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From the provocative call to arms of 'The Revolution Will Not be Twitterised' - inspired by the Afro-Brazilian rhythms of Maracatu - to the haunting and dream like 'Ghost Daddy' - with it's classic London narrative in the vein of Ian Dury - to the Soukous influenced pop rock musing on 18th century Cockney superstitions of 'Martyn's Elephant Charm' to the epic Palm-Wine influenced ballad of 'Mein liebster Feind' - sounding like S.E. Rogie wandered into the recording sessions of Big Star's 'Sister Lovers / Third' album. Soft Power is a diverse, yet impressively coherent 2nd album from one of Britain's most promising live acts..

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released July 6, 2015

written and performed by A.J Holmes and The Hackney Empire

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A.J. Holmes and The Hackney Empire London, UK

A.J. Holmes (aka Vanishing Breed) is a Musician, Recordist, Big fan of Pan-African music, Lover of 20th Century Architecture and Founder of The Hackney Empire (band)

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Track Name: The Revolution Will Not Be Twitterised
You've gotta get your own

'gotta get your own'

Cos no one's gonna give you any

'gotta get your own'

You've gotta get your own

'gotta get your own'

Cos no one's gonna give you any

gotta get your own'

You will be sitting all alone

'gotta get your own'

Full of beer and cigarettes

'gotta get your own'

I'm telling you my friends

'gotta get your own'

You won't be at your best




That's way you've got to get your own

Cos no one's gonna give you any


You've got to get your own

Cos no one's gonna give you any



The day the optic dies

'gotta get your own'

The Revolution Will Not Be Twitterised

gotta get your own'

The day the optic dies


'gotta get your own'

People will be wearing status up date sandwich boards

'gotta get your own'

And it's so easy to get divorced

'gotta get your own'

So it doesn't matter who you meet

'gotta get your own'

Oh it's so easy to get divorced these days

'gotta get your own'

All you do is go into your friends list

'gotta get your own'

And press delete

Ha!


That's way you've got to get your own

Cos no one's gonna give you any


You've got to get your own

Cos no one's gonna give you any



Too many fisherman

Chasing too few fish

So throw your money in the well and then make a wish

When shooting in the dark

Slow your heart rate down

Fire between each beat

And don't make a sound


ha ha ha ha ha ha
ha ha ha ha ha ha



You've gotta get your owe

gotta get your own'

Cos no one's gonna give you any

'gotta get your own'

You've gotta get your owe

'gotta get your own'

Cos no one's gonna give you any

'gotta get your own'

and when you realised that power was your hands

'gotta get your own'

Could you find a coherent voice

'gotta get your own'

Do you want to loot a bumper pack of crisps from a pound shop?

gotta get your own'

Or do you want to see into a future?

gotta get your own'

And have a choice?



That's way you've got to get your own

cos no one's gonna give you any


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(gibbering, becoming progressively incoherent)


Too many fisherman

chasing too few fish

So throw your money in the well and then make a wish

When shooting in the dark

Slow your heart rate down

Fire between each beat

And don't make a sound

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(2014)
Track Name: Martyn's Elephant Charm
"Never put new shoes upon a table"

"Never open an umbrella indoors"

"Never put a newborn baby in front of a looking glass"

And "Never start a journey on a Friday"


You elephant charm me when you - 'do it like that'

You charm me when you - 'do it like that'

Hackney Empire I like it when you - 'do it like that'

I like it when you - 'do it like that'

You elephant charm me when you - 'do it like that'

You charm me when you - 'do it like that'

Hackney Empire I like it when you - 'do it like that'

I like it when you - 'do it like that'

Oh yah oh yah!

'Yeah'

London 13 club

Oh yah oh yah

'Yeah'

London 13 club


"Turn around three times if you see a black cat"

"Spit on the ground if you see a white horse"

"Never accept scissors or a penknife as a gift"

"And never have the colour green in the home"



You elephant charm me when you - 'do it like that'

You charm me when you - 'do it like that'

Hackney Empire I like it when you - 'do it like that'

I like it when you - 'do it like that'

You elephant charm me when you - 'do it like that'

You charm me when you - 'do it like that'

Hackney Empire I like it when you - 'do it like that'

I like it when you - 'do it like that'

Oh yah oh yah!

'Yeah'

London 13 club

Oh yah oh yah

'Yeah'

London 13 club

"Whooping cough maybe cured by removing a lock of a child's hair, placing it between two slices of bread and feeding it to a passing dog"

"Alternatively you could sew the child into a brown paper vest, and smother them…in Lard!"

You elephant charm me when you - 'do it like that'

You charm me when you - 'do it like that'

Hackney Empire I like it when you - 'do it like that'

I like it when you - 'do it like that'

You elephant charm me when you - 'do it like that'

You charm me when you - 'do it like that'

Hackney Empire I like it when you - 'do it like that'

I like it when you - 'do it like that'

You elephant charm me when you - 'do it like that'

You charm me when you - 'do it like that'

Hackney Empire I like it when you - 'do it like that'

I like it when you - 'do it like that'

You elephant charm me when you - 'do it like that'

You charm me when you - 'do it like that'

Hackney Empire I like it when you - 'do it like that'

I like it when you!
Track Name: Ghost Daddy
I know that you were there

Although I could hardly see your face

Down the working man's club

The kind where nobody has a job

And everyone know your name

And toasts to your fame

And I know this would all be mind

It was just a case of time



Ooooh ghost daddy

Ghost daddy got trouble

Ooooh ghost daddy

Ghost daddy got trouble


Every minute someones born

Growing at an alarming rate

And another life is laid to waste

On the Gascoigne Estate

And you might find some comfort there

Something to dull the pain

But in just a few more hours

The sun will be coming up again.


Ooooh ghost daddy

Ghost daddy got trouble

Ooooh ghost daddy

Ghost daddy got trouble


Well fighter they will fight

And lovers they love to love

Drinkers they will drink

And junkies love only…junk

So here's to absent friends

And absent parents too

It's OK go on ahead

We'll all be catching up with you…soon

Ooooh ghost daddy

Ghost daddy got trouble

Ooooh ghost daddy

Ghost daddy got trouble

Ooooh ghost daddy

Ghost daddy got trouble

Ooooh Ooh ghost daddy

Ghost daddy got trouble
Track Name: Just Retribution
Just retribution

'Just retribution'

Just retribution

It's only humane

Just retribution

'Just retribution'

However it ends

It's never revenge

It's just...

When you want me, I don't want you

And when I want you, you don't want me

When you want me, I don't want you

And when I want you, you don't want me

Felt like fate

Now it's stalemate

and it...


Just retribution

'Just retribution'

Just retribution

It's only humane


It can take a lifetime to extricate yourself from the moment

It can take a lifetime to extricate yourself from the moment

And when the moment's gone, we try to hold on

To the moment...just a fleeting moment

And its

Just retribution

'Just retribution'

Just retribution

It's only humane



It's nothing personal

I wouldn't take it personal

It's nothing personal

I wouldn't take it so personal

It's just

When you want me, I don't want you

And when I want you, you don't want me

When you want me, I don't want you

And when I want you, you don't want me

Felt like fate

Now it's stalemate


Just retribution

'Just retribution'

Just retribution

It's only humane

Just retribution

'Just retribution'

However it ends

It's never revenge
Track Name: The Big Idea
At the dawn of mankind

When we were banging two rocks together

In the garden of Eden

'Such a beautiful sight'

I wish I could have seen them


We'll first there came the wheel

Then monkey learnt to steal

From one another

'In broad day light'

And sometimes under cover


Now it's all been done before

'It's all been done before'

All been done before

'And what's more'

Probably done better


Still!

Everyone is look for an original idea

Everyone's still searching for that break through idea

Everyone is look for an original idea

Everyone's still searching for that break through idea


Soon monkey leant to farm

And he invented art and culture

'And hight stress jobs'

And then he got a stomach ulcer


Well it's so human

To fiddle till it breaks

'So now we're human'

I guess we all make mistakes


Still!

Everyone is look for an original idea

Everyone's still searching for that break through idea

Everyone is look for an original idea

Everyone's still searching for that break through idea


Now monkey's spit the atom

And he's cracked DNA pattens

'And monkey's learnt to fly'

And sent his relatives to the sky

and fond out


It's all been done before

It's all been done before

It's all been done before

'And what's more'

Probably done better


Still!

Everyone is look for an original idea

Everyone's still searching for that break through idea

Everyone is look for an original idea

Everyone's still searching for that break through idea

All the monkeys sing!

It's all been done before, It's all been done before, It's all been done before
,It's all been done before,It's all been done before,It's all been done before
…ect
Track Name: The Criminal
Wont somebody get me some water please

I feel like I'm needing some air

It's getting a little bit stuffy in here

Feel like I'm being cooked medium rare

And the survey says!

There's a growing lack of empathy

So I want out of my contact

who will represent me and my friends

And get us out of this intact



Constantly told we don't have enough

Then told to expect less

These kind of mixed message

Can only lead to civil unrest

And the survey says!

That everyone you know is a terrorist

Which I find frankly terrifying

But surely no everyone can be the enemy

So someone got to be lying.



The the the the the the the The Criminal!

For the Latin crimen, meaning to judge

which posses the question; which man is truly fit to judge another

and most important who has the biggest

Sausages!
Track Name: Vanishing Breed
Your Kind is dying out
And To Run around panicking
Is better then
Sitting down and panicking
At least that way
You're gonna get some exercise
And burn off some of that
Useless energy

You know your clan in trouble!
When your buying more nappies
For the elderly
Then for babies
So this one for the kids!
Lets hear it for the infants
Save The Children!
But not from my taxes please


Ah Ah Ah Ah Ah

Ah Ah Ah Ah Ah

Ah Ah Ah Ah Ah  

Ahhhhh 

Ahhhhh

Ahhhhh 



The white working class disappears
But don't come look for sympathy
Cos you've had your time
And that'll do for the likes of you
The future is zero growth
But continued prosperity
And scaling down
Of the military
Your country no longer needs
You to dye for it , there for
There really is no use
For you any more

Ah Ah Ah Ah Ah

Ah Ah Ah Ah Ah

Ah Ah Ah Ah Ah  

Ahhhhh 

Ahhhhh

Ahhhhh 



Now your a fully paid up member of the fallen under class
The aspirational deviant from a Dickensian past
Now your a burden on our society, all hands out and mouths to be feed
you're antiquated, landed gentry, we need you any more!
You're a Vanishing Breed



Well you no longer make the cars
You no long mine the coal
And the call centres
Have all gone to India
On spiritual package deal
To find themselves
So for the last time please
Hang up your tools on the shelf

I got a notice this morning
"Jesus just joint spotify"
Although I found it amusing
I still can't decide
Wether to sing Hosanna
Or to check out his play list
Too see if the devil really does have the best tunes
Or is there some I might have missed

Is there some I might have missed?!!! x 4




Ah Ah Ah Ah Ah

Ah Ah Ah Ah Ah

Ah Ah Ah Ah Ah  

Ahhhhh 

Ahhhhh

Ahhhhh 



Now your a fully paid up member of the fallen under class
An aspirational deviant from a Dickensian past
Now your a burden on our society, all hands out and mouths to be feed
Antiquated, Like landed gentry, We need you any more!
Your a Vanishing Breed

Al Al AlAl, Al Al AlAl, Al AlAl Al AlAl Al AlAl...sing along now! We're gonna work so hard!!!!...etc!
Track Name: Mein Liebster Feind
When you realise you've been down for to long

And you're grown tried of the drug that kept you

In bad company

When you think you might be losing your marbles

And you feel that you just can't cope

Cos you could handle the disappointments

What might be killing you

Is the hope



Dance like nobody's watching

Sing like nobody's listening

And love like you've never been hurt before

Smile like a baby

And scream if you what to go faster

And laugh like you've never heard this one before

Cos we're here for a sort time

and it can be such a sweet time

So when all good things come to an end

I'll still be your friend


In the middle of the main feature

You realise you've already seen the end

And you feel you've used up most of your credit

And lose change is all you have left to spend

When you're feeling alone, in need of affection

And you wonder who she was with last night

Call me, I might not have the answer

But I'll probably have some time


Dance like nobody's watching

Sing like nobody's listening

And love like you've never been hurt before

Smile like a baby

And scream if you what to go faster

And laugh like you've never heard this one before

Cos we're here for a sort time

and it can be such a sweet time

So when all good things come to an end

I'll still be your friend


A sudden change in the weather

A gradual change of heart

She changes her profile picture

Put on a new dress and parts


That's when you realise you've been down for to long

And you've grown tried of the drugs that used to

Keep you company


Dance like nobody's watching

Sing like nobody's listening

And love like you've never been hurt before

Smile like a baby

And scream if you what to go faster

And laugh like you've never heard this one before

Cos we're here for a sort time

and it can be such a sweet time

So when all good things come to an end

I'll still be your friend

* Chorus based on a quote by Mark Twain
— 'Sing like no one is listening, love like you've never been hurt, dance like nobody's watching, and live like it's heaven on earth.'
Track Name: CLA
CLA, CLA, CLA, CLA

Three steps forward Two steps back

CLA, CLA, CLA, CLA

A sideways movement and a clap


She dyed her hair to get in contact with her roots

So I shaved mine off and got social concrete boots

I would have smuggled a tiger in a suitcase if she wanted a cat

But everyone knows you can't keep pets in a council flat


CLA, CLA, CLA, CLA

Three steps forward Two steps back

CLA, CLA, CLA, CLA

A sideways movement and a clap



Saudi sandal surfing on hot tarmac

Entertainment guaranteed or your money back

Extreme sports wear for the 80 plus

Minus shopping cars with roll bars and a mini bus


CLA, CLA, CLA, CLA

Three steps forward Two steps back

CLA, CLA, CLA, CLA

A sideways movement and a clap


The King Of Pop is dead

He had a price put on his head

Now the Prince he must step up

And claim what's his birth right

But without any clear foe in sight

He may have lost the will to fight


And ugliness is close to godliness

As we contort our inner organs


Why do we love the most, the things that hurt us the most?...well I guess

We're never more alive then in the mist of stress



CLA, CLA, CLA, CLA

Three steps forward Two steps back

CLA, CLA, CLA, CLA

A sideways movement and a clap


Three steps forward Two steps back


A sideways movement and a clap

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