Songs From The Age Of Human Error (2019 Remaster)

by Kerry JK

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If having all the answers means no longer asking questions Then wisdom's not all it's crack up to be Smelting down the infinite for a sword and shield of truth In a citadel of desperate certainty Never let fear of being wrong confine you in any way What's a little confusion amongst friends? I hope the age of human error never ends Self-consciously defending a guilt-edged silver throne No empire ever rose that never fell But the path of human progress is no game of zero sum And superiority suits no-one well Never let position of privilege confine you in any way Pride loses more than it defends I hope the age of human error never ends Fantasise of what we might be Realise it's not wrong to dream It never is to late to make amends I hope the age of human error never ends If you dream about tomorrow you must pay for it today And those dreams about tomorrow may still up and fly away While the cost of never living is to simply never try until you die Better to have failed and tried again I hope the age of human error never ends Never let fear of anything confine you in any way It never is to late to make amends I hope the age of human error never ends
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It's been said so many times it has to be true You can never have your cake and eat it up too Well that may be so but I've still got to try I want to have my cake, eat it, taste it, share it, love it I don't want to choose I don't want to choose I don't want to choose You've got to hold fast, pin your colours to the mast Don't change your game, stay the same as when they saw you last Am I a boy or a girl? How do I fit in this world? Am I rich or poor, black or white, do I give up? I don't want to choose I don't want to choose I don't want to choose Do you think that I'm sick 'cause I don't deny the feelings I have inside? Do you think I'm a freak 'cause I don't want to find a safe place to run and hide? Do you think I'm a coward 'cause I don't want to fight for your ignorance? When did freedom become such a dirty word? The world isn't black, the world isn't white They try to tell me that it is but I know it isn't right It's a world of many colours, so much wonderful stuff One life per person really isn't enough I don't want to choose I don't want to choose I don't want to choose Do you think that I'm sick 'cause I don't deny the feelings I have inside? Do you think I'm a freak 'cause I don't want to find a safe place to run and hide? Do you think I'm a coward 'cause I don't want to fight for your ignorance? When did freedom become such a dirty word?
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I write the songs that no-one ever hears Mine is a face that no-one would revere My voice is loud but barely makes a sound My light is brightest when nobody's around I don't seek celebrity Plasticised identity Constrained creativity Rather be a falling tree My colours change with shadows and sunbeams My mind's a chaos of nightmares, thoughts and dreams My mood is shifting and volatile at times My skin is patterned with unique fractal lines I don't seek celebrity Plasticised identity Constrained creativity Rather be a falling tree I don't seek celebrity Plasticised identity Constrained creativity Proud to be a falling tree
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On the town every night The life and soul of every social gathering No time for yourself Pleased to help, aim to please Such noble thoughts as these to you come naturally No time for yourself Spread yourself so thinly, always giving more A constant stream of people coming to your door Make time for everybody But never think to make time for yourself Life's a blast, it never ends So many great friends and boundless energy No time for yourself Work all day, play all night It's alright, you wouldn't want it any other way But, now and then, find yourself. Sample everything, retain what feels right Taste the thrill of victory without a fight Make time for everybody But remember everyone includes yourself.
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Everybody wants to be somebody (else) Everybody wants to be somebody (else) Everybody wants to be somebody Nobody wants to be a nobody But I wouldn't want to be nobody else. In a world so harsh, uncaring, competitive and rough You can often get the feeling that you're just not good enough So you try to be more popular, try to be the star Change yourself, homogenise But you're amazing as you are Let go from the get go Why sacrifice for someone else's dreams? Folks will snipe and criticise Folks will hate you too But the answer isn't always what it seems We are created as we are, not as we're wanted to be You can't improve a flower by wishing it a tree Everybody wants to be somebody (else) Everybody wants to be somebody (else) Everybody wants to be somebody Nobody wants to be a nobody But I wouldn't want to be nobody else Let go - don't spend your life a wannabe Don't waste your time distressing on what others want to see You can wear all kinds of uniform Join the army, join a mob And stand up for whatever views might justify the job But who're we fooling anyway? You're not an actor in a play The devil sings the sweetest song To those who just want to belong Everybody wants to be somebody (else) Everybody wants to be somebody (else) Everybody wants to be somebody Nobody wants to be a nobody But I wouldn't want to be nobody else. Let go from the get go Let go from the get go Let go from the get go Blessed are the misfits, blessed are the freaks Blessed are the losers, 'cause we're all of us unique It's not good for your sanity, it's not good for your health When you set out to destroy the things That remind you of yourself 'Cause when you've finished changing everything that you're about You'll find yourself no different to how you started out Everybody wants to be somebody (else) Everybody wants to be somebody (else) Everybody wants to be somebody Nobody wants to be a nobody But I wouldn't want to be nobody else.
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A man on an island, but with ancestors from foreign lands Despairs of the fate of his people Invaded by faces and colours and words he can't understand He spits out testosterone He has warrior blood in his genes Too bad it never made it to his brain 'Cause there ain't no courage to be seen Could it be he's a racist? Could it be he's just frightened? What he is is an idiot Everything else is just a symptom. And all he sees around is Queer Folk He wonders what's the world coming to By force of personality he's decided more lesbians Than any other agent could do He knows all he needs to know The papers spell it all out so clear Perverts and homos and lifters and freaks Had better never show their faces round here Could it be he's a homophobe? Could it be he's just frightened? What he is is an idiot Everything else is just a symptom. Standing in the safety of his self-importance Dividing the world into Them And Me God forbid things might be more complicated His Dad always taught him He knows what's right and what's wrong The right's in the mirror, the wrong's over there And bullying makes a man strong Could it be he's a bigot? Could it be he's just frightened? What he is is an idiot Everything else is just a symptom. Could it be he's frustrated? Could it be he's just frightened? What he is is an idiot Everything else is just a symptom.
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I don't want to hear your macho mouth no more I don't want to hear your macho mouth no more You're round here every afternoon You'll drive me crazy if you don't stop soon I don't want to hear your macho mouth no more Whatever it is you've got for me I don't want it Take it to some other place to flaunt it Your pestering's driving me insane Get it into your stupid brain That I don't want to hear your macho mouth no more (chorus) Whatever it is you've got to say I won't hear it I don't want to know, I don't want to listen, clear it Your voice grates hard on my inside It makes me dream of homicide I don't want to hear your macho mouth no more (chorus) Whatever it is you've got for me I won't look at it Put that ugly thing away before I slam a book on it I've told you loads, I won't tell you more Please stop knocking on my door I don't want to hear your macho mouth no more I don't want to hear your macho mouth no more I don't want to hear your macho mouth no more Not tomorrow, not today Not at all, go away I don't want to hear your macho mouth no more
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Born out of passion so was he Conceived accidentally That his life was a mistake they made sure he knew And they made him very grateful too As he spawned into disgrace He learned to always know his place Never show his sorry face Punish the sad unrighteous child. He learned to keep well out of sight Never question what was right Not hear the noises in the night (p.t.s.u.c.) And as he grew to be a lad He was beaten whenever he was bad Repented that he'd made them mad Punish the sad unrighteous child. Though it hurt he understood They did it all for his own good Bastions of great parenthood (p.t.s.u.c.) And as he grew to be a teen He learned to forget things he'd seen Never get caught in between Punish the sad unrighteous child. As he grew to an adult He never held his folks at fault Rationalised each fresh assault ..... 'Cause through the bruises, cuts and stings He knew he owed them everything All they'd sacrificed for his upbringing (p.t.s.u.c.) And when one day he took a wife And they in turn brought forth new life He brought it up as best he knew: Punish the sad unrighteous child Punish the sad unrighteous child Punish the sad unrighteous child.
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Never belonging, always passing through What people say never matches what they do Seems like everyone's deluded except you But how would you even know if that's not true? Dressed up to our true ideals The golden image of the inner self Scavenged costume and painted cake So unwitting of our teenager mistakes You despaired of the girls we saw In their combats and boots How can they so waste their femininity? You so wanted to guide them But I would have been them Life as a tourist Searching for the world supposed to be On a spinning lump of stone somewhere far from home I will be the perfect me, wait and see City boy achieves his dream and buys his place in the country But the locals won't indulge his fantasy He complains about the lack of respect They show for their rustic heritage Lord of the Mock Tudor Manor, knight of the Vorsprung Durch And they hated him and mocked his name And rightly so, because who'd like such a man that would patronise But are we guilty of just the same behaviour? Life as a tourist Searching for the world supposed to be Life as a tourist Searching for the world supposed to be On a spinning lump of stone somewhere far from home I will be the perfect me, wait and see On a spinning lump of stone somewhere far from home I will be the perfect me, whatever I most want to be Life as a tourist Searching for the world supposed to be Life as a tourist Life as a tourist
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Sometimes it's so hard not to take it to heart When I'm left feeling stupid when I'm meant to be smart Well, I've made up my mind I'm going to leave it behind And I'm not going to fake anymore I don't want to be rash, or be acting in haste A mind's such a terrible thing to waste But I've had enough Of this pretentious stuff And I'm not going to fake anymore So I'll appreciate the mainstream without irony The common denominator's alright by me I'll get all my culture from celebrities I'll kick back and live vicariously I'll be the happy fool I won't care if you think I'm cool And I'm not going to fake anymore When trying to get it right it's so easy to lose sight And chase an ideal you so want to be real Well, I'm not going to fake anymore Self image is such a bind It'll sap all of your energy and monopolise your time Giving all that you've got to be what you're not Well, I'm not going to fake anymore So I'll watch Premiership football and reality TV If I feel like it I'll play the lottery I'll vote on X-Factor and love BGT Buy my clothes on the high street, drink regular tea No guilty pleasures, no sacred cows Quoting books I've not read, I'm beyond all that now I'll be affected by marketing like everyone else Including those who think they're not But for now I'm just going to end Trying to impress people who aren't my friends I'll be the happy fool I won't care if you think I'm cool And I'm not going to fake anymore Of course, there's always a chance I could be wrong Well in that case, I'll just write another song I'll be the happy fool I won't care if you think I'm cool And I'm not going to fake anymore
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There's no such word as impossible He realised one day So he took his dictionary And he cut that word away And he sat there feeling wonderful He thought of all the things he could do That's when he realised He'd have to cut some other words too. So he took out his thesaurus And he waved his magic wand He cut out unattainable Undoable and beyond 'Cause there's no such word as impossible There's nothing we can't realise If the world and all its wonders Can be cut down to our size 'Cause when you're young Nothing is impossible Everything's right there for you to try But the more we learn the less we know The next step comes in letting go To understand we're all just children And there's no such word as evil And there's no such word as good And there's no such word as justice He got rid of them while he could With just his magic scissors And a movement of his hand He could rid his world of anything He didn't like or understand 'Cause when you're dumb Nothing is impossible Everything's right there for you to try But the more we learn the less we know The next step comes in letting go To understand we're all just children As the litter built up all around He had brief cause to doubt There were more words on the other side of each page He'd have to also live without But those collateral words Scattered on the floor Weren't needed for his perfect world And they died in a good cause With his new truncated language He felt like a god on high No obstacles left in his way Like Superman he could fly He could make the world his plaything He could soar just like a bird And in the streets down below An ambulance was heard You know that nothing is impossible But as human beings we can but only try And you set yourself up for a fall If you ever think you've sussed it all 'Cause we are all just children You know that nothing is impossible Everything's right there for you to try But the more we learn the less we know The next step comes in letting go To understand we're all just children We are all just children And nothing is impossible (repeat)
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Someday I'd like to fly into the sky And then I'll slide down a rainbow Right to the end And there I'll find my pot of gold Find my pot of gold

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Subversive optimism, identity and satire explored over blues-jazz-funk-rock grooves.

Remixed and remastered October 2016.

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released November 7, 2015

Written, performed and produced by Kerry Jackson-Kay

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Kerry JK Northampton, UK

Gender and genre fluid singer-songwriter producing songs of identity, isolation and defiance incorporating jazz, electronica, art rock, vocal looping, poetry and rock opera theatrics.

Be yourself, as yourself. There is no greater fulfilment, and no sweeter revenge.
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