Build a Wall (2004 Live Reprise)

by Taylor Project

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about

This is actually a proto-Taylor Project song, written and recorded under the guise of an earlier band "Because We Can". This version of "Build a Wall" was recorded live and with lo-fi recording efforts at the Pot Belly Bar in Canberra in November 2004...Note that people were still smoking inside bars then!

We thought it might be topical to unearth it since it's about a US election (in this case the 2004 one, won by George W Bush) and about the appeal of building walls between those with fundamentally different values - themes apparently of renewed interest in November 2016.

Curiously the lyrics might now be read as being from someone else's point of view.

For another reprise of American stuff from Liz and Sarah see also the "Midwest Mongerer": “THE MIDWEST MONGERER”: MEMOIRS ABOUT SOME PEOPLE WE MET DURING A TRIP TO ILLINOIS, IOWA, AND THE DAKOTAS IN JULY 2008 taylorprojectmusic.wordpress.com/2016/11/09/reprise-midwest-mongerer-2008/

lyrics

I've waited, I've voted for so long now
And now it, it seems that it's too late now
And now I, I've been left behind
We could always build a wall
Kind of like the one we had before
Through the middle of the free world
Or you could all fuck off to Mars
With the money that you save on welfare
And I will gladly be left behind
And you can be as right as you want
And I will gladly be left behind
You'll have your side, and I'll have mine
I've waited, I've waited for too long
And now I, I know that it's too late now
And now I, I won't even try anymore
I vote let's build a wall
Through the middle of the free world
You'll have your side, and I'll have mine
And you can have the better one
I'll take the sins, and you can have the guns
Bring back the cold war
And you can be as right as you want
And I will gladly be left behind
You'll have your side, and I'll have mine
You'll have your world, and I'll have mine.

credits

released September 11, 2016
Song by olden days band "Because We Can" (Sarah Taylor, Liz Taylor)
Recorded live in November 2004 at the Pot Belly Bar, Canberra.
The photo is a pre-Instagram actual disposable-camera image looking out over Clear Lake, Iowa (heartland America), in mid 2008.

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