The Divided Kingdom

by John Fairhurst

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1.
The Divided Kingdom My brothers my sisters are you feeling alright? sometimes I struggle, yes i struggle to see the light This divided kingdom, fractured and astray Strange time these and they get stranger by the day Lies and Hypocrisy Fuck your false morality Don’t expect me to accept your authority But our world keeps turning round We gotta keep our feet firm on the ground Stand up and stand proud Don't ever let them drag you down My brothers my sisters are you feeling alright? How do you feel about the end of days Its going to be a long dark night We the human beings are branded by a state The overlords raping mother earth And sealing our fate Lies and Hypocrisy Press gang conformity Try to fool me with your bullshit diplomacy But the world keeps turning round We’ve gotta keep our feet firm on the ground Stand up stand proud Don't ever let them drag you down Fuck Austerity, and Fuck your larceny, Fuck the inequality and Fuck your lack of empathy Fuck your hypocrisy ,Fuck your depravity, Fuck the aristocracy and Fuck the royal family Fuck the Autocracy, and Fuck your blatant thievery, Fuck all your lies There is no Democracy But the world keeps turning round We gotta keep our feet firm on the ground Stand up and stand proud Don't ever let the bastards drag you down
2.
Blood and Fire Oh blood and Fire yeaahhhh Oh blood and Fire yeaahhhh Well I see it in your eyes And I see it in your brain And I see it in the blood flowing oh in your veins now I’ll give you blood and fire yeaahhhh I’ll give you blood and fire yeaahhhh I give you all I’ve got and then you ask for more I give you all I’ve got now and you ask for more I give you all I’ve got huh and you still ask for more I give you all I’ve got now and you still ask for more I give you all I’ve got ha and you still ask for more I give you all I’ve got yeah and then you ask for more I’ll give you blood and fire yeaahhhh I’ll give you blood and fire yeaahhhh Well I see it in your eyes And I see it in your brain And I see it in the blood flowing Down the drain I’ll give you blood and fire yeaahhhh I’ll give you blood and fire yeaahhhh Now bleed for me I’m gonna watch you burn Now fire yeaahhhh Oh blood and fire yeaahhhh yeah yeah Well I see it in your eyes huh And I see it in your brain And I know I know I know I know now We are not the same I’ll give you blood and fire yeah Blood and Fire Blood and Fire Oh Blood and Fire
3.
Hungry Blues Oh well it rained all night and it poured all day wash my blues away and then i wont drown the cupboard is empty again oh my belly cries out I’m so hungry I think I might die See us working the street begging for pennies to eat well we’re dragging our feet We need some sleep I watch the girls pass by try to catch their eye get a warm place to sleep Maybe something to eat Ah well it rained all night and it poured all day wash my blues away and then i wont drown the cupboard is empty again oh my belly cries out I’m so hungry That I think I might die
4.
Lies and a .45 Started on the whiskey early Leaving on the road to sin They call that man the .45 Hope we never hear from him again The fog lay heavy in the morning time And they gave him till the dawn of the day His finger on the trigger its the 45 Oblivion is his game We’re prayed upon by human gods And the inequity of evil men He’s hiding in a bunker on the 18th hole With the red button in his hands oh yeah Behind the barrel of a loaded gun Oh big red button in his hands oh yeah behind the barrel of a loaded gun The future is broken We sit and we wonder why Well they are cold eyed killers And we all don't want to die We’re prayed upon by human gods And the inequity of evil men He’s hiding in a bunker on the 18th hole With the red button in his hands oh yeah Behind the barrel of a load gun Big red button in his hands oh yeah Behind the barrel of a loaded gun Lies and a .45 oh well Plain and ugly and mean As your kneeling by the edge of a shallow grave I want to hear you plead Oh Lies and a .45 oh well Lies and a .45 Lies and a .45 oh well Lies and a .45 Lies and a .45 oh well Lies and a .45 Oh Lies and a .45 oh well Lies and a .45 Lies and a .45 oh well Lies and a .45 Oh thats how the west was won oh yeah Lies and a .45 Lies and a .45 oh well Lies and a .45 Down the barrel of a loaded gun oh yeah Lies and a .45
5.
Fear 03:54
Fear They call themselves leaders and the rule with guns and with taxes and lawyers and with media and with bombs they’re all the same devices to keep you under the thumb Well who is in charge here? For I see none And do you feel fear For I feel none Well I see with my own eyes And I see what’s going on And we the people want some change And I hope I hope that day will come Time for to rearrange From what we have From what we have become And we the people want some change And I hope I will see that day will come Time for to rearrange From what we have From what we have become They don’t want us to think So they tell us how how to feel Encourage us to hate and teach us how to kneel Same the whole world over History of man Time to come And Time long gone And we the people want some change And I hope and I hope that day will come Time for to rearrange From what we have And we the people want some change And I hope I will see that day will come Time for to rearrange From what we have From what we have Oh from what we have Oh from what we have From what we have become
6.
Boss Man 03:56
Boss Man I’ve been working so hard Tired every day Been getting me down I know you hear what I’m saying I’m slipping my chains Be a free man once again I know what to do I hear the open road calling Well I roamed far and wide For many a year Well I lost my way Whilst I was falling Most of my days Been lost in a haze Lost in a maze Of my own devising The wind in my hair Salt sea spray Feel the sun on my skin now Wash away my cares Now is the time Its coming back round Take it all back home Pick me up when I’m down now Dark days done Let the sun shine on You will be the one To brighten my horizon Oh I’ve been looking for you Search the whole world over I’ve been looking for you Slowly growing older and wiser.. maybe.. day at a time With the wind in my hair Salt sea spray Feel the sun on my skin now Wash away my cares Oh I’ve been looking for you Search the whole world over I’ve been looking for you Getting older
7.
Gonna see my baby I’m gonna see my baby Won’t we have our fun Well the time has come boy oh Time has come well Time has come well I’ll be on my way back home And Thats alright Thats alright now Thats alright yeah Well I’m going down the river now I’m gonna catch me my rest Ah well I’m going down the river yeah now I’m gonna catch me my rest Yes I know now Yes I know now Yes I know well It’s gonna be for the best And Thats alright Thats alright now Thats alright yeah It’s gonna be alright now Play it to me now I’m coming home I’m on my way I’m coming home now Look out Well I’m gonna see my baby Won’t we have our fun Well the time has come boy oh Time has come well Time has come well I’ll be on my way back home And Thats alright Thats alright now Thats alright yeah Well I’m gonna see my baby today
8.
I Fell Back I fell back into that hole From where i once came long ago When the darkness had gone Given to the light of the day But I've been here all along Burning my candle both ends And now i sit amongst the ash My wits and my words condemned Should write myself a letter Maybe ill put it in a song To remind myself yet again Of all that i’ve done wrong I'm not alright as I write I bleed from wounds that will close nor heal And the drink and the drugs and a thing called love Tell me how I should feel I remember no beginning And I perceive see no end And it keeps on rolling over and over And again and again and again Oh and again Might go back down by the ocean Find myself a little peace of mind Live a quiet a peaceful and a solitary life But I know thats just a dream From a life lived long ago And that dream has died now And don't i know I'm not alright as I write I bleed from wounds that will close nor heal And the drink and the drugs and a thing called love Tell me how I should feel I remember no beginning And I perceive see no end Oh and it keeps on rolling over and over And again and again and again Oh and again and again and again Oh and again and again and again Oh and again Well thats all life One short life Thats just life Might have been better Well it might have been worse Thats just life One short life Feels like a blessing And it feels like a curse But thats alright thats alright I served my sentence in my mind Thats alright at the end of the day Well it all fades away To be a great scholar To dream a great dream To be life’s good student Is the best that you can be Balance, equilibrium Necessity and chance Meaningful or meaningless Well We dance this merry dance Oh and we dance and we dance and we dance Oh and we dance and we dance and we dance Oh and we dance Oh and we dance and we dance and we dance Oh and we dance and we dance and we dance Oh and we dance Don't fall back into that hole…..

about

The Divided Kingdom

My brothers my sisters are you feeling alright?
sometimes I struggle, yes i struggle to see the light
This divided kingdom, fractured and astray
Strange time these and they get stranger by the day

Lies and Hypocrisy
Fuck your false morality
Don’t expect me
to accept your authority

But our world keeps turning round
We gotta keep our feet firm on the ground
Stand up and stand proud
Don't ever let them drag you down

My brothers my sisters are you feeling alright?
How do you feel about the end of days
Its going to be a long dark night

We the human beings are branded by a state
The overlords raping mother earth
And sealing our fate

Lies and Hypocrisy
Press gang conformity
Try to fool me
with your bullshit diplomacy

But the world keeps turning round
We’ve gotta keep our feet firm on the ground
Stand up stand proud
Don't ever let them drag you down

Fuck Austerity, and Fuck your larceny, Fuck the inequality and Fuck your lack of empathy
Fuck your hypocrisy ,Fuck your depravity, Fuck the aristocracy and Fuck the royal family
Fuck the Autocracy, and Fuck your blatant thievery, Fuck all your lies There is no Democracy

But the world keeps turning round
We gotta keep our feet firm on the ground
Stand up and stand proud
Don't ever let the bastards drag you down



Blood and Fire

Oh blood and Fire yeaahhhh
Oh blood and Fire yeaahhhh
Well I see it in your eyes
And I see it in your brain
And I see it in the blood flowing
oh in your veins now
I’ll give you blood and fire yeaahhhh
I’ll give you blood and fire yeaahhhh

I give you all I’ve got and then you ask for more
I give you all I’ve got now and you ask for more
I give you all I’ve got huh and you still ask for more
I give you all I’ve got now and you still ask for more
I give you all I’ve got ha and you still ask for more
I give you all I’ve got yeah and then you ask for more


I’ll give you blood and fire yeaahhhh
I’ll give you blood and fire yeaahhhh
Well I see it in your eyes
And I see it in your brain
And I see it in the blood flowing
Down the drain
I’ll give you blood and fire yeaahhhh
I’ll give you blood and fire yeaahhhh
Now bleed for me

I’m gonna watch you burn
Now fire yeaahhhh
Oh blood and fire yeaahhhh yeah yeah
Well I see it in your eyes huh
And I see it in your brain
And I know I know I know I know now
We are not the same
I’ll give you blood and fire yeah
Blood and Fire
Blood and Fire
Oh Blood and Fire


Hungry Blues

Oh well it rained all night
and it poured all day
wash my blues away
and then i wont drown

the cupboard is empty again
oh my belly cries out
I’m so hungry
I think I might die

See us working the street
begging for pennies to eat
well we’re dragging our feet
We need some sleep
I watch the girls pass by
try to catch their eye
get a warm place to sleep
Maybe something to eat

Ah well it rained all night
and it poured all day
wash my blues away
and then i wont drown

the cupboard is empty again
oh my belly cries out
I’m so hungry
That I think I might die


Lies and a .45

Started on the whiskey early
Leaving on the road to sin
They call that man the .45
Hope we never hear from him again

The fog lay heavy in the morning time
And they gave him till the dawn of the day
His finger on the trigger its the 45
Oblivion is his game

We’re prayed upon by human gods
And the inequity of evil men
He’s hiding in a bunker on the 18th hole
With the red button in his hands oh yeah
Behind the barrel of a loaded gun
Oh big red button in his hands oh yeah
behind the barrel of a loaded gun

The future is broken
We sit and we wonder why
Well they are cold eyed killers
And we all don't want to die

We’re prayed upon by human gods
And the inequity of evil men
He’s hiding in a bunker on the 18th hole
With the red button in his hands oh yeah
Behind the barrel of a load gun
Big red button in his hands oh yeah
Behind the barrel of a loaded gun

Lies and a .45 oh well
Plain and ugly and mean
As your kneeling by the edge of a shallow grave
I want to hear you plead

Oh Lies and a .45 oh well
Lies and a .45
Lies and a .45 oh well
Lies and a .45
Lies and a .45 oh well
Lies and a .45
Oh Lies and a .45 oh well
Lies and a .45
Lies and a .45 oh well
Lies and a .45
Oh thats how the west was won oh yeah
Lies and a .45
Lies and a .45 oh well
Lies and a .45
Down the barrel of a loaded gun oh yeah
Lies and a .45


Fear

They call themselves leaders
and the rule with guns
and with taxes and lawyers
and with media and with bombs
they’re all the same devices
to keep you under the thumb

Well who is in charge here?
For I see none
And do you feel fear
For I feel none
Well I see with my own eyes
And I see what’s going on

And we the people want some change
And I hope I hope that day will come
Time for to rearrange
From what we have
From what we have become

And we the people want some change
And I hope I will see that day will come
Time for to rearrange
From what we have
From what we have become

They don’t want us to think
So they tell us how how to feel
Encourage us to hate and teach us how to kneel
Same the whole world over
History of man
Time to come
And Time long gone

And we the people want some change
And I hope and I hope that day will come
Time for to rearrange
From what we have
And we the people want some change
And I hope I will see that day will come
Time for to rearrange
From what we have
From what we have
Oh from what we have
Oh from what we have
From what we have become


Boss Man

I’ve been working so hard
Tired every day
Been getting me down
I know you hear what I’m saying

I’m slipping my chains
Be a free man once again
I know what to do
I hear the open road calling

Well I roamed far and wide
For many a year
Well I lost my way
Whilst I was falling

Most of my days
Been lost in a haze
Lost in a maze
Of my own devising

The wind in my hair
Salt sea spray
Feel the sun on my skin now
Wash away my cares

Now is the time
Its coming back round
Take it all back home
Pick me up when I’m down now

Dark days done
Let the sun shine on
You will be the one
To brighten my horizon

Oh I’ve been looking for you
Search the whole world over
I’ve been looking for you
Slowly growing older and wiser.. maybe.. day at a time

With the wind in my hair
Salt sea spray
Feel the sun on my skin now
Wash away my cares

Oh I’ve been looking for you
Search the whole world over
I’ve been looking for you
Getting older


Gonna see my baby

I’m gonna see my baby
Won’t we have our fun
Well the time has come boy oh
Time has come well
Time has come well I’ll be on my way back home
And Thats alright
Thats alright now
Thats alright yeah

Well I’m going down the river now
I’m gonna catch me my rest
Ah well I’m going down the river yeah now
I’m gonna catch me my rest
Yes I know now
Yes I know now
Yes I know well It’s gonna be for the best
And Thats alright
Thats alright now
Thats alright yeah

It’s gonna be alright now
Play it to me now
I’m coming home
I’m on my way
I’m coming home now
Look out

Well I’m gonna see my baby
Won’t we have our fun
Well the time has come boy oh
Time has come well
Time has come well I’ll be on my way back home
And Thats alright
Thats alright now
Thats alright yeah
Well I’m gonna see my baby today



I Fell Back

I fell back into that hole
From where i once came long ago
When the darkness had gone
Given to the light of the day

But I've been here all along
Burning my candle both ends
And now i sit amongst the ash
My wits and my words condemned

Should write myself a letter
Maybe ill put it in a song
To remind myself yet again
Of all that i’ve done wrong

I'm not alright as I write
I bleed from wounds that will close nor heal
And the drink and the drugs and a thing called love
Tell me how I should feel

I remember no beginning
And I perceive see no end
And it keeps on rolling over and over
And again and again and again
Oh and again

Might go back down by the ocean
Find myself a little peace of mind
Live a quiet a peaceful and a solitary life

But I know thats just a dream
From a life lived long ago
And that dream has died now
And don't i know

I'm not alright as I write
I bleed from wounds that will close nor heal
And the drink and the drugs and a thing called love
Tell me how I should feel

I remember no beginning
And I perceive see no end
Oh and it keeps on rolling over and over
And again and again and again
Oh and again and again and again
Oh and again and again and again
Oh and again

Well thats all life
One short life
Thats just life

Might have been better
Well it might have been worse
Thats just life
One short life
Feels like a blessing
And it feels like a curse
But thats alright thats alright
I served my sentence in my mind
Thats alright at the end of the day
Well it all fades away

To be a great scholar
To dream a great dream
To be life’s good student
Is the best that you can be
Balance, equilibrium
Necessity and chance
Meaningful or meaningless
Well We dance this merry dance
Oh and we dance and we dance and we dance
Oh and we dance and we dance and we dance
Oh and we dance

Oh and we dance and we dance and we dance
Oh and we dance and we dance and we dance
Oh and we dance
Don't fall back into that hole…..

credits

released October 4, 2019

Tracks 1,4,5 & 6 Recorded at Fish Factory Studios, London and mixed at Dean St Studios, London by Alex Beitzke and Bradley Spence
Tracks 2,3,7 & 8 Recorded at That Sound Studio, London by Erik Mikalsen, Toby Murray and John Fairhurst and mixed by Alex Beitzke and Bradley Spence.

Mastered by Robin Schmidt at 24-96

John Fairhurst - Guitars and vocals
Toby Murray - Drums, percussion and backing vocals on Hungry Blues
Justin Kool - Bass on 1,4,5 & 6 and piano on 4
Bethan Lees - Backing vocals on And We Dance The Merry Dance

All songs written by John Fairhurst and arranged by John Fairhurst, Toby Murray and Alex Beitzke

Produced by John Fairhurst, Toby Murray, Alex Beitzke and Bradley Spence

Photography By John Morgan and Matylda Augustynek

Design by Matylda Augustynek and Bruce Fitzsimons

Our eternal thanks to Lloyd Sundal, George Colwey, Jon Tye, Pawel Lach, Pawel Wojciechowski, Bradley Kulisic, Manny Talvez, Daniel Woznialis, Gina John Esplen and the Wipe Out Music team, Max Gibson, Matylda Augustynek, Franky, Andy Bent, Connor Earley and The Magic Garden, Fabio Suttle, John Morgan, Stuart Blackburn, Tom Ogilvie at DMS, Chris Tofu and all at Continental Drifts, Koen Stynen, Rich Potter at Mojo Hobo, Nina Harries, Nuno Brito, and lastly but by no means least, all of our fans, friends and families who have and continue to support us, all the venues , promoters and festivals who book us and everyone who we meet and look after us along the long road.. All the Love..

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John Fairhurst Wigan, UK

John Fairhurst truly epitomises the modern day wandering blues man. Stories of hunger, listlessness, roaming and reckless abandon are just a prelude to John’s amazing story, something that can only be fully understood in the presence of the man.
Hailed by many as the best guitarist in Britain and nominated in The British Blues Awards 2013 for Best Original Song.
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