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The debased street music of the vulgar

by Steve White & The Protest Family

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1.
It was her birthday The kids made a card With folded paper And fading felt tips No gifts No money for gifts No gifts No money for gifts It was demo day Lots of paint and card Hoping to go viral For the Insta crowd Home made Witty placard parade Home made Witty placard parade And Theresa sobbed When she left the job But it never really made the news ‘Cos Donald’s in town He was early For her birthday Didn’t bring a card It’s all about him This trip A massive ego trip This trip (‘s) A massive ego trip (It’s got) Dinner with a duchess Supper with a princess Downing Street too 21-gun salute All missed 21 guns all missed All missed 21 guns all missed And Theresa sobbed When she left the job But it never really made the news ‘Cos Donald’s in town On her birthday Elvis took his place In the Empire’s order Tramp the dirt down In a crown How do you tramp the dirt down? In a crown You can’t tramp the dirt down (Well) She smiled at the kids’ card Laughed at the placard Mocking the blowhard Funny as milkshakes Milkshakes Running down Tommy’s face Milkshakes Running down Tommy’s face (Save your outrage) And Theresa sobbed When she left the job But it never really made the news ‘Cos Donald’s in town
2.
Have a Word 02:55
The “Oh Tommy Tommy” thing is getting out of hand With Stephen Yaxley-Lennon’s miserable band The “Oh Tommy Tommy” thing isn’t a game Except with Stephen’s numerous names The “Oh Tommy Tommy” thing is coming off the rails Remember the Stow, them turning tail Their tin foil hats when they sing “Oh Tommy” And everywhere they look….. is a conspiracy So, someone have a word about the message from the podia Someone have a word about a bookshop in Fitzrovia Someone have a word about Islamophobia Tell you what…. let’s all have a word The “Oh Tommy Tommy” thing isn’t very funny But Stephen Yaxley-Lennon’s making loads of money The “Oh Tommy Tommy” thing isn’t a laugh But if you think that he’s a journalist you’re having a giraffe The “Oh Tommy Tommy” thing inevitably Has its roots in the EDL and BNP The National Front and Britain First too So when he says he ain’t racist…… It’s just not true So, someone have a word about the message from the podia Someone have a word about a bookshop in Fitzrovia Someone have a word about Islamophobia Tell you what…. let’s all have a word The “Oh Tommy Tommy” thing turns a blind eye To the reasons that Stephen’s done so much time The “Oh Tommy Tommy” thing tends to ignore Beating up his girlfriend and mortgage fraud Travelling to the States on a false passport Assault occasioning ABH, contempt of court The “Oh Tommy Tommy” thing is bound to fail ‘Cos Stephen Yaxley-Lennon is going back to jail So, someone have a word about the message from the podia Someone have a word about a bookshop in Fitzrovia Someone have a word about Islamophobia Tell you what…. let’s all have a word
3.
Han Solo 02:48
Han touches Leia, she says let go He touches her again, she still says no Pressed up against her, like a bully boy beau Moves in for the kiss like a Hollywood hero She loves a bad boy, she just don’t know Until she’s forced by Han Solo Trapped in space with nowhere to go He moves in for the kiss like a Hollywood hero So, who’s gonna tell Han Solo That no means no No means no Who’s gonna tell Han Solo That no means no means no means no. Singer Willie Scott is going home No way buster, she tells Jones Indy cracks his whip with an expert throw Moves in for the kiss like a Hollywood hero So, who’s gonna tell Han Solo That no means no No means no Who’s gonna tell Han Solo That no means no means no means no. Deckard kisses Rachel and she tries to go He slams the door, she’s up against the window Petrified, as the music turns slow He moves in for the kiss like a Hollywood hero So, who’s gonna tell Han Solo That no means no No means no Who’s gonna tell Han Solo That no means no means no means no. So, who’s gonna tell Han Solo That no means no No means no Who’s gonna tell Han Solo That no means no means no means no. And don’t get me started ……on James Bond.
4.
It ain't illegal if only rich people do it Dolled up in their red coats on Boxing Day It's not illegal to try to stop it But the coppers only come to chase the sabs away It ain't illegal if the rich people say it It's their parliament makin' up the laws It ain't illegal to make 'em stick to it There's laws that they like, and there's laws that they ignore 'Cos Johnson supports the hunt And Clarkson supports the hunt And Farage supports the hunt Well, we all knew...... Cruelty's a capitalist game They treat human beings just the same So if you're taking sides we've given ours a name: We're on the side of the fox We're on the side of the fox We're on the side of the fox We're on the side.....of the fox It ain't illegal if only rich people do it Set the boys and the dogs after the fox gone to ground It ain't illegal if the rich people want it Like kettling a protest, pushing students around The rich man wants to set his hounds on you But you're in Parliament Square, what a shame He might have to settle for the Boys in Blue But it's a chase on horseback just the same 'Cos Johnson supports the hunt And Clarkson supports the hunt And Farage supports the hunt Well, we all knew...... Cruelty's a capitalist game They treat human beings just the same So if you're taking sides we've given ours a name: We're on the side of the fox We're on the side of the fox We're on the side of the fox We're on the side.....of the fox The fox's scent or the people's dissent The toffs will want to hunt it down With or without lawful consent In the field, in the forest, in the town Make a stand Raise your hand Join the band Make 'em stop We're on the side of the fox We're on the side of the fox We're on the side of the fox We're on the side... of the fox We're ...on the side ...of the fox We're on the side of the fox
5.
Martin knew something was wrong But Tina was pretty cool Martin knew something didn’t belong Tina never went to school Martin got pushed around Tina got left at home Tina got pushed down Martin wished that he was gone He just wants to go where Tina goes The way she wears her hair The way she wears her clothes He just wanted to know what Tina knows He just wanted to go where Tina goes They said that Martin was gay They said that Tina was wrong Told him to go away Told her she didn’t belong They shut the door on her By shutting the door on him Making spaces safer Denying her the very thing She just wants to go where Tina goes The way she wears her hair The way she wears her clothes She just wanted to know what Tina knows She just wanted to go where Tina goes Martin’s got it figured out It’s never been his skin It belonged to Tina all along She’s always been there for him Martin’s got it coming out The road ahead’s still long It’s a hostile environment Where she was waiting all along Cos she just wants to go where Tina goes The way she wears her hair The way she wears her clothes She just wanted to know what Tina knows She just wanted to go where Tina goes Martin and Tina share the same DNA It’s always been that way She’s always been that way Martin and Tina share the same DNA And it’s OK It’s gonna be OK

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These demo recordings were made at Steve and Andi's houses between November 2019 and September 2020 with a short pandemic break in the middle. Version 7 of The Protest Family is Steve White, Funky Lol Ross, Russ Chandler, Andi Bridges and Simon Armstrong. With love and respect for versions 1-6. Solidarity, brothers and sisters!

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released October 2, 2020

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"[They] remind me of The Clash" - Basil Gabbidon (Steel Pulse)

"I love this band. Punk minstrels who chronicle our times with humour, passion and immense talent." - Bob Oram, Morning Star

"Everybody please visit: Steve White & The Protest Family" - Tom Robinson

"Constructive political music" - Joe Solo
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