Corporation Pop

by Ian Freud

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released December 2, 2019

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Ian Freud Leeds, UK

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Track Name: 404
Setting a fire to the bones of the town
Sometimes she feels she could burn it all down
And just leave here
They don’t believe her

Watching the flames reflect in her eyes
Burning the truth along with the lies
Is this feeling
Really freedom?

Shatter the windows
Flatten the doors
She doesn’t care what happens here any more

Tomorrow the sun will rise
Over smouldering ruins
It doesn’t matter at all to her
Cos tomorrow’s another day
And she won’t even see it

Watching her eyes in glittering gold
She looks so young but her soul is so old
And she’s leaving
Always leaving

Taking her hand in the charcoal glass
She’s burning the future along with the past
So lonely
Oh so lonely

Tomorrow the sun will rise
Over smouldering ruins
It doesn’t matter at all to her
Cos tomorrow’s another day
And she won’t even see it
Track Name: Foreign Sands
“Are you tired of being a no one
Then pick up a flag and you could be someone”
So they say

So step off the bus, and into an office
Sign on the line and here ends the problem:
“Here’s who we want you to kill.”

The first thing you learn is how to take orders
Don’t rock the boat, and don’t question borders
Rising with the sun

Then they break you: make you a no one
Name, rank and number,
Give you a logo
So they can tell who you are

And as you die in foreign sands
Lifeblood slipping through your open hands
As you turn to face the sky
And wonder if you knew the reason why

Flies buzz a corpse
And you look and feel nothing
It’s just another day to bury your feelings
Now that you’ve gone pro

Then it’s your turn
And no one feels nothing
They read out your name
But it’s not quite a headline
As they add you to the list

And as you die in foreign sands
Lifeblood slipping through your open hands
As you turn to face the sky
And wonder if you knew the reason why
Track Name: Which Side is Your Deaf Side?
You never believe anything that I tell you
You never buy anything that I sell you
You want a piece of my mind
But never think a thing
Try thinking more, if just for your own peace of mind
And if you think that I should see it your way
Try see it my way – it’s not that hard to see

The man with the hat and the little green bag
Says you’ve got to get along
So everyone smiles at the factory miles
Cos they know where they belong
If you don’t do what they want you to do
Then they’ll mark you down as wrong
They’ll leave you behind
Without breaking their stride
Because now you don’t belong

Watching pretty girls in the summer time
You could sleep all day and still feel fine
But what you gonna do when the summer sun
Has passed away and winter’s nigh?

The man on TV said “you’ll never be free”
And we all clapped along
His wife and his friends and their kids are on trend
And we know that we don’t belong

So why… why… why?
Which side is your deaf side, son?
Which side can you hear?
Which side is your deaf side, son?
I need to make you hear….
Track Name: Strange Things
Have you ever eaten snails?
They’re cooked in garlic
And then impaled
On tiny pitchforks
I don’t know which forks
They use for whales

They made a tunnel
Just for carp
A carpal tunnel
(Or so I heard)
That goes nowhere
Though I don’t know where
A carp’ll go

Strange things are happening to me
Strange things are happening to me
Strange things are happening to me
And I don’t know why I bother getting out of my head
When the demons come find me in my bed
Strange strange times indeed

My head is full of
Shits like this
I wonder what it really means
Am I someone
Or is someone
Really me?

Strange things are happening to me
Strange things are happening to me
Strange things are happening to me
And I don’t know why I bother getting out of my head
When the demons come find me in my bed
Strange strange times indeed
Track Name: Too Much to Take
There’s bound to be another little hole in the fence
Where the outside keeps getting in
I tried to patch it up with a wad of chewing gum
But they just keep clambering over

Too much to take
So many different colours
That it makes my head ache
All I want’s a slightly bigger piece of the cake
But they don’t seem to notice
‘Cos they’re all on the make
At least that’s what it said on my TV

But still they’re closing in
And I hear it every day
They just get closer and closer
I don’t say it for myself – just the state of all our health
Won’t somebody think of the children?

Too much to take
So many different colours
That it makes my head ache
All I want’s a slightly bigger piece of the cake
But they don’t seem to notice
‘Cos they’re all on the make
At least that’s what it said
At least that’s what I read
It’s not just in my head
It’s on TV!
Track Name: Until Tomorrow
Heaven know whats it’s like to be old on your own
That’s why we stay, holding on when it doesn’t make sense
(We’re not the same as we were twenty five years ago)

Hello it’s me – and guess what? Well I fucked up again
You know the words and the tune and here comes the refrain
Sing along like the first time you heard it from me

And as usual nothing changes
Just bounce the ball
And watch it come back again

I said “I’m sorry’ and “please don’t leave me”
“I can change – dear god believe me”
Turn the page – it’s a new beginning
(Until tomorrow)

We’ve lost our waists and our sight and our minds and our hair
We see each other naked if we pass on the stairs
And twice a year we get laid if the stars are aligned

I know there’s times when you want – quite correctly – to see
Me locked in chains, tossed overboard, and sinking into the sea
But I’m afraid we’ll always be too close to the shore

So as usual nothing changes
Just bounce the ball
And watch it come back again

I said “I’m sorry’ and “please don’t leave me”
“I can change – dear god believe me”
Turn the page – it’s a new beginning
(Until tomorrow)
Track Name: Sarah
Sarah.
I once knew a girl who was like you
And like you she hid in the daylight
And only came out at night
Until one night
She emptied her heart into my ear
It wasn’t what I wanted to hear then
Or ever at all

Sarah – porcelain skin in the morning
Tangled and blonde in the pale sun
Always a gleam in your eye
But your skin is so cold to the touch
Did it finally get too much?

Laughter
That’s what I will try to remember
Like when your stockings fell down in the Co-Op
While you were stocking up booze
But then you ran
Straight back to the sun with a bottle
It took a lot a bottle to say it
But you were never afraid

Sarah – porcelain skin in the morning
Tangled and blonde in the pale sun
Always that gleam in your eye
But your skin is so cold to the touch
Did it finally get too much?

I’ll keep the picture of you squinting at the sun, stood on your hands
And you can keep the ones you where you cried
I guess that I always thought that you would live forever
On the never never
You lived the pain, the pleasure
And I guess that I believed you

Sarah.
I’ve never known anyone like you.
Track Name: Sorry I Missed You
“Is anyone there?” I ask the dark
And the silence comes back and says: “nobody’s here.”
Mystery solved.

I make a brew, and I stand at the door
And look to the clouds as they empty their hearts out
All over the floor

Some days are easy
But this night is hard
I just don’t know what to do with my hands

I wish that there were some way I could take it back

I could say “I’m sorry”, but you’d hurl it right back
And I wouldn’t blame ya – cos my heart is still black
But oh… I swear
I’m sorry – I miss you
I’m sorry – I miss you
I’m sorry – I miss you

I once stood at your door with a note in my hand
Knowing you’d read it and not understand
Because neither do I
I put the letter back
In the pocket of my coat
Well, I say “letter” – but it was more of a note

In case you’re listening I’ll read it to you

It says: “I’m sorry, and I take it all back”
But I couldn’t post it – ‘cos my heart was still black
But every day….
I’m so sorry I missed you
I’m so sorry I missed you
I’m so sorry I missed you
Track Name: Oh, Dennis!
Back to mine for rum and coke and then we’ll see just what you’re made of
Listen here: O Superman is soothing – put on these headphones

Then drop your neck into this noose
While I lean back and feel the groove
Stop! Nobody move
Don’t fight the feeling just let go
Then you can take the starring role
Stop! Nobody move

Now we’re done just lay back and stay here while I go outside for fresh air
I’ll be back tonight to play some more – we can watch some TV

Then drop your neck into this noose
While I lean back and feel the groove
Stop! Nobody move
Don’t fight the feeling just let go
Then you can take the starring role
Stop! Nobody move
Track Name: Darker Roads
I’m begging for mercy
I’m down on my knees
Please end this torture
Won’t you give me release
The road that I travelled
Got darker each day
Now I can’t find my way out
I just can’t see a way

Trapped at your pleasure
Like a butterfly pinned
There’s no other way
To atone for my sins
Kiss – kiss the leather
Won’t you hang me in chains?
Show me the pleasures
That come from this pain.

Down here in the darkness
Where I can’t reach the light
Wreathed in black shadows
Where the nightmares take flight
Drowning in water
I drew for myself
Ice-fingered veins
As I draw my last breath

Trapped at your pleasure
Like a butterfly pinned
There’s no other way
To atone for my sins
Kiss – kiss the leather
Won’t you hang me in chains?
Show me the pleasures
That come from this pain.
Track Name: Rule Brittania
My great, great, great grandfather fucked Nell Gwyn
And that is why you’re in the state you’re in
Twenty thousand corpses in the mud
They died to save the pureness of my blood
And yet my crest is lions rampant on a field of purest white

Stride into battle with my name on your lips
Sink to the bottom with my name on your ship
Serve at my pleasure till you’ve paid for your crimes
But kill for my treasure and I’ll make you a knight

I’ll have your guts for garters just you see
‘Cos the deer that you’re eating’s meant for me
The land on which you stand is mine as well
The sky, the sea, and all you see
By right, by deed, by destiny
‘Cos Cerdic was my ancestor, you see?

Stride into battle with my name on your lips
Sink to the bottom with my name on your ship
Serve at my pleasure till you’ve paid for your crimes
But kill for my treasure and I’ll make you a knight

Rule Britannia…
Track Name: Burn it all Down
Setting a fire to the bones of the town
Sometimes she feels she could burn it all down
And just leave here
They don’t believe her

Watching the flames reflect in her eyes
Burning the truth along with the lies
Is this feeling
Really freedom?

Shatter the windows
Flatten the doors
She doesn’t care what happens here any more

Tomorrow the sun will rise
Over smouldering ruins
It doesn’t matter at all to her
Cos tomorrow’s another day
And she won’t even see it

Watching her eyes in glittering gold
She looks so young but her soul is so old
And she’s leaving
Always leaving

Taking her hand in the charcoal glass
She’s burning the future along with the past
So lonely
Oh so lonely

Tomorrow the sun will rise
Over smouldering ruins
It doesn’t matter at all to her
Cos tomorrow’s another day
And she won’t even see it

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