Weapons of Mass Deception

by Dissident Prophet

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Listen to Andy's interviews with Julian Charles at The Mind Renewed, Natalina at Beyond Extraordinary and Garth Kennedy on Future Quake Southern Hemisphere

www.themindrenewed.com/interviews/2014/457-int-48

extraordinaryintelligence.com/andy-jennings-of-dissident-prophet/

www.fqsouthafrica.co.za/fqshShow58.mp3

Reviewed by Paul S Ganney

Good to see the band, fronted by Andy Jennings, who for awhile used the Maccabees moniker back with a new album. 'Weapons Of Mass Deception' has a late '70s/'80s rock feel to it. By which I don't mean heavy gated reverb, electro-pop drums or even bad hairdos. It's more in the song structure, the riffs, the vocals ("Fire" being sung "Feye-urr"), the guitar sounds. The opening song ("Like Lightning") has an acoustic opening that sounds very "Stuck In The Middle With You". Production-wise, it's far more up to date in its crispness and clarity which allows the songs to shine. "Get Up" is pop-punk (1970s not 1990s), with its Buzzcocks intro and riff, Blondie guitar work and Spizz/Devo vocal inflections. I could go on - it's fun spotting the influences: Lou Reed, Jonathan Rickman, Space, Morricone, T Rex, INXS. That said, it's not a pastiche - it's very coherent and is brilliantly done and "Be Serious" is one of the catchiest tracks you'll hear on the radio this year (at least Cross Rhythms radio). If you haven't heard it yet, it features a Lou Reed-style vocal and some whistling (I lie not). All in all, this is one of the most enjoyable albums I've heard for a while. I'll be playing this one again, that's for sure.

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released November 20, 2012

Andy Jennings, Tom Livemore

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Track Name: Like Lightning
They walked up to Jesus with a smile on their face
They said ‘we cast out demons in your name’
He said ‘don’t rejoice that the demons obey
Instead be glad that the book contains your name’

Coz like lightning, like lightning
I saw Lucifer fall like lightning

He took Him out to the desert 40 days and nights
Tempted Him to jump from an awesome height
Showed Him all the nations in his hand
He said they’re yours if you’ll just bow down like a man

He was accusing the brethren all day and night
When the Lord like a thief came and took his bride
There was battle between Michael and that serpent of old
Called Satan and the devil who deceives the whole world
Track Name: Fire, Fire
I don’t want to interrupt you while you lie there in your bed
You seem so calm and peaceful but your peace could leave you dead
You took the battery from the sensor but the smoke is rising high
So awake now from your slumber should you sleep you’ll surely die

What sounds like love it could be hate
What sounds like hate it could be love
Fire fire, fire fire (x2)
I don’t want to wake you up
I don’t want to lose a friend
But I’ve got a message for you
That could save you in the end
Get out get out get out get out!
Your house is on fire!
Get out get out get out get out!
Your house is on fire, Your house is on fire

Love can be unsubtle with its crowbar in its hand
I’m gonna knock your door down with the deadly 10 commands
Coz I know the way it feels to know your house is burning down
If you’re gonna meet the judge don’t do it in your dressing gown
Track Name: Running On The Wheel
The city’s calling you to bow down
Internet calls you to tune in and log on
The promise of freedom has changed
You got to be free to be stuck on the wheel
The system’s a monster, the system’s a beast
Our freedom’s been slain on the altar of peace
The prophet’s foretold it our leaders pursue it
Grasping the wind they can’t shake off the disease

Running on the wheel running on the wheel
Running on the wheel waiting to jump off
It’s not the fall that kills, not the fall that kills
It’s not the fall that kills, it’s just the sudden stop

No time to check your compass
No time to check direction is sound
Red tape and blind confusion
Keep you running till you run aground
So many voices coming at you
The devil got you chasing the wind
Selling your soul love and money
Taking a chip for the man of sin

Keep running keep running keep running oh oh oh oh
Keep running keep running keep running oh oh oh oh
Track Name: Get Up
Maybe you’re alone like a rolling stone
Maybe you don’t know love at all
Climbing up the stairs going to nowhere
Trying to fill that hole down in your soul

Sunday Monday, Monday through to Sunday
Still a heart of stone
Find no meaning staring at the ceiling
Cracks, they’re in the wall

Get up, get up, make a new start make a new heart
Get up, get up, make a new start make a new heart
Get up, get up

Chasing after wind trying anything
Just to keep yourself from thinking
When you need a rock just to stand upon
Just to stop yourself from sinking

Take a drive out in the car look up at the stars
Think about the God that made you
Ask the question why think about the cross
Think of why He came to save you

Sunday Monday, Monday through to Sunday
But no heart of stone
Find no meaning staring at the ceiling
But you’re not alone
Track Name: There's A Party Going On Somewhere
There’s a party going on somewhere
No one’s going and no one’s there
We don’t know when we don’t know where
But there’s a party going on somewhere

Something’s happening and you’re missing out
Loads of actors in a studio somewhere
They’re being beamed through the system to your tv screen
While we sit here in our chairs

It’s gonna be cool, so cool
All the coolest people are gonna be there
In fact it’s happening now
But you’re not there

There’s a party going on somewhere
No one’s going and no one’s there
We don’t know when we don’t know where
But there’s a party going on somewhere (x2)
Track Name: No Time For Foolin' Around
The clock is ticking since ’48
Israel is the last day’s sign
These are the days of Ezekiel 37
38 and 39

No Time For Foolin’ Around (x2)

It’s no time for playing fast and loose
With a devil that knows his trade
He got a man with a plan for you
Saying ‘are you gonna go my way?’
It’s no time, it’s no time
It’s no time for pretending you’re blind
It’s no time, it’s no time
It’s no time for thinking that there’s time

No Time For Foolin’ Around (x2)
The Russian president just made a deal
He sold a bus load of bombs to Iran
It’s a tinder box waiting to go off
The devil got the world in his hands
Track Name: Weapons of Mass Deception
Man on the news he’s saying
We’ve all been very naughty
We’re pumping too much CO2 into the sky
United Nations launching
Weapons of Mass Deception
The inconvenient truth
Turns out to be a lie

We all like sheep have gone astray
But we don’t care much anyway

Man on the television
Wearing a shirt and tie
He’s speaking soothing words to ease our troubled minds
Man lying in a coffin
Down in St. Peter’s Square
Eyes of the world are watching…such a humble affair

We all like sheep have gone astray
But we don’t care much anyway
Track Name: Time O' The Signs
The Jews are back in their land to stay
They ain’t going nowhere coz the bible says
2000 years and we’re back here again
It’s a sign of the times, the time of the signs oh yea

The Pope says that all roads must lead to Rome
But he’d like to make Jerusalem his second home
They’d like to build a temple right beside the dome
It’s a sign of the times, the time of the signs oh yea

Satellites out in outer space
If you think you’re free you can still be traced
There’s no way you can run away
It’s a sign of the times, the time of the signs

False prophets and false teachers everywhere you go
What is the truth no one seems to know?
An increase in earthquakes and volcanoes
It’s a sign of the times, the time of the signs, oh yeah

Lalalalalalalalalalalalalalalalalalala
Track Name: Be Serious
I watched the TV and it lulled me to sleep
I read my bible and I sprang to my feet
It said it’s time to get serious
It ain’t no time to be cool
Watched Aaron Russo on Google Video
And half way through I thought, uh oh here we go
I guess it’s time to get serious
It ain’t no time to be cool

It ain’t no time for doing things that you feel
It ain’t no time to be asleep at the wheel
People are dying and the world is on fire
Wake up my friend don’t fall for some cherub liar oh no!

I read the news today it wasn’t so good
I read my Bible and I understood
That it’s time to get serious
It ain’t no time to be cool
I realized I’d wasted most of my life
Concerned with things that caused me trouble and strife
I guessed it’s time to get serious
It ain’t no time to be cool

Well they took Jesus nailed him up on a tree
He said they’ll hate you coz they firsts hated Me
Coz what He said was so serious
He didn’t try to be cool
Track Name: The Man Behind The Curtain
Pay no attention to all the connections
Don’t join all the dots…too many to mention
Don’t follow the money, eat what you’re fed
Keep skipping along while you’re singing the song
Coz the wicked witch is dead

Don’t look don’t look
Don’t you know that it’s rude to stare?
Don’t look don’t look
Keep your eyes glued over there now

Get into line and sing it
Get into line and sing along

Pay no attention to all the commotion
Don’t look at the man messing with the buttons
Behind the curtain
Don’t ask no questions if you value your soul
Keep skipping along while you’re holding hands
On the yellow brick road

Join the revolution against the puppet regime
Join the mass delusion that you’re fighting for freedom
When freedom ain’t free
Imagine there’s no heaven it’s easy if you try
Sing along with John, no hell below
And above is only sky

Tick all the relevant boxes in all the relevant places
If you’re gonna read the bible
Rip out the relevant pages
Don’t pull back the curtain, won’t like what you find
Coz the truth is stranger than fiction
You’re better off blind
Track Name: Walk Away
Looked out my window what did I see?
I saw a young man standing there in the street
Ignorant of the danger he faced
Hook, line and sinker, took the path to her place
She said ‘I’ve paid my dues I made my vows
I’ve come out on this night and it’s you that I’ve found
I’ve made my bed, it’s perfumed with myrrh
So come let’s take our fill till the morning comes’

In the dark of the night she’ll fool you (x2)

Walk away, walk away
Don’t go back to her place coz she’ll lead you astray
Walk away, walk away
Don’t go back to her bed coz it leads to the grave

With her honey lips, her flattering words
She fooled him she fooled him
She caused him to yield as he went like an ox
As it’s led to the slaughter, like a fool to the stocks
He’d never conceived he‘d forfeit his life
Lips sweet as honey and a tongue like a knife
So listen to my words, remember them well
Stay far from her path coz her house leads to hell

So listen to my words, remember them well
Stay far from her path coz her house leads to hell