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RYL: “Little Brother is Watching” will be released in 10 days….. What this album means for you, lyrically speaking?

BUMBLEFOOT: This album feels like I’ve found a more direct line to my insides, not just lyrically but also musically, and production-wise.

Everything is drawing from a deeper place. The lyrics to the title track “Little Brother Is Watching” talks about how the constant presence of surveillance effects us.

In George Orwell’s book “1984” he depicted a future world where the Government watched everything you do, saying “Big Brother Is Watching You.”

But what no one predicted was the evolution, our reality, where we as individuals watch and expose the Government, each other, everything.

But with this technology comes challenges in how we interact, “We’re all connected but separated,” and how we use it to expose others, “Little Brother wants to make headlines, be immortalized…”

Little Brother Is Watching

Little Brother has taken control

Shoveling dirt in every hole

Predators to condemn your soul

Watching you & watching me

We’re all connected but separated

Misunderstood and so frustrated

A million Armies Of One have invaded

Watching you & watching me

We live behind glass curtains

And act like nothing’s wrong

Soon you will belong

I know you’re out there somewhere…

We’ve watched you for so long

We wait for you to fall

We will expose you all

I know you’re out there somewhere watching me

Little Brother wants to make headlines, be immortalized

Everyone’s got an electric eye, we’re the Digital Spies

They’ve watched you for so long

I know you’re out there somewhere watching me

We the people have taken over

We the people are Little Brother

Standing by to dethrone each other

Watching you & watching me

Paranoid, the lens is our weapon

Desensitized, in our lust for attention

Democratized, by our voyeur obsessions

Watching you & watching me

Slaves to perfection, don’t let them

Project you as you are

Reveal your every flaw

I know you’re out there somewhere…

We’ve watched you for so long

We wait for you to fall

We will expose you all

I know you’re out there somewhere watching me

Little Brother wants to make headlines, be immortalized

Everyone’s got an electric eye, we’re the Digital Spies

They’ve watched you for so long

I know you’re out there somewhere watching me

I know you’re out there somewhere…

This is the new Totalitarian State

1000 eyes are waiting for you to break

Stay in line, don’t make a mistake

We’re watching…

We’ve watched you for so long

We wait for you to fall

We will expose you all

I know you’re out there somewhere watching me 

RYL: Tell us about “Argentina”, what inspired its verses?

BUMBLEFOOT: This song started with just one lyric I had, “Now I know what it’s like to live two lives and have to choose,” speaking of a situation I was in, that we’re all in at some point.

The music of the first part felt like a Romeo & Juliet tragedy, with the feel of an Argentinian tango. From there, the story turned into one about jumping into a relationship, then realizing the two sides don’t have the same feelings about each other and expecting something different than each thought it was.

And in the end people are hurt, and hurting each other.

Argentina

PART I

This is our last goodbye, young hearts will stop, torn souls set free

All that we have is now, if this is what you want then come to me

My Argentina, my love

One final kiss ’til we meet again

Now I know what it’s like to live two lives and have to choose

Sorrow and song, they dance – let them, for all the perfect nights with you

My Argentina, my love

One final kiss ’til we meet again

PART II

I never asked for your love

You gave it all and now it’s gone, oh, it’s gone

I can’t be obligated

I never said I was the one, one, the one

This is the Winter of our lives

We come to play the final scene

The curtains close and in the darkness we expose

What lies beneath

You thought I needed someone

To be complete but you were wrong, oh, so wrong

I’m nothing more than who I am

Don’t put it all in my hands

I never said that I could save you from yourself

But you took the chance

PART III

And this is how it ends

Games of revenge that no one wins.

This is how it ends

We romanticize our pain

And justify our rage

We excuse ourselves and remove ourselves

From all the wars we wage

We call it love.

Competition, foolish pride, taking sides

We call it love.

Stabbing words manipulate.

It’s how we’re taught to use and take.

We call it love.

When you look back on what you had, not what you lost.

Then call it love.

But this is how it ends.

All things must come to an end.

And in our place once we’re forgotten

A new day will come.

And the sun will shine again.

But I don’t know when.

RYL: Do you remember the first song you wrote for this album?

BUMBLEFOOT: I had ideas for songs already floating around, but the first one I wrote for the album was “Clots.” The words started coming to me on the drive home from the doctor’s office when they told me I had a tumor. I had symptoms that would show up randomly for about 5 years, and doctors would blow it off saying things like “You’re just getting older, it’s normal…”  

I’m not that old, haha, and it’s not normal to piss *blood red*. I can’t speak for other countries but in the US I’ve experienced too much of “take these pills and go away.” That needs to change.

Clots

And the clots, they never stop

They barricade my veins

And the clots keep building up

They suffocate my brain

I built them to destroy myself

They’re circling the prey

I push until I break

I feel them start to scrape

The core of all I am is chiseling away

And every spec of life is gonna rot away in time

We turn to mud or turn to stone, it’s the grand design

A maze of petrified hearts and I’m lost inside

We all self-destruct, to love is to deny

And that is life.

And the clots, they never stop

They tear beneath my skin

And the clots keep building up

They rip new holes again

You’re here to turn me inside out

And then turn me away

For all my life I’d choke

On clouds of Savior’s smoke

Until my blackened soul was burning away

CHORUS

We build our castles and we stomp them back to dust.

Like ants, we climb the hill again.

Tell me how many times

Am I supposed to die

Before you lift the cross and let a man rise.

CHORUS

We are the clots.

RYL: Which is your favorite verse of the all album?

BUMBLEFOOT: There are a lot of lines that are personal and meaningful, hard to choose… I think a lot of the lines in the song “Livin’ the Dream” but overall I like the lyrics best to “Cuterebra,” how they compare the life-cycle of gossip to that of a parasitic fly… I wrote the song while wandering the stairways of a hotel in Argentina…

Cuturebra

In the hallway down the staircase slowly opening the creaking door

Someone comes along and smiles and for a moment all is quite the norm

Avoiding all the crowd below the sound of conversations spin

And patiently I wait in every corner for someone to come in

Dry’d in dust on darkened floors, a gasp resists with every buried breath

Watching shadows through the cracks of light that shape and sway with every step

So carefully and quietly and with an undetected hand

In comes a breeze it sweeps the room and follows with a distant slam

Donned in bath kerchief the chambermaids unlock and let the daylight in

She spoke of trees, and creeping things and nestled foundlings in the Starlight crib

With an unsaving clench a bribe under the cloak is unconcealed

And all her secrets now belong forever to whom she revealed

We build on wretched ruins thinly veiled below our skin & bones

Cowards, sing each other’s rhyme and add a verse of all your wicked moans

It starts off as a whisper and grows into the deepest battle cry

Pressing ears and spying eyes await the beast we’re nurturing inside

Questions fly and so do I, the hole fills with our harshest stones unturned

‘Neath the cardhouse all my kings are buried and the queen won’t say a word

We plant the tales, they feed on us ’til accusations earn their wings

Sold out for sharpened tongues and spit into the air these creeping things

RYL: What is the meaning behind “Higher”?

BUMBLEFOOT: ”Higher” is about enjoying your life *right now*. And how a song takes us back to the great times we’ll be re-living in our memories.

I was sitting on the couch watching Ingmar Bergman’s “The Seventh Seal” while writing the final lyrics of this song – something about it, feeling creative juices flowing, channeling ideas from the moment… this song was the soundtrack to that memory of writing a song about songs being the soundtracks to our memories…

Higher

In twenty years what will we say

When we look back on yesterday

Silence falls and I drift into space

This is the time that we will always remember

Living for now making it last forever

These are the best of days

There’s nothing in our way

You turn it up and play it over again

This is the time when all our eyes shine brighter

Just you and I and the whole world to fight for

We can make it last

Smile when we look back

Just look inside and feel it over and over again

We take you higher and higher and higher

You feel it over and over again

 We take you higher and higher and higher

 You feel it over and over again

This is the life, we live again tomorrow

Letting go, the heart will always follow

Nothing is far away

It’s just like yesterday

Just look inside and feel it over and over again

CHORUS

Now twenty years have passed us by

And we look back and count the time

Burning like the Summer sun

When the world was young

As I lay staring from the ground

And seven trumpets wait to sound

Silence calls and I drift from this place

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RYL: How do you think you will be able to combine the promotion on the new album and your commitment towards “Art of Anarchy”?

BUMBLEFOOT: “Art of Anarchy”  is all about the music we created together, and sharing that music. If there’s any touring or time commitments, it’ll get sorted.

But really, we all spend most of our lives doing more than one thing at one time, it’s totally normal. The album shoud be out around May or June. I’m also laying guitars and producing a rap metal collaboration of the band Generation Kill and rapper Darryl “DMC” McDaniels from Run DMC.

RYL: In your career which is the greatest lyricist you ever met?

BUMBLEFOOT: Ever *met*? hmmmmmmm… Neil Young.

RYL: “Women rule the world” are you really sure? 🙂 🙂 🙂

BUMBLEFOOT: We all know it’s true, haha. Seriously, we men make fools of ourselves showing off, competing, conquering, and why? To be chosen by women.

We know it and we like it. It’s nature at its simplest we’re trying to fulfill. Men will try by any means – through pleasure, through control, but ultimately everything we do is all within a woman’s ‘Matrix’. I have no complaints being a man in a woman’s world.

Women Rule the World

They let us play with all our toys

They let us think that we’re big boys

They let us make the louder noise, but…

Women rule the world

They let us think we’re superman

That we’re the only ones who can be strong

But we break on command, ’cause

Women rule the world

I try to act so cool but you know I’m just a fool for you, for you

I won’t stop til I reach the top just to be there with you, with you

And I still trip over my feet

And my heart still skips a beat

 I’m such a lucky guy ’cause after all this time

 It’s like the deeper I go the deeper I fall

The deeper I go the deeper I fall

They touch so gentle, play so fair

Mend our wounds with love and care

But they can crush us with a stare, ’cause…

Women rule the world 

We are the fighters, we control

We’re always right, they let it go

Behind that pretty smile they know that…

Women rule the world

CHORUS

We launch 1000 ships into the rocks

And from the cliffs they watch

Us sink down in our thorny crowns

Women rule the world

And beggars dressed as Emperors

Offering you 7 wonders

Promising the deepest thunder

Women rule the world

We’ll tell you you’re the perfect girl

We’ll crawl for miles through the sand

To win your hand and be your man

Women rule the world

CHORUS

RYL: Which is the craziest thing you have done as a fan and which is the craziest thing that a fan did for you?

BUMBLEFOOT: People have done the most thoughtful and creative things, making beautiful art, but for me simple kindness is more than enough. I’m content with a kind word and a handshake.

RYL: Tell us about the upcoming tour ….when you will visit dubai again? Last time it was great to see you playing live and give some guitar tricks to your fans…!

BUMBLEFOOT: Thank you 🙂 I’m waiting on booking any tours until the album is released and I have a sense of what would be best touring-wise. I have shows in the UK in late-Feb into early March, and will be a counselor at Rock ‘n’ Roll Fantasy Camp in Las Vegas end of March… after that I’m sure things will start getting busy, and I’m sure we’ll be seeing each other in Dubai again 🙂 Always a pleasure!

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