Safe Happy Christian Music for the Conservative Middleclass

by Bram Cools

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'Safe Happy Christian Music for the Conservative Middleclass' is the lost Bram Cools album, and the last to contain mostly experimental lo-fi folk without much electronica. The title is rather sarcastic, but it is up to the listener to find out in which way.
It was recorded somewhere before 2010 at the same time of the first songs of 'cyberluddism' but it was never finished and thus never released as a whole. A lot of the songs did resurface in other ways or were played live throughout the years though, but here is the whole thing.

Those who choose to download the album will get two bonus tracks. One will be known to the fans, the other one might be new.

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released July 1, 2017

Bram Cools: all instruments and noises, programming, arranging and mixing, except: Bram Beels: harmonica on 'drummers and drumcomputers'
Sasha & Fleur: backing vocals on 'Sell everything you have and give it to the poor.

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Bram Cools Antwerpen, Belgium

Bram Cools is an eclectic singer-songwriter from Belgium with lo-fi roots, with an own musical universe that moves somewhere in between weird folk, electro-acoustic noise and christian antifolk. He'll never be rich and famous, but that's not really the point. ... more

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Track Name: Sell everything you have and give it to the poor
G C D G

a rich young man came to jesus christ and asked
what should I do to get life, life eternal
you know the commandments jesus replied
do not steal, do not kill do not commit adultery
yes I do know them hè said I followed them all, all of my life
jesus said well then there's one more thing tnat you have to do

G
sell everything you have
C
and give it to the poor
G
yeah everything you have
D
get rid of it
G
sell everything you have
C
and give it to the poor
G D G
and you shall live

jesus said do this and follow me
and you'll have a great treasure in heaven
but the rich young man became very sad
for he did posses great wealth on earth
and hè preferred it over the life
over the life eternal

G C
easier it is for a camel
G D
to go through the eye of the needie
G C
than for a rich man to enter
G D G
the kingdom of heaven

sell everything...

and if jesus christ would be here today
and preach the same words as he did back then in gallilee
we probably would kill him and lay him i a grave again
like good old woody sung years ago
we still don't want to near those ïsords
and explain them away if we read then...

sell everything...

easier it is for a camel...
Track Name: Gentiles
tell me what about your enemies
do you hate them like the gentiles do
tell me what about your friends
do you greet them like the gentiles do
like the gentiles do?

is there a difference
are we the same
a new creation
or just a saved creep

what's the goal being saved or being changed
do we love or are we just afraid to burn
what's the deal why did we take this train
do we love or are we just afraid to burn

tell me what about your outward appearance
do you focus on it like the gentiles do?
tell me what about your soul
did you forget about it like the gentiles do?

is there a difference
are we the same
a new creation
or just a saved creep

what's the goal being saved or being changed
do we love or are we just afraid to burn
what's the deal why did we take this train
do we love or are we just afraid to burn
Track Name: No more lilies in the field
we say in god we trust
but we need enough stuff and money to feel secure
we need technology and coolness
to be alive
all of this we can't live without
in our modern day

but there are no more lilies in the field
and the birds have gone long ago
so we worry about food and clothes and fuel
about money and houses and ipods and stuff

it's big business baby
it's big business
it's big business baby
it's big business

in our great kingdom
you can find all the stuff that you need
to be in
you gotta buy the right books
pay for the right concerts
to praise th lords
listen to our great sermon
on a copy controlled CD

but there are no more lilies in the field
and the birds have gone long ago
so we worry about food and clothes and fuel
about money and houses and ipods and stuff

it's big business baby
it's big business
it's big business baby
it's big business

oh american dream
oh lies of babylon
can we really serve
both christ and mammon
is god our own trademark
is jesus just a product

but there are no more lilies in the field
and the birds have gone long ago
so we worry about food and clothes and fuel
about money and houses and ipods and stuff

a sad business baby
a sad business
a sad business baby
a sad business

Lord peel them away
false dreams of babylon
let my trust be in you
in Christ not mammon

Lord peel them away
false dreams of babylon
let my trust be in you
in Christ not mammon
Track Name: Don't kiss me
I know what's obvious
I know the world I know the flesh
a boy and a girl
together alone on a night like this
I know i t all
but I choose to ignore it
with all that i am

please don't kiss me
how could I lie in this sacred language
I don't even know you
so how could I how could I love you
how could I express love to you
like lovers do
when I don't know you

i know your logic
but mine's not only based on biochemistry
a boy and girl
together alone on a night like this
some stupid tension
that i choose to ignore
with all that I am

I will not kiss you
I will not lie in this sacred language
l don't even know you
so how can I i how can i love you
I can try to give love to you
but not like lovers do
I wil! not be true

I could try to be your friend
but I can't pretend to be your lover
I could try to be your friend
but I can't pretend to be your lover
I'll try to be your friend
but i won't pretend to be your lover
I'll try to be your friend
but i won't pretend to be your lover

it might be unusual
but for tonight
I'll stay unkissed
a boy and a girl
together alone
on a night like this
but I'll keep the kiss
so I can give it away
when I give myself away
I'LL keep the kiss
so I can give i t away
when I give myself away
Track Name: Coming soon
AAahh
Aaahh
are you coming back
are you coming soon?

AAahh
Aaahh
are you coming back
to end this evil world

please wait some more we think
at least till the party's over
please wait some more we think
for I'm building me a house a Kingdom
please wait some more we think
we're having so much fun here in theis world
please wait some more we think
wait we think... wait...

Jesus
Jesus
are you coming back
are you coming soon?

Jesus
Jesus
are you coming back
to end this present age

I'm so affraid of teh apocalyps you know
I'm so affraid to loose my own Kingdom my treasures in this world
help me to trust you jesus I don't trust the apocalypse
I don't trust the end of teh world
help me trust you
to trust you Jesus

Jesus
Jesus
where is your kingdom
where is your kingdom

let your Kingdom come
let your will be done
here on earth as in heaven
let your Kingdom come
let your will be done
here on earth as in heaven
here on earth as in heaven

AAahh
Aaahh
are you coming back
are you coming soon?

AAahh
Aaahh
are you coming back
to end this evil world
Track Name: Swords into plowshares
oh the day
when we can light the bonfire
with all those old weapons
and sing new song of peace

oh the day
when no-one will study war no more
no more lies about redemptive violence
only new songs of peace

swords into plowshares
guns into farming tools
uniforms into scarecrows
and tanks into traktors

oh prince of peace
until that day
teach me about
loving my enemies

of prince of peace
until that day
teach us about
loving our enemies
Track Name: Poverty nor riches
intro C

Two things I ask of you, O LORD;
to not refuse me before I die:
Keep falsehood and lies far from me
and give me neither riches nor poverty
only my daily needs
for I may own too much and disown you
and say Who is the Lord
or I may become poor and steel
and so dishonor your name


C C#
give me neither poverty nor riches
but give me only my daily bread.
Otherwise I may own too much
and disown you and say
Who is the LORD ?
Or I may become poor and steal
and so dishonor You name O Lord
Track Name: Drummers and drumcomputers (psychedelic folk mix)
we thank you for what you've done
but we don't need you anymore
it's amazing what you've been doing
but nowadays we do it the new way
so the work will be done
by this beautiful machine

you know the business needs to stay young
and you just don't fit in after the change
you are the best at what you're doing
but nowadays we just want to be modern
so those things are done now
by this beautiful machine

but smile don't you see
that sometimes a man has to make sacrifices
when we are heading to the future
hey smile, don't you see the progress

we know you always did the best in the job
we know you always were the best in the job
it's unbelieveabIe what you've been doing
but nowadays we do it the new way
and those things are done now by this beautiful machine
Track Name: Love and mistakes
I've made a lot of mistakes - and still you love me
I make a lot of mistakes - and still you love me
I'll make a lot of mistakes - and still you love me

I'm not that special - I'm not rich
I have no money - not that much stuff
I'm not famous - I'm not cool
and all of these things don't matter much
not to you

I've made a lot of mistakes - and still you love me
I make a lot of mistakes - and still you love me
I'll make a lot of mistakes - and still you love me

I'm not perfect - I'm not that wise
I'm not so sure - about which way to go
I'm not so strong - I'm not cool
and all of these things don't matter much
not to you

I'm just myself - it's all I can be
I'm trying to be - the best me I can be
sometimes it works - but it's a long way
and for some reason it does matter much
it does to you