Birmingham youngster pens political track

PRESS RELEASE | 23.04.12

 

 

 

Birmingham youngster pens political track 

 

 

A Birmingham youngster has penned a poetical protest track criticising
the government’s out-of-touch approach to young people in Britain. 

 

Jamie Chapman, from Sutton Coldfield, has created a music video
portraying a bleak view of his home city as he reflects on how current
education policies are negatively affecting the future prospects of
students. 

 

In the performance piece, titled ‘Taught from a Texbook’, the
21-year-old voices his concerns about the rise in tuition fees and the
loss of the Educational Maintenance Allowance, with the lyrics: 

 

‘College will help you on your way, You will need a map to find that
EMA; And if university is where you’re off to, Nine grand a year?
You’d be stupid not to.’ 

 

Also explored in the recording are themes related to careers, the rat
race, university degrees being wasted due to a lack of opportunity as
well as a tribute to the lyrics of contemporary music artist Frank
Turner. 

 

Explaining why he wrote the song, Jamie said he wasn’t attacking
individuals who are struggling to find work but rather speaking out
against the legislation and financial climate that is creating this
struggle for young people. 

 

“My reason for doing this was to express my views on certain issues,
but mainly to encourage people to think a bit deeper into their lives
and life in general. To think outside the box and to not always follow
what they’re told is the best path to take,” he said. 

 

“I think university can be helpful to some, but disastrous for others.
Some people go to university as they have a genuine passion or
interest they wish to pursue as a career, which works well. However,
some people go to university just for the sake of getting a degree
that’s not related to their passion or future.” 

 

He also clarified he wasn’t attacking so-called “McJobs” in the lyrics
‘You have your degree, whoop-de-doo; that job at McDonalds is waiting
for you’, and felt those who pay for a complete education should
expect more than menial labour work. 

“I don’t think working in a fast food outlet is a bad thing either, I
just feel people that spend thousands of pounds on an education and
study hard for years deserve to be in a job they have studied
towards.” 

 

Having already explored youth service cuts and unemployment in
previous social action videos, Jamie hopes his current film can
provide a voice and platform for ordinary young people in the city. 

“I guess the main thing I want to get across with the video is that
everyone should be able to live a happy life. I know we don’t live in
a perfect world but I really dislike seeing people ‘trapped’ within
the system and unhappy to be working the same job every day just to
get by. 

 

“So think about your life if you’re not happy, and then make a
positive change before one day it’s too late.” 

 

You can watch Jamie’s ‘Taught from a Textbook’ video at
www.youtube.com/ChapperzTV 

 

 

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LYRICS 

 

 

Taught from a Textbook 

 

We’re taught from a text book, from a very young age 

To stay within the lines and to not go off the page 

They tell us that we’re free and have got it made 

“Follow the plan and you’ll earn an honest wage” 

 

In your teens, they build your dreams 

With tales of high flying careers 

But all is not as it seems 

And will probably end in tears 

 

College will help you on your way 

You will need a map to find that EMA 

And if university is where you’re off to 

Nine grand a year? You’d be stupid not to 

 

You have your degree, whoop-de-f***ing-doo 

That job at McDonalds is waiting for you 

Happy days though mate 

Your future is now all set 

 

Just another eight years 

To pay off all your debt 

A life time on the hamster wheel, you’ve sadly slaved away 

The rat race was a mouse trap, but there was another way 

 

Your pension is all that’s left and that’s still locked away 

Should you change things now? Or regret that final day? 

Frank Turner once taught me, don’t leave it too late 

“Why slave 50 years away on something that you hate?” 

 

We’re taught from a text book, from a very young age 

To stay within the lines and to not go off the page 

They tell us that we are free and to suppress the rage 

Really we’re under lock and key, trapped inside a cage. 

 

 

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VIDEO LINKS 

 

Jamie’s Video Channel: 

www.youtube.com/ChapperzTV 

 

Direct video link: 

 

 

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MULTIMEDIA 

 

A censored MP3 version of the audio track is available on request,
should you require it for radio broadcast. 

A high quality version of the track video is available on request,
should you require it for television broadcast. 

Selected images and video stills are attached with this release. High
res. images of Jamie Chapman along with video stills are available
upon request. 

 

All press and media requests should be directed to adamyosef@live.co.uk

 

 

CONTACT 

 

Adam Yosef | 07805049383 | adamyosef@live.co.uk

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