Damocles (3:36)

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Damocles

Pounding drums and intense strings lead into the angriest song on the record – the band’s dark unpicking of knife crime. “I wanted to write a song that addressed the issue for a long time. It cannot continue,” says Simpson. “How can we live in a society where people can do that to each other?” The intensely dramatic song even finds Simpson considering the merits of reinstating hanging: “I don’t want it back but when I wrote the lyrics I thought to myself, the only way out of this is to make them afraid of doing it. ” The song has personal resonance for Abidi who has experienced knife crime several times in his life. “I’ve had three knives pulled on me since I was 13. I’ve had three of my friends stabbed – one almost died, the other two were quite badly injured,” He says, “It’s in the news now but it’s been happening for years in London. It’s time people realised that it’s a shameful act.”

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Gut the animals, they won't feel a thing
You're all pigs in shit
You should just call your mothers out
They'd be so proud of you

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