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by Ahmed El-Motassem

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released June 7, 2014

All songs written composed & performed by A. El-Motassem *, engineered & mastered by Billy Szeflinski at The Kennel studio.
'The Only Big Man & 'Future Crimes' - music by A. El-Motassem / M. Sobhi. 'Happiness Machine' & 'You Long to be Real' feature Mounir Sobhi on additional Keys & bass. 'The Only Big Man' features Michael Attias on hand rhythm.
Cover art & photography: A. El-Motassem
© Ahmed El-Motassem

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Track Name: The Only Big Man
Only big man knows how small man really is;
(The only big man, real big man),
Only big man knows how small man really is;
How small man, how small man really is!
What to say, what to do,
Manifest the divine,
In every fool;
Take me down to the river,
Wash my misery in the cosmic laughter!

Only big man knows how small man really is;
(The only big man, real big man),
Only big man knows how small man really is;
How small man, how small man really is!

What to say, what to do,
What monsters, me and you;
Take me down to the river,
Watch your misery drown in the cosmic laughter!

What to say, what to do,
Don't need to be feared by you;
We can always dream
Of going where no man has ever been,
I don't mean a vacation spot,
Nor a competition to anxiously rot,
Or what not,
Not to say, not to do!
Track Name: You Long to be Real
Wanna see you shine, feeling kind,
In your capacity, to sound mean,
First you appear, then disappear,
While the oceans lie in a state of dream;
Sure it's your right to feel,
Alien as a sociopath to empathy;
Believe in a god that gave you a voice just to take it away,
Believe in a voice that gave you a god just to take it away!
And like a child lost in a forest,
Can't remember how you got there,
Can't find your way home;
You long to be free, you long to be real,
And don't you know you're only free to heal?

Your mom may have played a number on you,
She once was a helpless little one too;
Your wings may have been clipped before you knew you had any;
Were you burned too soon by too many?
And like a child lost in a forest,
Away from the public eye,
Break down and cry!
You long to be free, you long to be real
Don't you know you're only free to heal?
You long to be free, you long to be real,
And don't you know, it's magical to be!
Come to think of it, it's a miracle we're here,
And you're just like me love, too embarrassed to be;
Still it hurts when you find life too special to be drained or denied
Through systematic semantic slavery, that's all,
All we need's the rule within, love out of free will!
Track Name: Untouchable
Untouchable

Some say it's been forever since the middle ages,
To me it all seems like yesterday,
A cartoon of you know who set the world aflame,
Liberals went oh well some things just can't be said;
....Welcome to the 21st century inquisition!

Now look who's acting untouchable,
In the name of the unseen,
Prayer house tax deductible
holy insecurity!

Ain't fooled by your game,
You give god a bad name;

Oh people get ready for a new season's episode,
Of an ages old epic fight I'm told,
As Saint Neocon takes on terror's Beast of the East,
And forces his people to be free;

Now look who's acting untouchable,
always fill up the scene,
with designer threats,
for the rabble to heed!
Look who's acting untouchable,
Acting with impunity,
Just because it's doable,
Endless war for peace!
Can't control what everyone will think,
May you grow love or grow extinct!
Track Name: The Rock N Roll Philosophy Minute -Sequel-
If a man came to you, 21st century man, claiming to have communications with and receive orders from a one and only invisible god, either directly or through, say, an English-speaking angel/ extra terrestrial... and that if you do not do as he says He says, or as he says angel says god says, then the worst fate imaginable may await your soul sometime in the future unknown. Now would you follow that man's claim unquestionably, yes or no? If no, why is it then when someone tells you essentially the same thing, except that the man in question existed hundreds of years ago... why is it then you readily accept it as a divine message, indisputably so?
Track Name: The Fundamentalist
The Fundamentalist

I know you know I know,
I said it before I'll say it a thousand more,
Coz no matter where you are or how you heal,
Everybody is a fundamentalist when it comes to israel!
(Left right black white)
So don't take the fun, take the fun, out of the fundamentalist!
Don't take the fun, take the fund, out of the fundamentalist!

Same old same old peace talk show,
You don't want me here, I can't let you be,
What makes it all so surreal,
Everybody is a fundamentalist when it comes to israel!
(Left right black white)
But don't take the fun, take the fun, out of the fundamentalist!
Don't take the fun, take the fund, out of the fundamentalist!

( Look at us now! )
We can joke about peace in the state we're in,
( Good to see you down! )
So long as each player anticipates the other's worst,
( Not joking around! )
Wonder who will make a treacherous move first?
( Look at us now! )
We can be in Tel Aviv getting hit,
Or an open air prison, gaza strip,
Children throwing rocks gettin shot,
God! what disproportionate punishment you find fit,
Those who say their right to be ain't your gift!
This land is your land, this land is their land,
From Jerusalem to the West Bank;
Look at us now,
Got this other side,
Love, rise, divine!
Track Name: I Need You - Finale -
I Need You -Finale -

Ooh I need you,
While we're still here not after we have gone;
Ooh I need you,
To pass the torch on;
Hold me, let go of me,
Like a body of memory ...
Just as you begin to know, You find it's time to go!
Ooh I need you,
To keep an empathic eye on me,
If I'm to stray away from the path of knowing,
Everyone you love is dying,
-Easy on yourself-
Everyone you hate is dying!
Hold me, let me go of me,
Like a body of memory ...
Just as you begin to know,
You find it's time to go!