Rebel Music : Chumbawamba – the candidates find common ground


First of what I suspect will be many from those masters of the political polemic, Chumbawamba.   I have chosen this song first because despite being written in 1987 I think its lyrics are even more relevant today.  Truly an excellent song both lyrically and musically that gets me just as emotional today as it did as a wee teenage punk all those years ago.


Full employment, slave labor and scheme

An unemployed workforce, the capitalist’s dreams

But let’s keep Britain working

Either way we must keep Britain working
Conventional weapons to kill people nicely

Nuclear weapons to keep the peace

But weapons definitely

Either way we must defend ourselves
Nationalization, with one big boss

No, privatization, with lots of little bosses

But someone in control, of course

Either way there must be someone giving orders
A toast to democracy

The prison guard of this society

Sides in the voting game

Disappear into the same machine The same machine

A toast
To US bases and nuclear weapons

To stopping pickets pulling down fences

To the British troops in Northern Ireland

To the wonderful victory in the Falklands
To the plastic bullet and the riot police

To the UDM, to the TUC

To isolating gays and to law and to order

To richer bosses, to poorer workers
A toast to democracy

The prison guard of this society

Sides in the voting game

Disappear into the same machine The same machine

A toast
To longer hours and to less pay

To the courts for those who get in our way

To the beating of people who step out of line

To the use of troops to break a strike
To the expulsion of extremists And political witch hunts

To repatriation, to benefit cuts

To peaceful settlements and to no strike agreements

To authority, to power, to governments
One, two, three

To the annual rise in the MP’s wage

To vested interests, to privilege

To the party who wins the next election

By definition a victory to capitalism

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