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The "Salia" section in this track is actually a Mandika folk song that I learnt in The Gambia. It is a warning not to go near to the "snake pit", and it says that we should play the Kora and the drum to scare away the snakes. I thought it was a nice analogy for using music to combat the modern day snake pit of greedy men!

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Well the news keeps saying there’s a global recession
Everybody soon is gonna feel a depression
Well you’d think by now we’d have learned our lesson
Bubble in the past means trouble in the present

It’s the same old story in a different age
Same old master with a different slave
I’m telling you at the end of the day
It’s the same ones getting paid
Same ones getting paid
Same old people getting paid

Well I’m sick of all the people who lie
Telling me that freedom and democracy are tied up with the
Freedom of markets
In which we’ve imparted the
Power to control our lives
And I’m sick of all the people who steal
Money from the poor just to make a new deal
Thinking of the profit they’re making
While the poor keep on scraping
The money just to make their next meal

And I’m sick of all the people who say
That’s just the way it is I’m just complaining cos
I’m not the one getting paid
And I’m sick of all the people who know
Well they know what is going on
Still they just carry on
Doing the same as before
Doing the same as before
Doing the same as before

Salia, nao Salia
Kora bato be kumala
Nao nao salia
Djun djun bato be kumala
Nao nao salia

Well I feel like we’re living in an age of flounders
Nobody rattling the cage around us
For fear of the enemy they say surround us
When the enemy within is the most profound and it’s the
Same old story in a different age
Same old villain with a different face
I’m telling you at the end of the day
It’s the same game being played
Same war being waged
Same old people getting paid

Well I’m sick of all the crooked politicians
Defending their position that by selling ammunition
They somehow make the world more secure
As if bloodshed and war
Were the tonic for our global condition
And I’m sick of all the people who steal
Money from the poor just to make a new deal
Thinking of the profit they’re making
While the poor keep on scraping
The money just to make their next meal

And I’m sick of all the people who say
That’s just the way it is I’m just complaining cos
I’m not the one getting paid
And I’m sick of all the people who know
Well they know what is going on
Still they just carry on
Doing the same as before
Doing the same as before
Doing the same as before

Salia, nao Salia
Kora bato be kumala
Nao nao salia
Djun djun bato be kumala
Nao nao salia

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from Why We Fight E​.​P., released May 24, 2011
Written by Billy Salisbury.
Guitar and Vocals - Billy Salisbury
Keys - Andreas Millns
Bass - Alex Crane
Drum programming - Billy Salisbury & Alex Crane

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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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