Radio Europa - Riding The Rails

Radio Europa - Riding The Rails

Riding The Rails is the brand new single from spoken word reprobates Radio Europa. For this project the core duo of Steven Leigh and Simon Tucker decided to reach out to like-minded artists to see if they fancied collaborating. Alec Mac (Mwstard) and Whettman Chelmets (experimental producer / writer / artist) answered the call. Working as a foursome has bred new life into the Radio Europa project and has seen the band produce a heap of work which will be revealed in 2019. Riding The Rails also features Simon’s then five year old son George on percussion.

Of the lyrics Simon says: “Riding The Rails is about a friend who suffers with severe mental health and addiction issues. There are some who call themselves his friend yet they keep ploughing him with drink and fueling this bullshit “rock star” myth that has seen so many casualties throughout the ages. When the inevitable breakdown occurs and hospital stays are needed, they retreat and check on his well being via third parties wiping their hands clean of the damage they have caused. Leeches, sub-human parasites, and fantasists who surround their tiny minds with the rock n roll myth and not the human realities of addiction and mental health issues. These people are dangerous and need filtering out of someones life.”

Riding The Rails

They wont be happy til he’s dead. x4
Throw him whiskey throw him gin
better me than better him
We’ll pick the bones
We’ll watch the fall
We won’t fucking care at all

They won’t be happy til he’s dead x 4
There for the show and not the afters
They don’t care about visiting hours
They say they’re friends but they don’t go see
the damage that they do to him
It’s all a fucking game to them
it’s rock n roll I hear they say
They’re not helping hold his hand
As his limbs all thrash around

They won’t be happy til he’s dead x4
Now that he has changed his ways
They don’t love him anymore
They think he’s dull and plain
They only like him when he’s raw
They want their martyr want their prize
but they won’t wipe his crying eyes
they want him drunk they want him dead
and they feed this in to his head

They won’t be happy til he’s dead x 4

Music by: Whettman Chelmets, Alec Mac, Steven Leigh, George Tucker, Simon Tucker.
Lyrics by: Simon Tucker

Riding The Rails will be released via Wormhole World as a pay-what-you-want download.

More from Radio Europa on Bandcamp here. You can follow them on Twitter as @RadioEuropa79 and Like on Facebook.

All words by Paul Scott-Bates. More of Paul’s writing on Louder Than War can be found at his author’s archive. Paul’s website is hiapop and you can follow him on Twitter as @hiapop, and on Facebook here.

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Born and bred in Lancashire, currently residing in the Rossendale Valley. Everything deserves one listen, but, not necessarily a second. Only (ex-Community) DJ to ever play Nat ‘King’Cole followed by Nine Inch Nails, and, eat Fish and Chips live on air.


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