Congress For Sale

by Shokazoba

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released 15 March 2011

Recorded at Quad Lakeside Studios, Greenwood Lake, NY
November 21-22, 2010

Engineered by Rob Ignazio and Clinton Vadnais

Mixed and Mastered by Clinton Vadnais

Produced by Clinton Vadnais, Lou Gonzalez and Shokazoba
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Shokazoba Afrofunk Ensemble

Kwame Nyarko - Vocals
Wendell - Bass, Electric, and 12 String Guitars
Tim Boucher - Guitar
Keith Laudieri - Drum Kit, Vocals
Jason Moses - Keys, Trombone, Vocals
Jason Mosall - Trumpet
Heath DeAngelo Nieves - Trumpet, Alto Sax
Peter VanSiclen - Tenor Sax, EWI
Dave Moses - Baritone Sax
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Thanks to: Clinton Vadnais, Rob Ignazio, Lou Gonzales, Dan Grip, Noah Enelow, Jeremy Hill, Dan Baer, DJ Andujar, Kaleta and ZoZo Afrobeat, Fela Kuti, Friends, Family, and Fans of Shokazoba

Special Thanks to all of the musicians who have contributed to the development and refinement of the sound that is Shokazoba.

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Shokazoba Northampton, Massachusetts

Shokazoba began in 2005 as a 17 piece Fela Kuti tribute project. We now produce original dance music with a West African undertone and a consciously uplifting message. We draw inspiration from afrobeat, funk, jazz, punk, psychedelic rock, prog, trance, R&B, hip hop, and soul. Polyrhythmic grooves and interlocking percussion seamlessly blend with jazz infused horn lines. Let's all dance together! ... more

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Track Name: Stay Dreaming
We're never ever gonna give up.
We're never ever gonna give up.
We're never ever gonna give up.
We're never ever gonna give up.

The time is now.
To make a change from the system that's so deranged.
We must resist the enslavement of this age, and break the chains that hold us in bondage.

We're never ever gonna give up.
We're never ever gonna give up.
We're never ever gonna give up.
We're never ever gonna give up.

We mustn't let ourselves be fooled.
It's never too late to re-school.
Some have died to pave the way so that we can have our say.
So lets stop this tyranny.

Cause we are revolutionary, and we're here to save the world.

We're never ever gonna give up.
We're never ever gonna give up.
We're never ever gonna give up.
We're never ever gonna give up.

Everywhere in the world there's some crisis.
We are feeling the hardship of high gas prices.
Everybody's feeling the pain.
We are told "no pain, no gain."
There's no money for education.
They better solve the problem of correctional institutions.
We are being sedated by reality shows.
Who's reality? No one knows.
Most of us seem to go along with the flow, cause anguish is something you must never show.
Aaaaaaaahhhhhhh!

I'M MAD AS HELL!
Track Name: Your Time Will Come
Your time will come. Every dog has his day.
No longer hide. You'll find there's no way.
Your time will come. Every dog has his day.
No longer hide. You'll find there's no way.

Have you any care for humanity then please stop your insanity.
Even though they be very secretive.
But we know all about your objective!
All of their evil plans will fail, and in the end humanity will prevail.

Who made you lords over us that makes you act like savior Jesus.
Through fear our right being restricted.
That's a front that must be resisted.
Manufactured propaganda and fantastic tales brought to you.
We can see through you veils!

The truth always has a way of coming out, and the people are beginning to see what you're all about.
You can fool some people some times, but some of them you can't fool none of the time.

Cause we the people have woken up from our sleeping state.
Gonna become the masters of our own fate.
We the people have woken up from our sleeping state.
Gonna become the masters of our own fate.
We the people have woken up from our sleeping state.
Gonna become the masters of our own fate.
We the people have woken up from our sleeping state.
Gonna become the masters of our own fate.

Hit it now!
Track Name: Script Reader
If you want to be a leader, then you must become a Script Reader.
Cause leaders are not elected.
Leaders are selected.
If you're hungry for power, then you must become the elites little flower.
Ah ah ah ah.
That's just the way things are.

Johnny is an ambitious man.
He likes to win. He'll do anything he can.
He's so cocky. He has great self esteem.
Becoming a leader was always Johnny's dream.
So his mother sat him down and said to him "now listen son."

If you want to be a leader, then you must become a Script Reader.
Cause leaders are not elected.
Leaders are selected.
If you're hungry for power, then you must become the elites little flower.
Ah ah ah ah.
That's just the way things are.

Some times from a far things may seem like peaches and cream.
But as the saying goes "things aren't always what they seem."
Once you're in the game you must play by the rules.
And that means you could can across as being cruel.
Little did Johnny know, that's just the way things are.
And that's the price one pays to become a star.

If you want to be a leader, then you must become a Script Reader.
Cause leaders are not elected.
Leaders are selected.
If you're hungry for power, then you must become the elites little flower.
Ah ah ah ah.
That's just the way things are.

If you want to be a leader, then you must become a Script Reader.
Cause leaders are not elected.
Leaders are selected.
If you're hungry for power, then you must become the elites little flower.
Ah ah ah ah.
That's just the way things are.
Track Name: Chemical Abuse
Congress for Sale!
Oil industry owns congress.
Congress for Sale!
Cotton industry owns congress.
Congress for Sale!
Paper industry owns congress.
Congress for Sale!
Big pharma industry owns congress.

America was bought and sold!
Dupont plasticizes life. Haliburton heats our homes.
America was bought and sold!
We die for corporation.
They send our boys to get their gold.
America was bought and sold!
They took away our cannabis to give them more control.
America was bought and sold!
It's time for healing of the nation.
We have the strength to break their hold.

Congress for Sale!
Tobacco industry owns congress.
Congress for Sale!
Weapons industry owns congress.
Congress for Sale!
Fast food industry owns congress.
Congress for Sale!
All big industry owns congress.

America was bought and sold!
Poisoning our food supply make money for the rich. America was bought and sold!
It's called disease proliferation.
They mine our bodies for their gold.
America was bought and sold!
Doctors pushing poison pills, give them to your kids for life.
America was bought and sold!
But it's time for healing of the nation.
We have the strength to break their hold!

Pollution for profit!
Industry gives us disease.
Pollution for profit!
Money made from "medicine."
Pollution for profit!
Chemical gives us disease.
Money goes to pharmacy.

Pollution for profit!
Get in line for this vaccine.
Pollution for profit!
It will cure you of your liberty.
Pollution for profit!
Get in line for this vaccine.
Pollution for profit!
More money made for corporate greed.

Pollution for profit!
Industry gives us disease.
Pollution for profit!
Money made at hospital.
Pollution for profit!
Chemical gives us disease.
Pollution for profit!
Profit goes to pharmacy.

Pollution for profit!
Doctor tells you "take this pill."
Pollution for profit!
They won't give you real medicine.
Pollution for profit!
Nature gives us all we need,
Pollution for profit!
To cure ourselves of all disease!

The sicker we get, the more money they make. the more money they make, the sicker we get.

The sicker we get, the more money they make. the more money they make, the sicker we get.

AAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!
Track Name: Opinion Shapers
Watch out for the news makers.
Watch out for the Opinion Shapers.
Watch out for the newspapers.
They are the masters of deceit.

Watch out for the news makers.
Watch out for the Opinion Shapers.
Watch out for the newspapers.
They are the masters of deceit.

Don't believe everything that you here, or give in to their tactics of fear.
That's the way they are bringing about their agenda.
Through Propaganda!

Watch out for the news makers.
Watch out for the Opinion Shapers.
Watch out for the newspapers.
They are the masters of deceit.

Their trickery ways are sometimes hard to discern.
If you knew their motives you would be concerned.
They are gradually buying their time.
With one slick move they will consummate their crimes.


Watch out for the news makers.
Watch out for the Opinion Shapers.
Watch out for the newspapers.
They are the masters of deceit.

Watch out for the news makers.
Watch out for the Opinion Shapers.
Watch out for the newspapers.
They are the masters of deceit.
Track Name: Rogue State
If you want your freedom you can get it.
If you want your happiness you can get it.
But if you don't declare it than forget it.

By the order of decry a den dem come and take our liberty.
By order of decry a den dem come and take our liberty.

Rogue State!
They're trying to dehumanize us.
Rogue State!
It's time to realize the state we're in.
Rogue State!
The state we're in is all inside our minds.
Rogue State!
Our minds can change the state that we are in.

If you want your liberty you can get it.
If you want community you can get it.
But if you don't create it than forget it.

By the order of decry a den dem come and take our liberty.
By order of decry a den dem come and take our liberty.

Rogue State!
They're trying to dehumanize us.
Rogue State!
It's time to realize the state we're in.
Rogue State!
The state we're in is all inside our minds.
Rogue State!
Our minds can change the state that we are in.

Rogue State!
They're trying to dehumanize us.
Rogue State!
It's time to realize the state we're in.
Rogue State!
The state we're in is all inside our minds.
Rogue State!
Our minds can change the state that we are in.

Our minds can change the state that we are in.

Our minds can change the state that we are in.

Our minds can change the state that we are in.
Track Name: Funky Music
I'm in the mood to dance.
Please DJ gimme some Funky Music.
Gimme some Funky Music!

I'm in the mood to rock my body.
Please DJ gimme some Funky Music.
Gimme some Funky Music!

I wanna dance, but I cannot dance.
That kind of music is not my kind of music.

I'm in the mood to dance.
Please DJ gimme some Funky Music.
Gimme some Funky Music!

I'm in the mood to rock my body.
Please DJ gimme some Funky Music.
Gimme some Funky Music!

Are you really? Are you really?
Are you really in the mood for some Funky Music?

Let me hear you say YEAH!
YEAH!

Now let's get busy this is a Funky Groove.

Shake it!