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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1.
Strange Days 03:24
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
2.
Shadowlands 03:30
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
3.
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
4.
Matador 03:37
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
5.
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…
6.
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
7.
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
8.
Major Pepper 04:55
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
9.
Small Dash 03:54
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.
10.
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)
11.
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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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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