Speaking Our Audiomind

by 21st Century Express

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Audiophiles, critics and fans have called the 9th album both "innovative" and "jarringly original", as producer JHSF relies on both quirky sound design and big beats with epic themes to weave a narration of Psychic Vampires, Cheating Boyfriends, Hustlers, Abusive Relationships, Politics & more.

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released 01 June 2012

© 2012 Invincible City Records, LLC. Produced by JHSF & 21st Century Express

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A theatrical sound designer and a nightclub DJ for over 11 years, Joe Hudson (producing as JHSF), first created 21st Century Express in 2003, hoping to fuse key elements from both careers, resulting in unique musical twists that defy genre while breaking rules. Striving to create an odyssey for those who crave dramatic expressions in sound, 21stCE always aims to be truly one of a kind. ... more

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Track Name: The Great Speech/I'll Never Be That Man
Sometimes I think the world's gone crazy
Sometimes I think we've all gone mad
People you trust
And haters you don't
Suddenly, they're both coming for you
Everyday
And it makes no sense
Wish it would all go away
But The Haters find what they're gonna find
They always do
And I'm not so sure anymore
Where I can go
Where The Safe Place is
To seek a thought
That doesn't strike in haste
Think eye for an eye
Or seek revenge

But no, no
Not so fast

I've been through rougher
Tougher
I've had my fill
But I never wished it back
And I never will
It's what they want, oh yeah
The Haters they come for
Vampire suicides
The Haters they keep on
Recruiting for the Dark Side
With sweet revenge or
Ways to avenge
I've come close to black
Sometimes you can't get back
Once you're there
In the lair
You don't care
Another one of the pack
Oh no oh no
I'll never be that man

Never be that man
Oh oh oh
No, I'll never be that man

You can chase me down
All over town
Scream a vicious rant
Kill my aunt
Promise me
Then recant
You can tear my house down
Steal everything
Propose to my love
Using my diamond ring
Use me
Refuse me
Mock and abuse me
I don't care
I'll never be that man

No matter what you do
No matter what you say
I'll take it all like Job anyway
But I'll never be that man
No oh oh
No no no

You can set the world on fire
Destroy all I desire
But I'm never gonna be that man

No, no
Never ever gonna be that man
No oh oh oh
I'll never be that man

(Lyrics by J. Hudson) © 2012 Invincible City Records, LLC.
Track Name: Just Can't Take It
Look at them hover
Young guns, doting
Having fun
Baby blue, sugar daddy eyes
Giving it their everything
For everything
Anything
Look at you loiter
High as a kite
Just a punk ass, plotting
And hoping for one shot more
A john who takes you anywhere
You don't care
As long as you score

Shake it, wake it, take it, bake it
Rake it, make it
Careful not to break it
Opportune Incorporated
Fake it, snake it, don't mistake it
Break it & you gotta retake it
Helluva price to pay
Shake it, take it, make it, fake it
Above all else
Careful not to break it
Stings & Cons
They crumble, baby
Snake it, rake it, don't mistake it
Break it & you gotta retake it
Same shit, different day...

Ruthless & planning
Living day to day
What a life, all schemes and lies
You could have everything
More than everything
But you gotta learn it
Respect
And you gotta earn it
Not as a one-shot whore
To the score
While inside you long for more

Shake it, wake it, take it, bake it
Rake it, make it
Careful not to break it
Opportune Incorporated
(As long as you score)
Fake it, snake it, don't mistake it
Break it & you gotta retake it
I've seen it all before
Shake it, take it, make it, fake it
Above all else
Careful not to break it
You're just a card counter, baby
You know it
(As long as you score)
Snake it, rake it, don't mistake it
Break it & you gotta retake it
Always back for more

As long as you score
Oooh respect
Like you've done before
Oooh respect
A one-shot whore

< bridge >

As long as you score
As long as you score
Inside you long for more

Shake it, wake it, take it, bake it
Rake it, make it
Careful not to break it
(As long as you score)
Fake it, snake it, don't mistake it
Break it & you gotta retake it
(Inside you long for more)
Shake it, take it, make it, fake it
Above all else
Careful not to break it
(As long as you score)
Snake it, rake it, don't mistake it
Break it & you gotta retake it
(Inside you long for more)

(Music & lyrics by J. Hudson) © 2012 Invincible City Records, LLC.
Track Name: 1 Thing
I really wasn't sure
How I'd handle it
Putting up & dealing with all the shit
Monday, Friday, Wednesday, Tuesday
Really doesn't matter
It's "What's The Use?" Day
Watch the world
Scheme and lie
Everybody's got a solid alibi
I pray today
It won't stay that way

This crazy place
Always in my face
Hunger
Hatred
Darkness
Sadness
What's it gonna take to stop the madness?
So many have little
This much is true
But I've been blessed
Cuz I got you

Unbearable pain, pouring down rain
Days can seem tragic, but 1 thing is magic
Got my 1 thing
Only 1 thing
You're my 1 thing
You're my 1 thing, baby

Giving me a try
Gonna make me cry
When I think about all the things you do
I fly
Wanna thank you
Bank you
If you're water
I drank you
Hold you close
Nothing outranks you
When I wanna trip
Feeling like I'll flip
I just take sip
You're my
O
A
Sis
My
desert
bliss
Grateful, fateful, shelter from the hateful
Make my heart soar
I couldn't love you more

Heartbroken cries, darkening skies
Outlook is bleak, you're my 1 lucky streak
You're my 1 thing
The 1 thing
My 1 thing
Yeah my 1 thing
Unbearable pain, pouring down rain
Days can seem tragic, but 1 thing is magic
It's my 1 thing
Only 1 thing
You're my 1 thing
You're my 1 thing, baby

Future's hazy
People crazy
Situation
Right outta Scorsese
Lightning, thunder
No one listening
The world in pain
So loud, it's sickening
Peace & strength & you
Uplifiting
Filled with love
Let's start assisting

Unbearable pain, pouring down rain
Days can seem tragic, but 1 thing is magic
It's my 1 thing
Only 1 thing
You're my 1 thing
You're my 1 thing
Heartbroken cries, darkening skies
Outlook is bleak, you're my 1 lucky streak
You're my 1 thing
The 1 thing
My 1 thing
Yeah my 1 thing

Bring on the pain, bring on the rain
You're my 1 thing
The 1 thing
In the darkness, there lies
The shining light in your eyes
I got the 1 thing
Yeah my 1 thing, baby


(Lyrics by J. Hudson) © 2012 Invincible City Records, LLC.
Track Name: Isn't He Handsome? (Ooh La La La)
Could've knocked me over
With a feather
When he took my hand
I was ready & willing
Ain't that the way
Love's supposed to go
When Mr. Right comes along?
I opened my heart
Bared my soul
Shocked he would make me the one
He can have whoever he wants
And he does
In the end, I'm still the lucky one

Ooh la la la
Isn't he handsome?
Beautiful, perfect, unlike me
Ooh la la la
Isn't he handsome?
It's beauty like his
That makes him better than me
Don't know what he sees
When he looks down at me
I'm just careful
To stay clear
Of a backhand and a sneer

And when he knocked me over
A right hook to my jaw
That was the first time
I don't really know why I stayed
That's not the way
I was raised
For Mr. Right to behave
I gave him my heart
And my soul
Thought that I could be the one
Whose love would change everything
But it hasn't
No, it hasn't
In the end, I'm still the lucky one

Ooh la la la
But isn't he handsome?
Highlighting my inferiority
Ooh la la la
Oh isn't he handsome?
He radiates superiority
Sometimes I hate to see
How I must look to be
Sans self-worth
Praying, silently, for my rebirth

I could be there
Or I could not
Doesn't really matter to him
I'm only something he quickly forgot
But when all is said and done
I'm still the lucky one because...

Isn't he handsome?
Beautiful, perfect, unlike me
Ooh la la la
Oh isn't he handsome?
Beauty like that makes him better than me
Ooh la la la
But isn't he handsome?
Highlighting my inferiority
Ooh la la la
Oh isn't he handsome?
He radiates superiority
Don't know what he sees
When he looks down at me
I'm just careful
To stay clear
Of that backhand and that sneer
Oh, sometimes I hate to see
How I must look to be
Sans self-worth
Praying, silently, for my rebirth
Praying, silently
Silently, for my rebirth

(Music & lyrics by J. Hudson) © 2012 Invincible City Records, LLC.
Track Name: Sex With Me
I've spent a few hours staring at you
Watching you dissolve into what I can do
Now I got you all alone
Arch your back
I hear you moan
Convince yourself
Cuz here I go

Turn off your mind
Turn on my body
You're first in line to
Have sex with me
Grab hold real tight
Climb on my body
Don't wait all night to
Have sex with me

Overtake your body, as we fall to the floor
Then I flip you over, got you begging for more
Catch your breath
You hesitate
Can't stop now
It's much too late
To circumnavigate

Turn off your mind
Turn on my body
Begin the grind and
Have sex with me
Turn out the lights
Climb on my body
Tonight's the night you
Have sex with me
Turn off your mind
Turn on my body
You're first in line to
Have sex with me
Grab hold real tight
Climb on my body
Don't wait all night to
Have sex with me

<bridge>

We spent a few hours, sweating
Down on all fours
And like the rest, you want an encore
Have a seat or wait in line
We'll hook up another time
Cuz now, your friend is looking fine

Turn off your mind
Turn on my body
Begin the grind and
Have sex with me
Turn out the light
Climb on my body
We'll go all night
Have sex with me
Turn off your mind
Turn on my body
You're first in line to
Have sex with me
Grab hold real tight
Climb on my body
Don't wait all night to
Have sex with me

Turn out the light
We'll go all night
Turn off your mind
Begin the grind
You're first in line
Don't wait all night
Climb on my body
Hold on tight and have sex with me

(Music & lyrics by J. Hudson) © 2012 Invincible City Records, LLC.
Track Name: Cheerios
Chopped up bananas in my Cheerios
Chopped up bananas in my Cheerios
Chopped up bananas in my Cheerios
Chopped up bananas
Chopped up bananas
Chopped up bananas in my Cheerios
Chopped up bananas in my Cheerios
Chopped up bananas in my Cheerios
Chopped up bananas and here we go!
Track Name: Elizabeth
Why so serious?
You what?
What are you -?
Oh my God, for how long?
Four years? Oh, Christ!
Fuck you, don't tell me to -
No, no, NO, that's it. We're through…
Get out. I mean it.
Get out.
And don't call me…

Hello? Is this she?
Oh God
I'm so sorry
I don't know how to tell you this
I shouldn't be the one but
You should know
Sure okay
We can meet
Yeah, I think I'd like that
Yeah
I'd really like that

Elizabeth
I'm so sorry
If I had known
I never would have started seeing him
He never told me
He never said a word
You know I met him at a bar
And he approached me
I swear
I'm not like that
Like the ones who go for straight guys
It's not what I'm into
Oh my God
I'm so sorry
Elizabeth
Seriously, I'm sorry
So very sorry

I what?
I should get tested?
Why do you say that?

Oh my God
I'm so sorry
I can't believe this
I never meant anything like this to happen
I actually started to really like the guy
I shouldn't have said that
I'm so sorry
He never said anything, not a word
Maybe I should have asked
I feel responsible for my part
And I'm so sorry
Elizabeth
If I had known
He never told me
You know I met him at a bar
I swear I'm not like that
Oh God Elizabeth
I'm so sorry
I really am sorry
I feel responsible

(Lyrics by J. Hudson) © 2012 Invincible City Records, LLC.
Track Name: The Devils Playground
Freedom rings, they say
Land of the free
Democracy tucks us safely in
At night
As the powers that be
Say everything's alright

Earmark deals
Pork bellied fat cats
Back room steals
In The Devil's Playground
Intern lovin
Secrets, lies, spies
Hot as an oven
That's D.C.
It's The Devil's Playground

Record profits, Bloomberg, Fortune 500
Yes, the Corporate ship's come in
Opportunity for you and me
Is nowhere to be found
But polls show were recovery bound
While we try believing
They're off deceiving
Staying afloat, while the others drown

District deals
Heavy hitter kick backs
Greasin' the wheels
In The Devil's Playground
Everyone in their pocket
Young, Minorities, Christians, Elderly,
Left, Right, Women, and Wall Street
The Devil's Playground

Pork bellied fat cats
Greasin' the wheels
But your time's run out
You've had enough
More than enough

Profit or steal
Hands in the deal
(Hot as an oven)
Public office fat cats
Capitol greed
It's The Devil's Playground
Promises, lies
In every size
(Greasin the wheels)
United State of Kick Backs
Hot as Hell
In The Devils Playground

(Music & lyrics by J. Hudson) © 2012 Invincible City Records, LLC.
Track Name: Life, Love & Happiness featuring Preston Hildebrand
Will you walk with me
Through this world
And never let me down?
Oh listen now
Can you hear a sound?
Look what we have found
Another day ends peacefully
Oh, now tell me
Is this the way it's gonna stay?
Oh
Don't let go again
It's your life
Love
Your happiness...

Oh
Don't let go again
Cause it's your life
Love
And happiness, I'm thinking of
Oh
Don't give up again
Cause it's your life
Love
And happiness...

When you sleep tonight
Will you dream
About a brighter life?
Oh it's gonna last
And we hope for more
But my heart is so unsure
Another day is
Over
So, tell me
Is this the way it's meant to be?

Oh
Don't let go again
Cause it's for life
For love
And happiness, I'm thinking of
No
Don't give up again
(Don't give up again)
Cause it's your life
Love
And happiness...

<bridge>

Oh…
So, tell me
Is this the way it's meant to be?

Oh
Don't let go again
Cause it's for life
For love
And happiness, I'm thinking of
Oh no
Don't give up again
(Don't give up again)
Cause it's your life
Love
And happiness

Oh...
Oh...
Oh oh oh

© 1996 Sony/BMG (Music & lyrics by B. Kennedy)