FREEDOM ROAD

by Tony O'Malley

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1.
USE ME 05:24
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
2.
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
3.
LOVING YOU 05:14
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!
4.
MY EXISTENCE 05:11
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!
5.
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
6.
FREEDOM ROAD 05:51
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
7.
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
8.
IF I COULD 03:58
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!
9.
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
10.
SLOW DANCIN' 05:29
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

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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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