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A Definitive Guide To Easy Living

by Youth Sector

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"'A Definitive Guide to Easy Living' is one of my favourite of our songs lyrically; it's got this dance/disco beat at its core but the song is about the grim world of anti-homeless architecture which is essentially urban spaces and facilities that are designed in a way that prevents homeless people from sleeping/sheltering there, ideally without the public noticing. It's everywhere in London where I live and once you notice it you spot it wherever you go. 'Easy Living' is written through the eyes of a financially comfortable architect taking immense pride in their work, being paid to drive out individuals with nowhere else to go."

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(Oh well it’s easy living)
That’s why they call me the best of the best
Architect in the urbanised West
(Oh well it’s easy living)
It’s easy living for me
An architecture degree
Can get you where you really need to be

Lesson one
This is not a park bench
For some folks around this in an apartment
But once they’ve slept, they’ll object to be being charged rent
What am I to do?
Here comes lesson two

Well can we lean it up?
Can we tilt it down?
It’s ill-advised to try lying in it you’ll fall out
Let’s put a little
Armrest in the middle
So that we can limit all the types of people sitting in it

You know you’d better think twice
Before you come into my town
You know it isn’t very nice
To outstay your welcome in my town

(Oh well it’s easy living)
You want to live in the best of the best of the best
Yes? Well I guess
(Oh well it’s easy living)
You’re better sticking with me
My architecture degree
Can get you where you really need to be

Lesson three
Believe me, it’s not a bus stop
Can’t you see it’s a free room and it must stop
Let’s make the benches slimmer
So they won’t be hanging around come winter
Everyone’s a winner
Everyone’s a winner

You know you’d better think twice
Before you come into my town
You know it isn’t very nice
To outstay your welcome in my

Let there be light, let there be land
Let there be spikes under our bridges
Let there be water and food to eat
Let there be concrete

Let there be light, let there be land
Let there be spikes under our bridges
Let there be water and food to eat
Let there be concrete

Let there be light, let there be land
Let there be spikes under our bridges
Let there be water and food to eat
Let there be concrete

You know you’d better think twice
Before you come into my town
You know it isn’t very nice
To outstay your welcome in my town

Ooh you know you’d better think twice
Before you break into my town
Well if you’re looking for advice
You’ll never make it in my town

credits

released February 21, 2023
Lead Vocals / guitar: Nick Tompkins
Lead Guitar: Bradley Moore
Bass Guitar: Josh Doyle
Keys: Nick Smith
Drums: Steve Ray

Produced & Mixed: Matt Peel
Mastered: Felix Davis

Artwork: Annie Mackinnon

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Youth Sector Brighton, UK

Brighton-based Youth Sector’s music is a coiled spring of urgency and unpredictable energy; while lyrically offering a sense of catharsis for the confusion of modern adult life.

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