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Fold – Two Past Midnight (with Fannie Lou Hamer) (Single)

TRACKLISTING

  1. Two Past Midnight
  2. Don't Kid Yourself Baby
  3. Two Past Midnight (Instrumental)
  4. Don't Kid Yourself Baby (Instrumental)

Fold – Two Past Midnight (with Fannie Lou Hamer), released May 4, 2015

Credits

Music written, arranged, performed, co-produced & mixed by Fold.
Speeches by Fannie Lou Hamer and Malcolm X.
Recorded, engineered & co-produced by Ed Heaton at Eiger Studios, Leeds.

Mastered by Erik Aldrey.

Cover photo courtesy of Ken Thompson / General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church.

Lyrics

1. Two Past Midnight (with Fannie Lou Hamer & Malcolm X) (2:48)

[Fannie Lou Hamer] I want you to know what’s happening to us today
[Malcolm X] I don’t see any American dream I see an American nightmare
[FLH] but we gonna change that baby.

We want a change
We want a change throughout the country
We want a change
We want a change, change – I’m talkin about some real change
and people whether you believe it or not…

I want you to know what’s happening to us today
[Malcolm X] I don’t see any American dream I see an American nightmare
[FLH] but we gonna change that baby.

We want a change
We want a change throughout the country
We want a change
We are sick and tired of seeing people shot down in the name of law and order all across the country

I want you to know what’s happening to us today
[Malcolm X] I don’t see any American dream I see an American nightmare

[FLH] If I hate you because you hate me I’m no better than you are – and I don’t hate a person because they hate me.
I’ll try to free that person too.
I don’t see all people as bad… and I don’t hate a person because they hate me.

We are a part of America, but we do want to be treated as human beings
and I’m fighting for human rights, not for equal rights.

We want a change
We want a change throughout the country
We want a change
We want a change, change,
and people whether you believe it or not…
A house divided against itself cannot stand
A nation that’s divided against itself cannot stand
and its two past midnight and we on our way out.

[Malcolm X] I don’t see any American dream I see an American nightmare
[FLH] but we gonna change that baby.

2. Don’t Kid Yourself Baby (with Fannie Lou Hamer) (2:45)

Its a lot of people that said well, forget about politics

But baby what we eat is politics
And I’m not gonna forget no politics
Because in 1972 when I go to Washington as Senator Hamer from Mississippi
You gonna know its gonna be some changes made

We want a change
We want a change throughout the country

We first been told that we wasn’t fittin’
We got to get the kind of education to fit in this society
But as sick as it is I wonder do I want the kind of education that’s gonna rob me of having real love and compassion for my fellow man.

I’ve heard several comments from people
that was talkin’ about ‘with the people, for the people and by the people’
Bein’ a black woman from Mississippi, I’ve learned that long ago that’s not true
Its ‘with a handful, for a handful, by a handful’ – but we gonna change that baby.

We want a change
We want a change throughout the country

Don’t kid yourself baby
If this society of yours is a great society
God knows I would hate to live in a bad one.

One crowd of people can’t change the status quo
But if 2 and 2 and 50 make a million
we’ll see the day come round
and we’ll be able to stand and fight together for the things that we rightfully deserve
to make democracy a reality for all of the people of the world regardless of race or color.

Thank you.

Album Reviews

‘Two Past Midnight’ is a powerful fusion of beats and politics, as they sample Fannie Lou Hamer’s famous 1969 speech in Berkeley California to deliver a funky, cool and groovy tune that feels mightily dangerous (it reminds me of how a younger me felt, hearing Public Enemy or Immortal Technique for the first time – that’s a good feeling). The single spreads the message, if we needed to be reminded, that the scourge of racism still exists and is still an issue throughout the world. This is the sound of a band with a message, one that needs to be spread and with the music to match, while providing a timely reminder of their musical prowess and the power of music. It also raises that question again; why have musicians and artists so little to say nowadays? ‘Two Past Midnight’ comes backed with B-side ‘Don’t Kid Yourself Baby’, which is pure, unadulterated funk.
Barry Gruff