Strange Days

by Dissident Prophet

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Cameron L Great album, though it is a bit darker in tone than what I usually listen to (similar to Red Moon Rising in this respect). Engaging and diverse sounds/instrumentation throughout the album. Moreover (and most importantly), the lyrics are incredible. Favorite track: Wait For The City.
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Self-styled Christian �apocalyptic indie outfit DISSIDENT PROPHET return with Strange Days, the title track opener finding them in almost Journey mode with its 80s keyboards sound, big chords and soaring chorus, a sound that tumbles over into Shadowlands before Wait For The City introduces some swirling Eastern colours and a touch of spaghetti western guitars. Regardless of whether you subscribe to their beliefs and philosophies, musically this is probably their most accessible and best album yet, loaded up with muscular guitars, jubilant keyboards, nagging riffs and big catchy melodies as well as more snarly, fuzzed up heavy moments like Matador that comes with that guitar moment from Starman before it launches into the chorus balanced by softer offerings such as the initially acoustic Everybody Knows with what sounds like birdsong in the background.
Church bells peal out to introduce the warmly sung chugging pop of Good Men Gone while Only One Name has a summery blessed vibe and, earning some overdue promotion, the junkie-themed Major Pepper lyrically references Neil Young’s The Needle and the Damage Done. Closing with the double punch of the swelling anthemic Run To The Mountains and the moodier, mazurka-tinged Where Are You Going? this really does deserve exposure far beyond their Christian niche market.

Mike Davies (Roots and Branches/Brum Beat)
November Column 2017

The Andy & Mel Jennings interviewed by Julian Charles (23-09-2017): themindrenewed.com/interviews/2017/1092-int140

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released October 24, 2017

Andy Jennings, Tom Livemore, Melanie J, Robbie Maxwell

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Track Name: Strange Days
I’ll tell you how the west was won
Without a bullet from any gun
Just forty years and we were done
We bought the rope on which we hung
They fought a war by other means
They changed the minds of men with TV screens
We closed our eyes and went to sleep
Then we woke up and we were living in a dream

Strange days…no black, no white
Strange days…no wrong, no right
Strange days…no dark, no light
Strange days…when 2+2=5

We took the pill and listened to the band
Allister Crowley had us eating out his hand
We hung the watchmen who took a stand
We looked to Babylon to be the Promised Land

Strange days…
Now we’ve all left Kansas nothing’s gonna be the same

Everything got turned around (where are we now?)
On the way to the Emerald City
Saw the towers falling down (where are we now?)
I wanna click on my new red shoes
Pillars crashing to the ground (where are we now?)
On the way to the Emerald City
Everything is upside down (where are we now?)

We lost our thinkers to red cocaine
We burned the sacred scrolls that kept us all sane
Opened our minds so much we lost our brains
We didn’t think that we would never be the same
Track Name: Shadowlands
You work for money all your life
Chasing some illusion
Standing in a line
Never ask no questions
I don’t care what you say
But you and I were born slaves
Scratching in the dirt
We do it everyday

Down here, down here, down here in the shadows
Down here, down here, down here in the shadows

Down here where we voted for the devil
Cos he brought the bus fares down
Down here where they say it’s just a story
That the real king came to town
Down here in the shadows, in the shadowlands
Down here in the shadows, in the shadowlands

Working for the 1%
You do it till you die
Do it just to make the rent
Can’t take the pennies on your eyes
Ever since the garden
Ever since the lie
We’re dead man walking
With scales upon the eyes
Track Name: Wait For The City
Wait for the Lord all ye people oppressed
Wait for the Sabbath day of rest
Shalom my friends, it won’t be long
Wait for the Lord, take heart be strong.

We wait for a city not made by man (wait for the city x2)
We wait for a city not made with hands (wait for the city x2)

Everything seems to be coming together
While everything’s falling apart
Babylon waits for its day of destruction
The End is beginning to start
As pilgrims we walk in this desert of death
Her beauty so good to the eye
But look to the city, the beautiful city
The one coming down from the sky

We wait for a city not made by man (wait for the city x2)
We wait for a city not made with hands (wait for the city x2)
We wait for a city dressed like a bride
We look for the City of Adonai

The City of Adonai coming out of the sky
The City of Adonai coming out of the sky
The City of Adonai coming down like a bride
The City of Adonai coming out of the sky

Wait for the Lord all ye people oppressed
Wait for the Sabbath day of rest
Shalom my friend it won’t be long
Wait for the Lord
Track Name: Matador
You ask me a question
That you think that I can’t answer
So your tongue, like a revolver
Can shoot me down
Playing to the Jury
That you know don’t want to hear me
Just a rolling of the eyes
And I’m a guilty man

You’ve got the numbers
There on the game board
It’s still not the truth
But you’ve got a high score

Strutting like a Matador
In your suit of lights
Like when Apollo killed the python
And then took to flight
Whispering like a Cicero
To soothe their itching ears
Then you offer up your straw man
And burn it down

Hey ho there you go
Playing that stupid game
Hey ho there you go
You drop your bomb and then you walk away

The righteous one was silent
His accusers stood amazed
With their teeth like spears and arrows
Speaking from the grave
Speech as smooth as butter
But their hearts were only war
And their words as soft as oil
But sharp as swords
Track Name: Everybody Knows
The leaves are turning and start to fall
Long days are a slow departing friend
The clocks keep ticking but they’re winding down
The long hot summer’s coming to an end

But everybody know, everybody knows
That something’s wrong (x2)

The morning train will run again
And everything will seem the same
We’ll go to work and come home again
Today will be like yesterday

But everybody knows, everybody knows
That something’s wrong (x2)

The stock exchange will trade again
We’ll buy and sell within the Mez
The stars above move into place
While down below we’ll run the race

But everybody knows…

And the line of despair is waiting
It waits for you to fall

Everybody knows…
Track Name: Good Men Gone
Hey there boy don’t run
Could be dangerous, best be careful
Boy don’t climb that tree
You could break your little head
You could break your little leg

Where have all the good men gone?
They’ve all gone off to war
You won’t see them anymore
Where have all the real men gone?
They’ve all gone off to war
You won’t see them anymore

Man was not born in a sitcom or some movie,
He was born into a war
Way way back before Eden
Evil had it’s dawn
And the battle lines were drawn

Hollow man, hollow man, unfinished man
How you gonna beat that devil?
Hollow man, hollow man, mercenary man
Hollow man, Hollow man, unfinished man
How you gonna beat that devil?
Hollow man, hollow man, mercenary man

Look to the sky
For all is not lost
You’re still from good stock

Man was made to be like God, in His image
To be wild and to be free
But the devil got him locked in a cage
Now the lion has lost his teeth
And his god is his TV
Track Name: Only One Name
There’s only one person I can believe in
Only one true God who stands on his own
All the rebel gods bow down when they see the king
The Son of Man upon the clouds among the Elohim

Only one Name that I know under the sun
Who saved me from the raging sea

Where are the heroes? They’reall dead and gone
All that’s remembered are statues of stone
They stand there in their paper crowns unable to save
The Son of Man upon the clouds comes riding on the waves

Only one name…

Only one Name that I know under the sun
Who saved me from the raging sea
Only one Name under the sun
Who saved me from the raging sea
Track Name: Major Pepper
Whatever happened to the Golden Dawn?
The circus came to town and moved along
The Pied Piper came and played his song
He played the tune and we sang along

Where did the children go to?
It didn’t turn out so cool.

We saw the needle and the damage done
A little bit of it in everyone
We saw what happened to Major Tom
Wound up a junkie with his eyes wide shut

Oh oh oh Sgt.Pepper, Major Tom
He played the tune, we sang along, we sang along

Sgt.Pepper taught the band to play
Young disciples of the New Age sage
Do what you wanna and don’t feel no shame
A fake escape from Plato’s cave

Where did the dreamers go to?
Some died, the others bought suits
Track Name: Small Dash
The small dash between the numbers
On the grave stone
The small dash between the numbers
On the gravestone ...that's you
You were building, always building
For somebody else's dream
You were working, always working
For something you'll never see

Come away, come away
Come away, come away

There's a bandstand in a garden
Where the music used to play
They were dancing, they were singing
They were playing lovers games
They were living in the moment
Couldn't feel time pass away
Only spiders and weeds
See all that now remain

Come away, come away
Come away, come away
Pour out your life
Give up your self
Take up the cross and walk
Pour out your life
Give up your self
Take up your cross and walk

Don't waste your life
Don't waste your life
Don't waste your life
Wast your life
Lose your life
Lose your life
Lose your life
To gain your life.

Lost on the breeze
Like the grass and it's seed
Are the memories of fallen men
Kings in their graves
Are the same as their slaves
When they're numbered among the dead

The small dash between the numbers
On the gravestone that's you.
Track Name: Run To The Mountains
Multitudes multitudes down in the valley
Of their decision
See how the kings of the earth run and hide
Inside the mountains
See how they call on the rocks and the stones
To fall down upon them
See how the nations surround Jerusalem
And sway like a drunken man

We are living in the last days
Waiting for the king to come
Who's coming on the clouds
(X2)

See Abomination of desolation
There in the temple
Let those in Judea who understand
Run to the mountains
Let those on the rooftops not go inside
But run to the mountains
Let those in the fields drop what they're doing
And run to the mountains
Run to the mountains

When the moon is turned to blood
And the sun no longer shines
And they call upon the rocks
To hide them from the sky

Run to the mountains
(X4)
Track Name: Where Are You Going?
Where are you going?
Do you know do you care?
This world is shaking
Are you scared are you scared?
Are you lost and alone?
Do you need to find your home?
Where are you going do you know?

Where are you going?
Do you know can you tell?
Is it to heaven?
Is it hell, is it hell?
Will his blood wash you whole?
Or will the liar take your soul?
Where are you going do you know?

I really want you as my own
I really long to have you home
I want to look into your eyes
I want to tell you that you're mine
Where are you going, do you know?
Where are you going, do you know?
Where are you going, do you know?

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