Fela Kuti – Zombie – Lyrics to kill for.

Fela Kuti – Zombie – Lyrics to kill for.

Fela was extraordinary. Not just in his music but his life too. He was a black radical. He opposed the regime in Nigeria and was severely tortured and imprisoned for speaking out and opposing them. It didn’t stop him though. He still openly opposed the regime even after they ransacked his studios and killed his mother. He wrote this song for the mindless soldiers who carry out the orders to kill, arrest, torture and destroy.

Zombie – Fela Kuti

Zombie o, zombie (Zombie o, zombie)
Zombie o, zombie (Zombie o, zombie)

Zombie no go go, unless you tell am to go (Zombie)
Zombie no go stop, unless you tell am to stop (Zombie)
Zombie no go turn, unless you tell am to turn (Zombie)
Zombie no go think, unless you tell am to think (Zombie)

Tell am to go straight
A joro, jara, joro
No break, no job, no sense
A joro, jara, joro
Tell am to go kill
A joro, jara, joro
No break, no job, no sense
A joro, jara, joro
Tell am to go quench
A joro, jara, joro
No break, no job, no sense
A joro, jara, joro

Go and kill! (Joro, jaro, joro)
Go and die! (Joro, jaro, joro)
Go and quench! (Joro, jaro, joro)
Put am for reverse! (Joro, jaro, joro)

Joro, jara, joro, zombie wey na one way
Joro, jara, joro, zombie wey na one way
Joro, jara, joro, zombie wey na one way

Joro, jara, joro

Attention! (Zombie)
Quick march!
Slow march! (Zombie)
Left turn!
Right turn! (Zombie)
About turn!
Double up! (Zombie)
Salute!
Open your hat! (Zombie)
Stand at ease!
Fall in! (Zombie)
Fall out!
Fall down! (Zombie)
Get ready!

Halt!

Order!

Dismiss!

Songwriters
KUTI, FELA /

Playing an electric shovel – Justin Johnson – with a shovel in hand at the hoe-down!

Justin Johnson – with a shovel in hand at the hoe-down!

Triana had this on her facebook so I thank her for it.

I loved this. Makes you wonder what he could do with a rake?

I can dig it!

Paul Lamb and the Kingsnakes – Whitby Blues Festival – Photos

Paul Lamb and the Kingsnakes – Whitby Blues Festival – Photos

What a great band. They gave a storming performance. It had everything. Had a chat on the way out – really nice friendly guy too.

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Kyla Brox – Whitby Blues Festival – Photos

Kyla Brox – Whitby Blues Festival – Photos

Kyla has a great Blues voice in the tradition of Big Maybelle. With her husband on accompaniment she did a great set. She’s quite a lade. I like her best on her rocking numbers like ‘Rock Me Baby’.

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The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years

The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years

A great review.

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Everyone knows The Beatles. Whether you like their songs or not, it can’t be denied that this was a revolutionary time in rock music, and that the story of these young lads who became cultural icons is fascinating. There have been very few successful films about the group, however, as there’s no way that the entire story of The Beatles could be told in under two hours. Now, director Ron Howard makes a good attempt by focusing on one microcosm of this history – the band’s touring years – following them from grainy footage of the Cavern Club in Liverpool in 1962, to the phenomenon of their immense US tour in 1965-66.

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Meet on the Ledge and Who Knows Where the Time Goes?- Fairport Convention – For Dennis

Meet on the Ledge and Who Knows Where the Time Goes?- Fairport Convention – For Dennis

I put this up here for Dennis. Three years ago I went to Dennis’s funeral – only three years after we went to the funeral of his wife Frances. He chose these songs and I shall always associate them with him.

Too many friends gone. Too many blown off the mountainside. The time goes too quickly.

Meet on the Ledge – Richard Thompson/Fairport Convention

We used to say
That come the day
We’d all be making songs
Or finding better words
These ideas never lasted long
The way is up
Along the road
The air is growing thin
Too many friends who tried
Were blown off this mountain with the wind
Meet on the ledge
We’re gonna meet on the ledge
When my time is up I’m gonna see all my friends
Meet on the ledge
We’re gonna meet on the ledge
If you really mean it, it all comes round again
Yet now I see
I’m all alone
But that’s the only way to be
You’ll have your chance again
Then you can do the work for me
Meet on the ledge
We’re gonna meet on the ledge
When my time is up I’m gonna see all my friends
Meet on the ledge
We’re gonna meet on the ledge
If you really mean it, it all comes round again
Meet on the ledge
We’re gonna meet on the ledge
When my time is up I’m gonna see all my friends
Meet on the ledge
We’re gonna meet on the ledge
If you really mean it, it all comes round again

Who Knows Where the Time Goes?

Across the evening sky, all the birds are leaving
But how can they know it’s time for them to go?
Before the winter fire, I will still be dreaming
I have no thought of time

For who knows where the time goes?
Who knows where the time goes?

Sad, deserted shore, your fickle friends are leaving
Ah, but then you know it’s time for them to go
But I will still be here, I have no thought of leaving
I do not count the time

For who knows where the time goes?
Who knows where the time goes?

And I am not alone while my love is near me
I know it will be so until it’s time to go
So come the storms of winter and then the birds in spring again
I have no fear of time

For who knows how my love grows?
And who knows where the time goes?

Loudon Wainwright with Chaim Tannenbaum at York Barbican – photos

Loudon Wainwright with Chaim Tannenbaum at York Barbican

Loudon has a long history of working with Chaim that goes right back to the early 1970s and Kate McGarrigle. Chaim played on Loudon’s Grammy winning album – The Charlie Poole Project – which I love. They only played one track from that album – which is a shame – I would have liked to have heard more.

The duo worked well together – not just musically – there was a lot of humour and appreciation between them. The repartee and theatrics was very good. I’d like to see a lot more of them.

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Opher’s World – Tributes to Rock Genius – Chris Barber

Opher’s World – Tributes to Rock Genius – Chris Barber

If you like Rock Music, in the widest sense, you’ll find my book of tributes quite interesting. This is my bit on Chris Barber.

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Chris Barber

Chris Barber is the unsung Grandfather of British Blues and Rock. He is still regarded as a Trad Jazz performer, and did stay true to that style of music throughout, but he was so much more important than that. Single-handedly he did three incredible things that transformed the music scene in Britain.

Firstly he encouraged and facilitated the introduction of a scaled-down unit in his act that focussed on simple versions of American Folk-Blues. The sub-group was led by Lonnie Donnegan and they went from having a short set in the interval at the middle of Chris Barber’s act to becoming an over-night sensation and starting the whole Skiffle Boom of the fifties. The Beatles and every other Beat group in the country started off in a band because of that. Just think if Chris had not given them a place in the performance and had not gone on to record them in one of his sessions all that might not have happened. Without ‘Rock Island Line’ there might not have been any Beatles.

Secondly he provided a platform for Black American Blues artists to visit, play and record. By doing that he exposed future British musicians to the real thing and got a sizeable group of the British public interested in Blues so that the British bands had an audience when they got going. The Blues guys were bemused by the enthusiastic responses they got from White British audiences. They did not receive that reception in their native America.

Thirdly he brought Alexis Korner and Cyril Davies back together to work on a Blues album he was recording in 1961. Out of that came Blues Incorporated, the first, seminal R&B band in Britain.

I reckon those three things are sufficient to give him legendary status in anybody’s book. In my eyes he was responsible for the Beatles, Stones and the whole British Rock Scene. Without Chris Barber we’d still be on a par musically with Sweden and I can’t stand Abba.

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I am a Rock – Paul Simon – a song of withdrawing into one’s shell.

I am a Rock – Paul Simon – a song of withdrawing into one’s shell.

I was around fourteen or fifteen when this came out and I greatly liked it. I think I’d been having my ups and downs with girls and could relate to the song on that score. There were times when I just wanted to crawl away and not bother with love any more. To turn my back on everyone, develop a shell and pretend I didn’t care.

Now I am a lot older I see the song in a wider context. One can do the same with life. We can see all the big calamities – war, terrorism, cruelty, poverty, inequality, mass migration, environmental destruction, extinctions, religious fundamentalism, Trump, Brexit and climate change, and feel that we are completely helpless. We want to hide away, live our own lives and forget about it. It is too upsetting.

But that is what they want us to do.

Instead we have to look outward, be idealistic and want to make the world a better place. We change what we can and shout loudly about what needs changing.

That is what they don’t want us to do.

It’s too cosy in our rooms with our books and music. Some things – love and life – are worth getting hurt over,

Paul Simon – I Am A Rock Lyrics

A winter’s day
In a deep and dark
December;
I am alone,
Gazing from my window to the streets below
On a freshly fallen silent shroud of snow.
I am a rock,
I am an island.I’ve built walls,
A fortress steep and mighty,
That none may penetrate.
I have no need of friendship; friendship causes pain.
It’s laughter and it’s loving I disdain.
I am a rock,
I am an island.

Don’t talk of love,
Well I’ve heard the words before;
It’s sleeping in my memory.
I won’t disturb the slumber of feelings that have died.
If I never loved I never would have cried.
I am a rock,
I am an island.

I have my books
And my poetry to protect me;
I am shielded in my armor,
Hiding in my room, safe within my womb.
I touch no one and no one touches me.
I am a rock,
I am an island.

And a rock feels no pain;
And an island never cries.

 

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Rolling Stones Exhibition – Saatchi Galleries London

Rolling Stones Exhibition – Saatchi Galleries London

Just back from London and the Rolling Stones Exhibition at the Saatchi Studios. What a great exhibition that set out the whole story of the Stones (rather airbrushing Brian Jones and Ian Stewart though).

This was a brilliant exhibition with some great ideas. The photos, diaries, information, costumes, videos, artwork, design, split-screen story, quotes and a 3D concert extract. Pretty much had it all apart from the Stones themselves.

It took two hours to go round and absorb and captured the excitement and evolution of the group. Came out zinging and wanting to put on a bit of that iconic music.

Recommend it.

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