Alter Ego

by Dylan Bell

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This EP is the shadow album to "Don't Fix What's Broken": all the tracks that don't fit into the pop genre. You'll find everything here from classical choral, to world music, to a satirical children's song about the Global Economic Meltdown. Enjoy!

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released February 19, 2010

Dylan Bell: voices, bass, guitars, keyboards, drums, percussion

Suba Sankaran: voice (From Ash You Rise, Obama Twa Wakaribisha)

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Dylan Bell Toronto, Ontario

In a word... multifaceted. Toronto-based songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer. From a neo-classical choral opus to an unabashed rock song, I've probably written it... or at least working on it. I'm fortunate enough to make my work my play, touring across North America, Europe, and Asia. Visit me at www.dylanbell.ca ... more

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Track Name: L'Etat C'est Moi
People, people, get on the floor
Time to disco Mr. Harper out the door
Watch him shimmy, tryin’ to get on down
Acting like the Emperor of Disco-Town

Hold the people in deep contempt
Mr. Law-and-Order, but it seems that you’re exempt
You’re a petty tyrant, you’re a crying shame
Acting like democracy is just a game
That’s why you say:

L’etat c’est moi, l’etat c’est moi
Ooh-la-la, say l’etat c’est moi
L’Etat c’est moi, l’etat c’est moi
Ooh-la-la, say l’etat c’est moi
Singin’ ooh-la-la, say l’etat c’est moi
Ooh-la-la…

Stroke the banker, and screw the poor
Do your slick maneuver on the disco floor
Tellin’ everybody that you run this town
And if you don’t like the music, you just shut the Party down

L’Etat c’est moi…

Oh, people, people, do what you gotta do
It’s time to take back what belongs to you
So let’s boogie on down to the voting polls
And let’s show them that the Emperor ain’t got no clothes
Track Name: From Ash You Rise
Once lord of a thousand year
Master over all, you flew
You flew, you sang, lord over all
Now here you lie, ash at our feet

Your throat, now stopped, no longer sings
Your wings, now crushed, no longer beat
Once lord of a thousand year
Now here you lie, ash at our feet

You flew, you sang, lord over all
You danced in fire of your design
But fire consumes: all songs must end
And here you lie, ash at our feet

But spirit cannot be consumed
And love (though frail) cannot be crushed
Your song cannot remain unsung
Your ash will not return to earth

From ash you stir, from ash you stir
From ash you rise, from ash you rise
Before us all, the glorious arc-en-ciel
Reaching, yearning, hungry for the sky
Before us all, you rise, you rise
Before us all, you rise and fly.
Track Name: Good Little Piggy
Hi Kids!

[Kids:] Hi Dylan!

Now I know you’ve been hearing some pretty crazy words these days: words like “recession” and “credit crunch” and “bailout”. Well I’m here to tell you all about it so that it all makes sense. Are you ready? here we go!

This little piggy loved silver and gold
This little piggy loved silver and gold
Didn’t really care who he bought or sold
And now we’re left out in the cold!
This little piggy sold magic beans
He said they’d grow up big and green
He never really told us what that means

[Kids:] And now they’re blown to smithereens!

My mama taught me right from wrong
My mama taught me right from wrong
Didn’t their mamas ever sing this song?
It’s time for us to sing along!

Ohhhhhhhhhhhhh!

Don’t go swimming if the water’s too deep
Don’t make a promise you can’t keep
Don’t let your conscience fall asleep
Be a good little piggy today!

[Kids:] Dylan, what’s a Ponzi scheme?
What’s a credit freeze?

Well, kids, those are very good questions. Can you all say “deliverable obligation characteristics of a credit-default swap?” Don’t worry… I can’t say it either! But maybe this little story can help:

This little piggy played a pyramid game
This little piggy played a pyramid game
It all fell down and he’s to blame
And that’s why they closed the banks in Spain!

Borrow from Peter to pay back Paul
Peter owes money to Billy and Saul
No-one ever had any money at all

[Kids:] And husha-husha! Down we fall!

My mama taught me right from wrong
My mama taught me right from wrong
Maybe if their mamas sang this song
Things wouldn’t be so gosh-darn wrong!

Ohhhhhhhhhhhhh!

Don’t go swimming if the water’s too deep
Don’t make a promise you can’t keep
Don’t let your conscience fall asleep
Be a good little piggy today!

[Kids:] Dylan, why did Jenny have move out of her house?
Shut up, Danny!
What does ‘foreclosure’ mean?

Well, kids, sometimes people want what they can’t really afford… like a mini-mansion on a Wal-Mart salary.

[Kid:] but Dad doesn’t work at Wal-Mart anymore…

And there’s always somebody happy to string them along. Take a listen…

This little piggy sold a house of sticks
Told ‘em it worth its weight in bricks
I guess it was one of his crazy tricks
And now it ain’t worth a pile of beans!
If something seems to good to be true
Use your noggin and think it through
Don’t let greed get the best of you

[Kids:] Cause that’s what oinky little piggys will do!

Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhh!

Don’t go swimming if the water’s too deep
Don’t make a promise you can’t keep
Don’t buy dear if you gotta sell cheap
Be a good little piggy today!
Be a good little piggy today!
Be a good little piggy today!
Track Name: Obama, Twa Wakaribisha
Obama! Ndie mwenye matarajio, twa wakaribisha
Obama! Embodiment of Hope, we welcome you

Obama! Ndie alama ya ahadi, twa wakaribisha
Obama! Symbol of Promise, we welcome you

Obama, Ndie aletae muungano , twa wakaribisha
Obama! Healer of Divisions, we welcome you

Obama, Ndio pamoja twaweza, twa wakaribisha
Obama! Yes We Can! We welcome you

Verse 1 (English)

“Wakaribisha” from your Northern Brothers
We stand before you with our hearts full of pride
“Wakaribisha” from your Northern Sisters
We welcome you with our hearts open wide

Verse 2 (English)

From the beginning we have shared our freedom
Shoulder to shoulder at this moment in time
From independence to the Underground Railroad
We will be with you till the end of the line
Track Name: Dona Nobis Pacem
Text: Dona Nobis Pacem, Gratiam et Humilitatem (from the latin: Grant us Peace, Grace and Humility)
Track Name: Gringo Samba
Going on a holiday to sunny Barcelona
Tried to learn the language through and through
And though I thought I tried my best
They said "east" but I heard "west"
Now I'm on a freight train to Kathmandu

And everything's so unfamiliar
Can't understand a word they say
Can't figure out how to use the telephone
I think I lost my passport
There's a scorpion in my shoe
I'm so confused and clueless
Tell me what else can I do?
I do the Gringo Samba

Never ask a soldier for directions to the bathroom
Don't ever order "coke" in Bogota
If a waitress slaps you in the face
Check your guidebook just in case
You might have asked her to go back to your room with her twin sister

Maybe I'll just take a bus to Bismarck North Dakota
I'm pretty sure that it's wild enough for me
On second thought I'll stay at home
And if I feel the urge to roam
There's always something exotic on my TV
So if you brought a mask and snorkel
While on Safari in Sudan
Don't say I didn't try to tell you so
If your pocket's full of Deutschmarks
But you're headed to Peru
You're swimming off the deep end
And there's nothing left to do
So do the Gringo Samba
Track Name: I Ain't Lazy... I Just Don't Care
Verse 1
Well you tell me I can never buy a diamond ring
To sparkle on my baby’s hand
She says the only diamonds she’ll ever need
Sparkle in the desert sand
Well you tell me that I gotta learn to play the game
Better buckle-down and learn my place
Well you can take your big Mercedes, your big-city suit
And shove ‘em up your fancy briefcase

Chorus
I ain’t lazy, Mister Boss-man: I just don’t care
I ain’t lazy, Mister Boss-man: I just don’t care
You can call me crazy, say I’m lost, say I’m going nowhere
I ain’t lazy, Mister Boss-man: I just don’t care
No sir, I just don’t care

Verse 2
Well you tell me “get working those idle hands
Before the Devil gets behind the wheel.”
But let me tell you:
Your busy hands and your busy life
Are gonna leave you with a heart of steel
So go on, take the biggest, and take the best
Take everything your money can buy
I’ll be happy with an open road
A sunset and a deep blue sky

[Chorus]

Verse 3
You can have your forty-hour grindstone
Your two short weeks of vacation
I’d rather saddle-up my big red Chevy
And drive me across the nation
Cause I finally came to my senses
Got tired of being played a fool
And it sure is easy to play the game
When you stop playing by the rules
Track Name: Obama, Twa Wakaribisha (a cappella mix)
Obama! Ndie mwenye matarajio, twa wakaribisha
Obama! Embodiment of Hope, we welcome you

Obama! Ndie alama ya ahadi, twa wakaribisha
Obama! Symbol of Promise, we welcome you

Obama, Ndie aletae muungano , twa wakaribisha
Obama! Healer of Divisions, we welcome you

Obama, Ndio pamoja twaweza, twa wakaribisha
Obama! Yes We Can! We welcome you

Verse 1 (English)

“Wakaribisha” from your Northern Brothers
We stand before you with our hearts full of pride
“Wakaribisha” from your Northern Sisters
We welcome you with our hearts open wide

Verse 2 (English)

From the beginning we have shared our freedom
Shoulder to shoulder at this moment in time
From independence to the Underground Railroad
We will be with you till the end of the line
Track Name: L'Etat C'est Nous
Ecoutez-Vous, L’Etat C’est Nous
(Listen Up… This Country Is Ours!)

People, people, in Parliament:
We’re the Younger Generation and we’re here to represent
We’re sick and tired of being ignored
So we’ll kick it to you Old-Skool on the disco floor

You think without us, you can get along?
I guess that you forgot that’s we’re three million voters strong
Say we’re apathetic, say that we don’t care
We’re gonna vote in numbers and you’ll all be running scared

Chorus:
L’Etat C’est Nous, L’Etat C’est Nous
Ecoutez-Vous, say L’Etat C’est Nous
L’Etat C’est Nous, L’Etat C’est Nous
Ecoutez-Vous, say L’Etat C’est Nous

Oh Ecoutez-Vous: L’Etat C’est Nous
Ecoutez-Vous

You help the children, you help the old
But you left my generation freezing in the cold
Helping “Working Families” seems so inspired…
But I’ll be eating Kraft Dinner ‘till the day that I retire

[Chorus]

Aww, people, people, do what you gotta do
It’s time to take back what belongs to you
So let’s boogie on down, and spread the word
We’re gonna get the vote out and we’ll make our voices heard!