Busy Waiting

by After The Ibis

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Busy Waiting is the hotly-anticipated début album from After The Ibis.

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released May 9, 2014

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All tracks written & performed by 'After The Ibis'.

All tracks mixed & mastered by Jim Fox, Lion and Fox Recording, Washington D.C. except track 8 mixed live by Mr. Upfull.

Recorded at Salt Studio & Darklands Audio 2013
Design by danielflynndesign.com

After The Ibis would like to thank Lee Page, Jim Fox of Lion and Fox Recording Studios, Mr. Upfull, Salt Studio, Darklands Audio, Chris & Al Wickham, Dan Flynn & everybody who has supported the band so far.

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After The Ibis Dublin, Ireland

After the Ibis are an 8-piece reggae band.

Hailing from Dublin, Ireland, After The Ibis have established a reputation that has seen them perform alongside the greats of Toots and the Maytals, Max Romeo, Third World, Tosh/Marley Band, The Skatalites and Junior Marvin.

Their hotly-anticipated début album "Busy waiting" launched in 2014 & available to purchase on bandcamp
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Track Name: Fallen Soldier
Ooh young boy, with the eyes of a child,
allowed to play with a grown man’s toy
Running wild and rewarded for violence
Young foolish boy, is this life a game -
building points when targets fall?
But there’s no rematch when it’s game over
We’ll shed a tear and sigh

One tear for the fallen soldier, we’ll just soldier on
One tear for the souls who never chose to sign on
Such a big man with your shoulders folded - knows he’d never take that fall
Won't cry for the fallen soldier, we’ll just soldier on

And we’ll sigh, oh we’ll join a chorus of sighs
for all those who fail to find
those healing, mending words lost in a troubled mind

Young frightened boy, just another pawn,
another set of limbs on strings
What gives his life purpose deems him worthless
to the big man pulling the strings,
sitting high so far from the firing line, sitting on a secret
He doesn’t dream of being the victor
'cause he knows like all those times before,
their one and only goal;
to keep this game going, going, going on and on

One tear for the fallen soldier, we’ll just soldier on
One tear for the souls who never chose to sign on
Such a big man with your shoulders folded - knows he’d never take that fall
Won't cry for the fallen soldier, we’ll just soldier on
One tear for the fallen soldier, we’ll just soldier on

One tear for the souls who never chose to sign on
Such a big man with your shoulders folded - knows he’d never take that fall
Won't cry for the fallen soldier, we’ll just soldier on

And we’ll sigh, oh we’ll join a chorus of sighs
for all those who fail to find
those healing, mending words lost in a troubled mind
Track Name: Busy Waiting
I can’t wake this air is such a heavy weight
(Outside every window) the blackest cloud refusing to dissipate,
and stealing all our rays
With all eyes up we’re pleading with the sky to change (and lift spirits below)
as we collide with the sky-watchers in our way, chasing their tails
But what else can we do to pass time?

While we’re so busy waiting, and blaming - there’s justice in their shame
While we’re so busy waiting, reflecting - how did we end up here?

Hold tight we’re waiting for the ascent, how long can you hold your breath?
Try carry all the gifts they left, there’s only so far a back can bend
We keep sinking under the weight, there’s only so low we can go
before we’re swallowing soil

I dreamt I changed my fate today,
and awoke and rose armed with this self belief and a sturdy gait
I tried to close my ears to your words - they drain us and age us
You just say all you can to steal our dreams away and add to the weight

Hold tight we’re waiting for the ascent, how long can you hold your breath?
Try carry all the gifts they left, there’s only so far a back can bend
We keep sinking under the weight, there’s only so low we can go
before we’re swallowing soil

Wake me when it starts to rain,
when the sky changes
Wake me when the thunder sounds
See the clouds colliding
See the clouds colliding

While we’re so busy waiting, we can dream, we can dream
While we’re so busy waiting, we can…

Hold tight we’re waiting for the ascent, how long can you hold your breath?
Try carry all the gifts they left, there’s only so far a back can bend
We keep sinking under the weight, there’s only so low we can go
before we’re swallowing soil
Track Name: Step Inside
Man I can feel no pain
I hope that you feel much the same
Are you cats with me?
Ya gotta take your time, move your dancing feet
Man I can feel no pain

And if it isn’t so you’ve got to step inside, step inside
Just roll out your soul, you know you’ll feel alright, feel alright
Are you cats with me?
Ya gotta take your time, move your dancing feet
Man I can feel no pain

And when the silence breaks
get your back up off the wall
and feel your skin shiver and shake
Throw image and the ego aside
and taste the unity and harmony that melody provides
Man I can feel no pain,
I feel rhythm and I
I come alive - come, come, come alive, come alive

And if it isn’t so, you’ve got to step inside, step inside
Just roll out your soul, you know you’ll feel alright, feel alright
Are you cats with me?
Ya gotta take your time, move your dancing feet
Man I can feel no pain

And if it isn’t so, you’ve got to step inside, step inside
Just roll out your soul, you know you’ll feel alright, feel alright
Are you cats with me?
Ya gotta take your time, move your dancing feet
Man I can feel no pain
Track Name: Room is on Fire
There are times when we get so tired of keeping the faith
but this time you're starting to feel the truth come your, your way
All these changes you've been waiting for to deal with this pain
There's a mountain to move but I promise it is not in vain

All of my life I've been running around,
feet from the ground, now I feel

The room is on fire, the room is on fire
The room is on fire, the room is on fire

All these forces of ages gone by are starting to fade
I've got nothing to prove and I'm no longer shackled by shame
Oh you may cry when they land at your feet - a meaningless blame
You may laugh when you find that it all is a meaningless game

There's a time and a place to lead and to chase,
both in different realities
All of my life I've been running around,
feet from the ground, now I feel

The room is on fire, the room is on fire
The room is on fire, the room is on fire

All of my life I've been running around,
feet from the ground, now I feel

The room is on fire, the room is on fire
The room is on fire, the room is on fire
The room is on fire, fire, fire
The room is on fire
The room is on fire, fire, fire
The room is on fire
Track Name: Ode to the Chief
This heist, the sheist of the century
for those who oppose and those with no souls
I'm not talking about the run of the mill,
what a robbery
Poisonous cloud in the sea
Pool of black blood in your hands
Brown paper lies, heads they must fly
A tooth for a tooth and an eye for an eye

Wise up fisherman run, run - save your bones
Swallow your tongue and sacrifice your soul
but find your backbone
and rise up fisherman - one man's voice can echo
From the shore to shores unknown,
you'll speak for the spoken for

So tired, so tired of your company
dividing the folk and trying to provoke
Ain't noone can doubt
the shame and disgrace of your policies
Poisonous cloud in the sea
Pool of black blood in your hands
Brown paper lies, heads they must fly
A tooth for a tooth and an eye for an eye

Wise up fisherman run, run - save your bones
Swallow your tongue and sacrifice your soul
but find your backbone
and rise up fisherman - one man's voice can echo
From the shore to shores unknown,
you'll speak for the spoken for

Wise up fisherman run, run - save your bones
Swallow your tongue and sacrifice your soul
but find your backbone
and rise up fisherman - one man's voice can echo
From the shore to shores unknown,
you'll speak for the spoken for
You'll be the voice of every man -
for all the voiceless
Track Name: Dig Up
Man we're not the same, you and I, we're nothing alike
You'll have grit under your nails 'til the day you die
'cause when you find yourself covered in dirt, digging for gold
you don't know you're just digging yourself a hole
so dig up, dig up oh
Dig up, dig up oh

Man you could have the finest of threads on your back,
still I'll compare you to the rats in the sewer if you
only ever measure worth by number
and keep feeding me figures and lines
See all that I have is all that I know and all that you teach me so
so I can never be full, I can never be

Fool you're climbing human rope
You'll fall and land on hands you spat on
Disdain for all us common folk,
(but we know) crawling we're still taller than, taller than most
We're taller than most

And when you bleed,
when they bring you to your knees,
can you survive
where your foot equals mine?
And on bended knee we'll see the world so clearly

After you've fallen,
after they've spent all of your pride,
will you be standing?
Will we be standing side by side?
And after you've fallen
will you be jumping towards the tide?
Or will you be standing?
Will we be standing side by side?

[And when you bleed they'll bring you to your knees
The powers that be will bring you to your knees
And when you bleed, child, they'll bring you to your knees
The powers that be will bring you to your knees]
Track Name: Light my Fuse
What does it take to get you started?
Only fools seem to wait like we do
Now that this boat has already parted,
such a beautiful waste of time, me and you
But I’m so glad that you filled my cup
'cause now things are looking up
and all that you said I will keep in my head like treasure

So you, only you, light my fuse, light, light my fuse
Oh you, only you, sittin’ in the corner with your lonesome blues
Oh you, only you, light my fuse, light, light my fuse
Oh you, only you

What can I say to make the stars move
and erase what is written in our sky?
Might they show mercy on a fool,
on a fool who watches her ship passing by?
Now I find me tripping on new ground
Tell me how do I move forward when I keep turning around?

So you, only you, light my fuse, light, light my fuse
Oh you, only you, sittin’ in the corner with your lonesome blues
Oh you, only you, light my fuse, light, light my fuse
Oh you, only you

So you, only you, light my fuse, light, light my fuse
Oh you, only you, sittin’ in the corner with your lonesome blues
Oh you, only you, light my fuse, light, light my fuse
Oh you, only you

[And all that you said I will keep in my head like treasure
What can I say to make the stars move?
And all that you said I will keep in my head like treasure
What can I say to make the stars move?]
Track Name: Meltdown
Last night I dreamt of a society where money was a thing of the past
There was no more greed, there was no more need -
we all had seen the light at last
So I woke up this morning and I realised
that the system's gonna have to change
You fat cats in power, your milk's turning sour
The dog you dread is heading your way

It's a meltdown (It's a meltdown)
Run for your life!
It's a meltdown (It's a meltdown)
You know the feeling ain't right

See I dreamt that the world was there for us to share
and we all had a slice of the cake,
but the greatest thing about this new society
was live and give, not take, take, take
We respected one another and we took our time,
side by side, race by race
Peacefully we dwelled in no consumer hell
Can you imagine such a place?

It's a meltdown (It's a meltdown)
Run for your life!
It's a meltdown (It's a meltdown)
You know the feeling ain't right

Politicians of our time, they all be money men
and the earth to them commodity
but it's as plain as day, if we continue this way
disaster for society
You fat cats in power, you come at the hour
Gonna have to change the way we live
And if the bubble bursts, you know you heard it here first
'cause something's gonna have to give

It's a meltdown (It's a meltdown)
Run for your life!
It's a meltdown (It's a meltdown)
You know the feeling ain't right