The Hustle

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A shining disco symphony for the dark days of Brexit.
Three years worth of total bullshit, set to music.
Featuring twelve musicians, several politicians and members of the hated metropolitan elite.
The musical antidote you never imagined, for the crisis you never wanted.

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released October 9, 2019

Written, arranged and produced by Rhodri Marsden

Susannah Henry - vocals
Sharron Fortnam - vocals
Helene Bradley - vocals
Mira Manga - vocals
Rhodri Marsden - keyboards, guitars, bass
Kelvedon Hatch - drums
Pete Fraser - sax
Steve Pretty - trumpet
Nathan Thomas - french horn
Nathan Hamer - trombone
Julie Groves - flute, piccolo
Rob Smoughton - additional guitar

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Track Name: Piece Of Cake
The deal that we’re going to make
Is gonna be a piece of cake
Not much to give and such a lot to take
Oh! It’s gonna be a piece of cake
You're saying it’s a big mistake
We can assure you that the news is fake

Objections are very common
But Houston, we have no problem
It’s gonna be awesome
We're shooting fish in a barrel
There’ll be no need to battle, quarrel or haggle

Let’s not die like a dog
We’ll just roll off a log
Not one word of a lie
Saying goodbye is easy as pie

None of your project fear
We've always been very clear
We’re getting in gear
The critics are all so crazy
We’re stealing sweets from a baby
The rest is gravy

Let’s not die like a dog
We’ll just roll off a log
Not one word of a lie
Saying goodbye is easy as pie

The deal we were going to make
Was gonna be a piece of cake
Not much to give and such a lot to take
We said it was a piece of cake
We told you that the news was fake
It all turned out to be a big mistake
Track Name: Freedom Of Movement
Where’s the improvement on freedom of movement
There’s no improvement
We hear you cry, yeah
Not much amusement at freedom of movement
Not much amusement
You can’t deny

You can choose to stay
In Prague or St Tropez!
You think that's great?
You’re making a mistake
You can retire to
A place that you desire
We know it’s bad
No need to pack your bags

You can vamoose
To Lisbon or Toulouse
You think that's cool?
You’re nothing but a fool

You can set up home
In Budapest or Rome!
You think that's hot?
It’s really really not

They come for miles
To settle in Carlisle
We're overrun
In Poole and Cheltenham
They can drive a van
Right up to Sunderland
It’s so underhand
Why can't you understand?
Track Name: Let's Go WTO
The way for us to grow
Is to go WTO!
We’ll have a sunlit upland glow, yeah
When we go WTO!

Why preserve the status quo?
We can go WTO!
Give the dice a shake’n’throw, yeah
Let’s go WTO!

Let's put on a show
And go-go-go WTO!
It shouldn't cost us too much dough, yeah
If we go WTO!

Believe us cos we know
About the great WTO!
Just go with the flow, yeah
And we’ll go WTO!

Au revoir Berlin, Bordeaux
We’re gonna go WTO!
Just hang on to your chapeau, yeah
We’re gonna go WTO!

Come and join us on skid row
When we go WTO!
They’re gonna love us in Moscow, yeah
When we go WTO!
Track Name: Backstop
Backstop! It’s our practical solution
Backstop! For a desperate institution
Backstop! A little national insurance
Backstop! It's not a test of our endurance

And if things go wrong
You know the backstop will be there
Let’s all get along
We’re citizens of everywhere

Backstop! Let's tear up this old agreement
Backstop! It’s such a dubious achievement
Backstop! A problem of our own creation
Backstop! There’ll be no renegotiation

And when things go wrong
Who needs castles in the air?
Can’t we get along?
Let’s make-believe this love affair

Backstop!
Look, we’re not going to be naughty
Backstop!
So do you have to be so haughty?
Backstop! Well, it’s not gonna last forever
Backstop! But if it does,
That might be why it’s called a
Backstop!

Backstop!
We can have our cake and eat it
Backstop!
Why are we having to repeat it?
Track Name: Canada Plus
Can we have another plus?
It would be so great for us
If you gave us another plus
You don’t need to make a fuss
Just give us one more plus
There’s no more to discuss
Just another little plus
Track Name: Alternative Arrangements
If you’re in a mess you helped to create
Alternative arrangements make it all great
If your big idea fails to succeed
Alternative arrangements are all that you need

Nobody knows what they are, but that’s OK
Alternative arrangements create a short delay
And then we walk away

If your optimism starts to deflate
Alternative arrangements make you feel great
If you’ve lost a game but you can't concede
Alternative Arrangements are all that you need

Nobody knows what they are, but that’s alright
Alternative arrangements are hazy by design
So we can sleep at night

Nobody knows what they are, but that’s just fine
Alternative arrangements don’t need to be defined
They’re just for peace of mind
Track Name: No Deal
I tell you what we want
Baby it’s no deal
Let’s make a new detente
And agree no deal
Compromising is a curse
So how about no deal?
Even if things end up worse
We’ll have a great no deal

We don’t need no advice
We don’t all have a price
I’m making just one last appeal
Put your plans away
And let’s make no deal

We're going to walk away
and leave with no deal
Won’t you beg for us to stay
So we can say "no deal"
Don’t offer us no deal
Uh-uh! No deal!
If we keep saying "no deal"
We’ll end up with no deal

So we've put no deal to bed
Howabout a new deal?
I remember what we said
But can we make a new deal?

Please give us your advice
We've made this sacrifice
With consequences all too real
Track Name: Hard Is Better
You think you like it soft
But hard is better
Regardless of the cost
Hard is better, oh yeah

If you’re in a tricky spot
Hard is better
And even if you’re not
Hard is better, oh yeah

We will make it worth your while
And we promise that we’re going out in style
So brighten up
Give us a smile

We would never try to cheat
Hard is better
Read it in a viral tweet
So much better, oh yeah

You should fervently believe
That hard is better
If you don’t, you’re just naive
Hard is better, oh yeah

We will make it worth your while
And we promise that we’re going out in style
So brighten up
Give us a smile

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