"Not Great Men" as written by Dave Allen, Hugo H. Burnham, Andrew Gill and Jon King....
No weak men in the books at home
The strong men who have made the world
History lives on the books at home
The books at home

It's not made by great men [Repeat: x4]

The past lives on in your front room
The poor still weak the rich still rule
History lives in the books at home
The books at home


The past lives in the books at home
No weak men in the books at home
History lives in the books at home
The books at home


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"Not Great Men" as written by Andrew Gill Dave Allen

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  • +2
    General CommentIt seems to be more of a rant against the Great Man Metanarrative, which is the claim that history is made by great men who come around and revolutionize everything. The idea is silly, of course, because it doesn't take into account the social factors, material conditions, and blind chance that led these men to their positions of power. It also tends to ignore the poverty of the masses in favor of glorifying a guy who did nothing more than tell his troops to charge.

    timothyrealon April 14, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt's a knee jerk reaction against the Annales school of thought in History.

    (History is) not made by great men. Class struggle is the motor of History. But History books say otherwise.

    History is written by the victors.
    caralhovoadoron September 21, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is a rant on revisionist history.
    cerpintaxt83on May 20, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt is very straightforward and lyrics say all.
    History is not made by great men, but by people.

    Nobody knows the names of protesters who had joined the Storming of the Bastille, at least individually. But they had changed the world, for example.

    I love this song.
    AsianSonon June 02, 2014   Link
  • -1
    General CommentNot just revionist history, but history at all. It's made by the strong men, not "good" or "great". They're just getting great in our history books.
    Stonie_Stonsenon November 20, 2008   Link

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