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Waiting for Margaret to Go

Chumbawamba
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In Memoriam: Margaret Thatcher

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Back in 2005, anarchist collective Chumbawumba pre-sold an EP called In Memoriam: Margaret Thatcher which they would keep under wraps until the prime minister passed away. Since Thatcher did pass earlier this week, the band has delivered the EP and is also streaming the release online. Along with that, the band delivered a eulogy:
Let's make it clear: This is a cause to celebrate, to party, to stamp the dirt down. Tomorrow we can carry on shouting and writing and working and singing and striking against the successive governments that have so clearly followed Thatcher's Slash & Burn policies, none more so than the present lot. But for now, we can have a drink and a dance and propose a toast to the demise of someone who blighted so many people's lives for so long. If we must show a little reverence and decorum at this time, then so be it. Our deepest sympathies go out to the families of all Margaret Thatcher's victims.

La vicenda è curiosa: nel 2005 il collettivo anarchico dei Chumbawamba ha scritto e registrato un ep intitolato “In Memoriam: Margaret Thatcher”. Siccome anche gli anarchici hanno un cuore o forse il timore di beghe legali, il cd lì per lì non è stato pubblicato. Lo si poteva solo prenotare sul sito del gruppo sapendo che sarebbe stato disponibile alla morte della ex Lady di ferro. Così è stato: l’8 aprile la Thatcher se n’è andata e i cd sono partiti, spediti come promesso a tutti coloro che li avevano richiesti a suo tempo. La band ha comunicato che non accetterà più prenotazioni.
“In Memoriam: Margaret Thatcher” è un ep, come dire un mini album con 7 brani per dieci minuti e mezzo complessivi. Composizioni gradevoli, dai testi ovviamente affilati specie nelle ruvide “Pinochet Bids Farewell From Beyond The Grave”, “Waiting For Margaret To Go” e nella conclusiva “Sleep”. Quest’ultima, in particolare, ha il sapore intenso di un commiato se si pensa alla demenza senile che ha colpito la Thatcher.
Eppure, il gruppo ha spiegato il progetto col suo tipico sarcasmo non facendo alcuno sconto: “Proponiamo un brindisi alla scomparsa di qualcuno che ha rovinato la vita di così tante persone per così tanto tempo. Se dobbiamo mostrare un po’ di rispetto e di decoro in questo momento, allora così sia: le nostre più sentite condoglianze vanno alle famiglie delle vittime di Margaret Thatcher”.




Intro
So Long, So Long
Pinochet Bids Farewell From Beyond The Grave
The day the lady died
Ding Dong
Waiting for Margaret to Go
Sleep




incompleta
Alfred and Beatrice and Muriel too
Over the shop where the train passes through
Play happy families the cards falling fast
Alderman preacher runs up and down stairs

Muriel a sister but never a friend
Kept well apart in the same gable end
Following father at odds with the world
A chip off the old block the scholarship curve

Not any better the devil you know
Waiting for Margaret to go
Not any better the devil you know
Waiting for Margaret to go
Oh! Waiting for Margaret to go

Oxford for chemistry, mend and make do
Society turned her the truest of blue
Back in the shop Mr. Roberts had taught
That people like flour can be sold and be bought

Masters above and servants below
Waiting for Margaret to go
Masters above and servants below
Waiting for Margaret to go
Oh! Waiting for Margaret to go

Up to the house where the loyalty wears
Thinner than carpets on father's old stairs
Her friends like her enemies stretched on the rack
Play happy families but don't turn your back

The grocers and Methodists lay her down low
Waiting for Margaret to go
The grocers and Methodists lay her down low
Waiting for Margaret to go
Oh! Waiting for Margaret to go

Alfred he closes the shop one more time
Little girl singing her nursery rhymes
Here comes a candle to light you to bed
Here comes a chopper to chop off your head

Down with the shutters and on with the show
No more waiting for Margaret to go
Down with the shutters and on with the show
No more waiting for Margaret to go
No more waiting for Margaret to go

Contributed by DonQuijote82 - 2013/6/11 - 20:33


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