Bread & Butterflies

by Slovo

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1.
Deliver Us 03:30
Please Lord Deliver Us Have Mercy Lord, Deliver Us Opening statement performed by Mike Ladd: There is smoke There are riches There is war… We will change Or we will vanish. Rap performed by Barbarella: Take down the borders and take down the walls take down the liars and take down the fools take down the chairman and take down the board take down the king and take down the lords take down the system and take down the man take down the racists and take down the klan take down the banks that are baying for blood take down the fire and take down the flood Rise up the people and rise up the trees rise for the birds and rise for the bees rise for the elders and rise for the young rise for the songs yet to be sung rise for the future and rise for the past rise for the planet and rise for the class rise for the lovers and rise for the light rise for the wronged rise for the fight Outro poem performed by Mike Ladd (based on poem by Archibald MacLeish): To see the Earth as it truly is, small and blue and beautiful in that eternal silence where it floats, is to see ourselves as riders on the Earth together, sisters and brothers on that bright loveliness in the eternal cold sisters and brothers who know now, they are truly sisters and brothers.
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Enough 04:36
Give me love Or retribution Give me hope Or revolution Give Me Strength I need it now Give me truth I’ll deal with it somehow I see greed And I see destitution Private jets Poison air and pollution Billionaires yachts On toxic seas Stolen homes And refugees The burning truth the purple sky the rising sea the blazing lie Enough is Enough we’ll take it to the street Enough is enough we’ll make you feel the heat Do we want peace Or endless war Do we know what we’re fighting for? They trade guns for gasoline Time to break the machine The burning truth the purple sky the rising sea the blazing lie All this is us This us is all We have to stop Our gods must fall Enough is Enough...
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Call Me 03:42
Call me Call me Call me anything you like, But call me Call me now. I know I should play it cool Don’t wanna be a romantic fool But I need to know how you feel I need to know this is for real So…
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Snake 03:40
I was walking along Minding my own business When I thought I saw a snake in the grass I was walking along Enjoying the sunshine When a cloud rolled in from the past I never wanted you to come back I never wanted you to stay I never wanna think of you I want you to stay away I've been thinking about the turns my life has taken I've been thinking of all the things I never did I've been wondering how you made me feel forsaken I've been thinking of all the living you forbid I never wanted you to come back I never wanted you to stay I never wanna think of you I want you to stay away I hate the way you walk around the corners of my mind It's time for you to step outside I’ll lock the door behind…
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The only thing I own Is the time I spend alone I’m an unknown I’m a woman on the edge Breath deep and clear your mind Come travelling through time cross the line with the woman on the edge My name is Consuelo estoy con mi desvelo I’m waiting to receive her Wanting to believe in her she took me to a future place where people live with love and grace no class or hierarchy no war or patriarchy The only thing I own Is the time I spend alone I’m an unknown I’m a woman on the edge So breath deep and clear your mind Come travelling through time cross the line with the woman on the edge So which one will it be? Which world will the future see? Will we win or will we lose? Right now is the time to choose… The only thing I own Is the time I spend alone I’m an unknown I’m a woman on the edge So breath deep and clear your mind Come travelling through time cross the line with the woman on the edge
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My Street 03:35
Everybody's on something On my street Everybody needs something Just to sleep All the dreams have gone away Everyday is everyday On my street I've got to get away Something to ease the pain Everybody's on something On my street Everybody needs something Just to sleep And I know That every time I'm low It just won't let me go Just won't let me go I don't see How I can break free It just won't let me be Just won't let me be… I've got to get away Something to ease the pain
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I feel it in the air tonight I hear it on the street I see it in your face, my friend Every time we meet There’s so much beauty here and reasons we should live so much mystery So much love to give I feel it in the air tonight I hear it on the street I see it in your face, my friend Every time we meet We must never let go of hope for better times we must never fall into a lonely state of mind (mike poem) I feel it in the air tonight I hear it on the street I see it in your face, my friend Every time we meet We must never let go of hope for better times we must never fall into a lonely state of mind
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The Only Way 03:57
Seas are dry catfish fly the suns spins ‘round the earth and the way we’re living is the only way Weebles fall Thai dry chillies cool the earth spins round the moon and the way we’re living is the only way we close our eyes recite our daily lies get high, so high we self-lobotomise Smart bombs tease riot police say ‘please’ numbers sanctify our actions and the way we’re living is the only way we close our eyes recite our daily lies get high, so high we self lobotomise
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Simple Thing 03:00
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…war, climate catastrophe, 1970's feminist sci-fi, revolution and the lockdown…

Featuring US hip-hop innovator Mike Ladd, Italian singer Barbarella, former Faithless guitarist Dave Randall, Idris Rahman (saxophones), Robin Hopcraft (trumpet) and others…

Slovo is a South London based collective founded by former Faithless guitarist Dave Randall. He has contributed to Grammy award winning albums by Dido, and worked with Sinead O’Connor, Emiliana Torrini and many others. He is also the author of the book Sound System: The Political Power of Music (Pluto Press 2017).

In the summer of 2019 he met a kindred spirit, the Italian singer Barbarella (Barbara Pugliese, of Barbarella’s Bang Bang) at a pub in Brixton. They decided it was time to make new music for a troubled world.

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released July 17, 2020

Recorded in Brixton and on location during 2019 and 2020. Produced by Dave Randall with assistance from Natan Sterenfeld and Andy Marlow. Mastered by Andy Marlow. Released on Camberwell Recordings 17 July 2020.

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Slovo London, UK

Slovo is a South London based collective founded by former Faithless guitarist Dave Randall. He is also the author of the book Sound System: The Political Power of Music (Pluto Press 2017).
Slovo have so far released three critically acclaimed albums: nommo (2002), Todo Cambia (2007) and Bread & Butterflies (2020). The new album features Barbara Pugliese, Mike Ladd and others.
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