Deliver Us

from Bread & Butterflies by Slovo

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lyrics

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.

credits

from Bread & Butterflies, released July 17, 2020
Music & lyrics by Dave Randall

Kathleen Frances: vocals
Barbarella: vocals (BVs and rap)
Mike Ladd: vocals (poem)
Dave Randall: guitars, bass & keys

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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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