The Life Equation

by Akira The Don



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released May 16, 2011

Produced by Stephen Hague and Akira The Don
Mixed by Stephen Hague
Mastered by Mike Marsh at The Exchange
Artwork by Andrew Bainbridge & Zef



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Track Name: Akira The Don ft. Gruff Rhys - We Wen't be Broke Forever Baby
Ever since I can remember I've been broke
Aint no joke
Pockets full of - nope, nada
Old man used to drive a Lada
I tried hard to
Supplement my lack of pocket money doing jobs
It's funny, I used to help my mother stitching cushions for ole Lizzy Bradley
Gardening and what not
I dug more holes than moles
Proles like me got paper rounds
Later we got people's rounds
15 I worked in the Old Vaults
Down Lower Bangor
Love that town
All my jobs were menial
I rocked that own brand cereal
Factories through administration
I got sacked in each location
I learnt from Bruce Lee: Don't think, feel
Went to America and got a record deal
Came back home all full of hope -
I told my girl, "we wont' be broke"
I quote:

We won’t be broke forever baby
(We won’t be broke, we won’t be broke)
We won’t be broke forever baby
(We won’t be broke, we won’t be broke)
Sometimes you feel like crying
But Lord only knows were trying
No one's lovin you like I am
Oh eh oh eh oh!
We won’t be broke forever baby
(We won’t be broke, we won’t be broke)

I was trying to make pasta
Gas just run out
I was trying to have a shower
Electric run out
So don’t you run out, or get a gun out
I swear down babe sun's gonna come out
Some dope film's gonna use this song
Everybody's gonna love it and they'll all sing along
And they all gon' drop like The Martian Hop
Badda oom badda badda
Badda oom bop bop
So we'll get get paid, and we'll get get go
On our w w way, round the w w world
You're my get go girl - you the greatest
None more dope you can't debate this
So we'll go shops and we'll get you shoes
There's some gold flip flips we can get you too
We can share a milkshake, ride the bus
As long as we've got us
My baby trust

And when we're old
We'll live in luxury
I a solid gold house
Beside the sea somewhere
And we'll have nothing to worry about
Apart from cancer scares
But then again
We might just have fixed all that crap!

We won’t, we won’t, we won’t be broke!
Oh oh oh ohhhhhhhh!
Track Name: I am Not Dead (Yeah!)
Some days you don't even wanna wake-up
Eyes sting caked in last night's make up
You shouted at your girl now you hope you didn't break up
The light's all wrong but you can see you tore the place up
Up, rise, survey the damage that you done
You didn't think that you were drunk
But you were flippin hammered son
Acting like a phallus and generally embarrassing
You yourself and thee, but then who wouldn't wanna be...
Look at all that sleep
Blessed in the West you're on top of the heap
You get to mess about like half of the week
So why you empathise with a song like Creep, huh?
Figga you're runnin it
Goose Top Gunnin it
You got a lully face there aint no need to stick a gun in it
Eeny meeny mini moment you'll over it and winning
So just remember us when you're singing
I am not dead yeah!
I am not dead, yeah!
Three pints and a prostitute
I may not ever be as clever or as blessed as you
But I am not dead, yeah!

I got all freaked out when I figured out the people that were running things
Were cannibals who treated us like animals
Refereed to us as useless eaters
Had made plans to beat us
Now they're all wrapped up like fajitas
I was like damn man this rubbish
Swore unto myself I would not rest until we had abolished
The Swine's programming, clean the slate like rags and polish
Take them d-d-bags to college, maybe we can kick some knowledge
Maybe there's a losing battle being fought among
A certain bunch of people who like talk and writing songs
Maybe we are wrong
Maybe we are French kissing with forked tongue
Maybe we are mongs
Maybe we are never ever really gonna know
Whether what we saw was really real or just a video
Whether anybody knows what the city knows though
But until the city blows I'm a kick it like so!

I am not dead… yeah.
Track Name: Akira The Don ft. Envy - Nothing Lasts For Ever
Now we've been together for a long time
So close we're like, one body, one heart, one mind
I used to see our future, but it's like I've gone blind
Cos i don't think it's wrong, just think you came into my life at the wrong time
Cos my life's mad, and things are getting worse
And the worse thing is, you're the last person I wanna hurt
I wrote this verse, though it's murder to say:
Every day I wake, I wake up feeling further away
it's like we've grown apart
I feel guilty for the mess I've made
Cos I woke today with less to say than I did yesterday
It's hard for me to find the words
I think it's safe to say we go our separate ways
Baby maybe we should separate
I don't wanna hold you back
Let's leave it in our memories
Don't hate me for saying this, we can't be enemies
180 would take me straight away from you
But right now babe, I've only gone 110 degrees

I was happy anyway you know
Though I was never one for mono we were stereo
And I was never one for sorrow, ah but there you go
I guess nothing last forever except the rain
I was happy anyway you know
But now it's looking like you wasn't, so away you go
And now I gots to hear about you on my radio
I guess nothing lasts forever except the rain

Where'd you go girl?
Tell me, what happened?
Thought it was you and me
Well you and me and rapping
We really got it cracking
Really, we was the bomb
I thought we'd run the whole damn universe but now you're gone
You left a black hole baby
All I got to fill it's music and drink
I might just lose it, I think I'll get the fuck out
See I can't be like you and just duck out
I used to have a soul, but it got suck out
There's you, there's me, back up in the day
Never ever thought that we would throw it all away
Go Enola Gay, there never was a way
You always put that other stuff before us anyway
So hey girl, never mind
That was you and me
We looked pretty good together, but no one could see
That between you and me was a whole other world
So let's treat that mess as a rehearsal.

Come on, that's not fair
When was I not there?
When was I not out thinking of us two as one pair?
I swear, you don't think I'm hurting inside too?
I mean, you aint blind, would you rather be lied to?
Urgh... I never thought that you would take this great
But I thought that you'd respect it all, and maybe we'd be mates
Maybe you're afraid
Or maybe we've just both wasted two years
And this relationship was a mistake
I put everything at stake for this
And your last statement is, I put everything before you?
You take the flaming piss.
We weren't based on shit, if you can switch it like this
Guess all it was was sex drugs and making hits
Nice cribs and fast whips, they remain dreams to us
So i guess it's best we just stick to what's real to us
So you can take your gear
I'm a make my music
And in opposite ways
We can both keep moving.

Doop, bedoop, bedoop, bedoop ba doop.
Track Name: Babydoll
You've been gone for a little while now
I've been here on my own just composing these sounds
But I'm not on my own - you're there on the phone
Waking me up just as you're coming home
We're in different time zones
When you're going to work
I should be going to bed but I'm not
I'm writing this song, bopping along
Thinking 'bout you with a grin on my face!
You're ace, baby
You are my favourite
Thing in the universe I'm gonna savour it
If I have to pay for I do not mind
I have been skint before plenty of times
I have been destitute, I have been lost
Figure I'm found now so bugger the cost!
Anyway, Janet and Luther told me
That the best things in life are free

Oh, I love you
You make me feel like dancing!
And even when the skies are grey and cold
You're always gonna be my Babydoll
Oh, I love you
You make me feel like dancing!
And even when the skies are grey and cold
You're always gonna be my Babydoll

You're in Australia, working your hot ass off
London is beautiful, went out with my jacket off
For the first time this year today
Went to the park, saw the deer and they say "yo"
So do the terrapins and the ducks
One of them fell off a log, was hilarious
I bought a coffee and sat the grass
Remembering us this time last year
We fell in love, unmistakable
Who woulda thunk that Akira was capable?
Coupla dates turn to something amazing
The winter turned spring then the summer was blazing
My middle name's Jan, maybe yours could be Ying
Oh, what a glorious thing!
I got two turntables and a microphone
And I can't wait till you get home!
Track Name: We Are Not Alone
I felt you yesterday
Then my phone went -
Shook and you texted me
Same thing too the day before yesterday
Closed my eyes, swore that you were next to me
I felt you before you phoned
Looked at the thing then your number called
There's you on the other side of the world
But you still got right inside of me girl
I used to think this stuff was by the by
Like when my old man's old man die-d-died
He said he knew when the phone called
Same could be said about my mam
And her old man
Some sceptics types won't respect it
They have a status quo to protect
It's some folks jobs to intercept it
Problem for them is we all are connected

We are not alone I swear it
We are not alone I swear to god
We are not alone I swear it
We are not alone I swear to god

No idea's original
There's nothing new under the sun
It isn't what you do but how it's done
I know
Somebody already used these drums
Like somebody already wrote this song
They had dragons in China
Same time they had dragons in Wales
Every little girl has got the galaxy inside her
Funny how we always told the very same tales
Radio goes
Ba ba ba ba baba ba
Somebody old goes
Da da da da da
So when you're crying in your cruddy old room
There'll be somebody other crying
You'll be laughing both soon
Sometimes when I am sad and blue
And I just don't know what to do
Well I've just to think of you
And I know you'll be thinking of me too

So when you're far away
It only means your body isn't here
So you're not far away at all
And when you die I know
The bit that makes your eyes burn
It just moved
And so you didn't die at all

We are not alone.
Track Name: Big
Time for sleeping no more, I fall the floor
Step out the door, wave at my neighbour
How I'd love to unwind, seems I've rarely the time
To indulge in the fruits of my labour
Sun beats down on my red head
I reach for a drink that is fizzy
They say the devil will find work for idle hands to do
So its lucky I am always so busy

My job is big
Big like Galactus
Big like the wheels on some tractors
Big like the heads on some actors
Big like the halls of St Paul's
Or the balls on them Gauls that had brawls
I recall that I'm small
Small like a kitten
Small like a one year old's mitten
Smaller than all that's been written
On stamps
In Britain
Or France
Like the tiniest cog
I am doing a very big job

Yes indeed
So, once I've dug up the weeds
I proceed to sew seeds
I concede: my work's important
From winter to autumn, days lengthen and shorted
But I solider on
It has always been thus, I'll be here when you're gone
and I'm sorry that there's not a moment to spare
But I'm doing a very big job

My job is big!
Big like a rhino
Big like the thirst on a wino
Big like this fat lady I know
Big like the great wall of China
The great falls Niagara
Viagra wont help me
I'm small
Small like a minnow
Small like the teeth 'neath a pillow
Small like the nuts of a squirrel
Smaller than beanstalks are tall
Getting closer to God
Cos I'm doing a very big job