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if you've got a blacklist, I want to be on it...

this morning's brain music


Waiting For The Great Leap Forward
Billy Bragg

It may have been Camelot for Jack and Jacqueline
But on the Che Guevara highway filling up with gasoline
Fidel Castro's brother spies a rich lady who's crying
Over luxury's disappointment

So he walks over and he's trying
To sympathise with her but he thinks that he should warn her
That the Third World is just around the corner

In the Soviet Union a scientist is blinded
By the resumption of nuclear testing and he is reminded
That Dr Robert Oppenheimer's optimism fell
At the first hurdle

In the Cheese Pavilion and the only noise I hear
Is the sound of someone stacking chairs
And mopping up spilt beer
And someone asking questions and basking in the light
Of the fifteen fame filled minutes of the fanzine writer

Mixing Pop and Politics he asks me what the use is
I offer him embarrassment and my usual excuses
While looking down the corridor
Out to where the van is waiting
I'm looking for the Great Leap Forward

Jumble sales are organised and pamphlets have been posted
Even after closing time there's still parties to be hosted
You can be active with the activists
Or sleep in with the sleepers
While you're waiting for the Great Leap Forward

One leap forward, two leaps back
Will politics get me the sack?
waiting for the Great Leap Forward


here comes the future and you can't run from it
If you've got a blacklist I want to be on it

waiting for the Great Leap Forward

It's a mighty long way down rock 'n roll
From Top of the Pops to collecting the dole
waiting for the Great Leap Forward

If no one seems to understand
Start your own revolution and cut out the middleman
waiting for the Great Leap Forward

In a perfect world we'd all sing in tune
But this is reality so give me some room
waiting for the Great Leap Forward

So join the struggle while you may
The Revolution is just a T-shirt away
Waiting for the Great Leap Forward
(Beam me up, Scotty)
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