Fighting Injustice EP (US version)

by The Four Fathers

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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, and 'Neo-Liberal Bullshit Blues', a version of 'Tory Bullshit Blues', with a new guitar part and a new vocal recording by Andy, featuring references to Ronald Reagan and Donald Trump.

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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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South East London-based rock and roots reggae band. Not afraid of political engagement! Andy Worthington (lead vocals and guitar), Richard Clare (guitar and vocals), Bren Horstead (drums and percussion), Andrew Fifield (flute and harmonica) and Louis Sills-Clare (bass). ... more

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Track Name: Fighting Injustice (2016 mix)
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)
Track Name: Song for Shaker Aamer (Freedom version)
Song for Shaker Aamer (Freedom mix) (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)
Track Name: Neo-Liberal Bullshit Blues
Neo-Liberal Bullshit Blues (Andy Worthington)

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
As the 80s came down the line
Ronald Reagan 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 Neo-Liberal 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
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 Donald Trump is no answer
He's just a selfish and dangerous fool
He's just another version
Of the Neo-Liberal Bullshit Blues