Wednesday, 5 August 2015

Autonomads - Our Elizabeth


  Not sure what things are like in your part of the world but over here in Britain the media seems obsessed with scrounging benefit cheats. Today's song is about the biggest one of the lot.

  Autonomads are a diy "dub/reggae/ska/punk/folk collective from Rusholme, Manchester. Featuring Robbie Wild (guitar/vocals), Porl (drums/vocals), Ehliot (bass), Perkie (keys/melodica/vocals) and Eeyun (guitar/vocals), they're veterans of around 500 gigs and play "crusty political sounds from the heart of the north."

  They got together in 2007 and released their debut album, No Man's Land, in 2009. 2012 saw them release From Rusholme With Love, a split album with Black Star Dub Collective. Their latest release, 2014's One Day This Will All Be Gone... Everything Now! is widely considered to be their best so far. You can find it "name your price" here : https://autonomads.bandcamp.com/

  It's an album that concerns itself with issues such as squatting, injustice, austerity, the media.....(basically life in general), they've channelled their anger and produced a great record. From it, this is Our Elizabeth.....


our elizabeth, bring out the guillotine 
she's our benefit cheating queen
she's irrelevant, always has been
that's our benefit cheating queen

do you think they'll throw me a party on the scale of the jubilee
when they find out i've been cheating benefits as long as her majesty
scum! a drain! a parasite! that's the words they use for us
but they don't commission boats for me
i can barely afford the bus
sitting in her castle
people rotting on the streets
the biggest council house
this nation's ever seen
protected by the state
and paid for by the people
get lizzy in the stocks
and eradicate this evil

our elizabeth, bring out the guillotine 
she's our benefit cheating queen
she's irrelevant, always has been
that's our benefit cheating queen

our elizabeth, bring out the guillotine 
she's our benefit cheating queen

well i heard they gave lizzy a little pay rise
it's hard work cutting ribbons when she's got bags below her eyes
they talk about spongers in the tabloid newspapers
they should sack old lizzy and up their wages
we've been conscripted in this system that we all despise
fed up of the bullshit, the corruption and the lies
every year a wedding, party, jubilee
frankly i don't give a fuck about old lizzy

our elizabeth, bring out the guillotine 
she's our benefit cheating queen
she's irrelevant, always has been
that's our benefit cheating queen.....




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