Brains of Britain

by Ste McCabe

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released October 13, 2014

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Ste McCabe Edinburgh, UK

My name is Ste McCabe. I am a one-man band.

I use a distorted guitar, drum machines and a synth to make noises with. I am a politicised queer, feminist, working class bastard and I like to make people dance with my rantings. ... more

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Track Name: Fool
Look out world, there are new rules
From liberation pre-school
Look out world, I'm about to sneeze
“It's disgusting, should we raise the issue?”

Look out world for new language
And middle class guilty baggage
You make me happy that my lessons came
From dodging horny scouse staffies (speak a bit camp, oo erh missus)

All the kids are in a rage
All the kids are middle aged

Sorry if I'm not ???? enough by whatever measure you just made up
See those purveyors of peace and love singing HAHAHAHAHAHA
Sorry if I don't tick that box but – didn't you just make that up?
Well see those purveyors of peace and love singing HAHAHAHAHAHA
You fool fool fool fool fool fool fool fool fool

Sorry I'm not so enlightened
That I'd bully my friends til they're frightened
See, you're so much better than those you protest
'Cause you serve your hate with bean salad

All the kids are in a rage
All the kids are middle aged

Sorry if I'm not WHAT enough by whatever measure you just made up
See those purveyors of peace and love singing HAHAHAHAHAHA
Sorry if I don't tick some box but – didn't you just make that up?
Well see those purveyors of peace and love singing HAHAHAHAHAHA
You fool fool fool fool fool fool fool fool fool
Track Name: Ste McCabe, Billy Bragg - Cockroach
Ste : Cockroach keeps on crawling, right up our legs
And in our food, all over our homes
How do you sleep at night?
I know your concience is void
But can you rest well on all that grease? Ugh.

Billy : posh public school boys running our country
bullingdon club bullies who make the poor pay just because they're poor
and all the while their mates in the city of London are making millions

Ste : vermin always returns if you don’t protect your home for good.
Oh cockroach, you’re filthy, off, off, off!

Billy : a banker, a worker and an immigrant are sitting around a table
on the table there are 12 biscuits
the banker scoops up 11 biscuits for himself and says
“that immigrant wants to steal your biscuit mate”

Ste : Cockroach keeps on crawling
Right up our legs
And in our food, all over our homes.
Track Name: Mantos '99
He died his hair and thought it handsome
19 - you're cocky, cold and lonely
And so you get on your back for some more
and then you worry
but you don't take a test 'cause it's probably just your tummy
and you do it bareback with someone who's laughing at you
and you do up your hair and think maybe he will love you

So hide the mince, put on the swagger
take another drink and fake the laughter
did you do it bareback? Was he easy? Was he worried?
Did you break the boy in? Did the queens think it was funny?
I know you learned young, you learned fast, you learned the hard way
and you're bound to make sure we keep on going the same way.
Track Name: The Family Values Song
"Family values must remain" say churches in our towns
the paedophile ring now demands that gays must be brought down
did you see that?
The man in the hat that's ten foot tall thinks you're a bit freaky
Fuck your ugly families and fuck your voodoo curse
Somewhere outside Runcorn they are sure it can get worse
I ask you, it surely telling when they're pointing at planes before they're pointing at gays
Raise those ugly teenage pigs and send them off to war
Kill more tiny brown children and make more women poor
It's the right way, it's a fine way, when family values look the other way
So fuck your family values, we are here to bring them down
We're waiting for your husbands who are desperate to go down
It's the right way, it's a fine way
They're the family values that we must obey.
Track Name: Chinless Wonders
Chinless wonders fumble round
claiming no such thing as an underground
They ignore it then claim that it can't be found
We go on and on and on

Budget airlines, they bring us down
but there are hidden cultures in unknown towns
while you make waves, we make paddling sounds
how you patronise the mess

I comb my hair to make sure there are no fleas
I check the mirror to see if I'm alive
I style myself with free shops from the basement
I dine with Aldi's best in train stations

sex work flats and a punk belge farm
we get lost in random small czech towns
we sleep in rooms that your dogs would turn down
and now we are alive

Photoshop would never do it justice
record sales in biro, should we count them?
It's not a movement, honey you didn't devise it
It's not a scene, honey you can't supervise it

we go on and on and on and on and on and on and on......
Track Name: Ste McCabe, Spat - Don't We Have Nice Hair?
I was very skilled
with a cloth and detergent I cleaned your faeces off well
Roller skating uphill
not a day went by without them writing on the wall
about how we'd fuck our own dads or anything at all

Don't we have nice hair?
We have such natural flair
We’re skilled and super styled
here's how you hide a swollen eye


I had many skills
I could wriggle out of danger when held against my will

Pocket knives and kinder eggs
you never forget the first time they call your home
to ask if that's your ma, and does she even know?

Don't we have a way with hair?
Highlights and flair
We‘re skilled, creative types
here's how you make a noose that's tight

to keep it to yourself is to meet an early death
to laugh it off means you are betraying all the rest
to talk about it means you're feeling sorry for yourself
to fight back means that you deserve just what you get
Track Name: I'll Do It
I'll do it
Close my eyes and jump
begging for the spotlight on my hump
I'll do it
Don't know where's my ground
and if you can't accept that, then I'll see you around

If I'm average then I'll do it
If I'm genius then Ill do it
If I'm dreadful I'll just do it
I can feel the shame
Are people laughing at me?
Well I feel the same

I can only stay alive
If I give voice to what's scratching at my insides

I believe in less and less now
I only believe in fairness
and that our lives are truly pointless
or at the very most - a game
and this is the only hand I have to play

I'll do it
I'm a mess, I know
but darling, your hump is welcome to it's very own show
Track Name: Go Polski Boy!
Revolution come and take us
a rebellion with bland tea
Oh biscuits break, decency be faked, take back our fine country!

I need TWO cars, I want THAT dress,
I've got piles and it causes mild distress

Nie moja wina żeś głupi tak, że nie rozumiesz nic
Tłumacze ci. ty nie znasz nawet znaczenia moich słów

My hair's too big, I need NICE shoes
I live in my means, I often read the news
Track Name: Them There Different People
Well you had to be nice to different people
For almost 14 years, now that's too much!
Now it's "look at them there different people"
"speaking not like local people"
Taking benefits, no! Getting work, disgusting!

I can see your tiny wee cutesy clever brain
Trying to make sense of the world around it
I can hear little wheels turning
Trying to make sense of it all, enlighten me.

Our consumption of fish fingers
Will surely deplete the veal from your plate
Now look at us, the cheating people
half the luck of lucky people
still, I've fiddled more benefits than you've eaten sushi. deal with it.

I can see your tiny wee cutesy clever brain
Trying to make sense of the world around it
I can hear little wheels turning
Trying to make sense of it all, inspiring!

Well there's several possibilities as to why you didn't get the job

a. it wasn't there to begin with
b. you're thick
c. you didn't really want it anyway did you?
c. the new invasion. Oh shit, 250 Bulgarians!

I can see your tiny wee cutesy clever brain
Trying to make sense of the wolrd around it
I can hear little wheels turning
Trying to make sense of it all, enlighten me
Track Name: What Are You Worth?
what are you worth? what does it mean? where are you going? what are you? NOTHING.