This Is Our Decade Of Living Cheaply And Getting By

by The Great Leap Forward

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Batten the hatches and tighten your belts (again) Paying the price for the failures of laissez-faire We’ve been here before, girls – or have you forgotten all those rainy days They’ve boomed now we’re busted – we’re taking the brunt for their gambling ways Our savings are worth less – let’s hitch a tax hike down Austerity Way All our plans for the future have been Way-laid and then magicked away So batten the hatches and tighten our belts (again) Look what’s in power – well, you know what happens next… We’ve seen it before, boys – it’s come full circle but now with added interest Slashing public spending, taking machetes to the services’ needs All for feeding the systems sustaining wealth for the few who won’t bleed Politicians serving their market friends Politicians scared of their banking friends Serve the markets, serve the wealthy Serve the markets, serve the wealthy To save their world, we’re getting screwed for more and more and more and more and more and more.. We’ve been here before love – yet again the need for radical change So with the people now taking the streets When their future’s bleak then how much further will they go?
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hat do you want instead of the problem? Describe to me what your preferred future looks like and let’s get solution-focused. Solution-focused approaches turn all your problems into goals If there’s an issue then what is the opposite we want? This then becomes our preferred future – where our energy is focused on Working on solutions so that life can work out better for everyone. If all our problems were resolved then what would that look like? How will you know when your goal’s achieved – how would it be so good for you? Where are you now on a scale of one to ten towards your chosen goal? What have you got in your skills bag that says that number not zero? What’s the first small step that will move you towards the next point up the scale? If all our problems were resolved just what would that be like? So flip the coin and change the tune – here’s a different way Where sunshine and positive views burn those clouds away. What’s your preferred future? What’s good enough for you? What’s in your resource bag – what helps you win through? People live much better if they focus on what works rather than what doesn’t People are much happier if they nurture a forward-looking positive mindset Here in our hearts are the forces to change the way we think and live. Flip the coin and change the tune – what’s it like today? Sunshine and a positive view burn the clouds away. What’s your preferred future? What’s good enough for you? What’s in your resource bag – what helps you win through? When you’ve reached your chosen goal – what’s that say about you? • Suppose that this song turns out to be useful to you. • How will you know that it has? • What will you be doing differently back in your life? • What else? • Who else will know that this song has been useful to you? • What will they see you doing? • What else? Who will be least surprised?
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Smile son, let’s go and give thanks: The government hasn’t increased the tax rates For businesses such as Corporation Tax ‘Cos business needs all its money Creating jobs and wealth (or so that’s what they’ll say) So stay healthy and clean up your plate The government is cutting the budgets for Everything that you’re entitled to To get us out of this big hole – That’s the one we didn’t dig (but you’d think that we had) Racing to the bottom Avarice at the top Smile hun, ‘cos I’m losing my service job Don’t want to hamper those entrepreneurs and financiers Who will usher in national growth ‘Cos we don’t need no education Best keep the people dumbed down (so they don’t get ideas above their station) Smile Toraigh and give your friends huge amounts Of tax money whilst health and welfare are cut How come the rich are given more money as an incentive to work harder Whereas the poorer have money taken away as an incentive to work harder? As an incentive to work longer? Racing to the bottom Avarice at the top And so we’ll run son, as if our keks are on fire We’re giving up on the bottom The bottom 99% All for the sake of the richest 1% We’re in a race to the bottom Where the loser loses first But the richer still win And the people come last So we will run love, and get the washing in We’re in a race to the bottom Capitalism comes first Where the people don’t count Just a resource to be exploited To keep the privileged few Feeding at the top table.
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You don’t follow the diktat – the global capitalists are after you… The IMF and the World Bank They want to steal your resources (Oil is God) So we’ll portray you as evil The willing media supports us (Murdoch is God) With propaganda deceitful Tomorrow’s terrorist is yesterday’s lifetime friend Here comes your pain We’ll build up troops and resources Address the threat we’ve invented (Right is God) Taxpayers money will fund us To buy the arms we need from our family firms and friends of friends Here comes your pain Here bombs your day Then we’ll invade and destroy you Install a puppet to force our will (Might is God) Rebuild your country – make a healthy fortune Democracy brought to heathens too (Christ is God) Keep world opinion happy With smiling children waving flags on BBC News 24 Here comes your pain Here bombs your day Smile for the liberators Who’s next to hit – on the list – for the hit? Here comes your pain Here bombs your day Tomorrow’s terrorist is yesterday’s lifetime friend
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So where to go to avoid more tax – let the little people take the flak Exploiting tax loop holes down in Jersey and in Monaco or box it up at a Swiss PO But if you played your part for your country – NO NEED FOR CUTS AT ALL So we say: Tax the richer down Reclaim every pound Tax the richer Cos they’re not in together So who d’you know? I’ll evade more tax – get my friends in power to turn their backs So I’ll just carry on dodging paying billions back and laughing all the way with my friends in the banks But if you worked in the nation’s interest – NO NEEDS FOR CUTS AT ALL So we say: Tax the richer down Reclaim every pound Tax the richer Cos they’re not in together Hit the companies owing tax and those evading tax because they’re “not in it together”. I’ll leave these shores If I’m forced to pay back what’s yours My only loyalty is to me and me and me For I’m the traitor now (BUT THERE IS ANOTHER WAY…) Quadruple the number of Revenue staff to collect the billions of unpaid tax Cap the wealth of the richest one percent to improve education and the Nation’s Health (Service). Windfall-tax unloyal corporates, raise Corporation Tax to the G7 rates Lower the band of highest income tax from £150k to £100 grand People’s banks for the people’s finance – take control from reluctant bankers Tax transactions at a minimal rate – bonuses only through social consent This is how to address the cost of unfettered greed and weak governance If we shift the burden from the poorer to the richer THERE’S NO NEED FOR CUTS AT ALL So we say: Tax the richer down Reclaim every pound And for the companies that are dodging the Crown Chase them round and round Tax the richer Make them pay their pound of flesh today Hit the companies owning tax or evading tax because they’re “not in it together”. No, they’re not in it together, no.
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Capital is wonderful When it works we make a pile Capital is wonderful When it fails, the taxpayer saves us Money Monster had a virgin birth Ascends to heaven, now rules the Earth Mystical and immutable Markets rise and Markets fall but Capital is wonderful When it works we make a pile Capital is wonderful When it fails, the taxpayer saves us Trading in commodities Gratifying our wants and needs Causing havoc based on confidence Amassing wealth by selling more than we bought ‘cos Capital is wonderful When it works we make a pile Capital is wonderful When it fails, the taxpayer saves us Until credit falls on its own sword Where regulation is a well-mocked word Plough billions into our bonus pots Just top us up ‘cos we don’t give a shit Capital is wonderful When it works we make a pile Capital is wonderful When it fails, the taxpayer bails us out
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Must be the eyebrows that meet from your nose to your feet. It’s a family thing. Life has a different perspective When you’re not quite the full English breakfast Gripped in limbo depressive affliction Holding on to the door frame Stuck in confusion and mid-flight Only two feet and surely that’s not right Manic staring – so take Moclobemide To forge a way through this strange life Social Anxiety Disorder Makes the Seratonin search much harder All those false gods and demons come calling To torture you in your half world Only two feet and they’re too big Who listens when your DNA speaks of The stain on your genes that can never be cleaned Flailing around in this dark life Where d’ you go, Zopi Clone When your world goes down? But rest assured, Zopi Clown You won’t get left alone Life has a different perspective When you’re not quite the full English breakfast There’s no light at the end of your tether In this catatonical stupor Out of reality’s clutches It’s the death in your eyes that conveys such Desolation – it’s not the Lorazepam That’s calling the shots in this nightmare But rest assured, Zopi Clown You won’t get left alone You won’t get left alone You won’t get left alone No, you’ll never be left alone
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Widespread adoption of Positive Deviant approaches can lead to profound social and cultural change for the better. You may be one in a million Contradicting the mainstream Demonstrating resilience And all for making a difference Doesn’t have to be huge steps Just little actions with big change Bringing change for the better We’ll find better solutions to our problems Bringing change for the better We are working together to improve this Solve this ourselves! You’ve got uncommon behaviours That cut conventional wisdom Combatting illiteracy Disempowerment and poverty Doesn’t have to be huge steps Just little things that bring big change And they’ll say: Bringing change for the better We’ll find better solutions to our problems Bringing change for the better We are together in solving all our problems Doing it ourselves! Determine, discover, and then develop We’re bridging the “knowing/doing” chasm Determine, discover, and then develop We’re bridging the “knowing/doing” gap So that you and your family too are well nourished and Soon able to grow more food and thereby much improve Your quality of life chances. Bringing change for the better We are working together to improve this We are united in solving all our problems We are the Positive Deviants in your home town See our successful behaviours and adopt them Share the benefits with your own communities Share them – share all. Doesn’t have to be big things Just little steps that bring big change Doesn’t have to cost so much So make the change on your doorstep…
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We had cause for celebration And so for the occasion We went out for the day We got the train out to Edale And then walked up Mam Tor Where we cracked the champagne England is so beautiful despite it all England is still very beautiful Derbyshire is beautiful despite it all Yorkshire though is prettier by far. We then fell down Winnats Pass And into Devil’s Arse Town Where we had chips and pints We then walked back to Hope station Caught t’ train back to Flat Town Completing my passage o’ rights England is so beautiful despite it all England is still very beautiful Derbyshire is beautiful I love it all Yorkshire though is prettier by far. Waltzing through the luscious and green countryside England is still very much home I had a great day with all my mates On my birthday in Derbyshire England is so beautiful despite it all England is still very much a home Even though I don’t see myself as being English When it comes to passport control England is still pleasant and so green yet Yorkshire is still prettier by far. Escape from the city every now and then Re-discover life beyond the urban fringe Forget the petrol cap and don’t be a dipstick Or a slave to the tarmac and a big horn beeper prick - Heaven’s just a short journey from platform 4a.
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Well my first’s in Bullshit, but the third reSpects That my fifth’s in tolErance where my conscience lives With my second in Arsehole I need my fourth in Hope But my sixth’s in hyp- o- cRite and that’s the joke ‘Cos I’m a hypocrite – I’m a contradict. Hold on to your future Stay true to your values, love I’m not intellectual – I can’t reel off Paine What my deep held values are I can’t explain All I have is blind faith and convictions strong And a spreading gut feeling of What‘s right and what’s not wrong Hold on to our future Stay true to our values, love. Hold on to your future Hold on to your dreaming Hold on to your future Hold on to your leanings I’m the Hyper Crater, I’m the Wee Raker On my way to sainthood I’m a hypocrite – and I’m a contradict But don’t worry about it That can spoil the beer Really spoil the ale That can spoil your beer Really spoil the ale That can spoil our beer I’m the hypocrite I’m the contradict I’m the Hyper Crater I’m the Wee Raker.
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I catch the last bus home with the driver of The Flying Scotsman We’ve been in Donny for a bevvy – And it’s brought back heavy memories of back when Back when our paths first crossed and the future was less uncertain. I was sat on the wall down at Bowbroom on the Sheffield to Leeds line An excited small boy caught in rapture and awe as you thundered by Huge wheels speeding through, the whistle that blew, the smoke and the sulphur. So that’s when we first met and what have we done since between us: Well,you’ve driven trains for the last five decades whereas I’ve been driven insane Incessant review of life chances that blew – tho’ suppose shouldn’t grumble, however.. The signal looms ahead of us to shunt us down the sidelines of history: Are we in pieces inside or at peace with ourselves now we’re out of the driving seat? The years have steamed through all those hopes we accrued – here we are on the Last Bus. What were we then, where are we now – when’s the Last Stop? Because I’m 447 too. What were we then, where are we now – when’s the Last Stop? Because I’m 447 too. What were we then, where are we now – when’s the Last Stop? Look at us then – look at us now: when does The Fun start? I catch the last bus home with the driver of the Flying Scotsman We’ve been in Donny for a bevvy but I’m too fecking leathered to hoots mon - What was I then, what am I now – when will my dreams stop? Because I’m 447 too. So what can we show – should we die tomorrow To those in the cheap seats?
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This is our decade of living cheaply and getting by But more to the point: WHY is this our decade of penny-pinching and paying a price? We’re not here to be servient to the frailties of demand and supply! I’m glad you don’t have obsessions with making money as the be-all of life For rounded humans with feelings are of more value than those selfish pin stripes To a judicious society – where it’s tolerant, fair, gentler and kind If this is our decade of living cheaply and getting by, then Many ventures cost nothing, and give more happiness, fulfilment and pride - A surrogate Age of Plenty – where life is priceless and no money can buy. Open up the hatches, what solutions can we find? Focus on the values that bring together, not divide This will be our decade of aspiration – hope is for life.

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Alan Brown returns in his solo guise as The Great Leap Forward to deliver another healthy dose of incisive political and social commentary layered on top of his trademark melodic danceable guitar pop music in this expansive 13-track CD and mp3 download “This Is Our Decade Of Living Cheaply And Getting By”.

We’re back on familiar ground as the former bIG*fLAME singer responds to the last few years of global and national economic instability in a classic yet tougher The Great Leap Forward style, typically covering a range of musical genres and getting stuck in to those who are certainly not working in the national or global interest but generally for their own interests – all delivered in that familiar and life-affirming fashion that we’ve come to know and care for.

Brown continues to provide pertinent observations on life from his side of the street through these rich and diverse songs, from the attacking “Race To The Bottom”, “Capital Is Wonderful” and pop classic “Tax The Richer” to the reflective and poignant “I Catch The Last Bus Home With Driver Of The Flying Scotsman”. Then there’s the songs of hope and optimism, such as “Turning Difficulties Into Goals” and “This Is Our Decade Of Living Cheaply And Getting By Reprise “ – all guaranteed to get the mind thinking and the feet tapping.

Regardless of whether you’re already familiar with The Great Leap Forward, or you’re discovering this project for the first time, “This Is Our Decade Of Living Cheaply And Getting By” continues Alan Brown’s distinctive appraisal of modern society through the medium of pop music that’s as relevant for today’s pop kids (and their parents and grandparents) as it ever was.

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released May 1, 2012

Song order:

This Is Our Decade Of Living Cheaply And Getting By
Turning Difficulties Into Goals
Race To The Bottom
Here Comes Your Pain
Tax The Richer
Capital is Wonderful
The Power of Positive Deviance
Not The Full English Breakfast
Not The Full English Breakfast At All
Heaven’s Just A Short Journey From Platform 4a
Theme From The Basher
I Catch The Last Bus Home With The Driver Of The Flying Scotsman
This Is Our Decade Of Living Cheaply And Getting By (Reprise)

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All songs written and performed by Alan Brown
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Produced by Anthony Chapman and Alan Brown at The Cooler, London
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Cover by DrinkMilk from a concept by Alan Brown & Simon Williams
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The Great Leap Forward (1986-?) is the very long term solo project of Alan Brown - former member of John Peel favourites bIG*fLAME, A Witness, Sarandon.

Incisive political and social commentary layered on top of melodic danceable guitar pop music.

Or the naive and incoherent ramblings of a middle-aged dweeb - you choose.
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