Revolution

Lyrics: Henry Biggs

Truth was no use for a long wrong time
The word lay low and let our soooouls die
But there’s a learning curve, a yearning germ, a burning nerve now
Starting to boil and oozing its way out, 
Simmering, glowing and gettin’ kinda loud
Pulling together like a gathering thundercloud
Jumpin’ and pumpin and sizzlin’ the crowd  
Ow! Pow! People, come on now!

Revolution!
Don’t sound like a whisper
Howls like a twister, feels like a blisterin fist to
Hit ya right in the kisser, mister
I got a bang
It don’t end with a whimper
It grows like my temper, 
Screams like a splinter runnin’ up your finger
And burnin’ baby burnin’ like a nuclear winter

Yeah Revolution was asleep but now it’s got a new bounce
Revolution was dead but now it’s up and making rounds—
Revolution can’t be half-stepped, kept down or shut out
Revolution’s a tsunami baby comin to your town

Revolution’s way past simmering now
Revolution's way past slithering out, 
Revolution’s  growing, and it’s getting real loud
Starting to blow--can you feel it in the crowd?  
OW, POW! Come on Now

Revolution!
Don’t sound like a whisper
Howls like a twister, feels like a blisterin fist to
Hit ya right in the kisser, mister
I got a bang
It don’t end with a whimper
It grows like my temper, 
Screams like a splinter runnin’ up your finger
And burnin’ baby burnin’ like a nuclear winter


Revolution!  Yeah, that’s what I said
Revolution!  Yeah, you can sleep when you’re dead
Revolution!  Scream til it shreds your throat
Revolution!  Ahhhhhhhhhhh!
(x3)

Caroline

Lyrics by MC SOLAAR
Production: Mike Silverman
Performance: Headmess

J’étais cool, assis sur un banc, c’était  au printemps
Ils cueillent une marguerite, ce sont deux amants
Overdose de douceur, ils jouent comme des enfants
Je t'aime un peu, beaucoup, à la folie, passionnément
Mais à la suite d'une douloureuse déception sentimentale
D'humeur chaleureuse je devenais brutal
La haîne d'un être n'est pas dans nos prérogatives
Tchernobyl, tcherno-débile ! jalousie radio-active
Caroline était une amie, une superbe fille
Je repense à elle, à nous, à  nos cornets vanille
A sa boulimie de fraises, de framboises, de myrtilles
A ses délires futiles, à son style pacotille

Je suis l'as de trèfle qui pique ton coeur, Caro-Line

Comme le trèfle à quatre feuilles, je cherche votre bonheur
Je suis l'homme qui tombe à pic, pour prendre ton coeur
Il faut se tenir à  carreaux, Caro, ce message vient du coeur

Une pyramide de baisers, une tempête d'amitié une vague de caresse, un cyclone de douceur, un océan de pensées 
Caroline je t'ai offert un building de tendresse

J'ai eu une peur bleue, je suis poursuivi par l'armée rouge 
Pour toi j'ai pris des billets verts, il a fallu qu'je bouge
Pyromane de ton coeur, canadair de tes frayeurs
Je t'ai offert une symphonie de couleurs
Elle est partie, maso
Avec un vieux macho
Qu'elle avait rencontré dans une station de métro
Quand je les vois main dans la main en fumant la même mégot
Je sens un pincement dans son coeur, mais elle n'ose dire un mot

Je suis l'as de tréfle qui pique ton coeur, Caro-Line

Between Clenched Teeth

Lyrics: Henry Biggs

Feel the rhythm x 5

Fly, fly, be free
(help me, help me, help me)
Fly, fly, be free
(help me, help me, help me)

Verse 1
She’s perfectly pretty, well respected, never seems stressed, she’s the best
Slender, svelte legs, pert chest, well-heeled, even-keeled, yes, everywhere blessed, 
My, my, my, the mystery temptress seeeems extremely fly
Hermes ensembles, French styles , DKNY
Bentleys, Beemers, Mercedes Benz, (beep, beep!),  jewelry—yes, the perfect gems, 
NYC, even Greece the weekends, See, G, her green never ends! 
She’s twenty-seven--where’s she get the Gs then? Hey, hey, hey, hey!
Wellllll, she never rests, never sleeps
Relentlessly  perseveres even when sheer hell’s by her feet
Steel-nerved, steel-tested, she’s NEVER been bested
Never needs help, yes, she’s the perfect, new breed, 
She seems Nestle’s, Hershey’s sweet, 

Yet Secretly, 
she weeps 
Secretly
She trembles
Secretly
Her veneer melts

Secretly, secretly

CHORUS
Between Clenched Teeth
She yells set me free
Between Clenched Teeth
She yells let me be me
Between Clenched Teeth
She  yells- let me be myself
Between clenched teeth
She yells- HEEELP! 

Verse 2
Then she checks herself, re-represses herself, 
gets perfectly self-centered, then resets herself
“Let me be free”, she sneers, “never”
“See, excellence never rests” she tells herself 
Then her men? When? Well, never! Never, never get her. 
She’s better, they’re never the clever type, she’ll reply 
"she’s never free” She’ll deny why, yet see, secretly, 
she resents them, detests them, even feels they’re the enemy,
They’ll breed dependence, helplessness,  enfeebled defenselessness--
Yet, my, my they never let her deep freeze be
They’ll yell “hey Jezebel, we’ll never tell," 
 “hey, pretty nymphette, let’s get between the sheets!”
Eccchhh! Perverts! Creeps! They’ll never ever get me
When they heckle her, pester her why’s she need the seedy scene. 
She’ll get by, she’ll never let them see  

Secretly, 
She needs them
Secretly
She feels empty
Secretly
She’ll cry her eyes red

Secretly, Secretly…

CHORUS
nevertheless she never ever gets there!

Fly, fly, be free
(help me, help me, help me)
Fly, fly, be free
(help me, help me, help me)

Here's the sweetness:
MMMMM . . . get get get get reckless.
MMMMM. . . get get get messy.
MMMMHMMMMM yesssssss, get sexy.
Get helter-skelter.

Fly, fly, be free
(help me, help me, help me, help me, help me)
Fly, fly, be free
(help me, help me, help me, help me, help me)

Between clenched teeth

Emergency! Let me be free!

The end.
The Puzzle . . .


The Solution (highlight area to reveal):
In this the only vowels are “e” and “y,” putting a constraint on the text. 
This reflects the constraint of the woman in the lyrics – she is not allowed 
to be herself. Just as the form of the song is constrained to two vowels 
instead of the full six, the subject as well is constrained in her life. 

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I Love You Bang!

Lyrics by: Henry Biggs

Ah my friends there are so many loves in the world but we sing today for the beauty of that 
very special love that is violent love—ah, yes, to bomb, to destroy others because we love them this, this is looooove

I shoot you once because I love you so bro
I shoot you twice because I love you so much more
I’ll shoot you even three times if I have to
And if I really love you I might even declare war

My bombs are droplets of love, sent from up above
To bring you the shell-shocked bliss I know you dream of
Merry missiles for your mother, blessed bombs for your brother
Not to make you suffer just to help us love one another

What we need here is peace, love, and my understanding 
which is me in command and half of your land and
killing your people at random is that so demanding?  

how can I reach your head, how can I teach you friend?
Why you seein’ all red just cuz your family’s dead
Damn is this all the thanks I get

CHORUS:
I love you bang—can’t shoot love from a gun baby
I love you bang—can’t shoot love from a gun
(x2)

And this violent special love 
It is not only a love between nations, 
But it is also passed among peoples, 
Infecting from generation to generation
Ahhhhh this love, spreading and spreading

Man says I love you boy you know I love you good
It’s cuz I love you boy that I bring the wood
It’s for your manhood blood, to make you shine
So bend over now and let me knot your backside
Quite your crying boy I know it may seem odd 
but in my prayers to god, I always swear to not ever spare the rod 
so square and bare your bod so I can bring my love

Woman, you too, those eyes say you hate it
But I slap you around to show you you are appreciated
Not degraded I know it may sounded twisted
but mine is a bliss that’s not to be resisted
Now come on! You know this hurts me more than you, baby.

CHORUS X 2

From where the sun now stands
I will fight no more forever
(x3)

The Idea . . .

The world's first violent reggae song.

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X MARKS THE SPOT

Lyrics Henry Biggs

yes, he's a sweet priest of peace, our kindred, so blest 
a man you can trust, one of us, the gentlest 
holy so soulfully devoted to the lord God
selfless and guiltless, built to witness with reverent awe
and through adversity to suffer for him happily
Because he knows that God the father will prevail
yes he will! Almighty God the eternal colonel will smote the infernal
Yes Wenceslas come just spread your love to humanity
because you see how Grace has no race no place in His place
you are that safe haven, the one person who will save 'em  
when the world goes crazy you will protect every one of 'em
but tell me good Wenceslas you have a crazed look in your eye 
that's got me wondering. . .

And then the sky went black -- and his heart went cold. . .

CHORUS
X marks the spot, where you raped that little girl
X marks the spot, where you stabbed and strangled her
X marks the spot, where you split her little skull
X marks the spot, where you killed, you killed

X marks the spot, where you swore you'd keep 'em safe
X marks the spot, where you had them all betrayed
X marks the spot, where they were slaughtered as they prayed
X marks the spot, where you killed, you killed, you killed, you killed…

then the Tutsis screamed to the world take pity
but the world said let's talk it over in committee
we'll meet in four weeks to begin debating the issue
and if we can all agree they're executing you after another week or two
we will do our best to get a judgment passed against those Hutus
but some say you just like to endlessly kill each other
it's that same old racial hatred that makes you almost want to suffer
as official policy dictates that we observe and not too hastily commit
We'll just read your obits

CHORUS

and so you kept on you stabbed and slaughtered
offed your next door neighbors, slaughtered sons and daughters
no mass homicide the sickest piece of the scene
you murdered one by one, didn't need guns or gasoline
With shanks, shivs, clubs, razors and hand hoes 
you sliced and diced up a sick scene of blood and bones
you chopped, hacked and sliced their bodies apart unabated
and while the people bled, the United Nations debated
and they passed some resolutions and deliberated

And the blood ran cold

CHORUS, Repeat and Fade

The Puzzle . . .

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M.L.K.

Lyrics: Henry Biggs

Sometimes absence makes the heart grow fonder
Sometimes killing just makes others stronger
People disappear, and you see 'em more clearly
Smear 'em with hateand people love 'em more dearly
Chop things down, watch 'em grow higher
Hate tries to move forward and it all backfires
Yeah, that day they shot MLK
Injustice shot justice but justice didn't go away
The body died but the spirit got bigger
Bet they didn't see that comin' when they pulled the trigger.
MLK, MLK, MLK, MLK, MLK, MLK, MLK, MLK
MLK, MLK, MLK, MLK
Took you away, took you away but we're stronger today, MLK

Sometimes             makes the heart grow fonder
Sometime            just makes others 
People             ,  you see ‘em more 
Smear 'em with                           ‘em more 
Chop things         , watch ‘em grow higher
          tries to move forward, and it all      fires
Yeah, that day, they shot   
Injustice shot                        didn’t      
The body        , but the spirit got bigger
Bet they        see that comin’ when they pulled the trigger.

  LK, ML ,    K, ML , MLK, M L , M  K,  ML  , M  K, ML  , MLK,  LK

Took you away, took you away but we're stronger today

Background voices:
Sometimes absence makes the heart grow fonder
Sometimes killing just makes others stronger
People disappear, and you see 'em more clearly
Smear 'em with hate and people love 'em more dearly
Chop things down, watch 'em grow higher
Hate tries to move forward and it all backfires
Yeah, that day they shot MLK
Injustice shot justice but justice didn't go away
The body died but the spirit got bigger
Bet they didn't see that comin' when they pulled the trigger.
MLK, MLK, MLK, MLK, MLK, MLK, MLK, MLK
MLK, MLK, MLK, MLK
Took you away, took you away but we're stronger today, MLK

The Puzzle . . .

Pay close attention to the main voice in this song. What happens as the song progresses?

How does this tie into the song's message?

The Solution (highlight area to reveal):

As the song progresses, the main voice slowly fades out. 
As this is happening, the background voices come in, taking 
place of the lead voice and even becoming louder and stronger. 
This is a reflection of the Civil Rights Movement and Martin Luther King, Jr.’s 
assassination – “the body died, but the spirit got bigger.”

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Money for Something

Lyrics: Henry Biggs

(I want my…I want my empty dreams)
Mister superfly, check out the ride, ain’t it funny what money can buy? 
Girls at your side, better break wide, night time’s the right time you’re hittin’ primetime
They see they know you got the dough, they say hello take me to your chateau
You and me solo bounce you like a yo-yo roll me in your mojo 
while you got the cash flow you know  I’m all yours baby. 
she’s so fine, likes to whine and grind, but oh my my no money bye-bye
she’ll suck you bone dry,  left high and dry you like that ride?  Feel good inside?  

Ain’t it funny what money can’t buy?  
Ain’t it funny what money can’t buy
Ain’t it funny what money can’t buy

So you keep working until you hope you’ll get enough
but you work it you will never have enough
Keep paying the bills, never gonna get you love
Got no love?  Better use the cheap green, 
money’s good for something when the chicks ain’t free  
and lord knows the chicks ain’t free

Refrain:
Cuz they just shoop shoop scoop the loot  
shoop shoop she bops skips see ya
shoop shoop scoop the loot
shoop shoop she bops skip see ya

shoop shoop scoop the loot
shoop shoop she bops skips see ya
shoop shoop scoop the loot
shoop shoop she bops skip see ya


2nd Verse: 
So look at you, sparkle and shine, big daddy mackified, better recognize
You want a partner in crime? Well, no lie, you look like, like, like a gold mine
And here come the gold diggers
Lookin’ at you glitter, lookin’ at your shimmer, 
See your bling, bling, and cha-ching-ching ding-a-ling got a winner
Go get ‘er but you’re gonna regret her

Cuz ain’t it funny what money can’t buy?  
Ain’t it funny what money can’t buy
Ain’t it funny what money can’t buy
And it don’t matter how hard you try

So you keep working until you hope you’ll get enough
but you work it you will never have enough
Keep paying the bills, never gonna get you love
Got no love?  Better use the cheap green, 
money’s good for something when the chicks ain’t free  
and lord knows the chicks ain’t free

Refrain

Empty dreams, empty dreams, I want my empty dreams!
Empty dreams, empty dreams, come get your empty dreams!