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A no-guff, Johnny Cash inspired protest song. The title is based on a line from the infamous anti-establishment speech in the 1976 Sidney Lumet/Paddy Chayefsky film 'The Network'.


You can choose to paint your background or keep shtum on where you've been.
You can care less where you end up and invent where you begin.
You can even tell your Gospel and be free from fear of spin
but, first, you've got to get mad.

Portraits of invaders will no longer guide your hand.
Your needs no longer governed by a brightly coloured brand.
A message worth repeating won't speak only to the gland
but, first, you've got to get mad.

Glamour won't won't disguise the horrors waiting underneath.
Their secret won't be kept despite the armour of it's sheath.
The foul will soon break ranks when the bonny bare their teeth
but, first, you've got to get mad.

The law will take it's lawful place behind the picket line.
It's baton facing outward and allegiance reassigned,
it'll tear off the insignia of the matriarch maligned
but, first, you've got to get mad.

You can tread where track won't take you, nevermore will land be locked.
You can occupy what's yours with no-one pointing at the clock.
You can make a neighbour welcome without pleading at the dock
but, first, you've got to get mad.

There'll be broadcasts of the handshakes from a camera ridden street.
There'll be news and information that'll knock you on your feet.
A simple 'yes' or 'no' will render hot air obsolete
but, first, you've got to get mad.

There'll be space to unfold memories and time to plot their course.
There'll be heat to thaw the frozen joints and hands to share the wars.
There'll at last be recognition of that final, lonely cause
but, first, you've got to get mad.


from THE FIRST THREE EPS, released November 1, 2015

Del Scot Miller - guitar, vocals, words and music.
Steve Booth - drums, percussion.
Tommy Fuller - double bass.

Recorded, mastered and mixed by Kenton Nettle at Factory Studios, Barnsley.
Originally released May 2015.



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