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Notes: Came up with guitar riff a while back. Partly inspired by listening to a tune on Green Jade’s first album. | An old friend suggested the fairground imagery (God be with him). That gave me a lot of momentum, so I wrote a whole truck load of bars (most of which didn’t make it) all on this idea of examining the carnage we don’t see in the dark. Next time, gadget…
One of the things that inspired this is a town centre on a Friday night.



The Homecut rolls up on the beat
All the fun of the fair, that’s how I'm setting the scene
Time's wasting, we got better places to be
I seen nuff oddities on the street on this odyssey

Not pleased, the night fights spilling out
Louts getting rowdy down obscene amounts
She's got bruised ribs cant feel it now
Til morning comes just a dream and doubt

Question, what's the point? Good question indeed
The way most go about it is depressing to me
I go through situations, remain in the Lord
Hypocrites talk peace while they’re starting a war

That's what I'm here for; bring balance to the force
Challenge carnivores at the carnival
At nightfall, they just tightrope walk
Its Invisible people 's who we fighting for
Find the life source not the...candy floss
Can't stop til the last resort, and we rockin with that
Tongue twist substance fight injustice
Instructin the crowd get up but they just trip

That’s why we gotta walk with a bop our my step
Fair at the fairground? I ain't boppin impressed
Head miles away, from the neon fortress
Sing windows of the world with Dionne Warwick
Strange to me like a foreign tourist
Somebody said this whole generation's adulterous
That's why they unstable like a ride on the waltzers
Telling they children: there's nothing there for us

But I know this... one thing I learnt
Most time you find yourself is when you're down in the dirt
Now its time to work, cos the talk is cheap
My whole being driven, quite inevitably-
Deep with it, feelin' it, keep in it, bleed with it
Just the ticket like we leaving the speed limit


I seen, youth's amazed at amusement arcades
The only bright lights they chase in this dark place
That's life mate, wheelspins out of control
Hope for comfort, but they ain’t comfortable with hope
…Caught up with fairground attractions
Fascinated by the pictures, don't read the captions
The exits expected dialect directive
Setting the mind, soul, heart free and I'm getting
The fear of God, no fear mankind
I take it like an alcoholic one day at a time
And what a nice day for it, stay honest, stay on it
By the grace of God I pray I stay rock solid
Fists clenched in the cold air on short cuts to nowhere
Fairgrounds for lawless men with no cares
This funfair affair ain't meant to last
Gotta put my life into something more than that
Watch out! getting deeper in this fairground
Pay to lose control? - Not even aware now
Nod to the brere, but he just wants a stare out
Roll up for the mystery tour, we all scared now
Articles read, seem carnivalesque,
War with flesh, I feel like starting afresh
The saga we dread, hard times worth every sec
Cos this real life, no games, placing your bets
Yes!…Then the big wheel spins
Refuse to play the ball cos the machine always wins
So roll up? Nah, roll up my sleeves
Cos its a long walk home...
God bless, Peace.


from No Freedom Without Sacrifice, released June 8, 2009
[A. Brooks]
Drums: Cousin J
Bass: Steve Brown
Guitar: Jon Darby
Synth: Taz Modi
Congas: Pete Williams
Additional Percussion: Testament
Vocal: 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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