In A Shattered State

by Steve Towson

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The debut Steve Towson album. Recorded in one take in Brisbane in 2001

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released February 27, 2014

Steve Towson - guitar and vocals.
Produced by Marek Rygielski
Cover Photo - Aprel Baldey

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Track Name: ngombi's not dead
Ngombi's not dead
(Steve Towson)

petrol explodes at 9:15
cars are left helpless
stranded on the street
and I'm just standing here
watching this world the hive
watching the machine as it struggles to survive

but oh no
Ngombi's not dead

well men and women look
all around
trying to find someone to
bring on down
to their level of contentment at their life's achievements
wanting all to feel their bereavement
for our souls
the trees have all gone long ago
how long for survival
no one knows

but oh no
Ngombi's not dead
I say oh
Ngombi's not dead

so breathe on deep while
you still can
let the gases rise up and
fill your head for
while you put your faith inside of your tv
the whole world it is fucked
and so are we
Track Name: 15 minutes of your love
Fifteen minutes of your love
(Steve Towson)

I say
15 minutes of your love
is all that I can have today
for the police they are on their way
on behalf of their companies

for the debtors they come and the debtors they take
what the company wants as profit
but 25.7%
is not business
it is piracy on the financial seas
for they saw this vessel stricken
marooned high on the beach
and they came and they plundered it
yes they plundered it for all that I was worth
leaving nothing at all for me

I say
15 minutes of your love
is all that I can have today
for the police they are on their way
on behalf of the company

so wrap me deep inside your love
for soon tomorrow it will come
and I must be somewhere else
to repay their ransom demands

so I say
15 minutes
15 minutes
15 minutes of your love
I say 15 minutes
15 minutes
15 minutes of your love
is all I can have today
for the police they are on their way
on behalf of the companies
as soon as they get out of bed with the companies
Track Name: when the revolution comes
When the revolution comes
(Steve Towson)

when I look out my window
I see things are going fast
I see my people their faces
are getting blurred by their past
for too many lies and deciept
have stopped our true unity

for when the revolution it comes
we shall create our freedom

I talked to the preacher
he said I must bow before God
the politicians
they believe that we will obey unjust laws
for it is we I say
who hold the power we are a force
to be reckoned with

for when the revolution comes
we shall create our freedom
i say sweet freedom
Track Name: without yesterday
Without Yesterday
(Steve Towson)

well I've been watching you all evening
sipping at your cup
of percollated coffee
and I really just don't know
if I need you or not
I simply can not tell
for this indecision is driving me
through the torments
of hell

why can't we be together
without the pain of yesterday
I want a love
a love which can last forever
without yesterday

so I kick myself back
into the comfort of this chair
just hoping
wishing
that you were not here
causing the comfort the conflict
deep inside of me
and I know that I must release
if I want to be free

why can't we be together
without the pain of yesterday
I want a love
a love which can last forever
without yesterday
Track Name: who do you believe?
Who do you believe?
(Steve Towson)

well they locked me away
for the duration of the period
while the powers that be
marched on in to blow our minds away
saying it's ok to prosper
off the poor in our society
but soon the parasites they will learn that
those who fuck with fire
they will burn

so who do you believe?
the government, press or your friends?
who do you believe
the government. press or friends?

you know that I've been searching
for a way
to try to save this place
and there's two things that I've learnt
so listen to what I say

you've gotta listen to your family, listen to your friends,
talk to your family talk to your friends,
you've gotta listen to your family, listen to your friends,
talk to your family talk to your friends,

for what we need is peace not war
I say what we need is food not bombs
what we need is peace not war
what we need is food not bombs

so who do you believe?
the government, press or your friends?
who do you believe?
the government, press or friends?

well the rich they may fly high
high upon their private planes
but sooner or later they will land
and it ain't safe
when it rains

so who do you believe?
the government, press or your friends?
who do you believe?
the government, the press, the rich
your family, your friends?

I say who do you believe?
the government, press or your friends?
who do you believe?
the government, press or friends?
Track Name: the ogoni 9
The Ogoni 9
(Steve Towson)

how can you lie in your bed at night
and say that you're so hard done by
when the Ogoni
are dying to fill up your
petrol tank

shell shell Shelter me
from the things that you're doing
I don't want to know
I can't afford to care
for the Ogoni 9
for the Ogoni 9
for the Ogoni 9

well I could write a letter
pleading to someone for help
but what good's it gonna do
yeah who's gonna care
while you keep on fuellin'
the shell
Track Name: promised land
Promised Land
(Steve Towson)

you've got to get out of your bored rooms
and hear what is happening
down on the picket line
try hearing what we're saying stop dictating to us
from the corporate side

you better run while time's still vacant
cause you won't get no second chance
cause unlike to you time is coming up
it's coming up and we're going

to the promised land
going to the promised land
going to the promised land
going to the promised land

I see my brother and father fighting
I see my mother she's working her fingers to the bone
trying to keep us fighting
our brothers and our fathers
in another land

well you may have won this battle
but the war it is not over
for while you sit there gloating
our people are coming from behind
to take the promised land
going to the promised land

I say no more killing in Palestine
I say no more killing in Mayanamar
I say all people are welcome
I say all people are our people
for this is our promised land.
Track Name: it's breakin
It's Breakin'
(Steve Towson)

swimming up from the bottom of the river bed
I can see the light shining through
so deep it penetrates
fillin me with hope

and yes you soothe me
like the ocean soothes the moon
you know you soothe me
like the ocean soothes the moon

the surface is a breakin
and my arms can feel there's air
so warm and moist just like
your lips
the first time I saw you

and now it's breakin
it is breakin on through
you know it is breakin
it's breakin on through

and you're soothin me while it's breakin
it is breakin me while you're soothin
soothin me while it's breakin
it is breakin me
while you're soothin
Track Name: I want the blues
I want the blues
(Steve Towson)

I try to sleep with you
but I'm so down
so blue
that every touch is like a thousand knives
every look just pierces my eyes
oh I'm so tired of laying my love
into you

so i tell you
I want the blues
out of me

your kissin lips once
moistened mine
but we no longer touch
we've got no time for what we had before
no time for our sweet lovin
anymore

so I tell you
I want the blues
out of me
I want I want I want
the blues
out of me

now I wait for you at the middle of the stairs
just hoping you might meet me there
but you won't meet me half way you won't meet me at all
you don't wanna talk of Rome and its
inevitable fall

so I tell you
I want the blues
out of me
I want I want I want the blues
out of me
Track Name: you're a fool (kinda weird)
You're a fool (kind of weird)
(Steve Towson)

you're a fool
you are a fool
you think he loves you
him don't love you
him just wants you
for him too sly
him far too fly

oh the difference between me and you
the difference between you and me
all you know is it's all too kinda weird

oh I am eyes
I am far too eyes
for you whisper sweet things in my ear
make me feel unsafe, uncomfortable
kinda wierd

oh the difference between me and you
the difference between you and me
all you know is it's all too kinda weird

well you dangle the carrot in front of my face
tempting me luring me
all over the place
in search of a dream
in search of a dream

oh the difference between me and you
the difference between you and me
all you know is it's all too kinda weird