I’m OK by Gary Hesketh

My last 2009 post. The audio seems to have suffered a bit in the compression this time, I hope you enjoy it all the same. A big thanks to my dear friend Ester for singing the backing on this. She’s been doing voice work on Open the Door and recently, after working on some pick ups, I asked if she’d mind singing on this – her voice adds so much. :o) I wrote most of this song at the start of 2009, before the snow had melted, and finally recorded it late December2009… the snow’s back so I guess it’s time to let you guys hear it. It’s relatively minimalistic (for me) one guitar and about four vocal tracks. I spent some time cleaning it up, then junked that version for this dirtier mix… It sounds more honest to me this way. I hope you enjoy it. :o) Gary I’M OK If you’re afraid of the dark, Dig a pit and paint its walls with smiles. You’re all your fear all your love every minute all your tears every mile. I’m OK x4 This pondering heart of innovation will beat itself to death, The lazy eye of imitation will steel another suicide and print its final breath. I’m OK x4 I have these tears inside, deep inside my head. They wont come out though every day they’re fed. Spend my hours as I please, singing blue fire at the trees. Beating boredom to the post, gutting words to pack in my ghost. I should learn to hold my tongue, but At times it gives my mind a rest. Slap my mouth and watch it run, I’ve failed every silent test but I’m OK x4 Tidy myself away, keep my thoughts at bay. No

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William Hesketh Lever, 1st Viscount Leverhulme, Bt, (19 September 1851 – 7 May 1925) was an English Industrialist, philanthropist and colonialist. Lever personified the Northern, nonconformist conscience: he was Liberal in his politics, earnest in his philanthropic endeavours, and committed to social amelioration and moral improvement at home, as typified by Lever’s company town, Port Sunlight. Although attacked for his labour policies in palm oil plantations in the Congo, he was committed to Britain’s “civilising mission” overseas. Starting with a small grocery business begun by his father, he began making soap in the 1880s. Lever rode the cresting late-Victorian consumer revolution to build a vast industrial empire spread across the globe, with such famous brands as Lux and Lifebuoy. Four years after his death his enterprises were amalgamated as Unilever, which, by 1930, employed a quarter of a million people and, in terms of market value, was the largest company in Britain. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Lever,_1st_Viscount_Leverhulme ——————————– Business After working for his father’s wholesale grocery business, in 1886 he established a soap manufacturing company called Lever Brothers (now part of Unilever) with his brother James. It was one of the first companies to manufacture soap from vegetable oils, and in conjunction with Lever’s business acumen and marketing practices, produced a great fortune. James Lever never took a major part in running the business. A recent biography by Adam Macqueen suggests that James suffered from diabetes throughout his life, and that perhaps his symptoms (prior to the discovery of insulin and effective treatment of the condition) were mistaken for mental instability .From 1888, Lever put his philanthropic principles into practice through the construction of Port Sunlight, a model community designed to house and support the workers of Lever Brothers, who already enjoyed generous wages and innovative benefits. Lever’s philanthropy had definite paternalistic overtones, and life in Port Sunlight included intrusive rules and implied mandatory participation in activities. With accommodation tied to employment, a worker losing his or her job could be almost simultaneously evicted. Nonetheless, conditions, pay, hours, and benefits far exceeded those prevailing in similar industries. In 1906 Lever, together with Joseph Watson of Leeds and several other large soap manufacturers, established a monopoly soap trust, in imitation of similar combinations established in the USA following John D. Rockefeller’s organisation of the Standard Oil Co. as a trust in 1882. Lever believed such an organisation would bring benefits to the consumer as well as the manufacturer, through economies of scale in purchasing and advertising. The scheme was launched at the moment, as President Roosevelt had just launched his trust-busting policy in America. The British press, in particular the Daily Mail, of which he had been one of the largest advertising customers, was virulently opposed to the scheme, and aroused popular hostility urging a boycott of trust brands and making what were later proved in court to be libellous assertions as to the constituent ingredients of the soaps concerned. All participants in the trust suffered severe losses to profits and reputations, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Lever,_1st_Viscount_Leverhulme#Business.——————- Africa .In the early 1900s, Lever used palm oil produced in the British West African colonies. When he found difficulties obtaining palm plantation concessions there, he looked elsewhere. In 1911, Lever visited the Belgian Congo to take advantage of cheap labour and palm oil concessions. The Congolese were subject to colonial exploitation by the Belgians through a system known as travail forcé, forced labour. A book “Lord Leverhulme’s Ghosts: Colonial Exploitation In The Congo” states “Leverhulme set up a private kingdom reliant on the horrific Belgian system of forced labour, a program that reduced the population of Congo by half and accounted for more deaths than the Nazi holocaust”, the book portrays him out of character and in stark contrast to the good he did in life and how Leverhulme is remembered in England. To quote A.N. Wilson from the Mail Online, January 2010, “The altruism of Leverhulme or the Cadbury family are in sad contrast to the antisocial attitude of modern business magnates, who think only of profit and the shareholder.” Formal parliamentary investigations were called for by members of the Belgian Socialist Party, but the practise of forced labour continued until independence in 1960en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Lever,_1st_Viscount_Leverhulme#Africa

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