The Divided Kingdom

Heavy Blues for Heavy Times

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Tracks 1,4,5 & 6 Recorded at Fish Factory Studios, London and mixed at Dean St Studios, London  by Alex Beitzke and Bradley Spence

Tracks 2,3,7 & 8 Recorded at That Sound Studio, London by Erik Mikalsen, Toby Murray and John Fairhurst and mixed by Alex Beitzke.

Mastered by Robin Schmidt at 24-96

John Fairhurst  – Guitars and vocals

Toby Murray – Drums, percussion and backing vocals on Hungry Blues

Justin Kool  – Bass on 1,4,5 & 6 and piano on 4

Bethan Lees – Backing vocals on And We Dance The Merry Dance

All songs written by John Fairhurst and arranged by John Fairhurst, Toby Murray and Alex Beitzke

Produced by John Fairhurst, Toby Murray and Alex Beitzke

Photography By John Morgan and Matylda Augustynek

Design by Bruce Fitzsimons and Matylda Augustynek

Our eternal thanks to Lloyd Sundal, George Colwey, Jon Tye, Pawel Lach, Pawel Wojciechowski, Bradley Kulisic, Manny Talvez, Daniel Woznialis, Gina John Esplen and the Wipe Out Music team, Max Gibson, Matylda Augustynek, Franky, Andy Bent, Connor Earley and The Magic Garden, Fabio Suttle, John Morgan, Stuart Blackburn, Tom Ogilvie at DMS, Chris Tofu and all at Continental Drifts, Koen Stynen, Rich Potter at Mojo Hobo, Nina Harries, Nuno Brito, and lastly but by no means least, all of our fans, friends and families who have and continue to support us, all the venues , promoters and festivals who book us and everyone who we meet and look after us along the long road.. All the Love..

The Divided Kingdom

My brothers my sisters are you feeling alright?

sometimes I struggle, yes i struggle to see the light

This divided kingdom, fractured and astray

Strange time these and they get stranger by the day

Lies and Hypocrisy

Fuck your false morality

Don’t expect me

to accept your authority

But our world keeps turning round

We gotta keep our feet firm on the ground

Stand up and stand proud

Don’t ever let them drag you down

My brothers my sisters are you feeling alright?

How do you feel about the end of days

Its going to be a long dark night

We the human beings are branded by a state

The overlords raping mother earth

And sealing our fate

Lies and Hypocrisy

Press gang conformity

Try to fool me

with your bullshit diplomacy

But the world keeps turning round

We’ve gotta keep our feet firm on the ground

Stand up stand proud

Don’t ever let them drag you down

Fuck Austerity, and Fuck your larceny, Fuck the inequality and Fuck your lack of empathy

Fuck your hypocrisy ,Fuck your depravity, Fuck the aristocracy and Fuck the royal family

Fuck the Autocracy, and Fuck your blatant thievery, Fuck all your lies There is no Democracy

But the world keeps turning round

We gotta keep our feet firm on the ground

Stand up and stand proud

Don’t ever let the bastards drag you down

Blood and Fire

Oh blood and Fire yeaahhhh

Oh blood and Fire yeaahhhh

Well I see it in your eyes

And I see it in your brain

And I see it in the blood flowing

oh in your veins now

I’ll give you blood and fire yeaahhhh

I’ll give you blood and fire yeaahhhh

I give you all I’ve got and then you ask for more

I give you all I’ve got now and you ask for more

I give you all I’ve got huh and you still ask for more

I give you all I’ve got now and you still ask for more

I give you all I’ve got ha and you still ask for more

I give you all I’ve got yeah and then you ask for more

I’ll give you blood and fire yeaahhhh

I’ll give you blood and fire yeaahhhh

Well I see it in your eyes

And I see it in your brain

And I see it in the blood flowing

Down the drain

I’ll give you blood and fire yeaahhhh

I’ll give you blood and fire yeaahhhh

Now bleed for me

I’m gonna watch you burn

Now fire yeaahhhh

Oh blood and fire yeaahhhh yeah yeah

Well I see it in your eyes huh

And I see it in your brain

And I know I know I know I know now

We are not the same

I’ll give you blood and fire yeah

Blood and Fire

Blood and Fire

Oh Blood and Fire

Hungry Blues

Oh well it rained all night

and it poured all day

wash my blues away

and then i wont drown

the cupboard is empty again

oh my belly cries out

I’m so hungry

I think I might die

See us working the street

begging for pennies to eat

well we’re dragging our feet

We need some sleep

I watch the girls pass by

try to catch their eye

get a warm place to sleep

Maybe something to eat

Ah well it rained all night

and it poured all day

wash my blues away

and then i wont drown

the cupboard is empty again

oh my belly cries out

I’m so hungry

That I think I might die

Lies and a .45

Started on the whiskey early

Leaving on the road to sin

They call that man the .45

Hope we never hear from him again

The fog lay heavy in the morning time

And they gave him till the dawn of the day

His finger on the trigger its the 45

Oblivion is his game

We’re prayed upon by human gods

And the inequity of evil men

He’s hiding in a bunker on the 18th hole

With the red button in his hands oh yeah

Behind the barrel of a loaded gun

Oh big red button in his hands oh yeah

behind the barrel of a loaded gun

The future is broken

We sit and we wonder why

Well they are cold eyed killers

And we all don’t want to die

We’re prayed upon by human gods

And the inequity of evil men

He’s hiding in a bunker on the 18th hole

With the red button in his hands oh yeah

Behind the barrel of a load gun

Big red button in his hands oh yeah

Behind the barrel of a loaded gun

Lies and a .45 oh well

Plain and ugly and mean

As your kneeling by the edge of a shallow grave

I want to hear you plead

Oh Lies and a .45 oh well

Lies and a .45

Lies and a .45 oh well

Lies and a .45

Lies and a .45 oh well

Lies and a .45

Oh Lies and a .45 oh well

Lies and a .45

Lies and a .45 oh well

Lies and a .45

Oh thats how the west was won oh yeah

Lies and a .45

Lies and a .45 oh well

Lies and a .45

Down the barrel of a loaded gun oh yeah

Lies and a .45

Fear

They call themselves leaders

and the rule with guns

and with taxes and lawyers

and with media and with bombs

they’re all the same devices

to keep you under the thumb

Well who is in charge here?

For I see none

And do you feel fear

For I feel none

Well I see with my own eyes

And I see what’s going on

And we the people want some change

And I hope I hope that day will come

Time for to rearrange

From what we have

From what we have become

And we the people want some change

And I hope I will see that day will come

Time for to rearrange

From what we have

From what we have become

They don’t want us to think

So they tell us how how to feel

Encourage us to hate and teach us how to kneel

Same the whole world over

History of man

Time to come

And Time long gone

And we the people want some change

And I hope and I hope that day will come

Time for to rearrange

From what we have

And we the people want some change

And I hope I will see that day will come

Time for to rearrange

From what we have

From what we have

Oh from what we have

Oh from what we have

From what we have become

Boss Man

I’ve been working so hard

Tired every day

Been getting me down

I know you hear what I’m saying

I’m slipping my chains

Be a free man once again

I know what to do

I hear the open road calling

Well I roamed far and wide

For many a year

Well I lost my way

Whilst I was falling

Most of my days

Been lost in a haze

Lost in a maze

Of my own devising

The wind in my hair

Salt sea spray

Feel the sun on my skin now

Wash away my cares

Now is the time

Its coming back round

Take it all back home

Pick me up when I’m down now

Dark days done

Let the sun shine on

You will be the one

To brighten my horizon

Oh I’ve been looking for you

Search the whole world over

I’ve been looking for you

Slowly growing older and wiser.. maybe.. day at a time

With the wind in my hair

Salt sea spray

Feel the sun on my skin now

Wash away my cares

Oh I’ve been looking for you

Search the whole world over

I’ve been looking for you

Getting older

  1. Gonna see my baby

I’m gonna see my baby

Won’t we have our fun

Well the time has come boy oh

Time has come well

Time has come well I’ll be on my way back home

And Thats alright

Thats alright now

Thats alright yeah

Well I’m going down the river now

I’m gonna catch me my rest

Ah well I’m going down the river yeah now

I’m gonna catch me my rest

Yes I know now

Yes I know now

Yes I know well It’s gonna be for the best

And Thats alright

Thats alright now

Thats alright yeah

It’s gonna be alright now

Play it to me now

I’m coming home

I’m on my way

I’m coming home now

Look out

Well I’m gonna see my baby

Won’t we have our fun

Well the time has come boy oh

Time has come well

Time has come well I’ll be on my way back home

And Thats alright

Thats alright now

Thats alright yeah

Well I’m gonna see my baby today

And We Dance The Merry dance

I fell back into that hole

From where i once came long ago

When the darkness had gone

Given to the light of the day

But I’ve been here all along

Burning my candle both ends

And now i sit amongst the ash

My wits and my words condemned

Should write myself a letter

Maybe ill put it in a song

To remind myself yet again

Of all that i’ve done wrong

I’m not alright as I write

I bleed from wounds that will close nor heal

And the drink and the drugs and a thing called love

Tell me how I should feel

I remember no beginning

And I perceive see no end

And it keeps on rolling over and over

And again and again and again

Oh and again

Might go back down by the ocean

Find myself a little peace of mind

Live a quiet a peaceful and a solitary life

But I know thats just a dream

From a life lived long ago

And that dream has died now

And don’t i know

I’m not alright as I write

I bleed from wounds that will close nor heal

And the drink and the drugs and a thing called love

Tell me how I should feel

I remember no beginning

And I perceive see no end

Oh and it keeps on rolling over and over

And again and again and again

Oh and again and again and again

Oh and again and again and again

Oh and again

Well thats all life

One short life

Thats just life

Might have been better

Well it might have been worse

Thats just life

One short life

Feels like a blessing

And it feels like a curse

But thats alright thats alright

I served my sentence in my mind

Thats alright at the end of the day

Well it all fades away

To be a great scholar

To dream a great dream

To be life’s good student

Is the best that you can be

Balance, equilibrium

Necessity and chance

Meaningful or meaningless

Well We dance this merry dance

Oh and we dance and we dance and we dance

Oh and we dance and we dance and we dance

Oh and we dance

Oh and we dance and we dance and we dance

Oh and we dance and we dance and we dance

Oh and we dance

Don’t fall back into that hole…..