THEO HAKOLA This Land Is Not Your Land

by Theo Hakola

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"Hakola's vision is painfully raw, twisted and compulsive. He's railing against life's ugliness and monotony in the manner of the 19th Century poet tripped out on opium. The songs burn with the urgency of the afflicted and it's impossible to put aside an image of him singing up from the gutter; Baudelaire with an electric guitar." NME

An American musician, writer, actor and director who has been based in Paris since the late 70s, Theo Hakola - founder of the bands ORCHESTRE ROUGE and PASSION FODDER - is back with his sixth solo album This Land Is Not Your Land.

This Land Is Not Your Land is more songs about love and hate (of a man, of a woman, of your country or his), more songs about baseball and a life-long need... to laugh. It is the perfect blend of classic americana ala WOODY GUTHRIE (whom the album's title is based upon) and more contemporary flourishes (NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS, 16 HORSEPOWER) complete with violin, feedback edge and stampeding drums. It is, once again, music meant to ring out as eloquently decades from now as it does today, and it's words that Melody Maker once called "a lyric of such intensity that it's almost real life."

This Land Is Not Your Land is a knife to the listener's brain as well as the listener's heart, a blade forged by a full and varied existence and happily honed with his concert band THE WOBBLY ASHES.

The double 12" vinyl LP is packaged in a 350gsm recycled grey cardstock embossed sleeve and comes with a large insert which contains all the lyrics.


released January 24, 2013


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Track Name: The Only Church
My sister ran off with a junkie
My mother ran off with a drunk
My dog’s a two bit scaliwag leech
and my old man’s a slimebucket skunk
I’d make each one of them a mourner
if April weren’t just around the corner
Yeah you know I’d put a gun to my ear
if the sacred season weren’t almost here...

November through March is a long time in hell
But then spring comes along to save us from our sins
With bats back swinging and line drives zinging
It’s the agony and ecstasy of losses and wins
My baby left me for an unlicensed plumber
the day after our pipes froze
I swear to God I’d seek eternal slumber
if it weren’t for those golden catches and throws...

Hallelujah for Baseball and the Dimaggio streak
For a win by Washington and every time the Rangers lose
Hallelujah for the Say Hey Kid, the Big Six and the Freak
For Ichiro’s arm and Zito’s charm nixing my fixing-to-die blues

You might think you can vote with your card from the NRA
And maybe they’ll give you a passport for being good with a gun
But it’s sure you got no business living here in the USA
if you won’t stand up and salute a walk-off home run
Yeah, you got no business running around with Old Glory
If you don’t worship at the church of the nine inning story

Now I’m happy to have a beer and a couple belts of bourbon
Hell, scratch the blood from its proceeds and I’d be OK with cocaine
But for an opium of the people our old pastime’s prime cut
Yeah, no drug or drink can do you like the national game
So while Christians wait in vain for heaven to call them up
we got Elysian fields right here leading to the Hall of Fame

Yeah, they’re waiting for their Messiah to come clear the bases
while we got rapture every year from spring to fall
And you know their fishers of men could never hit our aces
Dudes dabbling in martyrdom couldn’t touch a Koufax curveball

Hallelujah for Baseball and the crack of the bat
For Ozzie airborne and Tinker to Evers to Chance
Hallelujah for all the Lous, Cy, Satchel and Nap
for Campy and Clemente and the hotbox baseline dance

Hallelujah for Whitman’s “place where memory gathers”
for the rite on the diamond in the only church that matters
Track Name: Ilmarinen's Lament
Oh your eyes are so blue, they could double as diamonds,
cut a tango out of Turku and stand in for the sky
But your heart is so cold, it could storm troop Karelia,
put a plague on every house and a smile in every lie

I forged you from magic metal, a molten stream made you flesh
Composed you fresh from the earth, from silver, love and gold
But your icy breath of sorrow has poisoned my tomorrow,
shot my veins full of venom, and stilled me with cold

Oh my heart is so blue, it could cry you a river,
cry you a Kalevala, cry you this song
And my fingers are so frozen they could snap like carrots,
slap down the sun and make night all day long

For your soul is so white, it could stand in for winter
fill in for the snow and see the wheat through to spring
Your sex is a stone and your blood will never sing
I made my hell when I made you and gave you that ring

Yes, I gave you life, metal maiden, but you will not be my missus
so tearing the heart out of my chest now is my one and only wish
But my hands have gone numb from the ice in your kisses
so the sea will be my bride – I’ll lay me down with the fish
Track Name: Dead Souls Singing
‘Twas someone pushing up daisies or kilned to dust ochre and sweet
Someone long past rotten, a meal for maggots pushing peat
‘Twas a one-time eager breeder, a long-confirmed ex-breather
Someone long past forgotten, in an urn or six feet deep

who told me go to you, who made me take your hand
It was dead souls singing and their wish was my command
Standing there watching from the other side of the river –
dead souls singing, telling me to be a birth-giver

willing me into your arms to realize their vision
pulling out all choral stops to cause a carnal collision
They’ve been at it forever, a conspiracy from the far side
and that’s what gave me the guts to risk a blow to my pride...

Sure I love your green eyes and your frog-like fingers kill me
Your smile is pure salvation when I feel I’m on the brink
Your voice warms me like sun, your kisses always fill me
and it feels like I’ve been looking for you as long as I could think

But still... why did I dive in so deep and then want nothing but more?
Sure you’re comely and smart, but I’d seen comely and smart before
Why’d I jump off that ledge when I’d always veered clear of the edge?
Why did I give you my all when I’d always been a tight-fisted bore?

My great-great-grandmother made me do it, made me give my all
That soul singing pulled my strings, that stiff was my downfall
The wall around my heart couldn’t ward off her siren song
The call of blood in my ears for me was much too strong

Of course I love the way you walk and how you only fish with flies
I love your flesh from toe to ear and the expanse between your eyes
I love the dry martinis you make and the cigarettes you smoke
but that can’t explain why I suddenly found myself going for broke

Nope, that was my great-great-grandfather giving me a shove
When he saw me rambling near the cliff, he saw I could still learn to love
He knew his line would stop with me, if I didn’t get on the stick
So he pushed me off and into your arms, into a love so big it’s sick
Oh those bastards will stop at nothing in their old unholy quest
When it comes to the life of their bloodline, the dead will never rest
They’ll push and press and apply duress to get you to nest and mate
They’ll sing that song till you go along and give in... give in and procreate
Track Name: This Land is not your Land
This land is our land, this land is not your land
Fought for in Bastogne and the Solomon Islands
Fought for at Shiloh and in buses to Birmingham
This land needs you now to secede

You went from slavery to Jim Crow segregation
From John Birch lunacy to the Aryan Nations
Now it’s your Tea Party, the new infestation
Oh, this land needs you now to secede

You could have yourself a real theocracy
Purged of pagans and foreign philosophy
Cleansed of elites and meritocracy
Stripped of unions and socialist bureaucracy

You could teach creationism in your new Confederacy
Explain the Civil War as a fight for the rights of states
Hang the Ten Commandments on every courthouse door
And have Bible law to adjudicate your fates

You’ll have a land that will not be made for me
Unlike this land that now needs you to secede

We’ll hang on to baseball, and you can have Monopoly
We’ll go with science, and you’ll have your scriptures
We’ll run on light, right and common decency
And you’ll have your myths and superstitious strictures

We’ll take The Constitution, and you’ll go with God
Stuffing Him in a place where enlightenment don’t shine
Called upon to execute His intelligent design
You’ll love your land the way you never loved mine

For this land was not made for you and me...
And this land needs you now to secede

In the land of a thousand private prisons and a million health insurance plans
You’ll be free of regulations and environmental bans
You’ll drill and dig up what you want and turn your rivers into swamps
And no nanny state progressos will stop you building dams

So secede now, please now, do it today!
Save yourself from Babylon before you too turn gay
You won’t realize God’s promise in this land if you stay
And we can’t wait for the rapture to take you away

And with your genetic pool, oh how you will thrive!
You’ll be a sight to behold in but a few generations
A knuckle-dragging, Bible-drooling, home-schooling tribe
In a truncated, dissipated, Romper Room nation

Assault-rifling woods reduced to rats, stumps and clutter
You’ll be living on the gospel and imported peanut butter
And in the brave new world you’ll have at your feet
You can even stick a cross on the flag, so come on, take the leap!

Get out of our union now and make your very own state
We need you to take a bow for America to be great
This land was not made for you, it’s not what you need
And this land needs you now to secede
Track Name: Quicksilver
I won’t have money and I won’t stop, no I’ll keep on moving until I drop
for my face is god-like beauty... let loose on the land of the free
and with speed my spiritual duty... no one will ever know me
I’ll stay alive as long as I drive, on the road, man, that’s where I thrive
that’s where I run from who I am, a beautiful blur ever on the lam

I’m hooked on speed and what I need is an epic land where the highways feed
my eyes and my ears... and a bottomless hunger for grinding gears,
my lies and my fears... there outing squares and scouting queers
rolling out its long and spreading its wide and giving me the room I need to hide
in the beat where I seek to reap what I sow in uprooted, fleet-footed frolic and flow...

with the wind, hear it blow... me from Mudville to Missoula
across the infinite ocean face of America, America
my country ‘tis on thee my race ‘gainst the li’l yankee-québéquois –
running from place to place to place, from ‘tit Jean-Louis le petit-bourgeois

with a golden man pretty as a goddamn painting popping off at the wheel
and a girl slash leech there faintly fainting or buzzed and copping a feel
and whoosh! wham! and wow! goes the road, a snaking river wonder to behold
a Mississippi move cutting a groove from Boise to Mobile

Oh the road where I was ranger Dan, a shiftless Joe, a Navy man
where I was a New York digger digging for who the hell I am
until I threw in the towel and just cut and ran... and ran... and ran...
from Lawrence to Loredo to Lala land, from Walla Walla to the Hoover Dam...

and rode... and drove... and about me I still don’t know...
and let it show that I gave up looking a long long time ago
gave up looking to blow my cover and splash my real all over my other
gave up looking and road the road, the road where I could roll...

and roll... writing that roll rolling under the Underwood keys
spewing out mass quantities, line after line of assorted me’s,
black teeth biting into that paper to etch the words of my icon-maker –
yeah I came to California with a typewriter on my knees

All the way running from Lowell, Mass, and oh baby, what a gas!
But that too had to pass when the bennies were gone and the booze went wrong
and laughing it off made the gallery queasy and Neal ran off to drive for Ken Kesey
and the road gets hard when the words don’t come, come so goddamn easy...
And I vote Republican and talk up the road to another television sleazy
awatching my face get bigger and bloated awondering whither my beauty floated –
my beauty behind me like so much dust on a Sonora side road in the dusk
rolling away from a pit stop riven, riven with want and lust –
LUST for the road and LUST for sensation, LUST wolfing down every mile in the nation
that’s the pill and that’s the elation, that’s the motion intoxication
that comes from fuel in the machine, man we fly so high we have to scream,
we roll and roll till we take flight into the star-spangled bang up black and blue... night

The road sucking us dry, the reds sucking us white...
till we’re there and gone like quicksilver, God... long gone outta sight.
Track Name: Let Buddy Bolden Blow
I blew away my home and my sweet family
I blew bars of blood and notes I’d never known
Blew desire for that shefire shaking before me
till the last drop of blood was sown

Like a spear my horn cut from her head to her gut
Kissed that girl with every lick I could play
And when I got inside her, Lord, my horn ran amok
and to God I could hear her say

Let him blow, let his blood flow as one
with a woman that’ll never leave me alone
Let him blow, blow till kingdom come
Till the King comes to carry him home

Blinded by my blood, Lord, I saw the light
of the music come to take me away
But with my horn inside me now I’ll be all right
for to God I can hear it pray

Let him blow, let his blood flow as one
with a horn that’ll never leave him alone
Let him blow, blow till kingdom come
Till the King comes to carry him home
Track Name: My Love's Kisses (Taste Like Salt)
My love’s kisses taste like salt
Her heart pressed thin pumps tears
My love’s lips are black and bursting
Clouds spilling over with my love’s fears

My love’s kisses taste like rain
Rain running red with my love’s woe
My love’s eyes are green with spleen
Reaping what her kisses sow

My love’s kisses taste of loss
Taste of childhood, and taste of sleep
My love’s kisses are hits and misses
But when she hits, my love goes deep

And my love sings like the rocks in her shoes
Swamping all things in a landslide of blues
My love swings like a swallow in a gale
Up beating her wings, low to dodge the hail

My love’s kisses taste like trees
Old pine spires longing for hugs
My love’s hands are baby honey bees
And my love’s feet are no bigger than bugs

Yes my love’s kisses taste like longing
Taste like ashes in a Sibelian suite
Yes my love’s kisses are hits and misses
But when she hits, her love cuts deep

Oh my love is an otter dissembling a tiger
Take heed ye meaning to see or be inside her
For her lips were made for slashing and her hips for gnashing
And when my love gets blue she’ll gush like a geyser

And my love sings like the rocks in her shoes
Swamping all things in a landslide of blues
My love swings like a swallow in a gale
But I know she’ll cut through it in time...
I know my love won’t fail
Track Name: Fox News is my News
I thought I’d gone to the well, boys, one too many times
Thought I’d run out of songs, thought I’d run out of lines
I’d said me a mouthful, sang all that could be sung
so after so much brayin’ I thought this donkey was done

But then I stopped by the Snake Pit to have me a beer
And what I seen in that bar, boys, shot me all full of fear
Gave me new grounds for puttin’ pencil to paper
and firin’one last round afore meetin’ my maker

I saw a bunch of lazy losers gettin’ government stuff
and terrorists let off with paid vacations
I saw men losin’ jobs when they wasn’t colored enough
and blacks still whinin’ about segregation

I saw an uppity professor brainwashing our kids
with global warming and the lie of evolution
Now he’s goin’ after our guns and taxin’ all our takin’s
like he never even heard of the American Revolution

Then I heard a fair and balanced counter-attack fightin’ to taking our country back
from the gang of marxist bureaucrats climbing atop of every institution
I saw real Americans telling the truth and Republican patriots raising the roof
The Bible in hand, boys, they were taking a stand and defending the Constitution...

Now I got nothing ‘gainst democracy, but seein’ the new lay of the land of the free
I had me a vision, boys, of old Germany and took a little look back at history
You know Hitler got elected cause of economic woes
and he socialized the country with big government controls
and when he came up with death panels and a public option
his big government voted for immediate adoption
So I had to write this song... I’m Paul Revere with a guitar
I’m writing to right the wrong... cause you can only push a good man so far

And now Fox News is my muse
I get my inspiration from her views
Fox News is my muse
She put me back in the saddle, led me into battle
and showed me how to light the fuse

They got Glen and Sean and one really hot blonde
who can talk so good you almost forget about her legs
They got O’Reilly and Palin givin’ hell to all the pagans
tellin’ truth to the lame stream media fags

You don’t need to know the names of the founding fathers
to know those old fellas were good Christian men
They founded us a damn good God-fearin’ country
with the right to bear arms and talk American

But to the home of the brave now bad times have come
with the America-haters now running Washington
And you don’t need no census or federal investigation
to know we’re choking here on too much immigration

Hell you don’t need nothin’ more than the good Book
to know that making mother earth was just a six day job
and anybody with a brain could tell you with one look
that a man marrying a man just don’t sit well with God

I saw it in that bar, lord, up on that screen:
The president’s a racist who hates vanilla ice cream
He’s a foreign-born progressive with a arab name
yeah, all his basketball buddies probably call him Hussein
He hides his radical agenda by making nice speeches
While he pals around with terrorists and babies welfare leeches
Bows to the unions and bends over for the ecologists
Scorns old glory and kisses up to mosque apologists

Fox News is my muse
I get all my inspiration from her views
Fox News is my muse
She put me back in the saddle, so I could babble
‘bout something more than my lonesome cowboy blues

And now Fox News is my muse
I get all my inspiration from her views
Fox News is my muse
She put me back in the saddle, led me to the battle
and said “come on baby, light my fuse".
Track Name: Fifty Thousand Lumberjacks
(from the 13th edition of the IWW Songbook, 1917)

“Such a lot of devils,” that’s what the papers say –
“They’ve gone on strike for shorter hours and some increase in pay.
They left the camps the lazy tramps, they all walked out as one.
They say they’ll win the strike or put the bosses on the bum...”

“Une telle bande de diables” c’est ce que dit la presse :
“Ils font grève pour de meilleurs salaires et pour que le nombre d’heures baisse
Ils ont quitté les puits, les flemmards unis, en bloc, ils ont tout arrêté
Ils disent qu’ils gagneront la grève, quitte à mettre les patrons sur le pavé.”
Track Name: Dump the Bosses off your Back
(from the 9th edition of the IWW Songbook, 1916)

Are you cold forlorn and hungry?
Are there things you lack?
Is your life made up of misery?
Then dump the bosses off your back!
Are your clothes all torn and tattered?
Are you living in a shack?
Would you have your troubles scattered?
Then dump the bosses off your back!

Are you almost split asunder?
Loaded like a long-eared jack?
Boob – why don’t you buck like thunder,
And dump the bosses off your back?
All the agonies you suffer
You can end with one good whack –
Stiffen up, you orn’ry duffer –
And dump the bosses off your back...

Tu t’écroules sous des malheurs
Qui ne survivront pas à une bonne claque
Lève-toi mon pauvre grogneur
Et fourre le patron sous ta patte
Track Name: The West is Dead
adapted for song from poem of same name in Bars and Shadows – The Prison Poems of Ralph Chaplin (1926)

Les soleils dorés de vos pères menaient
Vers de vastes plaines vierges et claires –
Savez-vous que l’Ouest est mort ?
Et la liberté disparaît de la terre

Maintenant de mornes cités se mettent à y pulluler
Et la liberté meurt entre montagne et mer –
Savez-vous que l’Ouest est mort ?
Et la liberté disparaît de la terre

De loin et de près, on a dompté et clôturé
Le monde pour lequel se sont saignés vos pères –
Savez-vous que l’Ouest est mort ?
Et la liberté disparaît de la terre...

What path is left for you to tread?
When hunger-wolves are slinking near –
Do you not know the West is dead?
And freedom is not there nor here

Your fathers, golden sunsets led
To virgin prairies wide and clear –
Do you not know the West is dead?
And freedom is not there nor here

Now dismal cities rise instead
And freedom is not there nor here –
What path is left for you to tread?
Along the trails of yesteryear

Your fathers' world, for which they bled,
Is fenced and settled far and near –
Do you not know the West is dead?
And freedom is not there nor here –

Your fathers gained a crust of bread,
Their bones bleach on the lost frontier;
What path is left for you to tread?
Along the trails of yesteryear

Do you not know the West is dead?
And freedom is not there nor here
Track Name: Wesley Everest
adapted for song from poem of same name in Bars and Shadows – The Prison Poems of Ralph Chaplin (1926)

Once... long ago... do you remember how
You placed a scroll above His bleeding brow
You hailed Him king for soldiers to deride –
And spat upon Him, scourged Him crucified?

You murdered then just like you murder now
A man who to you could not be made to bow
You Christian soldier, Centralia centurion
You Legion goon drunk on fear and odium...

Wounded he faced you as he stood at bay
You dared not lynch him in the light of day,
But on your dungeon stones you let him bleed;
Torn and defiant as a wind-lashed reed

Night came . . . and you black vigilants of Greed . . .
Without one qualm of horror at the deed
Like human wolves, seized hard upon your prey,
Tortured and killed . . . and, silent slunk away.

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