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Epic, funky gospel sound with subversive lyrics to push back the consumer monoculture. These songs have been sung from sidewalks and jail cells. Sing along with your fellow activists or slip them into the late night party mix and start a revolution.

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released January 1, 2008

THE CHURCH OF STOP SHOPPING
Director: Savitri D
Reverend Billy is Billy Talen
Choir Director: James Solomon Benn
Music Director: William Moses
Media Manager: Michael O'Neill
Web Team: Shanti Durkee / Stephen Musgrave
Immediator: Marisa Jahn
Legal: Laurence Singer
Photos: Eric H. Brown / Tracey Luscz / Shannon Cochrane / John Quilty / Fred Askew
Art: Savitri D

Recorded at Excello Studios, Brooklyn, NY.
Additional tracks at Harmonic Ranch, New York, NY.
Engineer: William Moses
Tracking Engineers: Hugh Pool / Ethan Donaldson
Assistant Engineer: Nathan Rosborough
Final Mixes: Stefan Souza / Don Grossinger / Matt Piersall
Mastered by Matt Piersall, Austin, TX

THANKS & PRAISE:
Laura Klimpton, Christabel Gough, Eric Jensen, Aaron Soznick, Shelby Gaines, Dee Dee Halleck, Sedge Thomson, Puffin Foundation, Chris Zahn, Jahneen Otis, Bobzilla, Georgina Young-Ellis, DJ Small Change, Nick Morgan, Benny Key, Julio Herrera, Rob VanAlkemade, Dan Weingartner, Burning Man Community, Peter, Griesar, Scott Heiferman, Time's Up!, families and friends, past members of the choir, and our beloved NYC congregation.

DEDICATED WITH MUCH LOVE AND GRATITUDE to Kurt Vonnegut Jr., Derrick McGinty, and Baby Ida.

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Reverend Billy & the Stop Shopping Choir New York, New York

We are a post religious, anti-consumerist church. We hold “services” wherever we can, in concert halls, theaters, churches, community centers, forests, fields, parking lots, mall atriums, and perhaps most importantly, inside stores, as close to the cash register as we can get, within spitting distance of the point of purchase, and BANKS! ... more

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Track Name: Pushback
Who are these developers, have you ever seen one live?
They gotta live in Westchester, not in Queens or in Bed-Stuy
When one of them knocks on your door the Shopocalypse is here
We’re gentrified -- it’s getting weird

Pushback! Homogenizing in this big box
Pushback! Defend what’s left - save the small shops
Pushback! Chainstores give us migraines
Pushback! Where is Ginsberg? Where is Coltrane?
THIS TOWN AINT NO SUPERMALL

Who are these politicos, have you ever seen one live?
They gotta live uptown, somewhere where they can hide.
Who buys them all that TV time? He’s the one who broke your lease.
Officials slick their palms with grease

Pushback! Stop that Starbucks not another
Pushback! No your latte’s not my lover
Pushback! I don’t take slavery in my coffee
Pushback! We like Fair Trade 'cause it's tasty!
THIS TOWN AINT NO SUPERMALL

Whoa Whoa Whoa
Pushback! If you're rich your view is scenic
Pushback! If you're poor you'd better dream
Pushback! Transnationals have their targets
Pushback! The working poor, the artists
THIS TOWN AINT NO SUPERMALL

THIS TOWN AINT NO SUPER...
THIS TOWN AINT NO SUPER...
THIS TOWN AINT NO SUPERMALL
PUSHBACK!
Track Name: First Amendment
Congress shall make no law
respecting an establishment of religion,
or prohibiting the free exercise therof;
or abridging the freedom of speech, [FREE SPEECH!]
or abridging the freedom of press; [FREE PRESS!]
or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, [FREE PEOPLE!]
and to petition the governement for redress of grievances. [REDRESS!]

Free speech! / Free press!
Free people! / Redress!
Track Name: Beatitudes of Buylessness
Blessed are the Consumers, for you shall be free from Living By Products…

Blessed are you who stumble out of branded Main Streets, for you shall find lovers not downloaded and oceans not rising.

Blessed is the ordinary citizen who holds onto a patch of public commons, for you are the New World.

Blessed is the artist who is not corporate sponsored for you shall give birth to warm fronts of emotion and breakthroughs of Peace.

Blessed are you who confuse “Consumerism” with “Freedom,” for you shall be delighted to discover the difference.

Blessed are the advertisers and commercial celebrities, for you are waiting for the remarkable restfulness of honesty.

Blessed are city neighborhoods that people have flown from in fear, for your children shall return to illuminate the dark economy.

Blessed are the workers in the supermalls, for the town your employers’ killed shall come back to life!

Blessed is the breadwinner with out-sourced dreams who sits in the SUV stuck in a Christmas from Hell, this year a gift will set you free.

Blessed are the young women in sweatshops, for the things you make will fly you like magic evening gowns to the City of Light.

Blessed are you who disturb the customers, for you might be loving your neighbor.
Track Name: Can I Shop Enough for Africa?
When I raise my hands in prayer
Is Bono’s face always there?
When I stare into his wrap around eyes
Is my goodness globalized?

Can I shop enough for Africa?
Can I shop enough for Africa?
Can I shop enough for Africa?

When our voices want to rise
Do we have to advertise?
If I’m not in the upper class
Can I ever save your ass?

Can I shop enough for Africa?
Can I shop enough for Africa?
Can I shop enough for Africa?

Here’s an orphan. Here’s the gold.
Let’s adopt it. Now its sold.
We send a jet. It’s on the news.
Express that kid. Cuz I’ve got the blues.

Can I shop enough for Africa?
Track Name: How Can You Raise a Child?
Mickey Mouse in baby’s bed
Big eyes, big ears, a bursting head
When baby screams the money flows
When baby dreams a soul is sold

CHORUS:
How can you raise a child?
How can you raise a child?
The oceans rise the sky is wild
And now we shop for air
And now we shop for air
Make a life and end it there
Baby baby what ya buyin?
Eyes go here eyes go there
Too late to cry – buyer beware
Baby baby what ya buyin?

Who’s expected, who’s outside?
Baby sleeps but cannot hide
The doorknob turns we cannot move
Oh no! The toy we can’t refuse

Killer logo in baby’s house
On daddy’s shoes, on momma’s blouse
On sister’s breath, on brother’s sweats
On toys, on bombs, on TV sets

CHORUS
The products meet in the childrens’ ward
What do you think they’re waiting for
The new consumer, the baby king
The one who will buy anything

Superman takes baby’s hand
Up in the sky to the ATM
Remove your cash the fun begins
We just spend and we spend and we spend
and we spend and we spend again

Baby baby what ya buyin?
Eyes go here, eyes go there
Too late to cry, buyer beware
Baby baby what ya buyin?
Baby baby what ya buyin?
what ya buyin?
what ya buyin?
How can you raise a child?
Baby baby what ya buyin?
Track Name: Lover Logo
Across a darkened room
I’m not talking, but I interrupt
You edge closer
tryin’ to sip but not kiss the cup

What company are you with?
Oh this -- it’s my new tattoo?
I’m feeling lots of logo here
Crawling up my leg like you

Do I have a lover?
What a question in a dump like this!
Was I trademarked in the corner?
Your remote on my big screen kiss?

Your love is digitized
You whisper in my ear “Now Dance”
How’d you get that rhythm?
You’re not moving -- you’re stuck in a branded trance

(riffing)

We’re not going to any chapel
Will you send me new graphics every week?
And if I say I’m lonely
Your company tattoo is on my cheek

Are you my lover? Are you my logo?
Track Name: Sidamo
In the beginning was Ethiopia and I loved you.
Planted a forest of wild coffee
And it gave us a buzzy heart-beating tree.

Starbucks you stole my Sidamo.
Starbucks you stole my Sidamo.

Sidamo. Sidamo.
Please come back to me.

Every morning for a million years, I drank you black.
Hungry child cries out from the dead
Sidamo disappears it’s something Starbucks said.

You stole my Sidamo.
You stole my Sidamo.

Sidamo. Sidamo.
Please come back to me.

Can you take the Garden of Eden by corporate decree?
The name of your birthplace Sidamo; shipped across the sea

Sidamo. Sidamo.
Please come back to me.

Sidamo, Sidamo (8X)

You stole my Sidamo
You stole my Sidamo

Sidamo. Sidamo.
Please come back to me. (3X)
Track Name: Back Away
VERSE ONE:
Mother father that godly mystery
Will you come here and teach me
When the lowest prices hit me
Wal-Mart will it always reach me?
Mother father that godly mystery

CHORUS:
Back away from the Wal-Mart back away
Back away from that big box back away
It's a union-busting sweat zone - (It's a sweat zone)
Our neighborhood is our home - (our neighborhood's our home)
Back away, back away, back away
Back away, back away, back away
Back up and pray

VERSE TWO:
Brothers and sisters you sexy mysteries
Will you come here and come with me
Someone's judgment day it burns me
And will your power loving lift me?
Brothers and sisters you sexy mysteries

CHORUS:
Working people and working families
Whether they’re halfway around the world
Or they’re standing right here next to me.
Wal-Mart says you’re losing money
Well, there ain’t no Wal-Mart in New York City
Working people and working families
Track Name: What to Say
Can a public cry for peace,
Give a billboard a bad time?
Can a mile of smoking cars
Make a clear mind a crime?

Tiger’s got to hunt.
Bird got to fly.

Is this our own river here?
Is this our pure common air?
If we scream in the pixilated fog
Will we lose what we remembered there?

Tiger’s got to hunt.
Bird got to fly.
Tiger’s got to eat.
Human try to understand.

Did the city on the hill explode?
Take your seat for the sunniest day.
All of life is now watching us
As we forget, forget what to say.

Tiger’s got to hunt.
Bird got to fly.
Tiger’s got to eat.
Human try to understand.
(chorus repeats 3X)

Is this our own river here?
Is this our pure common air?
Tiger’s got to hunt.
Human try to understand.