NSA Listening Party

by Charity Case

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This album was inspired by the Edward Snowden leaks. It features 14 artists, 12 Brooklyn-based. We figured the NSA was listening to our songs' progress along the way - or at least could be listening, and why wouldn't they with songs like these? - and so every day was a listening party for them. To all our conversations, communications, locations, gyrations and good vibrations. If they wanted something to listen to, all they had to do was ask! Sing with us, dance with us, laugh and cry and wonder why with us. Hey Kids, what do you say? We don't want to live - in a surveillance state.  

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released November 11, 2014

Charity Case
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jlc@riseup.net

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Track Name: charity case - we don't want to live (in a surveillance state)
hey kids, what do you say?
we don't want to live in a surveillance state
hey kids, what can you do?
we can change the world and will before we’re through
hey kids, what do you say?
the most dangerous danger is being afraid
hey kids, what do you think?
more than alexander we need codepink

hey kids, what do you say?
we don’t want to live in a surveillance state
hey kids, explain it to me
if you want dignity you need privacy
hey kids, what do you say?
mom and dad, get off my back, get on the NSA’s
hey kids, is everyone calm?
mother, do you think that they will drop the bomb?

mom and dad are trying to figure me out
all my teachers are trying to figure me out
all my leaders are trying to figure me out
what i’m about
it’s freaking me out, it's freaking me out
what they're about, it's freaking me out

hey kids, what do you say?
we don't want to live in a surveillance state
hey kids, what can you do?
we can raise our voices if you’re too grown to
hey kids, what do you say?
we don’t need protection from the NSA
hey kids, what do you think?
this sounds like Wilsonian democracy

hey kids, what do you say?
we don’t want to live in a surveillance state
hey kids, explain it to me
freedom is essential for creativity
hey kids, what do you say?
we don't want to live in a surveillance state
hey kids, you’ve got the floor
we are here and we’re the ones we’ve been waiting for
Track Name: irka mateo - tainos
Guayaba, Bija, Caimoni
Ceyba, Caoba, Copey,
Bahoruco, Higuey, Samana,
Yuca, Yautia, Mapuey

Escucho la cigua cantar,
debajo de la Guacara voy
Mabi de bejuco me dan
Kiskeya Taina, guaitiao

Arepa de Maiz y el Cachao
Casabe del fino, Jabjao
las indias de Kiskeya olvidan
Taina cocina en buren

Remando un cayuco yo voy
le tiro la nasa al jurel
debajo del agua ellos estan
oigo tocar el mayohuacan

Guayaba, Bija, Caimoni
Ceyba, Caoba, Copey,
Bahoruco, Higuey, Samana,
Yuca, Yautia, Mapuey

Los tainos de Boriken
de Bonao, Jarabacoa
a mi me mandan decirte
que nosotros tamo aqui

En el vuelo del colibri
en el surco de la coa
Bailando los areitos
cantandole a los cemis.

Guayaba, Bija, Caimoni
Ceyba, Caoba, Copey,
Bahoruco, Higuey, Samana,
Yuca, Yautia, Mapuey
Track Name: john munnelly - things they don't want us to know (the minotaur)
Life today has too much dis-information distract and distort from the ills in our nation feel dis-empowered, have a sense of frustration ‘bout things they don't want us to know
the internet is full of propaganda and lies, the media mouth, TVs powerful eyes, the circus continues, Christ's justice we cry for the things they don't want us to know

things they don't want us to know help keep us all stupid and slow and they laugh at us if we make a fuss about things they don't want us to know
things they don't want on show, the minotaur is alive don't you know we need Deadulus’ string for the bulls death round the things they don't want us to know

Marionettes vote the way corporations decide we get a choice between awful and despised we pay full taxes , huge gets to hide behind things they don't want us to know
The morally bankrupt say God has approved the big Iies they tell so the the truth can get screwed we hear it so much we get so used to the things they don't want us to know

If the constitution’s great so why live in such fear? they say terror is there! when terror is here! the guns and the nightsticks the spray all appear - round the things they don't want us to know
Track Name: skidan - butterfly king
Through the rain with crystal drops
I see my reflections in your spirit
And angels always make us clash
With beauty that we are receiving
But my love is so deep
Seven thousand oceans under my feet
My love is so wide
All the universe is on our side

I was just looking and searching for truth
When you came around and you called me aloof
Slightly naive and at times complicated
But I don't believe this could every be faded
Perfect connection of body and soul
You are my love, you are my all
In your arms I get lost forever
Nothing on Earth can ever be better

Living in this world such an empty place
But nothing can shatter our grace
Nothing can destroy the divine protection
That you and I shine through our affection
Have no doubt
Jah's always around
You say all the right things
So never be down
Beautiful catcher of beautiful dreams
Indigo Oracle
Butterfly King

My love is so deep
Seven thousand oceans under my feet
My love is so wide
All the Universe is on our side
Track Name: dave lippman - the interdictedcalle
Arise ye pris’ners of surveillance
Arise phone callers of the earth
For Google swipes your information
Of privacy there is a dearth
No more the NSA shall bind us
Arise ye slaves of the purloined call
Our metadata’s their foundation
We have been bought, now we’re in thrall

By the spies we have been tricked
Every call falls to these thieves
The international snooping class
A web through wi-fi weaves

‘Tis the time to encrypt
Close the book on their face
Their international cache of calls
Our hackers shall erase
Track Name: charity case - hey, mohammed
you were over there
we called it The Orient
we were over here
we called it The Occident

we don’t know what you called it
because we never ask
we just take your shit
study you real close
so we can take your shit
and then say ‘hey look at these guys
they ain't got no shit'

but i wanna share with you
and the whole world too
i’ll carve my insides out
to purge my white attitude
and i say

hey, mohammed
hey hey, mohammed
hey, mohammed
hey hey hey
let’s be friends

i have a lot to do
before i’m a worthy friend
there’s certain prerequisites
to being intimates

i know dropping bombs is out
so is me drawing you
but that’s ok with me
its penance for Afghanistan
Yemen and Iran
Bahrain and all the rest
you can draw me all day
USers are idol-proof
and i say

i know it's not safe for you
in my homeland
the term is objectionable
as though there's some other land
we have any claim to
other than home
other than home

but i've seen you out
on the interstates
and i work with you
and sometimes we date
you are everywhere
and so are we
we are everywhere
so lets be friends
that's why i say
i say

hey, mohammed
hey hey, mohammed
hey, mohammed
hey hey hey
let’s be friends
Track Name: joe phillips experience project - everything went black
Everything went black
They raged and they attacked
Opened wounds and poured the salt
Said that everything's my fault

Know what it's like to stand alone
To hate the skin I'm in
But your eyes made me at home
Now I made the mess I'm in

Now I'm walking down the streets of New York
With the holes in my shoes protruding
Theres another lonely soul on a lamp post
Making a dime off the new self-soothing

Self-help speakers on every corner
Tryin' to tell me how to live my life
They all seem to talk their heads off
But never stop to listen to mine

Everything went black
They raged and they attacked
Opened wounds and poured the salt
Said that everything's my fault

Know what it's like to stand alone
To hate the skin I'm in
But your eyes made me at home
Now I made the mess I'm in

Now I'm sitting at a Manhattan cafe
With the regulars down the block
Not a lot of ears to listen, still
But sure enough mouths to talk

I'm looking for some answers
On the backs of people's shoes
I've got so little to gain
But yet so much of me to lose

Everything went black
They raged and they attacked
Opened wounds and poured the salt
Said that everything's my fault

Know what it's like to stand alone
To hate the skin I'm in
But your eyes made me at home
Now I made the mess I'm in

Everything went black
They raged and they attacked
Opened wounds and poured the salt
Said that everything's my fault

Know what it's like to stand alone
To hate the skin I'm in
But your eyes made me at home
Now I made the mess I'm in
Track Name: charity case - the only one
the halls of cities always seem indomitable
they frighten quiet bludgeon form create all: kids to adults
they stole our labor
i'll be pissing in my pants poor and old
and they won't be held responsible

they bombed the sewage, bridges, electric, hospitals and the damns
they wrecked some more shit just cause they wanted it on video
they killed the innocent, made capital, had dinner at ten
and they won't be held responsible

i'm white enough to know you get what you deserve, or don't get
i can't perceive suspicions that my brothers all travel in
their pockets empty, mine are stuffed with winks and good contraband
and who'll be held responsible?
they ruined families, savings, cities, people, animals, homes
they bet against themselves and double-crossed their own clientele
they got a trillion dollar handout, then came looking for more
and they won't be held responsible

they've got my calls and letters recorded since i was born
sometimes i say 'hello' or write them but they never write back
they've got all kinds of ways to make you think you're the only one
and they won't be held responsible
they've got all kinds of ways to make you drink the alcohol
and i won't be the only one
they've got all kinds of ways to make you think you're the only one
and i won't be the only one