Under the Sun

by Not for Pussies

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The album is an exploration of humanity, considered through myths and modern media reports as well as the individual's perspective, which, in the end, is all each of us ever has. In 2016, it could seem like a world gone mad - but somehow, we hold on to a seed of hope, even if we don't know where that hope might come from, or lead to.

Any proceeds from the tracks "Lament" and "Under the Sun" will be donated to Save the Children.

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released October 29, 2016

All music, samples instruments & voices: Brian & Janette Kidd
Lyrics: Janette Kidd
Mixing, mastering & production: Brian Kidd (with much verbal input by JK!)
Artwork: Not for Pussies

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Not for Pussies Perth, UK

Not for Pussies came into being in 2008, although Brian and Janette Kidd have been together - and playing music together (and with others) for much, much longer.
We felt we're into an era in our lives where Bette Davis' quote about getting older (it's "not for pussies") felt very apt - and our music reflects this - and the experience of having lived a little! Our music is pretty eclectic ...
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Track Name: Ice Maiden
Ice Maiden

Mmm, can I wallow in boundless expanses of white upon white
in a nothing but whiteness
You wanted me for your little Ice Princess, so perfect and poised
in my hours of practice

Fingers picking out the notes – on the page in front of me
Fingers following the dots – floating on the frozen sea
Fingers falling on the beat – of a stark metronome
Waiting for the blade to fall – under your gaze…

And all the while my mind raced into whiteness
white upon white in great boundless expanses
I’d have a sleigh to escape from the Ice Queen
mushing my dogs deeper into my daydream

Playing parabolic scales – Practice makes perfect
Fingers with their bitten nails – I would never be perfect
Thought you had the golden child – Look and see, a prodigy
but I was growing into something wild – I was me, becoming free

Pulling the notes off, like taking the wings off
I’m perched on the piano stool, MY wings taking off
while you pin me down like a butterfly collector
I flap and I search for my own source of nectar

I was once lost, in boundless expanses of white upon white
in a nothing but whiteness
Oh you wanted me for your little Ice Princess
But the spell broke and I tumbled down, useless

Racing over empty ice – into light, into flight
Watching as my Nemesis – disappears into night
Waking up from frozen Winter into Spring – colour filling up my senses
Suddenly alive to everything - Everything
Track Name: Elemental
Elemental

The heart’s an organ of fire
eager to throw out a spark
to bring to life its desire
illuminating the dark
We’ll set the world a-
We’ll set the world a-

Don’t ever hold onto hate
Don’t crucify your love
Don’t leave it all down to fate
Nothing to be afraid of
We’ll set the world a-
We’ll set the world alight

The gods demanded a sacrifice
There’s a bargain to be struck
everybody has a price
Just what is the going rate
to be the master of your fate?
Or are we no more than pawns?
Lives mapped out before we’re born
with no hope of autonomy
not a chance of ever breaking free

Those very myths they’d have us live by
Oh the folly of the few
and we all believe the lie
See the image fall and break
Demystify the fake
and we can all go home for tea
Raise a glass to you and me
Well, aren’t you the clever one
proving science rules the sun!

There are more things in heaven and earth
than you can ever dream of
The only certainty death
but don’t let that kill your love
We’ll set the world a-
We’ll set the world alight
Alight
Track Name: Lament
Lament

Mohammed and Yana, Houman and Anas
Liliane & Zeinah, Amena & Rima, Maya & Amira, Achmed, Abooud
Bana & Rasha, Uri, Layal & Fathi & Sammi,
Adham & Akram, Rifat, Burhan.

The women are keening, but nobody hears
Collateral damage just falls on deaf ears
A playground of rubble, a rock for a toy
There’s nowhere to hide, when it’s seek & destroy

WHY……?

One hundred thousand children under siege
The Syrian Stalingrad, rockets & barrel bombs shatter the stage
All heaven’s birds now, their blood mixed with dust
Children of Aleppo have nobody left they can trust…

The women are keening, but nobody hears
Collateral damage just falls on deaf ears
A playground of rubble, a rock for a toy
There’s nowhere to hide, when it’s seek & destroy

WHY…..???

Cowboys & Indians, Arabs & Jews
Catholics & Protestants, Tutsies & Hutus, Sikhs & Hindus … me & you?
Nowhere to grow up, nowhere to play
The settlers & conquerors, those with the power, take childhood away….
Track Name: The Secret
The Secret

Some believe we die alone – All alone, All alone
Others say we are all One – I don’t know, I don’t know

Ooh in a world without love
Where would we be without love?
No you or me without love
All in the dark without love…

I wake up in the morning and see you right there
I roll over to kiss you and ruffle your hair
Something so ordinary – the start of the day
One of those moments, there’s no need to say

I’m gone to ground in your love
Spinning around in your love
I’m mystified by your love
I’ll live & die for your love

Who can see into the human heart?
I don’t know – I don’t know
Why do we tear this world apart?
I don’t know - I don’t know
What is the dreamer dreaming of?
I don’t know – I don’t know
Why won’t he fill the world with love?
I don’t know – I don’t know

I cannot be without love
Oh cover me with your love
Oh let me drown in your love
Lay me on down in your love

The body ages and life leaves its scars
The mind yearns for meaning and looks to the stars
We search for the secret that sets us apart
When we’re all here together in the beat of a heart

Ooh in a world without love
Where would we be without love?
No you or me without love
All in the dark without love

Some believe we die alone – All alone, All alone
Others say we are all One – I don’t know, I don’t know
There are times I’m so alone – All alone, All alone
Even though I know you are the one – You’re the one, You’re the one

I am undone by your love
We become one in your love
One day we’ll all have enough
No one will be without love

What is the dreamer dreaming of…. dreamer dreaming of?
We gotta fill the world with love …. fill the world with love
Love
Why do we tear the world apart… tear the world apart?
No
We gotta stop before we break our hearts… before we break our hearts
Whoah
Track Name: Sylver
Instrumental
Track Name: Heroine
Heroine

Every time this planet turns its face towards the sun
I’m caught up in awakening, the reel is yet to run
I’m a carefree kid again – the sun upon my skin
The empty book ahead of me and I’m the heroine

Who wouldn’t want to live forever
but only in the first flush of youth
The Summers seemed to go on forever
timelessness felt like the only truth

Who wouldn’t want to live forever
with so much to look forward to
You always told me Never say never
Not a damned thing we couldn’t do!

When the world crowds in on me, I need to see your face
To take your hand and run with you – to find our special place
To feel it all dissolve and fall away and set us free
I become a part of you and you a part of me

Nothing else has consequence, we’re simply in the now
a manifest of memory, no why or when or how
We make our own reality, a vision or a prayer
and spread our wings and take a leap of faith into the air….

How many living creatures live and die upon this earth?
How many of us wonder why we’re here,
for what it’s worth?
Why do we need religion to explain this mystery?
Isn’t it miraculous enough to simply be?
Just let all of the dogma go and simplify this life
Drop the masks and cut the cords,
smash the obsidian knife
Let the mind’s eye open and see this is all we’ve got
I want to dive right in with you
– this is our only shot.

Who wouldn’t want to live forever
but only in that first flush of youth
The Summers seemed to go on forever
timelessness felt like the only truth

Who wouldn’t want to live forever
with so much to look forward to
You always told me Never say never
Not a damned thing we couldn’t do
Me and you…

Every time this planet turns its face towards the sun
I’m caught up in awakening, the reel is yet to run
I’m a carefree kid again – the sun upon my skin
The empty book ahead of me and I’m the heroine
I’m the heroine…..
I’m the heroine..
I’m the heroine….
Track Name: Icarus
Icarus

Don’t fall in love, you might get hurt
(is as good as saying)
Don’t live, you just might die.
What’s the good of finding you have wings
then being too afraid to fly?
You might say, Icarus – he went too far
His father said Don’t go so high

but in his ecstasy, his wings were lost
and he fell from the sky


Don’t let them tell you
Don’t let them tell you
That your love was all a lie

Don’t let them tell you
Don’t let them tell you
It's too dangerous to try

Don’t let them tell you
Don’t let them tell you
You can’t reach for the sky

The burning stars above are dead & in the past
Each breath we take could be our last
Better to love and lose than never love at all
to feel the ecstasy before the
before the fall…….
before the fall…
Track Name: Under the Sun
Under the Sun

Under the sun, there’s a warehouse of souls
All human life, in limbo
They crawled out of the sea, the ones who survived
The ones who survived the snipers
They crawled out of the sea, the ones who survived
The ones who escaped the bombings
Crawled out of the sea, just barely alive
with bodies in arms… Their children

The cafes and schools, the beach promenade
bodies and bombs – and rubble
An image of Hell, burned into their eyes
War vaporized their children
Family and friends – All gone
How do we carry on?
How do we carry on?
How do we carry on….?

Under the sun, there’s a warehouse of souls
All human life in limbo
Steel containers in rows, surrounded by wire
Nowhere to go, no future
Nowhere to go no future

~ Anqetho Arwahina ~ ( "SOS")
Track Name: The Code
The Code

You think all will be, that’s meant to be
Some higher power at the wheel
but here I am, breaking nails,
even though I know I’m gonna fail to take control.

The seam between formula and mystery
traps us all within the weave.
And here we are, breaking rocks
to find the motherlode, when we can’t even break the code.

We fall from grace and into entropy -
Part of the Universal code.
And here we are, breaking the mould -
We think we got it all, till the Empires fall.

The truths we seek are always qualified.
We never seem to live and learn.
And here we are, breaking down
and being tested in the crucible of doubt.