Not On Our Watch

by Joe Solo

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Raise your flag above the hallowed ground Then take the poor and run em out of town Set the mob to kick a man who's down But not on our watch, no Tell em lies until they whine and bitch Make a sacrifice so they can scratch that itch Then blame the beggar cos he isn't rich But not on our watch, no You're re-unleashing the Bulldog Crew To set em loose on the peace we knew To bark and bite in red, white and blue But not on our watch, no I see your dagger and I see your cloak Laid at the altar of the whip and rope But there is no glory where there is no hope And not on our watch, no Chorus Not on our watch, no Not on our watch, no Not on our watch Not on our watch Not on our watch, no The kid was orphaned by a power game That bombed Aleppo killing in our name Now all of us should hang our heads in shame Say not on our watch, no I've more in common with that refugee Than I ever will have with your VIP I'm a 45, he's a 33 Not on our watch, no Chorus The Dragon Slayer and the chorus sing But all I'm seeing when I hear these things Is a rich man pulling on a poor man's strings And not on our watch, no
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When I was young, no more than a kid I used to rock-up for a Sunday side This big lad come, in a Psycho skid He took my ankles and my knees and my pride But my mate John he pulled me back to my feet He said: "You never let em put you down" Next thing I knew, the whistle blew And that big lad was laid out on the ground And John said Ch: You take on one of us, you take on all of us You pick on him, you pick on me You take on one of us, you take on all of us And that's the way it's gonna be But time went on, and I grew up At least I learned to bluff the stuff I lack Being young and dumb, I pushed my luck But I knew John would always have my back Was in a bar when this lad took exception To my face the way that young men do But John stepped in, and without question said: "I wouldn't son if I were you". Ch: You take on one of us, you take on all of us You pick on him, you pick on me You take on one of us, you take on all of us And that's the way it's gonna be I know you're down, I know you're hurting And the wolves are gathered in a pack I see there's some out there deserting Did you think I wouldn't have your back See I remember when a good friend showed me What it takes to see your troubles through Through thick and thin that friend he never failed me So there ain't no way I bail on you We'll tell them Ch: You take on one of us, you take on all of us They pick on you, they pick on me You take on one of us, you take on all of us And that's the way it's gonna be
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Can you hear the sound of voices Out there in the street That sound of singing's how you Rise up when you're in defeat And hope's a stranger who would raise his voice for me As I land in the Land of the Free And hear singing: "No hate, no fear Refugees are welcome here!" Can you hear the sound of car horns Peeping in support Of eleven people held here Captive in this cold airport And hope's a stranger who would beep her horn for me As I land in the Land of the Free And hear singing: "No hate, no fear Refugees are welcome here!"
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Can I please get a lyrical witness To the march of the blind and the witless To the drop at the clifftop where There's a queue for the view And it's "Look down there!" You see the city with the streets like a warzone You see the pole and the hole in the ozone You see the child there standing in the man suit Finger on the button wearing Daddy's little jack boots Chorus: We can do this but we need your help Cos the world won't won't change itself What they got ain't a-nothin' in the long run It's not a mix you can fix with a six gun They're just an old man standing in the fast lane Roadkill. Chill pill. Kids'll play a new game Reset. Stick a bullet in the chamber Poor first, no you're not in any danger Smile boy, cos a hole in there'll suit ya Bang, bang, you're dead. Welcome to the future Chorus You think we're rich now? How come then we're all skint? You think we're free now? Better read the small print. You think you're better cos of colour, class and creed? As people starve while you buy shit you'll never need You've got the right now to kill me with a handgun Or run me over if I don't stand for the anthem Lies with fries and bucket full of reason Gagging when you swallow then it's terror or treason Chorus
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Ain't no man free while one man's still in chains Ain't no man free while one man's still in chains But you're so damn blind you can't see the whip and reins If you got rich by making good men poor If you got rich by making good men poor Then some day soon they'll come a-kicking down your door When that day comes I'd not be in your shoes When that day comes I'd not be in your shoes Not to hear them sing those Retribution Blues
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Now is not the time to falter Not the time to fall Now is not the time to cower Not the time to crawl Now is not for dumbing down It's time for getting wise Now is not the time to run Now's the time to rise Now is not the time to ponder Now's the time to see Now is not the time to wonder Now's the time to be Now's for getting off our knees To look em in the eyes Now is not the time to run Now's the time to rise Now is not the time for darkness Now's the time for light Now is not the time to fade It's time to stand and fight And when it seems impossible Then be the one who tries Now is not the time to run Now's the time to rise
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I walk in deathly whispers As they melt beneath my feet The sound of souls who cried unheard Up in that hell of howling heat Chorus: My eyes too dry to cry them tears My throat won't make a sound I looked up to the flames and saw Black snowflakes falling down You'd beg of me to stop if I Could paint you all a picture Of what the Devil does to poor folk While he's making rich men richer Chorus: My eyes too dry to cry them tears My throat won't make a sound I looked up to the flames and saw Black snowflakes falling down
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They say they've got us beaten down No way never They say they've got us beaten down No way no They say they've got us beaten down But they don't know a mining town They say they've got us beaten down No way no They say our spirit's broken now No way never They say our spirit's broken now No way no They say our spirit's broken now But we'll never beg and never bow They say our spirit's broken now No way no Chorus: So fly the banner high again And raise a glass and toast to when They beat us up and put us down But they could not break a mining town Na na na na hey hey Na na na na hey hey Na na na na hey hey They could not break this town They say all wounds will heal with time No way never They say all wounds will heal with time No way no They say all wounds will heal with time But our ghosts will haunt that picket line They say all wounds will heal with time No way no Chorus: So fly the banner high again And raise a glass and toast to when They beat us up and put us down But they could not break a mining town Na na na na hey hey Na na na na hey hey Na na na na hey hey They could not break this town
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You want the whole truth? No, nothing but the fable Where the bum from the slum Begging crumb from the table Gets rich That's the pitch from the top They want you on the ladder But afraid of the drop And on the fast track In the race to the bottom You want a sadsack, mac? Boy, we got em Puffed up now but there's nothing much sadder Than a poor boy thinking That the snake will hold the ladder And that's you More fool you If it's up to you Then we're never gonna stop it Cos you're all right, Jack You got money in your pocket And you'd never stoop down Down for a brother Cos the world revolves around you And there's no room for another And it's me, me, me F*** em if they riot Cos nothing ain't worth nothing No, no, not if you can't buy it And it's you, you. you And the cap you're doffing You know the cost of everything The value of a-nothing And it's you More fool you Word to the wise, guys Look em in the eyes, guys Nothing ain't worth nothing Til they're dropping the disguise, guys Rise, rise, rise Til you're toppling the table Sick of bumming crumbs From the strong and stable rich? Yeah, the rich get richer No trickle down nothing In the new blue scripture They hit ya And they hit ya Hit and hit and hit Until you see the bigger picture Any day now it'll all turn sour More class war from the corridors of power That's you More fool you
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"If you're not outraged," she said "You're not paying attention." Pressed 'Send' then set off For the centre of town That fascist who left her dead, Well, he's not worth a mention What kind of coward would Run a young woman down? Chorus: When the nazi's came marching Down in Charlottesville that day Heather Heyer Heather Heyer Heather stood in their way Singing Never again, No Never again. As tomorrow Just as today When the nazi's came marching On Charlottesville Heather stood in their way In some folk the cause is their family In some folk the cause is their home In some folk the cause is their vanity In some folk it's not being alone In some folk a cause never calls them In others it cuts like a knife For some folks a cause is just money For Heather the cause was her life When the nazi's came marching Down in Charlottesville that day Heather Heyer Heather Heyer Heather stood in their way Singing Never again, No Never again. As tomorrow Just as today When the nazi's came marching On Charlottesville Heather stood in their way
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I see the ghosts of all the Jarrow Marchers There's Red Ellen as she led the line And down in Tolpuddle there's six men martyred Standing together was their only crime Chorus: This is your land of hope and glory Where if you're poor you have to beg and bow And in your land of hope and glory It's the hope that we're in need of now Winstanley and the Diggers saw their free crop slaughtered As soldiers drove them from the common land And poor John Ball he was hanged, drawn and quartered For preaching justice for the common man Chorus Old Thomas Paine, a pauper, mocked and threatened A Nursery Rhyme, all for The Rights of Man While Mary Wollstonecraft, her words her weapons Asked: Where's the women in your masterplan Chorus From the Suffragettes they tied down and force-fed in prison To the tanks that Churchill sent to hold George Square And a fight for justice treated with derision By the very men who rammed them fans in there Chorus 'Your Country Needs You!' To believe in fables Like the Yew Tree with the rotten roots From Corporation Fields right down to Cable Street We never liked the sound of your jack boots Chorus To the alienated and the apathetic From the Guineamen that built the city hall To the miner stitched-up with no anaesthetic It's all for one, but never one for all.
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Hey Spriggy, I'm glad that it's you here It's better to die with a friend You were there from the start back on Kings Street And here you are now at the end Fate mixed our lives up together And set us down on the same side A speedway star fighting for words here And a poet on a dare devil ride Chorus: Adelante- forward forever Adelante- you must stand your ground Adelante- forward forever Forward forever and never back down Hey Spriggy. the fascists are coming But I'm damned if they're taking Madrid 'Adelante', I know that means 'forward' It's been my motto since I was a kid We must make our stand in this valley In the olives, the scrub and the ash And I swear by the oil on these fingers No Pasaran- they shall not pass! Chorus Hey Spriggy, you're dead at my side now And there's no-one to reload this gun But I'll fire it until my last bullet Cos there's no way in hell that I'll run I guess what it all boils down to Is the one lasting thing you can give That's your life in the fight for our freedom To die so that others might live Chorus
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Joe Solo Scarborough, UK

Joe Solo is an award-winning musician, writer, poet, activist, broadcaster and washing machine engineer from Scarborough.

Live he has an ever growing reputation as both a performer and raconteur, being thought-provoking, comical and punch-the-air political often in the same breath.

He is not an artist you forget in a hurry.
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