Stayin' Alive

by Article 54

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1.
We’re at the end of one more typical day And we're not going out tonight Get out your sequinned jacket then put it away Because you’re not going out tonight Your party time has been badly delayed So you’re not going out tonight It’s another solitary masquerade Cos we're not going out tonight, uh-huh-huh Forget everything you planned Stay inside and wash your hands We got ennui on demand In our gloomy wonderland All the music’s totally suited to you Because you’re not going out tonight And you’re never gonna have to queue for the loo Because you’re not going out tonight You can self serve in your own restaurant Cos you’re not going out tonight You know that you can do whatever you want Except you’re not going out tonight, uh-huh-huh Forget everything you planned… You got the most exclusive ticket in town Cos you’re not going out tonight Not gonna get on up or even boogie on down No you’re not going out tonight All the clubs are shut and every cinema too So we're not going out tonight No, we're not going out tonight I’m sorry baby, but we’re not going out tonight You’re not gonna hold me, I’m not gonna hold you We’re not going out tonight, uh-huh-huh Forget everything you planned… We’re not going out tonight We’re not going out tonight You know we’re not going out tonight
2.
The Enemy 04:29
We’re gonna grind this danger into dust (Fight or die, fight or die, fight or die) And patriotic fervour is a must (Fight or die, fight or die, fight or die) There’s evil knockin’ at the backdoor So we decided to declare war Don’t dare to ask us what it’s good for Just wave a flag and fly the banner so high We’re gonna kill the enemy So go and fetch a gun that's a nanometre long Forget the biochemistry We need you to be strong A fearless army of volunteers We’re totally prepared for an attack (Fight or die, fight or die, fight or die) But there’ll be damage to collateral, that’s a fact (Fight or die, fight or die, fight or die) We’re being guided by the science As long as science shows compliance No, this is no time for defiance Just wave a flag and fly the banner so high We’re gonna kill the enemy So go and fetch a gun that's a nanometre long I say to thee respectfully Come join us in the song Don’t keep calm and carry on Forget the biochemistry We need you to be strong A fearless army of volunteers
3.
I really wanna see ya I know it’s been way too long There’s a way we’re allowed to hook up If you wanna play along Cosy little meeting With a subtle touch of spice Brings virtual collaboration Into our social life New communication Application integration too Some corporate administration Could connect me with you Tell me are you with me I’ve made a little link for you In the words of dear Aretha Baby, who is zoomin’ who? Can… you... see me Can you even hear me now? I know a little online tutorial Maybe that’ll show you how I really wanna catch up You gotta tell me all your news If we can leap this little hurdle We'll shoo away the lockdown blues You’re looking kinda pasty Or maybe that is just the light I can’t hear you while I’m talking About my uneventful night Tell me ‘bout your dinner I’ll tell you ‘bout my dinner too Then we’ll say goodbye And end this pixelated interview How was that for you, babe? I think it really wore me out I’m happy with your telepresence But I’m happier without Our personal connection Is always gonna be so true We don’t need a teleconference To get through the lockdown blues
4.
One step closer is not something I’m recommending, boy One step closer is more like one metre than two Hold your breath and just show me some spatial awareness, boy And don’t blame me for not wanting to be near to you I can’t give you a guarantee That you can be where you want to be If you really loved me Then you’d stay away from me One step further – now I’m digging your choreography One step further – so we’re either side of the wall Take more interest in my interest in social geography Don’t hold me tight – in fact don’t even hold me at all I can’t give you a guarantee That you can be where you want to be If you really loved me You wouldn’t breathe over me I can’t give you a guarantee That you can be where you want to be If you really loved me Then you’d stay away from me You don’t know about my underlying condition boy So stop your habit of turning up out of the blue Ooh-ooh-ooh-ohh I can’t give you a guarantee That you can be where you want to be If you really loved me You wouldn’t breathe over me I can’t give you a guarantee That you can be where you want to be If you really loved me Then you’d stay away from me
5.
This Is Shit 03:37
We’re losing loved ones And loved ones of loved ones We’re losing mothers, and fathers And uncles and aunts and cousins And all our problems and troubles are multiplying by dozens Impossible to make it sound better, yeah (this is shit) It’s like a global vendetta, yeah (this is shit) Feels like it’s going on for ever, yeah (this is shit) By any reasonable measure, yeah, this is shit We’re really trying To keep on complying But people are dying, we’re crying It’s really unsatisfying And that orange guy is denying he’s lying – it's terrifying Impossible to make it sound better, yeah (this is shit) It’s like a global vendetta, yeah (this is shit) Feels like it’s going on for ever, yeah (this is shit) By any reasonable measure, yeah, this is shit Companies are failing In spite of the bailing out they're unveiling Impossible to make it sound better, yeah (this is shit) It’s like a global vendetta, yeah (this is shit) By any reasonable measure, yeah (this is shit) Baby, this is shit As the outlook blackens We long for action, compassion We're hoping those curves will flatten We’re feeling battered, in tatters There’s only one thing that matters Impossible to make it sound better, yeah (this is shit) It’s like a global vendetta, yeah (this is shit) Feels like it’s going on for ever, yeah (this is shit) Baby, this is shit
6.
Unprecedented times Restless state of mind Far too much surprise In unprecedented times Unprecedented times Can't you see the signs? Scales fall from your eyes In unprecedented times Non-stop wonder, shocks galore Swings and roundabouts Things we never bargained for Come day in and day out The unforeseen will strike without A shadow of a doubt Unprecedented times.. Welcome to uncertainty That's human life defined It’s not your fault, you haven’t failed To read between the lines If something weird just happened That's unprecedented times Unprecedented times...
7.
5G 04:42
5G – It’s another international catastrophe 5G – It’s recording all the private thoughts of you and me 5G – There’s a guy who says he works in a laboratory 5G – And he told us it’s a menace to society The whole conspiracy is infinite And we really like the sound of this new idea Cos there's nothing like a bit of that old time religion 5G – Would you put an umbrella up when you’re indoors? 5G – Or smash a mirror while you’re catching up with Infowars? 5G – It's at the middle of the sinister corona plan 5G – Just forget the fact that they don’t have it in Iran The whole conspiracy is infinite And we really like the sound of this new idea Cos there's nothing like a bit of mass hysteria You know, we’re really really into it And we hope you like the sound of this new idea Cos there's nothing like a bit of that old time religion 5G – No we weren’t exactly keen on 3G, or 4G, but this is 5G – one G bigger, and the danger we can guarantee The whole conspiracy is infinite And we really like the sound of this new idea Cos there's nothing like a bit of mass hysteria You know, we’re really really into it And we hope you like the sound of this new idea Cos there's nothing like a bit of that old time religion
8.
New Normal 04:12
We’re all disguised We're canaries going down coal mines Moving into these new testing times We’ll get through it together, but beware of the lies And believe the experts Everything’s out of place – is this new normal? Needing some breathing space – is this new normal? Prohibiting face-to-face – is this new normal? Sighing a wistful sigh Checking phones Contemplating all the great unknowns Navigating the highs and the lows Getting back together, with an arm’s length approach Just believe the experts Everything’s out of place – is this new normal? Needing some breathing space – is this new normal? Prohibiting face-to-face – is this new normal? Sighing a wistful sigh

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Another disco symphony to commemorate something we all wish had never happened.

Join us on a handclap-fuelled 35-minute journey, encompassing fear, boredom, sadness and disbelief.

Disco doesn’t make everything better. But if we’re not going out, we may as well get down...

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released June 1, 2020

Written, arranged and produced by Rhodri Marsden
Additional engineering by Garo Nahoulakian

Susannah Henry - vocals
Sharron Fortnam - vocals
Helene Bradley - vocals
Mira Manga - vocals
Piney Gir - vocals
Rhodri Marsden - keyboards, guitars, bass, programming
Pete Fraser - sax
Steve Pretty - trumpet
Rob Smoughton - additional guitar

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