Another World is Possible (Demos, March 2015)

by Ross Pollard

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These demos were recorded live by Martyn at Playing Aloud Recording Studios and Rehearsal Rooms, Lincoln, UK, in early 2015.

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released June 28, 2015

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Punk-folk singer from Lincoln, UK. I'm 'the Real Deal' according to BBC 6 Music's Tom Robinson.

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Track Name: Rich Get Richer, Poor Get Poorer
I need to work for little or for nothing
For little or for nothing
No choice at all
I don’t want to be a commodity
Undervalued, expendable

Low pay, no pay, cycle
Forced to be meek and docile
So the rich can get richer, while the poor get poorer

The damp from the walls is clinging to my lungs
Sticking to my lungs
The moisture aggravates
The eczema which covers my legs, which covers my legs
Is bright red and stinging

Low pay, no pay, cycle
Forced to be meek and docile
So the rich can get richer, while the poor get poorer
In flexible labour markets, in flexible labour markets
Track Name: Open Veins (for Eduardo Galeano)
Odd corpses and carved bits of wood
Float to Europe on the West wind
Storms hurl ships into monster’s jaws
On route to their place of origin

Gold, silver, spices, and pearls
Encouraged conquistadors
To cross sinister seas
To extend God’s reign over earth and men

Open Veins, open veins, open veins

Lush trees of such beauty
An earthly paradise
The Garden of Eden resides here
The banana’s the forbidden fruit

Christ and slavery were imposed
On those who knew nothing of swords
Indigenous peoples beaten by terror
Terror, horses and bacteria

Open Veins, open veins, open veins

The sign of the cross on the hilt of the sword
A lust for riches and raw materials
The hacking of blades; the breathing of pestilence
Bred unequal development

Conquest brings joy
Lights up hearts
Fattens bodies
Satisfies desires

Open Veins, open veins, open veins
Track Name: Surface Appearances
Only diamonds mined by the most impoverished African children will do, to show, to prove, my undying love for you

Only a dress stitched by ill-treated garment workers in Bangladesh will do, to state my desire to possess you

Surface appearances mask exploitation, alienation, dehumanisation
This illustrious decay: affluence, debt, subjecting a periphery

Only a meal cooked with food grown on stolen peasant land will do to express my passing interest in you

Only wine made with grapes picked by abused migrant labour will do to help fulfil my dreams of sleeping with you

Surface appearances mask exploitation, alienation, dehumanisation
This illustrious decay: affluence, debt, subjecting a periphery

Opulence can only exist, side by side abject poverty
Track Name: This World
This is still the predatory phase of human development
Capitalist class power has been restored
The forward march of labour has been halted
But we have not yet reached the end of history

It took Rome centuries to martyr Christ
It may take as long for this world to become civilised

Privatisation is the theft of common property
Legalised fraud forms the basis of free markets
We, the public, are always told that there’s no money left
When, in fact, money is plentiful just highly concentrated

It took Rome centuries to martyr Christ
It may take as long for this world to become civilised
Track Name: 1945
Farewell Winston Churchill
You’re no hero
The war was won but not with your blood
We’d rather elect a party that states in its manifesto that:
‘This party is a socialist party and proud of it’

No more austerity; social ills can be cured
If we alter our conceptions of the world
Like in 1945

This was no road to serfdom
It was a democratic revolution
And recompense for the suffering of two world wars

No more austerity; social ills can be cured
If we alter our conceptions of the world
Like in 1945