Amplifiers

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Amplifiers is a collection of politically inspired songs by the global ccMixter community. With ccMixter as their megaphone, the musicians raised their voices on issues they were energized to amplify. The songs widely range in genre and topic, and all are passionate expressions from the heart. As you listen to the album, find your anthem to amplify and share it far and wide!

Featured Artists: Admiral Bob, Zep Hurme, Apoxode, Panu, Kara Square, Onlymeith, Raja_ffm, Madam Snowflake, Tobias Weber, Radioontheshelf, Stefan Kartenberg, Spinningmerkaba, Alex Beroza, Project Question, Mr. Pepino, Mr. Yesterday, Piero Peluche, Speck, Reiswerk, Unreal_DM, Dysfunction_AL, Siobhan Dakay

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released October 30, 2018

Produced by ccMixter
Copyright: ccMixter
Publishing: ArtisTech Media
Mastered by Kara Square
Cover Art by Michelle Denise Norton (www.instagram.com/blinkkittylove/)

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Track Name: Lay Me Down (Zep Hurme Mix) [feat Admiral Bob]
Something is eating at my feet
Holding me back at every step
They tell me not to breathe a word
She gives me a vow that must be kept

You know that I’m only just a boy
Barely five years of age
The secret you load upon my shoulder
Is worthy of any grown man’s rage

Oh I wanna lay me down
Oh I wanna lay me down
Too weary to rest, too tired to sleep
Oh I wanna lay me down

Sometimes I wonder if the blanket
That I must kick off of my bare feet
Is a prison of artificial making
A courtyard for a veritable feast

Oh I wanna lay me down
Oh I wanna lay me down
Too weary to rest, too tired to sleep
Oh I wanna lay me down

You know that I’m only just a boy
And the innocence you took away from me
Is the only thing I brought into this world
And its only the truth that sets me free

Oh I wanna lay me down
Oh I wanna lay me down
Too tired to sleep, too weary to rest
Oh I wanna lay me down
Track Name: Belly of the Biased Beast (Apoxode Mix) [feat Kara Square, Panu, Onlymeith]
ORIGINAL LYRICS:

We watch the talking heads tell us the news of the day
We read the latest jaw-dropping headlines
We pick the channels and sites that slant the news towards our own beliefs
We hear political figures spew rhetoric about “fake news”
Persuading us to lose trust in the media
To doubt all journalists and reporters
To instead follow the leaders on Twitter
To go directly to the belly of the biased beast
To go directly to the belly of the biased beast

But…
Forget the clever banter
Ignore the witty retorts
Renounce persuasive propaganda
Dismiss the orchestrated events
Reject the scripted reality television
Disregard the distractions of absurdity

Follow the facts
Pay attention to policy
Watch what your government is doing
Not what your government is saying
Read the words of journalists with integrity
And decide for yourself what you believe
Decide for yourself what is right— what is ethical
And when immoral actions are taken in your name
FIGHT.

The press exists to monitor power
The press exists to truthfully convey what is witnessed
The press is composed of citizens with the duty to report to fellow citizens
The importance of the press cannot be overstated
Freedom of the press has been declared a human right by the United Nations
Freedom of the press protects the communication of information and opinions
From the interference of government
The dissemination of information is important
Expert opinions are valuable
Expression of opinion aids us all in constructing our own thoughts
Freedom of speech, freedom of the press
The right of the people to petition the government and to peaceably assemble
All co-exist in the First Amendment to the United States Constitution
This is on purpose

Follow the facts
Pay attention to policy
Watch what your government is doing
Not what your government is saying
Read the words of journalists with integrity
And decide for yourself what you believe
Decide for yourself what is right— what is ethical
And when immoral actions are taken in your name
FIGHT.
Track Name: Amplify the Light (Raja_ffm Mix) [feat Madam Snowflake]
what will i amplify this time
transform a world gone wrong to something right
feed what i hope for deep inside
what will i amplify this time

unspoken hunger in my mind
heat from a candle glowing bright
one flame still burning in this dark night
that is what i’ll amplify
that is what i amplify

fight
for the light
i fight
Light is what I’ll amplify
Light is what I’ll amplify
Light is what I amplify tonight

drowning or raging in the fire
nowhere to run from our collective mire
let’s walk to ground that takes us higher
amplify the truth, not the liar

and fight
for the light
i fight
Light is what I’ll amplify
Light is what I’ll amplify
Light is what I amplify tonight

no no no anger to incite
no no no power to ignite
no more degradation
can’t take no more dysfunction
no no no i have to have to shield eyes

no no no more bitterness and fright (no more fear)
walling up the hearts of all mankind (open your heart)
no no more corruption
not meant for this malfunction
no no no i won’t give up i won’t give up i won’t give up

this fight
for the light
i fight
for the light
for the light

we fight
for the light
i fight
for the light
Light is what I’ll amplify
Light is what I’ll amplify
Light is what I amplify tonight

amplify the light
amplify the light
amplify the light

Light is what I’ll amplify
Light is what I’ll amplify
Light is what I amplify tonight
Track Name: Tracing My Steps (Tobias Weber Mix) [feat Radioontheshelf]
When the absolute beginners came to Georgetown
They were wearing Harris Tweed and pork pie hats
They would slit your throat and throw you in the gutter
Its all you can expect from men like that

On the buses bound for Nils Benton Harbour
The ladies wear perfume to scar your nose
And the only way to reach them is to scare them
But of that you know little I suppose

Its a magical and mystical performance
As you perambulate right down the road
With your pockets full of stardust and perfection
And Jesus on your side and in your soul

She had rings on every finger and ten bracelets
Some touched with powers given by a sage
He had contemplated giving her his wristwatch
For time for him had long since gone its way

In the backstreets of the city he would shuffle
Spinning on his heels and chewing beef
He had promised her he’d be a vegetarian
But he could not control his need for meat

Some say she left the streets for greater glory
But others said that she was big with child
Whatever was the truth it did not matter
He would hunt her down and cut her with his smile

The last time he was seen was by the pawn shop
He’d traded two gold teeth for a sack of corn
And he would plant it on the outskirts of the city
As a warning that he would someday return

It is said he never found her and he’s still looking
It is said he searches rivers for some sign
But the truth is that he caught her down in Georgetown
With a Spaniard who had left his wife behind
Track Name: Hands Off the Internet (Alex Beroza Mix) [feat Project Question]
verse one:
narration: “so what up bird, what’s the word on this net neutrality?”
well, the same mugs that charge your monthly access fee
are lobbying congress to let them put speed limits on websites
where the fastest speed is reserved for who can pay the biggest price
like a wide hov lane for money and power
leaving the mom and pop sites stuck in rush hour
ain’t a chance if you can’t spend like them big boys
they say it’s for progress, but yo, I keep hearing this pig noise
see, it’s more than just your average scam
if they got the juice to manufacture an online traffic jam
not only can they crush competition, they can crush dissent
the best democracy that money can rent
‘cause when the health of our society relies on information
rationing speed is like rationing care to a patient
when they decide if, how, and who you get access to
it’s game over, the promise of the internet is through

chorus:
hands off the internet
hands off the internet
let’s cut the invisible hands off the internet
let me hear you sing net neutrality if you believe
the internet should be commons and commons should be free

verse two:
But yo there’s more than just monopoly dreaming to corporate scheming
The problem is wider than just providers and telecom demons
To be truly net neutral, we gotta expand the definition
It ain’t just who we pay, but who gives us permission
Search engines, social networks, media aggregators
Those we deem our online benevolent dictators
who filter your searches and feeds, what you watch what you read
They give you what they think you want, but not what you need
It’s like we’re children and they’re the adults
How can you and I do the same search, get different results
And yo, I get it’s convenient, and that’s ok when it’s trivial
But our preference can’t be the formula to filter the political
That only reinforces our current ideological vision
With no counter info to help us make an informed decision
And that, of course, is if they want us to see it at all
What’s to stop them from gate keeping if we make it their call
When it comes to news and important information
do you really want to give more control to corporations

chorus:
hands off the internet
hands off the internet
let’s cut the invisible hands off the internet
let me hear you sing net net neutrality if you believe
the internet should be commons and commons should be free

verse three:
narration: “come on, man, you really think they would do that to people?”
it ain’t about if they would do it, it’s about if it’s legal
and speaking of legal, you know it’s more than just the masses
viewing the internet through corporate colored glasses
we gotta expand the definition again to react
to when the government decides to get in on the act
to put us on an information diet, to keep us quiet
shut it down in the name of security, blame it on a riot
we want a bill reflecting real net neutrality
preparing for the worst becoming reality
patriot act mentality, thought police brutality
again it’s not if they would do it, it’s about the legality
and if we’re serious about the sanctity of the internet
it’d be smart to start planting the seeds for the indynet
a guerilla web of handsets, tablets, and gadgets
a network independent of corporate bandwidth
the technology already exists to chart a course
occupying public airwaves, everything open source
create a force that they can’t ignore or cast aside
then double down, lobby for the spectrum to be recognized
now I know that sounds like pie in the sky, but whatever
it may be our only hope to keep the net neutral forever

chorus:
hands off the internet
hands off the internet
let’s cut the invisible hands off the internet
let me hear you sing net net neutrality if you believe
the internet should be commons and commons should be free
Track Name: Flip the House (Mr. Pepino Mix) [feat Mr. Yesterday]
Stand up, America! Move your feet…
It’s time to come out and hit the street.
‘Cause we’ve got the numbers to make the big fix
if we all come together on November sixth…

Let’s flip the House! Yeah…
Flip the House!

The Electoral College has had their fun:
they put a bully in the china shop and gave him a gun
and now he’s makin’ America great again
by clubbing it back into 1910.

And what does the illustrious Congress do?
They’re helpin’ the monster to turn the screw,
crushing life and liberty day by day.
But come this November (we’re) gonna have our say…

Let’s flip the House! Yeah…
The Senate, too!

It’s no longer enough to just rock the boat.
We’ve gotta grab this mutha legislature by the throat;
Show it who’s boss: flip it on its back;
so the power of the People gonna rule this pack!

So y’all stand up and move your feet…
Crash like a wave out into the street
to rock the vote, good women and men,
and at the exit polls shout “Never Again!”

Come on…flip the House! (Over…)
Flip the Senate! (and…)
in 2020… (out…)
Flip the rest! (for good!)
Track Name: Get Out to Vote (Piero Peluche Mix) [feat Kara Square]
If you believe in democracy
If you have hope in what could be
If you want to protect your rights
You got to get out there and fight
Protesting helps us spread our views
Still got to visit the voting booth
The only way politicians are swayed
The only way they hear what you say is when you

Rock the vote
Or do the blues
Whatever gets you on the move
Out to vote
Get out to vote

Exercise your citizen power
Vote and fight for your views
Do your research on the issues and
Find a rep who will work for you
When you must vote for the less evil
Weigh your options based on history
Vote for who does the least damage
To your ideals and your country

Rock the vote
Or do the blues
Whatever gets you on the move
Out to vote
Get out to vote

Yes, the system is corrupt
Most politicians have been bought
By lobbyists and corporations
Feels like the people never win
It never will be perfect
But if you don’t participate
Even that glimmer of hope
Will gradually fade away
Track Name: Bipartisan Blues (Speck Mix) [feat Admiral Bob]
Friendly competition
might have been a good way to start
but somewhere down the line
we lost the friendly part

I say we give it up
in favor of co-operation
if we ever want to be
an undivided nation

A team mentality is fine
for sports and military
but for civil habitation
it really isn’t very

We’re all only humans
maybe some more than others
Underneath our differences
we’re all sisters and brothers

Let’s resist the urgency
to choose a side
Let’s choose love and logic
and a healthy sense of pride

Let’s look at it objectively
Life is not a dream
Let’s use our time, improve the climb/clime
for all the human team

I’m not red I’m not blue
I’m a human and so are you

I’m not lib and I’m not con
Let’s find something to agree upon

I’m not he said I’m not she
I’m on the side of humanity

I’m not Apple and I’m not Android
and I don’t give a damn which is more fanboyed

I’m not butter and I’m not Bluebonnet
There’s only one team and we’re all on it
Track Name: Like the Shifting Sun (Admiral Bob Mix) [feat Unreal_DM]
I thought I crossed a mighty river where my love for you echoes on
I thought I crossed a mighty river where my love echoes on
But they don’t have no peace for me, ain’t no freedom free

I thought I caught a glimpse of you like the shifting sun
I thought I caught a glimpse of you like the shifting sun
It was just the guards come to take another away, I’ll come back and find you some day
Yeah they’re taking another boy away, I’ll come and find you some day
Oh they’re taking just another boy away, I’ll come and find you some day
Track Name: Surrender Your Weapons (Dysfunction_AL Mix) [feat Madam Snowflake]
Thou shalt not kill.

There are no listed exceptions.
Not for self-defense.
Not for food.
Not for valor.
Not for money nor for power.

Thou shalt not kill.

Does a gun serve any other purpose?
Any purpose other than to kill?

You say a right to a gun means you are free.
What twisted kind of freedom is there in taking life?

Your freedom has us caught in a weapons race. You believe more guns will somehow keep us safe. You feel you must kill before someone else kills.

My friends, the more rounds of ammunition fired, the more lives inevitably lost. And death does not create life. Only life does that.

I reflect.

Something seems painfully defective in our species.
What compels us to create tools made only to end the life of another being?

Is that our right?
To intentionally stop the breath and heartbeat of another sentient life form?

I admit, I do not understand those who passionately believe possessing a killing machine is a symbol of their freedom and safety. Is this not illusion?

We are broken.
Our excuses are pitiful.
Our explanations belabored and weak.

I am weary of it.

I conclude.

Homo sapiens are sick.
Mentally ill.
There is no sane reason ever to kill.

This dysfunction resides deep in our DNA. For truly, we are so darkly afraid.

But, where would our civilization be if we’d never begun murdering other beings? Can you imagine the tranquility, harmony, peace?

We can stop. Stop this madness cloaked as freedom and rightful dominion.

We can heal. Heal this twisted condition that is stealing light from the human soul.

Thou shalt not kill.
There are no listed exceptions.
Not in a time of war.
Not in a time of famine.
Not for sport or revenge or glory.

True courage requires facing one’s fears and enemies unarmed, standing in the strength of the light, unafraid. We must trust and be brave, brave enough to shift this paradigm. Leave the old law of eye for an eye behind before we’re all hopelessly deaf, dumb and blind.

I would rather be murdered than murder.
Is this not the message of the Christ?
Is this not the way of Ahimsa?

I have a dream. I see piles and piles of weapons, surrendered willingly by thousands upon thousands of my brothers and sisters. Guns, rifles and ammunition all melted down as a symbol of our commitment to evolve. As a symbol of our value for creation, for life.

Thou shalt not kill.

Now is the time to change.
Do not be afraid.
It is not too late.
Now is the time to live and remember
That all life is sacred.
Track Name: Hope is a Dangerous Thing (Siobhan Dakay Mix) [feat Admiral Bob]
Hope is a dangerous thing
It hates the rules
It won’t heed the kings

Love turns worlds around
It makes landscapes bloom
And fills streets with sound

Faith - that it’ll all turn out right
A tiny seed
That can split the night

I hope it can turn out right
I love that it can be right
Have faith it will be alright

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