Ref-er-en-dum Lies


Voting…

Anarchists don’t believe that it’s possible to vote the world better – hence we’re all about direct action… and would usually advocate spoiling your ballot.

UK General Election 2019

That said, the forthcoming UK General Election on the 12th December 2019 at least affords scope to mount a damage limitation exercise.  On one side there’s child poverty, widespread environmental destruction, selling off the NHS, food banks, zero hours contracts, the working poor, populist xenophobia, 120K deaths on universal credit, student debt, spiralling homelessness, WASPI women, social housing clad in firelighters, escalating knife crime, a retirement age of 75, the Windrush Scandal, and seemingly endless overseas conflicts.

On the other side there is ‘hope‘.

Toxik Ephex feat. BCWC

With that in mind, we figured to take some direct action and teamed up with legendary Aberdeen punk band Toxik Ephex, to rework Gary Gilmore’s Eyes into Referendum Lies, with the blessing of TV Smith.  We were fully aware that something not dissimilar had already been done once before, but the clock was ticking.

You can listen to the track for free below, or download it in MP3 or WAV format – please share it!!! It’s also available on YouTube!

Referendum Lies MP3 format

Referendum Lies WAV format

Lyrics

Refer-en-dum lies!
I’m toiling in a sweatshop,
A prisoner of production,
A slave to universal credit,
My mind can barely function.
They scrapped our health & safety,
Now I’m sick from all the fumes,
Downsizing to a smaller flat,
We’re five to a bedroom.

I’m seeing through Boris Johnson’s lies,
Seeing through Boris Johnson’s lies,
Seeing through Boris Johnson’’s lies,
Seeing through Boris Johnson’s lies.

This isn’t what they promised us,
Ain’t taking back control,
No millions for the NHS,
Just dug a deeper hole.
I was duped by all the tabloids
Blaming cuts on immigration,
Said the Tories had our backs,
And they would build a stronger nation.

I’m seeing through tabloid media lies,
Seeing through tabloid media lies,
Seeing through tabloid media lies,
Seeing through tabloid media lies.

BRIDGE

Seeing through referendum lies,
Seeing through referendum lies,
Seeing through referendum lies,
Seeing through referendum lies.

I cast my vote in anger,
Thought “to hell with the EU”,
Hoping for a brighter future,
But none of that came true.
Should have never trusted Farage,
He went to public school,
Bankers don’t care for the working class,
He’s yet another lying tool.

I’m seeing through Nigel Farage’s lies,
Seeing through Nigel Farage’s lies,
Seeing through Nigel Farage’s lies,
Seeing through Nigel Farage’s lies.

Seeing through referendum lies,
Seeing through neoliberal lies,
The way they lied about austerity,
It’s a self-serving twisted ideology.

Chiz Pirie – Drums
Ross Cunningham – Bass
Elias Eiholzer – Guitars
Fred Wilkinson – Bouzouki, Vocals
Frank Benzie – Vocals
Snaba Noble – Vocals
Brittney Ellis Cameron – Vocals
Iona Macdonald – Vocals
Andy Philip – Vocals

Music by TV Smith
Arrangement by Fred Wilkinson
Lyrics by Flash
Engineered by Andy Philip at Musical Vision
Videography by Iain Ball

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