Tuesday, February 4, 2014

"Oi" (With Footnotes)

Here is the first in my series of lyrical examinations of the songs of my forthcoming mixtape, "Lyrical Collage!"

As I say in the song Liquid Thunder, "My rhymes are so dense you're gonna need footnotes." Here they are...

This time, for the song "Oi." This song is the second of my tracks that fits the concept of "lyrical collage" and the first recording for the mixtape of that same name. The idea behind a lyrical collage is to take the original lyrics of a variety of different songs and fit them into a coherent rap song with a new sound and feel. In this case, the theme is double, all the songs are punk or ska songs and the lyrics are political/social commentary. There isn't much more to add, other than to give you the citations for each of the lyrics...

I know I'm artificial, But don't put the blame on me
I was reared with appliances, In a consumer society

X-Ray Spex, "Art-I-Ficial"

Go to work, it's such a drag
Face the boss, he's such a nag

The Ramones, "The Job That Ate My Brain"

All my life has been the same
I've learned to live by hate and pain

The Jam, "The Modern World"

I need sex, I need love, I need drink
I need drugs, I need food, I need cash
I need you to love me back

Buzzcocks, "I Need"

Now pass the blame and don't blame me
Just close your eyes and count to three

Madness, "Shut Up"

I see my place in american waste
Faced with choices I can't take

Black Flag, "American Waste"

Some people are bad and they don't give a damn
what they do or who they hurt
They go through their lives and don't apologize
for the shit that they've disturbed

The Vandals, "People That Are Going to Hell"

I got something to say and I’ll say it again
I got something to sing and I’ll sing it again
I got something to scream and I’ll scream it again

Anti-Flag, "Resist"

Screechin' useless martyrs hangin naked upon the cross
They would have you believe the lie they shriek that all is lost

MC5, "Future Now"

Can it be true? They got nothing else to say
Do you think? They want it that way

Johnny Thunders, "Short Lives"

the benevolent and wise are being thwarted, ostracized, what a bummer
the world keeps getting dumber

NOFX, "Idiots Are Taking Over"

I can still see people dying, now who takes the blame?
the numbers are different, the crime is still the same

The Specials, "War Crimes"

And they're planning while I sleep
And even as we speak To strike when I am weak

Reel Big Fish, "Everyone Else Is An Asshole"

All the power's in the hands
Of people rich enough to buy it
While we walk the street
Too chicken to even try it

The Clash, "White Riot"

Illegal to dance forbidden to cry
You do what you're told and never ask why

The Damned, "I Just Can't Be Happy Today"

I got something to say and I’ll say it again
I got something to sing and I’ll sing it again
I got something to scream and I’ll scream it again

The chorus again.

These are all reasons why I'll be exploding tonight
and why this chip on my shoulder feels like a mile wide

Less Than Jake, "Short Fuse Burning"

It's time to taste what you most fear
Right Guard will not help you here

Dead Kennedys, "Holiday in Cambodia"

When you think the night has seen your mind
That inside you're twisted and unkind
Let me stand to show that you are blind

Velvet Underground, "I'll Be Your Mirror"

Rebels with a cause came out of the sun
And spoke the only language they'd been given

Generation X, "Running With the Boss Sound"

And the people have the power, To redeem the work of fools
From the meek the graces shower, It's decreed the people rule

Patti Smith, "People Have the Power"

still you defend the system that perpetuates your hate
your institutions are corrupt, your way of thinking sucks, we've had enough

Against All Authority, "Louder Than Words"

Why can't I ask any questions of what you say is true
Am I supposed to believe anything or just everything said by you?

Suicidal Tendencies, "Pledge Your Allegiance"

I ain't equipment, I ain't automatic
You won't find me just staying static

Sex Pistols, "Problems"

I got something to say and I’ll say it again
I got something to sing and I’ll sing it again
I got something to scream and I’ll scream it again

The chorus again

Not as much but with such intensity
I'd like to be what they would not want me to be

Bad Brains, "I"

To the tension of a world on the wane
I shuffle around on wooden boards Now no longer afraid

Gang of Four, "I Will Be A Good Boy"

and i will not sit on broken glass,
not for you or anyone i will not cut my ass

The Misfits, "Spinal Remains"

I'll be a pharaoh soon, Rule from some golden tomb
Things will be different then, The sun will rise from here
Then I'll be ten feet tall, And you'll be nothing at all

Dead Boys, "Sonic Reducer"

I'm a lexicon devil with a battered brain
And I'm searchin' for a future-the world's my aim

The Germs, "Lexicon Devil"

I'm stubborn as a mule
And nobody breaks my rules

Iggy Pop, "New Values"

And if I'm acting like a king
Well, that's cause I'm a human being

New York Dolls, "Human Being"

I got something to say and I’ll say it again
I got something to sing and I’ll sing it again
I got something to scream and I’ll scream it again

The chorus again.

H-Y-P I'm hypnotised
H-Y-P I'm hypnotised

The Undertones, "Hypnotised"

For you there's just no hope
Get a rope, get a rope

Cock Sparrer, "Get A Rope"

Bikini girls with machine guns
Bikini girls with machine guns

The Cramps, "Bikini Girls With Machine Guns"

Cause I'm leavin' on a jet plane,
Don't know when I'll be back again

Since Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, who I love, don't do any original songs, I had to include a cover for them and it was "Leaving On A Jet Plane."

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