The King is Dead

Ever since I heard ‘Scallops’ by The Herd, I fell in love with this Aussie Hip Hop collective.

They are never afraid to be political, and have come out with such classic lyrics as

Wake up – this country needs a fucking shake up
Wake up – these cunts need a shake up

77% – The Herd (2003)

I have seen them live 3 times and they rank as one of my favourite live bands EVA.

They have just released a new single as they prepare to release the new album ‘Summerland’ on their own label.

It’s called, ‘The King is Dead’ and it represents the fall of John Howard. Very close to my heart and very cool lyrics.

Go and download it NOW!

We danced like new years eve
We danced from sheer relief
Everything must change

The people that you projected as
We were nothing of the sort it sold us all short
Put down the champagne
No toast to the legacy(no way)
And all the propaganda of prosperity
That’s what a machine does and they don’t need therapy
You turned us into a nation of haters
Far right appeaser
believer in whatever get you leader
Dog whistle through the speakers
see who bites it
I noticed a hell of a lot of people liked it
An ethical choice is simpler if you price it
Conquer by dividing
that’s why you admired him?
unless pushed we would never have retired him
Fuckin pirate history will damn him
once it seemed like nothing can damage him
[UNKLE HO MANDARIN – ??]
Crook, you got your arse played in Mandarin

Finally the King is Dead,
we cried off with his head
Everything must change, Everything must change
We danced like new years eve
We danced from relief
Everything must change, nothing stays the same
Nothing stays the same oh, Nothing stays the same oh

Yeah Cats I know are feeling just like the rapture
I can tell who this mood is failing to capture
It’s like somebody finally did light that match up
And burn down the parliament, learned from the argument
Can’t be non-partisan, when you’re an artist
And you put your heart in it,
and that’s not even the half of it
Like my man said, we’re talking butter and bread
Better if his words were never uttered again
Mostly vindictive, who could have predicted
Just a few tax breaks to keep us all addicted
The dickhead dictator leader imitator
Made me feel immature when I said “I hate ya”
Did you read the paper the day after and hear the laughter?
I’ll read it to you, it starts with M McKew and ends with you
No broader view from the people on your ship that you used to call crew
Huh! That’s typical, now I guess it’s difficult
For the type of person who only thinks of individual
No residual, you’ll see our resilience
Take your bat and ball and head for the pavilion

Finally the King is Dead,
we cried off with his head
Everything must change, Everything must change
We danced like new years eve
We danced from relief
Everything must change, nothing stays the same
Nothing stays the same oh, Nothing stays the same oh

Just promise me this,
no rose petal glasses,
quickly confine him to part of the past

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3 responses to “The King is Dead

  • Aurelius

    Crook, you got your arse played in Mandarin

    Could there be a better summary of his downfall?

  • purrsikat

    Just found your blog while searching for lyrics to the awesome tune, The King is Dead. Great stuff, I’ll be coming back to check more of your blog out! 🙂

  • Melly Mel

    I have loved The Herd for a long time, along with the Hilltop Hoods. Prior to encountering them I really disliked rap/hip hop type music – hoes n bitches just don’t do it for me. It was so refreshing to encounter this style of music without all the crap, that actually meant sometime and was pertinent to an Australian environment.

    Have seen the Hilltops a couple of times but never The Herd. But guess who I am going to see among others this very weekend…? Playing at Groovin the Moo this Saturday, can’t wait!!!! WOOT!

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