Ain't Got No Mag 7

 RNDM posted the song on their website on November 2012. It's a mix between "Ain't Got No" by Nina Simone & "Magnificent Seven" by The Clash.

"After spending the last few days in New York City, we decided to make our studio recording of Ain't Got No Mag 7 (Nina Simone/The Clash) available for free, with the hope that you might feel the love and be compelled to make a donation to help those impacted by Hurricane Sandy."

Yer Only Job (XPN 2011 Version)

Yer Only Job (XPN 2011 Version)

After Joseph played at the WXPN music festival, XPN Music Director and Afternoon drive time host Dan Reed suggested to Joe that he record the song "Yer Only Job", and Joe did just that. 

He recorded the song on the road on his laptop and sent it to XPN. 

As Joseph says about the song and his recording of it: “the future of the music biz for better or for worse. Back to slinging songs out of your cyber trunk on the actual road.” 

Little Drummer Boy

Little Drummer Boy  (mp3 from official website)

Joseph and The Lonely Astronauts covered this Christmas song and made it available for free download on Joseph's Myspace 10 days before Christmas 2006.

Here is the bulletin by Joseph which introduced the song :
"Merry christmas everyone
Here's our version of little drummer boy
Here in time for the holidays
Peace on earth"


Come they told me, pa rum pum pum pum
A new born King to see, pa rum pum pum pum
Our finest gifts we bring, pa rum pum pum pum
To lay before the King, pa rum pum pum pum
Rum pum pum pum, rum pum pum pum

So to honor Him, pa rum pum pum pum
When we come little Baby, pa rum pum pum pum
I am a poor boy too, pa rum pum pum pum
I have no gift to bring, pa rum pum pum pum
That's fit to give the King

Shall I play for you, pa rum pum pum pum
On my drum Mary nodded, pa rum pum pum pum
The ox and lamb kept time, pa rum pum pum pum
I played my drum for Him, pa rum pum pum pum
I played my best for Him

Then He smiled at me, pa rum pum pum pum
Me and my drum

Ten Crack Commandments

Ten Crack Commandments (mp3 from official website)

Notorious B.I.G. cover
Joseph always claimed his passion for hip hop. This cover, played live for the first time in Morgantown 14 April 2005 and then played again during the US fall tour 2006 with the full band, is another proof of that.

Joseph and the Lonely Astronauts recorded a studio version of the song and put it on stream on Joseph's Myspace.

The song came with a bulletin :
"Here's a song written by BIG
Performed and deformed by the lonley astronuts just in time fer ole saint nick
Consider this our gift to you
The ten crack commandments
It has a holiday feel
Escape in it
Inbetween dissappointing gifts and egg nog
Then go fall asleep on the couch and touch yerself
When no ones lookin"

From lonelyastronauts.com


I been in this game for years, it made me a animal
Its rules to this shit, I wrote me a manual
A step by step booklet for you to get
Your game on track, not your wig pushed back
Rule nombre uno: never let no one know
How much, dough you hold, cause you know
The cheddar breed jealousy specially
If that man fucked up, get your ass stuck up
Number two: never let em know your next move
Dont you know bad boys move in silence or violence
Take it from your highness
I done squeezed mad clips at these cats for they bricks and chips
Number three: never trust nobody
Your momsll set that ass up, properly gassed up
Hoodie to mask up, shit, for that fast buck
She be layin in the bushes to light that ass up
Number four: know you heard this before
Never get high, on your own supply
Number five: never sell no crack where you rest at
I dont care if they want a ounce, tell em bounce
Number six: that God damn credit, dead it
You think a crackhead payin you back, shit forget it
Seven: this rule is so underrated
Keep your family and business completely seperated
Money and blood dont mix like two dicks and no bitch
Find yourself in serious shit
Number eight: never keep no weight on you
Them cats that squeeze your guns can hold jobs too
Number nine shoulda been number one to me
If you aint gettin bags stay the fuck from police
If niggaz think you snitchin aint tryin listen
They be sittin in your kitchen, waitin to start hittin
Number ten: a strong word called consignment
Strictly for live men, not for freshmen
If you aint got the clientele say hell no
Cause they gonna want they money rain sleet hail snow
Follow these rules youll have mad bread to break up
If not, twenty-four years, on the wake up
Slug hit your temple, watch your frame shake up
Caretaker did your makeup, when you pass
Your girl fucked my man jake up, heard in three weeks
She sniffed a whole half of cake up
Heard she suck a good dick, and can hook a steak up
Gotta go gotta go, more pies to bake up, word up

A River Blue

A River Blue (mp3)

Shelter me
We need you
Blood of Africa
A river blue

You're our sister and our brother
Protect your father and your mother
If we all just come together
Our love can conquer whatever

Shelter me
We need you
Blood of Africa
A river blue

You're our sister and our brother
Protect your father and your mother
If we all just come together
Our love can conquer whatever

Shelter me
We need you
Blood of Africa
A river blue


Joseph Arthur traveled with Chandler and Barefoot Workshops to Uganda for the "A River Blue" project. He wrote the song A River Blue and was accompanied by all 100 youth participants who sang on the track with him. 

"A River Blue" is a song I recorded with over one hundred orphans of the LRA nightmare in Northern Uganda. I wrote the song before I went to Uganda. 
And there I felt a little embarrassed about singing this with them as I could never understand the depth of their plight. 
During my visit there I was more interested in their own songs and paintings and I was more inspired to take photos of their incredible beauty. 
However upon coming home and mixing this whole event together. 
The song (A River Blue) and our collaboration has gained power for me and strikes me now as a landmark blow against poverty and ambivilence of their golden expression. 
Please help us give them the help they need. 
Go to ariverblue.org and find out what we are doing and how you can help. 
God Bless You. Magical sons and daughters. 
Walk with us into freedom and love." Joseph

Last Train To Ithaca

Last Train To Ithaca  (mp3 from official website)

What is it you're born to lose
When you're just like the rest of us
Just like the rest of us

There's really nothing you can lose
On the last train to Ithaca
Last train to Ithaca

This light
This light is the devil's smoke
On the year we choke
This light
This light is a needle mark
The forgotten spark

Everybody lost their home
In a wind named Katrina
Wind named Katrina

I wonder what it was he saw
Through the eye of a hurricane
Eye of a hurricane

This light
This light is the devil's smoke
On the year we choke
This light
This light is a needle mark
The forgotten spark


A song written to benefit the victims of Hurricane Katrina.
The song was released via Joseph's website on 2006.05.18, available for free download

In an interview on BBC 6Music (Phill Jupitus show) on 2006.06.01, Joseph talked about the song before it was aired. This was the first (and only known) timed the song has been publically broadcast.

A short extract of the song from 2005 December with Pascal Wyse on trombone is available here.

"Here is a song written soon after Hurricane Katrina struck. There is a line in it "Everybody lost their home in a wind named Katrina." Not only the people of New Orleans but all Americans were abandoned in the wake of this catastrophe. There is still much to be done."

I offer this song as a reminder of the people who still need our help. Please make a donation large or small at www.mercycorps.org or visit inthesunfoundation.org.

Thank you.
Joseph Arthur