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Notes: This is the one track from our old live set that made it onto the album. Back when Homecut was Homecut Directive, we used to take Andreya on tour with us. Heavy shows for real! I can particularly remember one amazing gig at The Tuesday Club, Sheffield. When we hit the closing chord the crowd just went bananas. | The track has gone through a few re-writes since then. Lord knows the last few years have been real hard. There’s been times when I’ve been forced to meditate on what its all about when you break it down. Nah, mean? | When it came to scheduling the vocal session I ended up recording Andreya in her bedroom with a borrowed mic (thanks Cedar) about two hours before she had to split for Australia. I’m very grateful for her generosity of spirit on that.



Between these word and actions
It seems these admonitions
Have been heard a thousand times
And now the twilight is fading
We breakdown, breakdown, breakdown

Between the sound of rain and the scent of bonfires
Dayjob’s kicked in, revolution got tired
Between work and leisure, between the lines read
We’re so consumed, like the feeling of grief
All things possible for those who believe
If I try, could I strength to the weak?
Instead we replace reality, with Reality TV,
Plus if I’m the wrong colour you can’t see me
Seemingly we all got a free-view
But no bank account, and its sorry don’t need you
Cos self-help won’t extend to those
With no sense of self, except senseless logos
Uh…you looking pensive bro
Chasing cheap highs with some expensives lows
yeah, we got products from whatever dot com
Cos we wanna be free, but not sure what from
(when you break it down)


Between bravado and fear, between deaf ears
Words fall, and life disappears
Between the past and the time to come
Between four walls we hide from the son
Afraid to recognise what our soul’s become
Secretly we can’t believe we can overcome
We worship worthless stuff, there we place our trust
Then chose intimacy as opposed love
Proponents of our own downfall,
The meek are seated on street corners
While the proud stand tall
Guess they never read the tale of Babel,
And the way that one day we will be no more
See its strange how a spiritual awakening some call a breakdown
When we face ourselves, and pain is felt,
Pay for help cos there’s much more, than this place and realm
(when we breakdown)


I know there’s something much better
Something much more than this.


from No Freedom Without Sacrifice, released June 8, 2009
[A. Brooks]
Drums: Cousin J
Bass: Kenny Higgins
Pete Williams: Percussion
Guitar: Ben Barker
Additional Guitar: Gareth Parry
Rhodes: Testament
Vocal: Andreya Triana
Vocal: Testament



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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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