The Holdup

by SMOOTH LEE

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released September 23, 2019

SMOOTH LEE are:
Luk Mostmans - vocals, guitar
Steve Michielsen - lead guitar
Dierik Van Hemeldonck - trumpet, backing vocals
Kim Michielsen - trombone
Wannes Jacobs - saxophone
Sam Versmissen - drums
Levi Verheijen - bass

Keys by Martijn Van den Broek
Percussion, syndrum and melodica by Steve Michielsen
Additional synth on Shangri-la by Dierik Van Hemeldonck

All songs written by SMOOTH LEE
Recorded, produced and mixed on 16 track analog tape by Steve Michielsen aka Kingston Echo at Hoboken Hi-Fi, Antwerp, Belgium between March 2018 and February 2019

Mastered by Bob Macc at suvbertcentral

Collages/artwork by Lebasille
Layout/graphic design by Mila Van Goethem

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SMOOTH LEE Antwerp, Belgium

SMOOTH LEE are:
Luk Mostmans - vocals, guitar
Steve Michielsen - lead guitar
Dierik Van Hemeldonck - trumpet, backing vocals
Kim Michielsen - trombone
Wannes Jacobs - saxophone
Sam Versmissen - drums
Levi Verheijen - bass
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Track Name: It's all wrong
Let me hear what you believe in
What it is that you stand for
Eventually the truth reveals itself
It’s a lie you’re living for

It’s all wrong, so wrong
All in front of your eyes

We know what’s happening
We just don’t call it by its name
It’s all in the open, no conspiracy, no that’s not the same
Rather call it guilt or even better call it shame
We all lose ourselves looking for someone to blame

Now we’re going through this madness
Try to get your head around this insanity
Keep it together through all the sadness
And pray they will shelter you and me
Track Name: Killer Queen
When you look at me and you smile
Oh girl, I undress you with my eyes
So easy to fall in love
You’re the one I’m thinking of
Girl you make me wonder
When will you be mine?

Such a killer queen
Midnight teacher
Sex-machine

She said: you better be good to me

When you’re walking down the street
Oh girl, I get weak in the knees
And when you come walking up
Girl you make me wonder
Will you give me the kiss of life?
Track Name: Say a prayer
When you go to mass on Sunday
Won’t you say a prayer for me?
I’ve called to the stars and far beyond
But no one seems to hear
I wouldn’t know who to turn to
I wouldn’t know who to ask
So, when you go to mass on Sunday
Won’t you say a prayer for us?

Set the sails and raise the anchor
We’re heading out on a stormy sea
We’re heading out to search for my baby
Because she won’t come home to me

At night on a distant shore
I look at the stars above
I’m crying and I weep with the wales
Oh, where are you my love?
Why does this fortune, this destiny
Has to fall upon me?
Time after time I ask myself
My baby where art thee?

Oh, my darling I am longing
Longing to take you home with me
I search and I search
I keep calling for her
But she doesn’t seem to hear
Track Name: The Holdup
Stockbrokers keep on breaking
Why should it be at our expense?
All bankers act like gangsters
It’s a hold up there’s no defence
Lawgivers keep on taking
They don’t care if we consent
And if we raise our voices the just say…

Put your hands in the air
The money better be there
Put your hands in the air
The money better be there

All workers keep on paying
Who decides how their money’s spent?
Shareholders don’t like sharing
They’re living large and we pay their rent
No sir it’s no mistake, it’s an inside job
So please get back in line, are you ready for the hold up

Put your hands in the air
The money better be there
Put your hands in the air
The money better be there

In order to show all your power
You intend to build the highest tower
To let us know that you’re on top
You seem so sorry for the hold up

The money, it’s all about the money
Nothing tastes as sweet as…
Money tastes as sweet as honey
Track Name: Masqueraders
I hear them cold hearted preachers talking ‘bout a better world
Them masqueraders got drunk on power and gold
Build on filthy lies, they don’t care if someone dies
Cold investigators looking for what triggers our minds

Don’t you listen to anyone
Listen to your own heart
Deep down you know what’s right
You don’t lead others into the dark

It will all go wrong
When you step aside
When you fail to see
What lies behind

I hear them peace loving soldiers marching on a better world
Them invaders parade as they were told
But what is the truth and what are lies?
Silver tongued devils make it hard to recognize
Track Name: Rude Boys
Rude boys put your boots on, skank it all night

They take what they don’t own
First steal then cast a stone
That’s how the rude boy name has grown
Strive to overthrow
It’s a crime for a better life
The skanking rude boy’s got his pride
He’s gonna hit this town tonight

Let’s come together rebel youth

When the room is getting dark
And the music’s getting loud
The rude boys want to groove
In the middle of the crowd
Move to the sound, let it all out
The skanking rude boy’s got his pride
He’s gonna hit this town tonight
Track Name: Shangri-la
Eyes go blind and blood runs cold
You feel so weak you want to explode
Plain fact, got to claim humanity back
I’m calling out to those who better use their heads

‘Cause the cost of living it comes at a price
People hurt each other when they’re being dehumanized
On the streets you see a lot, but all the wrong sights
A fire breaks out in the dead of night

Keep your ears open in Shangri-la
The sun is going down in paradise

Drums beating to the rhythm of the time bomb that’s ticking
Can you hear the message they’re transmitting?
All receivers tune in

Keep your ears open in Shangri-la
The sun is going down in paradise

Can you hear the stirrings?
The sound of insurrection
Revolution’s coming
From every direction
Track Name: Words & Roses
I wonder if you meant every word you said
You sounded so resentful, so full of hate
It wouldn’t be a fight if words were left unspoken
I feel beaten, bruised and broken

Words can sting like roses
Sometimes it seems it’s all over
But hate can fade it’s not too late
Nothing’s lost at all
Words can sting like roses

I wonder if you’ll give me the chance to defend
I’ll answer you with calm and strength
That’s all you needed to hear
In the end, what we have we don’t pretend

Words can sting like roses
Sometimes it seems it’s all over
But hate can fade it’s not too late
Nothing’s lost at all
And when we wake up in the morning
We’ll laugh about it all
Track Name: Save the truth
Save the truth for Sunday
When Monday comes, I’ll be on my way

I’m not staying any longer
I’m on the first train out of here

We can go over this time in time again
But it ain’t working any longer than it’s been
You gave me love, I gave you nothing but a kiss
There ain’t no use in crying over this

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