FREEDOM ROAD

by Tony O'Malley

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05:24
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05:14
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05:11
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05:51
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03:58
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10.
05:29

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released July 15, 1999

TONY O'MALLEY - lead vocals, piano, strings arrangements & b/vs
PINO PALLADINO - bass (except 5)
ASH SOAN - drums (except 5 & 7)
ADAM PHILLIPS - guitar (1,2,3,4,6 & 8, solos 1&3) & b/vs
HAMISH STUART - guitar (1,2,6,8 & 10)
NEIL HUBBARD - guitar (7 & 9)
JIM MULLEN - guitar & solo (4)
MEL COLLINS - tenor & alto sax (1,2 & 3), baritone sax (2 & 3) horn arrangements (1,2 & 3)
DAVE LEWIS - tenor sax (2 & 3) alto sax & solo (7)
DOMINIC GLOVER - trumpet (2 & 3)
JODY LINSCOTT - percussion
ANDY WALLACE - organ (1,2,3 & 9)
IAN THOMAS - drums (7)
WENTSY WOOLRIDGE - bass (5)
TONY COX - drums (5)
TONY BRANNON - (5)
ANDREW CHAMBERLAINE - strings (9)

Mixed & mastered by Mark Smith

Recorded over several sessions between July & December, 1998

All tracks recorded & mixed at Tony's studio in Kentish Town, London NW5, except track 5 recorded in room 780, Elbow Beach Hotel, Bermuda

Sleeve design by Dermot Gallagher

RECORDED & PRODUCED BY TONY O'MALLEY

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Track Name: USE ME
My friends feel it's their appointed duty
They keep tryna tell me
That all you wanna do is use me
Oh, but my answer to all that use me stuff
I said
I wanna spread the news
That if if feels this good getting used
You just keep on using me
Till you use me up
Till you use me all up

My brother sat me right down and he talked to me
Yeah, and he told me
that I ought not let you just walk on me
I'm sure that he meant well
Yeah, yeah, but when our talk was through
I said

Brother, if you only knew
you'd wish that you were in my shoes
in my shoes
You just keep on usin' me
Until you use me up
Till you use me all up

Oh, sometimes it's true you really do abuse me
You get me in a crowd of high class people
And then you act real rude to me
I said, Baby! Baby! Baby! Baby!
When you love me you can't get enough
I said

I wanna spread the news
That if it feels this good gettin' used
You just keep on usin' me
Until you use me up
Till you use me all up

Talkin' 'bout you usin' me
But it all depends on what you do
Ain't too bad the way you're usin' me
Cos I sure am usin' you
To do the things you do

Talkin' 'bout you usin' me
But it all depends on what you do
Ain't too bad the way you're usin' me
Cos I sure am usin' you
To do the things you do

I wanna spread the news
That if it feels this good gettin' used
You just keep on usin' me
Keep on usin' me
Until you use me up
Till you use me all up

Use me up now...
Till you use me all up
Track Name: NEED SOMEBODY
Do unto others as you'd have them do to you
Take care of all your friends and they'll take care of you
No man's an island and I learned how much that's true
Sometimes we all need someone else to pull us through

Sometimes you need somebody
Can't always do it on your own
Sometimes you need somebody
When you can't get by alone
Sometimes you need somebody
To hear what you got to say
Sometimes you need somebody
Just to help you through the day

When everybody's losing theirs you got to keep your cool
When everybody's being crazy
You can't afford to act the fool
You'll find your ever-loving friends
Can sometimes be so cruel
That's when you've got to take control
Don't add fire to the fuel

Sometimes you need somebody
To help you through the day
Sometimes you need somebody
To guide you on your way
Sometimes you need somebody
To help you make it through the night
Sometimes you need somebody
When you just can't get it right

Sometimes it's easy, sometimes it's hard
Sometimes the pain almost drives you mad

Sick an' tired of feeling lonely
had enough of feeling blue
Sick an' tired of all the mind games
And the foolish things you do
When your world is getting smaller
And the stress is killing you
When you feel you're losing all control
And you're scared of what you'll do

Sometimes you need somebody
Can't always do it on your own
Sometimes you need somebody
When you can't get by alone
Sometimes you need somebody
To hear what you got to say
Sometimes you need somebody
Just to help you through the day

So do unto others as you'd have them do to you
Help you through the hard times
And afresh your soul anew
You can't hide in isolation
Cos that's not good for you
Always keep an open heart
And your mind will follow through

Sometimes you need somebody
To help you get it right
Sometimes you need somebody
To help you make it through the night
Sometimes you need somebody
Can't always do it on your own
Sometimes you need somebody
When you can't get by alone

Sometimes it's wonderful
But then again it's bad
Sometimes you need a friend
But friendship can't be bought

Sick an' tired of feeling lonely
had enough of feeling blue
Sick an' tired of all the mind games
And the foolish things you do
When your world is getting smaller
And the stress is killing you
When you feel you're losing all control
And you're scared of what you do

You need somebody
Yeah, sometimes you need
You need someone
Yes, you doYou need somebody
To help you make it through the night
You need someone
To help you get it right
You need somebody
You need somebody
You need someone
You need someone to make a baby
You need somebody
You need someone
Sometimes you need sombody
Track Name: LOVING YOU
Oh, I'm loving you just the same
Even though you think I'm playing that same ol' game
Yes, I'm loving you all the more
Since you told me I was wrong
And I stormed out through that door

Oh, I've tried, oh, how I tried!
To understand what keeps you satisfied
Babe, I cried, oh, how I cried!
Never ever wanna lose you
Cos of my foolish pride

Oh, I'm loving you more each day
But if you believe in me so
Why do you have to say the things you say?
I'm still loving you with all my heart
You know I'm not perfect, Baby
But I don't want no one to drive us apart

Oh, I've tried, oh, how I tried!
To understand what keeps you satisfied
Babe, I cried, oh, how I cried!
Never ever wanna lose you
Cos of my foolish pride

Tryna build a strong foundation
Never wanna be the one to masquerade
Wanna make our life a non-stop celebration
Tryna make it so you'll never, never, never be afraid
No you'll never be afraid, Babe!

Oh, I tried, Baby.... loving you with all my heart... Oh...

Baby! Oh, I tried, you know how I tried!
To keep you wholly and truly very satisfied
Oh, I won't cry! No, no, no, no I won't cry!
Cos I ever ever wanna lose you
Cos of my foolish pride
Never ever wanna lose you
Cos I'm loving you deep, deep, deep inside

No better time for standing for love!
No better time for standing for love!
Track Name: MY EXISTENCE
If all else fails in my pursuits
Will there be a consolation
If I never get to reap the fruits
Would you take into consideration
The fact that I was trying
Found a natural space to get high in
Where I did my share of cryin'
All the time justifyin'

My existence on this planet
About the bomb and should we ban it
Why did Jack and Jill go up the hill?
What made John impregnate Janet?

If it was impossible to do the unpredictable
We'd all be bored stiffable
Couldn't give at all
In a land of major double trouble
If it was conceivable to do the unbelievable
We'd all be unimpeachable
Have ourselves a ball
All the way to Constantinopabubble!

if i never resolve all my disputes
Will I forever suffer retribution
If I never get to trace my roots
Would you take into consideration
The fact that I love smiling
Thinking of you and me unifyin'
How sweet it is to be flyin'
All the time justifyin'

My existence on this planet
About the bomb and should we ban it
Why did Jack and Jill go up the hill?
What made John impregnate Janet?

If it was conceivable
That we were all dishonourable
We'd all be so intolerable
Couldn't give at at
It would surely make your coli-wobble
But if it was desirable
To never be predictable
Life would so memorable
Have ourselves a ball
It would be almost unbelieveabubble!

If you see me float without my parachute
Or suffering an hallucination
If you remember me being destitute
Would you take into consideration
it was not for the want of tryin'
That I ended up doin' the cryin'
i was lookin' for a place to get high in
All the time justifyin'

My existence on this planet
About the bomb and should we ban it
Why did Jack and Jill go up the hill?
What made John impregnate Janet?

If it was impossible to do the unpredictable
We'd all be bored stiffable
Couldn't give at all
In a land of major double trouble
If it was conceivable to do the unbelievable
We'd all be unimpeachable
Have ourselves a ball
All the way to Constantinopabubble!
Track Name: SENSE OF JUSTICE
This is a song about a lady
Miss Iron Lady, we call Miss Apathy
Because she has led...

Children on the streets
Mothers on their backs
Fathers on the scrap-heap
Where's the justice in that?
the Poor becoming ghetto-ized
The Rich becoming scared
The Police are getting armed
So we all better beware

Generations with no future
They all band in tribes
We are slipping into apathy
With our governmental bribes
Teachers with no classes
Houses without love
Prisons filled with hatred
And the hawk without his dove

Where is our sense of justice?
Why don't we feel enraged?
Where is our sense of justice?
Why don't we feel enraged?

People with no conscience
Papers with no news (watch them guys)
Silence is no cover
When all we get is distorted views
Food that has no nourishment
Fun that has no joy (she's a killjoy)
Life with no endeavour
there's nothing to enjoy

Don't let yourself get into this
State of apathy - fight it!
Don't let yourself get into it
The state of apathy
X3

Where is our sense of justice?
Why don't we feel enraged?
Where is our sense of justice?
Why don't we feel enraged?
X2
Track Name: FREEDOM ROAD
You don't need a license
To walk that Freedom Road
No you don't need permission
To choose which way to go
Just think for yourself
And take your own direction
And be true to yourself

You need time to consider your own philosophy
About who is who and why it's so
And what will be will be
Just think for yourself and do it positively
And just be true to yourself

Talk about it now, talk about
Freedom! Get on that Freedom Road
Freedom!
Talk about Freedom! Freedom road
Be true to yourself

Have the strength and confidence
To walk that Freedom Road
Have the power and the vision to know
Which way to go
Prove it to yourself
That you're the one who knows
And you will reap just what you sow
On that road
Talk about

Freedom! Get on that Freedom Road
Freedom! Talk about it now on that road
Freedom! Get on that Freedom Road

Got to let the world know
What's in your heart
What is in your soul
What drives you on
And what makes you whole
What makes your heart sing
What gets you through the day
Use all of your everything
To say what you've got to say!

Why not try a little bit of...
Freedom! Get on that Freedom Road
Freedom!
Freedom! Get on that Road
Track Name: COG IN THE WHEEL
How much meat can one man eat?
How much land can he till?
He uses more than he needs
Oh, and kills just for the greed
Man can be really mean
Oh, he thinks he owns the world and more
He's so tied with himself
He never knows just what it's for

It all began so long ago
But we steered nature's course
We took a wrong turn
I know that's true
I get so frustrated
Makes me feel so bad
It makes sad
But I don't know what to do
Feels like the cog in the wheel
Can't get it to turn
But it keeps burning me up
Yes, it keeps burning me up

Think I'll take to the country
Get some dirt on my shoes
Be like my forefathers
And try to shake off these blues
Feel like that cog in the wheel
can't get it to turn
Got to get back to the book
Get something real to learn

When I look around I see
So much space
Owned by the few - not me and you
Why don't we all have a better share?
Tell me, does nobody care?
How come I see so much poverty
In this green and pleasant land?
Somebody's taking a bigger slice
And I know that it just ain't right

I'm tryna make my voice be heard
When you're alone it is hard
So we must stand as one
Or nothing will be done
I get so frustrated
Makes me feel so bad
It makes sad
But I don't know what to do
Feels like the cog in the wheel
Can't get it to turn
But it keeps burning me up
Yes, it keeps burning me up

Think I'll take to the country
Get some dirt on my shoes
Be like my forefathers
And try to shake off these blues
Feel like that cog in the wheel
Can't get it to turn
Got to get back to the book
Get something real to learn
X2

I get so frustrated
Makes me feel so bad
It makes sad
But I don't know what to do
Feels like the cog in the wheel

I'm tryna make my voice be heard
When you're alone it is hard
We must stand as one
Or I know nothing, nothing will be done!

Think I'll take to the country
Get some dirt on my shoes
Be like my forefathers
And try to shake off these blues
Feel like that cog in the wheel
can't get it to turn
Got to get back to the book
Get something real to learn
X4
Track Name: IF I COULD
If I could make it across the water
If I could make it to the other side
If I could get to the place where I know I'll be safe
It won't matter how many
How many tears have been cried

I can feel it now
What's done is done
I'll get through somehow
I can't believe you're gone
Feels like nothing but pain
Though I know it won't last
Just like the driving rain
It will surely pass
Feels like I'm swimming against the tide
Going nowhere

If I could make it across the water
If I could make it to the other side
If I could get to the place where I know I'll be safe
It won't matter how many
How many tears have been cried

Some people stay together
While others drift apart
That's the risk you run
When you follow your heart
Feels like I'm swimming against the tide
Going nowhere

If I could make it across the water
If I could make it to the other side
If I could get to the place keeping the faith
Long after the tears have been cried

Feels like I'm swimming against the tide
How do I get through these lonely nights
It's overwhelming me
Feels like it's drowning me
Got to get over this somehow

If I could make it across the water
If I could make it to the other side
If I could get to the place keeping the faith
Long after the tears have been cried

I'm gonna make it across the water
I'm gonna make it to the other side
I'm gonna get to the place where I know I'll be safe
It won't matter how many
How many tears have been cried
It won't matter, no
How many tears have been cried
I'm gonna make it 'cross that water!
Track Name: CLOSE TO PAIN
I feel that sense of wonder
Being here with you
Bathing in your smile
And all the things you do
When I get that feeling, yeah
Tears me apart to see how much you care
And i know it's from your heart

Sometimes I feel so guilty
'Cos i know I've caused you pain
Girl, now I realize
Somehow I must explain
Don't you know I love you
But it tears me apart
To show how much I care
And to show what's in my heart

Love lives so very close to pain
Love can drive you half insane
Only love can break your heart
Tear your life to pieces
if you you feel it fall apart
When it looks like the good times have gone
Love lives very close to pain

That same old sense of wonder
Overwhelms my soul
Goes beyond emotion
Fulfilling every role
Get that special feeling
Like at the start
The feeling we still share
When we know it all by heart

Love lives so very close to pain
Love can drive you half insane
Only love can break your heart
Tear your life to pieces
if you you feel it fall apart
Though it looked like the good times have gone
Everything right had gone wrong
But together is where we belong
Even though
Love lives very close to pain
Love lives very close to pain
Track Name: SLOW DANCIN'
When you're dancin' close to me
I feel your sensuality
Your body's floatin' into mine
We can lose all sense of time
Marvin can set the feelin'
When he sings 'bout sexual healing
And we hold each other tight
And we can just melt into the night
Cos we are...

Slow dancin' that's right we are
Slow dancin' come on and
Slow dancin'
Your sensuality floats into me
cos I love you tenderly

It can happen any time of day
When we hear that music play
Fills our bodies and wells up in our souls
And the tension inside ooh, it unfolds
We can melt into the night
When we hold each other oh, so tight
We can steam the atmosphere
When you and I draw each other near
Cos we are

Slow dancin' that's right we are
Slow dancin' come on and
Slow dancin'
Your sensuality floats into me
cos I love you tenderly

Slow dancin' come on we're
Slow dancin' yes we're
Slow dancin' come on
Slow dancin' alright