Soul Of The Nation

by The Protesters

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Listen to what happens when members of Watussi, King Tide and Melbourne Ska Orchestra come together to create new music? These musicians bring their mix of cultures, meeting on common ground with their love of reggae and a firm belief in social justice.

Michael Brown, Saxophonist with popular Latin rockers Watussi, has recruited members from high profile Aussie roots outfits King Tide,and the Melbourne Ska Orchestra for his reggae side Project, The Protesters Songs are a vehicle to espouse a strong commitment to social and environmental justice. Brown’s trenchant commentary is offset by smooth and soulful old school reggae riddims, fuelled by classy arrangements featuring a full complement of horns. Pat Powell, singer with the MSO, delivers the messages with urbanity.

This twelve-track record of original songs blends soulful vocal melodies with vintage reggae grooves and will get you rocking and thinking about what's happening in the world today.

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released May 29, 2013

Vocals: Pat Powell
Saxes, Flutes & Keys: Michael Brown
Trumpet & Trombone: Simon Ferenci
Trumpet: Nick Garbett
Bass: Peter Firth
Drums: Dane Charles
Guitar: Simon Olsen

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Track Name: Soul Of The Nation
Chorus
Don’t drive us away
Because we are here to stay
Don’t drive us away
You can’t kill the soul of the nation

Verse 1
Why do you want to remove our rights
And change the way we live our lives
Don’t be tempted by the hidden lies
Or we’ll have to live with the choice that sold our souls

Chorus
Don’t drive us away
Because we are here to stay
Don’t drive us away
You can’t kill the soul of the nation

Verse 2
How can you choose what is best for us
You are a goddamned economist
Were gonna have to stand up and fight
Or we’ll have to live with the choice that sold our souls

Chorus
Don’t drive us away
Because we are here to stay
Don’t drive us away
You can’t kill the soul of the nation
Track Name: Got Me
Verse 1
Chase the sunlight's heat but never feel it's warmth
Working days are long but can never right my wrongs

Verse 2
Live life for the gain but never get to play
I need to be with you, don't wanna waste away

Pre Chorus
Thought time was on my side to leave behind these lies
Now I stay and try not to lose my mind

Chorus
Spun her web so nicely that i didn’t even see it there
Corporation's got me
And I live in hell but they pay me well

Verse 3
System feeds me well but still inside it starves
Plan the big breakout but cannot see the bars

Pre Chorus
Thought time was on my side to leave behind these lies
Now I stay and try not to lose my mind

Guitar Solo

Pre Chorus
Thought time was on my side to leave behind these lies
Now I stay and try not to lose my mind

Chorus
Spun her web so nicely that i didn’t even see it there
Corporation's got me
And I live in hell but they pay me well x 3
Spun her web so nicely that i didn’t even see it there
Corporation's got me
And I live in hell but now i really got to get myself out of here
Track Name: District Six
A section
In 68 the army came
and took the people away

In District 6 there'll be no coloured mix

Divide the folk and segregate
was the state decree

In District 6 there'll be no coloured mixx

Forced by law to leave their homes
where generations had grown

In District 6 there'll be no coloured mix

Bulldozers came knocked down their dreams
of social harmony

In District 6, a malicious trick

B section
Community destroyed for greed , always there to haunt us
Humanity can do without, world apartheid forces

Guitar solo on A & Horns B section

Spoken word (24 bars)
Imagine if you will, wakin' up on a bright sunny day, wid a tank at yu door,
machine gun fire, people screamin', women beaten to di ground children torn away from their mothers breast, fathers beaten grown men cryin', and for what?
Just so dat somebody can subjugate another one.
Well I never understood what was going on at the time
But life gives some long heavy licks and some serious blows and I will never never forget and I will pass on to every generation
So dat the world understands that apartheid system is wrong.

B Section x 3
Community destroyed for greed , always there to haunt us
Humanity can do without, world apartheid forces

Tag
You got to end apartheid forces
End apartheid forces
Track Name: Fallen Down (give back the love)
Verse 1
We don’t want another selfish leader telling us we are more important than our brother
The welfare of the people is number one, not the size or stash of corporate funds oh no
We don’t want another foreign power taking all the milk and honey away

Pre Chorus
The profits high with no return the hit and run's about to burn
And all that’s left is one big social mess

Chorus
You got to give back give back the love
The people need to know it’s gonna to be ok
You got to give back give back the love
The people need to know it’s gonna to be ok

Post chorus
The social need is there but who is going to care
For the ones who have fallen down

Horn line

Verse 2
The government they say they can’t be spending
They say they cannot fund you health and learning

Pre Chorus
The profits high with no return the hit and run's about to burn
And all that’s left is one big social mess

Chorus

Post chorus
The social need is there but who is going to care
For the ones who have fallen down

Sax Solo

Brass line


Verse 3
We don’t want another selfish leader telling us we are more important than our brother

Pre Chorus
The profits high with no return the hit and run's about to burn
And all that’s left is one big social mess

Chorus

Post chorus
The social need is there but who is going to care
For the ones who have fallen
The social need is there but who is going to care
For the ones who have fallen
The social need is there but who is going to care
For the ones who have fallen
The social need is there but who is going to care
For the ones who have fallen down
Track Name: Good Life
Verse 1
Keep on hiding but forget to seek a higher way of life
Our children’s future is looking bleak among the clouds of smoke

Pre-Chorus
Burning, abusing can’t be forgiven
Inflicting pain upon the world so we can all relax and have the

Chorus
Good life, Use everything for the
Good life, Do anything for the
Good life, Use everything for the good life

Flute line

Verse 2
Build a fence and say it’s mine on land as old as time
The trees of life they loose their leaves cut down so they won’t seed

Pre chorus

Double Chorus

Horn Groove

Toast
Di belly of my country is full of black and gold, all the world they want it but we got the cash flow, we spending on the wide screen we spending on line, living in a bubble which is going to explode. We eating and drinking while the land is getting tired, sittin' in front of tele while our bunda's getting' wide. Not thinkin' 'bout the burnin' not thinkin' what we use, we're tryin' to be happy not thinkin' what we lose, for the goodlife
Track Name: One of These Days
Verse 1
Around the world there is a feeling clouds could go away
Release the past it's broken glass that can be one again

Verse 2
The born of new can look beyond without a clouded view
The skys will clear and let the light reflect within your eyes

Chorus
Around the world there's a feeling clouds could go away
One of these days
Around the world there's a feeling clouds could go away

Horn riff and Sax solo

The wind will blow your doubts away

Double Chorus
Round the world there's a feeling clouds could go away
One of these days
Round the world there's a feeling clouds could go away
One of these days
Round the world there's a feeling clouds could go away
Track Name: Honest Man
Honest Man

Why do you come here and always terrorise me
You have never met my kind so don't you classify me
You always prop me up then you push me over
Come on and take my hand you know that you can leave your pride at home

Come and see my paradise and see the world through others eyes
Journey to my paradise and live your life an honest man

Why do you always set us up for failure
Then you tell the world that you are our saviour

Sax Solo

Come and see my paradise and see the world through others eyes
Journey to my paradise and live your life an honest man

Why do you come here and always terrorise me
You have never met my kind so don't you classify me

Solo

Come and see my paradise and see the world through others eyes
Journey to my paradise and live your life an honest
Come and see my paradise and see the world through others eyes
Journey to my paradise and live your life an honest
Come and see my paradise and see the world through others eyes
Journey to my paradise and live your life an honest man
Track Name: Find A Way
Find a Way

Chorus:
You got to find a way to find a way
To stand up to others who try to knock you ‘round
You got to find a way to find a way
To not let the attitude of people put you down

Verse 1
Don’t know why you listen, soon you’ll stop believing
Those words are poison, to keep you in the dark
They want you to be one who never gets rockin’
You need your own rhythm, to make you feel alright

Double chorus
You got to find a way to find a way
To stand up to others who try to knock you ‘round
You got to find a way to find a way
To not let the attitude of people put you down

Horns - Middle 8

Bridge
They want to take the light
So you’ll never have the right
To love this world

Guitar Solo 16 bars

Verse 2
The answer is out there, you’ll find it if you care
The future is waiting, for you to feel alright
You might be bleeding, from fighting the demons
You gotta keep marching, until you find the light

Chorus

Horns for one chorus

Outro
You got to find a way to find a way x 8

To not let the attitude of people put you down
Track Name: Time
Time
Horns
Verse 1
Now is the time you must take your chance
To rise against the corrupt establishment
Oh why do I see you always sitting on the fence
Act now, we’re running out of Time!

Chorus
There’s no time
Can’t stop time
Out of time!

Verse 2
You have to see, there is trouble in the world
Even though your life is full of wealth and toil
We are fighting for the water, we are fighting for the air
Act now, we’re running out of time!

Chorus

Toast (Drum and bass)16 bars
Stand up and be counted pour forth like a fountain, of ideals of justice of fairness of rights, don't shy from the issues of misprinted doctrines that use us abuse us and leave us confused.
Just open your eyes and you'll see all the lies
Open your mouth and unite in one shout that can take us from here to great heights.
United in power in riddim new sights

Sax solo

Guitar solo

We're running out of time
Chorus
Track Name: Flames
Flames

Verse I
People all competing so hard, to get the big piece of the pie
Losers fight for all that remains, lives cannot be part of the game

Verse II
Workers living day to day, find out they may not get paid
Financial crisis is the excuse, for the boss to get away with the loot

Chorus
I see the flames coming but see no water
Only the peace will come with new world order
I see the flames coming but see no water
If there’s no change we will surely burn

Verse III
So much money in the world, lots of poverty everywhere
Rich nations they don’t want to share, the pots of gold they keep in their care

Chorus

We will surely burn yaw, we will surely burn, we will surely burn, yeah we will burn

Toast
All the world leaders just make promises to break, they keep us in the dark when we really need some light, to mislead by omission is the true crime of today, when all that we are askin' is an opportunity, so many asperations are growing every day, created by the very ones you try to lead astray, if leaders only listened to all that they survey, the land the sky the people would have nothing more to say in the goodlife

Verse IV
Presidents they all say the same, home security is to blame
Keep the third world hungry and poor, then they won’t lose all the control
Track Name: Positive
We need to walk the dangerous path of individuality
To express ourselves without the fear of society
Don’t take away the right to use, our creativity
I see people searching for a world of positivity

Pre- Chorus
The word is out that we are not a positive majority
If we must then we’ll defy to live this way

Chorus
If we’re positive, you know we can make our way,
When we’re positive the next step is a higher stage

Brass line

Verse 2
I don’t want, people giving, me their negativity (drums out for 4 then bass in for next 4)
I always need to see who I, really wanna to be
Don’t take away the right to use, my creativity
I see i'm searching all around in this world for positivity.

Pre- Chorus
The word is out that we are not a positive majority
If we must then we’ll defy to live this way

Double Chorus
If we’re positive, then you’ll believe cause we're positive
When we’re positive, you just may share the trust

If we’re positive you know we can make our way,
When we’re positive the next step is a higher stage

Positive vibrations oh yeah oh yeah, positive vibrations oh yeah x 8

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