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This album is a confusing entity... originally it was a demo CD for sending to festivals and was never intended for sale, as it contained 5 tracks from an older CD I sold for a while. Anyway, as it turned out, this CD has been sold to thousands of fans over the last few years, so it is time to accept that it is "an album" and call it such! As for the older CD "Feed on Greed"... well, lets just say, if you've got one, hang onto it until I'm famous then flog it on ebay... ;)

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released May 1, 2008

All tracks written, recorded, produced and performed by Billy Rowan Salisbury

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The Undercover Hippy is actually UK based singer-songwriter Billy Rowan. After 7 years spent DJ’ing and MC’ing on the Drum & Bass circuit, Billy ditched the decks for a guitar and started out as a solo act in 2007. He now plays with a 5 piece band, bringing together, keys, drums, bass, congas and backing vocals to create a high energy, interactive and highly entertaining live show. ... more

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Track Name: Money Money Money
Money money money
All I ever hear these days
Every song that the DJ plays
Talking of a similar situation
Aint got none and got to get some
Gotta have more than I had before
Gotta have more than the man next door
Every day I gotta have some more some more some more

Gimme a break yeah
Let me take some time out
I gotta frisk my mind out
Before I lose my life now
Gimme a break yeah
Let me take some time out

Now do I
Live to work or do I work to live
And do I
Give to earn or do I earn to give
And if I
Do my best for society
Will it care about money or will it care about me
do I
Live to work or do I work to live
And do I
Give to earn or do I earn to give
And if I
Do my best for society
Will it care about money or will it care about

He works early in the morning till way past dark
And the people in power say that he’s doing his part
If he works real hard might make it to the top
But we all know that’s not true so stop
Talking this bullshit
And face facts
Almost all the money owned by the fat cats
While they
Tell lies to justify war
They’re making all their money selling guns to the poor

It’s a
Super sinister situation
When you look at where the first world funds come from
It’s a
Super sinister situation
When you’re
Buying your food by
Selling a gun
It’s a
Super sinister situation
When you look at where the first world funds come from
It’s a
Super sinister situation
When you’re
Buying your food by
Track Name: A Solution
I don’t know what’s been going on
But I know that it feels so wrong yeah yeah
I don’t know what’s been going on
But I know that it feels so wrong yeah

We’ve got to find a solution yeah X4

There are many ways of killing days and time
To rhyme is mine but I lose my mind when I’m working nine
To five. I strive to keep my mind alive
With thoughts of ways to make the days blur into a haze
Struggling through a maze of many ways
Thinking of summer days and summer haze
And thinking of all the lazy ways I used to spend my days when I was raised
Back in the days when I would blaze purple haze
As I’d lie getting high on my back in the maize.
I said I’d lie getting high on my back in the maize

We’ve got to find a solution yeah X4

As well as lazy days there were crazy days and easy ways to ease the greys
I used to praise the lord for giving us the liberty cap
‘Cause if it wasn’t for that the winter would have been crap

We all just used to wrap ourselves in layers of clothes
And go and pick a thousand being careful which ones we chose
And then we’d go back to my house and make a mushroom brew
You’d grimace as you finished cause it tastes like spew

And that was when the fun would begin, the giggling
The figuring of bigger things that always baffle bigger men
And there and then our answers seemed to all make sense
Even when the questions got a little intense

And then we’d have a vision and we’d come to a decision
And we’d set off into nowhere on some fucked up kind of mission
Yeah we’d end up wishin that we didn’t have to come down
Around on the ground in some imaginary compound
Hearing shit in hedges saying
“What the fuck was that?!”
When we went to look we’d find out it was just a cat.

But nowadays those days are gone and it’s not the same
Except for Glastonbury and shit
When everyone just goes insane
But I think my brain is probably quite pleased I’ve eased up
Otherwise my frame of mind eventually would have freezed up
Seized up
So nowadays I just read up
Flexing in the muscles in my brain till I speed up

And when I’ve freed up all the power that I can
My overflow will grow enough to overthrow the Taliban
I’m a man with a mission
Gonna make a new addition
To the old traditional verbal communication
I’ll be dishin out my lyrics to the whole entire nation
Like a radio station so if your patient then just listen
As I’m dishin out nutrition to the wishin coalition

Gonna get myself in a position where people just have to listen
To my idle dissin with a kinda blind superstition
You’ll be wishin you’d never challenged me
I’m like an analogy for an allergy to your very reality
While you be itchin I be scratching it up
Mixing and matchin it up
Until I’m walking out with the cup
And when I’m walking out I’m walking out laughin
Cos I got the last laugh in while you were still barfin
In the bathroom cos you drank too much too soon
Then you just swooned like a pussy on the dance floor
Like a pay me in advance whore
You never take a chance of a stance for
Anything that you believe in

No your just deceiving yourself if you think you’ll be leaving this place
You’re a disgrace boy so

We’ve got to find a solution yeah X4
Track Name: Snap Back
Don't know what it's coming to but I see the world through different eyes just lately
Seems like we are coming through something of a superficial age gone crazy
People amaze me
Act so hasty
Rest a minute then they call you lazy
What's the game? We've
Gone insane, we're
Chasing money till it brings us pain and

CHORUS
It's so plain to see that we need to
Snap back to reality
It's so plain to see that we need to
Snap back, snap back to reality

Sat back in my living room looking at the TV telling me what to wear I'm
dreamin of another day when I get away from the walls that keep me there why
do I care I'm
so unaware of
the reasons that I sit and stare in
to the scene be-
hind the screen I
long to live inside a tv dream but

CHORUS

Don't see who represents me
Not the TV
Not my MP
Not the MC on the MTV
Talking so big but words are empty
Well he's talking bout cash, he got plenty
Egocentric in an ego century
Make me feel sick but can't prevent me
From advancing my dream of a new reality Where I'm a
Member of a world society and I'll be
keeping my individuality and no I
Don't need religion or creed and I
Don't feed on a culture of greed no I
Just keep on planting my seed
of positivity because I believe that ah
as long as I can still breathe then I can achieve anything I conceive

Cause I'm taking my lead and breaking it free
Taking my mind and making it see
And I'm taking this world and making us peel
All the superficiality back till it's real
I'm taking my lead and breaking it free
Taking my mind and making it see
And I'm taking this world and making us peel
All the superficiality back till it's real
back till it's real, back till it's real
All the superficiality back till it's real yeah

Don't know what it's coming to but I think I might know where it's coming from
Don't know what we're gonna do but I think I might know where we're going wrong
Don't know what it's coming to but I think I might know where it's coming from
Don't know what we're gonna do but I think I might know where we're going wrong
Going wrong, going wrong
I think I might know where we're going wrong
Track Name: It's in your name
Open your eyes and let life inside
Stop trying to hide from what’s been going on
You build up the walls, escape from it all
A prison of comfort is what you’re hoping for

But listen to the wind you’ll hear the pain
Of suffering souls that fuel your gain
It wasn’t me I didn’t do nothing the guilt is all somebody else’s you claim
But it’s in your name
It’s in your name

Open your heart and maybe you’ll start to see
That we are all the same
The rich and the poor, the queen and the whore
The lines that we draw to justify our claim

But listen to the wind you’ll hear the pain
Of suffering souls that fuel your gain
It wasn’t me I didn’t do nothing the guilt is all somebody else’s you claim
But who is to blame?
When it’s in your name

It’s in your name
It’s in your name

The food that you eat
The gas for your Jeep
So good and so cheap

Yeah well, it’s in your name.

The clothes that they make
The countries they rape
The lives that they take

It’s in your name

But listen to the wind you’ll hear the pain
Of suffering souls that fuel your gain
It wasn’t me I didn’t do nothing the guilt is all somebody else’s you claim
But who is to blame?
When it’s in your name
Track Name: Move to the Sound
I'm gonna be alive to the day that I die
gonna keep on living if it's only to defy
the grim reaper
he's putting men to sleep I
don't want to be buried six feet deep I
just want to keep a
hold of my sanity I want to be
a member of a globalistic family
that's all I really want to be
All I really want to be
All I want to be is recognized in the eyes of the nation
You tune into my lyrics like a radio station
soaking up my lyricolour information
this one going out to the whole collaboration of music lovers
right across the nation
we've got to keep it in a tight formation
said none of this bad boy rude boy confrontation
no I'm not digging that situation
you just got to keep it on a vibe of elation
because that's what it's all about
I don't need to shout like a lager lout
because I've got my own kind of style
It's wicked and wild
I'm keeping it keeping it keeping it on a low profile
because I want to stay underground yes I’m touching down with the sound
of the drum and bass underground
everybody in the town got to move it up
and move it down, move it down.

That’s why I say
Everybody move to the sound
That I’m laying down
X4

I said wouldn't it be great if we could get creative keep it on a positive vibe
never being negative. One big tribe with the singular prerogative
of living your life the way you want to live

As part of a collective, a retrospective,
I'm sniffing out those lyrics like the singing detective
I'm a lyrical sleuth its the truth I'm a ruthless jungalist,
In a this don’t diss don’t take the piss

because I never miss the point no,
I spark myself a big joint and then I pass it to a friend because at the end of the day
there is no other way with a hey hey, we don’t play
go with the mic with the get what a say with the mc billy

no delay no replay doing it my own way I keep on going to the break of day
the break of dawn I keep coming on keep coming on keep coming on keep coming on strong


That’s why I say
Everybody move to the sound
That I’m laying down
X4
Track Name: Work till you die
You gotta work until the day that you die
Never knowing why
Rather be getting high than getting
Sweaty in a tie
So why do we do it?
Maybe God is just a sly work-master
Sitting up in heaven getting plastered
Bastard
While I’m down here and life keeps
Getting so much faster

Before you know I’m gon have a
Wife and a daughter
Cause every day I’m living now
The days are getting shorter
There’s gotta be more to
My being born
Cause every single morning, well
I wake and I yawn and I say to myself
Hey hey
The sky’s still grey
So what am I gonna do today?

What am I gonna do tomorrow
Maybe borrow some dough
And go and drown my sorrow till I throw
I don’t know
Maybe I should go
To the pub
To think about it
Then I won’t feel so
Tired I’m gonna get
wired it isn’t my
fault events conspired
to make me
do these things to this mind of mine
living at a pace that is my decline

and if I don’t
take the time
just to sit right back and unwind
well I’m probably never gon find
find my peace of mind
peace of mind

Cause time is only relative to
How long your alive
And the speed that you’re living at
Determines how long you survive
Your heart’s only got so many beats in it
And every time your stress your getting
Closer to your limit yeah
Well maybe life is a race
But if you wanna win it
You gotta move slowly
Minute by minute yeah
Hour by hour
And day by day
Cause if you think in years
Well your life it’s gonna slip away
Before you know it you’ll be back in the earth’s crust
Ashes to ashes and dust to dust

and if I don’t
take the time
just to sit right back and unwind
well I’m probably never gonna find
find my peace of mind
peace of mind
Track Name: Blood is thicker than oil
Every time I watch the news these days
I see the same old leaders
Trying to lead us into wars with
Propaganda that they feed us
As the unelected president
Of the United States of General Motors
Plans his next move aimed to help his
Business partners meet their quotas
And I
I watch the world just
Step aside
Waiting for their piece
Of the American pie.

Yeah and as Blair kisses Bush’s butt
And calculates his cut
NBC does its best to stir your
Patriotic feelings up
And as the people we’re protecting they pile up
In the soil
I tell you this
My friends
Blood is thicker than oil.

Well people they try to tell me
The ends justify the means
Well I guess these people haven’t ever
Listened to the screams
And there’s really many questions that I
Really can’t ignore
Like “Is it a just war?”
“Or is it just a war?”

State of emergency
National security
Fear of an enemy that you can’t see
Saving my liberty
That’s what they’re telling me
Make more space in the military cemetery
Troops in Afghanistan
Wiping out the Taliban
They had other plans
Moved to Pakistan
Overseas enterprise
Dollar signs in their eyes
Yesterday’s allies are soon to be enemies.

Well we went on in there looking for
The WMD
Instead we found a country that was
Practically empty
Except for one commodity
Of which they had plenty
Enough to power Bush’s
Fleet of cars for the next century yeah
And I
I watched the world just
Step aside
Waiting for their piece
Of the American pie

Yeah and as Blair kisses Bush’s butt
And calculates his cut
NBC does its best to stir your
Patriotic feelings up
And as the people we’re protecting they pile up
In the soil
I tell you this
My friends
Blood is thicker than oil.
Track Name: Feed on greed
I’ve got a pocket full of pennies and pounds
Weighing me down
As I’m heading down to town
To meet my mates for a round
And as I round the end of the street
I see by my feet
A bundle of rags on the concrete
But discreetly hidden in the folds of the clothes
Hidden from the cold
Are two eyes and a nose
And then I meet those eyes
I realize I recognize
The face as a mate from the old times
But embarrassed by my own luck I look away
Thinking what I’d say if he asked me what I’m doing today
And as I’m wondering whether I should give him money or say Hi
I realize it’s too late. Why?
Cause like life itself I just passed him by
I just passed him by
I said like life itself I just passed him by
I just passed him by

Now I’m no communist
But I believe in the need for community
And I’m no socialist
But I’m perceiving the greed of society
And I’m no psychologist
But I exist in the midst of insanity
And I don’t want to be
A capitalist because they feed on greed

So what’s wrong?
I really wanna help
But seeing him reminds me of myself
And my relative wealth
And as I listen to my selfish inhibitions
I be wishing
I could be a better man
With a positive addition
To be making
To this fake and unaccountable society
That hired me (to make it rich)
But never inspired me
But now it’s too late
I’ve come too far
In another couple of years
I get more money and a new car
And a new title to be sticking on my door
Like “deputy executive corporate whore”
But who am I to disagree
With this society
When it gets me down I’ll buy some therapy on HP (hire purchase)
Get a pat on the back from Tony
For helping the economy
People going on at me
About what’s on TV
Alternative reality
I’m a celebrity
Get me out of here
I’m sick of all these seedy greedy
Parasitic ways of living that you feed me
So stop trying to lead me and just let me be me

Well I’ve seen people begging in the gutter
Just to get enough to buy a bite to eat
And I’ve seen people walking by them
Like they’re living in a different reality
And I’ve seen people who’ve got
More than they could ever need
But it’s not greed they tell me
Cause that’s the way that it was meant to be

And as I break away from all these thoughts
And look up from my feet
I realize I’m nearly at the end of the street
And as I go to turn the corner
I hesitate
Look over my shoulder
I can still see my old mate
Is it really fate?
Is it really too late
For both of us to escape from the lives that we both hate?
Two minutes later and I’m back by his side
I take a deep breath and say
Hi

Now I’m no communist
But I believe in the need for community
And I’m no socialist
But I’m perceiving the greed of society
And I’m no psychologist
But I exist in the midst of insanity
And I don’t want to be
A capitalist because they feed on greed