Moderate Rebels

by Monopoli

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Monopoli's 10 year RPM anniversary-album about war, midlife crisis and plastic. What is an RPM-album? Go here for more information: www.rpmchallenge.com

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released March 15, 2017

Written, performed and recorded by Erik Verkoyen

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Monopoli Amsterdam, Netherlands

Monopoli is the nametag Erik Verkoyen puts on everything he records in his home in Amsterdam; from popsongs in a tradition somewhere between The Beatles and Kraftwerk to soundtracks, instrumental jams and recording experiments; using everything and the kitchensink. ... more

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Track Name: Moderate Rebel
I was a nice kid, Now I'm sad and bitter
and I hate you, you are literally Hitler
I'm a moderate rebel, I'm a moderate rebel
I'll cut your head off and I'll rape your sister
and I will tell them that the Russians did it
Cause I'm a moderate rebel, I'm a moderate rebel

I was taught, when I grew up
The thing to be, is an enemy of society.
I guess there won't be another job for me
All I have is this identity

I'll march your streets and I will trash your city
You are against me when you're not with me
Cause I'm a moderate rebel, I'm a moderate rebel
I am pure in thought and deed, I will silence you and make you bleed
but I'm a moderate rebel, I'm a moderate rebel

I was taught, when I grew up
The thing to be, is an enemy of society.
I guess there won't be another job for me
All I have is this identity

as a moderate rebel! I'm a moderate rebel!

(No violence! No violence!)
Track Name: I am free
I am free, but I'm broke again
I am free, I got laid off again
Another year, another job
I don't know, is this ever gonna stop?
I am free, I gotta be flexible
I am free, with no time to relax at all
Another year, another town
I don't know if I'll ever find a home
I am free and on my own

I am just a simple guy, with modest dreams
no big demands, just
not te be insulted for a living
or treated like a child at 45
I am just a simple guy, with modest dreams
no big demands, just
not te be insulted for a living
or treated like a child

I am free, hunting for jobs again
I am free, and chasing doe again
Another year, no change in sight
I wonder if I'll ever get it right

etc
Track Name: 4 hour workweek
Downsize the basics to the minimum
Live from your suitcase, wake up in the sun
and spend your time, the way you please
on what you like, on what you need
Live in a city where the rents are cheap
cut out the clutter, negativity
and live an learn, and learn to live
there's more to life, than 9 to 5

Reduce your assets to the things you need
Work from your laptop, get out on the beach
and spend your time, the way you please
on what you like, on what you need
Outside the box is where you want to be
Take back your freedom and your destiny
and live an learn, and learn to live
there's more to life, than 9 to 5
Track Name: Plastic
Bags, wraps, cups and bottles too
dum dum
Childrens toys and garden chairs
dum dum
All across the industry
dum dum
Bowls and plates and cutlery
dum dum

Marble, stone and iron breaks
one thing that will always stay is plastic
Marble, stone and iron breaks
Durable, it won't degrade it's plastic

On your clothes and on my shoes
dum dum
In my drinks and in your food
dum dum
In his bath and in her bed
dum dum
In his leg and in her head
dum dum

Marble, stone and iron breaks
one thing that will always stay is plastic
Marble, stone and iron breaks
Durable, it won't degrade it's plastic
Marble, stone and iron breaks
Any colour you may want in plastic
Marble, stone and iron breaks
Any shape or form you make in plastic

In the sea and in the air
you will find it everywhere
Durable, it won't degrade
One thing that will always stay is plastic
It's plastic!
Track Name: Flightmode
Tucked inside
a metal shell
earplugs in
the noise drowned out
a coward, I know
don't want to fight
on the run
not online
levitate
neither here nor there
in time and space
suspended in mid air
Track Name: To my kids
I would have liked to see you grow up
be there when everything is new
and take you to your first school and help you with your homework and
whatever daddies are supposed to do
Step into my fathers footprints
and grow old with my wife
go on to see the grandkids
the circle of life

I was raised to be a failure
I was told not to succeed
She could do anything
"don't go for second best"
and don't accept a thing from me
So all we did was argue
till there was nothing left to say
We both agreed it would be better to go our seperate way

You see, your mum and I
She was busy with her career
while I was busy getting by
Then time passes suddenly
we are past 40 and the chance has passed us by
and the glow of youth has dimmed now
and the hormones and energy are gone
and that is when the flame died
and you were never born
you were never born
Track Name: Nonstarter
I can't stand the noise tonight,
I can't stand more alcohol
I just need a good nights sleep
don't care much for bands at all these days

Thanks for the invite but no,
I'm not going to join you
No not this time
You go, you go
Have fun, have fun
I must be getting old
I don't want to go there
I'm sorry
You go, you go
Have fun, have fun

I've become good at declining
I've become good at saying no
avoiding social interaction
and staying by myself at home

etc
Track Name: Watching the tide
Sitting in the morning sun
I'll be sitting when the evening comes
Watching the ships roll in
then watch them roll away again

I can't go on and I can't go back
Don't know what's ahead of me
I know I lost what I had
I'm just watching the tide
Go in and go out
and wait and wait and wait

I used to live a peacefull life
We were blessed with wealth and happiness
Unexpectedly one night
The rebels came and made this mess
Highly organized and armed
I saw no other way than flee
My father and my sister died
Now all I have left is me

I can't go on and I can't go back
Don't know what's ahead of me
I know I lost what I had
I'm just watching the tide
Go in and go out
and wait and wait and wait

I don't want help from anyone
I'm a proud and independent man
But somewhere under the sun
must be a place to start again
I still don't know where is mine
I guess that means that I will stay
just sitting here, wasting time
Looks like nothings gonna come my way

I can't go on and I can't go back
Don't know what's ahead of me
I know I lost what I had
I'm just watching the tide
Go in and go out
and wait and wait and wait