Music

Song – Wasted By A Feeling

Lyrics:

The sun shines all of the time

It’s just that sometimes you can’t see it

So stop trying to ease your troubled mind

When all you need to do is free it

Hush now, don’t you cry

Everything will be alright

If we just just and sleep tonight

And know the sun shines all the time

But i didn’t see the sun rise this morning

I was too busy trying to sleep and not to weep

Cos i believe that if you’re crying when the day is dawning

You’ll be crying when the evening comes

And there is nothing worse than a whole day gone

Wasted by a feeling that your life has gone wrong

I didn’t see the stars as they came out

Cos I was looking at the ground where there was nothing to be found

I couldn’t hear when someone told me they could help me out

Because my ears were full of sad, sad songs

And there is nothing worse than a chance not taken

Wasted by a feeling that your life is being shaken

By forces out to get you and which you can not control

By a feeling that you’re falling down into a never-ending hole

Wasted by a feeling, oh no

When contemplation of the future brings despair

And the past just brings regret

The present gets wasted by a feeling

That makes you forget

The sun shines all of the time

It’s just that sometimes you can’t see it

So stop trying to ease your troubled mind

When all you need to do is free it

Hush now, don’t you cry

Everything will be alright

If we just just and sleep tonight

And know the sun shines all the time

But if you didn’t see the sun rise this morning

Well it doesn’t mean it didn’t end the night

All this darkness that you see is just a warning

Don’t let yourself forget how much you need the light

And all you need to do is make sure you don’t let the times that you can’t see it

Get wasted by a feeling that it doesn’t shine at all

Song – One Day In The Future

Lyrics:

Tear down the walls that keep us apart

Loosen the shackles imprisoning our hearts

And let free all those dreams that i know you hold within

Help start something beautiful to finally begin

And one day in the future if we all make it that far

I’ll sit with my children watching the first man land on Mars

And i’ll say to them something that i hope they won’t forget

When in doubt have faith that hope lies in the stars

Tear down the walls that someone built in your mind

Tear down the walls between within and outside

And hopefully you’ll realise that something has to change

Despite our fears and alibis in truth we’re all the same

So one day in the future if we all make it that far

I’ll sit with my children watching the first man land on Mars

And i’ll say to them something that i hope they won’t forget

When in doubt have faith that hope lies in the stars

In the stars there may be billions of planets

So when we’ve ruined this one maybe we’ll have other chances

And in ten thousand years perhaps we’ll finally get it right

And we’ll write in the history books that it all turned out just fine

And one day in the future if we all make it that far

I’ll sit with my children watching the first man land on Mars

And i’ll say to them something that i hope they won’t forget

When in doubt have faith that hope lies in the stars

AH! ANTI! ANTICAPITALISTA! (repeat)

Debut album finally recorded!

The songs below have taken 8 years to write and practice but were recorded in just 3 hours, mostly in one take, at Grassroots studios in Cardiff. I would like to thank everyone who has supported my music and encouraged me over the years:

  • My family, especially my Mum who has always been there with money and advice and my Dad who taught me music and filled my head with dreams of being a musician by telling me stories from his youth.
  • The people I played music with at school in London and who said things to me like “Oi! You! Write some lyrics!” thereby turning me into a song writer at a young age.
  • The people who came to open mics I played in in Edinburgh and at Sussex Uni, who gave me the confidence to carry on writing and performing my own songs.
  • All my old Anarchist comrades and squatter friends from Brighton who allowed me to feel like sitting around singing them songs was somehow a revolutionary activity.
  • Lastly but definitely not least all the incredibly courageous and inspiring refugees and migrants I played with in Calais and Tangiers and who made me feel like there was actually some point in what I was doing as a musician.

This last few months has been mind-blowing for me, especially as over the summer i had almost finally given up on dreams of being a musician.

Since moving to Cardiff I have found people who want to start a band with me, which is going to be called ‘Breach of the Peace’

I have also been offered a chance to play bass for Kilnaboy, a band I have had loads of respect for ever since I saw them play in Brighton about 4 years ago.

Plus I have made loads of contacts to help me get gigs. Cardiff rules. Fuck England.

Song – Comrade

Copyright Raz Chaoten 2014 – feel free to distribute and copy so long as it is not for money

LYRICS

VERSE 1

Comrade, do you even know my name?

Do you really feel the same about the troubles of the world?

Comrade, though our cause has been betrayed

Many times and in many ways

Don’t let it make us lose our faith

CHORUS:

In each other, in the world, in the Struggle

so why do you call me Comrade?

VERSE 2:

Is it just because I’m here?

And that you’re too seized up with fear

To tell me what you really think?

CHORUS 2:

And how you feel about the existent and the ideal?

Yes do really feel the same, or in your heart is this a game?

VERSE 3:

Or are you my comrade?

Prepared to be there by my side

If one or both of us should die

In the pursuit of our shared aims?

Song – Used To

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LYRICS

VERSE 1:

I used to have a lady by my side or maybe just a girl

But I’d tell the world that she was mine

I used to call her baby when she cried

But now I’m gone I guess there’s no-one to dry her eyes

CHORUS:

And so I hope she’s smiling now that I’m far away

I hope that I’m the only thing that’s causing her pain

I hope she finds someone who will love her the same as I did again

VERSE 2:

We used to say we loved each other more than the Sun

And we used to mean it, two dreams that merged as one

We used to talk of having daughters and having sons

We were that crazy, but just maybe it might have been fun

(CHORUS)

MIDDLE:

Reality has woken me to the familiar colour black

Though I preferred to be in her fantasy

There’s no way I can turn back

There were just too many ways that we just weren’t the same

That our hearts didn’t match up

But she will always be the first one

To make me believe in Love

(CHORUS)

Song – University Daze

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LYRICS

VERSE 1:

With Athens and Iceland still burning away

And policemen saying summer here’d be full of rage

We were just sitting in a room called Arts A

Talking about bombs dropping far, far away

Bridge 1:

And the Trotskyists postured and the Anarchists sighed

And we all put up pictures of the children who’d died

Though Zion was responding to terrorist fire

There was no fucking way that this was justified

CHORUS 1:

So we stood in Solidarity, though we’d never stood up for ourselves

Well it’s better than fighting for the Queen

Still, it’s fighting for somebody else

VERSE 2:

The management of that University

Guess we wanted them to help make Palestine free

But they were too busy just scheming away

About cutting our courses and the staff’s pay

BRIDGE 2:

So the Trotskyists postured and the Anarchists sighed

We used words like ‘neoliberal’ and ‘commodified’

And me and my friends even camped right outside

their offices, with a few hand painted signs

CHORUS 2:

Because we stood in Solidarity and we were trying to stand up for ourselves

But most people cared more about their degrees

Than about trying to help somebody else

MIDDLE:

But I didn’t go there to get a degree

I went there to learn, I went there to see

What life was about, and what I found out

Was that the money you earn does not make you free

It just makes you a part of this blood-soaked machine

That’s destroying the earth and destroying the dreams

That the one’s that we owe our existence to fought for

Dreams of being free from exploiters and warlords

And now we’ve got more war than ever in history

Now the exploiters have harnessed the mystery

Of how to make slavery feel just like freedom

How to make people kill for things, though they don’t need em

How to make rebels seem like they’re just stupid

How to make resistance seem like it’s useless

Well they can fuck off, because I know it’s not

And apart from each other it’s all that we’ve got

CHORUS 3:

So stand in solidarity with your comrades all over the earth

Because unless we’re all in this struggle together

There’s no way it ever can work

Stand in solidarity and instead of their doctrines of greed

Say from each according to ability and to each according to need

Stand in solidarity and don’t stand for anything less

Than a world that’s fit for human beings

Not just for capitalists

Stand in solidarity and we’ll fight them in millions of ways

So just do what you can like I tried to do

In my university daze

Song – Throw Your TV At Your Boss!

Copyright Raz Chaoten 2014 – feel free to distribute and copy so long as it is not for money

LYRICS

VERSE 1:

Yesterday was the day that we said we’d go away

Now our bags are packed for tomorrow and I’m stoned

Trying hard not to think about anything

That we’re gonna see tomorrow

BRIDGE:

But I don’t want to tell you a story

Cos I’m just too busy living one right now

And I don’t want to look on the bright side

In case it blinds me to the darkness that’s ahead of me

VERSE 2:

I used to think that everything, all this shit, could all be sorted out

If everyone could get together and agree

To put aside petty things like differences of opinion

And then the world would live in peace

(BRIDGE)

PRE-CHORUS:

I’ll never forget where I come from

And how the rich done us all wrong

I’ll never forgive them for what they’ve done

If you feel the same then sing along

CHORUS:

What we’ve got to do is ATTACK THE STATE

But out of love, not out of hate

Love for the people and FOR THE EARTH

Now let me see those prisons burn

And let me see the people rise

To take control of our own lives

Now don’t just stand there feeling cross

THROW YOUR TV AT YOUR BOSS!

VERSE 3:

It doesn’t matter who I am, but if you must know

I’ve seen a lot of things that in this world there are to see

I have seen a lot of wealth, I have seen a lot of poverty as well

And I know how this came to be

(BRIDGE)

(PRE CHORUS)

(CHORUS)

(PRE-CHORUS)

END:

Throw Your TV At Your Boss (repeat)