some cutting edge software

How little do you need to make?
Will you require bathroom breaks?
How long can you stay awake?

It's the same everywhere
It's the same everywhere
It's the same everywhere
It's insane everywhere

Here's a hypothetical
That happens time and time again
Customer A has problem B
How would you blame it all on them
Here's a hypothetical
That we see each and every day
Co-worker C has grievance D
How would you make it go away

Could you explain why you're unemployed?
Can you tolerate a boss who's paranoid?
I want to feel you're at the edge of the void
I'm testing to see if this crazy's too much for you

Can you express your desperation?
What's your loyalty to our awesome nation?
Can we avail ourselves of your imagination
For no extra pay, or do you not want this job?

Tell me all about your time management skills
Would you still show up if you were deathly ill?
Would you volunteer to be a corporate shill?
What would you say to extra work from home?

Are you up to speed on the latest trend
Of how the boss needs to be your friend
Even while they get to tell you what where and when?
If you're okay with that then we will let you know
 

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Dance Party! (single) - December 31st, 2018

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Come on now
Get down to this
Cutthroats claim the world
Workers make it run
And for all those beholden
Who are neither nor
There's some choosing to be done

But the DJ screams
Don't you want to feel good?
Don't you think that you should?
Don't you just want to burn it?
Don't you think that you've earned it?

CHORUS
Hands in the air
Boots on the ground
Sergeant Capital's Army Band
Is layin' it down
Boots on the ground
Hands in the air
Such a shame that not everyone
Is getting their share
Of what's going on
Dance party's going on
Dance party's going on
Can't stop what we started
Keep on dancing or the lights go out

Quiet moments
Quiet moments
When you question it
Why you go along
Here it comes
Here comes the future
So invest in it
Which side are you on?

But the hipster screams
Don't you want to feel good?
Don't you think that you should?
Don't you just want to burn it?
Don't you think that you've earned it?

CHORUS
Hands in the air
Boots on the ground
Billy Ruthless & The Billionaires
Are rockin' our town
Boots on the ground
Hands in the air
They've convinced you that you deserve
Another one's share
Of what's going on
Dance party's going on
Dance party's going on
Can't stop what we started
Keep on dancing or the lights go out

CHORUS
Hands in the air
Boots on the ground
Sergeant Capital's Army Band
Is layin' it down
Boots on the ground
Hands in the air
Such a shame that not everyone
Is getting their share
Of what's going on
Dance party's going on
Dance party's going on
Can't stop what we started
Keep on dancing or the lights go out
 

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The State (single) - November 18th, 2018

The state protects capital
The cops protect the state
The state protects capital
The cops protect the state
Owners feed on surplus value
That the workers create
The state protects capital
The cops protect the state

All of their electioneering
Twisted social engineering
All the slightly different flavours
Same old necktied exploitator

The state protects capital
The cops protect the state
The state protects capital
The cops protect the state
Owners feed on surplus value
That the workers create
The state protects capital
The cops protect the state

Ideological tyranny
Real existing conspiracy
Ask whose fucked up system is this?
The last square inch open for business

The state protects capital
The cops protect the state
The state protects capital
The cops protect the state
Owners feed on surplus value
That the workers create
The state protects capital
The cops protect the state

Cops were made for crowd control
Sadistic cat's paw in a fishbowl
How come they don't stop the bad guys
Operating in broad daylight

The state protects capital
The cops protect the state
The state protects capital
The cops protect the state
Owners feed on surplus value
That the workers create
The state protects capital
The cops protect the state
 

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Minimum Wage (single) - June 14th, 2018

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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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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No Neutrals (single) - November 27th, 2017

No neutrals
It's their money or your life
No neutrals
Count their fortunes count your time

There are no neutrals
Sisters and brothers
You line up with one
Class or another
There are no neutrals
Brothers and sisters
All you resisters
All you resisters
Know the enemy
Know the enemy

We cannot pretend
This is someone else's business
To our detriment
You say you are but a witness

It's not that we are witless
And the men on the hill are so smart
We are all born within this
And no one stands apart
As far as you are free
You can be
On the right side of history

CHORUS

No neutrals
It's their money or your life
No neutrals
Count their fortunes count your time

They have sown the fear
Now it's blooming with desires
You get a career
Bought or sold as they require

Practice the social graces
And pray that lets you off the hook
Sidelines are magic places
Found only in storybooks
You may close your eyes
Satisfied
Just don't think that you're standing by

CHORUS

No neutrals
It's their money or your life
No neutrals
Count their fortunes count your time
No neutrals
It's their money or your life
No neutrals
Count their fortunes count your time
No neutrals
It's their money or your life

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

I tried
To tell the thunder from the train
Tried to sidestep the acid in the rain

Asking for not nearly enough
Will never win the game
Hell still rains down from above
The wronged remain the same

Got to reign in the madness you sense
Got to channel the sadness you feel
Collectivize
Organize
Collectivize
Organize

Push that contradiction
Of capital's affliction
Only over capital's grave
Might your children's world be saved

You tried
To swim an ocean choked with trash
Sought shelter in a forest turned to cash

This little fucker stole a billion bucks
While workers went unpaid
This little fucker called in the thugs
The rot is on parade

Got to reign in the madness that lurks
Got to channel the anger that burns
Collectivize
Organize
Collectivize
Organize

Push that contradiction
Capital's affliction
Only over capital's grave
Might your children's world be saved
Might your children's world be saved
Might your children's world be saved
Might your children's world be saved

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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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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

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

The lesser evil is hardly lesser
Charm offender and snappy dresser
A kinder gentler bullshit guesser
A more teary-eyed confessor

CHORUS
How are some half-amused
How are they not appalled
That they settle for evil at all
Let's not elevate evil at all
Let's not tolerate evil at all
Evil at all

The lesser evil is in some ways greater
Just as much contempt for those who labour
They hide their heart only to show it later
Business Party war-happy crusader

CHORUS

How many times now have we been in this
Vote for millionaires and against our interests
Whoever wins it has us on their hit list
Blame the victim, silence the witness

CHORUS

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

Now upon this time
In this so-called democracy
A constitutional hypocrisy
There lives a master of deception
It's the old old story

The right honourable
M. T. Promise gives his word
Right honourable
M. T. Promise gives his word

M. T. came to Parliament Hill
He was coming home from Montreal
Seeing his birthright put through the mill
Young M. T. was not impressed at all

From the losers' side of the aisle
He learned to hate that Great Horned smile

He would be inclusive
Not vain or elusive
Common cause defender
Not one more pretender

Now upon this time
When our words need to match our deeds
And the working class is what we need
We have a status quo protector
It's the old old story

The right honourable
M. T. Promise gives his word
Right honourable
M. T. Promise gives his word
You can call him The Back Peddle Kid
M. T. Promise gives his word
Right honourable
M. T. Promise gives his word

Great Horn had to finally concede
His position was contestable
The unwashed would choose who would lead
M. T.'s CV was impeccable

And the claim that the change would be real
Was backed up with sex appeal

So we got a new face
But no less a two face
Lost his good intentions
In some strange dimension

Now upon this time
When the haves have stolen nearly all
With the workers up against the wall
Behold a master of deception
And he serves his purpose

The right honourable
M. T. Promise gives his word
Right honourable
M. T. Promise gives his word
You can call him The Back Peddle Kid
M. T. Promise gives his word
Right honourable
M. T. Promise gives his word
Not remarkable, just one more
M. T. Promise gives his word
No better than the one before
M. T. Promise gives his word

*************************************

Bad cop was sent away
Good cop hit the beat
But power is immune
To electoral defeat

So when M. T. finally got
The keys to the (e)state
He pirouetted and declared
That change would have to wait

And though my mind's not what it was
I can swear he swore
That if elected he would take
Our planes out of the war

Yet when M. T. took a meeting
With the army brass
They said their bosses wanted in
On all that oil and gas

No surprise, a pack of lies
That didn't change a thing
All along his Bay Street buddies
Have had him by the strings

The criminal creeps of capital
Smiled at what they saw
The system had secured
Another tool in Ottawa

Boxer's curse, his passion burst
One fine day in May
He thought hed win an argument in
A gloves off sort of way

Forget procedure, the goal was seizure
Action was the plan
In a muddle, fuddle duddle
Shades of the old man

Elbows flying, speaker crying
M. was beyond rude
He got a grip on the Tory whip
A photo op ensued

Accusations, a big sensation
For pundits across the land
The ruling class gets a pass
The circus tent still stands

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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.

Lyrics by John Newlands and Rachael Charbonneau
Music by John Newlands


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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

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  3 Known To The Police | download
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  5 This Place | download
  6 Empire Lounge | download
  7 Listen Tonight | download
  8 Peace Never Had A Chance | download
  9 The Future | download

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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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  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

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Made in Northern Ontario

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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

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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

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