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This song originally appeared on studio album Programmed (2016). This version comes from a show at Studio Pamet, March 2018

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EZ in CZ (words/music - Justin Lavash)

Ain't easy in CZ, well the forgotten heart of Europe has a very weird history - Hapsburgs and Prussians and Russians. Everybody wants a piece including yours truly. Ain't easy in CZ - 40 years of Stalinism, couldn't get a visa to leave, repression of expression, show trials, subjugation, collaboration and FEAR of the secret police. Ain't EZ in CZ, no. It ain't easy in A,B,CZ. It ain't easy in CZ - you just try saying "T¯i sta t¯icet t¯i st¯Ìbrn˝ch st¯ÌkaËek" Ain't easy in CZ, vÌm, vÌö, vÌ, vÌme, vÌte, rozumÌte? Ano my rozumÌme and yes is no, but you know. Don't you know - I love this country. Ain't easy, you know it ain't easy. It ain't easy but I'm holding on for you. It ain't easy, since when was it easy? It ain't easy but I'm holding on for you. Ain't easy in CZ, none of this did much as such for dignity or self esteem. Connivance and collusion and compliance with authority, The Nazis murdered millions. Bolsheviks just picked it clean. Forgetting was necessity, a hole in the memory. Ain't easy in CZ, well the cold war saw a thaw, a sort of momentary grip-release and Havel and the hopefuls had the country going west not east. He said"Pravda a l·ska zvÌtÏzÌ nad lûÌ a nen·vistÌ". Ain't easy in CZ - good people working hard trying to make ends meet, lucky with 3000 a week. trying to dodge the pokuty. NechcÌ nechcÌ exekucÌ! Gets sleazy in CZ, palms get greasy in CZ, we've got cartels, bordels, pÌko and monopolies, Zeman's brand of bigotry, ex-Commie bosses and police, but don't you know - I LOVE this country. I was trying to keep my head in CZ, got, wed, was trying to stay ahead, got misled, got bled, underfed, now I can't get out of bed. They put kmÌn in their bread, but I liked my chleba tekutÌ - in CZ. Feeling like a modern day John Dee in CZ, and Kafka crowed that this might happen. He said, "Prag l‰sst nicht los. Dieses M¸tterchen hat Krallen". Ain't easy in CZ. Just go and ask the Sinti. Try and find a refugee. Look at HlavnÌ N·draûÌ. What is it here with memory? Have we lost our sense of history? »echio! »echio! I repeat, I repeat: Pravda a l·ska zvÌtÏzÌ nad lûÌ a nen·vistÌ. There's a magic in CZ that runs deeper than a well, deeper than the water that courses underneath your feet. And there's a beauty in CZ - the pride of a culture that survived the worst of recent history, and this country's been good to me, but it ain't easy in CZ.

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from Live in Prague vol. 2, released October 17, 2018

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