Djevara - VIVA! / PUNK IS NOT A SOUND

  • WARPAWN

    Are you ready for the new redaction?
    Simple words for simple actions.
    It's time to call out wrongs; take a serious look at our reflections
    A definition of 'heroes' that goes beyond just 'paid killers'
    Calling out the corporations that poison us and then enslave us
    Someone's got to say it
    Someone's got to say it
    Even... if you're the only one

    Do you know what it is yet?
    Did you work it out all by yourself?
    Which part of the jigsaw didn't fit?
    Or did you just need more time to twist it in?

    Twist it in

    Hey...
    Been sold down the river
    A long time ago
    You wouldn't know

    So please believe me when I tell you
    I've been digging for my cleansing
    People are running, don't know what from, don't know where to, I'm one - I know
    Bending, yielding, fates conceding, worshipping heroes (while) still bleeding
    I'm one of you, I'm one of us, I guess it's just one those things - You've got to figure it out (for yourself)

    The Cats' (have) got hearts made of stone
    The Man won't leave you alone
    Find yourself trapped between a rock and a hard place
    Wondering what you're doing wrong

    STILL TRYING TO FIGURE IT OUT

    The Cats' (have) got hearts made of stone
    The Man won't leave you alone
    Find yourself trapped between a rock and a hard place
    Wondering what you're doing wrong

    STILL TRYING TO FIGURE IT OUT

    SO... IF YOU SEE IT
    PLEASE WON'T YOU LET ME KNOW
    IF YOU FIND IT
    PLEASE DON'T LET IT GO

    If you see it
    Please won't you let me know
    If you find it
    Never let it go

    Who're the liars?
    Who are the liars?
    Follow the money...
    Who're the liars?
    Just follow the money...
    Who are the liars?
    Just... Never let it go

    Hey Come on, come on, come on, come on
    Someone's got to say it

    Just follow the money

    Someone's got to say it
    Are you ready for our reaction?
    Simple words for simple actions

  • MEXICO

    It's Friday Night, let's party!

    Hey, Charlie, it's Friday Night - let's party!
    Time for a party! It's Friday Night - let's party!
    Where's Charlie? 'Cos you're a rock-star... (let's party!)
    Time for a party
    We'll pay later...

    You can't say "No"

    A thousand miles away
    It's a different story
    Might as well be a million miles away
    A very fucking different story
    Every day, every day, every day
    Some other victim on the back of a truck
    Or a mother, now without a son or a daughter
    South of the border where lives are worth less than
    The price of this powder that everyone knows:
    But no-one has the guts to talk about
    So let's spring it direct;
    This "War On Drugs" that you're against
    Yes, 'marijuana needs to breathe free in the "Land of White Suburbia"'
    I agree, but sixty thousand dead in Mexico's drug war...
    It doesn't raise a head
    Why? Are Brown People, worth the same as White People?
    Sixty thousand dead in Mexico's drug war...
    White people... worth the same as Brown People?

    Sorry, didn't mean to spoil your party

    It's "Friday Night"... It's Friday night

    So sing if you want to sing, sing if you want to sing,
    Dance if you want to dance, dance if you want to dance,
    Play if you want to play, play if you want to play,
    Shout if you want to shout, shout if you want to shout, let's hear it
    Let's have a different party
    Let's tell a different story
    We'll have a different party
    'Cos it's a different story
    In Mexico
    In Colombia
    In Brazil
    In Guatemala
    South Of The Border
    Oh, I think I've worked you out
    Who'll tell your story?
    Who'll tell your story, Charlie?
    South Of The Border
    Careful...
    There's money where your mouth is
    Hey, Charlie!

  • DEMOCRACY

    Ain't going nowhere
    Ain't going nowhere
    Ain't going nowhere
    Nowhere but forwards

    When you face defeat
    Life's out of reach
    Every dream
    Is falling down
    Sexism, racism,
    Homophobia
    And a "trickle-down economy"
    That's just hoovering it all up

    You're in denial
    IT'S FAKE
    YOU CAN SEE IT.
    YOU CAN SEE IT.
    YOU CAN SEE IT.
    SO SAY IT.

    The world is a battlefield
    Not just talking about "The Third world"
    The whole world - our whole world
    The world is a battlefield
    Do you remember... the "boom time"?
    Yuh... Neither do I.
    The world as it could be.
    Now that's a picture I would take
    And show it on TV
    Where everything is balanced out
    But on the wrong side of the scales, sit you and I and...
    Never mind the forest for the trees
    Can't even see the fire for the flames
    In which we fry, in which we burn
    To set the picture alight, we're taking turns

    Is someone watching me?
    Is someone watching me?
    A rose by another name...
    When last I checked this didn't look like democracy

    Come on, sister, come on, brother...

    Is someone testing me?
    Is someone testing me?
    A rose by another name...
    When last I checked this didn't even smell like democracy

    Come on, sister, come on, brother...

    The world as it could be
    Now that's a noise I would make
    And check the frequency
    Where everything is balanced out
    But on the wrong side of the scales, sit you and I and...
    Never mind the forest for the trees
    Can't even see the fire for the flames
    In which we fry, in which we burn
    To set the stereo alight, we're taking turns
    No more life in retreat: Pass it on, Take it on, march to your own beat
    No more life in retreat: Pass it on, Take it on, you march to your own beat

    Is someone watching me?
    Is someone testing me?
    A rose by another name...
    When last I checked this didn't look like democracy

    Come on, sister, come on, brother...

    March to your own beat
    March to your own beat
    Let's march with each other
    Run with each other
    And never be afraid to shout:
    "I have a dream"

    "I have a dream"

    [Oh-woe, don't bring it down on me]

    Not like this nightmare
    Not like this nightmare
    We're living in

    Every chance we get, they take it
    But we'll take a chance
    Every chance they get, they take it
    But we'll take a chance

    Seems every bridge we build, they break it
    But fuck it, we'll build another bridge
    Seems every bridge we build, they break it
    But fuck it, we'll build another bridge
    Let's build another bridge
    We'll build another bridge

    We've nowhere left to go ...
    Nowhere left to hide ...
    Nowhere left to run ...
    .Nowhere but forwards

    A RIOT - FORWARD MARCH!
    A FIST... IN THE FACE OF HYPOCRISY

    THEY SAY WE CAN'T DANCE HERE, AND WE CAN'T DANCE THERE
    BUT WHERE ELSE CAN WE GO WHEN THEY'VE BOUGHT EVERYWHERE?
    THEY SAY "WHEN G.D.P. DOUBLES, THE DISEASE WILL BE RARE
    BUT IT MAY TAKE A WHILE: WELL, LIFE'S NEVER BEEN FAIR"

    YOU KNOW IT'S CALLED SLAVERY WHEN YOU GET PAID NOTHING?
    I KNOW IT'S NOT ENOUGH BUT WE'VE GOT TO DO SOMETHING
    'COS WE CAN'T EAT SHARES AND WE CAN'T DRINK MONEY
    SO SAY SOMETHING. DO SOMETHING.

    I'M DONE GONE LAUGHING AT JOKES THAT AIN'T FUNNY
    WAITING FOR THE PEOPLE TO GET HUNGRY ENOUGH TO GET ANGRY
    'COS WE CAN'T EAT SHARES AND WE CAN'T DRINK MONEY
    SAY SOMETHING. DO SOMETHING...

    No more life in retreat
    DENIAL
    No more life in retreat
    DENIAL
    No more life in retreat
    DENIAL
    No more life in retreat

    We're marching to another drum

  • (reprise) / SKIN

    D'you remember when we used to sing?
    When our feet were in the clouds
    When smiles that seemed like frowns
    Began to make sense?

    Because the world's still upside down
    Who can turn it round
    If not for you and I...
    The world is blind
    The world is blind

    This isn't Black Music
    This isn't White Music
    It's our music (so now you know)
    And I won't back down

    This isn't Black Music (so now you know)
    This isn't White Music (so now you know... who I am)
    It's our music (who I am)
    And I won't back down

    So ideas that have no words
    Thoughts that have no sounds
    These things that have no names
    Begin to make sense
    Because if the world is upside down (this isn't Black Music)
    Then who can turn it round (this isn't White Music)
    If not for you and I (it's our music)
    The world is blind (And I won't back down)

    The Rising Tide
    Is you and I
    The Rising Tide (so now you know)
    Is you...

    I see you

    The colour of our skin, the cover of our kin
    Lest we should forget, it's our original sin,
    If we would just desist, then they could resist
    The urge to remind us where we're really from

    Ever been struck by a Wannabe?
    Thank God, I sold that ticket
    I'd never been hit before, I never did care
    I'd watch my back but I'd never been scared
    Seven years old when I heard the refrain: "Go back where you came from"
    Didn't know where it was, but I had to get there
    This is the story of how a kid learned fear

    We all bleed red

    Ever been struck by a Wannabe?
    Thank God, I sold that ticket

    We all bleed red

    I wish they could get over, under, over...
    Could get them out from under, over, under...
    Under my skin
    'Cos I'm moving back in [because we're moving back in]
    Because I live within [because we live within]
    Under my skin
    But it covers everything

    They say "Boys don't cry"
    But there's more to this than meets the eye
    And if you ask them this, they won't deny
    That the world is...

    "Black boys don't cry"
    But I don't know the reason why
    So I let the tears run dry
    Because The World...
    The World is blind
    The World is blind

    OPEN YOUR EYES...
    Can they even see me?

    I wish they could get over, under, over...
    Get them out from under, over, under...
    Under my skin
    BECAUSE I'M MOVING BACK IN [because we're moving back in]
    BUT I WON'T BE TRAPPED WITHIN [we won't be trapped within]
    WHAT I'M LIVING IN [what we're living in]
    UNDER MY SKIN
    UNDER MY SKIN

    "Big boys don't cry"
    Well, that turned out to be another lie
    It was nothing but a lullaby
    And The World remains...

    "White boys don't cry"
    Come on, who believes this alibi?
    And we can see it, you and I
    But The World... The World is blind
    The World's still blind

    Sometimes
        I wish
           I could
              Just
                Tear it off

    Tear it off

    Ever been struck by a Wannabe?

    Open your eyes

  • A MOMENT'S VIOLENCE

    Hold still
    Hold still, you may not feel a thing

    Not all that glitters is gold
    Not all that ages gets old
    Not all that enters here is destined never to leave
    I do believe
    Not all the stories are true
    Not all the mirrors show The Real You
    Not all the promises we make can hold
    I do believe

    D'you feel like you'd be less without this?
    This hole in your soul
    Nothing but a ghost lost in this machine
    If this picture was whole?

    Not all our children will grow
    Not all our heroes will be known
    Not all our futures are set in stone
    I do believe
    Not all the dice are yet cast
    Not all these things, can they last
    I'm making a vigil for all that's yet to pass
    I do believe

    D'you feel like you'd be less without this?
    This hole in your soul
    Nothing but a ghost lost in this machine
    If this picture was whole

    Do you believe?

    Hold still, you may not feel a thing
    Hold still, we're still remembering
    A moment... A moment...
    A moment... One moment
    Hold still, you may not feel a thing
    Hold still, we're still remembering
    A moment... A moment.

    You may not feel a thing

  • A PRAYER

    Wait 'til the smoke clears
    But where there's smoke, there's...
    But where there's smoke, there's...
    And when the smoke clears...

    You'll see what I see, you'll see what I see

    Yes I know I'm on fire,
    No-one can put it out,
    That's how I know I'm on fire,
    No-one can put me out

    I don't even think of victory
    I'm just fighting to survive
    And though I'm living hand-to-mouth
    I'm yet to pay the cost, just to survive

    D'you see what I see?

    Yes I know I'm on fire,
    No-one can put it out,
    That's how I know I'm on fire,
    No-one can put me out

    Such a lonely view from here
    D'you see what I see?
    D'you see what I see?

    I'm a painter, so I paint
    Using whatever colours I find
    Sometimes it's A Dark Day:
    A wash in black.
    My teacher taught me to draw what I see;
    Trust even the corner of my eye
    Have the faith to believe
    In my own vision
    And my pen to make it be.

    She said:
    "Use your pen to make it be
    "I'll help you find a new religion...
    "This is my prayer for you"

    "Then even in the darkest days, you'll shine"

    In the darkest days I heard a voice
    In the darkest of days I heard a call
    From somewhere deep inside
    From someone from whom I can't hide

    "You had a friend set you alight, said 'hold my hand' then let it go,
    so now your heart's on fire [So, you're not invincible]
    "(So) forget all the things you think you know, you can fly the kite but then let it go, throw out the seeds and let them grow where they fall... [No, You're not invincible]
    "Learn all you ever can from love, you don't need no faith in Man's God above, to know (that) you're not invincible
    No, You're not invincible
    "But the holes in your armour also let the rays reach into your soul
    So let there be light..."
    So let there be light
    "So now you know the reasons why
    "It's time to find a new religion
    "So I wrote this prayer for you
    "That's why your heart's on fire
    "Be glad no-one can put it out
    "This is my prayer for you"

    "Forget all the things you think you know
    "Throw out the seeds and let them grow
    "Don't let the smoke blind you"

    Will you ever forget?

    "All the things you think you know"
    MY HEART'S ON FIRE

    ALL THE THINGS YOU THINK YOU KNOW
    ALL THESE BEATS, THESE BEATS YOU KNOW

  • LAST OF THE TRIBE

    Hmmmmmmmmmmm
    Oh, won't you lead from this place, we'll follow
    Oh, won't you lead us to the promised land, we'll follow
    War, we don't want it but we'll play, we'll follow
    Wrongs, we won't right them but we'll pray, we'll follow you
    Down
    We'll follow you down

  • REVOLUTION PER MINUTE

    Yo, check out what the tide brought in
    Y'all look at what the cat dragged in
    SPIN IT
    SPIN IT

    So help me God, I won't be saved
    Now self-righteous idiots want my ear
    So help me God, I can't be saved
    Their heartbeats quicken when I'm near

    If we don't dance, they'll set our feet on fire

    They held a gun to my head
    Then whispered their secret:
    "This is no empty threat", they said
    "Now this stage is set, ... it's perfect"

    Take it as read,
    The blood that spilt was tainted,
    We've been misled,
    But now we know their secret
    Eyes on the prize
    And though the sign says 'danger',
    Don't be afraid
    It's conquering fear that'll save ya

    TURN IT ROUND

    Take it as read - don't say we won't be heard
    We've been misled - don't say we won't be heard
    Eyes on the prize - and though my heart bleeds red
    Don't be afraid - don't say we won't be heard
    Take it as read - DON'T SAY WE WON'T BE HEARD
    We've been misled - DON'T SAY WE WON'T BE HEARD
    Eyes on the prize - AND THOUGH MY HEART BLEEDS RED
    Don't be afraid - DON'T SAY WE WON'T BE HEARD

    DON'T SAY WE WON'T BE HEARD

    TURN IT ROUND...

    HEY GET UP, GET UP, GET UP, GET UP
    EYES ON THE PRIZE...
    EVEN THOUGH YOU CAN'T STOP THE BLEEDING...
    GET UP, GET UP, GET UP, GET UP
    EYES ON THE PRIZE...
    EVEN IF YOU CAN'T STOP THE BLEEDING...

    Yeah, we know what you mean :
    All our HEROES are TRAITORS All our TRAITORS are HEROES
    Yeah, we know the score, 'cos we've played this before...
    So help me God

    So stop pointing the finger, let's shout it together: "we can all do better"
    WE CAN ALL DO BETTER
    To this jury of saints, let's shout it together: "we can all do better"
    WE CAN ALL DO BETTER
    Let's shout it together, we can all do better
    WE CAN ALL DO BETTER
    TOGETHER

    WE CAN ALL DO BETTER

    Together forever
    Together! We're in this together, we're...
    We're tied at the hip and we'll live and we'll die
    We'll be buried together
    Together, together forever
    And don't you forget it
    And so it goes
    [WELL, CAN YOU DO BETTER?]
    And so it goes
    [WELL, CAN YOU DO BETTER?]
    And so it goes
    If we can't turn it round then
    Throw it back
    Throw it back
    WELL, CAN YOU DO BETTER?

  • BORN AGAIN

    I died that day

    Say it
    And you might believe
    You might believe

    When you're really alive
    You see every colour, bright like shimmering ores

    (When you feel like ending, when you feel...)

    When you're really there
    When you're here,
    You breathe every ocean you see,
    And you touch,
    and you feel,
    you feel like...

    There's no time to waste

    And you're right

    But I still remember...
    The cup I was holding,
    The light on the landing,
    The fear and the loathing,
    The end of pretending
    The dream wasn't ending,
    The air I was breathing
    It tasted like evening
    ...before a storm

    When I feel like ending, when I feel...
    I'm born again
    But I still remember...
    It's definitely me.

  • VIVA

    Well, you'll have to let go
    Stop holding on

    The world, as you know,
    You know it's ending,
    You can see it's ending, right?
    The world, as you know,
    You can see it's ending
    It's disappearing up it's own arse

    I have the same nightmare every night [How do you know?]
    I have the same nightmare every night [How do you know?]
    Submerged under a sea that's never been breached by light [How do you know?]
    These never-ending nights
    Oh, these never-ending nights

    Where I watch my unborn son
    Growing up in the dark
    He doesn't even know I'm there
    And I can't tell anyone

    Come on, tell me it's alright, I'm dreaming
    I'm the last of a dying tribe, and I'm screaming
    Well, I know you think we'll be all right, Jack
    But what do you know, What don't you know..?

    So, sing a song for me,
    (This isn't hip hop, brother, You can trip up, lover)
    whistle a melody ...
    ( isn't two-step, sister, You beat that, lover)
    Just to keep the memory
    (This isn't retro, brother Can you see that, lover?)
    Alive, a little longer
    (Yes you love your mother, I can see that, brother)
    So, won't you sing a song for me,
    (This isn't hip hop, brother, You can trip up, lover)
    I'm dancing for my life
    In poetry
    (Yes you love your mother, I can see that, brother)

    It's getting so hard...
    Getting so hard to see
    Come on, tell me it's alright, I'm dreaming
    I'm the last of a dying tribe, and I'm screaming
    And I know you think we'll be all right, Jack
    But what do you know
    What don't you know..?

    It's getting so hard
    So hard to see

    Let go

    Where the sun doesn't set
    That's where you gotta look
    Where the rot set in
    That's what you gotta check.

    Let go Let go Let go Let go

    Slow down. Slow down.
    slow down, Slow down,
    you're talking too fast... you're moving too fast
    So used to marching we've forgotten how to walk,
    So used to shouting, we've forgotten how to talk,
    So slow down, you're talking too fast
    Slow down, you're moving too fast
    Y'know,
    If I had a God then I might pray
    That in this ocean I could breathe
    Though in this night that I may die
    That first I'll
    Live
    First let me live
    In this never-ending night
    In this fast-receding light
    In this never-ending fight

    Do you remember when we used to sing?
    So sing a song for me
    Just to keep the memory

  • MOTHER

    D'you remember... I was scared of the dark?
    So you switched the light on
    When I slept I walked
    Just to be nearer
    Nearer to you, just to hear your voice
    I slept in the corridor just to know your touch was close
    Those days we all slept alone

    I'm open wide, I see you

    I know, (I'm) not always the one you can run to
    I know, (I'm) not always the one you can talk to
    And I know it's my own fault,
    but I remember...

    When I was scared of the deep
    Well, you pulled me from under...
    When I was scared of heights
    You told me I could fly
    When the sands were moving, and I couldn't find my feet
    You held on to me, you held on to me
    When the glass was empty
    You filled it for me, you filled it for me, you filled it for me

    I'm open wide, I see you

    And I know, I didn't notice at the time
    And I know, I didn't thank you at the time
    And I know it's my own fault, I'm a closed book
    I know it's my own fault, but I want you to know...

    You'll always be The...
    You'll always be The...
    You'll always be The Reason Why I came
    ...The Reason Why I stayed
    ...The Reason Why I play
    ...The Reason Why I'm here

    The eyes, the eyes, the eyes will tell you how I feel
    And you said, If I believe it, I can win

    You'll always be The...
    You'll always be The...

    You'll always be The Reason


    • Words : Anté Bassey