Vegan #7

by Ross Mayhew

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Vegan #7 is a collection of re-recordings of songs from years gone by and is released to celebrate World Vegan Month (November).

It's a collection of what i consider to be my strongest 'protest' songs in the name of veganism and freedom that i felt needed/deserved stronger recordings than those originally released, while still holding true to the acoustic versions of old.

To find earlier recordings of these songs from 2012 and 2013 checkout my albums Vegan Revolution, Songs Of Freedom and the EP Talkin' Vegan Blues.

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released November 1, 2015

Recorded at Sound Gallery Studios, Exeter (Oct. 27th 2015)
Engineer: Duncan Chave
Mixed by Duncan Chave and Ross Mayhew
Words and Music by Ross Mayhew
Photography by Harry Mayhew
© Leaburn Records 2015

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Track Name: Talkin' Vegan Blues (2015)
well i woke up with the vegan blue
'cos the animals are being killed for clothes and food
they are being starved and slaved
because as man we have no shame

for every creature upon the earth
has the right to be free
to live and die by the natural laws
not because a man draws his sword

you might look at me as a preacher boy
telling to you want shouldn't be
but if you looked into what is done
you would join the vegan revolution

no one species is more important than another
we're all the same, sister and brother
we have no right to kill for fun and gain
there's no pleasure in creating pain

and you might say "well it's a cruel world"
but it's that attitude that makes it so
you could improve so many lives
but you're stuck believing what's wrong is right

how would you like it if i took from you
your mother, your brother and your sister too
killed them all for a penny or three
paid no respect to their right to be free

stop the mistreatment of all on earth
of man, mammal, fish and bird
let all the creatures great and small
live for live and that is all

i don't want any animals to be skinned
i don't want to take milk from the cow
don't take honey from the bee
i want every living thing to be free

you know that it's the right thing to do
because the animals are just like me and you
they feel happy and they feel sad
so do unto others as you'd have them do to you

so come aboard the vegan train
ride all over the worlds terrain
preach the words loud and clear
all life's important don't you hear
Track Name: Soul Revolution (2015)
talkin' about a revolution
but one where the soul is found
it's not gonna be fought with guns
it's gonna be done with emotions

if you want a world where you're free
gotta treat everyone equally
don't make judgments with a blind eye
we're both the same you and i

you won't get change with a weapon
if you're violent then the systems won
to make a change you must be bold
let your message be peacefully told

if you really want to make a change
you gotta stand up and show the way
to many people have closed minds
do as they're told, just tow the line

talkin' about a revolution
but one where the soul is found
it's not gonna be fought with guns
it's gonna be done with emotions

you can hide behind money and lies
escape the empty feeling inside
you're living a life you're told is free
but you're chained to it most bitterly

everyone in this world feels pain
creating more is just insane
everyone from animal to man
seeks peace and comfort in the land

meditate to find peace inside
apply its teachings to your life
like ripples on a pond things will grow
you'll come to understand and know

talkin' about a revolution
but one where the soul is found
it's not gonna be fought with guns
it's gonna be done with emotions

talkin' about a revolution
but one where the soul is found
it's not gonna be fought with guns
it's gonna be done with emotions

talkin' about a revoltuion
Track Name: Bullets For Peace (2015)
the poets of old claimed with words war would lose the fight
from beyond the horizon a better day would come from the night
and we must keep fighting till we have peace on earth
the bullets for peace are riding the night sky

weapons weren't made for defence, they were made to kill
to rid the world of anyone on the quest of freewill
the wind blows attention from the creators hand
the bullets for peace are breaking through freedoms bell

how can anyone believe killing makes a better world
you can't rule with a gun in hand and preach the words of love
if your god existed surely they'd stop it all
the bullets for peace being fired in a faceless name

surely if we all stayed in bed or outgrew our government plans
we could all help each other, share within the land
why are we fighting the never-ending war
the bullets for peace are killing animal and man

how many young fighters are created, sent off to war
being told to protect their land, being used as a pawn
when their body arrives home their leader looks away
the bullets for peace killing more and more everyday
Track Name: Worldwide Blues (Lies and Truth) (2015)
what can i tell you that you don't already know?
killing causes misery but down that road you go
if you don't hear what i say and you have no question to
then maybe you should wake up to what's surrounding you

so what do you want from me, what do you want me to say?
i can't ease your troubles, can't make them go away
it seems your life is lead by the posters and t.v.
i hope one day soon you'll step into reality

it's not always pretty what this life holds
and you've no given right to assume you got control
where one life ends another will begin
it's the circle of life but don't give the wheel a spin

did you never even question what your teacher said
or were you after praise and respect
even though their self-appointed dictators of your fate
out to run the world and they'll do what they like

i was told god lived in the clouds above
that he made the world for man and man alone
animals for us to eat but why did he make them feel?
it was then that i realised they were playing with my head

you're foolish to think your life means anymore
anymore than the ant that crawls along the floor
one day we're hear the next we're gone
to make the journey better spread love to everyone
Track Name: The Vegan Dream (2015)
the world keeps spinning around
people keep their heads in the ground
they pretend they can't see
what the world needs
oh give me the vegan dream
i'm sick of seeing all the pain
caused by my fellow man
we all claim we believe in love
but we kill without a cause
oh give me the vegan dream
because we could be the ones
to give freedom to everyone
and build a better world

we can get all we need
from plants and their seeds
why cause the pain
that is all to clear to see
oh give me the vegan dream
i feel like running away
to many have been led astray
but i guess i gotta play my part
show them the vegan path
oh give me the vegan dream
because we could be the ones
to give freedom to everyone
and build a better world

so i'm gonna stay in the fight
try to put wrongs to right
walk the path of love
it's a cause i can't give up
oh give me the vegan dream
give me the vegan dream
Track Name: The Vegan Gypsy (2015)
i come into your town on the whisper of the wind
and on the winds of tomorrow i am gone again
i only have one message, a simple one to tell
it's love and freedom for all and i'll tell it well

animals are crying, country near and country and far
if the worlds to change we must all play our part
pass on the message and make the change now
kindness should rule every land, heart and mind

i am the vegan gypsy, i'm roaming wild and free
i preach the words of kindness and of unity
stand up for the animals and do what must be done
join the vegan revolution, stop the damage being done

tell me why it's ok to breed animals and take their lives
their blood is on your hands even if you didn't touch the knife
the earth we're upon holds plenty to consume
yet many seem to think animals should be food

i must make it my mission to play where i can
preach the vegan message throughout the land
we don't accept mistreatment of woman or of man
so god have mercy on those who think animals should be damned

i am the vegan gypsy, i'm roaming wild and free
i preach the words of kindness and of unity
stand up for the animals and do what must be done
join the vegan revolution, stop the damage being done

i find it hypocritical when i hear people say
that they love their pets but still eat meat day to day
surely if you love one, you love all the others too?
love should be for everyone not a select few

do you realise just how it easy it would be
to overrun the government and do it so peacefully
if we all want change then change we can have
we can make a world of total equality

i am the vegan gypsy, i'm roaming wild and free
i preach the words of kindness and of unity
stand up for the animals and do what must be done
join the vegan revolution, stop the damage being done

so please spread the message i told to you today
although deep down you knew it anyway
tell it to all you meet, teach them the truth
show them the free path of which love is the root
Track Name: Songs Of Freedom (2015)
people ask me where i'm going
and what i plan on doing
to earn myself some money
and buy into the game they're playing
i have no real answers
for they won't understand
i'm dedicating my life to
leaving behind a better world for you
i'm singing songs of freedom
i'm singing songs of love
i'm singing songs of hope
that mankind can evolve

some people may laugh at me
and treat me like i'm kinda crazy
but i'm not gonna let go
i'm gonna carry on down the road
for why should i bow to pressure
put on me by those who can't see
that their oh so precious world
is a deluded fantasy
i'm singing songs of freedom
i'm singing songs of love
i'm singing songs of hope
that mankind can evolve

but i know plenty of you are awake
to the problems mankind face
and you want to make a better world
where war and greed are no more
so join me in the journey
to leave a kinder world behind
to stop all the war and greed
give hope to all of those in need
come and sing songs of freedom
come and sing songs of love
come and sing songs of hope
sing and act for a better world
come and sing songs of freedom
come and sing songs of love
come and sing songs of hope
sing and act for a better world