Rob Beg and Steal

Videographer: NU JAE

TRACK 4:  Rob, Beg and Steal

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CREDITS

Drums: Jason Gerald Myers 

Bass: Ryan 'Gutty' Windross

Backing Vocals: Kandaka and Makeda Moore

Lead Vocals: Jesse James MacFarlane

Feature vocals: Kandaka Moore

Guitar: Jesse James MacFarlane

Mixing: Laurent Dupuy

Mastering: Simon Capony

Written and Produced by: Jesse James MacFarlane

Back Story

This tune is an exodus tune. Dedicated to my friends still suffering in a depraved cycle victim to the trappings of inner city life. It's a message directed to my friends from my home town Deptford in South London. The song is written as if I am talking to one of my friends and I'm despairing about them finding themselves in yet another bad circumstance. 

The song is exploring the way it seems like we are choosing to do certain things but actually those options are there for us because we live in a world/ economic system that is designed to exploit our weaknesses and our conflicts. I'm trying to put a message across: even though it's easy to understand the external conditions that have us falling again and again, we won't overcome the problems that keep bringing us down, unless we reject those patterns of behaviour we have come habitualise. To achieve a greater self we have to reject the influences and forces around us to become a source of power ourselves. In order to free ourselves from the down- pressions of our society we have to release ourselves from our own reliance and addiction to those trappings. That comes from discipline, consistency and compassion. Compassion is important because the trappings of greed are as destructive as the trappings of poverty. 

 

 

 

It's hard to leave and disregard a hand that you were once dealt

It's harder to live free in a world that chooses not promote health

The trap is real and yet we feel to take control of this life

Even when babylon offers you to grab the wrong end of a knife

We take the deal, win the bet or lose at this game of chess

We sign our name accept conditions of this unholy mess

Just as long as we find ourselves in the same boat as all of the rest

They set the stage and we seek favour in this Babylon

We deserve to see better days

so lets just keep going on

Riding through this pit,

don't give in to temptation

'Cos they built this world this way

It's there to get you down

You can only Rob, Beg and Steal in a Babylon

You can only Rob, Beg and Steal in a Babylon x4

In this age of disrespect they value the heart a lot less

Many mandem leave the nest believing those with lots deserve best

So greed feeds and never rests, supersedes love

and all invest in that so called trickle down effect

Those at the top that stir the pot

make sure babylon won't stop

Of it's own demise, desire and fear

have brought their bags set up shop

The streets we know were never there

to share the burden of the cost

My brother its hard I know it's tough

but time to leave the ways of the block 

And 

Get Out of Babylon

We deserve to see better days

so lets just keep going on

Riding through this pit,

don't give in to temptation

'Cos they built this world this way

It's there to get you down

You can only Rob, Beg and Steal in a Babylon

You can only Rob, Beg and Steal in a Babylon x4