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    I vote for Common People by Pulp. (album version)

    the lyrics sum up perfectly the divide between the wealthy and the poor.
    She came from Greece, she had a thirst for knowledge
    She studied sculpture at Saint Martin's College
    That's where I caught her eye
    She told me that her Dad was loaded
    I said "In that case I'll have rum and coca-cola
    She said "fine"
    And then in 30 seconds time she said
    "I want to live like common people
    I want to do whatever common people do
    I want to sleep with common people
    I want to sleep with common people like you"
    Well what else could I do?
    I said "I'll see what I can do"

    I took her to a supermarket
    I don't know why
    but I had to start it somewhere
    so it started there
    I said "pretend you've got no money"
    but she just laughed
    and said "oh you're so funny"
    I said "Yeah
    Well I can't see anyone else smiling in here

    Are you sure
    you want to live like common people
    you want to see whatever common people see
    you want to sleep with common people
    you want to sleep with common people like me?"
    But she didn't understand
    she just smiled and held my hand

    Rent a flat above a shop
    Cut your hair and get a job
    Smoke some fags and play some pool
    Pretend you never went to school
    But still you'll never get it right
    'cos when you're laid in bed at night
    watching roaches climb the wall
    if you called your dad he could stop it all
    yeah

    You'll never live like common people
    You'll never do whatever common people do
    You'll never fail like common people
    You'll never watch your life slide out of view
    and then dance and drink and screw
    because there's nothing else to do

    Sing along with the common people
    Sing along and it might just get you through
    Laugh along with the common people
    Laugh along although they're laughing at you
    and the stupid things that you do
    because you think that poor is cool

    Like a dog lying in a corner
    they will bite you and never warn you
    Look out
    they'll tear your insides out
    'cos everybody hates a tourist
    especially one who thinks
    it's all such a laugh
    yeah and the chip stain's grease
    will come out in the bath
    You will never understand
    how it feels to live your life
    with no meaning or control
    and with nowhere else to go
    You are amazed that they exist
    and they burn so bright
    whilst you can only wonder why
    Rent a flat above a shop
    Cut your hair and get a job
    Smoke some fags and play some pool
    Pretend you never went to school
    But still you'll never get it right
    'cause when you're laid in bed at night
    watching roaches climb the wall
    if you called your dad he could stop it all
    yeah

    You'll never live like common people
    You'll never do whatever common people do
    You'll never fail like common people
    You'll never watch your life slide out of view
    and then dance and drink and screw
    'because there's nothing else to do
    I want to live with common people like you.....
    Actual morality is doing what is right regardless of what you're told. Religious morality is doing what you're told, regardless of if it's right.

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    The Internationale

    The Internationale [variant words in square brackets]

    Arise ye workers [starvelings] from your slumbers
    Arise ye prisoners of want
    For reason in revolt now thunders
    And at last ends the age of cant.
    Away with all your superstitions
    Servile masses arise, arise
    We'll change henceforth [forthwith] the old tradition [conditions]
    And spurn the dust to win the prize.

    So comrades, come rally
    And the last fight let us face
    The Internationale unites the human race.
    So comrades, come rally
    And the last fight let us face
    The Internationale unites the human race.

    No more deluded by reaction
    On tyrants only we'll make war
    The soldiers too will take strike action
    They'll break ranks and fight no more
    And if those cannibals keep trying
    To sacrifice us to their pride
    They soon shall hear the bullets flying
    We'll shoot the generals on our own side.

    No saviour from on high delivers
    No faith have we in prince or peer
    Our own right hand the chains must shiver
    Chains of hatred, greed and fear
    E'er the thieves will out with their booty [give up their booty]
    And give to all a happier lot.
    Each [those] at the forge must do their duty
    And we'll strike while the iron is hot.
    " Irish nationalism within British constitutionality is a contradiction in terms"
    Gerry Adams

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    World Turned Upside Down

    World Turned Upside Down
    by Billy Bragg
    (Lyrics and Music originally by Leon Rosselson)

    In sixteen forty nine, to St George's Hill
    a ragged band they called the Diggers came to show the peoples' will
    they defied the Landlords, they defied the laws
    they were the dispossessed, reclaiming what was theirs

    "We come in peace" they said, to dig and sow
    we come to work the lands in common and to make the wastegrounds grow
    this earth divided, we will make whole
    so it will be a common treasury for all

    The sin of property, we do disdain
    no man has any right to buy and sell the earth for private gain
    by theft and murder, they took the land
    now everywhere the walls spring up at their command

    They make the laws, to chain us well
    the clergy dazzle us with heaven or they damn us into hell
    we will not worship, the god they serve
    the god of greed who feeds the rich while poor man starve

    We work, we eat together, we need no swords
    we will not bow to the masters or pay rent to the lords
    we are free men, though we are poor
    you diggers all stand up for glory stand up now

    From the men of property, the orders came
    they sent the hired men and troopers to wipe out the Diggers' claim
    tear down their cottages, destroy their corn
    they were dispersed, but still the vision lingers on

    You poor take courage, you rich take care
    this earth was made a common treasury for everyone to share
    all things in common, all people one
    we come in peace, the orders came to cut them down
    " Irish nationalism within British constitutionality is a contradiction in terms"
    Gerry Adams

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    Some of those that work forces, are the same that burn crosses
    Some of those that work forces, are the same that burn crosses
    Some of those that work forces, are the same that burn crosses
    Some of those that work forces, are the same that burn crosses
    Huh!

    Killing in the name of!
    Killing in the name of

    And now you do what they told ya
    And now you do what they told ya
    And now you do what they told ya
    And now you do what they told ya
    And now you do what they told ya
    And now you do what they told ya
    And now you do what they told ya
    And now you do what they told ya
    And now you do what they told ya
    And now you do what they told ya
    And now you do what they told ya
    But now you do what they told ya
    Well now you do what they told ya

    Those who died are justified, for wearing the badge, they're the chosen whites
    You justify those that died by wearing the badge, they're the chosen whites
    Those who died are justified, for wearing the badge, they're the chosen whites
    You justify those that died by wearing the badge, they're the chosen whites

    Some of those that work forces, are the same that burn crosses
    Some of those that work forces, are the same that burn crosses
    Some of those that work forces, are the same that burn crosses
    Some of those that work forces, are the same that burn crosses
    Uggh!

    Killing in the name of!
    Killing in the name of

    And now you do what they told ya
    And now you do what they told ya
    And now you do what they told ya
    And now you do what they told ya
    And now you do what they told ya, now you're under control (7 times)
    And now you do what they told ya, now you're under control
    And now you do what they told ya, now you're under control
    And now you do what they told ya, now you're under control
    And now you do what they told ya, now you're under control
    And now you do what they told ya, now you're under control
    And now you do what they told ya, now you're under control
    And now you do what they told ya!

    Those who died are justified, for wearing the badge, they're the chosen whites
    You justify those that died by wearing the badge, they're the chosen whites
    Those who died are justified, for wearing the badge, they're the chosen whites
    You justify those that died by wearing the badge, they're the chosen whites
    Come on!

    Yeah! Come on!

    ************************ you, I won't do what you tell me
    ************************ you, I won't do what you tell me
    ************************ you, I won't do what you tell me
    ************************ you, I won't do what you tell me
    ************************ you, I won't do what you tell me
    ************************ you, I won't do what you tell me
    ************************ you, I won't do what you tell me
    ************************ you, I won't do what you tell me
    ************************ you, I won't do what you tell me!
    ************************ you, I won't do what you tell me!
    ************************ you, I won't do what you tell me!
    ************************ you, I won't do what you tell me!
    ************************ you, I won't do what you tell me!
    ************************ you, I won't do what you tell me!
    ************************ you, I won't do what you tell me!
    ************************ you, I won't do what you tell me!
    Mother************************************!
    Ugh


    Says it all really
    Michael Courtney,
    Lusk

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    Viva la Quinta Brigada

    Viva la Quinta Brigada
    Christy Moore


    Ten years before I saw the light of mornin
    A comradeship of heroes was laid
    From every corner of the world came sailing
    The Fifth International Brigade

    They came to stand beside the Spanish people
    To try and stem the rising fascist tide
    Franco's allies were the powerful and wealthy
    Frank Ryan's men came from the other side

    Even the olives were bleeding
    As the battle for Madrid it thundered on
    Truth and love against the force of evil
    Brotherhood against the fascist clan

    CHORUS

    Viva la Quinta Brigada
    "No Pasaran", the pledge that made them fight
    "Adelante" is the cry around the hillside
    Let us all remember them tonight


    Bob Hilliard was a Church of Ireland pastor
    Form Killarney across the Pyrenees he came
    From Derry came a brave young Christian Brother
    Side by side they fought and died in Spain

    Tommy Woods age seventeen died in Cordoba
    With Na Fianna he learned to hold his gun
    From Dublin to the Villa del Rio
    Where he fought and died beneath the blazing sun

    CHORUS

    Many Irishmen heard the call of Franco
    Joined Hitler and Mussolini too
    Propaganda from the pulpit and newspapers
    Helped O'Duffy to enlist his crew

    The word came from Maynooth, "support the Nazis"
    The men of cloth failed again
    When the Bishops blessed the Blueshirts in Dun Laoghaire
    As they sailed beneath the swastika to Spain

    CHORUS

    This song is a tribute to Frank Ryan
    Kit Conway and Dinny Coady too
    Peter Daly, Charlie Regan and Hugh Bonar
    Though many died I can but name a few

    Danny Boyle, Blaser-Brown and Charlie Donnelly
    Liam Tumilson and Jim Straney from the Falls
    Jack Nalty, Tommy Patton and Frank Conroy
    Jim Foley, Tony Fox and Dick O'Neill

    CHORUS
    " Irish nationalism within British constitutionality is a contradiction in terms"
    Gerry Adams

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    USSR National Anthem

    United Forever in Friendship and Labour,
    Our mighty Republics will ever endure.
    The Great Soviet Union will Live through the Ages.
    The Dream of a People their fortress secure.

    Long Live our Soviet Motherland,
    Built by the People's mighty hand.
    Long Live our People, United and Free.
    Strong in our Friendship tried by fire.
    Long may our Crimson Flag Inspire,
    Shining in Glory for all Men to see.

    Through Days dark and stormy where Great Lenin Lead us
    Our Eyes saw the Bright Sun of Freedom above
    and Stalin our Leader with Faith in the People,
    Inspired us to Build up the Land that we Love.

    Long Live our Soviet Motherland,
    Built by the People's mighty hand.
    Long Live our People, United and Free.
    Strong in our Friendship tried by fire.
    Long may our Crimson Flag Inspire,
    Shining in Glory for all Men to see.

    We fought for the Future, destroyed the invaders,
    and Brought to our Homeland the Laurels of Fame.
    Our Glory will live in the Memory of Nations
    and All Generations will Honour Her Name.

    Long Live our Soviet Motherland,
    Built by the People's mighty hand.
    Long Live our People, United and Free.
    Strong in our Friendship tried by fire.
    Long may our Crimson Flag Inspire,
    Shining in Glory for all Men to see.
    " Irish nationalism within British constitutionality is a contradiction in terms"
    Gerry Adams

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    " How much is that doggy in the window,
    The one with the waggedy tail.."

    Sorry, too emotional to continue, but I'm sure you'll understand !

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    Once in a Lifetime?

    <object width="425" height="350"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/EYbUCvz1LYE"></param><param name="wmode" value="transparent"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/EYbUCvz1LYE" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" wmode="transparent" width="425" height="350"></embed></object>

    (I want to say that "Windowsill" (Arcade Fire) is politically-motivated, but I'm just not sure.)

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    I'm an ordinary man, nothing special nothing grand
    I've had to work for everything I own
    I never asked for a lot, I was happy with what I'd got
    Enough to keep my family and my home

    Now they say that times are hard and they've handed me my cards
    They say there's not the work to go around
    And when the whistle blows, the gates will finally close
    Tonight they're going to shut this factory down
    Then they'll tear it d-o-w-n

    I never missed a day nor went on strike for higher pay
    For twenty years I served them best I could
    Now with a handshake and a cheque it seems so easy to forget
    Loyalty through the bad times and through good
    The owner says he's sad to see that things have got so bad
    But the captains of industry won't let him lose
    He still drives a car and smokes his cigar
    And still he takes his family on a cruise, he'll never lose

    Well it seems to me such a cruel irony
    He's richer now than ever he was before
    Now my cheque is spent and I can't afford the rent
    There's one law for the rich, one for the poor
    Every day I've tried to salvage some of my pride
    To find some work so's I might pay my way
    Oh but everywhere I go, the answer's always no
    There's no work for anyone here today, no work today

    BREAK - 1st four lines

    And so condemned I stand, just an ordinary man
    Like thousands beside me in the queue
    I watch my darling wife trying to make the best of life
    And God knows what the kids are going to do
    Now that we are faced with this human waste
    A generation cast aside
    And as long as I live, I never will forgive
    You've stripped me of my dignity and pride, you've stripped me bare
    You've stripped me bare, you've stripped me bare.
    "Most people keep their brains between their legs"

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    Forgot the vid

    Ordinary Man
    "Most people keep their brains between their legs"

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