Beneath a Level Head

by Me and My Friends

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1.
Who’s that man arresting in the night Who’s that man again? Who’s that man who trampled on the rights Who’s that man again? Who’s that man nah suffer a list of names Who’s that man again? Who’s that man arresting in the night Who’s that man again, yeah Who’s that man who chipped away at the gains Who’s that man again? Who’s that man who privatised and modernised Who’s that man again? Who’s that man ignore us as a million Who’s that man again? Who’s that man who privatised and modernised Who’s that man again, yeah
2.
Brother 06:04
Bloodied in fight with the past and the pain Never heard mother saying Oh lord I should have tried Watch for the words on the back of the page And the numbering upon your wage Oh lord I should have seen that When the day comes for the bridges to burn Throw another lesson learned Upon a stack of cards When the day comes for the debt to be paid We haste to step away Oh lord we could have tried Yeah, who lost our brother? Yeah, who lost our brother? Find, who lost our brother Find, who lost our brother Memory fades when it hurts to recall But take me standing tall To fall upon my chances Memory preys when you’re sick with regret Nobody here forgets Oh lord we could have tried Yeah, who lost our brother? Yeah, who lost our brother? Find, who lost our brother Find, who lost our brother
3.
Madame 05:25
And I see, and I say It is odd to have you set upon my path My word, better better mum’s the word For we can’t have a scene among our clique Madame, madame madame madame I would fall from a graceful blotted perch Madame, madame madame madame Have the power to deviate from age
4.
Level Head 04:34
Yeah, can you bury The trail of blood that feeds a paradise By, right by the alter Dressed in a pestilential rhetoric of right Yeah, I had a nightmare Where men tow a line in univocal rank To leave me senseless For I am just the same, the same as any man Yeah, I didn’t hesitate To draw a line beneath a level head All the while, my head was buried For I am just the same, the same as any man For I am just the same, the same as any man
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Penseur 08:08
Penseur, réveille toi au monde Les amants, pourquoi vous restez loin? Orphée, viens me voir si tardif Vieux Balzac, pourquoi tu ne bouge pas?
7.
Always, on ready feet to be swept Hours, stretch in a trail into months At times, oh what a beautiful thing Oh what a beautiful thing And a granule in your thoughts Thinks the kindliest of thoughts And a granule in your thoughts Thinks the kindliest of thoughts And is always on your thoughts With a flourish I was swept up Trailing off of course Spend the nights a-warm and close And assuring as you go On a spittle-coloured excess Trailing off of course Trailing off of course Trailing off of course
8.
I don’t want your millions, mister I don’t want your diamond ring All I want is your love, darling Won’t you take me back again Once you was my fond affection And you thought this world of me Now you’ve gone to love another Won’t you take me back again I don't want your greenback dollar I don't want your silver change All I want is your love darling Won't you take me back again

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Me and My Friends' debut album, 'Beneath a Level Head', was released in 2012 to critical acclaim, and is a journey through the band's multiple identities and multifarious influences. Taking cues from vintage 70's Highlife and Afrobeat, early Caribbean and American field recordings, as well as contemporary folk styles, the album places riotous rhythmic interplay alongside heart-rending vocal harmony and gorgeous cello and clarinet lines.

"Unusual instrumental forces create a sublime fusion that combines pastoral dreaminess with the heat of reggae, highlife and Afrobeat sounds” - Songlines Magazine.

“A life-affirming sound”, Loose Ends, BBC Radio 4.

“They’ve got joy written through them, like a stick of Blackpool rock!” Alex Lester, BBC Radio 2.

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released July 9, 2012

Nick Rasle - Vocals/Guitar
Emma Coleman - Cello/Vocals
Sam Murray - Clarinet/Vocals
James Grunwell - Bass
Fred Harper - Drums and percussion

Produced by Roni Spakowski and Me and My Friends

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Me and My Friends Bristol, UK

The sound of English folk colliding head-on with the golden-era music of 1970s West Africa and the Caribbean.

Bound by a mutual love of the sun-drenched vintage sounds of afrobeat, soukous, highlife and roots reggae, the UK-based 5-piece re-invent these influences around the instantly recognisable voice and finger-style guitar of songwriter and singer Nick Rasle.
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