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Stand Down Margaret

The Beat
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"The late '70s in England were troubled times: high unemployment, secession, the fear of nuclear war breaking out, the kind of fantasy end-of-the-century, end-of-the-world kind of feeling. And Margaret Thatcher came on, kind of like the last great hope of the British Empire. She'd actually been born above a grocery store in Nottingham, a working class city. But had developed airs and graces and a posh accent and kind of saw herself as being of the upper classes, which she wasn't. So it was sort of a false accent, and a false attitude that went with it. Then she fell head over heels with her teenage heartthrob, Ronald Reagan, and went about trying to dismantle any sense of social unity that England had: breaking the unions, letting people go out on strike and starve. And in a very few short years she managed to turn people in England from neighbors to competitors. A lot of people bought shares in the gas company and the train company and the water company, bought shares in the companies that our dads had already paid for. And in doing so turned everybody into competitors - instead of neighbors now we were competing as investors, jealously guarding our shares. Our people stopped talking to each other at bus stops. People started to become more suspicious of each other. And the sense of camaraderie was broken in a way that I haven't ever seen fully replaced, really. It may have been that Britain needed dragging into the 21st Century, but it may also be that making the mistake of believing that just because communism was obviously collapsing, that didn't mean that all of the tenets of world capitalism were absolutely accurate. That there was perhaps stuff in our system that weren't that great, either. And I think they're starting to see that it's okay for someone to make a billion dollars, but if they do, somebody else has to go without dinner that night, because that money comes from somewhere. And so the rich get richer and the poor get poorer, and poor old Margaret was acting as though she had airs and graces to the manor born. So it was stand down in the political sense – resign. But it was also stand down as in get off your soap box. Get off your high horse. Stop trying to talk down to people. You don't really know that much more than them, anyway. And stop putting on this hoity toity accent, because you know you're really a shop girl from Nottingham."
(da un'intervista a Dave Wakeling di The Beat" realizzata da Songfacts)
i said i see no joy
i see only sorry
i see no chance of your bright new tomorrow

so stand down Margaret
stand down please
stand down down down down down
down down down down down

i say stand down Margaret
stand down please
stand down down down down down
down down down down down

stand down Margaret
stand down please
stand down Margaret

i say stand down Margaret
stand down please
stand down down down down down
down down down down down
down down down down down
down down down down down
down down down down down

you tell me how can it work
in this all white law
what a short sharp lesson,
what a third world war

i sometimes wonder
if i'll ever get the chance
just to sit with my children
in a holiday jam
our lives seem petty in your cold grey hands
would you give a second thought
would you ever give a damn, i doubt it
stand down Margaret
Awar!
everybody shout it
stand down Margaret!

work, white law
shell shock
world war
war, war, war, war, war
war, war, war, war, war
war, war, war, war, war
war, war, war, war, war
war, war, war, war, war

stand down please

stand down Margaret
stand down please
stand down Margaret

i say stand down Margaret
stand down please
stand down Margaret

stand down Margaret
stand down please
stand down Margaret

i say stand down Margaret
stand down please
stand down Margaret

inviata da Alessandro - 1/2/2010 - 11:48



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