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How Far? is a track from the deluxe edition of Gorillaz' seventh studio album Song Machine, Season One: Strange Timez. The song features Tony Allen and Skepta.

Background[]

How Far? was the last Song Machine track recorded before the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown in 2020. It was released as an official tribute to Tony Allen,[1] who died of abdominal aortic aneurysm at the age of 79 on 20 April 2020.[2] Allen had previously worked with Damon Albarn through The Good, the Bad & the Queen,[3] Rocket Juice & the Moon and Africa Express. This song marks the first posthumously released material featuring Tony Allen.

How Far? premiered on the Gorillaz YouTube channel on 2 May 2020.[4] The track was released without any prior announcement as a special episode of the Song Machine series and the fourth single from Gorillaz' seventh studio album, Song Machine, Season One: Strange Timez.

Lyrics[]

[Intro: Tony Allen]

Ha-ha-ha-ha-ha

[Chorus: Skepta]

Yeah, wah gwan brudda?
Time to hustle for the money, give a change to your mother
Change them sheets, you got stains on the cover
Better look sharp, now your face on the cover

[Verse 1: Skepta]

Like a chameleon, see a change in your color
Crabs in the barrel wanna hate on each other
So my life gets better, whatever the weather
I dance in the rain and I bathe in summer
It's the black Corleone in the button-up shirt
Before we take off you better buckle up first
Fresher than the President
Psychedelics got me in my element
All negativity, that's irrelevant
Amber Leaf or ganja leaf, I back strap when I wrap the sheets
Now I feel to go for a drive so I grab my keys
Shades on, roof down, tryna catch a breeze
Ridin' 'round the hood, got the Devil in my ear
Can you smell that? Smells like jealousy in the air
Don't know who they're tryna scare
Looked at the man in the mirror
that's the only enemy that I fear
A zombie knows who to frighten
Just know I love the action but I move in silence
And, right now, I'm just takin' what's mine 'til Elizabeth returns to diamonds

[Chorus: Skepta]

Yeah, wah gwan brudda?
Time to hustle for the money, give a change to your mother
Change them sheets, you got stains on the cover
Better look sharp, now your face on the cover
Tryna be the boss of life, gets tougher
I hope you're ready for the truth that you're gonna discover
Always gonna be a Judas at the Last Supper
Stay woke, it's a rocky road on the come-up

[Verse 2: Skepta]

I take the shots like Scorsese
More money, more problems and more ladies
Everyday somebody die, still, mothers give birth to more babies
The Earth spins, the world gets more crazy
You gotta have a suit for the christening
A suit for the wedding and a suit for the court case
Probably wear the same suit to the funeral
Tryna see the bigger picture
man it's bigger than the portrait
Bigger than me, no, you can't fight of your demons with vitamin C
Have to open your mind, use your vision and see
Keep your eyes on the prize so vigilantly
Love how you live, remember the world, full of expensive shit
Can't forget the poor 'cause you're friends with the rich
Stay true to the mold, I ain't ever gonna switch

[Chorus: Skepta]

Yeah, yeah-yeah, Yeah, wah gwan brudda?
Time to hustle for the money, give a change to your mother
Change them sheets, you got stains on the cover
Better look sharp, now your face on the cover
Hm, who's that pressin' on the buzzer?
Better check the camera, you don't wanna get stuck up
You listen close, you can hear death around the corner
One wrong move and we're all gonna suffer

[Bridge: Tony Allen]

Ahh, oya
È dì dé, è róo òri, oya
È dì dé, è róo òri, oya
È dì dé, è róo òri, oya
È dì dé, è róo òri, è dì dé

[Chorus: Skepta]

How far brudda?
Time to hustle for the money, give a change to your mother
Change them sheets, you got stains on the cover
Better look sharp, now your face on the cover

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Trivia[]

  • Tony Allen sings part of the track in Yoruba, a language spoken in West Africa, most prominently Southwestern Nigeria.

References[]

  1. "Gorillaz Share New Song “How Far?” With Tony Allen and Skepta: Listen". Pitchfork (2 May 2020). Retrieved on 14 June 2020.
  2. "Tony Allen, Pioneering Afrobeat Drummer, Dead at 79". Rolling Stone (April 30, 2020). Retrieved on 1 May 2020.
  3. "Damon Albarn forms new band". NME (28 July 2006). Retrieved on 28 July 2006.
  4. Gorillaz. "Gorillaz - How Far? ft. Tony Allen & Skepta". YouTube.com. YouTube. Retrieved 2 May 2020.

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