"Waiting for the Great Leap Forwards" as written by and 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 sympathize 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 forwards
Jumble sales are organized
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 forwards
One leap forward, two leaps back
Will politics get me the sack?
Here comes the future and you can't run from it
If you've got a blacklist I want to be on it
It's a mighty long way down rock 'n roll
From Top of the Pops to drawing the dole
If no one seems to understand
Start your own revolution and cut out the middleman
In a perfect world we'd all sing in tune
But this is reality so give me some room
So join the struggle while you may
The revolution is just a tee shirt away
Waiting for the great leap forwards


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"Waiting for the Great Leap Forwards" as written by Stephen William Bragg

Lyrics © CHRYSALIS STANDARDS, INC.

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  • +2
    General CommentA great call to arms to lefties, don't just get angry at home, voice your opinions and do something to change things. This is a song of great frustration of current polical system and optimism of a better world and political structure. The masses have the fascists outnumbered and we can do things to improve the world "You can be active with the activists or sleep in with the sleepers!"
    bradleyoon October 26, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI saw him play it on the Henry Rollins show, and these were the updated lyrics he was using. There are a few parts that I can't tell what he's saying:

    It may have been Camelot for Jack and Jaqueline
    But on the Hugo Chavez highway filling up with gasoline
    Little Donald Rumsfeld spies a rich lady who's crying
    Over luxury's disappointment
    So he walks over and he's trying
    To sympathize with her
    But he thinks that he should warn her
    To prepare to be bombed back into the Stone Age

    In the former Soviet Union the citizens' demand
    To know why they're still the target
    Of Strategic Air Command
    And they shake their fists in anger
    And respectfully suggest
    That we take the money from our missiles and
    Spend it on our hospitals instead

    The Cold War now is over
    But the stakes are getting higher
    I'm frightened of collateral damage and of friendly fire
    And I don't believe we can defeat no Axis of Evil
    By putting smart bombs in the hands of dumb people

    Mixing pop and politics, they ask me what the use is
    I offer up my acupuncturist, my masseuses
    While looking down the corridor
    Out to where my ego is waiting
    I'm looking for the New World Order

    Jumble sales are organized
    All my mates got back
    Even after all this time you can still send me a fax
    You can be active with the activists or
    Sleep in with the (????)
    I'm waiting for the great leap forwards

    One leap forwards, two leaps back
    Will YouTube give MTV the sack?
    Waiting for the great leap forwards

    Well, here comes the future and you can't run from it
    If you've got a (????) I wanna be on it, mate
    Waiting for the great leap forwards

    In a perfect world we'd all sing in tune but
    This is reality, not American Idol
    Waiting for the great leap forwards

    So join the struggle while you may
    The revolution is just an ethical haircut away (???)
    Waiting for the great leap forwards
    Tommy Pakkoon March 16, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe missing lyrics you couldnt work out are as follows

    It may have been Camelot for Jack and Jaqueline
    But on the Hugo Chavez highway filling up with gasoline
    Little Donald Rumsfeld spies a rich lady who's crying
    Over luxury's disappointment
    So he walks over and he's trying
    To sympathize with her
    But he thinks that he should warn her
    To prepare to be bombed back into the Stone Age

    In the former Soviet Union the citizens' demand
    To know why they're still the target
    Of Strategic Air Command
    And they shake their fists in anger
    And respectfully suggest
    That we take the money from our missiles and
    Spend it on our hospitals instead

    The Cold War now is over
    But the stakes are getting higher
    I'm frightened of collateral damage and of friendly fire
    And I don't believe we can defeat no Axis of Evil
    By putting smart bombs in the hands of dumb people

    Mixing pop and politics, they ask me what the use is
    I offer up my acupuncturist, my masseuses
    While looking down the corridor
    Out to where my ego is waiting
    I'm looking for the New World Order

    Jumble sales are organized
    All my mates got back
    Even after all this time you can still send me a fax
    You can be active with the activists or
    Sleep in with the (MEDIA)
    I'm waiting for the great leap forwards

    One leap forwards, two leaps back
    Will YouTube give MTV the sack?
    Waiting for the great leap forwards

    Well, here comes the future and you can't run from it
    If you've got a (TATTOO HENRY) I wanna be on it, mate
    Waiting for the great leap forwards

    In a perfect world we'd all sing in tune but
    This is reality, not American Idol
    Waiting for the great leap forwards

    So join the struggle while you may
    The revolution is just an ethical haircut away (WHILE YOUR)
    Waiting for the great leap forwards

    There is another version somewhere on youtube, cant find it right now which has the line

    'If you got a MySpace I wanna be on it'

    in place of

    'If you've got a (TATTOO HENRY) I wanna be on it, mate'
    fez_1985on May 16, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentlove it!
    mimison June 05, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhy is there only one comment on this song?!!
    Pigwaldon May 31, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI know! This is a great song. It's pretty obvious what this song is about, but it's still a great song.
    el_dennoon June 01, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is so good!
    ArcadeFire101on October 28, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commenteither these lyrics are wrong or my veirsion of the song is wrong, which is it?
    Peppermelonon November 08, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYou are probably listening to the updated version of the song. Billy Bragg just updated it to be more current.
    jdevils3on November 12, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentanyone got the updated lyrics?
    mechpope13on November 16, 2007   Link

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