2016 EP

by Michael Forrest

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2016 caught me by surprise.

On referendum day I grumbled that Cameron was wasting my time making me do his job for him, asking stupid questions about a matter that was a foregone conclusion. Then the result came in and my world view was shattered. I blamed the media for misinforming the public and providing a platform for quacks to spout racist rhetoric in the name of entertainment. We discovered that misinformation is now significantly more prevalent than facts. The information revolution isn't working for us any more, it's become skewed in favour of 'remarkability' instead of truth. So it was less of a surprise when Trump got elected, even though I prayed he wouldn't.

The first song on this EP was written and recorded on the day Trump was elected. I wanted to capture the emotion, the despair, that feeling of being forced to regroup and rethink everything, because it will be easy to forget as further developments mount up. Each crazy event supplants its predecessor in the public consciousness and now Brexit seems like the least of our problems. Let's not forget what a disaster it is though, even as Trump tweets the rest of the world into oblivion.

I wrote each of these songs to capture my thoughts and feelings as the situation progressed. As such, this EP is intended to function as an emotional anchor - because I think we'll become numb to a lot of these events before too long. I know this because I'm pretty numb to Brexit now, and even Trump fatigue is starting to set in.

Anyway, I hope you like these tracks. I shelled out for top quality mastering and I think they sound pretty good.

I'm on social media if you connect with or object to any of the ideas I've expressed here and I'd love to hear from you.

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released January 20, 2017

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Track Name: Exit Planet Earth
I know how it feels to be betrayed
To have your future torn away
I used to have some faith in people
To tell apart what's news and what's fiction
They couldn't really think that this is real?
A crank on the TV saying
Here's the ones to blame
When things don't go your way
When they're the ones we should be trying to save

BUT YOU WENT AND MADE IT REAL

It caught me by surprise
I try to recognise how we ended up with all this trouble
I guess I stayed away from what the awful papers say
I stayed inside my bubble
And if I saw a post I didn't like, I didn't say
When it's so easy to unfollow
I couldn't overhear the echo chambers of my neighbours
Perhaps I could have helped them with their struggle though

FUCK THIS I WANNA GO

Ziggy take me in your spaceship
I wanna exit Planet Earth
'Cos everybody's going racist
Forgetting what a life is worth
You've only been gone for a minute
I thought you left things in a pretty good way
But now I see the human race is falling into retrograde

We're gonna need a better way
The system's had its day
We've got a lot to rearrange
Times ahead will be full of pain
None of us will ever be the same

I hope that we can all be brave
The fear we have to face
This maniac in charge of everything

OH NO, THIS COULD BE TOO MUCH FOR ME TO TAKE

Ziggy take me in your spaceship
I wanna exit Planet Earth
'Cos everybody's going racist
Forgetting what a life is worth
You've only been gone for a minute
I thought you left things in a pretty good way
But now I see the human race is falling into retrograde

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Written and produced by Michael Forrest / 2016-11-09
Track Name: Fake News Stories
When you wrote this thing you must’ve been smoking
It’s not funny enough for you to be joking
Now my horrible friends have become outspoken
Now the thing we all lean on seems to be broken

Far too much to read on my Facebook feed
Now I don’t know what I can believe
Far right facts masquerading as balance
These fallacies overpower our defences

Whatever you want can find what you’re looking for
However you feel you can find a way to feel it more
So many lies, I didn't realise

Far to much to read on my Facebook feed
Now I don't know what I can believe
The truth is at war with the Internet trolls
Doesn't take a lot for a lie to be sold

Everywhere I look fake news is coming up
No one seems to mind that the story's all made up
When I see a headline I check it on Snopes.com
Try to fight back fake facts get 'em out

Whatever you want can find what you’re looking for
However you feel you can find a way to feel it more
Track Name: They Won't Stop
If she really stood as large in life as in his mind
She’d topple buildings when she breezed
Her whispers would echo through the streets

Desperate he needs to see her true face be revealed
Go on hit me, now, he screams
Doesn’t seem to know he’s real
Yet he looms across the doorway
Looms across the doorway
And there’s no way, no way out

They won’t stop until someone bleeds
They won’t stop until someone bleeds

And he only reads between the lines
The only one who sees her tapestry of lies
See how his anger begins to rise how could she speak so easily
The more revealed, it must be yet more intricate behind the scenes

And he cries, cries conspiracy, conspiracy, conspiracy

They won’t stop until someone bleeds
They won’t stop until someone bleeds
Track Name: Better Than You
I might be bad but I’m better than you
I might be bad but I’m better than you
I might be bad but I’m better than you
I might be bad but I’m better than you

Whatever I believe I concede is a story that I use when it suits me
It isn’t very deep, I take what I need and try to be what I wanna be
And I can let it go even if it was the whole of the way that I used to see it
I’ll never see the truth so I pick and choose from the best ideas I can find out there

I can’t say I know what’s true
I can’t even say I know

Now you’re moving on the world, I can see similarities like you’re following same track
Never taking any books to read, you prefer the ease of making up your own facts
Not everybody knows you that can't really overthrow some kinds of stories
But it doesn’t really matter what they believe just has to stick around for the week

You can’t even say you know what’s true
You can’t ever say what’s true

I might be a hypocrite
But I try to see beyond my limits

Any ways I'm wrong the worst can happen is I give myself a problem
In my life and maybe I upset some of my loved ones
Or missing out on doing something yeah that might have been fun
But if you are wrong then the very worst thing that will happen is an
H-bomb, cities going underwater, hurricanes and earthquakes
higher seas and poison in the air and persecution
wars across the world and sacrificing any wisdom
You need to factor all this in when you make your decisions

I might be a hypocrite, but I try to see beyond my limits
I might have a loose relationship with the truth
I might be bad but I'm better than you

Oh Donald, Donald, you can suck my bum, oh oh oh Donald try not to blow us to kingdom come