Fighting Injustice EP (UK version)

by The Four Fathers

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Fighting Injustice (2016 mix) (Andy Worthington) Look at this world in decline Despite all the victories that were fought for Centuries spent struggling for the vote And for our right to healthcare and education But now we're running out of time Our politicians have turned into pimps and whores Our NHS is being choked And there are no jobs for the young in this broken down nation Chorus If you ain't fighting injustice You're living on the dark side oh yeah If you ain't fighting injustice You're living on the dark side oh yeah Our economies have been raped By those who claim that they are the masters We've had 30 years of financial pillage and plunder Since the regulators stepped out of the picture Then came the global crash of '08 But no one expected what would come after Instead of the thieves going under We printed lots of new money to make them all richer Chorus (repeat) Although shelter is a human right Homelessness is increasing Food bank use is on the rise And workers can't afford to live in the capital With no rent controls in sight And one-bedroom flats fetching half a million This is a super-rich paradise But one where the rest of us are disposable Chorus (repeat)
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Song for Shaker Aamer (Freedom version) (Andy Worthington) This is a song for Shaker Aamer Who was the last British man in Guantánamo Held for nearly 14 years Though for 8 years the US said that he could go And most of the men still held Are in the same sad situation They're prisoners of political games That ought to shame the nation Chorus Shaker Shaker They chained your body but they could not chain your mind You told truth to power Even though you were behind the wire Shaker Aamer is no terrorist In fact he cares deeply for his fellow man That's why he took his family To help poor Muslims in Afghanistan But he was sold to the US for money And he was held because of all he knew He came to be seen as a leader Because he stood up to the torture and abuse Chorus (repeat) So Shaker Aamer's back in London Where he was granted indefinite leave to remain A huge campaign to get him back Shamed the US and the UK, that much is plain And Shaker's family They waited so patiently for him to come home He hadn't seen his youngest son Who was born the day he got to Guantánamo Chorus (repeat)
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Well I woke up this morning Like so many days before Wondering how I got so old Wondering how to even the score 'Cause these men who claim to lead us They're worse than ever before And if there was a revolutionary spirit They'd be up against the wall Well I dreamt I was at the crossroads Back in 1979 Margaret Thatcher took us one way But that way wasn't mine 'Cause I believe in solidarity And the common good I can't stand this I'm-alright-Jack nonsense I'm holding out for Robin Hood Well I went to see the doctor I said can you help me please These wretched politicians They're giving me disease But I don't want to leave the country 'Cause that would be a defeat And I would rather die standing Than live on my knees The doctor checked me out He said you're of sound body and mind In my considered opinion You're absolutely fine So you must be on to something With your interpretation of the news I think you got a bad case Of the Tory Bullshit Blues Well I left my inner city home To see what was going on But all I found was hordes of angry people Getting it wrong They blame the immigrants and the unemployed And the disabled and the poor For the crash caused by the bankers Who haven't paid for it at all And as the madness spreads Fanned by the media People turn to false prophets To make sense of what they fear But these bigots are no answer Their leader is a dangerous fool It's just another version Of the Tory Bullshit Blues

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An EP of remixes/reworkings of three songs by lead singer Andy Worthington from The Four Fathers' debut album 'Love and War' - live favorite and social justice anthem 'Fighting Injustice', featuring a new lead guitar part by Richard Clare, 'Song for Shaker Aamer', with new lyrics reflecting British resident Shaker Aamer's release from Guantánamo in October 2015, sung by Andy with Richard on backing vocals, and 'Tory Bullshit Blues', with a new guitar part and a new recording of the vocals.

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released July 5, 2016

All songs copyright Andy Worthington.

The Four Fathers are:

Andy Worthington (lead vocals, guitar)
Richard Clare (guitar, backing vocals)
Bren Horstead (drums and percussion)
Andrew Fifield (flute and harmonica)
Louis Sills-Clare (bass)

Recorded and mixed at Perry Vale Studios by Pat Collier in 2014-15. EP tracks remixed/reworked on May 5, 2016.

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The Four Fathers London, UK

Militant, melodic rock & roots reggae band, based in SE London, mostly playing original protest music. Journalist and activist Andy Worthington (lead vocals, electro-acoustic guitar), Richard Clare (electric guitar, vocals), Bren Horstead (drums, percussion), Andrew Fifield (flute, harmonica), Paul Rooke (bass). ... more

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