"Accident Waiting To Happen" as written by and Billy Bragg....
I've always been impressed with a girl
Who could sing for her supper and get breakfast as well
That's the way I am, heaven help me
He said, we don't like peace campaigners 'round here
As he nailed another one to the wall
And that's what gets me in trouble, heaven help me

Goodbye and good luck to all the promises you've broken
Goodbye and good luck to all the rubbish that you've spoken
Your life has lost it's dignity, it's beauty and it's passion
You're an accident waiting to happen

There you are standing at the bar
And you're giving me grief about the D-D-R
And that chip on your shoulder gets bigger as you get older
One of these night you're gonna get caught,
It'll give you a pregnant pause for thought
You're a dedicated swallower of fascism

Time up and time out for all the liberties you've taken
Time up and time out for all the friends that you've forsaken
And if you choose to waste away like death is back in fashion
You're an accident waiting to happen

And my sins are so unoriginal
I have all the self-loathing of a wolf in sheep's clothing
In this carnival of carnivores,
Heaven help me

Goodbye and good luck to all the promises you've broken
Goodbye and good luck to all the rubbish that you've spoken
Your life has lost it's dignity, it's beauty and it's passion
You're an accident waiting to happen
You're an accident waiting to happen
You're a dedicated swallower of fascism
You're an accident waiting to happen


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"Accident Waiting to Happen" as written by Billy Bragg

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    General CommentGreat song, and very underrated.
    feinsteinon April 13, 2006   Link
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    General CommentSeems to be a description of a girlfriends father who is a typical conservative, and at times an attack on the Conservative party (especially the talk on taking liberties). The guy in the song is a left-winger, and finds himself clashing with the father.

    The father lectures him on how terrible left-wingers are, yet the father's beliefs are without basis (rubbish), he's basically just spouting the crap printed in the Sun and vocalised by the conservative party. The guy thinks that at one point the father might realise that the conservative party is talking shit (fascism) and he's been buying it all along. The father has never represented his own views, rather he has been wasting away.

    The guy also defends himself to an extent, belittling what the father says are his "sins". He's also worried about the "carnival of carnivores", the conservative politicians and pundits who decrie any left-wing activity (which is what the father was doing).
    Goodjohnon April 12, 2007   Link
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    General CommentIt is a great song. It's lyrics remind me of "A New England." I think this song is about Margaret Thatcher; I she was in office till late 1990, which was only a couple of years before this song was released.
    Pugachevon March 17, 2008   Link
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    General CommentGoodjohn I think you nailed it...I've always liked this song, but looking at it on paper (well monitor) and hearing your take I see it in a new light.
    Aceface1on March 19, 2008   Link
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    General CommentAlso listen to the Discount (band) EP (entitled 'Love, Billy') for cover versions of some classic Bragg songs as interpreted by amazing punk vocalist Alison Mosshart. Just sayin' :D
    8el2che9vive1on January 17, 2011   Link

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