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Notes: The beat was an off-cut from another session, but I really wanted to use it as it had real vibe. I wrote most of this verse walking down a street in Sheffield on the way to Sam’s old studio. The horns were recorded in the main hall of a church building in Leeds. | I was hoping to bring the No Freedom motif back at end the album but in a different context and with the hope of celebration.


From down south to far north we explore the marvelous
Par for the course just like the Law charges doors,
It’s not like we can’t stop, sometimes we can’t pause
On my knees keep praying til my jeans are part-worn
The last born son with this born-again art form
Praying for peace like they need in Darfur
The dark horse, you get my point like dartboards
While we even got the beat on lock like Dartmoor
Making Hardcore sorts applaud
Make you get loose til your ligaments
Half-torn to your metatarsal
Ask the dance floor why they’re here? (Why you here?)
But they just aren’t sure
When the poor are ignored to score vast oil resource
On foreign shores and the pretext and morals are false
I see red like Darth Maul,
They got applause sound FX set alter your thoughts
Cos there’s a dark force on march assaulting your soul
Testament performs tours not barcrawls, not at all
I’m Homecut - not the cut out cardboard
Not the sort to consort and carry on with caricatures
You say ‘peace’ so what you carrying for?
Port or starboard, what you following the stars for?
Celebrity obsession just another form of class war
Forget the fast talk represent truth til last waltz, last orders
Sending up for the Lord’s last cause til last doors, last call
And that’s all

And that’s all for now


from No Freedom Without Sacrifice, released June 8, 2009
[A. Brooks]
Drums: Cousin J
Bass: Kenny Higgins
Keys: Testament
Additional Keys: Aaron Jackman
Guitar: Ben Barker
Trombone: Duncan Hamilton
Alto, Tenor & Baritone Sax: Martin Strange
Vocals: Testament



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Homecut Leeds

Homecut is the brainchild of MC/producer Testament. Conscious lyricism, live instrumentation and mix of Soul, Hip-Hop and sonic experimentation mark out Homecut on the UK landscape. The critically acclaimed debut album “NO FREEDOM WITHOUT SACRIFICE” features collaborations with Corinne Bailey Rae, Soweto Kinch, US rap legend J-Live, Andreya Triana and members of the Cinematic Orchesta. ... more

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