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Police Songwriting Project

Updated: Aug 15, 2023

New Gen completed a songwriting project in summer 23 that was sprung off a conversation we had with PC Bevan. We shared these songs in our last session of term on July 12th with him plus friends and family.

When the young people originally met with PC Bevan they asked a range of eloquent, politically charged and thoughtful questions, as well as sharing some of their own experiences. This all prompted honest discussion around some difficult subjects such as the perception of the police among marginalised communities and young people, and challenging the lack of youth voice within government and authority.

"This is a really unique group, I’ve never seen anything like this in Ipswich before. I wish I'd come along years ago." -PC Bevan

This has been an important project for New Gen.


It's important for police and young people to get on and have community cohesion and understanding because it nurtures trust, reduces tensions, and promotes safety. Positive interactions build bridges, encouraging collaboration in addressing issues, and creating a sense of belonging and respect within the community.

When young people perceive the police as approachable and supportive, they are more likely to seek help, report crimes, and actively engage in building a safer and more cohesive society. Additionally, police officers gain valuable insights into the needs and concerns of young people, allowing them to tailor their approach and strategies for effective community policing. Ultimately, promoting positive relationships between the police and young people strengthens the fabric of society, leading to safer neighbourhoods and a stronger sense of community. We wanted to share some of their powerful lyrics.


Lungs

By Pat, Amber, Luke, Isaiah, Blake, Sonny


Bio:

When we wrote 'Lungs', our ideas gathered around a seemingly inherent trait of the police in today's society: misuse of power. The song stemmed from a broad consideration of power dynamics, from the perspective of someone at the bottom of the ladder, looking fearfully upwards, and the restrained, emotive motifs reflect this message. How can we expect the police to care for and protect us when they appear to encourage such fear and sorrow?

Lyrics:

fill my lungs

feel me fall

look on your face

tells me it all

oxygenate

to correlate

your temper, the time

your feelings, not mine

(repeat ad infinitum)

Peace and Prosperity Freestyle

By Pranav, Asher-Levi


Lyrics:

Yo hopped out of the Uber then I switched up to a Polo

Skrrt skrrt through the block but I be driving solo

Popeye's chicken with the guys and you know that is banging

When you see me on the road authority always ranting

Run an opp down on the streets I said don't be silly

Jordan 4s or Jordan 1s but I rock 3s so it's no biggie


Everyday I'm in the town and always hustling

Pulled up to the shopping centre for the prime energy and it's bubbling

The way that the feds are chasing us

All these social issues like racism it needs to stop

I told my bro where's the hope for this town

He phoned me up for a ride and I told him that I was down

Trespassing through the block wearing a dressing gown


Stepped in with the homies

And when you hear that sound

Woop Woop the way that fear just hit the eyes of my boys now

Can't believe that this physical

Losing Game

By Evie, Zamani, Bronwyn, Joe, John


Bio:

'Losing Game' is about the mistrust that people have in law enforcement and how we, as young people, need them to change to minimise the negative feelings they cause us.

Lyrics:

i can't trust you the way you want me to

playing a losing game always ends the same way

try your hardest to fight your battles but

you’ll never win the war

can't change things from the inside out

you're rotten to the core


feed us propaganda

brainwashing has never felt this way

no communication between us

can't say what i need to say


knock it down

and build it up

corruption flowing from your cup

your system never worked for me

your system never worked for


knock it down

and build it up

will it ever be enough

your system never worked for us

your system never worked

Luck of the Draw

By Nathan, Eva, Harry, Sam, Yazz


Bio:

This song is about hierarchy and how we think it’s wrong. It is also about destiny and how “before it even begins” (referring to our lives) our future has already been chosen because of our race, gender, sexuality etc. We believe that no matter if you're black, white, gay, straight we should all be equal but unfortunately this isn’t the case.

Lyrics:

Luck of one draw

System built on flaws

Levers they rise

Brings us to our demise

flip of a coin

which institution to join.

Win or you lose

There’s no privilege to choose .


Life is a gamble

Before you even begin

no matter the hand

The house always wins(the house always wins)


Life is a gamble

Before you even begin

no matter the hand

The house always wins(the house always wins)


masking our eyes

uniform’s a disguise

Stealing our names

manipulating the blame


Life is a gamble

Before you even begin

no matter the hand

The house always wins(the house always wins)


Life is a gamble

Before you even begin

no matter the hand

The house always wins(the house always wins)


Life is a gamble

Before you even begin

no matter the hand

The house always wins(the house always wins)


Life is a gamble

Before you even begin

no matter the hand

The house always wins

Riddim To The Police

By Woody, Tako


Bio:

Our songs is about the injustices that people may face rom the police, how the government reacts and how we feel as people


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