ON THE CROSS

I was only 7 when I first met god

My father ruled with a rod

My mother installed fear

Then my reptile uncles began to appear

One by one I was taught to obey

Pleasure is only earned

The next stage obligatory

And you soon learned

On the cross: hanging by a thread

A product of your background

See what Jesus thinks of that

Mother on the cross

Father on the cross

 

When I turned 9 I re-met god

Stood up to my father with an iron rod

Mother now had fear

That all my uncles who’d tend to keep clear

One by one I’d learnt to kick in & never start a fight

You can’t touch me god  and I know that I’m right

On the cross hanging by a thread

A product of your background

See what Jesus thinks of that

On the cross hanging by a thread

Mother on the cross

Father on the cross

One by one on the cross

Hanging by a thread

 

 

 

IN BETWEEN STATES

Killing is rife, famine is forecast

Who sanctions the actions?

Those who hold sway

But you’re willing to die

Rather than stay there

Hand over the cash & you’re on your way

In between states, I go where I go

In between states, I know what I know

I’m in sight of land

Not how I’d planned

In between crates & I am the freight

 

In between states, no papers to prove it

Those at the gates, choose and approve it

Tighten the fence

Give enough rope

Freedom’s advertised

Killed by hope

In between states I go where I go

In between states I know what I know

I’m in sight of land

Not how I’d planned

In between crates & I am the freight.

 

Fill in the forms our home can be yours

The freedom to buy into lies & the great outdoors

But you interfere with what we have here

A history of hate & settling scores.

 

In between states I go where I go

In between states I know what I know

I’m in sight of land

Not how I’d planned

In between crates & I am the freight

 

 

 

TAKE THE 5th

The right to remain silent

Calm & non-violent

That’s my kind of presidential heart

Einstein’s been proved right

Yet suckers like us fight

Gravitation’s pulling us apart

Can you see me?

My name’s in lights

I’ll take the 5th

 

As you read me my Miranda rights

I’ll take the 5th

Top of the world ma

Top of the world ma

Republican or Democrat

Another suit, a different hat

Isis crisis affecting crisis

It’s “cheaper now to chat”

 

Can you see me?

My name’s in lights

I’ll take the 5th

As you read me my Miranda rights

I’ll take the 5th

Everyone & every cause

Every leader needs applause

Top of the world ma

Execute!

 

What you say can & will be twisted

What you can’t foresee, but you assisted

This Miranda warning

Think before you act...

Can you see me my name’s in lights?

I’ll take the 5th

As you read me my Miranda rights

I’ll take the 5th

Top of the world ma

Top of the world ma.....

 

 

 

IN THEM DAYS

Chummy had a shop where the penny never dropped

Them was the days

Underneath was a gym where the training never stopped

Them was the days

I used to know who’d you know?

No-one’s as hard as my dad

We all slept easy when I was a lad

 

In them days everyone was happy

In them days everyone had grub

In them days good old Frankie’s still doing tours

In them days “gawd blimey luv”

 

Freddie used to tap, Charlie used to schlep

Them was the rules

You only slashed when it was necessary

Teeth were pulled

Loved the smell of a pound note

Now it’s euros & litres

But a nonce still a nonce

An’ a ponce still a ponce

An’ grasses & wife beaters

 

In them days everyone was happy

In them days everyone had grub

In them days good old Frankie’s still doing tours

In them days “gawd blimey luv “

 

A nonce is still a nonce…a ponce is still a ponce.

A nonce is still a nonce…a ponce is still a ponce.

 

We all have our ways

Now I live off the proceeds

Friends with the Krays

Fetched the Richardson’s groceries

We used enforcers

Them were the days

When schnide was schnide, presence denied

And kosher just a turn of phrase

 

In them days

Everyone was happy

In them days

everyone had fun

And good old Frankie’s still doing tours.

 

 

 

SO HELP ME GOD

I swear on my life, so help me god

My word is my bond, so help me god

I’ve sinned & I’ve prayed

Like all who’ve disobeyed

Still keep on asking, so help me god

 

Still awaiting a reply so help me god

Please tell me before I die, so help me god

To leave without knowing

Where the hell I’m going

I’ll keep on asking so help me god

 

Watched the box disappear behind the curtain

Heard the earth drop underground

Shared belief with those who were certain

While you were nowhere to be found

 

Now I’ve sworn on my life so help me god

To be true to my oath so help me god

Don’t keep me guessing

Let me exit with your blessing

One of us don’t exist, so help me god

I’ll leave without knowing

Where the hell I’m going

I’ll keep on asking so help me god

To leave without knowing

Where the hell I’m going

I’ll keep on asking, so help me god.

 

 

 

GOD BLESS AMERICA

“There is a gun for roughly every man woman & child in america”

(Barack Obama, Statement by the President on the Shootings at Umpqua Community, 2015).

 

My boy was a good boy: only 10

Shot jersey joe’s girl: she was 8

Only showing out what was under daddy’s pillow

You can backtrack but you can’t re-create

 

The right to own a gun

The right to take a life

Your right to kill

Your right to life

God Bless America

 

3 loaded guns on a picnic table

A family children: one other

Youngest one picked a gun

Fired & killed his brother

The right to own a gun

The right to take a life

Your right to kill

Your right to life

God bless America

 

559 children under 11 been shot this year

294 mass shootings, 45 schools

Might be time to amend the rules

 

“the United States of America is the one advanced nation on earth in which we do not have sufficient common sense gun safety laws,
even in the face of repeated mass shootings…there is a gun for roughly every man woman & child in America”

 

The right to own a gun

The right to take a life

Your right to kill

Your right to life

God bless america

 

 

 

GO BEYOND EGO

How you should live

And with whom you should mix

Blessed you taught you to forgive

And the devil wears the number 6

 

Go beyond ego

See where you land

Go beyond ego

Go beyond plans

I don’t believe a word you say

 

It’s now feasible and accepted

Jaws dropped & were inspected

Couldn’t care less I couldn’t care more

There’s another sucker in the store

Scriptures, tinctures, tales of misadventure

I don’t believe a word you say

I don’t believe a word you say

 

Most agreeable as projected

It went to the top & it got rejected

I couldn’t care less

I couldn’t care more

There’s another copy & there’s another store

It’s easily found

Easily bound

And quickly printed out

The 5 books of supposes

It’s just word of mouth

 

Go beyond ego

See where you land

Go beyond ego

Go beyond plans

And I don’t believe a word you say.

 

 

 

I BLAME ADAM

I blame Adam for leading me astray

I blame the apple for just being in the way

And I claim that god aimed to make me pay

But the snake got tamed

Leaving most areas grey

 

So think of all the people that you’ve met

Historical crimes

So think of all the people that you’ve met

Historical crimes

 

I blame Aaron for becoming a priest

I blame everyone there at Jesus’ feast

I claim the prophets like all idols

False

Clutch at gods

When all else stalls

 

So think of all the people that you’ve met

Historical crimes

So think of all the people that you’ve met

Historical crimes

 

Hearing voices in my head

When I climb upstairs to bed

And there is no 2nd floor.

Hearing voices in my head

When I climb upstairs to bed

And there is no 2nd floor

I blame Adam

 

So think of all the people that you’ve just met

Scan the length of the alphabet

Historical crimes a failure of our times

The orderly who ordered the orders to be signed

The voyeur who declared he was blind

The beyond the pale

That’s too dark for some

Bugger me sideways there’s a second world war

If you want a villain there’s a lot of them in store

 

So think of all the people that you’ve met

Historical crimes

So think of all the people that you’ve met

Historical crimes

I blame Adam.

 

 

 

SONNY LISTON’S SMILE

The suits have been filed

The first jab hurt

The world awaits the result

But the fight is fixed

Lawyers are anxious

Time to take a mandatory count

 

We danced to the passing of time  

Sang of sonny Liston’s smile

Freddie Mills battles of wills

While the mob formed an orderly line

 

 

If you step in the ring

Prepare to be tested

The face has to fit the result

Fortune mixed with bankers & linseed

A fate neither open or shut

He fought for prosperity never got rich

Some prospered until it kicked in

Everyone’s selling, no –one speaks out

Time to take a mandatory count

 

We danced to the passing of time

Sang of sonny Liston’s smile

Freddie Mills  battles of wills

While the mob formed an orderly line.

 

 

FAMILY

Tell you about my brother

Hated our own sister

My mother was over-partial to liquor

A father I never knew

Priests who had better things to do

Used to come around my house extra late at night

Shooting up families just out of spite

You stand & fight or deceive

Or you’re elegant when you leave?

Live with aplomb?

But no-one will notice when you’re gone

 

F-A-M-I-L-Y 

 

I’ll tell you about “ van”

Some call him the man

He’s had his peaks

His astral weeks

But everyone forgets about them

 

Family…family

I’ll tell you about the church

Extra late at night

Shootin’ up family

I’ll tell you about the church

Extra late at night

F-A-M-I-L-Y ......