Anti​-​Knife Crime EP

by Werd + Wardie Burns + UV Beatz

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Contains material taken from work with Leith Agency to come up with rap songs discussing the issues of knife crime in Scotland/UK.

CD quality music tracks from Werd and Wardie Burns with main production from UV Beatz. Also Contains an additional remix track by Glasgow’s hip hop producer and Powercut Productions owner Steg G.

Sons of Scotland / Powercut Productions

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released 07 April 2010

Written & Vocals: Werd / Wardie Burns
Production: UV Beatz / Steg G
Funded & Supported by: Leith Agency

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Werd (SOS) Edinburgh

Werd continues to work with artists in Scotland and abroad, creating music with some of Edinburgh’s top producers and artists as well as performing gigs at venues in the major cities. In 2011 Werd won Urban Recording of the Year at the Scottish New Music Awards held in Glasgow. Werd also records for many Edinburgh acts out-with his own releases. Hosted and co-hosts rap battles for SSU & Dont Flop. ... more

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Track Name: Broken Hearts
[WARDIE BURNS]
(Werd plays in background)
Alright man, Listen
We’re no here to preach to you man
No here to teach you either
So listen
If you stop pointing the blades
They’ll stop pointing the fingers

[WERD]
I’ve seen some broken hearts
Seen families fall apart
Make a start - Play your part
Heard life is what you make it I...
Live life and disregard
See words they leave no scars
Maybe some I got to be sharp
dont wanna see myself/cell behind bars [X2]

[WARDIE BURNS]
Drop that knife and pick up a pen
If you do that now you'd live to the end
Dont spend your life in Saughton prison
Parents worrying your bodies missing
Put that knife away - Dont give your life away
We'll all end up dead or in jail and that’s no nice to say
Why do we fight this way? (why) I dinny like this way
We are all getting stabbed everyday over some stuff we say
So get your life in perspective I know a knife is effective
But you might live to regret it but just don’t die to forget it
Why don’t we be precise just stop and leave the knife
Don’t want to leave this life get cross like Jesus Christ
Throw you a life line say no to knife crime
You might find you will grow up alone crying at nighttime

[WERD]
I’ve seen some broken hearts
Seen families fall apart
Make a start - Play your part
Heard life is what you make it I...
Live life and disregard
See words they leave no scars
Maybe some I got to be sharp
dont wanna see myself/cell behind bars

Cause, first comes violence
Next, well next comes sirens
Then, you've got trial and
You might see your ma pure crying
Why, dont you remember
You loose your life if you loose your temper
Loose the knife or you will spend your
Life in a cell by yourself remember
That, this life will pass ye
Cause Police, they will catch ye
So ken what, a dont stab ye
I've got the balls ti scrap and a'l smash ye
(yeah) But am not saying fight
Im just saying dont pick up knife
In fact, just do what you like
I cant tell you how ti live your life

I’ve seen some broken hearts
Seen families fall apart
Make a start - Play your part
Heard life is what you make it I...
Live life and disregard
See words they leave no scars
Maybe some I got to be sharp
dont wanna see myself/cell behind bars

[WARDIE BURNS/WERD]
Think - ha
Just Think - something you dont do
Just Think - for a change
Just Think - one time, just listen

Just Think - before you pick up a blade
Just Think - is this what you want ti dae
Just Think - before you pick up a blade
Just Think - is this what you want ti dae

[WERD]
I’ve seen some broken hearts
Seen families fall apart
Make a start - Play your part
Heard life is what you make it I...
Live life and disregard
See words they leave no scars
Maybe some I got to be sharp
dont wanna see myself/cell behind bars [X2]

Like… Whats the time? Does it matter?
You’re not going anywhere
Nobody to meet
Just yourself in your cell…
Track Name: Just Think?
[WERD]
(Just think) Before u pick up a blade
(Just think) Is this what a really wanna dae?
(Just think) You could be locked in the jail
By yourself in a cell cause you fell off the rails [x2]

[WARDIE BURNS]
You dinny have ti carry a knife to look smart
G-star, Lyle n Scott can look smart
You won’t look the part if you’re carrying a chib
Think before you act dont stab another kid
Can’t we all get along? Nowadays whats wrong?
Just put down the knife is what I say in my song
When I was growing up all I did was play fitbaw
The knife crime stats got me puzzled like a jigsaw
Blade at your feet so you’re skating on thin ice
You only live once got to take care of this life
Knife crime going up and down like suspension
You dont need to carry a blade to cut the tension
And must I mention, this is real talk
You dont want to be in a wheelchair up Leith Walk
Its real life, No Grand Theft Auto
Just put down the knife is my bran new motto.

[WERD/WARDIE BURNS]
(Just think) Before u pick up a blade
(Just think) Is this what a really wanna dae?
(Just think) You could be locked in the jail
By yourself in a cell cause you fell off the rails [x2]

[WERD]
Why do you have a knife? Kin you no fight?
And do you know, that’ll you’ll go doon for life?
Or you will go down on the ground tonight
So ken what? (what) just drop the knife
It’s like a mum cries (what)
Her son lies
Closing his eyes never see sun rise
So son rise, right up to the skies
Right up to heaven, its hell that some die
Ask why (why) Do you wanna chib?
If you was really hard you'd be using your fist
But your not... you’re as fake as it gets
You just got a blade ti hide behind it
Your chick-kens, ken that your jail bait
Tin pale four years for a knife mate
At a snails pace, its how the time goes
And your job and your birds out the window

[WERD/WARDIE BURNS]
(Just think) Before u pick up a blade
(Just think) Is this what a really wanna dae?
(Just think) You could be locked in the jail
By yourself in a cell cause you fell off the rails [x2]

[WARDIE BURNS]
Choose life, no a knife, Im nice on the mic
See your life exists, I say it twice to the kids
See your all free to die, theres no price to live
Choose life, no a knife, and fight with your fists
Rise in a past tense knife crime risen
Kids young as 11 are ending up missing
Listen, after the knife comes prison
Put down the knife cause your lifes worth living

[WERD]
See mugs want to start, they aint too sharp
Now he's got a little sharp blade in his back
It starts, dark, leaving he parts...
In cars, black, leave in his cast-et
Shit, away in the Hurst
Never ever ever been seen on the earth
He's long, gone, I know that it hurts
Move on, on, on to the church.

[WERD/WARDIE BURNS]
(Just think) Before u pick up a blade
(Just think) Is this what a really wanna dae?
(Just think) You could be locked in the jail
By yourself in a cell cause you fell off the rails [x2]
Track Name: Short Story
[Werd]
It’s like he's going going gone
Even though he done nothing wrong
He just can’t argue with the facts
He's gone and he aint coming back [x2]

[Wardie Burns - Big Brother In jail]
I was young I was daft, Got a knife and a slashed
The boys cold body lying lifeless and smashed
Now Im in jail, Locked in tin pale
Im no even allowed nail clippers for ma nails
See I made a mistake, I carried a blade
And I took a boys life then I paggerd his mate
See my hand wasn’t forced but a stabbed him of course
And not a day goes by when I dont feel remorse
Locked up in prison and Im hooked on the drugs
Everybody hates me I dont feel love
Im not like happily disowned by my family
The only one am palely with is ma wee brother by the way
Did a mention he looks up to me
And his 16 birthday is only 2 months away
But my conscience is filthy
I can’t look in the mirror anymore a feel guilty
The boy died I need to live with the crime
And I still do cry during visiting times
My wee brother Craig is coming next week
The last time I saw him he was just like me
He dressed like me, he talked like me
Even cut his hair and he walked like me
But a dinny want that he's in with the wrong crowd
I want him to stay in school make my mum and dad proud
See my brothers names Craig and when I see him again
A'l tell him only draftees go carrying blades
See we're not both the same Im hollow and too stressed
I dont want my wee brother to follow in my footsteps

[Werd]
It’s like he's going going gone
Even though he done nothing wrong
He just can’t argue with the facts
He's gone and he aint coming back [x2]

[Werd - Wee Brother]
My names Craig and every kens me
They ken ma brother so everyone kens me
And they befriend me cause he's no friendly
Handles his enemies, last time anyway..
He started chibbing him, so they imprisoned him
And truth is, well am really missing him
Cause now he's living in, Saughton prison and
Its ma birthday soon am gonna visit him
Im 16 in a couple of days
Plus a wanna be like him so a carry a blade
With that said, never been in the station
But am me through ma brothers reputation
.... So few a days pass
Am gonna see ma brother the night n that class
Oh yas, I’ve no seen him in months
And its ma birthday a think it’s the best one
As am walking along with ma headphone on
And nod ma head ti ma very best song
Then, a see some guys and their moving along
Walking towards me and I ken something’s wrong...
Shit, I put hand in a pocket
Clutching ma blade they’re no taking ma wallet
But hit, shit I got hit fae the back
Fell right flat, on ma own blade ahhh'
Its pure bleeding, its pure plugged me
They didn’t mean it turned so ugly
They kent ma brother, just wanted to jump me
They ran off, as a died on my birthday

[Werd]
It’s like he's going going gone
Even though he done nothing wrong
He just can’t argue with the facts
He's gone and he aint coming back [x2]
Track Name: Just Think? (Steg G Remix)
[WERD]
(Just think) Before u pick up a blade
(Just think) Is this what a really wanna dae?
(Just think) You could be locked in the jail
By yourself in a cell cause you fell off the rails [x2]

[WARDIE BURNS]
You dinny have ti carry a knife to look smart
G-star, Lyle n Scott can look smart
You won’t look the part if you’re carrying a chib
Think before you act dont stab another kid
Can’t we all get along? Nowadays whats wrong?
Just put down the knife is what I say in my song
When I was growing up all I did was play fitbaw
The knife crime stats got me puzzled like a jigsaw
Blade at your feet so you’re skating on thin ice
You only live once got to take care of this life
Knife crime going up and down like suspension
You dont need to carry a blade to cut the tension
And must I mention, this is real talk
You dont want to be in a wheelchair up Leith Walk
Its real life, No Grand Theft Auto
Just put down the knife is my bran new motto.

[WERD/WARDIE BURNS]
(Just think) Before u pick up a blade
(Just think) Is this what a really wanna dae?
(Just think) You could be locked in the jail
By yourself in a cell cause you fell off the rails [x2]

[WERD]
Why do you have a knife? Kin you no fight?
And do you know, that’ll you’ll go doon for life?
Or you will go down on the ground tonight
So ken what? (what) just drop the knife
It’s like a mum cries (what)
Her son lies
Closing his eyes never see sun rise
So son rise, right up to the skies
Right up to heaven, its hell that some die
Ask why (why) Do you wanna chib?
If you was really hard you'd be using your fist
But your not... you’re as fake as it gets
You just got a blade ti hide behind it
Your chick-kens, ken that your jail bait
Tin pale four years for a knife mate
At a snails pace, its how the time goes
And your job and your birds out the window

[WERD/WARDIE BURNS]
(Just think) Before u pick up a blade
(Just think) Is this what a really wanna dae?
(Just think) You could be locked in the jail
By yourself in a cell cause you fell off the rails [x2]

[WARDIE BURNS]
Choose life, no a knife, Im nice on the mic
See your life exists, I say it twice to the kids
See your all free to die, theres no price to live
Choose life, no a knife, and fight with your fists
Rise in a past tense knife crime risen
Kids young as 11 are ending up missing
Listen, after the knife comes prison
Put down the knife cause your lifes worth living

[WERD]
See mugs want to start, they aint too sharp
Now he's got a little sharp blade in his back
It starts, dark, leaving he parts...
In cars, black, leave in his cast-et
Shit, away in the Hurst
Never ever ever been seen on the earth
He's long, gone, I know that it hurts
Move on, on, on to the church.

[WERD/WARDIE BURNS]
(Just think) Before u pick up a blade
(Just think) Is this what a really wanna dae?
(Just think) You could be locked in the jail
By yourself in a cell cause you fell off the rails [x2]