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SHUT UP & DANCE

2022

King Baldwin's Shut Up & Dance is a conservative album written by a bunch of liberals. Our revelation was that people on the left were often just as annoying as people on the right, though none of us had felt allowed to admit it because Trump was so f’ing bad; it seemed like a betrayal. But there was something glorious about ending our self-censorship, and through the King Baldwin lens emerged a group of songs in which Robert E. Lee’s statue advocates for its own removal and Mitch McConnell does blow with Lou Reed. Fiery, funny, and groovy as hell, Shut Up & Dance is the pandemic-era album your post-pandemic ears have been waiting for.

 

LYRICS

Perspective


Ever step back, take a look?

Ooh, are you being played again?

By token flavor of the month

Ear to mouth, ear to mouth


On-Off Alarm, It never sleeps

Hot spins, hollow rings, yeah be the first one to forget

Hey what's the outrage next? 

Pump it out, Pump it out


Got myself some new perspective

Got myself some new perspective (heart and soul)

Got myself some new perspective

I’m so damn happy about it

I’m so damn happy, shut up and dance


Old man on sacred ground

Beats drum with white boys all around

The outcry comes both swift and foul

Line em up, line em up


Some well-dressed girl said times are tough

Had she forgotten many years ago

She would have been a shadow, had no voice

Then and now, then and now


Got myself some new perspective

Got myself some new perspective (heart and soul)

Got myself some new perspective

I’m so damn happy about it

I’m so damn happy, shut up and dance



I Saw Mitch McConnell At Studio 54


Lay down, my dreamer

Bring all the money to weigh


Nice elocution

No matter what people say


You got me feeling alright


Get outta candy 

Before you get outta dodge


Ooh sister danny

Bitch, I’m a better menage


You got me feelin’ alright


Leave all your votes at the door

They got a black rubber floor

With luck enough to get in

We’ll spin and kiss in the light

I know at heart you’re a freak

Hey, man, come on

Mask away, mask away

Tonight


No hesitation

Put all your wages on ice


Come together

No need to be out or shy


You got me feelin’ alright


Leave all your votes at the door

They got a black rubber floor

With luck enough to get in

We’ll spin and kiss in the light

I know at heart you’re a freak

Hey, man, come on

Mask away, mask away

Tonight



It’s A Miracle


Brad and Chad were chilling with the crypto kings

Marlo was in search of the crown

Wendy bought a Tesla in the city of things

And then it all came crashing down


It’s a miracle


Wide snide Kevin liked his coffee right

Drank it up in cool cafes

Six computers and eleven phones

Suffering in a deep down way


It’s a miracle


Think it’s time to take it to the closest minor, the closest minor key

Who knew your horses couldn’t get much higher, it wasn’t meant to be


Loud proud Lauren liked to bash on Trump

She went to every rally she could find

Trashed some guy for his Shariah law

The friendly Sikh was gentle and kind


Think it’s time to take it to the closest minor, the closest minor key

Who knew your horses couldn’t get much higher, it wasn’t meant to be



Hybrid Nation


Don’t tie me to the stake

Unjust, whoa


Tell Father Dicas I’m a saint

All I do, I do for you


Extraordinary pain

Boards between my knees

I’ll yet prevail


We got the hybrid nation before you


I wanna be your humble king

Freedom ring for me


This you will soon regret

Gonna hex you

Gonna hex the rest


I'm rubber to your glue

I'll win again, I always do


We got the hybrid nation before you



TasteMakers


One man ask for a special day

Can you bake this my own way?

Got turned down, can you hear him say: Ohhhhh


Spotlight shine on the other side

Dragged to court, and you cannot hide your heart

Equal yet apart: Ohhhh


Said let ‘em eat cake, but just not mine

Leavin’ me be, alone

Be low be low

Left hook here and right one there

Never gonna change the mind

Little lamb, be mine


Now they come with a righteous air

Crying foul and ‘you don’t dare’

Each crusader checks their hair

‘We went to college!’


Jesse Jackson shakes his fist

Baker taps his shoulder, says ‘You might have missed

I’ll sell to black men ‘long as they don’t kiss’

Ohhhh


Said let ‘em eat cake, but just not mine

Leavin’ me be, alone

Be low be low

Left hook here and right one there

Never gonna change the mind

Little lamb be mine



I Need You


I’m in love 

with myself

Every night and day

But in my deep think-thought I can work it all out

And tell you to your bright face


Be my light, I’m oh so lonely

On the dark dark stage of life

I’ll be your suit and tie messiah

But I’m gonna treat you right


I need you


I declare from gilded chair

But I can’t do this alone

I feel your pain, I dream your dreams

And when you cry it cuts me to the bone


I’m in charge of rules and weapons

But with you it all starts

Cuz when the bombs erupts and the last ditch fails

Twas you in charge of my heart


I need you



Tune Out All The Noise


Chickens in the hatchdoor

They rule the roost

The squirrels and ravens settle in

It’s storming


Listen to the rain fall

All day and night

It hasn’t stopped for ages it would seem


Go stand out in the street

Let water clear your mind

Let thunder set you free


And tune out all the noise


The situation room is live

The countdown’s on

Bleeding eyes, they fumble in the corner


Paying for the dead now

Rough beast arriving

Now over to our expert on the scene


Go stand out in the street

Let water clear your mind

Let thunder set you free


And tune out all the noise



THE FACTS


These are the facts

Don’t tell me ‘relax’

Trying to change my emotions


How nice. You can read.

It don’t mean a thing

Trying to play my emotions, Playin’ my emotions


Blood from a stone

Water to wine

Stop trying my emotions, Changing my emotions, Changing my emotions


All I wanna do is talk to you, I’m not some invader

Good, tell me later

Now now now I’ll bring the facts to you, they’re true

Take your data and shove it

It’s easy to ignore what you don’t like

You don’t wanna see what you don’t hear

You don’t wanna be my friend, no no no


This is the way

The way that I feel

So it must be real


Try as you might

The battle is uphill

Go back to your ocean, talking to a wall now


I’m on this earth for just a short while

So I’m set in my emotions, got my ways and notions

Changing my emotions, no no no


All I wanna do is talk to you, I’m not some invader

Good, tell me later

Now now now I’ll bring the facts to you, they’re true

Take your data and shove it

It’s easy to ignore what you don’t like

You don’t wanna see what you don’t hear

You don’t wanna be my friend, no no no



The Statue Of Robert E Lee


The statue of Robert E Lee

Came to me last night

I turned off the tv, where there was a scene

Of good ones on both sides 

“There’s good ones on both sides”


He said no one ever asked me to be here

No one ever said, huh, do you like being bronze?

I said maybe you’re right man, but you’re just a statue

And what the hell do you care anyway?

Your spirit’s in space and the earth is a funny place

Which one day the sun will swallow whole

If you take the rock can you keep the roll?


I said now look here Robert E Lee

You were Lincoln’s first choice, well-read, skilled militarily 

But a lot of people

When they see your stone

Think not of civic pride

But rather whip on bone


He said, take me down from your mountain

Grind me up now, now throw me away

This isn’t about me, beyond reputation

It’s about what you mean when you say

You’re fighting a war for the dead to remain

The heroes of old, the stories you told to your children 

If you take the rock can you keep the roll?



Demon-Haunted World


Dance me

Through your demon-haunted world

I don’t even know why we bother

Show me

Where your demons glide and curl

Twisting through the air by one another


We two might brew

Find a cure

For pain, for things unknown

Maybe

Someday

Against the door

I like the way you move

Be mine


Trance me

In this demon-haunted world

Neither friend nor foe have the answers

Save me

From this demon-haunted world

And I’ll do you the same, sister-lover


We two might brew

Find a cure

For pain, for things unknown

Maybe

Someday

Against the door

I like the way you move

Be mine