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Timeless words...

When one voice rules the nation
Just because they're top of the pile
Doesn't mean their vision is the clearest
The voices of the people
Are falling on deaf ears
Our politicians all become careerists

They must declare their interests
But not their company cars
Is there more to a seat in parliament
Than sitting on your arse
And the best of all this bad bunch
Is shouting to be heard
Above the sound of ideologies clashing

Outside the patient millions
Who put them into power
Expect a little more back for their taxes
Like school books, beds in hospitals
And peace in our bloody time
All they get is old men grinding axes

Who've built their private fortunes
On the things they can rely
The courts, the secret handshake
The Stock Exchange and the old school tie
For God and Queen and Country
All things they justify
Above the sound of ideologies clashing

God bless the civil service
The nations saving grace
While we expect democracy
They're laughing in our face
And although our cries get louder
The laughter gets louder still
Above the sound of ideologies clashing

Above the sound of ideologies,
Above the sound of ideologies,
Above the sound of ideologies clashing

-Billy Bragg, "Ideology"

(My iPod's battery is either dying or dead, so I haven't carried it to work in over six months. Just this morning I was trying to remember the words to "Ideology" to sing to myself as I walked from my train to the office, but realized I had forgotten most of the second verse. A quick web search, and now all the words are firmly re-lodged in my head. And so, fellow Heritage Corridor Metra commuters, you've been warned.)

January 30, 2008 in Music | Permalink