We're the Ones

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This album is dedicated to those who care about others.

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released April 13, 2019

Writers – 1, 5, 8, 9, 10 & 11 written by Seth Mowshowitz. 2 written by Seth Mowshowitz & Georgie Stephanou. 3 written by Seth Mowshowitz & Mr Gee. 4 written by Seth Mowshowitz & Natalie Davies. 6 written by Seth Mowshowitz & Robert Amedzro. 7 written by Seth Mowshowitz & Alex Young.
All songs arranged, mixed & mastered by Seth Mowshowitz.

Performed by Fold along with those listed below. Fold are Kane Rattray (drums), Ben Walsh (bass), Sam Hutchison (guitar) and Seth Mowshowitz (programming, keyboards, guitar & bass).

Featured Vocal Performances – 2: Potent Whisper; 3: Mr Gee; 4: Natalie Davies; 6: Komla MC; 7: MotorMouF

Backing Vocals – 2 & 5: Daisy Martey & Bessie Jones; 6: Daisy Martey, B.B. and Group, Jimpson and Group, Walter “Tangle Eye” Jackson; 7: Vera Hall.

Speeches – 1: Malcolm X; 4: Dorothy Dandridge; 5: James Baldwin & Alice Walker; 6: Lorraine Hansberry & Margaret Walker (performed by unknown); 8: Father Perot from a radio adaptation of James Hilton’s Lost Horizon (1950); 9: James Baldwin; 10: bell hooks & Sweet Honey in the Rock; 11: Marge Piercy.

Saxophones – Emma Johnson
Trumpet & Flugelhorn – Neil Morley
Trombone – Ron Christlow
Horn Arrangements – Emma Johnson
Violins – Kieran O’Malley
Rhodes on 4 & 9 – Jake Mehew
Scratching on 2 – Mista Ed

Drums, bass & keyboards on 9 were recorded at The Nave, Leeds.
Guitars & additional bass parts were recorded at Blueberry Hill Studios, Leeds & Seth’s place.
Daisy Martey was recorded at Fossil Studios, London.
Horns were recorded at Jar Mills Studios, Leeds.
Violins were recorded round Sam’s & Seth’s places.
Artwork by Luke O’Brien & Seth Mowshowitz.
Calesthenics [sic] / photograph by Ansel Adams, (1943 Manzanar War Relocation Center)

℗ & © Seth Mowshowitz, 2019. All rights reserved.

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Track Name: Can't Resist a Platform
[MALCOLM X]

Mr chairman, fellow speakers, friends… I couldn't resist the opportunity to come – I read in the newspaper recently some writer said one of my weaknesses is that I can't resist a platform. That's perhaps true. Whenever you have something to say, and you're not afraid to say it, I think you should go ahead and say it and let the chips fall where they may. So I take advantage of all platforms to get off my mind what's on it.
Track Name: We're the Ones (feat. Potent Whisper)
[POTENT WHISPER]

Chorus

We’re the ones
If you feel like us shout: We’re the ones
If you’re real like us shout: We’re the ones
If you wanna build with us shout: We’re the ones
They fear the one’s bruv
We’re the ones
If you feel like us shout: We’re the ones
If you’re real like us shout : We’re the ones
If you wanna build with us shout: We’re the ones
Sis, we’re the ones

Verse 1

Let’s make the move quick
If you wanna change the world, change yourself, true shit
You’re gonna wait for who? Why? You can save yourselves
We are the ones that we’ve been waiting for to change the world

And it’s dark my friend
Many are lost I can’t pretend
So it’s up to us to mother them and father them
Come we march to this, in the park with half the ends
I just want a chance to live, I just wanna laugh again

Now the moment’s come we'll grow in love and clear the bunkers
It's clear that we're the ones, their fear it comes when we're in numbers
Because it’s us, we hold the answer in our palms
We are a sum of the past but the master of our paths

I don’t believe in fate, I’ll seize the day and make it happen
Let’s take a leap of faith and reap a taste we never fathomed
Make change, alchemy
Take aim, a round for peace
And until the day we bring the crowds just sing it loud with me

Verse 2

Sweetheart you’re the reason I kept it moving
You’ve been my teacher, my leader and the very blueprint
I knew that if it wasn’t for you I’d lose myself in music
But you are the best solution, darling you are revolution

I never knew your name but I knew today would come
I’ve felt your love through the pain and the rain and blood
It was you at the rescue
When I was lost, you were the refuge
I’ll never forget you
You are the one I’m coming to get you!

Persist and organise the people that you build with
Lining up for war with the people that you chill with
Real shit, on road, not no film script
I can rock a show or lock and load real quick
I don’t believe in fate, I’ll seize the day and make it happen
Let’s take a leap of faith and reap a taste we never fathomed
Make change, alchemy
Take aim, a round for peace
And until the day we bring the crowds just sing it loud with me


Chorus

X2
Track Name: Living On a Knife's Edge (feat. Mr Gee)
[MR. GEE]

There's a delicate balance of what follows fashion
as peer pressure unravels an adolescent pattern.
You and your friends all like to ride bikes and we did too.
You like to sport the latest hairstyles and we did too.
And we know that all teenage boys fight and we did too.
And you think you were the first on your block to carry a knife?
Well back in the day we did too.

Ah, this is where the problem lies
for this is the question that plagues younger minds.
It's all too easy for us older generations to confer and surmise that the violence of today never occurred in our times but…
I think things have changed: heavier drugs are being blazed, perceptions have rearranged, strange wars are being waged around the planet… sending the message if you want it then grab it.
The pen may be indeed mightier than the sword but the sword makes its point sweetly doing damage.

Such is the delicate balance that translates into high streets.
This world is ruled by the mighty and no one admires the weak.
No one admires defeat, no one cares about the meek, so violence is the language that we all reliably speak.
As every day we seek headlines of sensationalised crimes
and newspapers offer up more space to advertise.
As a campaign issue its hot and even politicians realise that there's more to the pressure in the pot that takes so many lives.
And makes so many mothers cry and scream the question why was it their child in that night in that fight that had to die and die for what?
Some trivial misunderstanding that could easily be stopped?
Some petty argument fueled when tempers run hot?
Or over what someone's got or forced pride that's been mocked
so the outcome was the fist fight or the night sky being ignited by the gun shot.

That person's got the latest pair of Nikes and I want some too.
That person's got a father in their family and I want one too.
That person's got oil in their country and I want some too.
You say that you got hatred for me? Well I've got some too.

There's a delicate balance over what follows fashion
as peer pressure unravels an interesting pattern
An interesting challenge of how we choose to live our lives
Are we floating peacefully on the wings of a dove or are we all perched weeping on the edge of a knife?

Are we all perched weeping on the edge of a knife?
Track Name: Stand Up (feat. Natalie Davies)
[Dorothy Dandridge]

Stand up…

[Natalie Davies]

Count my blessings as I lay my head to rest
Thankful for the pillow to which my face is gently pressed
I reflect upon the choices of my day, the fears I evade and the bricks I have laid
As I drift into my sleep, I compose a tribute to the brave

We forget at times its an easy road we walk
chiselled over decades they valued action over talk
for Martin set the bar when he dreamt his dream
and Rosa stood her ground sitting firmly in her seat

[Dorothy Dandridge]

Stand up and be counted.

[Natalie Davies]

When facing injustice and we fear we stand alone
remember the same makings are in the seedling to the oak
and the brave stand with us when we fly the flag they've flown

When handed opportunity let's not squander what they've gained
Ignorance and apathy should not be the poor man's game

[Dorothy Dandridge]

Stand up and be counted.

[Natalie Davies]

Rest not on your laurels – stand tall to break the fall of yourself and others
Be not complacent about historical victories and their causal relation to current place status and dreams
Give thanks to formidable slaves, great dames who paved the way for you and me
Do you honestly believe we should've earned the right to vote, speak freely and breathe – a divine right in the mind's eye for which they had to bleed?

[Dorothy Dandridge]

More and more of us are glad for the opportunity to stand up and be counted.

[Natalie Davies]

Stand up and be…

Its never easy to swim against the tide – the sea of inequality cannot be crossed in a stride
Today is nothing but missed chances. privileged stance, silenced answers; uncast votes, misquotes and scapegoats; status quo upheld by banknotes.

[Dorothy Dandridge / Natalie Davies]

Stand up and be counted.
Track Name: Something Gives
[James Baldwin]

REFRAIN
I'm terrified at the moral apathy, the death of the heart, which is happening in my country.

These people have deluded themselves for so long they really don't think I'm human. I base this on their conduct, not on what they say, and this means that they have become in themselves moral monsters.

It doesn't matter any longer what you do to me: you can put me in jail, you can kill me. By the time I was 17 you'd done everything that you could do to me. The problem now is: how you gonna save yourselves?

How you gonna save yourselves?

REFRAIN
I'm terrified at the moral apathy, the death of the heart, which is happening in my country.

There are days, one of them, when you wonder what your role is in this country and what your future is in it. How precisely are you going to reconcile yourself to your situation here, and how you're going to communicate that you are here?

The country has arrived at a place where it can no longer contain revolt. Human beings are not by nature non-violent, you know? You can only survive so many beatings, so much humiliation, so much despair, so many broken promises before something gives.

Before something gives.

REFRAIN
I'm terrified at the moral apathy, the death of the heart…

[Alice Walker]
We are being killed by people who don't feel – if we get down to that, that is the problem.

[James Baldwin]
I'm terrified at the moral apathy, the death of the heart…

[Alice Walker]
If you don't feel it you kill it because you think it doesn't feel either…

REFRAIN
I'm terrified at the moral apathy, the death of the heart, which is happening in my country.

[Alice Walker]
So away with that, we don't want that.

[James Baldwin]
I'm aware that something terrible has happened, which is very hard to describe.
Track Name: Bad Thing (feat. Komla MC)
[Komla MC]

Verse 1

That thing you do
That you know you shouldn’t do
It often takes ahold of you
Completely takes over and controls you

You have to give in
Impossible to fight that feeling
When it calls you have to respond
The inner craving too which you belong

That thing of which you are so fond
But you know too much of it will kill you
Deep down you know it’s bad for you
It will eventually do more harm than good

You don’t care you do it anyway
It’s not about the future, live for today
Go on ahead and just do it anyway
Because that’s how you get through the day

Without it life would just be grey
Have a bit more of that medicine, yay
Earth, wind, fire water get higher
Electric wire can’t touch kaya fire

Bad thing that thing
It helps to just get on with it
To you there’s really nothing wrong with it
You've barely finished this one, you already want another

You know it’s bad for you mate
It’s an inside job, innate
No one can change it, nah nah
Like a primate’s love for bananas

[Dasiy Martey – backing vocals throughout]

I’m gonna rock this baby to sleep…
Someday he will remember me…

[B.B. and Group, Jimpson and Group]

Old Alabama joins the state of Florida…

[Margaret Walker's poetry narrated by unknown speaker]

Let a bloody peace be written in the sky…

[Lorraine Hansberry]

I have a suspicion of the universal humanity of all people and I think it is possible to reach it…

[Komla MC]

Verse 2

Start with small measures of
Your choice of social lubricants
Ice breaker turns couch lock
It was only supposed to take the edge off

To let the stress and the pressure halt
You don’t do moderation, fact
Those lightweights don’t understand
What it take to fell a fella your size

Teetering on the edge
Like a teetotaller drinking tea
Or Tito in a group of 5, see
Another embarrassing episode

This keeps on happening
Sorry, sorry, sorry for your behaviour
You genuinely don’t remember? Pour you
You continue when you’re well past that stage

And then you play the blame game
It’s done enough harm and caused enough hurt
To your family and loved ones
Do you need more warning signs?

These sorrows can’t swim
There’s no point trying to drown them
Put the bottle down then
Kick the habit before you kick the bucket

The chips are down
Reclaim this body from the ravages
It’s taking over your life man
Better do something about it

[B.B. and Group, Jimpson and Group]

Old Alabama joins the state of Florida…

[Dasiy Martey – outro]

Go to sleep, go to sleep, go to sleepy little baby
Track Name: Stronger Than the Evils (feat. MotorMouF)
Verse 1

Now I’m just here still, still here at least
Vigorous vigilante to the wickedest of beasts
Each of the heartbeats were deceased per word via beats
I and I peeps bleed to reach

If only they would listen
For now we’ll just give you this
and pray that they join this invitation to celebrate
Power of the people is much stronger than the evils
even though it’s looking bleak on the BBC news sequels

Peep what that cat dragged like this just in
Or be on top of historical monuments fist-pumping
Holler at machines with the rage of a teen
You had [ … ] with such angst your head banged the screen

Crack every pixelated tell-lie-vision
Then tell em why you did it whilst infiltrating the mission
That's my name, made by the man planning payment
Pick your weapon of choice – you ain't got one, take it

Chorus

Power of the people is much stronger than the evils

Verse 2

Motors is going low when the locusts hop
its cropping knowledge that grow
With the lotuses popping petals off
Until they fly […] an item that remind us of when they wait
They feel fresh as a daisy with a blessed mind state

My woken bogus hocus pocus focus goes
Balls on your third but its in for the black box
What's the word to the hummingbird
Pecking breakneck speeds
Breaker breaker mayday gives a message that it receives

Lives of innocent will be avenged
May take a while before we will amend
The stimulation of men women and children
Unifying whilst building a belief out here
People are trying to succeed out here but

No love without hate
At this rate the darknesses will get sketched out
Like the legs of Rick James

They shoulda gave my niggers money
At 40 acres ages ago
What the fuck is funny?

Chorus

Power of the people is much stronger than the evils
Track Name: The Storm
[Father Perrault]

I wanted to warn you of the storm that is coming to the world. There will be no safety by arms, no help from authority, no answer in science. It will rage until every flower of culture is trampled and all human beings are levelled in a vast chaos. Such was my vision when Napoleon was still a name unknown. I see it now, more clearly with each hour.

I wanted to warn you of the storm that is coming to the world.
I wanted to warn you of the storm that is coming to the world.

And when that time comes to destroy all that is precious in the world, when the strong have devoured each other, then will the Christian ethic at last be fulfilled and the meek shall inherit the earth.

I wanted to warn you of the storm that is coming to the world.

It is my hope that the airman with his load of bombs will pass us by. And when the new world stirs among the ruins; hopefully seeking its lost, legendary treasure; it will be here my son – hidden behind the mountains in the valley of the blue moon preserved by a miracle for a new renaissance.

I wanted to warn you
I wanted to warn you of the storm that is coming to the world
I wanted to warn you
I wanted to warn you of the storm that is coming to the world

[Hugh Conway]

You predict a dark age?

[Father Perrault]

Yes. And when that time comes to destroy all that is precious in the world, when the strong have devoured each other, then will the Christian ethic at last be fulfilled and the meek shall inherit the earth.
Track Name: Teacher
If I were your teacher I would beg you to insist to fight with me and not let me get away with anything.

No matter how I may sound, I am really only mortal; and I love you very much, and feel responsible for you, I am not always right. We depend on each other: the old and the young; to learn from each other.

If I were your teacher I would beg you to ask me why, for example, your history books are the way they are. It is my responsibility also to give you as true a version of your history as I can, since it is through your sense of your own history that you arrive at your identity.

My responsibility is to teach you to think. This is not any easy thing to do. If I want you to think, I must teach you to think about everything. I must teach you that there is a reason for everything you do and you must find that reason.

If I were you I would put me on the spot. Ask me the most difficult questions that you can – and I will not be able to answer them but my responsibility is to hear them. And when you ask your question – any question – you begin to know more about what you really think.

That's all I have to say… now you're gonna ask me questions.
Track Name: Choose Love
[bell hooks]

Choose love.
Choose love.

[Sweet Honey In the Rock]

And you can love, and you can be loved.
And you can love, and you can be loved.

[bell hooks]

What brings us together?
What brings us together?
The desire to love and be loved.

[Sweet Honey In the Rock]

And you can love, and you can be loved.
And you can love, and you can be loved.

[bell hooks]

In and through community lies the salvation of the world.

What brings us together?
What brings us together?
The desire to love and be loved.

[Sweet Honey In the Rock]

And you can love, and you can be loved.
And you can love, and you can be loved.

[bell hooks]

Choose love.

[Sweet Honey In the Rock]

Her song will fill the air…

[bell hooks]

What brings us together?
What brings us together?
The desire to love and be loved.

[Sweet Honey In the Rock]

And you can love

[bell hooks]

What brings us together?

[Sweet Honey In the Rock]

…and you can be loved.
And you can love

[bell hooks]

What brings us together?

[Sweet Honey In the Rock]

…and you can be loved.

[bell hooks]

The desire to love and be loved.

Choose love.

[Sweet Honey In the Rock]

Her song will fill the air…

[bell hooks]

In and through community lies the salvation of the world.
Track Name: All Waken Finally to Being Human
All waken finally to being human
We shall all waken finally to being human

All waken finally to being human
We shall all waken finally to being human

I call on the dead, I call on the defeated; on the starved
The sold, the tortured, the executed, the robbed
Indian women bayonetted before their children at Sand Creek
Miners who have choked on the black lung
Strikers shot down at the Pullman Strike and at Republic Steel
Women bled to death of abortions men made illegal
Every black killed by police, national guard, mobs and armies: live in us
Give us your strength, give us your counsel, give us your rage
And your will to come at last into the light

I fear the trial
I fear the struggle, it parches and withers me
I fear the violence into whose teeth we march
I long for the outcome with every cheated cell:

We shall all waken finally to being human
We shall all waken finally to being human
We shall all waken finally to being human
We shall all waken finally to being human
We shall all waken finally to being human
We shall all waken finally to being human

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