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Gorillaz release first new song in six years, politically-charged “Hallelujah Money”—listen

January 19 2017, 11:27 AM EST By Rabab Al-Sharif


Gorillaz return after six years with the apocalyptic and politically-charged "Hallelujah Money" video, the first taste of their anticipated comeback record, which is expected later this year.

The track features vocals from Mercury Prize winner and British singer/poet Benjamin Clementine. The band released this Donald Trump protest song on the eve of the President-Elect's Inauguration.

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In the video, Clementine stands in Trump Tower's elevator with a montage flashing behind him, including clips of native dancers in Africa, cartoons and the KKK, ending with a scene of Spongebob Squarepants yelling. The lyrics of the track, as transcribed by NME, are:

Here is our tree
That primitively grows
When we go to bed
Scare crows from the Far a-East
Come to eat its tender fruits
I have thought that the
Best way to protect our tree
Is by building walls
Walls like unicorns in full glory and galore
Even stronger than the walls of Jericho
Be glad then my friend
That in a few
We shall reap abundantly
What we’d always dreamt of havin
Enough of the starvin
It is love
That is the root of all evil
Not our tree
And thank you my friend
For trusting me

Hallelujah Money
Hallelujah Money

How will we know
When the morning comes
We are still humanz.
How will we know?
How will we dream?
How will we love?
How will we know?

Don’t worry my friend
If this be the end
Then so shall it be
Until we say so
Nothing will move
Ah, don’t worry
It is not against our morals
It’s legally tender
Touch my friend
What the whole world, and whole beasts of nations desire: power

Hallelujah Money
Cross the chemtrail sun
Hallelujah Mone

The last release from Gorillaz was 2011's The Fall. In summer 2016, news surfaced that Gorillaz's long-awaited comeback album would be given a 2017 release.

Fully animated, British band Gorillaz was founded in 1998 by Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett. They've released four full-lengths dating back to 2001.

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