Outsider

by Manzo

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Outsider’ is the second studio album by Wellington recording artist, Manzo.

Very topical themes of corporate greed, politics, masculinity and social pressure, are woven with tales of loss and love. The album talks about the frustrations and flaws of our modern world to anybody that understands how it feels to be perceived as different - a salute to the outsider. But ultimately it's an uplifting album full of humour and hope.

Infusing pop, rock, electronic, classical, hip hop and dance, along with some blatant ‘80s and ‘90s vibes, the music reflects Manzo’s broad musical influences, and also his refusal to be pigeon holed and constrained by genre. Classical arrangements flow into grungy electric guitar, synthesised beats support cello and brass. Guest vocalists bring a range of styles, from soul to soprano, from raw rap to raunchy rock chick. It’s a celebration of how different styles can be brought together in harmony.

credits

released September 2, 2017

All music, arrangements and lyrics © Alan Hodgetts 2017

Lyrics on Angel On your Shoulder © Hodgetts/da Silva Freitas 2017
Lyrics on A Box of Time & Free Radicool © T & A Taotua 2017
Vocal on Sacra arranged by Shirleen Oh

The Musicians:
Laurence Cooper - electric guitar.
Anny da Silva Freitas - vocals.
Ze’ev Dikvert - clarinet.
Frobman - vocals.
Shirley Gullery - vocals.
Alan Hodgetts - keyboard, percussion.
Ellen Hodgetts – percussion, synth FX, vocals.
Dave Hone - electric cello.
Shirleen Oh - vocals.
Leona Palmer - acoustic guitar, vocals.
Iuliana Pitur - vocals.
Allan Taotua - vocals.

Production, engineering, programming and Roland sequencing - Alan Hodgetts

Recorded, mixed and mastered at SweetArts Studios

Special thanks:
Talent Catering, Jacek Cywinski, Raymond Moffatt, Tracey Ward
Art direction - Ellen Hodgetts
Cover ‘slimed’ photo - Craig Magson

Digital release distributed worldwide by DRM, New Zealand
All musical works registered with APRA/AMCOS
Represented and published by Songbroker Ltd

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Manzo Paraparaumu, New Zealand

'Manzo' is the musical alias of songwriter and recording artist Alan Hodgetts from Wellington, New Zealand. Manzo's third album 'Attachment' was released 26 July 2019

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Track Name: Monochrome Men - A Medley
Hey diddle diddle
Fat cats on the fiddle
Cash cow’s so over the moon
The silver fox stole from everyone
And then skipped town so soon

Monochrome men breaking all the rules, tell the rest of us what and when to do
Monochrome men we’ve got you on the run, put some colour in your lives
And have some fucking fun

We’re not monochrome
More like Kodachrome

Do you want to live this life in only black and white?
Some people out there think this is how it ought to be
I tell you it won’t be like ebony and ivory
Do you want to live this life in only black and white?

Let colour blow your mind
Track Name: A Box of Time
I’ve got a box of 24, I need more.
I’ve got a box of 24, I need more.
I’ve got a million things spinning on my mind,
can I press rewind, have unlimited time?
Just to do half the things I like in life,
with my lovely wife, opening bubbly wine.
But no, this is just the way that they say life goes,
work six to eight, barely ate, don’t hope.
Forget about change or promotion or growth,
you’ll be doing dishes till you’re grey and old.
But hold up, confused frown,
I have dreams of making something of this town.
This a damn disgrace by this head in the clouds,
need to educate him on just how it goes down.
There’s a reason that they have a system in place.
It’s to keep the rats running in the rat race.
And the rats are us, the politics, the snakes
pretending that they give a damn on live debates.
Yes, ok, I get that, but I’m on a different kind of track.
I have a ‘things to do’ list that I must attack.
I will not be the party sitting down feeling sad,
picturing life, like I had what I never had,
like it’s all bliss, and nothing’s ever bad.
Just need an hourglass with everlasting sand.
A box of time that’s all I would only ever ask.
To finish all my plans, I need it really bad,
I need it really bad.

Ain’t no time to play, but what can I say?
Feel like I’m chasing my mind,
I’m losing every day,
can’t stop coz time ain’t my friend.
Can I get a break from work?
No this ain’t gonna ever end.
Coz I’m out of control,
me rush to work, another typical day at work,
you call it parole, coz this shit’s a crime,
Can this be legal, sell your soul
for the sake of making a dime?
Coz I know where I’d rather be,
I’m hanging with my lady,
my boys in the sunshine,
yeah, that’s a fantasy.
I’m surrounded by media info overload,
earplugs in your ears, cross the road
now you’re a road toll.
All I hear or see is so PC,
surely there’s gotta be better ways
to spend my time more freely.
Feels like no one understands me,
but I’m gonna scream at the top of my lungs
in the streets until you damn hear me.
I need a box of time, I’m out of control
and yet I’m still stuck in the same hole.
My life’s a mess,
give me a box of time to deal with the stress.
Track Name: Outsider
They think you’re crazy
Saw you hanging with me and havin’ fun
They’ll say don’t trust me
Outsiders like me tend to freak and run

They’ll never know
The feelings I keep so deep in my soul
And things untold
Hold on to me tight and I’ll let it all out

Don’t try to change me
I tell you right now, it will all go wrong
Don’t let me unnerve you
Outsiders like me can fall in love

You can ask I don’t mind
And all will be fine, just never tell
End this curse of mine
You can ask I don’t mind
And all will be fine, just never tell

They’ll never know
The feelings I keep so deep in my soul
And things untold
Hold on to me tight and I’ll let it all out
Track Name: Are you Blind
Public henchman, paunch and pension
Five foot four, craves attention
A new buzzword, an ego invention
No sense of right, he’s beyond redemption

Turbo machismo, no sense of humour
Acts tough, disguise the rumour
Inside he cries, despite the armour
Small comfort from Mrs Palmer

Big black pick up, and woolly socks
Nobody cares ‘bout the wheels you’ve got
Passive aggression will make you rot
Can you fix my roof? I think not

Politician, deep suspicion
Hell bent, immune to derision
He needs a mission, a world collision
That fucker ought to be in prison


Five foot four, craves attention
A new buzzword, an ego invention
No sense of right, he’s beyond redemption

Turbo machismo, no sense of humour
Acts tough, disguise the rumour
Inside he cries, despite the armour
Small comfort from Mrs Palmer

Big black pick up, and woolly socks
Nobody cares ‘bout the wheels you’ve got
Passive aggression will make you rot
Can you fix my roof? I think not

Politician, deep suspicion
Hell bent, immune to derision
He needs a mission, a world collision
That fucker ought to be in prison



Are you blind, to that kind?
Don’t bury your head, be first in line
Open your heart, your head, your mind
Peace and love you’ll find

Fuck the vanity, the insanity
Bring clarity, some charity
It’s not all tragic, there is a magic
The love adventure don’t fucking censor

It’s not all tragic, there is a magic
The love adventure don’t fucking censor
Most men are good, it’s not about wood
Hit the re-set, be understood

It’s not all tragic there is a magic
The love adventure don’t fucking censor
Most men are good, it’s not about wood
Be the man you know you should
Track Name: Angel on your Shoulder
My friend my lifelong friend
I just hope you can hear me
I was with you there today
They all walked away
Left you with the cold cold earth

My friend
You’re not the only one crying
He watched over him
As I do every single day
Keeping you from harm

He was my love my only love
And my salvation
We had adventures with you
Kept you from all danger
My love oh my love
I will so miss you


My friend
You’re not the only one crying
You’re not the only one
He watched over him
As I do every single day
Keeping you from harm

My friend
I hope you can hear me
If only you could see

I’m around your heart and soul
Can you feel me?
I’ll keep watching over you
As I do every single day
Keeping you from harm
Track Name: Free Radicool
Self-destruction, terror, mankind gone forever,
believe me check the weather,
we’re killing ourselves even though we’re so clever.
Big vicious storm that’s coming right for us,
we sent out warnings but y’all ignored us.
It ain’t mother nature it’s men on a warpath,
global dictators with ego’s so enormous.
Corruption king’s taking over to destroy us,
the messages poisonous, so block out the noise.
Women and children lock the doors
and the men buy food for storage
because dark days are before us, join us.
No more rights and freedom, more people in need,
and more women are beaten,
while their children are pleading.
Stop, there’s too many places in the world
where kids aren’t eating,
are you seeing what I’m seeing?
Like, do you see this a world
of such high techs that we can’t cure diseases?
Something isn’t right, still too many non-believers,
ignoring the evil that’s trying to plant seeds in us,
so all we see is this and not the truth.
Freedom fighters take action, what will you do?

I’m hypersensitive
they either can’t under or stand me.
A human reactor ready to explode
a bad virus so you damn me.
A free radical rejected by society,
I may be different
but that’s just life’s spice is variety.
Your black shoes and your suits and your lattes too,
your iphones your cell phones you’re so Gucci cool.
Walking around like you’re all made up,
but in the real world you’re blinded
so please wake up.
A society created to consume,
don’t be confused
keyboard tappers, keep on tapping
your fingers in costume.
Are you really free to think and speak your mind,
or you worried about rejection
from your peers and your own kind?
I’m not hating or quick to judge,
only that I see dressed up sheep enslaved
I know this much.
A free thinkers’ right to his expression,
bringing to light the reasons for your own depression.
Doctor said, it’s ok, you’ll be alright,
here take a pill morning, day and night.
Coz I’m not asking you to believe in what I say,
it’s merely what I see in my society today.
I’m a Free Radicool, be cool,
Free Radicool.
Track Name: Loco
Welcome to a whole new world of darkness
Let me pour sweet poison in your ears
Detonating shockwaves hit your chest
Synchronising your heart to the machine

Turn off the light
Realise this
Reference the sound
Up and down
Detonating shockwaves hit your chest
Syncronising your heart to the machine

Welcome to the pool of profits
Mined from the earth
Find yourself floating in industrial waste
Axle grease and garbage

Breath in the gasoline, kerosene, acetylene and hydrazine
Detonating shockwaves hit your chest
Why are you pumping iron and not making it?

Detonating shockwaves hit your chest
Syncronising your heart to the machine
Track Name: Interceptor
Where is our hero?
Bring on the Interceptor
Oh my, he’s arrived

Your worked so hard to save us
We really want to thank you
Hey girls, he deserves a good time
I take you by my hand
Ready, set
Wait for his sonic boom
Go!

You make Jack Reacher look like a pussy
Interceptor take me away

You are our Gladiator
All the girls love you

Interceptor, he’s our man
There’s only one Interceptor
Wait for his sonic boom

Oh my
What a man
Here he comes
There is only one Interceptor
Wait for his sonic boom

There’s only one Interceptor
Track Name: St Helens Overture (Reprise)
God speed a wave a smile
Wish you could stay a while
A world for you to reconcile
Peace and love in your own style

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