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What is being called their most emotive and developed artistic statement to date, the thematic 4th album amalgamates a multitude of styles, ranging from hip-hop, club & funk to progressive dance and electro-pop...

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released June 3, 2007

produced by JHSF and 21st Century Express
© 2007 Invincible City Records, LLC
all music & lyrics by Joe Hudson except where noted

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21st Century Express California

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 View From Above/Pray For Rain
(The View From Above)

...and in local news, a family of four perished in a downtown fire this morning...
...scores of children remain hungry & homeless at this hour...
...the war rages on, and the deathtoll mounts as the pentagon...
...while the Centers for Disease Control report over 14 million cases worldwide...

(Pray for Rain)

what once was green
look what we've done
look what we've done

pray for rain
better pray for rain

speak to the Earth and it shall teach thee,
being all flesh is grass
and thy do fade as a leaf...
for while the Earth remaineth, day and night shall not cease...
look upon all thy hands have done,
for now we see through a glass darkly --
indeed, all vanity grasping the wind,
for there is no profit under the sun...
gather what fragments remain, that nothing be lost,
for if not, the heavens shall pass away
and the elements melt the Earth.

one sun
one Earth
one garden
one promise

once lush
once green
once filled with hope

our crime
our loss
our responsibility

one chance
one hope
one virtue
one legacy

pray for rain
better pray for rain

pray
Track Name: This DJ's Taken Over
I like that...
Check 1
Check 2
Here we go now
1, 2, 3 hit it

Been a DJ since I was a kid
I love music
I love sound
I'm fascinated with sound as music
Everybody out there (everybody everywhere)
See, here's the thing:
Everybody's always sayin: So you write your own music
That's great - what kind?
what kind
what kind
what kind?
Is it funk?
Is it pop?
Is it r&B?
Is it Dance? Is it Electronica?
Is it Hip Hop? Is it Rap?
Is it Alternative? Retro?
Is it Soul? Disco? Is it Rock n Roll?
Then I start to question myself: yeah, wht kind of music are you making?

Does it really matter?
I like that...
Why you wanna put me in a box?
(Does it sound good?)
Why you wanna put me in a box?
(Do you like it?)
What kind of a box?
(Does it make you move?)
What kind of a nice nice box
(Does it make you think?)
What kind of a box?
(Heaven forbid)
What kind of a nice nice
(Nice and tidy shoeboxes)
What kind of a box?

How you feelin?
I'm jammin-He's Jammin-We're jammin-Oo-wee

I feel the music's taken over me
yeah yeah
I'm jammin-He's Jammin-We're jammin-Oo-wee
(shake-shake-shake Ooh, to the right)
I'm jammin-He's Jammin-We're jammin-Oo-wee
(move-move-move To the left, ah)
I'm jammin-He's Jammin-We're jammin-Oo-wee
(Serve some attitude over your shoulder)
Are you out of breath?
I feel the music taking over me...
Track Name: Eucalyptus (Should Have Turned Around)
lyrics by Joe Hudson

I should have kissed your lips
I should have shut my mouth
I should have cried the tears
That I'm crying now

I should have held your hand
As you warned me
That it was my last chance
Instead, I broke free
That moment's gone
And in an instant, my life is shattered lying next to me
I should have turned around

You called my name as I left
Just like the first time
Then you called me again
For the last time
And now you're gone
And this bed's too big without you lying next to me
I should have turned around

I never would have believed
You meant this
I never thought you would leave
No last kiss
But now you're gone
And the silence is so loud, so loud it's deafening
Should have turned around

I should have kissed your lips
Should have said okay
Should have held you tight for the rest of the day
I should have shut my mouth
Should have listened somehow
Should have cried the tears
That I'm crying now

Now you're gone
Should have turned around
Track Name: What We Were Then
years have passed
since i've been asked
bout those times
so long ago
when laughter ruled
sex was cool
and not a thing we didn't know

lightning
wasn't frightening
it lit our way as we shot along
bright streaks
in the night sky
so perilous but strong

hearing your voice
takes me back when
our lives were sunrise and new again
crazy smiles with miles to go
and every night was a brand new show
seeing your face
takes me back when
we hadn't clue what we were then
laughing from the start
and loving from the heart

i see you now
and i think wow
not a moments come or gone
your eyes still bright
soul filled with light
feels back where we belong

square kids
in a round world
we shrugged the hard times off with style
i had you
you had me
and the future stretched for miles

hearing your voice
takes me back when
our lives were sunrise and new again
crazy smiles with miles to go
and every night was a brand new show
seeing your face
takes me back when
we hadn't clue what we were then
laughing from the start
and loving from the heart

hearing your voice...
what we were then
seeing your face...
what we were then

every night was a brand new show
seeing your face
takes me back when
we hadn't clue what we were then
laughing from the start
and loving from the heart
Track Name: Blue
Yo listen up: here's a story
About a little guy that lives in a blue world
And all day and all night and everything he sees is
Just blue like him inside and outside
With a blue little window
And a blue Corvette and everything is blue for him
And himself and everybody around
'Cause he aint got nobody to listen...

I'm blue (da ba dee da ba die da ba dee da ba die)
I'm blue

I have a blue house with a blue window
Blue is the colour of all that I wear
Blue are the streets and all the trees are too
I have a best friend and he is so blue
Blue are the people here that walk around
Blue like my Corvette, it's standing outside
Blue are the words I say and what I think
Blue are the feelings that live inside me

Here's a story
About a little guy that lives in a blue world
And all day and all night and everything he sees is
Blue like him inside and outside
With a blue little window
And a blue Corvette and everything is blue for him
And himself and everybody around
'Cause he aint got nobody to listen...

I'm blue
Track Name: You Won't Break Me (featuring Geechi 3)
lyrics by Linda Courtien

hold on hold on
spirit, child
spirit, child

hold on to your spirit, child
they'll make and break you
hold on to your spirit, child
they'll make and break you
hold on to your spirit, child
hold on to your spirit, child
they're trying to rape you

there is more depth inside of me
you'll never see
i am blind to yours
equally...

hold on to your spirit, child
hold on to your spirit, child
hold on to your spirit, child
or they'll make and break you
they're trying to rape you
Track Name: Tedious Disease
looking back so far away
didn't think i'd even last a day
who would have guessed
i'd end up surviving
all alone

now
why do you look at me that way?
it's 20 years later
that's the price you pay
for staying alive while
the world around you
expires


24/7
7 days a week
4 weeks a month
12 months a year
7 days a week (24/7)
all my life
7 days a week (24/7)
all my life
just a matter of weeks (24/7)
if that's the rest of my life
it makes for tedious disease

it makes for tedious disease


do i live just for today
or am i here at last to stay
do i even exist while time
unravels on its own

so
why are you shocked to see me here
expecting my ghost
or some sedated mirror
best to remember life
can erase you with a
smile


24/7
7 days a week
4 weeks a month
12 months a year
7 days a week (24/7)
all my life
7 days a week (24/7)
all my life
just a matter of weeks (24/7)
if that's the rest of my life
it makes for tedious disease

it makes for tedious disease



until we meet again
and we will
because

i've got the rest of my life
(it might have gone the other way)
i've got the rest of my life
(i never thought i had a say)
i've got the rest of my life
(who would have guessed i'd see the day)
i've got the rest of my life
(no longer very far away)

i've got the rest of my life
to cure this tedious disease

"what some call health...
isn't much better than tedious disease."
- George Dennison Prentice
Track Name: Fierce!
It's the only way to be
F-I-E-R-C-E
Fierce!

So fierce...
Is what you are
You're something fierce
You're like a star
You make me want to touch you
Oh honey
Come on and work it now
You make me want to touch you
take you
thrill you
make you want me

Fierce...
Is how you make me feel
As I watch you
watch me
watch you on the floor
Capital F
Capital IERCE
You're workin, you're workin me

Fierce
Oh honey
You go
And you're workin that floor
Like you own that sucka
Ooo Fantastic fucked-off fierce!
Honey, she's on fire

From a distance I thought she was a forest ablaze
Cuz you're fierce
Your body's fierce
As you slowly tug off your shirt
Serving it piping hot and fresh
And now you're dancing next to me...

And the lights and the sound and the club and the DJ is pumpin

You dance so fierce
You work it fierce
Your ass is fierce
That shit is fierce
My shit is fierce
This song is FIERCE!

Oh...
Excuse me? Is everybody fierce?
No honey...just us.
F-I-E-R-C-E
What's that spell?
Fierce

So fierce
So fucked-off fierce
She's so fierce
He's so fierce
We're so fierce
They're so fierce
You're so
So
So
Fierce.