It​’​s Not Me, It​’​s You

Babu Menos

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1. It’s Not Me, It’s You 04:24

His songs often play with listeners’ perceptions and expectations. Happy-go-lucky tunes are contrasted with sombre, serious words. Rarely broken-hearted love lyrics, though, because Babu Menos apparently has bigger fish to fry. In this respect, the first release coming from his tiny studio in quite a while is no different.

You wouldn’t be wrong calling “It’s Not Me, It’s You” a protest song. It’s about being sick and tired of all the empty promises that politicians, corporate bosses, “leaders” have been making, about the fear and despair facing the end of the world, and about the anger and disgust towards those who have known for decades that our way of life was going to destroy the planet, and yet covered it up and lied about it for personal gain and corporate profit.

And it’s not just the ones “up there” who have failed: “You know it’s high time we all change our ways”, the opening line of the first verse, is directed towards all of us who keep telling ourselves that our own white lies and petty sins don’t matter; that our new smartphones, SUVs, air travels, amenities, and impulse purchases are somehow okay. But they aren’t—“it’s time for something new”, and ultimately, for “someone new”.

With its singer-songwriter-like acoustic guitars, a full drumset, congas, electric bass, several melodicas, two steel tongue drums, glockenspiel, bulbul tarang, lots of handclaps, and dozens of voices, “It’s Not Me, It’s You” feels almost like a live band recording, although it’s been produced by Babu Menos alone, as always.

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— LYRICS —

Chorus:

It’s not me, it’s you
I’m tired of all the things you failed to do
It’s not me, it’s you
Seems like no single thing you say is true
And I know now it’s time for something new

Verse:

You know it’s high time we all change our ways
It’s merely years to try and save this place
But you still seem to need a slap in the face
For you to realise this is our last days
And it’s time for something new

Chorus

Verse:

Look at our leaders, they’re a gross disgrace
To what we proudly call the “human race”
It’s numbers only guiding them on their ways
They take away our beauty, honour, and grace
Now it’s time for someone new

Chorus

Breakdown:

1: It’s now or never fellas, we need to raise the bar
2: Hey! You serve the people!
3. All we need to sacrifice is our greedy way of life

Chorus × 2

Time for someone new.

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released October 13, 2023

Music, lyrics, all instruments, sounds, and vocals: Babu Menos.

Drum samples courtesy of Orange Tree Samples, www.orangetreesamples.com/blog/free-jazz-funk-drum-sample-library, and Jason Champion, freewavesamples.com/about-us-license

Cover art: Babu Menos, based on an image by Mastodon friend Cyrus, zirk.us/@Cyrus

Fonts: Montserrat by Julieta Ulanovsky (github.com/JulietaUla/Montserrat, SIL Open Font License, openfontlicense.org) and DIN 1451 fette Breitschrift 1936 by Peter Wiegel (peter-wiegel.de, freeware)