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This Empire's State


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DWL

 Genre: Political

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Another post-Brexit song. A bit rough but I just wanted to finish it.

There’s a nasty undercurrent of racism and intolerance that’s been released by this damn vote.

A while back I saw a video of a right-wing thug abusing a group of peaceful protesters. The level of hate and vitriol in his voice was frightening. What are they so scared of?

He was sweating profusely and I had an image of his tattoo of The Queen looking like she was crying.

Music and lyrics by me and Richard Marris (who came up with the "empire's state" line).

Guitars : Richard and me
Drums: Anders (a drummer in Logic – the first time I’ve tried using one)
Everything else : me

This Empire's State © 2017 Langford/Marris

He's angry when he wakes up and goes to bed the same 
Doesn't want to understand, just wants someone to blame
Doesn't like to think too much and believes just what he's told
It's easier that way he's found to buy whatever's sold


Sweat drips down his tattooed queen is crying
Intimidation, he's not even even trying
Learned to hate at his father's knee
Only one way he was ever going to be

He's heavy with the weight of expectation
Of twisted hopes from previous generations
Who thought that they were going to save our nation
But from who?

It's quite a trek to Tipperary and he doesn't know the way
But just a short step to the Old Kent Road, that's where he wants to stay
Let's all do the Lambeth Walk, it's what made our Empire great 
Let's not look too closely at this Empire's state

He's used by the rich to blame it on the poor
He knows what he's against but what's he in it for?
Learned to hate at his father's knee
Only one way he was ever going to be
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Uploaded: Aug 08, 2017 - 08:25:18 AM
Last Updated: Aug 08, 2017 - 08:25:18 AM Last Played: Aug 16, 2017 - 07:37:17 PM
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Daugrin said 9 days ago (August 8th, 2017)
Rocking smack at the cultural enemy!
Enjoyed this rocking tune. The lyric doesn't do anything for me, except the part where your making fun of the people with whom you disagree...
Why these reprobates seem to be ignorant, self absorbed, haters.
I bet they wear the wrong hat or something too.
Seriously great production and great riffs. The tag at the end featuring the dissonance really caught my ear, of course I thought that bit was inspired production.
Dick you hold the standards so high! Thank you for continuing to share your wonderful tunes with us here.

Daug
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DWL said 8 days ago (August 9th, 2017)
Thanks Daug
High praise.

People aren't born racist or prejudiced, they have to learn it. Unfortunately that "education" (or lack of it) is perpetuated in every generation until it becomes an accepted response to the world.

Thanks for the listen and the comments. The dissonance was my frustration at feeling helpless.

Thanks again

Cheers

Dick
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Skean said 9 days ago (August 8th, 2017)
I dig it
And I download it, thanks for sharing, cheers.
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DWL said 8 days ago (August 9th, 2017)
Much appreciated!
Thanks Kenta.

Cheers

Dick
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Philip18 said 8 days ago (August 8th, 2017)
This Empire's State
Love that fuzzy guitar tone counterbalanced by a clear, clean vocal. Powerful arrangement.

Brexit does seem to be about people clinging to something that they hope is there but isn't. Meanwhile, I wake up to the news of the two thin-skinned thirteen-year-old rulers threatening each other - one with “fire and fury like the world has never seen” in response to the other's plan being formulated "to attack the US military base on the Pacific island of Guam". Can they be serious? I hope things don't get worse before they get better.

Anyway, great song, Dick.
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DWL said 8 days ago (August 9th, 2017)
Fire and fury?
I picked up on that this morning. The most frightening thing was seeing him with crossed arms looking like a spoilt child refusing to go to bed not someone firing the opening salvos of WWIII. As you said, can they be serious? I hope not.

I don't think I know what Brexit is about any more. It's been hijacked by the far right and those that voted to leave are simply accepting whatever happens despite the damage it's going to do to their own finances beacause they have developed such a hatred of the EU after years of right wing propaganda.

We live in interesting times but I'd rather be bored.

Thanks for the listen, comment and thoughts.

Cheers

Dick


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Vic Holman said 8 days ago (August 8th, 2017)
i like it rough
even though the lyrics may be a bummer situation, the song does have a upbeat sound and full of energy. perfect for a cool rock feel. i'm not sure what you did at the very end but it sounded very cool.
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DWL said 8 days ago (August 9th, 2017)
It started out differently
I did the initial track as a slower, simple acoustic but after Richard had added the rhythm guitar I dropped the acoustic completely.

As I said to Daug the ending was a bit of frustration.

Thanks for the listen and comments Vic.

Cheers

Dick




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PeterB7858 said 8 days ago (August 8th, 2017)
This Empire's State
I got a 60's "Them" vibe from the guitar work. Perfect choice for the working class rage against progress narrative. Some very pithy lines in there... There's probably always been a group of disenfranchised people since some guy turned up with a bronze arrowhead during the Stone Age :-) Great song. Thanks
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DWL said 8 days ago (August 9th, 2017)
Very possibly Them
We didn't really have any specific ideas for the backing but I really liked the raw guitar sound so ended up working from that.

Bronze arrow head! I like that. Prejudice has always been with us and always will be. Education is the key but sadly it seems to be a lack of it that perpetuates the problem.

Thanks for the listen and comments.

Cheers

Dick
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Calchas said 8 days ago (August 9th, 2017)
Love it!
Some of your finest guitar work brother! Also LOVE the singing throughout. Bravo!

Be well!
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DWL said 8 days ago (August 9th, 2017)
Thanks Micheal,
Richard did most of the guitar on this one so I'm sure he'll be pleased.

Thanks for the comments on the singing. I think I changed the melody almost every time I tried a take!

Cheers

Dick


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FEEL said 8 days ago (August 9th, 2017)
Rock'n tune
Love the change into the verse, the bridge and your vocals sound really good. Nice mix and message!
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DWL said 8 days ago (August 9th, 2017)
Thanks John
Much appreciated!

Cheers

Dick
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sammydix said 8 days ago (August 9th, 2017)
In
a way, I could hear The Who doing this in their early years. Just has that sort of vibe to me. Then it really brought that thought home when I heard the ending. Fine tunage.
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DWL said 7 days ago (August 10th, 2017)
The Who? Suits me!
Thanks Sam, I'm pleased you enjoyed it.

Cheers

Dick
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psexnyc said 7 days ago (August 9th, 2017)
Love The Performance
Oh, and those chords near the end of the song!!! Luv It!!!
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DWL said 7 days ago (August 10th, 2017)
The chords!
A touch of the diminished...

Thanks for stopping by and thanks for the comments.

Cheers

Dick
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paul f. page said 3 days ago (August 14th, 2017)
Another great commentary
The fuzzy guitars really suit this kind of song so well...
Love the dissonance at the end and wish there was more throughout the song. The piece is mostly a recitative-style of vocal delivery... I really appreciate being able to understand the lyrics, too. You've kept the band sufficiently at bay so they don't obscure the words. ... Are you sure you're not writing about us? (US) ... the similarities in the culture of hate are frightening.
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DWL said 21 hours ago (August 16th, 2017)
Thanks Paul
It could be about any number of places unfortunately.

I'm pleased you're picking upon the lyrics as they were what originally drove it.

We live in difficult times but hope for a better future.

Cheers

Dick
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Dean-Resonator said 1 day ago (August 16th, 2017)
This Empire's State
I think you have raised your own lofty standards with this tune Dick. Fine song, well played and the mix is spot on for me.
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Franciscus_Henri said 11 hours ago (August 16th, 2017)
Great thoughts here
what the &^%$ is happening, are we all going crazy?
I fear the psychopaths are boiling to the surface as they did in the 1930's.
Thanks for expressing it so well.
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