AWAKE MANKINDAWAKE MANKIND

Formed: Portsmouth, Hampshire, England, UK

Keef - guitar, vocals (ex-Ad Nauseam)
Colonel - bass, vocals (ex-Ad Nauseam)
Carl - drums
John - keyboards

FREAK

Let me out
Trying to find a way through the clouds of my mind
I couldn't find a way to escape, so I chose to be left behind
With the tied up, boxed in herd.
Let me out
Drousy weariness dripping down my face
Hands smothering my eyes and hair
I feel relaxed but don't worry
I always run out before the end of the week
Let me out
I feel there's something going wrong
Our relationship is breaking down
But I won't be here when you start your crazy game

Let me out
No I won't be here when you start your crazy game
'cos I'll be playing on the other side of your day

 

ONCE UPON A TIME

Once upon a time is how a good story starts
And happy ever after is where a good story parts
But real true life stories never begin like them
And never happy after is a true story's end
That's true of life in general it never goes well
And here's a story worse than most that I'm gonna tell
1945 was a good year they say
Cause the bastards discovered atom Bombs and decided to play
They called it a surprise to teach the world a lesson
And went and bombed Hiroshima for no real reason
They thought of them as toys to give to mankind
But survival of humanity was the last thing on their mind
Killing a few million was no good for our leaders
So they had to build a bigger one, to destroy all of us
1945 was a good year they say
Cause the bastards discovered atom bombs, decided to play

 

CHAINED

Your enjoyment is not so, no, you'd know if you were enjoying it
Your pleasure is not so, no, you'd know if you were pleased
Your laughter is not so, no, you'd know if you were laughing
Your fun is not so, no, you'd know if you were having fun

Your health is not so, no, you'd know if you were healthy
Your sadness is not so, no, you'd know if you were sad
Your work is not so, no, you'd know if you were working
Your fear is not so, no, you'd know if you were scared

Your life it is not so, no, you'd know if you were living
Your earth is not so, no, you'd know if it was your earth
These chains around your ankles are not there, but they keep us inside
Our existence is surely void from the day we are born 'til the day we meet our death

 

DISAPPEARING WORLD

A blade of grass becomes a concrete path
And a muddy ditch becomes a dirty mineshaft
A tumbling tree will crack on the earth
Where another new idea will now stand
'Cos the need for progress and the need for luxury
will never cease to expand

A demolished house becomes a tower for more
'Cos more can be stored in a tower than ever
before and innocent virgin lands will lose
its virginity to objects of man
'Cos the need for progression, the need
for luxury will never cease to expand

A place of silence will lose its tranquility
and a piece of science and technology
will live and die in the place of our
race that should be living naturally
and the distant cry will not be heard
from man who couldn't cope with his dreams

A blade of grass becomes a concrete path
And a muddy ditch becomes a dirty mineshaft
and innocent virgin lands will lose
its virginity to objects of man and the
distant cry will not be heard from man
who couldn't cope with his dreams

 

DESIRE TO CHANGE

Why do you keep on lying
You should hide in shame
Don't you know we don't believe you
You won't get things your way

Chorus:
We're hoping for a new life
Where there's no more war
Then we can trust each other
And own our own earth

(Ch)

Why do you have this system
You know it doesn't work
Can't you see I'm tired of your laws
They're driving me berserk

(Ch)

Why do you keep on laughing
And saying we're to blame
I will not stand for your frustration
I will not play your game

INFORMATION ABOVE USED WITH PERMISSION FROM HENK. THANKS, HENK!

DISCOGRAPHY

Demos

Awake Mankind - Freak!        
Freak! (Tape, demo, 1983)        

Various Artists

Bullshit Detector Three UK 2xLP 1984 (Crass): Once Upon A Time

1984 And All That... UK Tape 1980s (no label): Once Upon A Time

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jane@punkygibbon.co.uk

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