LOSING NATURE is the new EP by MARKIZA AND PETER
tracks
1. Ecopocalypse
2. Refugee
3. Like a Polar Bear
4. A Friend Like You
6. Losing Nature
7. Choices
all songs composed by Markiza & Peter
copyright Lemang Music

Lyrics
ECOPOCALYPSE

The sky is bright and ye-e-et is dark

The hills and vales are bare-re-re and stark
The trees like carbon paper
The sea billows into vapour
No more hospitality for living beings like you and me
With our imperative desires
Our appetities for fuel and fire
Then is the reckoning for our lust
Then we shall become like dust

CHORUS

Hear the warning see the warning, the graphs tell it all
Will we respond to a new dawning, will we heed the
         call

The bare teeth wolves they shrei-ie-iek and howl
In their collars and ties they prowl
The monkey on his oil-rich ranch
Leaps in glee from branch to branch
The leeches try to be swo nice
They suck yhour blood as they give advice
Two by two the animals board
Leaving behind the stranded hoard
And so the ark of privilege
Sets sail to save the ri-i--ich

CHORUS
Hear the warning see the warning, the graphs tell it all
Will we respond to a new dawning, will we heed the
         call

instrumental solo with k/board & guitar

Everyone wants a house with lots more room
They don't see ahead the road to doom
They wanna be seen on the rise
They don't hear the billion cries
The cutting just goes on
The forests very soon are gone
The CO2 gets more and more
The sea rises at every shore
Then runaway greenhouse takes effect
Our planet Earth is wre-e-ecked

CHORUS
Hear the warning see the warning, the graphs tell it all
Will we respond to a new dawning, will we heed the
        call

repeat chorus

REFUGEE

     
We live here but this is not our ho-o-o-ome      
      We live here but this is not our ho-o-o-ome

We lkive in a hut made of corrugated iron
We don't have powerful allies or great powers to
       rely on 
Food and waqter are scarce, thugs control our lives
If you step out of li-i-ine they come at you with
      knives
     

      We live here but this is not our
ho-o-o-ome 
     
We live here but this is not our ho-o-o-ome

A girl alone gets raped, kids have nowhere to play
They uproot all our olive trees and take our
wealth       
       
away   
No jobs and no money unless outside the law
No wonder we are angry, that's one thing for sure
     

      We live here but this is not our
ho-o-o-ome
     
We live here but this is not our ho-o-o-ome

Day after day, month after month, year after year
We live our lives in depravation, hopelessness and
       fear 

What a place to raise our children, what a burden
       We must bear

instrumental harmonica solo

One day we shall rebuild our lives, in our own
        country   
One day we'll win back our rights, one day we'll be
        free
The oppressor will be gone, the bloody war shall
        cease
Our children will grow up in an environment of
        peace

      We shall live there, and that will be our home
     
We shall live there, and that will be our home
      We shall live there, and that will be our home
      We shall live there, and that will be our home

epilogue:

They're raining bombs and shells and fire
More dying every day
The world looks on this funeral pyre as they
Take our dream away

Gaza 2008
           
LIKE A POLAR BEAR

chor:  Like     like     like a polar bear              
         Standing on the ice, but the ice no longer there

White and majestic his head held like a question  
Looking around him at the liquid sea 
He swims for so long but no ice for him to  rest on
No prey is there to restore his energy


chor: Like            Like            Like a Polar Bear
        Standing on the ice but the ice no 
longer there
 
Long ago his ancestors roamed the frozen wastes
But fishes, seals were there for him to feed     
All creatures were in balance, there was
         time and there was space

Everyone could satisfy their need                                                   
chor: Like            Like            Like a Polar Bear
        Standing on the ice but the ice no longer there

solo instrumental as chorus   

 
How can we be complacent in the face of all this
         change
We have the power but lacking the intent           
The polar bear is out of place but
         soon we shall be strange             

The Earth an alien environment                                                     
chor: Like            Like            Like a Polar Bear
        Standing on the ice but the ice no longer there
 
solo instrumental as chorus   
 
 
chor: Like            Like           Like a Polar Bear    
         Standing on the ice but the ice no longer there

A FRIEND LIKE YOU (song of Malaysia)

Do you remember the things we said,

Memories seem so different 
Hari Raya the fairy lights
Drivimng to Kampong through the night

And it means
chorus       More yo me than anything
                 More to me than anything
                 More to me than anything
                 To have a friend like you

We can talk about our heart's desire
We can cook pulut on an open fire
We can talk about thre future and the past
Cherish each moment, let the sweetness last

And it means
chorus      More to me than anything   etc.  

                For a friend in need is a friend indeed
                And I'll be a friend to you
                In those times of happiness
                In times of trouble too

Just like old times to see you smile
Songs by P Ramless in keronchong style
Muddy lanes, chickens and goats
Fishermen in sarongs pulling in their boats

And it means
chorus      More to me than anything   etc.
                To have a friend like you
                To have a friend like you
                To have a friend ...
LOSING NATURE
lyrics by Chong Sheau Ching,
Peter and Markiza


My daughter has been coming here
Since she was two years old
Thousands now will miss it if the truth be told
Thousands who cannot afford those club facilities
Who value the fresh air, the trees,
The quiet and the peace

Then one day a rich tycoon
Who bought the land for cheap
Managed to convert its use so profits he could reap
Sold it to a developer who sent surveyors round
They fenced it off with ribbons
So it was out of bounds

chorus:  Losing Nature, Losing Nature, lose it so easily
            They fence it off and build for those
            Who live in luxury
            Losing Nature, Losing Nature lose it so easily
            It times far off the survivors
            Will write our history

The monkeys they are refugees
They make an angry noise
My daughter says no wonder
There's no food for their girls and boys
One day someone will be attacked
and then they'll come with guns
Then there'll be no more monkeys
To entertain the young ones

instrumental

Losing Nature ... etc

And so the politicians make promises and vows
But nothing ever changes, just the temperature grows
Flash floods and water shortage and greenhouse     
      
emissions
And when elections come we ask "what of future

       visions?"

chorus:   Losing Nature ... etc
repeat chorus
CHOICES     

I  don' wanna be a-
Fraid if I speak out don'
Wanna live in fear you
Know what this is about
 
I don' have to say 'cause
Everybody knows but
Everyone keeps silent
So the problem grows


Look what has happened to those who dare speak
I prefer to look on 'cause I feel so cowed and weak

chorus: So many times you read about it
            And you feel something is wrong
            Very very wrong
            But what can we do to change it
            That's why I song this song


You out there
Do you feel the same
As me how can we get together
Tell them of our shame
 
Think of those who we know
Who suffer every day
But no-one makes a stand that's
Why they get away
 
Justice is our right that's not too much to
ask
                
Let the aim be justice - let that be our task
 
chorus:            So many times you read about it
                       And you feel something is wrong
                       Very very wrong
                       But what can we do to change it
                       That's why I song this song
 
coda:   And you can sing it too
           We can sing it together
           Sing against injustice,
           Don't be silent ever
              repeat chorus
                                                                               

Musicians
1.
Markiza & Peter: vocals  Markiza: keyboards 
Peter Brown: acoustic guitars, harmonica  Zulhilmy Zulkifli: bass 
Wong Lip Kee: lead guitars, drum programs


2. Markiza & Peter: vocals  Markiza: keyboards  Peter Brown: acoustic guitars, harmonica  Wong Lip Kee: electric guitars, keyboards  Eu Gene Udjinn: bass  Tony David: live drums

3.
Markiza & Peter: vocals  Markiza: keyboards   Peter Brown: acoustic guitar, slide guitar, harmonica,  Wong Lip Kee: electric guitar, slide guitar, keyboards  Eu Gene Udjinn: bass  Tony David: live drums

4.
Markiza & Peter: vocals  Markiza: keyboards  Peter Brown: acoustic guitar, harmonica  Wong Lip Kee: electric guitar, keyboards  Eu Gene Udjinn:  bass  Tony David: live drums

5.
Markiza & Peter: vocals   Markiza: keyboards  Peter Brown: acoustic guitars, Harmonica  Zulhilmy Zulkifli: bass  Rashid Graham-Brown: live drums Wong Lip Kee  electric guitars, slide guitar, keyboards

6.
Markiza & Peter: vocals   Markiza: kyeboards   Peter Brown: acoustic guitars, harmonica   Wong Lip Kee, electric guitar, keyboards, bass & drums

SPECIAL THANKS TO ALL THE FINE MUSICIANS WHO TOOK PART IN THESE RECORDINGS

Produced by Markiza and Peter and Wong Lip Kee

Recording engineer: Wong Lip Kee

Mastered by Peter Brown and Wong Lip Kee

Cover photo: Jan Stuivenberg   taken at Bukit Kiara, Selamgor