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FakeNews site homepage art by grace williams & lee christian.
(photos from greg smolonski, grace williams, a dusty old photo album & the public domain)

many thanks to everyone involved and you for listening. peace.

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released March 22, 2017

perpetrated & propagated by lee christian
(in manchester, oxford & bath)

assisted by: (real names withheld to protect the guilty)
P.C. (axe assault 7 years)
B.H. (axe assault 9 years)
R.S. (pre-meditated assault 9 years)

provocation & battery:
D.A. (3 years)
M.A. & W.R. (7 years served together)
J.B. (1 year served. R.I.P.)
J.D. (on 2 separate charges: 5 & 8 years)
P.H. (+ coIIusion charge: 4 years)
G.(B).H. (2 accounts - 2 & 6 years)
D.K. (9 years)

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Track Name: Blame + The Truly Sad But Sadly True Story Of Vietnam Bob
Blame:
(fuckin’ ‘ell!)

BLAME IT ON YOUR SCHEDULE, THERE’S NEVER TIME
BLAME IT ON YOUR DIARY, THE DAILY GRIND
BLAME IT ON THE BUS, IT’S ALWAYS LATE
AIM AND FRAME THE THINGS U HATE

BLAME IT ON THE HEADACHES, THEY HURT SO MUCH
BLAME THAT DAMN INSOMNIA KEEPING U UP
BLAME IT ON THE RAIN, BECAUSE IT’S WET
PASS THE BUCK - IT’S THE SAFEST BET

YOU CAN BLAME WHAT YOU WANT
JUST COMPLAIN ALL YOU WANT
FAKE THE STRAIN IF YOU WANT BUT IT’S YOU

CONTEMPLATE ALL YOUR STRIFE,
FEEL THE STRAIN YOUR WHOLE LIFE
EXPLAIN AWAY YOUR WHOLE LIFE BUT IT’S TRUE

IT’S ALL DOWN TO U
DOWN TO U
U

WELL, THERE JUST AIN'T NO WAY
I DON’T CARE WHAT YOU SAY
U CAN TELL ME ALL DAY - IT’S NOT ME
WELL, THERE JUST AIN'T NO WAY
I DON’T CARE WHAT U SAY
U CAN GIVE ME THE BLAME - IT’S NOT ME

BLAME IT ON THE PARENTS, I’M JUST A KID
BLAME IT ON EXGIRLFRIEND, SHE’S SUCH A BITCH
BLAME IT ANYWHERE, BUT AT YOURSELF
WHEN U GONNA GET SOME HELP?

BLAME IT ON THE GOVERNMENT, U CAN’T GO WRONG
BLAME IT ON SOCIETY, GOOD SCAPEGOAT
BLAME IT ON THE COPS, JUST COZ THEY’RE DICKS
STILL DON’T MEAN THAT YOU’RE NOT SICK

WELL, THERE JUST AIN'T NO WAY
I DON’T CARE WHAT YOU SAY
U CAN TELL ME ALL DAY - IT’S NOT ME
WELL, THERE JUST AIN'T NO WAY
I DON’T CARE WHAT U SAY
U CAN GIVE ME THE BLAME - IT’S NOT ME

the truly sad but sadly true story of vietnam bob:

there was this old dude named bob who lived in our block once
an ex-vietnam vet with medals and a shotgun
had a shitty paid job in construction
had a problem with authority so his boss got punched
had a problem with the whole damn world when he got drunk
had a drug deal with a cripple that had gone all wrong
had a balcony by the pool where the dealer sat and got sun
had a really bad day so he shot just once
blew the cripple and his wheelchair straight to kingdom come
watched his flesh float on the pool surface like flotsam
went back into his flat and thought "now what have you gone done?"
put the barrel into his mouth until it burned the tip of his tongue
put his finger on the trigger as if he'd never even shot a gun
watched his life flash past his eyes as he counted "3 (stop!), 2 (stop!), 1."
he said "i wish what everybody deserved is what everybody got just once...
at least in death there's dignity for a soldier, with a gun... let's get this done
(no!)
just an harmless (?) old guy, who didn't have no-one
a past of fighting for a country that didn't give a fuck
a social life of latching onto other lonely drunks
and a bunch of scars the medics couldn't sew up
a future not at all like what was owed him
from a country that disowned him
(rest in peace)
Track Name: Price To Pay
i'm not your helpless victim
i'm not your casualty
i'm not some fatal car crash
you can slow down to see
if you're just rubbernecking
waiting to see me fall
if that's what you're expecting
this is your wake up call

while there's still breath left in me
you can bet there's still fight left in me
where there's a will there's a way
it's not such a big price to pay

just leave me to be direct
like threats i can inject
all the hate you can project
until there's nothing left
and if you finally kill me
then a word to the wise
best not bury me shallow
because i'll come back to life

while there's still breath left in me
you can bet there's still fight left in me
where there's a will there's a way
it's not such a big price to pay

there are no accidents
so make your fucking move
and you can bet your ass
i'm coming back for you
you.
Track Name: The American Way
we're made to win
and taught to lose is a sin
if you're not up in 1st place
you're stuck back in last place again

be the best
they don't have time for the rest
if you're not first rate champ
u might as well be a tramp on the street

i guess i got no choice but to go for the easy option
feel such an outcast that i think i need a friend adoption
i'm such a leper even god sent a letter of rejection
but on the bright side i've got this loser thing down to perfection!

i've got no clout
and my credits run out
girl, it's all about money
ain't a damn thing that's funny without

we're bred to excel
to do everything well
if you're not the star pupil
the back of the class u will dwell

i hear u say:
"don't be weird black or gay!
if you want to get on, it's just not the american way!"
but i ain't no fool
i think i'll blow up my school
because on tv i heard that a little mass murder is cool.

i'm a loser with capital 'L'.
Track Name: Slick
make a decision
based on intuition
cut the ignition
kill your emission
stick to your ration
from nation to nation
check out the stations
it's just self preservation

or...
your son's and daughter's sons and daughters
"now don't you bring them into this!"
your son's and daughter's sons and daughters
DEAD!

and here's the thing see...

u killed 'em
and i killed 'em
and we killed 'em

in a car
in a bus
in a plane
not with a war but with no rational thought

what are u? goldfishes?!
it'll be like atlantis
by the time your baby's 21
could be less than 200 years til we're done!

and u know what that means...

your son's and daughter's sons and daughters
"well, i told u not to mention them!"
your son's and daughter's sons and daughters
"well, everybody else is doing it!'
your son's and daughter's sons and daughters
"look, it's not my fault, ok?!"
your son's and daughter's sons and daughters
DEAD!

and aye, for there's the rub...

u killed 'em
and i killed 'em
and we killed 'em

in a car
in a bus
in a plane
not with a war but with no rational thought

and i killed 'em
and u killed 'em
and we killed 'em

in a car
in a bus
in a plane
and those friendly skies keep on getting much darker.
Track Name: Stand Up
stand up
fucking man up
put your hand up
come on now
make your voice heard
stand up
fucking man up
put your hand up
or just your middle finger

stand up for your liberty
for your trial, your free elections and your family life
stand up for your privacy,
free thought, concious religion and assembly rights

our hard won rights are under attack
they want to take a civil liberties and push them to the back
like fucking 1984 or maybe v for vendetta
so i seriously suggest u think about signing this letter
well our human rights have been put under threat
they want to change it all up and it's fairly safe bet
it's for the ends of the few, not the needs of the many
well if it was left up to them, i really doubt we'd have any!

can u really afford to ignore this?
or are u willing to fight for it?

well our way of life has been called into doubt
they want to take away security and pull the rules out
freedom of expression will forever be known as sin
discrimination, torture and slavery creep in
well everybody's so concerned about turning back the clock
they don't want make the best of whatever we've got
all that anybody's thinking is more, more, more
so let the world turn corporate and pervert all the laws

it's not right that the far right are trying to take away your rights!
(so don't let them!)
Track Name: I See Red
well, honey i support that you're a feminist
but could u please take your boot off my throat?
and i'm fully behind you're LGBT rights
but could u please camp out in someone else's yard?
feel free to express your sexuality
but let's not confuse or exploit young impressionable minds.
and i totally agree that black lives matter
but does that really mean u have to hate me just because i'm white?

red!
i just see red!

i think you'll find they're HUMAN rights

why focus on our differences?
when what's more important is what's the same...
like our mutual dislike of corporate interest
or no desire to see our loved ones killed or maimed

why do you want to put them on the outside?
why do you want to put them out to sea?
why do you wanna put them down
and beat them down
and keep them down?
seems like this shit goes on eternally...
well you'll get no fucking help from me
because red's the only colour i see...
red like the blood that boils inside
red like the rivers that flow thorugh war
red like the heat of society's furnace
we'll turn red wondering that we're fighting for
so when they tell you where to start pointing your fingers
and they turn around and try to get me vexed
well i've only got one question
if you're granted your requests
well, just who do you think they're coming after next?

well, i get that u miss the good old days
but do we really have to dial so far back?

i think you'll find they're HUMAN rights

and i understand that you're feeling really threatened right now
but just who do u trust to have your back?

red!
i just see red!
Track Name: We're Fucked!
somebody smashed the egg timer
somebody fucked the clock
somebody flipped this shit right over
somebody better listen up, listen up, listen up!

we're fucked
we're screwed
there's really nothing left to do but rock
and roll
and have some fun before you're old or dead
yes dead
did u just hear a single word i said?
i said
our times run out so live what u have left.

rock!
rock!
rock!

"ladyboys and mentalmen
this is a public disservice denouncement
to tell u that you're fucked!"

u know you're fucked
u know you're screwed
u know there's nothing left to do but rock and roll!

now do what you're told to!

somebody must be laughing
somebody way up top
some people can't stop winning
but most people i know just want it to stop!

we're fucked
we're screwed
there's really nothing left to do but rock
and roll
and have some fun before you're old or dead
yes dead
did u just hear a single word i said?
i said
our times run out so live what u have left.
Track Name: The Good Old Days
cast your mind back
to when sex was safe
now sex is so dangerous
you'd think there'd be less rape
cast your mind back to when u'd leave open your door
now you've got to keep a tight hold on your handbag
at the grocery store

well if only your god could see you now
tell me with a straight face he'd be proud
well don't worry, you're not going to hell
you've been stuck there for years but u just couldn't tell!

do u remember the good old days?
well they didn't seem that great at the time
but i guess that tells u everything u need to know
about what was waiting for us down the line
i'm not one for nostalgia or a rosey tint
and i never thought the past would be a big thing to miss
i don't even want to call them the good old days
it just seemed much better than this

is this how we show we're so much better then the animals?
with rampant materialism and sophisticated war
if this is all that's up ahead
more so called progress
well it's safe to say i liked it way much more before

cast your mind back to when jesus was huge
now people worship green gods
and they've got their big green eyes on u
now cast your mind back to when money actually bought u some fun
now by the end of payday it's all gone, gone, gone

and now the season can't even be relied on
summer's always late and don't hang around that long
proper-gander for culture - diversion.
so u can turn off your brain and just nod your head along
come on, it's fun!

well if only your god could see you now
tell me with a straight face he'd be proud
well don't worry, you're not going to hell
you've been stuck there for years but u just couldn't tell!

do u remember the good old days?
well they didn't seem that great at the time
but i guess that tells u everything u need to know
about what was waiting for us down the line
i'm not one for nostalgia or a rosey tint
and i never thought the past would be a big thing to miss
i don't even want to call them the good old days
it just seemed much better than this

is this how we show we're so much better then the animals?
with rampant materialism and sophisticated war
if this is your idea of progress
well i liked it more before

cast your mind back to when family values were high
not a bunch of 'moralistic' bullshit
that's piled way up high to the sky
now cast your mind back to the last time your saw someone smile
because i've been scratching my head while now,
for a long, long, long, long, long, long while...
Track Name: Real Life Nightmare
life's one big grey area
it's never been a picnic but shit's getting scarier.

when are we gonna get where we're going?
when are supposed to find out what's worth knowing?
there's ain't no denying, the tension's growing
and there ain't no fight worth throwing
(don't throw it away!)

after every face has been on every mag
after every gayly coloured plastic bag
well what will our kids think of their moms and dads?
when they realise it was us who let it get this bad
everyone's for real or crap and no one gets a second chance.

(all this fucked up reality - killing off the dreamer in me)
(can't close my eyes when i go to sleep - real life nightmares all i see)

too old for computers
too young for thatcher
too stupid to cheat more
too smart to be a shelf stacker
fighting the power to give peace a chance
shaking our shit to the same war dance

and the reds don't trust the blues
and the blacks don't trust the whites
and i don't trust nobody
as far as line of sight
and that suits me just fine
because there's a much bigger fight
and it's all over primetime tonight
so are you gonna tune in?
are you gonna turn on?
and switch off your mind.